Vegan Nacho "Geez!" Sauce

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

Vegan Nacho Geez! Sauce on Roasted Brussels - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

Vegan Nacho Geez! Sauce on Roasted Brussels - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

Chef's Tip: Soak cashews overnight to bring rich, creamy texture to this dairy-free, vegan recipe

Chef's Tip: Soak cashews overnight to bring rich, creamy texture to this dairy-free, vegan recipe

Chef's Plant-Based Tip: Nutritional Yeast bring cheesy, umami flavor for this dairy-free recipe

Chef's Plant-Based Tip: Nutritional Yeast bring cheesy, umami flavor for this dairy-free recipe

Ingredients

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


Pin It, Share It:

Vegan Nacho Geez! Sauce

Procedure

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


Watch the Recipe Video:


Step-by-Step Photos:

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/2 recipe, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 34.88
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%
Sugar 1.04g
Protein 2.24g 4%
Calcium 0.96mg <1%
Iron 25.42mg 141%
Vitamin A 3340.43IU 67%
Vitamin C 0.09mg <1%