Dairy Free Sour Cream Recipe - My Whole Food Life (2024)

March 18, 2014May 24, 2017 Melissa King Dips, Spreads and Sauces, Recipes

Y’all this Dairy Free Sour Cream is where it’s at. Many people are moving away from dairy these days. Maybe because so many kids these days cannot tolerate it. My own daughter is allergic to dairy.

It makes her skin break out. Sure there are dairy free sour cream products on the market, but those are usually soy based.

Since most soy in this country is GMO, I thought I would come up with my own vegan and paleo sour cream recipe.

This is also a vegan sour cream recipe! It’s super easy to make too! In addition to this recipe, I also have a dairy free cheese sauce and a dairy free ranch dressing.

This recipe actually came about by accident. I was trying to make a sauce for another recipe and after I made it, I realized it tasted JUST LIKE sour cream. So viola! That is the story of this delicious discovery.

Dairy Free Sour Cream

Dairy Free Sour Cream

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Prep Time 5 min Serves 1 cup sour cream adjust servings

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A dairy free, soy free sour cream made from real ingredients!



  1. Soak the cashews overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse them the next day.
  3. Add the cashews to a blender and blend for 1 minute.
  4. Add in the lemon juice and vinegar and keep blending.
  5. Lastly, add in the water and salt. Blend until it's smooth.

by Melissa King

Recipe Notes

This sour cream should keep in the fridge for a couple weeks. I haven't tried freezing it yet. If the consistency is a little thick, you can add a little more water until you reach a desired consistency.


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  3. This was awesome, just what I'd been looking for. Thank you.


    1. So glad you liked it!


    1. Thanks Trudy!! Glad you liked it!


  4. I have made this a few times already and IT IS SO FREAKING GOOD. I put it on top of soups, on tacos, pretty much anywhere you would use regular sour cream. This is definitely way better than any store bought dairy-free alternative. My lactose-intolerant self thanks you!


    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like it!


  5. Hi. My daughter cannot have cashews. Can I substitue almonds in the recipe or sunflower seeds or beans?I am desperate! Thanks


    1. Almonds may work.


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  8. You say use "raw" cashews, but apparently that can have different meanings. If it is unsalted and whole, but roasted is that the same? I just don't want to waste cahsews!


    1. I use unroasted, unsalted cashews, but I'm sure if you use roasted, the recipe would taste similar. :)


      1. Do you soak overnight on the countertop?


        1. Yes


  9. 5hank you very much for this recipe. my daughter is also allergic to dairy and we struggle to find dairy free recipes for sauces and sour cream and cream cheese.


    1. You are so welcome Jessica!


  10. Anyone tried freezing this yet? Would love to take this on vacation... so hard to try to shop for food allergies when you’re at an unfamiliar grocery store.


    1. I think I did have a reader freeze this one with success. I haven't tries myself, though


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Dairy Free Sour Cream Recipe - My Whole Food Life (2024)


What is a substitute for sour cream that is dairy free? ›

Best non-dairy substitutes
  • Cashews. Soak a cup of raw cashews in a bowl of room temperature water for at least three hours. ...
  • Coconut Cream. Place a can of full-fat coconut cream in the refrigerator for at least six hours. ...
  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk. ...
  • White Beans. ...
  • Mayonnaise. ...
  • Vegan Sour Cream. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Buttermilk.
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Is dairy free sour cream healthy? ›

This depends on your personal health goals. Forager sour cream is not necessarily nutritious, but is relatively light in calories and fats when compared to dairy sour cream and other vegan sour cream brands. A two tablespoon serving contains just 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.

Can you have sour cream on Whole30? ›

Dairy. Add milk, cream, cheese, cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt, or sour cream to an otherwise Whole30 meal, for each of your meals that day.

How long does non dairy sour cream last? ›

This dairy-free sour cream substitute keeps in the fridge for up to a week. This vegan sour cream is the perfect finishing touch for so many recipes. Drizzled onto tacos or bowls of chili, dolloped on top of nachos or in baked potatoes, or even thinned out with citrus and other seasonings for a salad dressing.

What is a good replacement for sour cream? ›

Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, and Cottage Cheese

Fresh, spreadable cheeses like cream cheese and mascarpone generally work well as 1:1 substitutes for sour cream in baking. Be sure to let them warm up to room temperature before using, and thin them out slightly by stirring in milk or lemon juice to get a similar texture.

What ingredient is the best substitute for sour cream? ›

Full-fat Greek yogurt will offer the closest approximation of sour cream's flavor and texture, and can be used as a one-to-one replacement for sour cream. If you'd like, you can stir some heavy cream into any percentage of Greek yogurt to give it a somewhat richer body and higher fat content.

Is daisy sour cream dairy-free? ›

Yes, our sour cream and cottage cheese are milk-based products.

What is dairy-free sour cream made of? ›

Vegan Sour Cream Tips

This dairy-free sauce is made with rich and creamy raw cashews, water, tangy lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, salt, and a dab of Dijon mustard for additional complexity and intrigue.

Is Cool Whip dairy-free? ›

From its introduction, Cool Whip was labeled and advertised as non-dairy, but as of 2018 it contains skimmed milk and sodium caseinate, a milk derivative. Even before the skimmed milk was introduced, Cool Whip was classified in Jewish dietary traditions as dairy because of the sodium caseinate.

Is there a non-dairy sour cream? ›

If you are in a pinch, there are vegan sour cream brands like Green Valley, Forager, Kite Hill, and Tofutti that sell vegan, dairy free versions at your local grocery store, Walmart, Amazon, and Target. They also make vegan butters and cream cheese using plant-based ingredients!

Does Trader Joe's have vegan sour cream? ›

Leave it to our fave vegan-friendly grocery store to come through with the plant-based sour cream! The Trader Joe's Vegan Sour Cream Alternative contains a mix of coconut oil, corn starch, and potato starch, making it a 1:1 replacement for all your go-to sour cream applications.

Is there a vegan substitute for sour cream? ›

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is an excellent non-dairy alternative to sour cream. Not to be confused with coconut water, coconut milk comes from the meat of freshly grated coconut.

Does daisy sour cream contain live cultures? ›

We go through extraordinary lengths to remove impurities from the milk before we introduce very specific live and active cultures (the good bacteria) to the cream that creates the unmistakable character that has made Daisy Sour Cream America's favorite brand.

Can I freeze non-dairy sour cream? ›

Storage Tips. Seal the plant based sour cream in an airtight container for up to 7 days in the fridge. You can also freeze vegan sour cream for up to 3 months.

What is dairy free sour cream made of? ›

Vegan Sour Cream Tips

This dairy-free sauce is made with rich and creamy raw cashews, water, tangy lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, salt, and a dab of Dijon mustard for additional complexity and intrigue.

Can I have sour cream if lactose intolerant? ›

Lactose is the sugar found in milk. Some people produce too little of the enzyme lactase to digest this sugar, causing lactose intolerance. People with lactose intolerance typically can tolerate small amounts of lactose. Low-lactose dairy products include butter, hard cheese, yogurt, kefir, sherbet, and sour cream.

Is daisy sour cream dairy free? ›

Yes, our sour cream and cottage cheese are milk-based products.

Is lactose free sour cream the same as dairy free? ›

Lactose-free dairy products may include milk, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, kefir and butter. Dairy free is just that, it's a product that is free from dairy! The product does not contain any milk or milk products from cows, sheep or goats.

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