I stumbled upon a homemade cheese recipe video on youtube by Cooking with Plants. It seemed too easy and too good to be true...so I had to try it for myself. I didn't have any agar agar powder on hand, the thickening and solidifying agent needed to make vegan cheese (it's a vegan substitute for gelatine) so I decided to skip that step and make a nice cheese sauce. I couldn't believe the flavour and texture of this sauce! I used this sauce to make mac and cheese, a mexican salad and some nachos!
To a blender, add half cup of water, half a cup of oats, half a cup of mashed white or sweet potato, half a large or three little marinated roasted peppers, a quarter cup of nutritional yeast, half a tablespoon of paprika, one a a quarter teaspoon of sea salt, a quarter teaspoon of ground pepper, half a teaspoon of garlic powder, half a teaspoon of onion powder and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Top the blender with an additional half cup of water and blend away.
If you do not half a high power blender, you might want to process the oats in a food processor or blender before hand to make the smoothest sauce possible.
Vegan Nut-Free Cheese Sauce
Recipe adapted from Cooking with Plants
1 cup water
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup mashed white or sweet potato
1/2 a large or 3 little marinated roasted red peppers
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Add all the ingredients in a blender. Reserve half of the water to top of the blender.
- Blend until smooth.