Tofu Sour Cream: From Pantry to Dairy-Free Topping in 5 Minutes

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Go Dairy Free has been around for more than 15 years, so we have a lot of recipes up. Sometimes we end up with a recipe variation or two, but we actually had three separate recipes posted for tofu sour cream specifically! So today, I’m replacing them all with my favorite version, which is from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. While I love my Cashew Sour Cream Recipe, this plant-based Tofu Sour Cream is a wonderful option that I lean on in a pinch.

Dairy-Free Tofu Sour Cream Recipe - Fast, Easy, Healthy, Cheap, Delicious, and Versatile Plant-Based Dairy Alternative (naturally nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan)

Tofu Sour Cream is Easy, Cheap, Healthy & Deliciously Dairy Free

I call this recipe “Silken Sour Cream” in my book, because it has a wonderful, light but creamy finish. It also uses pantry ingredients, and takes just minutes to make, so it’s a great recipe to have on hand even if you typically buy (dairy-free!) sour cream.

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingSome vegan sour cream alternative recipes just use lemon juice for flavoring. I find it to be unbalanced, so I use a combination of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, along with salt and just a smidgen of sweetener to take the edge off. The flavor is slight sharp at first, but the flavors come together as the tofu sour cream sits in the refrigerator.

Also, it’s important to use firm silken tofu. I use Mori-Nu, which gives you that nice, smooth consistency. They also sell soft and extra-firm silken tofu, but you want to use firm specifically, for the right thickness. This product is shelf-stable, but some stores sell it with the refrigerated tofu. Once home, it will keep in your pantry until expiry.

Dairy-Free Tofu Sour Cream Recipe - Fast, Easy, Healthy, Cheap, Delicious, and Versatile Plant-Based Dairy Alternative (naturally nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan)

Special Diet Notes: Tofu Sour Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Tofu Sour Cream (Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)
 
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This recipe is from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. It's a simple, healthy, cost-effective, make-ahead recipe with excellent versatility.
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Eastern European
Serves: 1⅓ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 (12-ounce) package firm silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon oil (see Oil Note below)
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or sweetener of choice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Put the tofu, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, sweetener, and salt in your food processor or blender. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
  2. Transfer the tofu sour cream to an airtight container. It can be used immediately, but if time permits, refrigerate it for a few hours (or overnight) to allow the flavors time to meld. It will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Notes
Oil Note: Use a neutral-tasting oil. Oils like extra-light olive oil (not extra-virgin), non-GMO canola oil, grapeseed oil, or other mild oil add richness without influencing the flavor.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 17 Fat: 1.1g Saturated fat: .2g Carbohydrates: .7g Sugar: .5g Sodium: 60mg Fiber: 0g Protein: 1.1g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. will be making this soon this is perfect for me as i dont like dairy and sour cream perfect for my snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

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