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How to Make Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce!

Learn how to make a delicious vegan cashew cheese sauce made with a few simple ingredients — tastes just like a creamy nacho cheese sauce!

Prep Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

I’m here for a quick how-to recipe today all about my new favorite cashew cheese sauce. I can’t stop making versions of this creamy VEGAN cheese sauce.

ingredients for vegan cashew cheese in a blender

I know, I know it sounds crazy and weird but please just trust me when I say that it tastes pretty close to a creamy nacho cheese. Except for this version is dairy free, vegan and made completely from… CASHEWS.

Yes, soaked cashews are blended with a little nutritional yeast, garlic and a few spices to make an EPIC creamy sauce that you will absolutely adore.

pouring vegan cashew cheese sauce into a bowl

It’s important to know that you’ll have to soak the cashews for at least 2 hours, until nice and tender — so make sure you leave yourself enough time to do that.

I’ve been using this sauce as a topping for enchiladas, chips, on buddha bowls, over fluffy quinoa or vegetarian taco bowls, on stuffed peppers, over sweet potatoes and so much more!

pouring vegan cashew cheese sauce into a bowl

P.S. Tomorrow I’ll have an addicting recipe for you to put this cashew cheese sauce all over!

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen or leave a comment and rate the recipe below. xo!

vegan cashew cheese sauce in a bowl with a spoon

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How to Make Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce!

5 from 3 votes
Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword vegan cashew cheese sauce
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Serves 8
Learn how to make a delicious vegan cashew cheese sauce made with a few simple ingredients -- tastes just like a creamy nacho cheese sauce!

Ingredients

  • For the cashew cheese sauce:
  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup water, plus more to thin if necessary
  • 3/4 -1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (for color)
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • Optional add-ins to make it your own:
  • -Extra garlic
  • -cilantro
  • -1 jalapeno
  • -onion powder
  • -paprika

Instructions

  1. To make the cashew cheese sauce: Make sure you soak the cashews in 4 cups of water for at least 2 hours, otherwise you can place them large bowl, then add 4 cups boiling water and let the cashews soak in the hot water for approximately 45 minutes-1 hour to speed up the process.
  2. Once ready to make the sauce add drained cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, water, turmeric, dry mustard and salt to a high powered blender. Blend until a thick sauce comes together, adding a tablespoon or two more of water, if necessary to help blend. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

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