Sunday, May 3, 2020

Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

This vegan cheese sauce recipe is delicious in mac and cheese, over nachos or even mixed into your morning oats with some salt and pepper for cheesy oats!

I’m not vegan anymore (I tried it, it didn’t work for me), but I do have a dairy allergy. So anything “cheese-based” has to be vegan for me. However, most vegan cheese products have ingredients in them that I just don’t want to eat. So I have learned to make my own in many cases. This sauce is just one of those substitutions in my kitchen.

A small condiment container sits in front of an open jar. Both are filled with this Vegan Cheese Sauce.

This is not hard to make. Don’t let the timing on the recipe scare you. The eight hours is simply the soaking time for the nuts. Let them soak overnight while you sleep so they are ready to go the next day. Easy! After that, this takes no more than ten minutes to put together because all you are doing is blending everything together.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS?

  • 2 cups cashews (soaked in water overnight)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (no sugar added – low sodium is best)
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. prepared yellow mustard (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (I used pink salt)

As you can see, most of these ingredients are pantry ingredients. I keep my nuts in the fridge, but if you don’t, then this is entirely a pantry recipe! Great while we are all hunkered down under stay-at-home orders.

An overhead view looking down into an open jar and condiment container sitting next to each other, filled with this Vegan Cheese Sauce.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS VEGAN CHEESE SAUCE RECIPE

It’s a really simple process. I promise! Don’t let the overnight soak scare you off.

    • Just put the nuts in a large bowl, cover them with twice the amount of water, and set the bowl in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to make your sauce, simply drain the nuts in a strainer and pour them straight into your blender with the other ingredients.
    • Adjust the salt to your liking. I add pepper too when I put this over oats.
    • If the sauce is too thick for your intended use, you can simply add more broth. You will most likely want to do this if using this on pasta for mac and cheese.

Note: This makes a big batch. You can cut it in half if you won’t use that much. This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you have several different intended uses, mix your broth in separately with smaller portions instead of just pouring it into the blender. Some recipes benefit from a thicker sauce.

So that’s how you make a good vegan cashew cheese sauce. It’s fast, easy and delicious with not a speck of dairy in sight!

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VEGAN CHEESE SAUCE RECIPE:

Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

A delicious, dairy free, vegan cheese sauce that can be used for mac and cheese, cheesy oats, added to a dip, or used on nachos.

Course: Dips, Sauce

Cuisine: American

Yield: 16 servings

Calories: 106 kcal

Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cashews (soaked in water overnight)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (no sugar added - low sodium is best)
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. prepared yellow mustard (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (I used pink salt)

Instructions

  1. Place the soaked nuts and all remaining ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Adjust salt to your liking.

  3. If the sauce is too thick for your intended use, you can simply add more broth. You will most likely want to do this if using this on pasta for mac and cheese.

  4. Note: This makes a big batch. You can cut it in half if you won't use that much. This will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you have several different intended uses, mix your broth in separately with smaller portions instead of just pouring it into the blender. Some recipes benefit from a thicker sauce.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)

Calories 106 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 196mg9%

Potassium 190mg5%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 154IU3%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 11mg1%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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