The Best Dairy-free Cheese Sauces To Make On Repeat (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

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What’s Inside: Looking for the best dairy-free cheese sauce? Well, I’m giving you 3 recipes to make on repeat and pour on all the things. There are Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly (nut-free) options. And don’t miss all my delicious recipes to get creative using these sauces with!

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The Best Dairy-free Cheese Sauces To Make On Repeat (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly)

When I first eliminated dairy from my diet many moons ago, I felt a lot of things. Firstly, I felt way better, I saw less skin breakouts and irritations, and my digestion improved. But, I also felt a dairy-shaped gaping hole in the depth of my soul, let’s be real now. And so began the search for dairy-free substitutes to be able to have things I missed like mac and cheese, ice cream, and of course… a good ol’ cheese board. This post is all about the sauce though, because sauce can be used in so many different ways! Pouring it on veggies, gluten-free pasta, veggie noodles, using it in casseroles… it’s become quite a staple in my fridge because it’s so easy to make and so tasty.

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The 3 best dairy-free cheese sauces in this post are my go-to’s. And 2 of them are AIP-friendly which means they’re nut-free, vegan, and veggie-full. This is also a great way to get kids (or people who eat like kids) to eat veggies in a sneaky way. Double-win, as it turns out, feeling better can (and should) taste delicious. 

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What’s needed to make dairy-free cheese?

  • Nutritional Yeast – different from bakers or brewer’s yeast, this is a pivotal ingredient in dairy-free cheese recipes. It provides a cheesy-like taste. This is the brand I use.
  • Lemon Juice or Vinegar – this helps with that little bite that cheese has and brings something acidic to your recipe.
  • Cauliflower, Nuts, Coconut, or Potato – something that will be creamy in texture whether it be from fat (nuts, coconut) or starch (like potato or arrowroot starch I like to use).

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Recipes to use these sauces with:

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3 Dairy-free Cheese Sauces

Coconut-Cauliflower Cheese Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly, Nut-free)

 

4.72 from 7 votes
The Best Dairy-free Cheese Sauces To Make On Repeat (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly) via Food by Mars
Coconut-Cauliflower Cheese Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
 

This nut-free, AIP-friendly cheese sauce is a staple in my recipes! It's easy and delicious.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: AIP, dairy-free
Servings: 6
Author: Alison Marras
Ingredients
  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water to loosen
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until well combined. Use in cooking or store in a mason jar for up to 5-days.

Classic Cashew Cheese Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

 

 

5 from 6 votes
The Best Dairy-free Cheese Sauces To Make On Repeat (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly) via Food by Mars
Classic Cashew Cheese Sauce
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
5 mins
 
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 6
Author: Alison Marras
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cashews soaked in water for at least 2 hours & drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup filtered water plus more to loosen as needed
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until well-combined, add more water as needed to loosen. Use or store for up to 5-days in the fridge.

Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly, Nut-free)

 

4.86 from 7 votes
The Best Dairy-free Cheese Sauces To Make On Repeat (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly) via Food by Mars
Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

This easy coconut-free sauce is so creamy and dreamy! It's AIP, Paleo, and Whole30.

Course: Sauce
Servings: 6
Author: Alison Marras
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled white sweet potato (skin peeled off)
  • 1 cup+ water
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 juiced lemon or 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until your sauce forms, add more water as needed to loosen and use in cooking or store for up to 5-days in the fridge.

This Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce Recipe was adapted from Rachel’s delicious one @meatified!

 

 

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  • RamyaMarch 31, 2020 - 2:57 pm

    will be making all soon for me i dont eat dairy at home will tag you on twitter drooling over my samsung galaxy j4 love your recipes making me hungry Thanks RamyaReplyCancel

  • Aimee MarsApril 28, 2020 - 5:37 pm

    I can’t wait to try these different cheese sauces! Anytime I’ve tried to make a dairy-free one before they’ve never tasted good, but these look delicious.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMay 7, 2020 - 7:03 pm

      all the goods to try!! yay, hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • JenApril 28, 2020 - 6:20 pm

    Definitely going to try the sweet potato cheese sauce first. It looks delicious. Perfect for that classic mac and cheese crazing. ReplyCancel

  • BethApril 28, 2020 - 6:30 pm

    We made the sweet potato cheese sauce. It is so yummy! I’ll definitely make it again!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMay 7, 2020 - 7:03 pm

      awesome!! thanks for sharing, Beth!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor KiserApril 28, 2020 - 6:49 pm

    They all sound so delicious! Looking forward to making them!ReplyCancel

  • CookiliciousApril 29, 2020 - 5:44 am

    Oh gosh..your pasta looks amazing..drooling just looking at the picsReplyCancel

  • MarisaSeptember 7, 2020 - 1:34 am

    What brand of nutritional yeast do you use? I’m trying to find a non-fortified one.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasSeptember 10, 2020 - 12:31 am

      I use Bragg’sReplyCancel

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