Dairy-free Baking Substitute for Greek Yogurt?
March 24, 2020 4:18 PM   Subscribe

I would like to make this Alison Roman Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake, but I don't eat dairy. What pantry options can I turn into a DIY substitute for the greek yogurt or sour cream called for in the recipe?

The recipe calls for 3/4 C of greek yogurt or sour cream, to be combined with other wet ingredients and then folded into the dry ingredients.

I don't eat either of those things, and don't have any store-bought dairy-free substitutes in the house. What can I use instead, and how much should I use?

I have: coconut milk/cream in a can that could be separated; raw unsalted cashews; the kind of coconut milk that comes in a carton; applesauce; numerous other kinds of nuts/seeds including ground flax. I already tried to make something the internet called "quick cashew yogurt" and it failed spectacularly but maybe it was a bad recipe or user error!

I would appreciate any tips, guidance, or recipes that would help enable my stress baking!
posted by stellaluna to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
From here:

"Coconut milk is lactose-free and vegan, making it a great option for people with milk allergies or dietary restrictions. Interestingly, it makes an exceptional substitute for sour cream.
Full-fat coconut milk can also make an excellent sour cream replacement in baked goods. Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of coconut milk to mimic the sour taste."

They also have a recipe for cashews, vinegar and lemon juice as a substitute, but the coconut milk seems easier since you have plenty of it on hand. I have not tried non-dairy substitutes in my baking, so cannot attest to their validity.
posted by Everydayville at 4:35 PM on March 24 [2 favorites]

Ditto for Everydayville's response. Apple sauce should also work, without adding lemon juice. You might want to reduce the sugar in the recipe since apple sauce usually already has some.
posted by tmdonahue at 5:00 PM on March 24

Quick and easy! Thank you!
posted by stellaluna at 5:07 PM on March 24

Did you make it with coconut milk? Wondering how it turned out!
posted by too bad you're not me at 11:00 AM on March 25

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