Vegan Cashew Alfredo Sauce- The Creamiest Plant Based Sauce

by | January 1, 2019

Pasta is one of the easiest dishes, especially in a vegan household. But sometimes red sauce gets a little mundane and you don’t have many options since most cream sauces are made with dairy. Cashews are a great base for anything creamy whether it is sweet or savory. Not only can it become a “milky” texture , but it takes on a number of flavors and is a great blank canvas. This Cashew Alfredo Sauce has a great cheesy flavor and a hint of garlic that mimics a traditional Alfredo sauce without the use of dairy. Not to mention, this particular recipe is completely plant-based and uses whole foods and spices. This is a great recipe for anyone trying to eat more whole food plant based in conjunction with eating vegan. You can add this sauce to pasta for a typical alfredo dish or just over a huge plate of steamed vegetables. Which ever way you like to eat alfredo sauce be certain this is a guilt-free version that will be used over and over again.

Cashew Alfredo Sauce


Cashew Alfredo Sauce recipe continues below

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Plant-based Cashew Alfredo Sauce


  • 10 oz raw unsalted cashews (soaked overnight or for 4 hours in warm water)
  • 1- 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tsp fresh garlic, minced (approx. 3 large cloves)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • In a blender add soaked cashews start with 1 1/4 cup of water and pulse a few times to break down cashews. Add all other ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth about 2-3 minutes. Add remaining water a tablespoon at a time until preferred consistency reached.

What are your thoughts on this Cashew Alfredo Sauce recipe? Comment below.

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Lindsay Robeson

Lindsay lives a plant-based life in Arizona with her husband and 2 little girls. She believes in the healing power of plants and is loving all the of the benefits. She would love to be given the opportunity to inspire everyone to live the plant life without sacrificing the taste of food. Check her out on Instagram, Website, and Facebook.



One Response to “Vegan Cashew Alfredo Sauce- The Creamiest Plant Based Sauce”

  1. Marcy
    April 26th, 2019 @ 5:21 pm

    I think “large cloves” needs to be eliminated because that is widely variable. Stick with 1 Tbsp garlic (you did mean 3 tsp, as in 1 Tbsp, right?).

    I did tweak it a little bit., otherwise First I microwaved the cashews in the water and let them cool a bit before pouring it all in the blender, and it blended very to a very smooth texture. I also added a little more lemon juice & vinegar (probably doubled it) and salt and pepper. Otherwise the nutritional yeast would have been just a bit more overpowering.

    In the end my family was very impressed! I need a “Print” button for it!

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