Dairy Free Coconut Sour Cream (AIP, Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

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Last Updated on September 26, 2023

There are times when sour cream really makes a dish! What if you are dairy free though? The good news is that coconut sour cream makes a great dairy-free option. This easy recipe for coconut sour cream is complaint for AIP, Paleo, GAPS, and SCD diets.

homemade dairy free coconut sour cream recipe

Coconut Sour Cream

In my opinion, coconut sour cream makes the best dairy-free version. If you’re on the AIP diet, have a dairy allergy, or are vegan, you might bo looking for a sour cream substitute.

Sour cream is used as an ingredient in many recipes – you may even use it to bake a birthday cake! Not to mention, sour cream goes with tacos, nachos, is in beef stroganoff, and so many more recipes.

This easy coconut sour cream recipe is a great replacement for the real thing.

Dairy Free Sour Cream

You can find various dairy free sour creams at the local grocery store. Since I am no longer strict AIP and can have tree nuts, I tried the Kite Hill sour cream that’s made with almonds and coconut; and it was not my favorite.

When you are used to regular sour cream, it can be difficult to find a replacement. Using coconut cream and making the yogurt myself has yielded the best sour cream substitute. It’s so close to the real thing that even my kids who are not coconut lovers said it had a creamy taste of sour cream.

coconut sour cream

Making the Coconut Yogurt

Jen has a great recipe for instant pot coconut milk yogurt that I use to make my sour cream.  Be sure not to use too many probiotics or you will get “cottage cheese” and not in a good way (ask me how I know this!)

I love my Instant Pot! My two favorite things to make in it are bone broth (but of course), and coconut yogurt.

Ways to Use Coconut Sour Cream

My favorite way to use this homemade vegan sour cream is by making AIP compliant coconut ranch dressing with it. To make ranch dressing using sour cream, you can use spices and herbs that you likely already have on-hand in your pantry.

Simply put your non-dairy sour cream in a small bowl, add the herbs and spices, and thin it out a tad with the leftover coconut water.

Use equal portions of the following:

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Use half portions of the first 3 ingredients:

  • sea salt
  • onion powder

For instance, if you used 1 tsp of the top 3 ingredients, you’d use 1/2 tsp for the last 2 ingredients. You can add a bit of sweetenter if you’d like and some black pepper if you are not following an AIP diet.

homemade ranch made with coconut sour cream

Easy Dairy Free Sour Cream Recipe

This smooth tasting sour cream starts with the yogurt. You can try using a plain non-dairy yogurt from the store, but I prefer to make my own as it is more tart and has the perfect texture.

To make your own yogurt, you only need three ingredients for my simple recipe: full fat coconut cream (not coconut milk), probiotic capsules, and gelatin.

I have made it without the gelatin too, but the Great Lakes Gelatin helps thicken it up. So, first you need to make the coconut yogurt.

What You Will Need

Once you have your coconut yogurt, you will need to gather the ingredients for this great recipe.

If you prefer, you can use lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar. Both will help to give it that familiar tang. The starch helps get the perfectly smooth texture you are looking for in a vegan sour cream.

Only make what you are ready to eat because this sour cream recipe doesn’t keep well, even in an airtight container.

dairy free sour cream in a bowl


Dairy Free Coconut Sour Cream (AIP, Paleo, GAPS, SCD)

  • Author: Carrie
  • Category: Condiments


  • 1 Tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Arrowroot or tapioca starch


  1. Combine coconut yogurt and ACV and then add thickener to desired consistency.


This works for a single serving. It doesn’t keep well, so only make what you need. You can use lemon juice in place of ACV, or a combination of both if you want more of a tang.


  • Serving Size: 1



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