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

4.28 from 51 votes

What’s Inside: This nut-free, AIP-friendly vegan cheese sauce recipe is a staple in my kitchen! It’s an easy and delicious swap for dairy-laden cheese.

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

Homemade Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower and Coconut

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?! You already know it’s an easy dairy-free substitute for dishes like alfredo, but now you can turn it into a cheese sauce to use to your heart’s desire! I see a lot of pasta, cheese boards, dips, and comfort casseroles in your dairy-free future.

Key Ingredients

This vegan cheese sauce recipe gets its creaminess from the coconut cream and pureed steamed cauliflower. And the nutty, nearly cheesy flavor comes from the nutritional yeast. (My secret ingredient for dairy-free cheese!).


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Additionally, the lemon juice or vinegar helps with that little bite that cheese has and brings something acidic to your recipe.

Lastly, the sea salt and garlic powder offer key cheesy flavors to this dairy-free cheese sauce, while the arrowroot starch or flour binds it all together.


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

How To Make Vegan Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower

This is my favorite part of this Coconut-Cauliflower Cheese Sauce recipe. (Other than it being totally nut-free!) All you have to do is throw everything into a blender and puree until smooth and thick. That’s it!

Use it to make dishes like my Butternut Squash Lasagna or my Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio (Baked Ziti)! Or store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days..

spaghetti squash alfredo via Food by Mars (paleo, AIP, dairy-free)

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Coconut-Cauliflower Cheese Sauce recipe

Coconut-Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

4.28 from 51 votes
This nut-free, AIP-friendly cheese sauce is a staple in my recipes! It's easy and delicious.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Yeild: 6


  • 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


  • 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.
Diet: American
Keywords: AIP, dairy-free
Course: Sauce
-Alison Marras
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  1. This looks so creamy and satisfying!! I was wondering if Coconut Milk can be used in the place of the Coconut Cream?

  2. That sauce looks fantastic. Creamy and flavorful. I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m going to save your recipe and make this.