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Substitutes for Sour Cream – With 6 Recipes


Last week one of my husband’s closest friend was coming over so I decided to made sour cream sugar cookies for him. But I had to use coconut milk as a substitute when my husband told me that his friend was lactose-intolerant.

To be honest, the cookies tasted divine and everyone especially my husband appreciated me a lot. Nevertheless, you can also use some other best sour cream substitutes, apart from coconut milk.

Want to know the recipe to win the heart of your man? Or friends and family?

To your delight, I am going to share the recipe in this article along with some other sour cream substitute recipes too.

So, you could also get the award of the super chef. What makes these recipes so special is that they are including alternatives of sour cream.

Wondering why to use substitutes?

In fact, using substitutes of sour cream in foods make them easily consumable for lactose intolerant, vegans as well as people with certain allergies.

Want to know more of it and get the recipes? Read on to discover more.

What Is Sour Cream?

Before jumping to sour cream substitutes, let me tell you about sour cream first. In fact, it is a well-known dairy product made after the process of fermentation. More interestingly, it is incorporated in foods in various ways.

Is Sour Cream Healthy?

First of all, let’s look into sour cream nutrition facts to know what it has to offer you nutritionally. Notably, a cup or 230 grams of Sour Cream has the following nutrients

Calories 444g
Total Fat 45.4g
Carbs 8.1g
Sugar 8.1g
Fiber 0g
Protein 4.8g
Vitamin A 1325 IU (26% DV)
Phosphorus 265mg (26% DV)
Calcium 253 mg (25% DV)
Vitamin B12 0.6 mcg (11% DV)
Riboflavin 0.4 mg (23% DV)

When looking at the high-fat content where 45% fat is saturated, you might perceive sour cream as unhealthy.

But, did you know that consuming dairy fat in higher amounts can be fat-burning and heart healthy as well?

Holmberg Sara, et.al., supported this research.

Can Pregnant Women Eat Sour Cream?

Adding to it, if you are a mommy-to-be and puzzled about whether to take it or not. Definitely yes, because why not?
Nonetheless, make sure that the product you are using is pasteurized so as to safeguard your baby and yourself from fatalities.

Is Sour Cream Gluten-Free?

Remember that gluten is naturally present in grains whereas sour cream is a dairy product so it is totally gluten-free.
However, when it comes to packaged products, always read the nutrition information prior to purchasing since it may have gluten as an additive.

All things considered, sour cream is healthily beneficial for you. However, some individuals may not prefer it due to certain intolerance, allergies or just because of personal preferences.

Are You Still Pondering Over Why Use Sour Cream Substitutes?

As stated earlier, there are various reasons that we wish for a substitute for sour cream such as when we are:

  • Lactose intolerant
  • A Vegan
  • Have a Milk Allergy
  • On a low-fat diet
  • Avoiding dairy products for the health of skin and hormones
  • Or simply disliking the taste of sour cream

Sour Cream Substitutes:

Here are some of the best substitutes of sour cream:


  • Cottage Cheese
  • Butter Milk
  • Crème Fraîche (Fresh cream)
  • Greek Yogurt

These are both non-dairy and vegan sour cream substitutes:

  • Soy
  • Cashew
  • Coconut Milk

Takeaway Message: Did you know packaged sour cream can be just thickened milk with added flavors in disguise? Rather going for homemade sour cream can be healthier and wiser.

How to make Vegan Sour Cream?

Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Water 1/2 Cup
Heaping Fine Sea Salt 1/4 tsp.
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp.
Dijon Mustard 1/4 tsp.
Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp.
Raw Cashews 1 Cup

Note: Soak cashews at least for 4 hours if you don’t have a high-powered processor.


  • Initially, drain and rinse the soaked cashews until the water becomes clear.
  • Put water, mustard, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and cashews in a blender. Blend it until it is creamy and smooth.
  • You can add a little more lemon juice in it if want a bit tangier flavor.
  • It is ready to serve. You can use it for around 5 days if kept refrigerated.

