How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

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Stirring almond milk and lemon juice in a measuring glass to make vegan buttermilk

Have a favorite recipe that calls for buttermilk, but want to make it vegan or dairy-free? This recipe is the 2-ingredient, 5-minute solution.

Almond milk and lemon wedges on a plate

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

Simply stir together your favorite dairy-free milk (we like almond or oat milk) with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Pouring lemon juice into a bowl of almond milk

Let it sit for a few minutes, and the mixture should curdle slightly from the acidity. It won’t thicken quite like buttermilk, but it has a similar effect in recipes!

Stirring together almond milk and lemon juice in a bowl

This EASY, versatile vegan buttermilk is now ready to use as a 1:1 substitute for buttermilk in your favorite recipes. Use it in our Best Damn Vegan Biscuits, Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Biscuits, Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing, and more!

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Lemon wedges on a plate with a jar of vegan buttermilk

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

EASY vegan buttermilk made with 2 ingredients in 5 minutes. Perfect for biscuits, ranch, and other recipes that call for buttermilk.
Author Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (cup)
Course Helpful How-to
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1-2 Days



  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain dairy-free milk (such as almond or oat milk)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar


  • In a bowl, combine lemon juice with almond milk to make “vegan buttermilk.” Set aside for a few minutes — it should curdle slightly. It won’t thicken like buttermilk, but it has a similar effect in recipes.
  • Use in vegan ranch, biscuits (or gluten-free biscuits), or anywhere else that calls for buttermilk. Best when fresh, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days and stirred before using.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate and will depend on the type of dairy-free milk used. We calculated with fortified almond milk and lemon juice.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 cup Calories: 39 Carbohydrates: 4.2 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 2.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.58 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.42 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 173 mg Potassium: 177 mg Fiber: 0.5 g Sugar: 2.3 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 6 mg Calcium: 443 mg Iron: 0.7 mg

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