5-Minute Cheesy Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce

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!

overheat shot of cashew cream sauce in jar on blue napkin

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

overhead shot of vegan cashew cream ingredients in a food processor

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!

overhead shot of whole30 vegan cashew cream sauce in food processor

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!

close up of whole30 vegan cashew cream in glass jar on blue napkin

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!

 

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A vegan, cheese flavored cream sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. A simple, healthy, and delicious cashew cream can be made in 5 minutes! Paleo and Whole30. | hungrybynature.com

Cheesy Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce

  • Author: Ellie
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Food Processor

Description

A vegan, cheese flavored cream sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. This simple, healthy, and delicious recipe can be made in 5 minutes!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews, water to cover
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add cashews, cover with water and soak for 3 hours until soft. Drain and rinse.
  2. To the bowl of your food processor, add cashews, water, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt.
  3. Process until very smooth.
  4. 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.

overheat shot of vegan cashew cream in jar on blue napkin

 

 

A vegan, cheese flavored cream sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. This simple, healthy, and delicious recipe can be made in 5 minutes! Paleo and Whole30. | hungrybynature.com

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20 thoughts on “5-Minute Cheesy Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce

  1. Christine | thyme and toast

    Nutritional yeast totally baffles me too! As someone who is lactose intolerant, I usually try to avoid super dairy-rich foods, but this looks like an awesome alternative! I can’t wait to try it.

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Yes! You will have to try it… the texture totally weirded me out when I first got it, but after I tasted it, I was hooked!

      Reply
  2. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    Look how INSANELY creamy that is!!!!!!! Totally scheduling this to pin – I must try your version asap!

    Reply
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  4. Jennifer

    Hey Ellie, this recipe rocks!!! How long will it keep in the fridge? I’m totally gonna use it for zoodle alfredo.
    Thanks for makin dairy free tolerable,
    Jen

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Hi Jen! Thank you so so much – I LOVE this recipe and find myself eating it straight off the spoon πŸ˜‰ It will last a long time in the fridge – a few weeks but I highly doubt it will take you that long to eat it all! Let me know how it is on zoodles!

      Reply
  5. Julie Nash

    I love this sauce so much!!!!! And a quick tip for you busy folks out there, if you don’t have three hours to waste soaking the cashews, soak them in boiling hot water instead and cover with plastic wrap. 20 minutes later! You are good to go!!! Thanks Ellie! I love your posts! Keep up the awesome work!!!

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Ohhh adding roasted garlic would be SO GOOD. Oh my gosh, that is one of my favorite flavors! I am glad you are enjoying it Heather!!

      Reply
  7. Abby

    I made this a while back and my entire family loved it! I am currently soaking cashews to make later today but I was wondering if using unsweetened almond milk would suffice for water.

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Hi Abby! I am so happy to hear you love it – and your family too πŸ™‚ You can definitely sub in almond milk for the water. And it I bet it will make it even creamier!

      Reply

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