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Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce (AIP, Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

4.85 from 20 votes

What’s Inside: This dairy-free cheese sauce recipe is a staple in my fridge. Featuring sweet potatoes (and no tree nuts), it’s easy to make and even easier to eat all while remaining AIP- and Paleo-friendly!

How To Make Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce recipe via Food by Mars creamy shrimp over zoodles

Homemade Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce

Sweet potatoes are one of those versatile vegetables that can work with nearly every meal and every cuisine. They can be sweet or savory, light or hearty, and even turned into a dreamy creamy sauce!

This easy sweet potato dairy-free cheese sauce is creamy without any coconut (or any tree nuts, for that matter). This makes it compliant with AIP, Paleo, Whole30, and vegan diets. Use on everything from mac and cheese and chips with dip to my favorite creamy shrimp over zoodles. (Pictured above!)


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Key Ingredients

This vegan cheese sauce recipe which is a variation of this one gets its creaminess and nuttiness from the cooked sweet potatoes. And the nearly cheesy flavor comes from the nutritional yeast.


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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.

How To Make Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce recipe via Food by Mars

How To Make Vegan Cheese Sauce with Sweet Potatoes

All you have to do to make my Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce recipe is throw everything into a blender and puree until smooth and thick.

You can use it to make hearty dishes like my Butternut Squash Lasagna or my Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio (Baked Ziti). Or, simply store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days.

Reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed through, stirring frequently to ensure it’s smooth. You can also reheat it in a small pot or saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until simmering. Whisk frequently to remove any lumps.

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Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce (AIP, Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

4.85 from 20 votes
This easy coconut-free sauce is so creamy and dreamy! It's AIP, Paleo, and Whole30.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yeild: 6


  • 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


  • 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!
Course: Sauce
How To Make Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce recipe via Food by Mars
-Alison Marras
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  1. This is brilliant! I never would have thought you could achieve a creamy sauce without dairy or nut milk. What a great way to use sweet potatoes.

  2. What a beautiful dinner idea. I love how light it is and yet so flavorful. I’m excited to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is such a great option for a non dairy creamy comforting sauce. Love the idea to serve it over zucchini noodles for summer too!

  4. My son loved mac and cheese but he can’t have dairy. This recipe is a game changer for him.  Thanks for sharing!