Can You Freeze Sour Cream And Reuse?

Yes, of course, you can freeze it for later use. Anyhow, keep in mind that there will be a considerable change in the texture due to freezing. Therefore, it is better to use the frozen cream in cooked dishes such as crockpot recipes, casseroles as well as soups.

How Long Is Sour Cream Good For After Opening?

Budget-savvy women always want to make the best use of the things for as long as possible, agree?

As far as sour cream is concerned, you can make the best use of it for around a week to 10 days after opening.
Now, let’s finally come to some of the healthy sour cream recipes.

Healthy Sour Cream Recipes

Notably, all the given recipes include sour cream substitutes too to facilitate you in making easily consumable yet scrumptious dishes for everyone around.

Excited to know how I made those substituting mouth-watering sugar cookies? Have a look below:

1) Sour Cream Sugar Cookies:

Servings Time
60 2hrs 20mins


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Baking Soda 1 tsp.
Salt 1/2 tsp.
Melted Butter 1 Cup
Sugar 2 Cups
Eggs 2
Vanilla 1 tsp.
Flour (Shifted) 5 Cups
Sour Cream 1 Cup

Note for substitution: For mimicking the sour taste, take one cup of coconut milk and one tablespoon lemon juice.


  • Initially, dissolve salt and baking soda in a sour cream/substitute.
  • Then, mix sugar and butter. Add vanilla and eggs.
  • Pour it in the mixture of sour cream.
  • Next, add flour slowly by mixing well. Keep it refrigerated for 30 minutes.
  • Cut them in the shape as per your desire and put them in an oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes baking.
  • Take cookies out of the oven, let them cool and then decorate with icing.

2) Sour Cream Pound Cake

Servings Time
20 1hr 15mins


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Softened Butter 1 Cup
Large eggs 6
All-Purpose Flour 3 Cups
Salt 1/4 tsp.
Vanilla Extract 2 tsp.
Baking Soda 1/4 Cup
Sugar 3 Cups
Sour Cream 1 Cup

Note for Substitution: 1/3 cup of unsalted butter (softened) + 3/4 cup buttermilk.


  • Firstly, mix sugar and butter well in a bowl until fluffy and light.
  • Then, mix eggs, one by one. Beat the mixture well after adding each egg.
  • Add salt, flour and baking soda then put this blend to creamed mixture with vanilla and sour cream/substitute alternately.
  • Next, take a 10 inches fluted tube pan, grease, and flour it well. Pour that mixture in this pan.
  • Bake it at 325°. Normally, baking pound cake requires about 1.5hr.
  • Perform the toothpick test before taking the cake out. After successful baking, allow cooling for 15 minutes prior to its removal to a wire rack for complete cooling.
  • Decorate with icing and enjoy.

3) Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Servings Time
18 55 minutes


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Butter 1 Cup
Eggs 2
White Sugar 2 Cups
Baking Powder 1 tsp.
Melted Butter 2 tbsp.
Salt 1/8 tsp.
Vanilla Extract 1/2 tsp.
Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp.
All-purpose Flour 2-1/3 Cup
Packed Brown Sugar 1/2 Cup
Sour Cream 1 Cup

Note for Substitution: 1/3 cup of unsalted butter (softened) + 3/4 cup buttermilk.


  • Initially, set the oven to 350 degrees F for preheating.
  • Take a 9×13 inch baking pan and grease it.
  • Take a large bowl and add white sugar and butter. Beat it well until fluffy and light.
  • Then, beat all the eggs at once and combine them with vanilla and sour cream/substitute.
  • Combine salt, 2 cups flour and baking powder and mix well. Then, spread half of this mixture in the greased pan.

For the preparation of the filling:

  • Take a medium-size bowl and add brown sugar, cinnamon, two tablespoons melted butter and 1/3 cup flour in it.
  • Next, sprinkle the batter of the cake with half the filling. Subsequently, spread the remaining half of the batter over the filling and atop rest of the filling.
  • Allow baking for 30 to 40 minutes.

