Cashew "Cheese" Sauce

Cashew Cheese Sauce

I've been wanting to try out this recipe for a while now. If you google non-dairy cheese alternatives, or have looked into vegan recipes, you probably have seen cashew cheese sauce come up! I was curious to see if it really could replace a cheese sauce, which in my opinion is a little of a stretch.

Don't get me wrong, the cashew sauce taste good! However, if you are hoping for a cheesy taste to it, I think you'll be disappointed. That is why I put cheese in quotations in the title. If you simply think of it as a cashew sauce, it makes for an interesting flavor to add to your next pasta dish. The cashews have a smooth, yet nutty taste to them that is not overwhelming. The nutritional yeast gives it that "cheesy" taste that actually goes well together with the cashews.

I am not sure if I am ready to dip my chips into a bowl of cashew sauce, but I definitely like the idea of using it in a variety of dishes that sometimes just need a little something extra!

Let me know if you give this recipe a try and what you think of referring to it as a cheese sauce. Maybe I just need to get used to it a little longer?


  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight)

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp mustard (or mustard powder)

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • salt & pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk


  1. Drain the cashews from the water and rinse them.

  2. Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Use immediately or store in fridge for up to 3 days.

*Recipe adapted from Wallflower Kitchen

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