May 25, 2021
(updated June 25, 2022)
What’s inside: This quick and easy Paleo cashew cheese sauce recipe is a staple in my fridge. Toss the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth and thick. Lather it on pasta, nachos, tacos, and so much more – the options are endless for this versatile cashew cheese sauce. Whole30 friendly and vegan too!
In my nutrition practice, I see a lot of patients who have a dairy intolerance. And so many of my patients miss enjoying those dairy-laden dishes! But alas, people with diary restrictions no longer have to miss out on these decadent dishes. Quick and easy homemade cheese sauces such as this one is a staple amongst my patients.
This Paleo Cashew Cheese Sauce can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and is the perfect dip for crisp vegetables, crunchy chips, or use to make Butternut Squash Lasagna or Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio (Baked Ziti). Honestly, though, if you’d like to eat it straight off the spoon, I wouldn’t hold it against you – it’s that good!
But if you are someone who can’t tolerate tree nuts and are looking for a delicious dairy-free, vegan, AIP, and paleo-friendly sauce, I got you! Check out this Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce that is rich and luscious or this ultra-creamy Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce From Cauliflower. No matter which recipe you use, I can guarantee that it will satisfy that cheese craving – no matter when it hits!
Store any leftover dairy-free cheese sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Of course! Place in a freezer-safe container or bag and lay flat in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to use, allow to thaw overnight in the fridge and then warm up according to the directions below.
When ready to use, reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed through, stirring frequently to ensure it’s smooth.
This sauce can also be reheated via stovetop in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until simmering. Whisk frequently to remove any lumps.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is cultivated for use in food as an easy way to add a cheesy flavor to dishes. Commonly taken from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae species that is used for baking bread and brewing beer, this form of yeast is not alive and therefore, it won’t raise your bread. Commonly sold in yellow flakes, granules, or powder, it can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores.
For people who need an alternative diet, nutritional yeast is an excellent vegan source of vitamins, minerals, and protein which are vital for healthy cell function and tissue repair.
You certainly can but keep in mind that cashews have a neutral flavor and, when mixed with nutritional yeast will give you a flavor most closely resembling authentic cheese sauce. However, if you’d like to make this recipe with a different seed or nut, feel free! Sunflower seeds would be a great alternative as they soften quickly and are relatively inexpensive, but feel free to use pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
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Thank you so much for getting back to me! Glad to know I’m following the recipe correctly! I’ll try the pinch of turmeric next time. 🙂
I just made this recipe and think that it is delicious! Just wanted to double check that the “1 tsp” of nutritional yeast listed in your ingredients is correct? I followed the instructions to the letter and my final sauce was pale beige compared to the definite yellow shade shown in the photo. I did end up adding a little more but was curious! Thanks, it’s a tasty recipe!
Awesome and yes that’s correct, but you can always add more to taste and for more of a yellow color, could try a pinch of turmeric 🙂
I made this cashew sauce! What a creamy texture and a delicious taste it holds! Love it!!!
Perfect, so happy to hear it!
I made this cashew sauce. What a creamy texture and a delicious taste it holds! Love it!
I’ve never tried a cashew based sauce and this amazing. It looks so rich and creamy and I can’t wait to try it.
Love vegan cheese sauce and this recipe looks ace. Looking forward to making it and enjoying it over some cauliflower 🙂
Cashews make the most amazing creamy sauce don’t they. This cheese sauce looks delicious.
Fantastic recipe, it’s so easy too! Can’t wait to see more 🙂
wow this is super easy and dairy free!
This cheese sauce was so creamy and rich it didn’t even feel like a non-dairy recipe! Yum!