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Dairy-Free Cashew Queso

Dairy-Free Cashew Queso
Recipe At-A-Glance
Vegan, Gluten-Free6 hours
Who knew you could make queso without actual cheese? This Cashew Queso will surprise you!

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So it doesn’t get more cheese-tastic than queso, right? I mean, the name is literally translated to just “cheese.” But the truth is, if you think about the flavors of queso, it’s often a lot less about cheese and a lot more about cumin and chile peppers and spice. This creamy queso is cheeseless, but it’s the BEST with some really good tortilla chips. It’s not an exact replica of your traditional queso, but it does a pretty darn good job of filling a craving when you have one (and it’s BOMB on quesadillas).

Final verdict: Almost as good as the dairy stuff.

Dairy-Free Cashew Queso

Dairy-Free Cashew Queso

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 6 hours 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 3 minutes

Who knew you could make queso without actual cheese? This Cashew Queso will surprise you!

Adapted from Minimalist Baker.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • Water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional, for color)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (or less, if you don’t like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)

Instructions

  1. Place cashews in a bowl or jar (I like using a wide-mouth quart mason jar) and cover with water. Let soak overnight (at least 6 hours).
  2. Once soaking is finished, drain and rinse the cashews, and place in the basin of a high-powered blender. Add 1 cup of water, the nutritional yeast, the salt, the garlic powder, the cumin, the chili powder, the turmeric, the chipotle in adobe, and the sriracha and blend on high until very smooth—about three minutes.
  3. Store in covered container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Notes

  • Quick soak method: Cover cashews with boiling water and let sit 1 hour before proceeding.
  • Super quick method: Place cashews and three cups of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse before proceeding.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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