Vitamix Vegan “Not So Cheese” Sauce

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In honour of the new Vitamix websitemy part in it, and this very generous giveaway I have been posting some of my favourite recipes from the Vitamix Recipe Center. For the first week of September I shared some of my favourite Vitamix smoothies and drinks; the second week I shared my favourite Vitamix dips and spreads; and this week it is all about Vitamix sauces and purees. Yesterday I shared the amazing Vitamix Marinara Sauce, and today I want to share this fabulous Vegan "Not So Cheese" Sauce which is fantastic for stirring through pasta, using as a topping for nachos and grains, or pouring over steamed vegetables. 

This sauce is quick and easy, and is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free, and soy free. The secret ingredient here (as with most vegan cheezy sauces) is nutritional yeast. These “savoury yeast flakes” as they are sometimes referred to as in Australia and New Zealand are a deactivated yeast that is made by culturing yeast with beet molasses and sugarcane and drying it. It is widely available from health food stores as yellow flakes or ground powder.

Nutritional yeast has a strong nutty cheesy flavour that is fantastic for making vegan nut cheeses, sauces, dips, pies and savouries. I also use it as a condiment. Try sprinkling some on vegan pastas and soups instead of parmesan cheese. It is delicious. I also like to toss it through kale with some spices to make incredible dehydrated kale chips. You can also make wonderful spicy cheese popcorn with some cayenne pepper and cauliflower! YUMMO! 

Don’t confuse nutritional yeast with brewer’s yeast, which looks the same, but doesn’t have the same effect. Nutritional yeast is a good source of protein with a complete amino acid profile. It also contains vitamins, particularly B Complex (it is a great source of Vitamin B12) and is naturally low in fat. Store in a glass airtight container in the pantry for up to a year. I do find that using too much of this creates a flavour with a strong after taste that is not palatable to me. So, be mindful of using "too much" of this vegan lifesaver food.

This sauce is a fantastic alternative to traditional cheese sauce, and is wonderful for vegans or those with dairy allergies. Thanks Vitamix! 

Photo taken by Clarissa Westmeyer of Kalman & Pabst Photo Group
This recipe is an official Vitamix Recipe.
Published here with permission from the Vitamix Corporation.


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*Please note: this recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container.
If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Vitamix Vegan “Not So Cheese” Sauce

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  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) canned pimento, drained
  • 2/3 cup (70 g) whole raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 3 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.
  5. This vegan "cheese" sauce is perfect as a nacho dip or served over macaroni or vegetables.

Photo: Clarissa Westmeyer of Kalman & Pabst Photo Group
This recipe is an official Vitamix Recipe.
Published here with permission from the Vitamix Corporation.

Get YOUR Vitamix now. 
Find more delicious Vitamix recipes in their recipe center.
Follow Vitamix on FacebookTwitter & You Tube.

*Please note: this recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container.
If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Tip: don’t waste those broccoli stalks

Have you ever been asked the question “Do you eat the heads of the broccoli or the stalks”? My answer – both! Most people prefer the heads. But the stalks are really tasty and useful too. If a recipe calls for only the heads of the broccoli don’t throw away the precious stalks! They are loaded with nutrients and really tasty. My favourite way to use the stalks is to grate or julienne the stalks to make broccoli slaw. Toss with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic and you have a quick raw salad that is bursting with green power!

Nice recipe. I am thinking if served over meat patties should be really yummy. And probably I like to add some honey. :)

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I’m assuming that the canned pimento is there for the colour? I think that might be hard for me to find that ingredient.  Do you think that roasted red peppers would be a suitable replacement?

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Roasted red peppers are a PERFECT substitution. They work really really well in this recipe. In fact, I prefer them :) Enjoy.

I just noticed that you say, “This sauce is quick and easy, and is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free, and soy free.”  But it’s not nut free!  Can’t wait to try it anyway :o)

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Thanks Jessica! Great catch. You are absolutely right. This sauce is not nut-free. I have amended the post.

If I do not own a Vitamix, will I still be able to create this sauce? I am dying to try it! What would you suggest?

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You can absolutely make this recipe in any blender. Just blast on high until smooth and creamy, transfer to a saucepan and and then gently heat.

All of your recipes look so amazing Tess. Thanks for sharing this one! I can’t wait to try it!!!

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My kids loved this! Thanks for sharing. :)

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Great! I am so pleased your kids enjoyed this.

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