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3 dairy-free "cheese" sauces

Here are 3 successful recipes that taste great. Choose the recipe you would like to try based on the ingredients you have or flavour preference.

coconut "cheesy" sauce

[you can use with pizza, pasta, nachos and other savoury dishes]

  • 200ml full fat coconut milk

  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (non-fortified)

  • 2 Tbsp tapioca starch or arrowroot powder

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder (optional but makes big difference)

Whisk the ingredients in a pan and turn on the heat.

Bring to boil while constantly stirring

Let simmer on medium heat for a minute until stretchy


You can add more milk if the sauce is too thick (any plant-based milk would work)

For a family recipe, I would double the ingredients.


cashew "cheese" sauce

[works great with eggplant lasagna, and as replacement for sour cream]

  • 1 cup cashew nuts soaked overnight or soak in hot water for 1 hour

  • 1 cup water

  • 1.5 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (non-fortified)

  • 2 tsp tapioca starch or corn starch

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional but makes big difference)

  • 1/2 lemon juice

  • salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth.


simple "bechamel" sauce

[good for pasta dishes)

  • 3 Tbsp butter (you can use vegan butter)

  • 2 Tbsp flour (you can use gluten-free flour blend)

  • 2 cups warm plant-based milk (Almond milk works great)

  • pinch of nutmeg (optional but makes big difference)

  • salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter over medium heat

Whisk the flour until thickened and bubbling (about 2 minutes - don't let it brown)

Pour the warm milk and continue to whisk until sauce is thickened (about 3 minutes)

Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to the pan and stir to combine.

I would love to have your feedback if you try any of these.

Enjoy :)


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