I used to not be a really big fan of cauliflower, but I kept looking at this recipe for Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and couldn’t stop thinking about it.
A recipe that only has 5 ingredient and can be made in a few easy steps is always a winner with me.
But I wasn’t a believer until I actually tried it myself.
The first thing I thought after tasting it was “wow”, this really does taste like a healthy alfredo sauce!
And not only is it simple to make by basically just putting everything into a Vitamix and you’re ready to go, but it’s healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan too.
Look what you’re not missing by eating a traditional version of alfredo sauce – homemade versions contain ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Homemade Alfredo Sauce:
Ingredients: Butter, Cream Cheese, Heavy Cream, Parmesan Cheese
And even worse, here’s the ingredient list of a popular highly processed store-bought sauce:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Ragu Classic Alfredo Sauce:
Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Cream, Parmesan Cheese (Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Modified Corn Starch, Enzyme Modified Egg Yolk, Whey, Salt, Romano Cheese (Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Xantham Gum, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Garlic Powder, Spice, Natural Flavor.
It contains several GMO ingredients (soybean oil, modified corn starch) as well as non-organic dairy (cream, part-skim milk, cheese cultures, egg yolk, whey, romano cheese).
This healthier version is made with real, clean food ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and paleo-friendly.
Want more healthy recipes? Check out Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce, Vegan Cauliflower “Potato” Salad, Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce or my Clean Eating Cookbook with over 140 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Cauliflower:*
- 1 cup contains 9.1% DV of potassium
- 1 cup contains 85.9% of vitamin C
- 1 cup contains 8.5% DV of fiber
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains anti-inflammatory benefits
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Garlic:*
- regulates blood sugar levels
- lowers high blood pressure
- contains anti-bacterial and analgesic properties
- helps to lower cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:*
- vegan source of vitamin B12
- contains 18 amino acids and is a complete protein
- boosts immune system
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains 15 minerals
5 Fast Fact About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I’ve used this sauce with traditional pasta in my Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipe, as well as part of a recipe using gluten-free spaghetti squash in my Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Cream Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipe.
Tip #2: The recipe calls for “5 cloves of crushed garlic”. I don’t find that it tastes overly garlic-y but if you don’t like a lot of garlic, just start with 2 cloves and keep tasting and adding another clove until you get it to the flavor you like. Everyone is different…5 might be just right for some and 5 might be too much for another.
If you reduce the amount of garlic, you may need to adjust the amount of himalayan salt/pepper and possibly add another type of seasoning to give it some extra flavor.
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Yield 4 cups
Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Soy-Free / Paleo-Friendly
Prepare the cauliflower:
- Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized floret pieces and add to a medium sized pot of purified/filtered water. Boil on high heat for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft. Drain. Set aside.
Prepare the garlic mixture:
- Add the extra-virgin olive oil, crushed garlic, Himalayan pink salt and ground black pepper to a sauce pan and lightly saute' on low-medium heat until it's all blended together with a thick paste-type texture. You should have approximately 1 tablespoon. Set aside.
Prepare the sauce:
- Add the remaining ingredients (almond milk, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast) to a Vitamix, along with the drained cauliflower and garlic mixture. Blend on high speed until it is creamy and smooth. Adjust seasonings to your preference.
- To warm, transfer the sauce to a sauce pan and warm on the stove top on low-medium heat or use the "soup" setting on your Vitamix.
Recipe lightly adapted from: http://bakerbettie.com/vegan-cauliflower-alfredo/
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