Dairy Free Cashew Cheese Sauce

This Dairy Free Cashew Cheese Sauce is delicious.  Two weeks ago we took the kids to the zoo.  Afterward, we decided to try out a vegan restaurant here in Dallas called The Spiral Diner.  The food was so good!

My husband got a vegan nacho plate and the cheese sauce was made from cashews.  He liked it so much he decided to try to create his own cashew cheese sauce and after a few tries it worked out pretty good.

This dairy free cashew cheese sauce is really quite a good replica. We never would have thought to make a cashew cheese sauce.

dairy free cashew cheese sauce

A lot of vegan cheeses are soy based, but we wanted to do something different since a lot of people are avoiding soy these days.  The cashews gave it a nice creamy feel.

This would not only be a good sauce to eat with nachos, but it makes a great base for a dairy free mac and cheese.

With so many kids having dairy allergies these days, it’s nice to have a soy free cheese option.  To give this a cheesy flavor, we used nutritional yeast.  Nutritional yeast is a great source of protein, fiber and vitamin B12.


Here is a quick little video of my husband and daughter making this. For more videos, you can subscribe to my You Tube Channel.


Dairy Free Cashew Cheese Sauce

Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

Prep Time 10 min Serves 2 cups     adjust servings


  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight and drained)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt to taste


  1. Soak the cashews in water overnight.
  2. The next day, drain and rinse them.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Recipe Notes

You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container. Should keep for a few weeks. You may even be able to freeze it.

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94 thoughts to “Dairy Free Cashew Cheese Sauce”

    1. I never claimed it tasted exactly like cheese. In fact, I don't say that at all. It has a cheesy flavor that fills the void for vegans and those that don't eat dairy.
  1. I love love love this stuff! I agree that I was disappointed the first time I tried "plant-based" cheese sauce a few years ago, but Melissa is right. It's not meant to taste exactly like cheese but it has it's place. And as your taste buds change and you begin to taste food instead of chemicals, it has it's own delicious flavor! The tricky thing is when vegan or plant-based food takes on the name of a copycat food like cheese sauce. It's really it's own thing, just used in place of the original. We love it on pasta, pizza, with salsa thrown in for a dip, on vegg enchiladas, on portobellos, as sandwich spread, on broccoli or potatoes, .....
  2. I went into this cashew cheese experience with an open mind. The comments on here we're not favourable but I needed to have an alternative to dairy. Well what can I say but "Awesome". It doesn't taste like cheese but it doesn't have to. It's savoury and 'creamy' texture are a perfectly fine substitute. Best of all my 7 yr old ate Tuna mornay and lasagna with this reciepe as a replacement and bam entire meal eaten. Thanks to you both.
  3. I think I will try these, but maybe use that Mac&Cheese sauce with gold potato/carrot, onion and it calls for 1/2 c cashews. I'm on a budget right now.....LOVE PUMPKIN>

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