Easy | Servings: 12 | Ready In: 5 minutes + soaking cashews | Yield: 3 Cups
This ain’t your typical cheese…this is Nacho “Geez!” This healthy, oil-free vegan sauce uses soaked cashews for rich creaminess. Kid-approved and comfort food for adults, it’s great in a Cheezy Pasta Bake, over Roasted Brussels, or Twice-Baked Potatoes. No one will suspect the difference in this dairy-free recipe.
- 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked over night
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (or other squash puree like butternut or acorn)
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne (optional)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup water
How it’s Done:
Soak cashews in water overnight (or at least 8 hours)
To make Pumpkin Nacho “Geez!” Sauce: Drain the cashews. Rinse well.
Place the cashews in in a microwave-safe container along with the pumpkin puree, almond milk, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and chipotle or cayenne (if using). Microwave for 1-1:30 minutes, until steaming and spices are aromatic.
Pour contents into a blender. Puree until creamy. This might take a few minutes, depending on how soft your cashews have gotten.
Add nutritional yeast and salt. Puree to combine.
Add water, about 1/2 cup, to reach a pourable, smooth consistency.
Serve over roasted Brussels Sprouts, steamed broccoli, or any other favorite veggie.
Yield: 3 cups
Chef Katie’s Tips:
Skip the Soaking: If you forget or don’t have time to soak the cashews, you can substitute the cashews with Cashew Butter (like peanut butter, but made with cashews). 1/4 raw cashews (soaked) = 1/2 cup cashew butter.
Not into smoky flavor? If you’re not into the smoky chili flavors, swap out the chili and chipotle powders for just 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika.
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Amount Per Serving (1/12 recipe, about 1/4 cup)
Total Fat 1.61g 2%
- Saturated Fat 0.25g 1%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 66.29mg 3%
- Potassium 89.52mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrates 3.97g 1%
- Fiber 1.64g 7%
- Sugar 1.04g
- Protein 2.24g 4%
- Calcium 0.96mg <1%
- Iron 25.42mg 141%
- Vitamin A 3340.43IU 67%
- Vitamin C 0.09mg <1%
Shopping and Gear List
- Organic Raw Cashews by Food to Live (Non-GMO, Whole, Unsalted, Bulk) — 8 Ounces
- Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning 4.5 Ounce
- Frontier Co-op Organic Chili Powder Blend, 1 Pound Bulk Bag