Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce
For the vegan cashew cheese sauce:
  • 1½ cups raw cashews*
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more to thin if necessary
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (feel free to deseed or leave out if sensitive to spice)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1

*To make the cashew cheese sauce: soak the cashews in 4 cups of water for at least 2 hours; otherwise I’ve found that you can easily speed up the process by adding the raw cashews to a pot with water and placing over high heat. Bring water to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat; let the cashews sit for 30-45 minutes in the warm water, then drain.

Step 2

Once the cashews have finished soaking you’ll be ready to make the sauce: add drained cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, almond milk, jalapeno, turmeric, paprika, onion powder, dijon mustard, salt and black pepper to a high powered blender. Blend until a thick sauce comes together. If you want a thinner sauce, add a bit more almond milk. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Enjoy! Serves 6-8, depending on how you use it.

Recipe Notes

If you’re making this for kids, I suggest taking out the seeds of the jalapeno or leaving out the jalapeño completely.

Recipe Notes

If you’re making this for kids, I suggest taking out the seeds of the jalapeño or leaving out the jalapeno completely.


Servings: 8 servings
Serving size: 1 serving (based on 8)
Calories: 151kcal
Fat: 10.9g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Carbohydrates: 7.8g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 1.7g
Protein: 5.5g