Creamy and Delicious Mock Sour Cream Recipe!

Are you tired of missing out on creamy, tangy sour cream because of dietary restrictions? Look no further than this mock sour cream recipe that is both dairy-free and gluten-free. With a few simple ingredients, you can easily whip up a delicious sour cream substitute that is just as tasty as the real thing.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I know how important it is to enjoy the foods you love even if you have dietary restrictions. That’s why I love this recipe so much. It’s easy to make and uses ingredients that are readily available in most grocery stores. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly and nut-free, making it accessible for all kinds of dietary needs.

In this article, I’ll be sharing with you the step-by-step instructions on how to make this mock sour cream, as well as some tips and tricks for perfecting this recipe every time. Whether you’re using it as a dip for vegetables or as a topping for your favorite tacos, this mock sour cream will quickly become a staple in your kitchen. So let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mock Sour Cream - Dairy Free
Mock Sour Cream – Dairy Free

If you’re looking for a dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free option for sour cream, this mock sour cream recipe is perfect for you. It’s made using simple ingredients that are easily accessible and is easy to make. But what really makes it stand out is its creamy texture and tangy taste that mimics the real thing.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a dip for veggies, as a topping for tacos or on baked potatoes. It’s also a great substitute in recipes that call for sour cream, such as dips or dressings. It’s perfect for parties or family get-togethers because everyone can enjoy it, even those with dairy allergies.

Another reason to love this recipe is its health benefits. Unlike traditional sour cream which can be high in fat and calories, this mock sour cream is actually good for you. It’s made from raw cashews which are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Cashews are also high in good fats which help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation in the body.

In addition to being a healthy option, this mock sour cream also has a bold flavor profile thanks to the addition of garlic powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. The combination of these ingredients creates a tangy and savory taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Finally, if you’re someone who loves experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, then you’ll love how easy it is to make this mock sour cream at home. All you need is a food processor and a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Overall, there are many reasons why you’ll fall in love with this mock sour cream recipe. Its creamy texture mimics traditional sour cream while being dairy-free and gluten-free. It’s incredibly versatile and can be used in many different recipes. It’s also healthy and packed with flavor. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and have fun experimenting in the kitchen!

Ingredient List

 Creamy and dairy-free? You won't believe it until you try it!
Creamy and dairy-free? You won’t believe it until you try it!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free mock sour cream recipe:

  • 1 cup of Tofu
  • 2 cups of Green Valley Creamery lactose-free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

These ingredients make up the base of the sour cream recipe. You can add additional flavors or seasonings such as chives or jalapeno pepper, depending on your preference. If you don’t have tofu, you can use 1 cup of raw cashews that have been soaked for at least four hours in water. Another option is to use 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk or cream for a vegan sour cream substitute. The vinegar and lemon juice blend with the other ingredients to create a tangy flavor similar to traditional sour cream. Using Green Valley Creamery lactose-free yogurt is an excellent way to ensure that our recipes are more easily digested and suitable for intolerant people.

Now that we have all our ingredients prepped and ready let’s move onto how we can make this dairy-free sour cream recipe!

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by this Mock Sour Cream recipe.
Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by this Mock Sour Cream recipe.

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to get started on making your dairy-free mock sour cream.

Step 1: Soak the cashews
Begin by soaking a cup of raw cashews in water for at least four hours or overnight. Soaking the cashews helps to soften them and make them easier to blend.

Step 2: Drain and rinse the cashews
Once soaked, drain and rinse the cashews thoroughly.

Step 3: Blend the Cashews
Next, place the soaked and drained cashews into a food processor or blender along with one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of water.

Step 4: Blend until smooth and creamy
Blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding more water if necessary. You want the consistency to be similar to sour cream.

Congratulations! You have now made your own dairy-free mock sour cream. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and enjoy immediately or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

If you find that your sour cream is too thick or thin for your liking, you can easily adjust the consistency by adding more water or reducing the amount of water you use.

You can also get creative with different flavor variations by adding fresh herbs like chives or cilantro. Or try swapping out some of the water for coconut milk or coconut cream for an even richer flavor.

So go ahead and give this quick and easy recipe a try. Your taste buds and gut will love you for it!

