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‘Cheesey’ Cashew Sauce/Gravy

‘Cheesey’ Cashew Sauce/Gravy

This one is a WINNER! 💪🏼💪🏼

We all know how vegans are always trying to make "alternatives" for dairy and meat products in the market.

I am attempting to do no such thing. And I refuse to call this recipe a "Vegan Alfredo" or any other weird name like that.

The truth is, this is so delicious and creamy and mmmm, that it deserves the respect of having its own unique identity in the "gravy space"  lol

I think this will cater to most people's taste buds, children and adults alike. 

So if you're making it for your kids, add it to pasta or spaghetti ( I would even use a thicker version of the gravy to attempt to make a risotto ). Add your choice of veggies (carrots, green beans, peans, asparagus) and voila!

If you're trying to enjoy it in a more low-carb option, try and drizzle some on steamed or raw veggies, use as a salad dressing, add onto baked sweet potatoes, on zucchini noodles with herbs and spices of choice, and such. The possibilities are really endless! 

You can also flavor it according to your preferences. See end of recipe for my favorite ideas. 

Soak cashews in water for 2 hours and add to blender with other ingredients  Image credits : Pinchofyum.com

Soak cashews in water for 2 hours and add to blender with other ingredients

Image credits : Pinchofyum.com

Blend all ingredients with vegetable broth or water to desired consistency.  Part of image credits : Pinchofyum.com

Blend all ingredients with vegetable broth or water to desired consistency.

Part of image credits : Pinchofyum.com

Check Pinch of Yum's "Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with cashew sauce" recipe  here .  Image credits : PinchofYum.com

Check Pinch of Yum's "Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with cashew sauce" recipe here.

Image credits : PinchofYum.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cups cashews (Shop here)

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth (more or less depending on the consistency you like)

  • 1-2 cloves garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric (optional)

  • Pinch or two of freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika or cayenne pepper (optional)

Method

  1. Add all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until smooth

  2. Check for salt and/or add more water for desired consistency

  3. Add to a glass jar and refrigerate for up to a week

Notes

- Add extra ingredients to change the flavor! chipotle peppers, pesto, chili paste, etc.

- This recipe doesn’t need the cashews to soak. If you want to, soak only for 3-4 hours before blending with all the ingredients. DO NOT SOAK CASHEWS OVERNIGHT. The texture gets watery and chunky. It should stay smooth and creamy as pictured. :)

- You can try so many new things with this one its crazy! get innovative and try your own flavors but some you can try are: 

  • Sriracha

  • Chipotle Peppers

  • Pesto or Fresh Herbs

  • Squash/Carrots/Spinach

  • Plain! - just as is :D

  • Good quality Curry Powder (my favorite!)

I’d love to know if you have questions, or if you tried this recipe and have anything at all to share :) Enjoy!

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