If you are a Vitamix subscriber you would have received the email blast that went out yesterday officially announcing the fabulous new Vitamix website, marking the beginning of a new generation of blending at the Vitamix Corporation.
The new recipe center has some gorgeous food photography; Vitamix Spotlight, where well known chefs such as Alex Guarnaschelli talk about their experience with Vitamix; and wonderful new shopping area where you can check out everything Vitamix has to offer. If you don't have their special spatula to ensure you can scrape out every last bit of your yummies.
In honour of the new Vitamix website, my 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 sauces and purees. Yesterday I shared the 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, 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.
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!
*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.