Vegan Pumpkin Nacho “Geez!” Sauce

Vegan Nacho Geez! Sauce on Roasted Brussels – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

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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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/12 recipe, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 34.88
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


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