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May 31, 2008 11:06 AM

Non-Dairy Cream Substitute

Howdy all,

One of the friends that I'm having over for dinner soon can't eat any dairy. I really wanted to make my delicious chicken linguine in mushroom cream sauce, but obviously real cream is out of the question.

On the shoddy advice of a few websites, I bought a container of powdered coffee whitener and tried mixing that with water to make cream. Now, either I was doing it wrong or it was simply a bad idea, but either way I was not going to waste my chicken in that sauce.

I tried the powdered version because I couldn't find any liquid non-dairy creamer (whatever that really is), even in the frozen section.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Unfortunately there's no great substitute for real cream. Even the powdered "non-dairy" substitutes often contain milk proteins. I'm dairy-free myself, and I do enjoy the Silk (soy) coffee creamer in my coffee, but it is sweet and would probably lend an off flavor to your dish.

    Tofutti makes soy cream cheese (and maybe sour cream too?).. I wonder if mixing in a tablespoon of the cream cheese with unsweetened plain soy milk would get you a step closer. I've never tried this but if it melts, it could help add some of the creaminess that's so hard to recreate.

    Or, just make a tomato-based sauce instead. :) Let us know what you end up with!

    1. I am afraid it is simply a bad idea. Non-dairy cream substitute will not work like cream. You can work around small amounts in other applications but nothing takes the place of cream when it is the star. Choose another dish to serve.

      1. Try Mocha Mix, I use it all the time as a substitute for milk or cream.

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        1. re: paprkutr

          I've never heard of Mocha Mix prior to now. I'm curious where you purchase it -- I'm in the upper Midwest, specifically Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and have had no luck in pinpointing a carrying retailer via Google.

        2. You know how silken tofu can be used to puree into "pudding" or put in milkshakes. Do you think it could be pureed and used as the base of your cream sauce?

          1. In the New York area Rich's brand "Coffee Rich" liquid non-dairy creamer is available in some supermarkets, in the freezer section. I can't vouch for how it would work in your sauce, though I think it might.