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Vegan Buttermilk Substitute Recipe

Got two minutes to spare? Let’s make a Vegan Buttermilk substitute! This recipe packs all the tangy vibes of traditional buttermilk minus the cow.


No equipment needed


Very Easy

This picture shows a jar of vegan buttermilk with biscuits.

To perfect this recipe, my poor husband had to taste 18 different buttermilk recipes! So we have him to thank for this successful recipe (I made him pancakes after haha).

This easy buttermilk substitute is similar in flavor and texture to the real kind.

To create a perfect substitute, we tried several plant milks and acids. Eventually, we arrived at the very best. When you use this buttermilk substitute in your pancake batter, you will get a dreamy tanginess that perfectly balances out the sweetness of the syrup.

The trick with buttermilk is the acidity which enhances the leavening process in baked products such as cakes, banana bread, scones, and many others.

This recipe adds a perfect touch of acidity and moisture transforming your pancakes from ordinary to extraordinary.

Below, I have also added a recipe for a simpler version in case you need it.

But trust me, the rice milk and yogurt version is much more similar to the real buttermilk! So if you can, try and make this version.


Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice? Do not do this! Trust me. In one of our many experiments, we tried apple cider vinegar and the result was so nasty we just dumped it. I guess you could use a pinch? But lemon juice is way, way better.

I have rice milk, but no yogurt. Well, you could use 1 cup of rice milk and 1 tsp and the taste will come close but it won’t be thick. You see, rice milk doesn’t curdle so without the yogurt, it won’t thicken. If your recipe won’t get affected by the buttermilk being slightly runny, then it’s fine.

In the simple version could I use rice wine vinegar? We noticed a strange thing in our experiments; for some reason, rice wine vinegar made the buttermilk taste really sweet. It was pretty odd. Sweet buttermilk is probably fine for a cake recipe but I’d avoid it for biscuits or savory dishes.

This picture shows the ingredients: vegan yogurt, rice milk, and lemon juice.

Gather the ingredients.

This picture shows the completed buttermilk substitute.

Mix all the ingredients together. Enjoy!

How can I use this vegan buttermilk?

Buttermilk is needed in some very specific things. Such as:

  • biscuits

  • drop biscuits

  • some drop dumplings

  • pancakes

  • certain cakes

  • coleslaw dressing

  • etc.


This is good in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze it? Freezing is not recommended.

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