Substitutions and Variations

 Whether you're dairy-free or not, this recipe is worth a try.
Whether you’re dairy-free or not, this recipe is worth a try.

One of the best things about this mock sour cream recipe is that it’s extremely versatile and customizable. Whether you’re looking for a cream substitute, a dairy-free sour cream recipe, or a vegan sour cream option, this recipe has got you covered.

If you’re looking to make this recipe nut-free, consider using tofu as a substitute for raw cashews. Simply blend 1 cup of silken tofu with water and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. This will give you a similar texture to the cashew-based version, without any nuts.

For those who prefer a richer flavor, try using full-fat coconut milk instead of water to blend your ingredients. The result is a decadent coconut sour cream that will add depth and richness to any dish.

If you’d like to experiment with different flavors, consider adding fresh herbs or spices to your mock sour cream. A tablespoon of chopped fresh chives can transform it into a delicious dip for vegetables or chips. Or add garlic powder and onion powder for a savory version.

Lastly, if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, don’t worry! There are plenty of options for substitutions. You can use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice, or even plain non-dairy yogurt instead of water. And for those who have trouble finding raw cashews, substituted them with soaked macadamia nuts or almonds.

What I love about this recipe is that there’s really no wrong way to make it. You can experiment with different ingredient combinations until you find the perfect flavor profile for your taste buds. Mock sour cream is quick and easy to make, so let your imagination run wild!

Serving and Pairing

 Impressive flavor and texture, without the dairy.
Impressive flavor and texture, without the dairy.

When serving mock sour cream, the possibilities are endless. You can spoon it onto nachos, tacos, or baked potatoes. You can even dollop it on top of chili or use it as a dip for vegetables. The tangy taste and creamy texture make it a versatile addition to your favorite dishes.

Pairing with Mexican dishes is a no-brainer, but don’t be afraid to get creative. I love using it instead of mayonnaise in sandwiches and wraps, or drizzling it over roasted vegetables for an extra pop of flavor.

For a party-friendly option, serve mock sour cream with a side of fresh herbs and vegetable sticks for dipping. It’s a healthy and crowd-pleasing appetizer that will leave everyone feeling satisfied.

You can also experiment with different flavor variations, such as adding fresh herbs like chives or dill or spicing it up with some garlic powder or onion powder. Whatever you choose, trust me when I say that you’ll love the results!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for dunking veggies, topping tacos or spreading on toast.
Perfect for dunking veggies, topping tacos or spreading on toast.

I always like to plan ahead when meal prepping, and this recipe is no exception. The good news is that this mock sour cream can be made in advance and stored for later use. To make it ahead of time, prepare the recipe as instructed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

When it’s time to serve, give it a quick stir before using it as a dollop on soups, salads, or tacos. You can also use it as a creamy dip with veggies or crackers.

If you have any leftover mock sour cream, don’t worry – you can freeze it too! To freeze, transfer the cream to a freezer-safe container or bag and store for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Speaking of reheating, if you prefer your mock sour cream warmed up, keep in mind that this recipe may turn slightly grainy after heating. That’s why I recommend avoiding the microwave. Instead, use a double boiler method or place the container of cream into a larger bowl filled with hot water until it reaches the desired temperature.

With these storing and reheating tips, you’ll never have to worry about being without your delicious dairy-free sour cream.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You'll never miss the dairy with this Mock Sour Cream recipe.
You’ll never miss the dairy with this Mock Sour Cream recipe.

To achieve a creamy and perfect Dairy-free Sour Cream, here are some helpful tips that you can use.

First, make sure to soak the raw cashews for at least 4 hours or overnight before blending. This will help to soften and easily process the nuts into a smooth and creamy consistency.

Second, when blending the ingredients in a food processor, ensure you use a high-speed blender or food processor for the best results. This will help in achieving an extra silky and smooth texture that’s perfect for a sour cream dip.

Thirdly, if you’re using vinegar and lemon juice as substitutes for the sour taste, it’s important to balance them correctly. Be careful not to overdo it with the vinegar as its tanginess can overpower the sour cream flavor.

In addition, consider substituting water with coconut milk or coconut cream. Full-fat coconut milk or cream provides richness and offers a creamier texture than water alone. It also makes it possible for nut-free individuals to enjoy this delicious dish.

