Friday, 18 January 2013

Dairy Free Vegan Sour Cream

Dairy Free Vegan Sour Cream
Going dairy free isn't easy
Eating a Paleo diet or any diet (and obeying all the rules) ain't easy.

At this point I'm not trying to adhere to any particular 'diet' or plan other than gluten free and dairy free (with the exception of butter....I use so little of it and where I do use it can't be replaced by something else).  I will also continue to limit refined sugar.....again I eat so little of it (ie.Birthday cake....at a birthday or the very rare Chai tea latte at Starbucks) that I am not losing my mind about that.

I decided that during this transition stage....I will be slowly heading further into the direction of SCD (Specific Specific Diet) ...I will try out some of the recipes for the dairy free/soy free/grain free/ 'regular foods' replacements.  I never really got into this with the transition to gluten free.....scared that they would all be too disappointing.  Some of these I have been surprising, like this one

Dairy Free Sour Cream
1 cup raw cashews
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt

Place the cashew in the small bowl and cover by about 1/2 inch with boiling water.  Let soak for 30 minutes

Drain and reserve the liquid.  Put the cashews in a blender or food processor with about 1/4 of the soaking liquid and blend until smooth.  Add some of the reserved liquid as needed.  Add in the vinegar, lemon juice and salt.  Use as a sour cream replacement.

I put it on my Chili Con Carne

Review: not bad at all.  It doesn't taste exactly like sour cream but it has a vaguely similar taste.  It is a bit sweeter and really takes care of the rich creamy texture that you might miss going dairy free. I will make it again and experiment with adding other flavours....lime for Mexican inspired dishes etc.  I recommend it and suggest trying it.

I can't take credit for this recipe but I can't find who to give credit to either.  It seems to be 'the recipe' for vegan sour cream on the internets. 

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