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vegan buttermilk

If you’re an avid baker or chef, chances are you have come across recipes calling for buttermilk.  And if you’re coincidentally a vegan (or if you’re cooking for someone who leads a vegan lifestyle), this line in the list of ingredients may stump you.  It seems like you’re destined to never try the recipe.  After all, vegan buttermilk sounds like the ultimate oxymoron.  Farewell, biscuits, pancakes, or whatever it is that you thought looks absolutely delicious (thanks, awesome blogger photos!).

Have no fear:  you can still make it vegan!  Believe it or not, buttermilk one of the easiest things to veganize!

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This is my go-to for our mega-fluffy easy vegan pancakes, but there are so many potential uses.  Think fried “chicken,” dressings, onion rings, pies, cakes . . . . There are so, so many possibilities!  Let us know in the comments if you use this one for something creative.  We’d love to hear how you use it!

What’s even better is that you can customise this one, too!  My favourite alteration?  Substitute lemon juice for the vinegar in lemony recipes-it’s perfect for a lemon cake!

Whatever you decide to use it for (or whatever it is that brought you to this page in the first place!), this simple vegan buttermilk is bound to make your life easier!

Super Simple Vegan Buttermilk

Vegan buttermilk:  all the fun of buttermilk with none of the guilt!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  1. In a medium-large bowl, whisk milk and vinegar.  

  2. Allow mixture to sit for 5--10 minutes before use.  

That’s it!  What’s easier than two-step preparation?

How does this sorcery work?

I was blown away and oh-so-curious, too. The vinegar curdles the milk ever-so-slightly, thickening it.  By mixing together, even the flavour is can’t-believe-it’s-not-buttermilk! No magic spells required.

Now, go make some easy vegan pancakes or whatever you’ve been avoiding because the recipe calls for buttermilk.  You’ve finally found a way to veganize your favourite buttermilk recipe!  The world is your (vegan) oyster!

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