The Best Vegan Buttermilk Substitute

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Food & Drink   416 views 0

Vegan Buttermilk Substitute – Traditionally, buttermilk is the liquid remains left out of extracting butter from the cream. However, nowadays, it is made using low-fat milk.

On the basis of appearance, it is thicker than plain milk. In terms of taste, it is tangy due to its more acidic content than milk. It reacts with other ingredients such as baking soda to generate bubbles possessing carbon dioxide.

List of Vegan Buttermilk Substitute

vegan buttermilk substitute

Buttermilk is perhaps one of the main ingredients in preparing buttermilk pancakes as well as biscuits. It is made from milk. However, it does not mean that it can be made only using milk.

This is because it is possible to have a vegan buttermilk substitute for those who are allergic to milk or are purely vegan. So, those who cannot have a milk can still enjoy recipes made using buttermilk.

A Quick Vegan Buttermilk Substitute Recipe

One of the easiest substitutes of buttermilk can be made at home. You only need one tablespoon lemon juice and one cup of any non-dairy milk option for the same. Following is the procedure to prepare this alternative to traditional buttermilk:

  1. Add lemon juice to a bowl.
  2. Now, add a non-dairy milk option such as coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk to the bowl. Just avoid preferring rice milk here, as it will not result in the desired thickened output.
  3. Allow the mix to settle for 10 minutes or until it thickens/ferments.

That’s it! You can now use this buttermilk in the favorite recipes. Just replace buttermilk with this substitute in the ratio 1:1.

The Exotic Substitute

An exotic vegan buttermilk substitute would be buttermilk made using tofu. Simply use smooth tofu and mix it with lemon juice and water to get the desired buttermilk alternative. Then, you can replace buttermilk with this blend in a ratio of 0.25:1.

In other words, one cup of buttermilk can be replaced with one-fourth cup of tofu mixed with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a half cup of water in a blender. To get the desired consistency, you may add three more tablespoons of water. Finally, allow the blend to settle for 10 minutes prior to using it as a replacement.

The Sour Cream Substitute

You can choose a vegan sour cream and mix it with water to replace buttermilk used in dips, dressings, and baked items. Just mix half cup each of this cream and water to replace a cup of buttermilk.


There are some good and easy-to-make vegan buttermilk substitutes. Choosing one of them depends on your own personal preferences.

Tags: , , ,

mm 112 posts
Katie Leslove

I have a passion for cooking different foods every day, and that’s why I have chosen it as the topic for my writings. I cook the dishes, garnish it with green veggies and snap the photo. I like to show those photos to my blog readers. Read More