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Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

This Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce is smooth, creamy, and can be used in so many ways. You have got to try this versatile sauce that will make your favorite dishes taste even better.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cashew soaking time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 151kcal


  • ¾ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup water


  • Place the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and spices in a food processor. Blend them together until they are very smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small skillet or a sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, or until it's warm and has reached the desired consistency. Stir continuously with a metal whisk to keep it from scorching on the bottom of the pan.



Creative Add-ins

  • Chipotle peppers. Make your cheese sauce spicy with the addition of some blended chipotle peppers. You'll love this on nachos.
  • Spinach. For a splash of green and a burst of flavor, add some spinach. Dip in some toasted garlic bread for a tasty treat.
  • Sriracha sauce. For those who really enjoy the heat, adding sriracha is the way to go.
  • Cooked squash or carrots. These vegetables are super smooth when blended so they'll add great texture and taste to your Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce. (This is also a great way to sneak some extra veggies into the kids!)

How to Store this Sauce

Store this sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh in there for up to 5 days. To reheat, just place the cheese sauce in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for a minute or two. You could also reheat it in a pan on the stove top. You may need to use a bit of water, when reheating, just to help thin the sauce.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg