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Vegan Nacho Cheese

  • Author: Iosune
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Total: 10 mins
  • 12 1x
  • How to
  • Mexican
  • Vegan

Servings 12 1x

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Vegan nacho cheese, cheesy, creamy, and extremely flavorful. Super easy to make, it is ready in just 10 minutes with only 9 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews (130 g)
  • 2 cups water (240 ml)
  • ¼½ cup nutritional yeast (18-36 g), I added ½ cup (36 g) because I like my nacho cheese super cheesy
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews overnight the night before. You can also soak them in hot water for at least 10 minutes (ideally 30 minutes), but it’ll have a better texture if you soak them all night long. 
  2. Drain the cashews and add them to a powerful blender, along with all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Try the vegan nacho cheese sauce and add more nutritional yeast, salt, or spices if needed.
  3. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Then simmer until thickens, whisking constantly.
  4. Serve your vegan nacho cheese over tortilla chips or use it to make any recipe that calls for nacho cheese.
  5. Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It will thicken when cooled, so when you reheat, add in more water to reach the desired consistency.

Notes

  • Nutritional yeast gives this vegan cheese its cheesy flavor, so it’s an important ingredient. If you can’t find it, you could also use brewer’s yeast or even beer instead of water. However, nutritional yeast is the best choice.
  • Not all brands of nutritional or brewer’s yeast weigh the same, so I prefer to use a measuring cup. If you don’t have one, add 4-8 tablespoons.
  • Any type of paprika is okay, although I used sweet paprika to make this vegan nacho cheese sauce.
  • If you want your vegan nacho cheese to be spicy, incorporate a dash of cayenne or chili powder.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/12 of the recipe
  • Calories: 73
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 198 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g