This ain't your typical cheese...this is Nacho "Geez!" This healthy, oil-free vegan sauce uses soaked cashews for rich creaminess. Kid-approved and comfort food for adults, it's great in a Cheezy Pasta Bake, over Roasted Brussels, or a baked potatoes. No one will suspect the difference in this dairy-free recipe.
EASY Servings: 12 Ready In: 5 minutes
1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked over night
1 cup pumpkin puree (or other squash puree like butternut or acorn)
1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne (optional)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
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Gather ingredients. Soak cashews in water overnight (or at least 8 hours)
To make "Geez!" Sauce: Drain the cashews.
Combine in a microwave-safe container with the pumpkin puree, almond milk, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and chipotle or cayenne (if using).
Microwave for 1-1:30 minutes, until steaming and spices are aromatic
Pour contents into a blender.
Puree until creamy. This might take a few minutes, depending on how soft your cashews have gotten.
Add nutritional yeast and salt. Puree until creamy.
Add water, about 1/2 cup, to reach a pourable, smooth consistency.
Serve over roasted Brussels Sprouts, steamed broccoli, or any other favorite veggie.
Chef's Tip: You can substitute with Cashew Butter (like peanut butter, but made with cashews). 1/4 raw cashews (soaked) = 1/2 cup cashew butter.
Yield: 3 cups
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Amount Per Serving (1/2 recipe, about 1/4 cup)
Total Fat 1.61g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.25g 1%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 66.29mg 3%
Potassium 89.52mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3.97g 1%
Fiber 1.64g 7%
Protein 2.24g 4%
Calcium 0.96mg <1%
Iron 25.42mg 141%
Vitamin A 3340.43IU 67%
Vitamin C 0.09mg <1%