Easy Vegan Cashew Sour Cream (Dairy-Free)

by Alena

This healthy dairy-free cashew sour cream is rich, tangy and super creamy! Really easy to make with 5 basic ingredients in 5 minutes, this vegan dip perfectly complements any savory Mexican dish, baked goods and salads.

Delicious condiments definitely have the power to bring simple components together into one awesome meal.

This easy vegan cashew sour cream is no different! You will be amazed at how simple it is to make your own dairy-free dip at home — and oh, that flavor! 

Just like our herbed tofu ranch, Greek yogurt sauce and cashew mayo, this vegan sour cream is super versatile, creamy and undetectably dairy-free.

Definitely cheaper compared to store-bought versions, our cashew sour cream recipe requires only 5 whole food plant-based ingredients! 

Plus, it will keep in your fridge for up to 5 days — if you or your family won’t have used it up the same day, that is (no guarantee).

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Creamy, tangy & salty
  • Dairy-free & vegan 
  • Healthy & whole food plant-based
  • Super versatile and delicious
  • Easy to make in 5 minutes

Sounds good? In terms of kitchen tools, all you need is a high-speed blender and bowl for soaking your cashews.

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Ingredients needed

  • Raw cashews — soaked for at least an hour if possible, better overnight.
  • Lemon juice — fresh works best for this recipe
  • Apple cider vinegar — adding that delicious tanginess! 
  • Nutritional yeast — our favorite component for most vegan dairy replacements!
  • Salt — just add to taste and dietary preference.

You can find the exact amounts in the recipe card below. If you have any questions about these ingredients and possible adjustments, I’ll share more about them in a bit!

Here’s how easy it is to make your own vegan cashew sour cream.

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How to make vegan cashew sour cream

Soak the raw cashews

While it is not 100% necessary, we recommend that you soak your cashews before processing them. It helps soften them up to ensure a creamy texture — especially if your blender isn’t quite  “high-speed”.

There are two main ways you can go about this!

Soaking methods

  1. Put your cashews in a small bowl and cover them with water for at least an hour, better overnight. When you soak them for a few hours or more, put them in the fridge.
  2. If you’re short on time, put the cashews in a small bowl and pour hot water over them. Let the raw cashews soak for 10-15 minutes, then drain them well.

Add to your blender

Drain the soaked cashews and add them to your blender jar together with the rest of the ingredients. 

You can start with a little less than the recommended amounts and give it a taste test before ending up with too sour or salty sour cream.

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Blend & adjust

Process all ingredients until creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Get a small spoon and taste test! Not salty or tangy enough? Add some more of the respective ingredients.

Storage & serving suggestions

The freshly made vegan cashew sour cream can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. It will become a bit thicker after a while when cooled.

The sour cream can also be frozen and then thawed in the fridge overnight at your convenience.

Use it for salad dressings, spread it on your veggie burger and use it as a dip for sweet potato fries or vegan chicken wings!

It also tastes great on some vegan bean chili, homemade bean burritos, buffalo cauliflower tacos, falafel tacos or sweet baked goods like our sugar-free banana bread and pancakes.

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Tips & adjustments

Can I make this nut-free?

Yes, there are different ways of making your own homemade vegan sour cream! Using cashews is just one of them, you can use sunflower seeds, tahini or silken tofu instead.

Please be aware that we can’t tell you the exact amounts for each replacement but we’re positive you’ll figure it out as you go!

More flavor options

Add some fresh minced garlic, onion powder, ground cumin, black pepper, hot or smoked paprika or finely chopped fresh herbs like dill and cilantro.

Try 1-2 tablespoons of dairy-free unsweetened yogurt for a lighter and tangier version or 1 tablespoon dijon mustard!

I don’t have a high-speed blender

Make this cashew sour cream in your personal blender or food processor instead! It won’t be quite as smooth and creamy but still worth making.

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More easy vegan condiments

Once you’ve tried this easy vegan cashew sour cream, you need to make these delicious plant-based dips and sauces next!

Did you make our vegan cashew sour cream? We’d love to read about it, so be sure to leave a review and tell us more in the comments below. You can also Pin this recipe here!

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Easy Vegan Cashew Sour Cream Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This healthy dairy-free cashew sour cream is rich, tangy and super creamy! Really easy to make with 5 basic ingredients in 5 minutes, this vegan dip perfectly complements any savory Mexican dish, baked goods and salads.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked & drained (120 g)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup water (80 ml)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Drain your soaked cashews well and place them in a food processor or high-speed blender.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse a few times, then blend on high until a homogenous and creamy mixture is formed.
  3. Taste test with a small spoon and adjust to your preferences by adding more of any of the components.
  4. Enjoy your homemade cashew sour cream immediately or transfer it to a sealed container and put it in the fridge. It will become firmer over time and keeps well for 4-5 days.

Notes

  • Soaking the cashews for a few hours will make your sour cream extra smooth.
  • If you’re short on time, use the quick soak method and cover the cashews with hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of non-dairy yogurt for some more tanginess!
  • Start with smaller amounts of lemon juice, salt and apple cider vinegar — you can always add more after blending and taste testing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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