This is a really easy, clean eating Vegan Cheese Sauce to make in your Vitamix and is perfect over veggies or even to use as a dip.
I’ve made this recipe many times and have used it on top of steamed broccoli, as a dressing for a kale salad, and of course, as a nacho chip-type dip.
The traditional store-bought cheese dips are highly processed and doesn’t really have any real ingredients.
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Original Velveeta Ingredient List:
Ingredients: Milk, Water, Whey, Milk Protein Concentration, Milkfat, Whey Concentrate, Sodium Phosphate, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid, [Preservative], Sodium Citrate, Sodium Alginate, Enzymes, Apocarotenal (For Color), Annatto (For Color), Cheese Culture (source)
It’s a classic S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) product, is not vegan, is highly processed and contains preservatives.
This healthier version is made with clean, real food ingredients and is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly.
Want more healthy dip recipes? Check out Tomatillo and Jalapeno Dip, Healthy Artichoke Dip, Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce or my Clean Eating Cookbook with and entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dip and sauce recipes just like this one that you will love!
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- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in heart friendly monosaturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- high in antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Tahini (Sesame Seeds):*
- high source of calcium
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5 Fast Facts About Lemons:*
- extremely alkaline
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- anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
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- contains 84 minerals
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- excellent source of heart friendly fats
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5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:*
- vegan source of vitamin b12
- contains 18 amino acids and is a complete protein
- boosts immune system
- excellent antioxidant
- contains 15 minerals
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Tip #1: I increased the amount of cashews from 1/2 cup to 1 cup because I wanted mine to have a thicker texture. I also substituted the arrowroot for non-GMO cornstarch and it worked fine. And lastly, since I L.O.V.E. nutritional yeast, I increased it from 1 1/2 – 2 tbs optional to 4 tablespoons and it had an extra cheesy flavor that I prefer.
Tip #2: The original recipe gives directions to heat over low/low-medium heat for 5 – 8 minutes if you want a warm, thicker dip, which I did not do.
Tip #3: The tumeric is optional but just a dash or so will add a yellow/orange color to it that will make it look more like real cheese.
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