A vegan, cheese flavored cream sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. This simple, healthy, and delicious cashew cream sauce can be made in 5 minutes!
For a while now, I’ve been seeing lots of people talk about the magic of nutritional yeast. Vegan and plant based food blogs praise it for its cheese-like flavor. And since dairy is strictly forbidden on the Whole30, I figured now was the best time to try it out.
The verdict? I’m hooked.
Upon receiving my bottle from Amazon (thank you Prime!) and immediately thinking this stuff looks like fish food, I sprinkled a few flakes into my mouth and thought ‘this tastes so cheesy! how do they do it?’ Then I looked at the ingredient list and only saw the following:
- Inactive dry yeast
- Vitamins B3, B6, B2, B1, Folic Acid, and B12.
Obviously, the ingredient list did not explain in the least why I was experiencing this cheesy taste; but I didn’t care. Let’s make some Whole30 approved cheese sauce!
Soaking your cashews is the key to this recipe and all other cashew-based sauces. This will soften the nuts and will help create a smooth even finish. I placed raw, unsalted cashews from Trader Joe’s in a bowl, covered them with water, and let it sit for 3 hours. After draining and rinsing the cashews, they went into my food processor with garlic, salt, water, and of course nutritional yeast.
Blend baby, blend!
The result was an ultra creamy, cheesy, pourable, vegan, paleo, and Whole30 approved sauce! I poured this cashew cream sauce over sweet potato noodles, on top of some roasted chicken breasts, and love it over roasted vegetables!
Tell me: Have you ever used nutritional yeast?
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- 1½ cups cashews, water to cover
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a medium bowl, add cashews, cover with water and soak for 3 hours until soft. Drain and rinse.
- To the bowl of your food processor, add cashews, water, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt.
- Process until very smooth.
- If you desire a thinner consistency, add more water to thin.
Oh, and I also definitely ate some with a spoon.