A Healthy & Delicious “Cheese” Dip Made From Cashews

Cheese dip made from cashews

There are times when I surprise even myself with how good a healthy recipe can taste!  This dairy-free nacho cheese dip is one of those recipes.  My family cannot get enough of this dip, and my husband said it has better flavor than the typical nacho dip.  That comment made me very, very happy.

Ingredients for cashew dip
{Corn & Bean Salsa from Trader Joes, Seasoned Refried Beans from Trader Joes, Brown Rice cooked in a rice cooker with a can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilis}

This dip is healthy and makes me completely at peace when serving my family nachos for dinner.  They think they are getting a treat, when really they are getting a protein & fiber packed healthy meal.


The recipe uses cashews as the base.  If you soak your cashews overnight in water, the dip will be smooth & creamy.  I usually skip this step as we don’t mind if our dip is not smooth.  It is pretty common in the ‘raw foods’ world to use raw nuts as the base to make cream sauces.  Since going dairy free in our family, I have used this idea a few times, and have loved the results every time.

TRY THIS recipe!  I think you will love it.

It is easy.
It is healthy.
It makes you feel like you are indulging.

Blending cashew dip

No dairy cheese dip
No Dairy ‘Cheese’ Dip Made From Cashews

{Inspired by Happy Herbivores Vegan Nachos}

1/2 cup raw cashews
4 tbsp nutritional yeast (adds a great ‘cheesy’ flavor and Vit B-12!)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups plant-based milk (I use almond)
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
a dash of cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
Transfer to a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally and allowing the flavors to mesh, about 8 minutes.

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  • Joy
    April 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Yum! I love nachos and this looks like a great way to enjoy them without the guilt and with health benefits! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mim
    April 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe and the great content on your blog. You are a great source for my family on our way to health and wellness.

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