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.
And I’ve got the easiest, 5-minute, super freaking delicious condiment you NEED to have in your fridge from now on…
CHEESY VEGAN CASHEW CREAM SAUCE
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!
The ingredient list for this 5-minute cashew sauce is just as short as the time it take to make!
The most obvious ingredients is cashews, duh. Cashews have taken oven the vegan world and have been used to make everything from sauces to even dessert!
Nutritional yeast is the goodness we need to give that cheesy flavor. If you haven’t used nutritional yeast before, give it a try!
Salt and garlic are the only spices added to this cashew cream sauce and the only other ingredients!
I always use this as my base recipe, but looove adding in additional flavors depending on the recipe and the season. You cannot go wrong with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or even adding in some veggies like butternut squash or pumpkin!
These hot tips will make your vegan cashew cream perfect!
Soak your cashews. 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.
Use a high-powered blender or food processor to get this sauce as smooth and creamy as possible. After draining and rinsing the cashews, they went into my food processor with garlic, salt, water, and of course nutritional yeast. And all you have to do is blend!
What are the best way to eat this creamy vegan cashew cream?
- Add a dollop on top of your favorite chili!
- Use as a sauce to dunk your fries or veggies!
- Serve as a spread on your favorite salad or wrap!
- Warm it up, add some additional water and use as a pasta sauce!
I know you are going to love this recipe! When you make this Cheesy Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce, post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature so that I can see!Print
A vegan, cheese flavored cream sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. This simple, healthy, and delicious recipe can be made in 5 minutes!
- 1 1/2 cups cashews, water to cover
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 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.
Keywords: raw, vegan, condiment
Oh, and I also definitely ate some with a spoon.