Raw Cashew Alfredo Sauce

Raw Cashew Alfredo Sauce

When I first quit cheese, I looked high and low for a creamy cheesy sauce that was also dairy-free.  The biggest challenge for me was finding one that didn’t require the use of nutritional yeast (I am not a fan, but I know Keenun uses it frequently).  I came across a recipe for a raw cashew alfredo sauce that I have tweaked over the past couple of years to my own taste, and my childrens’ taste as well.

I like to serve my raw cashew alfredo sauce over a bed of spinach, with whole wheat organic fettucini noodles, and topped with roasted broccoli and red pepper flakes.  I use the exact same sauce and pour it over elbow macaroni and serve it to my two youngest children.  They call it “mac and cheese”, and it is one of the few things that I make that they devour.

This recipe makes a really large quantity of sauce.  A little goes a long way!  I take a spoonful and mix it around with a serving of pasta and that seems to do the trick!  It’s so creamy!  You can store your leftovers in a large mason jar if you like in the fridge for up to a week.  Some other uses include using it as a base for an alfredo pizza, topping a baked potato, drizzling as a cheese sauce over nachos, or whatever your heart desires!  If you want to make it a fully raw meal, pour it over raw zucchini noodles (zoodles!).  The sauce itself is gluten free and oil free.

Raw Cashew Alfredo Sauce
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  • 2.5 cups raw cashews (or cashew pieces)
  • 1.5 cups water (plus additional water to soak cashews)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/4 large lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic


  1. Place cashews in a glass measuring cup or bowl and cover with water. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours. (Typically, I find that 6-8 hours is perfect timing).
  2. Drain cashews and place into blender (preferably a Vitamix or Blendtec so the sauce will heat while blending).
  3. Add in all other ingredients, including 1.5 cups water. If you don't have a high speed blender like these, you may need to boil the cashews for a few minutes to soften them first before blending.
  4. If using a Vitamix or BlendTec, blend on high until the jar becomes warm/hot to touch. It usually takes a few minutes for my Vitamix to get it to the temperature I prefer. The Blendtec gets warm to the touch in 90-180 seconds).

Here is a photo of the kid-friendly version.

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