Dairy Free Cheese Sauce for Kids – Vegan Cheese Sauce

This delicious dairy free cheese sauce recipe for kids is perfect on pasta, lasagne or just add nachos for a healthy toddler snack. It is super easy to make too and the only bit of effort is soaking your cashews the night before. Not really too much effort? One of the biggest requests on Baby Led Feeding is for dairy free recipes for kids with dairy allergies. Whether your child has a dairy allergy though or not, you have to try this sauce. It is one of the nicest things I have ever made, it keeps in the fridge for about 1 week and it was devoured!  

Vegan cheese sauce for baby led weaning. This dairy-free cheese sauce can be used for vegan mac and cheese, vegan nachos, cheese dip, broccoli and cheese, or any other food you like to top with a yummy melted cheese! This healthier cheese sauce is made with protein rich cashews and nutritional yeast making it a safe for children with dairy allergies. Freezer friendly, too! #babyledfeeding #vegan #dairyfree #cheese

Healthy Cinema Nacho Cheese Sauce

Oscar informed me that a this recipe was ‘SO GOOD’ and that it tastes like a nicer ‘nacho cinema cheese’. I have never bought him nachos in the cinema but, i’m guessing I can blame and auntie or uncle. I hadn’t really thought about it, but Oscar (as usual is right), this tastes like a much more nutritious cinema cheese and the possibilities for it’s uses are endless! So watch out!!!!! So many dairy free cheese recipes coming your way! Whoop!!!!

Vegan cheese sauce for baby led weaning. This dairy-free cheese sauce can be used for vegan mac and cheese, vegan nachos, cheese dip, broccoli and cheese, or any other food you like to top with a yummy melted cheese! This healthier cheese sauce is made with protein rich cashews and nutritional yeast making it a safe for children with dairy allergies. Freezer friendly, too! #babyledfeeding #vegan #dairyfree #cheese

Do you have to soak your Cashews?

Soaking the cashews is essential! I have tried boiling to see if that worked and it didn’t come out as well. Simply add the dried cashews to a jar, cover in water and leave in the fridge overnight. The next day, drain and rinse and thats it! When you blend them, they turn into the most delicious creamy sauce and can be used in so many plant based treats too. Check out this recipe if you don’t believe me: Raspberry and Coconut Creams 🙂

Vegan cheese sauce for baby led weaning. This dairy-free cheese sauce can be used for vegan mac and cheese, vegan nachos, cheese dip, broccoli and cheese, or any other food you like to top with a yummy melted cheese! This healthier cheese sauce is made with protein rich cashews and nutritional yeast making it a safe for children with dairy allergies. Freezer friendly, too! #babyledfeeding #vegan #dairyfree #cheese

Nutritional Yeast

I recently saw a post by Dietitian Orla Walsh on nutritional yeast and it’s amazing benefits. We mostly eat a vegetarian diet at home now, and fish once a week so it is so important to get B12 and zinc from other sources. This is where nutritional yeast comes in. Since I started using it, I have added it to soup, pasta and even added it to salad dressings. Its SO SO good! It has a taste like cheese so when added to the blended cashews you can kind of see how it will work as a sauce. 

When you are buying nutritional yeast, make sure to get the kind that has B12 and Zinc. I have been using Marigold Engevita which I got in Nourish Health Store. Nutritional yeast is gluten-free, this particular pack has added b12 and zinc, it is also a good source of protein and B vitamins too! AND its cheap as chips! The tub lasts ages!

Vegan cheese sauce for baby led weaning. This dairy-free cheese sauce can be used for vegan mac and cheese, vegan nachos, cheese dip, broccoli and cheese, or any other food you like to top with a yummy melted cheese! This healthier cheese sauce is made with protein rich cashews and nutritional yeast making it a safe for children with dairy allergies. Freezer friendly, too! #babyledfeeding #vegan #dairyfree #cheese

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Happy Cheese Free Cheese making!

Aileen xoxoxoxoxo

      • PREP TIME
      • 5 minutes
      • COOK TIME
      • 5 minutes
      • TOTAL TIME
      • 10 minutes
      • SERVES
      • Makes large jar

What goes in...

  • 2 cups cashews (soaked in water overnight)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour or tapioca flour

How to make it...

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pour the mixture into a pan and whisk gently while it heats. The sauce should start to thicken so make sure to keep whisking to prevent it turning lumpy.
  3. Store in a jar in the fridge for one week or freeze.
  4. Reheat in the microwave or add to a saucepan. You can thin it out with a little extra water if needed. Add one tablespoon at a time.

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