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The Best Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce You'll Ever Eat

Learn how to make creamy vegan cashew cheese sauce with a few simple ingredients! This easy vegan cheese sauce recipe tastes just like nacho cheese and is delicious on enchiladas, tacos, noodles & pasta, as a dip, over taco bowls and so much more!

Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword easy vegan cheese sauce, vegan cashew cheese sauce, vegan cheese sauce, vegan cheese sauce recipe
Prep Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 151 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the vegan cashew cheese sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews*
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more to thin if necessary
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (feel free to deseed or leave out if sensitive to spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. *To make the cashew cheese sauce: soak the cashews in 4 cups of water for at least 2 hours; otherwise I've found that you can easily speed up the process by adding the raw cashews to a pot with water and placing over high heat. Bring water to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat; let the cashews sit for 30-45 minutes in the warm water, then drain.

  2. Once the cashews have finished soaking you'll be ready to make the sauce: add drained cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, almond milk, jalapeno, turmeric, paprika, onion powder, dijon mustard, salt and black pepper to a high powered blender. Blend until a thick sauce comes together. If you want a thinner sauce, add a bit more almond milk. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Enjoy! Serves 6-8, depending on how you use it.

Recipe Notes

If you're making this for kids, I suggest taking out the seeds of the jalapeno or leaving out the jalapeno completely.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce You'll Ever Eat
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 8))
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.9g17%
Saturated Fat 1.5g9%
Carbohydrates 7.8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1.7g2%
Protein 5.5g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.