How To Make Dairy-Free Sour Cream

In the past nine months, since finding out I am sensitive to bovine-derived dairy, I’ve been longing for sour cream. Would you believe me if I told you, you can easily make your own healthy Dairy-Free Sour Cream with just two ingredients? Piled atop a bowl of Mexi “Cauli” Rice, Carnitas and diced avocados, it is simply too amazing for words. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. I am now dreaming up recipes that call for sour cream and can’t wait to try it with a huge bowl of fauxtatoes or in a homemade ranch dressing.

How To Make Dairy Free Sour Cream

Downfall of Dairy

Dairy products are a relatively recent addition to the human diet and some research suggests we would have less health problems and inflammation by eliminating or limiting our intake of most dairy products. Dairy products are a known common food allergen. In the book, The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, author Robb Wolf makes a strong case against dairy, “In simple terms, dairy has problems similar to grains: gut irritating proteins, antinutrients, and protease inhibitors.”

I shared my own personal experience with dairy in my Casein Confession. A horrific gallbladder attack, after eating casein-rich Greek style yogurt, led me to investigate how dairy was affecting my health. Since my symptoms weren’t enough to convince me, I later went on to have some food sensitivity testing done. Sure enough, I tested positive for delayed sensitivities, or IgG-mediated allergies, to the bovine derived milk proteins casein and whey. Since then, I have, to the best of my ability, avoided dairy, and my symptoms have all since resolved.

Do I think everyone should go dairy-free? That’s a question you will have to answer for yourself. Sensitivity to the proteins found in milk, casein and whey, may be the culprit in a number of health issues. If you regularly suffer from nasal congestion, sinusitis, ear infections, joint pain, seasonal allergies, diarrhea, psoriasis, eczema, acne, or any other autoimmune illness, you may experience significant improvement in your health just by avoiding dairy.

How To Make Dairy Free Sour Cream

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Dairy-Free Sour Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8



  1. Refrigerate full can of coconut milk for an hour or two (be careful not to shake).
  2. Open can and scoop out the hardened coconut cream on the top (about a 1/2 cup).
  3. With a spoon, mix well, coconut cream  and vinegar.
  4. Return to refrigerator for an hour.
  5. Stir before serving.
  6. Enjoy!

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  1. pat darroch says

    I found a recipe for dairy free sour cream on your website, with vinegar, and now I cant find it. Could you please send it to me? Pat

  2. Stephanie says

    Hello! I’m wondering if you have ever used your dairy free sour cream recipe as an ingredient replacement in baking or cooking? I’d love to know. Thanks!

  3. Deborah says


    Do you have a recipe for dairy free cream cheese. I make a mean avo and cream cheese but can no longer buy the lactose free cream cheese i was getting. if i could make it that would be a lot better.

    thank you

  4. Marina Klein says

    I got super excited and tried tofutti brand non dairy sour cream & it was DISGUSTING, does this have a decent taste? Being lactose intolerant is so upsetting when you can’t handle what you’ve eaten your whole life =(

  5. TinaC says

    Debbie, I have not tried it with this, but I have successfully used ascorbic acid powder (Vitamin C powder) as a vinegar replacement in some recipes. Has the same tangy taste, no histamines. Might be worth a shot!

  6. Alison says

    Made this last night to do with chilli & corn chips …. Amazing!!!! My lactose intolerant teenage daughter couldn’t get enough of it

  7. Casey says

    I tried making this using coconut cream…it wasn’t bad per se but it wasn’t like sour cream still to coconut tasting. Do you think it’s b/c I used the already made coconut cream rather than using the stuff from the top of a can of coconut milk?


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