This quick and easy vegan buttermilk is just two ingredients and ready in less than 5 minutes! Perfect as a vegan buttermilk substitute for non-dairy baking, vegan cakes, vegan buttermilk biscuits, vegan pancakes, and more!

jar of vegan buttermilk

Is buttermilk vegan?

Unfortunately, buttermilk is not vegan. It’s made from fermented milk, which contains dairy and is not vegan. 

But what is buttermilk used for? Is it necessary in vegan baking? 

Buttermilk is typically used to help give baked goods their flavor, texture, and rise. The acidity reacts with leavening agents, like baking soda, creating gas that helps the cakes to rise and stabilize. 

Buttermilk also helps with the tender texture found in cakes, and helps give buttermilk biscuits their classic flavor!