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

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.

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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)

This easy coconut-free sauce is so creamy and dreamy! It's AIP, Paleo, and Whole30.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Sauce
Servings: 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!
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Recipe Rating

  • NatalieJune 16, 2021 - 2:37 pm

    Lovely recipe. Sounds so light and delicious. I will definitely save this and give it a try. ReplyCancel

  • Claudia LamascoloJune 16, 2021 - 2:37 pm

    what unique flavors in this recipe and its surely perfect for my lactose intolerant son! thanksReplyCancel

  • JessJune 16, 2021 - 2:55 pm

    Holy Moly this sauce is everything!!ReplyCancel

  • Alisa InfantiJune 16, 2021 - 3:01 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!  I love that ihis “cheesy” sauce is vegan!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaJune 16, 2021 - 3:47 pm

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

    • Alison MarrasJune 16, 2021 - 3:50 pm

      I’m so excited to hear that, Angela!ReplyCancel

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