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Simple and Delicious Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

Since I have been rambling recently about the wonders of Haystacks  (see my post called Let’s Make Some Haystacks!), I wanted to post my recipe for vegan cheese  sauce so it could be easily found.  

Vegan cheese sauce



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Vegan cheese sauce
Vegan cheese sauce (made without carrots) over Dutch oven vegetables.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

We make this vegan cheese sauce often, for dishes like vegan Mac and Cheese, pizza, and lasagna.

Vegan cheese sauce

It’s also good for over veggies, as in the potato dish we make in our Dutch oven.  (Check out how we love to do Dutch oven cooking in the campfire)  


It’s easy, and quick. This vegan cheese is quite rich, using a base of nuts.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

If you’re after a lighter, cheaper alternative, I would encourage you to check out Mark Anthony’s cheese sauce recipe. He’s a fun vegan chef whom we have met in person, and he has a flair for making vegan food taste great! Go here for that wonderful recipe!

Mark Anthony’s vegan cheese sauce
Chef Mark Anthony’s vegan cheese sauce

How to Make Vegan Cheese Sauce

Place in strong blender, like a Vitamix. This is the blender we use. Any high powered blender will get the job done!

  • 3/4 cup Raw Cashews or Blanched Almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 -1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Blend all of this very well.
  • Then add, 2 peeled, cubed, cooked potatoes
  • 1/2 c cooked carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • Blend some more
  • Add 1-2 Tbs Corn Starch or Arrowroot
  • Blend, and pour over pasta, vegetables, for lasagna, or for Haystacks (Taco Salad)

This will thicken when cooked.  If using right away, in a non-cooked dish, then heat the sauce in a pan, stirring until thickened.

*Fun Fact*  If you blend your sauce for about 5 minutes in your Vitamix, it will thicken without having to cook it in a separate pan  

Vegan cheese sauce

The Secret Ingredient

The nutritional yeast flakes help to give this cheese sauce the cheesy flavor. Don’t leave it out, or it’ll be more bland, but still good!  ?
Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe

This is quite delicious when poured over macaroni noodles and baked until a crust forms. ? 

I hope you enjoy!!


What will you pour Vegan Cheese Sauce over?  

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9 Replies

  1. I am obsessed with nooch. This type of recipe was such a life savour back in the day when first going vegan. It’s such a great recipe and so much healthier being able to make it from scratch at home. Thanks for sharing. Definitely going to give it a try.

  2. I’ll be trying this cheese sauce recipe! I do make sauces from cashews…they just aren’t cheesy. Such a good alternative.

  3. Yuuuuuummmy! That looks so good! Especially on nachos! I love using cashews in cheese sauces. I just got a new blender too so the sauces turns out so smoothly now! My kids always ask for mac n cheese so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

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