Raw Cheddar Cheese Sauce

August 10, 2009 at 4:55 am 24 comments

Cheese Dip in Vita-Mix
I’ve been using my Vita-Mix a lot lately for more than just green smoothies…soups, dressings, puddings…and to make THIS MOST AMAZING RECIPE!! I really don’t even have words for how much I love this. I was thinking that I would make it for Bella because she is cheese obsessed. So, I poured it over some quinoa noodles and she didn’t even realize it wasn’t “real” cheese. I was thrilled that she liked it so much.

And then I became a woman obsessed. I dipped flax crackers in it. I dipped red peppers in it. I put it in my salad. I plan on spreading it in a nori roll. It’s just that good. If you don’t make this, you’re crazy.

Raw Cheddar Cheese Sauce

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours and rinsed
½ large red bell pepper
¼ cup water
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (find this in the bulk section or in condiments…it’s not ‘technically’ raw)
1 tablespoon tahini
1½ teaspoon sea salt
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoon onion powder (or a small slice of onion or 1 Tbsp of green onion)

Blend all ingredients until creamy (a high powered blender works the best…but if you have a regular blender, just blend it for a long time. It should be completely smooth). Add more water if it is too thick.


Entry filed under: Raw.

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. leslie  |  August 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    My husband loves sauces like this. Will give it a try!

  • 2. Margie  |  August 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I certainly don’t want to be crazy, so I’m off to the Farmer’s Market for a red pepper 🙂 Thanks so much for your post on chia. I LOVE IT! You’re just a wealth of information, mama.

  • 3. Dawn  |  August 11, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Nutritional yeast = yay! Any other thoughts/info/recipes on nutritional yeast? My mom stirred some into our juice almost every morning when we were little, supposedly so the mosquitos wouldn’t bit us. I still swear that when I drink juice with nutritional yeast in the summer, I don’t get bitten by mosquitos! (Takes about 3-4 days in a row before I build up whatever it is, though. I can’t just drink some juice and NY right before I go outside, darn it anyway!) But juice is really the only thing I know what to do with it.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! 🙂

  • 4. Melissa  |  August 11, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Mmmm, yum, this is my favorite raw cheese recipe. Love it!!
    We’ll sometimes take it a step further, and spread a light layer on a teflex sheet and dehydrate it for a couple of hours. When firm, break them into squares, and viola… cheese slices. SO GOOD!!! This is coming from a home grown, born and raised Wisconsinite Cheese Head! lol.

  • 5. Kristin  |  August 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I put a red pepper and tahini on my list…we’ll see if I can find the nutritional yeast too. what does it do to the sauce?

  • 6. Flo  |  August 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    A little more water, pieces/cubed veggies, and that’s my favorite soup. Yum!

  • 7. Erin  |  August 12, 2009 at 1:13 am


  • 8. Kristin  |  August 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    We’re eating this right now…so good! I didn’t have tahini or nutritional yeast but it’s still fabulous!

  • 9. livelightly  |  August 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Ooooh Kristin you MUST make it with those 2 ingredients too. The nutritional yeast is what makes it take like cheese! 🙂

  • 10. Colleen  |  February 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I’m very new to the raw food way of eating and I have to tell you I’m just loving everything about your blog 🙂
    Right now I’m eating raw until dinner. Quart of green smoothy for breakfast & a large veggie salad for lunch. Then I eat a healthy cooked dinner. Tonight I had an Ezekiel sprouted grain english muffin topped with lightly steamed spinach, farm fresh eggs (a friend of mine has chickens 🙂 ) and this raw cheddar cheese sauce. It was amazing!!! I’ll be using this sauce for everything!

  • 11. Amber at Berlinswhimsy  |  February 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’m a little late to the party here :-), but I made this sauce last night and it is DEVINE! I’ll be adding it to my regular rotation. Even my daughter loved it and she doesn’t like red peppers at all. Thanks for sharing!

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  • 13. kathy  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    What is tahini?

    • 14. Sara  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Tahini is sesame seed butter. It’s often used in hummus and Greek foods.

  • 15. promakeuptips.com  |  April 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This sauce is amazing! I don’t even know what to say. I decided to make it because you were so cocky about how good it was, lol. I have passed this on to so many people!! I actually renamed it WTF sauce because people tend to look at me and say “WTF is this, is so good, this is raw?”..haha Thank you so much for this, it has become a staple for me. I love it with walnut pate on sweet potato chips:)

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  • 17. Nicole  |  October 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    This sauce is almost too delicious for words. Wow! No, really: WOW. It totally tastes like what I remember cheesiness tasting like. My variations: I used an avocado instead of the cashews and added 1/4 teaspoon turmeric for color. I mixed it all up with kelp noodles, broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, onion, red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, green peas and cabbage. My only complaint is that I am now a cow and thus have only one stomach…would definitely go back for a second plate if I had more room!

  • 18. Robin Green, L.Ac.  |  February 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    This is such an awesome recipe! I make it all the time and we use it as a dip, salad dressing, over nachos and pasta. I even added steamed broccoli and bone broth to make cream of broccoli soup! I just shared it on my FB page!

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