Hey there Friends!
Remember, yes it was just a few days ago, that we made those awesome Black Bean Burgers, that just happen to be vegan and easy? And of course you remember the sauce that you could see dripping from the burger bun?
Yes! that yummy sauce! Here it is the, White Vegan Queso sauce.
Is it good? Yummy, delicious! Will friends or family that aren’t vegan like it? My son and daughter-in-law tasted it cautiously (at first) and then said, oh, wow! it tastes like cheese sauce..yes, uh, huh, it does.
Is it healthy? Just cashews, water and a bit of seasoning 🙂
The key to smooth and silky cashew sauce is to soak the cashews and then blend them, up on high in your high speed blender for a silky smooth sauce.
How can you soak them quickly? Two options:
- Soak cashews by pouring boiling hot water over them. You don’t need to soak them as long, 30 minutes, then strain the water.
- You can also simmer them on the stove with water and that will take 10-15 minutes to softened cashews, then strain that water out.
You can soak them for up to 12-24 hours but it is not necessary especially if you have a high powered blender and you use one of the methods above.
Do you have a high powered blender? (affiliate link) If you don’t and you are thinking of getting one but don’t want to spend loads, the Ninja blender is great! It has individual smoothie blender cups which is what I used for the cashews and a big blender container as well. My house the blender gets used several times a day.
How long will cashew cream last? In your refrigerator (if you don’t eat it all quickly) it will stay fresh for 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3-4 months in a well sealed container.
What is really interesting about cashew cream is that you can with a couple of ingredient changes create many different sauces with cashew cream. Some ideas are:
- add 1/4 cup nutritional yeast for cheddar cheese sauce
- use the cashew cream as pasta sauce, use garlic and basil for seasoning..
- thin it a bit more and use for salad dressing
- Add less water for the final cream add in bit sweetener and you have sweet fruit dip or even frosting.
If you are like me and love Tajin seasoning, it is amazing in the queso, regular chili seasoning/pepper works just as well, because I’ve done it both ways. If you don’t have Tajin seasoning add a squeeze of lime juice if you want the zippy zest.
For the queso flavor, green chilis, a bit of salt and chili pepper seasoning was added.
Have you made cashew cream sauce before, if so what do you love making with it?
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White Vegan Queso
Easy cashew white queso for dipping or using on burgers that takes 3 ingredients and it tastes like like a yummy cheese sauce!
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 4 ounce diced green chiles, drained (come in mild or hot you choose)
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon Tajin or chili seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
Put raw cashews in medium size bowl, pour boiling water over cashews. Let sit for 30 minutes and up to several hours. Using strainer, strain off water from cashews. Put cashews in blender, add 1/2 cup filtered water, diced green chiles and seasoning. Blend on high until smooth. Taste add additional spice or salt as desired. Enjoy!
If you don't have Tajin seasoning, but want bit lime flavor, add few squeezes of fresh lime juice.
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