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Dairy Free Buttermilk in 3 Easy Steps

Dairy Free Buttermilk in 3 Easy Steps

Seriously, how many times have you started a recipe and it calls for buttermilk? Then the worst happens, you go to the grocery store and there is NO Buttermilk…especially no ORGANIC Buttermilk! If there is you only need a cup and they only sell ½ gallon’s for $6. How about going  even one step further. What if dairy is not part of your health journey. You are looking at the recipe and wondering, “do they even make dairy free buttermilk?” Honestly the struggle is real! I used to freak out until I found this little recipe!

When I can find a recipe that will allow me to substitute nut milk for cows milk successfully you can count me in! I am not dairy free but I will make an effort to avoid it where I can. The best part is in a healthy kitchen you probably have these ingredients at the ready. No more dread when you read a recipe and it calls for buttermilk. 

dairy free buttermilk

Dairy Free Buttermilk in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Measure 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk. I like the kind in the carton and not the can. If you make your own awesome! If you want to learn to make your own coconut milk check out my post on how to make your own coconut milk.
  1. Use a fresh lemon and squeeze to get one tablespoon of juice.
  1. Add to coconut milk and stir. Wait 5 minutes and bingo you have dairy free buttermilk.

Q & A:

Q: Can I use it the same way I use traditional buttermilk?

A: Yes, the measurement will be the same and it will perform the same as traditional buttermilk in recipes.


Q: Can I make it ahead and store it?

A: Yes. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. It will separate most likely so give it a stir or shake before you use it.


Q: Can I use other nut milks to make dairy free buttermilk?

A: Yes. The amount of separation might vary but shake or stir before use and you should be good to go.


Q: Why make buttermilk over traditional flavor of nut milks?

A: Traditional and dairy free buttermilk add a zip of flavor that is super yummy in breading. It also masks some of the nut milk sweetness for a more traditional flavor profile.

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