A vegan nacho cheese sauce made with real food ingredients and ready to slather atop for favorite chips and veggies!
Real food hot nacho cheese sauce with no junk! A dairy free dip that will have you wanting more….even if you CAN have dairy!
Vegan Nacho Cheese Backstory:
A couple of times in her short life, my daughter had the ‘pleasure’ of partaking in one this country’s nastiest creations: powdered, fake nacho cheese sauce.
I tried to explain how it was made and why it was something that was not good for our bodies (while she scarfed said nastiness into her gullet), however…..she seemed totally unconvinced.
“But Mom!! It is really good!” she lamented!
Sigh. I remember how much I too enjoyed those sauces growing up, Eazy-Cheese was one of my favorites (gross!)!!
But now…..we know more. And I know better. MAYBE it was time for me to recreate that flavor using ingredients I could pronounce?!
I never have lofty hopes when trying to make dairy free cheese sauces. I have made more than I can shake a stick at. None of them convince anyone in the family. But this one did.
I adapted this recipe from a lonely copied recipe that I have had in my ‘to try’ folder for some time. There is no book name or author on the page, so let me know if this looks familiar!
My daughter thinks I make this special hot cheese sauce just for her. She doesn’t know or care that it comes from all wholesome, real -food ingredients! She doesn’t care it’s a dairy free cheese sauce. She just likes it, plain and simple!
Kids are simple like that.
And no, it does not taste like REAL cheese…it tastes like that hot nacho ‘cheese’ sauce that lives in proliferation in concession stands across the US!
A mom’s wish:
And one day, I can hope, that she too will learn that what food she puts into her body really does matter.
Maybe after the 1000th talk about it………….if I’m lucky! Because that’s what kids do….they make us repeat ourselves 500 gazillion times. (Do they think we like to hear ourselves talk!?)
Until then, I present you with a dynamo dairy free cheese sauce worth making over and over!
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe:
Real-Food Hot Nacho Cheese Sauce - Dairy & Gluten Free
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup raw cashews next time I might try raw soaked sunflower seeds to make it nut free
- 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast most often in bulk foods sections of well-stocked grocery stores
- 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour or cassava flour (or any gluten free flour really)
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or any starch
- 2 teaspoons garlic granules or powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika reduce if you don't like a smoky flavor, but it is a key flavor here!
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
Stirred In At the End
- 2 tablespoons allowed butter or butter substitute, or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or lemon juice, or more to taste
In a blender, puree all the ingredients through the seasonings until smooth and no gritty texture left from the nuts. I did this for one smoothie cycle in my Blend Tec.
Pour into a small saucepan, and gently heat over medium low heat, whisking frequently.
When the sauce is thick and creamy, remove from the heat, and stir in the butter and rice vinegar. Store in an airtight container.
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