I absolutely cannot eat a bowl of chili or have taco night without sour cream. It just isn’t the same! So when I started to cut dairy out of my life, not having a sour cream substitution just wasn’t going to work for me. I tried some of the store-bought versions of dairy-free sour cream and was less-than-thrilled with the taste and texture (or the massively long ingredient lists). Enter the magic of cashew cream!
What’s in this dairy-free sour cream substitute?
This dairy-free sour cream is made up of flavored cashew cream. It’s cool and tangy and works perfectly on top of your favorite spicy foods. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler: just cashews, water, lemon, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and salt. After a quick spin in the blender to get it smooth and creamy, the cashew sour cream is chilled until thick.
Cashew cream is an easy and healthy alternative for folks who choose not to eat dairy for either health or ethical reasons. The cashew cream really is incredibly close in texture and fattiness to regular cow’s milk dairy. We have a full post all about the benefits of cashew cream, plus our favorite tips and tricks for how to make it. As a bonus, this vegan sour cream is also naturally gluten-free.
How do you make vegan sour cream?
The most time-consuming part of making dairy-free sour cream is soaking the cashews, but that couldn’t be easier! Just cover the nuts with water and let soak overnight.
If you don’t have time to soak the cashews overnight (or if you forget—I’ve done it!), you can speed up the process with boiling water.
Once you have soaked the cashews, drain and rinse the nuts, and process in a high-speed blender with the other ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate until cool, and you’ve got yourself some dairy-free sour cream!
Is it really as good as “real” sour cream?
I would never scoop this Cashew Sour Cream into a bowl and serve it to the world’s foremost connoisseur of sour cream (if there was such a thing) and say, “I BET YOU CAN’T TASTE A DIFFERENCE.” This definitely doesn’t taste like sour cream on its own.
But when it’s used on things like a great bowl of chili or soup or tacos, it works perfectly. The tanginess of the lemon and vinegar adds that flavor that sour cream does, and the texture is perfectly creamy and cool. A dollop is great on a baked potato, too.
If you’re a sour cream-lover and dairy is no longer an option for you, this sour cream will, without a doubt, fit the bill! Enjoy.