Fourthly, if you prefer to have thicker Sour Cream Dip, add more soaked cashews and less liquid when blending. You can also refrigerate it after blending for an hour or two to thicken even further.

Fifthly, you can always adjust the amount of salt depending on your preference. Start by adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt then increase it gradually until it reaches your preferred taste.

Lastly, as substitutes to sour cream Dip, plant-based yogurts such as tofu or soy-based yogurt may be used too. Consider using Green Valley Creamery’s Lactose-Free Sour cream. It is gluten-free and contains no gums or stabilizers.

With these fantastic tips on how to make the perfect Dairy-free Sour Cream Dip at home, your sauce-making skills are bound to improve over time!


Now that you know how to make mock sour cream, we turn our attention to frequently asked questions about this recipe. Get ready to have all your questions answered so you can create this delicious and healthy dairy-free sour cream substitute without any issues or concerns.

What can I substitute for sour cream that’s dairy-free?

Looking for a non-dairy alternative to sour cream? Coconut cream might just be the answer! It can be found as the top layer in a can of coconut milk and is perfect for those who have dietary restrictions or allergies.

What can I use as a substitute for sour cream vegan?

Looking for a sour cream substitute in your baking recipes? Consider using full-fat coconut milk. It can do wonders in mimicking the sour taste of sour cream when mixed with 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of lemon juice per cup (237 ml) of coconut milk. Plus, it’s a great option for vegans and can easily be incorporated in various recipes.

What can I substitute for sour cream in a recipe?

Substituting sour cream in recipes is easy and healthy when you opt for yogurt. You can replace the sour cream with yogurt in dips, sauces or baked goods using a 1:1 ratio. It doesn’t matter if your recipe calls for a cup of sour cream, as you can use a cup of full-fat Greek or natural yogurt or even low-fat and nonfat varieties.

Is imitation sour cream dairy-free?

This recipe article focuses on healthy organic recipes that do not contain lactose, gluten, or milk. Additionally, it ensures that non-hydrogenated oil is used as a healthier option.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mock sour cream recipe is a game-changer for anyone looking for a dairy-free alternative to the traditional sour cream. With its creamy texture and tangy flavor, you won’t even miss the regular sour cream. The best part about this recipe is that it’s so versatile; you can use it in your dips, dressings, and sauces or as a topping for your tacos, nachos, or baked potatoes.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also packs in some serious health benefits. The ingredients used in this recipe are all organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making it an excellent addition to any plant-based diet. Moreover, it is rich in healthy fats and protein from nuts and coconut milk, giving your dishes the richness you crave without compromising on health.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen and whip up a batch of this easy dairy-free mock sour cream. You’ll love how simple it is to make and how great it tastes. With a few simple substitutions and variations, you can customize this recipe to suit your own preferences. Trust me; you won’t regret adding this recipe to your repertoire of healthy food options.

Mock Sour Cream - Dairy Free

Mock Sour Cream - Dairy Free Recipe

From the Food Allergy Cookbook. No soy products. I tried this using half olive oil and half coconut oil. It thickened up in the fridge and tastes really good. It would even be good for mayo. I haven't tried the hand blender method, but I bet it would work great. Will try that next. I used 2 tsp apple cider vinegar.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 1 cups
Calories 1075.8 kcal


  • 1/2 cup pecans or 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened rice milk or 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (optional) or 4 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Place nuts in blender and blend to a fine powder.
  • Add rice milk and salt. Blend on high a couple of minutes, until very smooth.
  • Very, very slowly add oil through the lid while blender is running at med-low speed.
  • When mixture has emulsified, and oil is incorporated, add vinegar, onion powder ang garlic powder. Mix well. If too thick for dipping, thin with water or rice milk to desired thickness.
  • Once in awhile, mysteriously, this mixture fails to emulsify, and instead of being thick like dairy sour cream, is more the consistency of thick cream. It is still thick enough to use for most purposes.

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Serving: 188gCalories: 1075.8kcalCarbohydrates: 6.9gProtein: 4.2gFat: 118.6gSaturated Fat: 14gSodium: 930.9mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 1.8g
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