4) Sour Cream Banana Bread

Servings Time
1-2 Loaves 1 hour 10 minutes


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Softened Butter 1/2 Cup
Eggs 2
Sugar 1 Cup
Salt 1 tsp.
Mashed Bananas 1/2 Cup
Walnuts 1 Cup
Baking Soda 1 tsp.
Vanilla 1 tsp.
Sour Cream 1/2 Cup

Note for Substitution: 1 cup yogurt + 1 teaspoon baking soda (additionally to what is mentioned in the recipe).


  • At 350 degrees, preheat the oven.
  • Take one pan of 9 inches, spray oil and flour. Fill the pan around 3/4 with batter.
  • Take a large bowl. Add sugar and butter and mix well until fluffy and light.
  • Then, put the eggs and beat well.
  • Mix together baking soda, salt, and flour separately, and then add this blend to the mixture of butter.
  • Next, put bananas, vanilla, and sour cream. Substitute and mix well.
  • Pour this blend into the greased pans. Keep them in the oven for baking around 55 minutes.
  • Allow cooling for 10 minutes and afterward turn the loaves out onto a holder.

5) Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Servings Time
8 30 minutes


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Ground Chuck 1/4 lbs.
Salt 1/2 tsp.
One can of Tomato Sauce 15 oz.
Fresh Ground Black Pepper For Taste
Sliced Green Onions 1/2 Cup
Small Curd Cottage Cheese 1-1/4 Cup
Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 Cup
White Egg Noodles 8 oz.
Sour Cream 1/2 Cup

Note for Substitution: 1 cup yogurt + 1 teaspoon baking soda.


  • Take a large skillet for browning ground chuck. Add tomato sauce after draining fat. Then, add seasonings.
  • Mix and then allow simmering. Meanwhile, make preparation for other ingredients.
  • Next, cook egg noodles, drain them and set them aside.
  • Then, combine cottage cheese and sour cream/substitute in a medium bowl. Season it with black pepper. Then, add it to noodles and mix.
  • Afterward, put green onions and mix again.
  • Add half of the noodles to a baking pot for assembling. Add topping of half of the mixture of meat. Next, atop half of the cheddar cheese. Make repetition of all the layers once again.
  • Allow twenty-minutes baking or until the cheese melts.
  • Serve and enjoy.

6) Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Servings Time
4-6 40 minutes


Ingredients Quantity/Amount
Chicken Broth 2 Cups
Unsalted Butter 3 tbsp.
Sliced Green Onions 2-3 tbsp.
Chicken Chopped or Shredded
Diced Green Chilies Mild 1 can of 1 to 4 oz.
Flour 3 tbsp.
Monterey Jack Cheese Shredded 3 Cups
Small Flour Tortillas 8-10
Sour Cream 1 Cup

Note for Substitution: 1 cup Greek yogurt + 1 teaspoon baking soda.


  • Set the oven to 350 degrees for preheating. Take a 9 X 13-inch baking dish and apply a cooking spray. Keep it aside.
  • Then, combine 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese and chicken in a small bowl. Stuff tortillas in this mixture. Subsequently, put them seam side down in a sprayed pan by rolling each tortilla up.
  • Take a skillet for melting butter. Then, drizzle flour atop melted butter and beat well. Allow cooking for 1 minute. Turn the heat off and put in broth.
  • Turn the heat on and cook until the mixture is bubbly and thickened. Next, allowing cooling the sauce for 3 to 5 minutes. Subsequently, put chilies and sour cream/substitute and mix until smoothening of the sauce.
  • Top enchiladas with sauce and layer the rest of the cheese on the top. Next, allow baking for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated enchiladas. Then, allow broiling by turning the broiler on until golden. Layer with green onions and have it.

Wrapping it Up:

Hopefully, not only would you be familiar with mouth-watering recipes now, but also have a secret to winning the hearts of people in your life. Not only that, this comprehensive guide may have helped you find your answers to a lot of your queries related to stomach issues, pregnancy, food allergies, etc.

Was it informative and helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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