I was a huge cheese lover so believe me when I tell you that these cheese sauces are the best! Now, I don't want you to get your hopes up, they're not going to taste exactly like cheese. What I can promise you is that they are going to be delicious and fill that cheese void that was created when you went vegan.
And if you're not fully on a plant-based diet yet, trust me, these are going to make your transition SO. MUCH. EASIER.
The Base of the Sauces
I've had both cashew based and vegetable based cheese sauces before and I think both work great for creating that creamy texture that we desire. I couldn't decide on which one I liked more so I'm sharing both! One is a smoky cashew cheese sauce that's great for dipping vegetables in and the other is an incredible nut-free nacho cheese variety!
To be honest, you could probably use the base interchangeably with the other ingredients to get whichever flavor you're going for. So, say you can't have nuts but you want a smoky sauce - just use the vegetable base but include the rest of the ingredients from the cashew sauce to recreate the smoky flavor. That's what I love about these vegan cheese sauces, they're so versatile and they're also forgiving if you don't have a specific ingredient.
Both of these would go great with this Southwestern Breakfast Hash or on top of my famous Three-Bean Chili. Better yet, dip these Baked Zucchini Chips into it for a satisfying snack. Or simply use your favorite chip or vegetable and dig in!
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Cheese Sauce Recipe #1
Cheese Sauce Recipe #2
Let me know which one is your favorite! They both have such different flavor profiles yet can be used for primarily the same function. I can't decide!
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