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Vegan Alfredo Sauce


Posted by on July 17, 2017 / 34 Comments

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It’s a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

I’m so excited about this alfredo sauce recipe that I don’t even know where to start. It’s a vegan alfredo sauce. A dairy-free alfredo sauce. And a deliciously rich and creamy alfredo sauce that you’ll love even if you’re not vegan or dairy-free. Are you with me?

I’m not vegan or dairy-free (I’m what you’d consider dairy-light), but I love to create recipe options for those of you who are. Because as a gluten-free gal I know a thing or two about food restrictions and how exciting it can be to enjoy a classic recipe. Even if it is slightly modified.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’re familiar with my affinity for cashews and their amazing ability to morph into creamy, dreamy, dairy-like recipes. My homemade Cashew Milk, Cashew Cream, Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Cashew Date Shake and Macadamia Cashew Butter are just a few examples.

Well, let me introduce you a new creamy, dreamy, cheesy recipe (though it has no cheese) – my vegan alfredo sauce.

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

Cashews that have been soaked overnight form the base of this alfredo sauce. Just toss those in a high powered blender along with garlic, lemon juice, onion and some herbs. But the secret ingredient, the one that gives this alfredo sauce that wonderful cheesy flavor, is nutritional yeast.

If you’ve never cooked with nutritional yeast before, it’s small little flakes (about the size of large sea salt flakes) of deactivated yeast which provides a nutty, cheese-like flavor. Nutritional yeast is also a significant source of B Vitamins.

Blend everything together and voila – a super simple and amazingly delicious vegan alfredo sauce. I should mention that this sauce does thicken up as it’s stored in the fridge and sometimes while you’re cooking with it. If that happens and you want a thinner sauce, just add more water.

So what do you do with this sauce? I’d start with topping it on every spiralized veggie imaginable. In fact, to get you started I’ve whipped up a Parsnip Noodle Chicken Alfredo. If you’re vegan, just replace the chicken with snap peas or another vegetable. You can also top this alfredo sauce on roasted vegetables or potatoes. So good.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Alfredo Sauce

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

This vegan alfredo sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. It's a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup

This vegan alfredo sauce is a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. After the cashews have soaked overnight (or at least 6 hours), drain and rinse them.

  2. Add the cashews and all other ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. 

Recipe Notes

This vegan alfredo sauce will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months. 

If you'd like a thinner sauce, just add more water. 

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  • Oh my gosh this sounds just amazing! I’ve never cooked with nutritional yeast but obviously that needs to change, your Alfredo Sauce looks so creamy and mouthwatering!

    • I hadn’t until recently as well and it’s a game changer! Love the savory and cheesy flavor it adds to recipes. Definitely try it! :) x

  • How delicious! I can imagine how creamy all that cashews will make of the sauce!

  • Cashew is such an amazing nut for vegans. Non-vegans should enjoy the benefits too without having to sacrifice too much of the familiar flavors with recipes like this. A keeper!

    • Agree 100%! Raw vegan cheesecakes made me a convert and now I love experimenting with cashew-based options for all my recipe favorites. :) x

  • @VeganFreeze

    Oh, yeah! This is absolutely going into my condiment arsenal. Thank you!

  • Janie

    Oh yes! I’m lactose unhappy so this is a blessing – thank you!
    Jane x

  • Jammarie Molina

    Hey! Thanks for the recipee! Is the nutritional yeast gluten free?

    • Yes, it’s gluten-free. Enjoy! :)

      • Jammarie

        Thank you Lisa! I will make it this weekend, hope to send you pictures.

  • Liz S.

    Fabulous sauce!

  • Well I just made a zucchini shrimp scampi last night after watching your spiral video. Now I have to try this alfredo sauce!

  • Nonna

    Can cashew cream be warmed or baked in a dish??

  • Marie Frick

    Can’t wait to try this sauce ! Do you have an idea about how many calories it has ?

    • Unfortunately I don’t (as I don’t usually count calories). But I’m currently undergoing a website redesign and when it launches, there will be nutritional info on all recipes. So stay tuned! :) x

      • Marie Frick

        Sounds great ! Thanks !

  • HuldaBianca

    Hi Lisa! Sadly I can´t do yeast due to my (darn) histamineintolerance… do you have any ideas how to replace it?

    • Hey! Unfortunately I think that would be difficult in this recipe, as that’s what provides the dairy-free cheese flavor. You could omit the yeast altogether though, and just opt for a savory sauce – which would still be fab! :) x

  • Samantha Childers

    Hi, I like this sauce but I find it gets absorbed by pasta unlike the dairy version and becomes kind of dry, not saucy. Any advice?

    • I would add a bit more water to thin it out and keep it saucy. I like mine a bit on the thinner side as well. :)

  • Camille Burney

    Hmmmm…. Seems like something I should try next!!

  • spencerc6

    Wow. I’m happily surprised with this.

  • Jean Tremblay

    Where can you buy the nutritional yeast? I live in the Boston area, the recipe sounds amazing!!!

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