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Creamy Dairy Free Cashew Alfredo Sauce

SEE NOTES PRIOR TO MAKING. This sauce is a beneficial fat, and very versatile and freezes well. You can use it as an alfredo or you can thin it out and use it for a cream-based soup such as Chicken Korma or Creamy Broccoli or Cauliflower soup. It would also make a good Mac and Cheese with gluten free pasta. It’s also the base for your beef stroganoff.http://thevegan8.com/2013/12/28/vegan-garlic-alfredo-sauce Some of the ingredients have been changed and Adapted, however this recipe is from
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 medium organic sweet yellow onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups water filtered
  • 3 teaspoons Organic Chicken Better Than Bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 extra large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews Soak in water overnight
  • 1-2 tablespoons real lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Sari nutritional yeast or more to taste


  • Soak the cashews in water overnight. This is extremely important to a creamy sauce., Drain the cashews before blending.
  • Cook the onion and 1 cup of broth over medium heat for about 8 minutes until onion is very tender (cover pan and watch so the broth doesn’t boil away before the onion is cooked. You want to be able to mash it with a fork.) Add the garlic cloves, continue cooking until all the garlic is mashable. Add broth as needed, so it doesn’t burn but the broth should be cooked out…no more liquid, just a “mashable” cooked onion and garlic.
  • Put onion & garlic in high speed blender or magic bullet.
  • Add ½ cup broth and cashews, lemon juice and nutritional yeast.
  • Blend on high until very creamy.
  • Add more broth to desired consistency and salt and red pepper or white pepper to taste. If you are making a soup thin with more broth or coconut oil to soup consistency.
  • Sauce will thicken in fridge or freezer. .
  • Thin to desired consistency with broth or coconut milk. Thicker for an Alfredo sauce, Beef Stroganoff sauce or Mac & Cheese sauce. Thinner for soup.


Excellent diary free cheese sauce substitute.
Only buy Sari brand nutritional yeast. It is a natural product and full of nutrients; which is why it is more expensive. Order from Amazon for best price. https://amzn.to/2CHBIXA
Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken base does not have MSG and is Gluten Free Does Organic Better Than Bouillon have MSG? https://www.foodrenegade.com/decoding-labels-better-than-bouillon/ “Better Than Bouillon concentrated bases are made from meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. This gives them a richer, more robust flavor than ordinary bouillons. No added MSG, low or no fat, lower sodium: Better Than Bouillon bases have 1/3 less salt than ordinary bouillons.”
Notes from original recipe creator:
It is not recommended to sub or eliminate any of these ingredients, as I cannot vouch for the results if any are changed. The lemon juice is crucial, as it eliminates any cashew flavor.
Also, if you don't have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, it is crucial to pre-soak the cashews so they soften and the sauce ends up smooth and creamy, and not gritty. Drain them and rinse after soaking.