With Veganuary coming up in January, lots of people are going to try being vegan for a month. Many will keep at it and will continue being vegan! I’ll be posting more simple recipes to make this transition easy.
Are you looking for an easy, cheesy cashew sauce that doesn’t require any premade vegan cheeses? This is 100% whole food plant-based sauce with no oil added. It also doesn’t require any thickeners like cornstarch or flour, so it’s gluten-free as well.
You can make this in less than 10 minutes!
I’ve been tweaking a lot of cashew-based sauces since I learned to make fantastic ones at Rouxbe for my plant-based professional certification several years ago. If you are looking for an online culinary school that you attend for 6 months at home, check Rouxbe and get a special friend discount here! I had so much fun and Chad Sarno of Wicked Healthy was one of my instructors.
Johnson’s Backyard Garden sent us these ultra-fractal Romanesco cauliflowers in our Christmas CSA box. What a treat they were!
I steamed them and then served them with lots of this creamy, cheesy cashew sauce.
Cheesy Cashew Sauce
- Vitamix or High-speed blender
- sauce pan
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP miso mellow white or sweet miso
- 3 TBSP nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp annato powder optional for color
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 2 cups water
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high until cashews are no longer gritty. Soak cashews for 4 hours if you only have a regular blender.
- Pour liquid into a sauce pan. Heat on low for 5 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve warm.
Annato powder (also known as achiote or achuete) can be found at specialty spice stores, Asian stores with a Filipino or Spanish aisle or online.
I like this brand of Saikyo miso.
Let me know if you try out this recipe! I would love to know what you put it on! It would make a great nacho cheese sauce if you added some cumin, tomatoes, and jalapenos!
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