Shelf Life of
Yogurt Substitutes

What is a Yogurt Substitute?

How Long Does Yogurt Last?

Yogurt Shelf Life

What is a good substitute for yogurt? Substitutes for Yogurt (yoghurt) can be made in most recipes, with slight changes in the final outcome. Yogurt is so good and good for you that they seem to disappear off the fridge shelf and when your recipe calls for yogurt (yoghurt) you many come up empty and you need a yogurt substitute in a hurry.

It’s not just for snacking, loosing weight or keeping your internals working properly – yogurt (yoghurt) can also serve as a substitute for mayonnaise, eliminating a lot of fat content from your finished product. You can also use yogurt as a substitute for sour cream or cottage cheese. These are a few things you can substitute for yogurt (yoghurt).

So, use this table to find a proper substitute for yogurt (yoghurt) in your recipe. Also remember that you will not find active bacteria cultures in the substitutes for yogurt (yoghurt).

Table of Yogurt (Yoghurt) Substitutes:

Ingredient Amount Substitute
Yogurt substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Sour Cream
*OR* 1 Cup Buttermilk
*OR* 1 Cup Cottage Cheese (Blended smooth, if needed for your recipe)
Mayonnaise substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (a healthy substitute for mayo)
*OR* Smashed Avocado for Sandwiches or Salads






We actually prefer the sour cream or buttermilk substitute when a baking recipe calls for yogurt, it’s not quite as good for you of course but the texture is slightly lighter and there is a bit of a tasty tang to the finished baked goods. It works especially well with coffee cakes. But if making a fruit salad type recipe, we prefer the cottage cheese option when substituting for yogurt.

But remember, when making a yogurt substitution be sure to measure accurately for best results. Some substitutes for yogurt (yoghurt) may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. Whether this is good, bad or indifferent depends on your tastebuds, but we’ve tried others and feel that these are the best alternatives in pinch for a yogurt substitute.

Check our yogurt culture page for more information on the health benefits of yogurt.

For information on the shelf life of yogurt visit our how long does yogurt last page.

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