No need to fear missing out on a delicious "cheese" sauce even though you're eating a plant-based diet. This Cashew Cheese Sauce is the next best thing. I know it might not taste exactly like cheese, but my hope is that with your changing taste buds, you'll actually grow to love it.
Check out my Chili Cheese Dip Recipe (pictured) here that uses this "cheese" sauce as the base for the recipe.
I know cheese can be addicting and it's one of the harder things to give up, but what's great is that you have a substitution. If you're interested in reading more, read this article on giving up cheese.
And, don't miss my other "cheese" sauce made out of cauliflower should do the trick for your cravings. And, if you don't eat cashews or nuts, you can substitute white cannellini beans in this recipe. I recently made a version that was half cashews, half beans and it was delicious.
Use cashews in a variety of plant-based recipes:
- Baked Apples with Cashew Cream
- Vegan Yogurt Parfait with Berries & Granola
- Moroccan Spiced Vegan Eggnog
- Cauliflower Pasta Alfredo
You will need to soak your raw cashews for a few hours or overnight, especially if you don't have a high-speed blender. Using hot water tends to speed up the softening, too. Then, throw the rest of the ingredients into the blender.
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