Easy Vegan Sour Cream Recipe

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Use this easy vegan sour cream recipe to make the best dairy-free sour cream substitute ever! There are endless flavor variations for this dairy-free cashew sour cream and it tastes awesome as a dip, or in vegan sauces!

easy vegan sour cream in a rustic ceramic dish with cashews and chives in the background

If you’re vegan you have probably reached the point of your life, where you realize that some things just taste better with a dollop of creamy, rich and tangy cream.

Good news, this easy vegan sour cream ticks all those boxes! As a non-vegan, I was highly skeptic if soaked cashews can magically transform into something that resembles sour cream – both in texture and flavor.

I am a total believer now!

So why should a non-vegan be trusted with a vegan sour cream substitute recipe? Well, because I actually have both in the fridge and would still opt for the vegan sour cream! It’s that good!

easy vegan sour cream in a little dish with a wooden spoon and cashew nuts on the side

Now, I know that there are many vegan sour cream brands out there, but having tried Tofutti and the likes I would actually opt for homemade every.single.time!

The thing is, making this vegan sour cream is fun, easy and you’ll feel a bit like a mad kitchen scientist watching your cashew nuts turn into a creamy smooth, perfectly chunk-free sour cream!

Tips for making the best vegan sour cream: 

  • Make sure you buy raw cashew nuts, not roasted and seasoned.
  • Soak them for at least 5 hours, or even overnight. If soaking them overnight, put them in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Don’t forget to rinse them after soaking.
  • I like to use coconut milk instead of water when making this vegan sour cream recipe. It’s a personal thing, but I like it extra creamy!
  • If you want a, you can add a tsp of maple syrup to the sour cream for a less tangy, rounder taste.

the best vegan sour cream recipe

Variations on this Vegan Sour Cream recipe:

  • For a Mexican Sour Cream, add lime juice instead of lemon juice, add some fresh lime zest, a pinch of cumin and 5 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves to the blender! This makes the best vegan nachos topping!
  • For an autumnal sour cream, add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. This is the BEST on top of morning oats or my Kabocha Squash Hummus.
  • Make a vegan French Onion Dip: Caramelize an onion for about 20 minutes, adding a tsp of maple syrup in the end. Let cool, then blitz until finely chopped and stir into cashew sour cream. Season with 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tbsps chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.

easy vegan sour cream made from cashew nuts served in a rustic small bowl (vegan sour cream recipe)

How can I use my homemade vegan sour cream for cooking?

I ended up using it to replace a variety of other dairy products:

For the oatmeal lovers out there, I love drizzling some on top of savoury oatmeal or top my sweet morning oats with my autumnal sour cream (see variations).

Otherwise, think nachos dip or sauce for tacos and any other Mexican dish.

I use this vegan sour cream recipe as a base for my dressing in my Vegan Creamy Cucumber Salad , I drizzle it on top of my Mujaddara and my Stuffed Acorn Squash! It’s divine!

How long does Vegan Sour Cream last? 

The sour cream should be ok for at least 5 days or up to a week! Make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Homemade vegan sour cream in a rustic brown bowl with chives and cashews in the background


Did you make and love this Easy Vegan Sour Cream Recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

Easy Vegan Sour Cream Recipe

Learn how to make the best vegan sour cream using cashew nuts and a couple of secret ingredients! This easy to make dairy-free sour cream substitute tastes awesome as a dip, or in vegan sauces!  

Course condiment, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free sour cream, easy vegan recipes, sour cream substitute, sour cream with cashew nuts, vegan condiments, vegan sour cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 4 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 35 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked for at least 5 hours if you do not have a high-powered blender
  • 3/4 cup water or coconut milk
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast


  1. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews until the water runs clear.

  2. In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and pulse until the mixture is super smooth and creamy. As you go, stop to scrape down the sides. If your mixture is too thick, slowly drizzle in some water, until the vegan sour cream has reached your desired consistency.

  3. Taste and add more salt or stir in some lemon zest for a zesty flavor. Transfer the sour cream to an airtight container and chill in the fridge.
  4. Leftovers keep in the fridge for about a week. As it chills, the sour cream will thicken up a bit, which you can reverse by stirring in small amounts of water or nut milk. 

Recipe Notes

The sour cream keeps in the fridge for about a week and will get thicker with time. Add some nut milk or water to make it thinner.


For recipe variations, see blog post.

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  1. 5 stars
    Sour cream? From cashews? Now that is a super cool idea! Half of my family is dairy intolerant so this looks like the perfect way to allow them to indulge in sour cream when we have our nacho night! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’m not necessarily vegan but I would like once in a while to have Non-dairy options. And I never thought of the option of non-dairy sour cream. How amazing. I’m saving that for later. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    We’ve been making our own sour cream for years. It’s quite simple but I never thought it could be made vegan. It’s really good to know. Thank you for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    You are a lifesaver! I have been looking for a vegan sour cream recipe for ages! I’m vegetarian but I’m always looking for non-dairy alternatives as I find the store bought versions are not great. Thank you for sharing this x

  5. 5 stars
    I would have never guessed that this sour cream was vegan just by looking at the pictures. It looks so creamy and delicious! And I love your suggestion for making an autumnal variation of it. Great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I am going to have to share this with all my vegan friends. They don’t have to miss out on a delicious condiment now.

  7. 5 stars
    Ha, this is genius! So simple and so healthy. I love sour cream but I don’t like dairy products so this recipe is a keeper. Saving this and I’ll give it a try.

  8. 5 stars
    Just tried this, I had to break it down into 1/4 of the recipe and tweak a little for the sour taste I like, but this a wonderful recipe!!! I am 3 weeks in on switching to a whole food plant based lifestyle, this is a huge win!!! Thank you for the recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Also zuerst einmal möchte ich dir für dieses grandiose Rezept danken! Ich habe die Creme gerade mit meinem Thermomix gezaubert und was soll ich sagen? Ich bin begeistert! Die leckerste saure Sahne aller Zeiten. Aber dass es noch besser geht, habe ich nicht gedacht. Denn ich hatte noch etwas übrig und habe mich dann an den Zwiebeldip von dir gewagt. Ich glaube nicht einmal der Himmel schmeckt so gut! Wird ab jetzt für jeden Burger gemacht!
    Vielen, viel lieben Dank für dieses bereichernde Rezept!
    Ganz liebe Grüße 🙂

  10. Hallo Kiki,
    bin absoluter Neuling bei veganen Produkten. Dein Rezept liest sich sehr gut, ich habe gerade die Cashews eingeweicht, heute mittag geht es dann zur Sache. Danke für das Rezept.

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