Yogurt is a creamy milk product made by fermenting milk with bacterial cultures. It is a tangy, sour food that is used for everything from breakfast to condiments in cultures around the world. People have many reasons to look for yogurt substitutes, from dairy intolerance to being vegan, and there are many options that can work for the same.
The type of yogurt substitute you want to use is dependent on what you’re using it for. There are many yogurt substitutes available including sour milk, coconut cream, buttermilk, cottage cheese, tofu, homemade dairy-free yogurt, and more.
When baking or cooking, sour milk and buttermilk can be used to substitute of yogurt. They both provide high-fat contents with a similar sour tang.
While you can buy pre-made dairy-free yogurts quite easily these days, many people avoid the pre-made options because of high sugar content, flavoring, and preservatives. Making your own homemade dairy-free yogurt is easy and it can also help to avoid sugar-laden calories.
Pureed silken tofu is a good non-dairy yogurt substitute when cooking. It is high in protein and has the same texture as yogurt. However, it lacks acidity, so adding a tablespoon of lemon juice will help to mimic yogurt’s tang.
Dairy-free sour cream alternatives are great yogurt substitutes for making sauces and dips since the thickness and tang very similar to plain yogurt.