The first time I experienced vegan nachos from Real Food Daily in Santa Monica, I was hooked. As I’ve gushed before, these nachos aren’t just vegan good, they are the best nachos on the planet good.
What makes these puppies so incred is the unbelievable cashew cheese sauce they are smothered in. Cashew cheese sauce is undeniably crazy tasty, but also undeniably crazy high in fat and calories. Cashews are a great source of healthy fats and contain tons of beneficial nutrients, but if you eat nacho sauce like I do, you can’t really afford to go balls to the wall with the stuff. Also many friends of mine have nut allergies so I wanted to make a recipe they could enjoy as well (hi Jesi!). Most vegan cheese sauces are either nut based, soy based or super high in fat due to adding a ton of Earth Balance or other vegan butter substitutes, so even though they are vegan they are not necessarily healthy. Here’s my version of nut-free and soy-free nacho cheese sauce that even the pickiest cheese connoisseurs will fall in love with. I mean, I did. Move ovah cashew cheese, you’ve officially met your match.
NACHO CHEESE SAUCE
(Makes just over a cup, serves approx 4)
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Scant 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- juice of half of a lemon
- 2 scant Tablespoons white miso
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a sauce pan.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer whisking constantly until the sauce thickens. Eat.
This recipe is extra healthy due to the nutritional yeast, which if you have never used, is the best vegan sub for “cheesey” flavor I have come across. It also boasts a super high protein content fortified with B12, the one vitamin vegans have trouble getting enough of. If you are not into taking a daily b12 vitamin than look no further, just eat some cheese sauce instead. Here is the rest of the nutritional info on this creamy dreamy sauce.
Nutritional Info (per just over 1/4 cup serving): 104 calories, 2 g fat, 9 g protein.
That’s a whole lotta protein and a whole little fat for a vegan cheese sauce!!! Mission accomplished.
Tonight I enjoyed this sauce over a huge serving of steamed brocc as a side to my dinner. Hell yes.
My nacho cheese sauce would be delicious on a baked potato, on brown rice pasta for a mac n cheese dish, or served over blue corn chips for a super healthy nacho plate! The possibilities are endless when it comes to vegan cheese sauce you can and should pour on everything.
After trying this recipe I know I won’t be the only one with a “special relationship” to vegan cheese sauce. Hey, no need to closet what’s real between a woman and her cheesey love dip. Legalize it.
Your Vegan Girlfriend