Clean 3-Ingredient Vegan Sour Cream – Homemade Dairy Free Sour Cream!

Okay, I’ve gotta say, this vegan sour cream recipe might be even better than traditional dairy-based sour cream… Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just living a dairy free lifestyle, you’ve probably had to say goodbye to some of your favorite dairy goodies. Sure, there are all sorts of dairy free and vegan alternatives you can find at the grocery store—vegan ‘meat’ substitutes, vegan cheeses, vegan egg replacers. But, even though these substitutes are plant-based, they’re often ultra-processed foods. Many are loaded with food additives and just don’t provide quality nutrition.

Instead, you can make your OWN dairy free and vegan goods at home!

Cashews to the Dairy-Free Rescue

Can it be?? Vegan sour cream, made with NO cream at all?? YES! It’s so easy to make your own dairy free, vegan sour cream using raw cashews! After soaking in warm water, raw cashews blend up into a thick, silky smooth texture. Their wholesome fats make for irresistibly creamy dips and spreads, and their mild, nutty flavor makes them perfect in all sorts of dairy free recipes.

With just apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and a bit of salt for flavor, this vegan sour cream recipe is clean and simple. And, that nutty taste from the cashews completely transforms into the classic, tangy taste of traditional sour cream—but without the dairy!

Health Benefits of Cashews

Along with their satiating fats, cashews are also a great source of plant-based protein. And this vegan sour cream recipe packs four grams of protein in just a two-tablespoon serving! One of the major struggles for people living a vegan lifestyle specifically can be getting enough protein, so every bit helps. (Which means feel free to really pile on this dairy free deliciousness!)

And, cashews are a great source of essential minerals, like copper, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. Plus, they even contain a bit of calcium, which can often be lacking for some people living a dairy free lifestyle!

The Best Vegan Sour Cream Recipe EVER. (No, But Really.)

Seriously, I’m not always a huge fan of vegan-ized recipes, like nut-based cheeses and soy-based egg dishes. BUT, I was beyond pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of this vegan sour cream! Our entire team was raving over it, and it disappeared in a flash. You can dollop this dairy free dip onto tacos, burritos, a baked potato, or even on top of a creamy soup. Personally, I think it’s yummy enough to just enjoy as a dip with chips! (Or maybe even with a spoon…)

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Vegan Sour Cream

Vegan Sour Cream

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings, ~2 cups vegan sour cream 1x



2 cups raw cashews
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
1 lemon, juiced
salt, to taste


  • Soak cashews overnight, or for a few hours.
  • Drain cashews, then add to a food processor or blender with remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until creamy. Season to taste.
  • Serve on tacos or as a dip and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 1
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 4


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