Vegan Cheese Sauce (Soy, Wheat, Dairy & Nut Free!)

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Appetizers, Customer Submitted, Sides, Snacks
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Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant or just try to avoid dairy, you know it’s hard to find a tasty cheese substitute that you can enjoy. Stop searching the shelves and make your own dairy free cheese with this healthy Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe! Not only is it absolutely delicious, it’s made with wholesome, clean ingredients that are free of soy, wheat, dairy and nuts.

This user generated recipe was submitted by Leaf visitor and twitter user, Farmgal Val, through our Recipe Submission page.  It took her a long time to perfect this recipe but we’re so glad she did! We greatly appreciate her taking the time to submit her delicious, homemade recipe to The Leaf!

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While many homemade vegan cheeses contain nuts or soy, Chickpeas are the creamy base of this unique recipe. A combination of spices and nutritional yeast give this creamy sauce its cheesy taste. If you haven’t heard of nutritional yeast, this is the perfect recipe to give it a try! You’ll love the deep, savory flavor it provides to any dish it’s added to. Learn more about this underappreciated ingredient at the link below!:

What is Nutritional Yeast and Why You Should Try It

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One serving of this Vegan Cheese Sauce contains 75 calories and counts as half of a SmartCarb and one Extra on the Nutrisystem program. Whatever you decide to drizzle this creamy, dreamy sauce on, make sure to log it in the NuMi app to stay on track with your diet plan.

You can make vegan cheese out of many different ingredients. Check out our recipes for Cashew Nacho Cheese Sauce and Vegan Queso Dip and experience how delicious dairy free can really be! While you’re getting creative in the kitchen, try out some of these delicious ways to eat chickpeas.

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Servings: 6

Calories per Serving: 75

On Nutrisystem, Count As: ½ SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • 1 can drained garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ground onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat slowly.
  3. Drizzle on steamed vegetables, chicken patties, nachos and more.
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