Sub the Crème Fraîche

for this plant-based version


½ block Tofu Silken (about 250g),

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice, both to taste

¼ cup oat milk


Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes


1 cup


Will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks


Prep. Place a paper towel or kitchen towel on a plate and put the tofu on top. Fold the towel back over the top of the tofu and then weigh down lightly with a second plate. Leave for 5 minutes.

Blend. Take the drained tofu and place it in a food processor along with the 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, choice of lemon or lime juice and the oat milk. On a low speed, blend the contents until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency. Add an extra 2 teaspoons of milk if it feels too dense.

Notes from Sam: You may need a double batch to cover your moussaka entirely.

This substitution recipe is already 100% plant-based!
To reduce your reliance on plastic for this recipe you could buy your nutritional yeast loose and in bulk from a bulk store or bulk section of your supermarket and you can use your own jars and bags. Check out some of the stores in the Sea to Sky, Vancouver area and more here.
Limes or lemons can be bought fresh and loose from the supermarket or you can look for organic bottled juice.
Plant-based milks can be pre-ordered and purchased from The Velvet Underground (just across the road from Green Mo-Function Junction!) and come in re-usable mason jars or you can bring your own jars also Shop Velvet Underground Cafe If you’re interested in making your own oat, soy or nut milks, there are recipes galore online, or you can check out Velvet Underground's YouTube video here.
Plant-based milks can be purchased from Velvet Underground Cafe, if you live in Whistler you couldn't support a more local business!
Alternately Earth's Own are a Canadian brand who make plant-based milk products that are available widely throughout the country and are based in Burnaby, BC!
If you can't buy a locally grown fruit or vegetable, it's better to buy such produce when it is in season in the country it's imported from. So for example, if you're buying lemons or limes from Mexico, it is good to know that their peak growing season typically lasts from March til August.

*Adapted from Healing Tomato's Crème Fraîche Recipe With Four Ingredients