Yogurt & Mayonnaise Substitutes

What is a good substitute for yogurt? Substitutes for Yogurt (yoghurt) can be made in most recipes, according to our table, 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 yogurt substitute (yoghurt) in your recipe. Also remember that you will not find active bacteria cultures in any of the yogurt substitutes (yoghurt) listed.

Yogurt & Mayonnaise 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)
*OR* Plain Silken Tofu (Dairy Free option to add protein to smoothies and dips)
Mayonnaise substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (a healthy substitute for mayo)
*OR* Smashed Avocado for Sandwiches or Salads

Yogurt Substitute Considerations

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.

Remember, when making a yogurt substite 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.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.