How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce. This is great on zoodles.
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Cashew Alfredo Sauce {Dairy Free + Paleo + Whole30 Compliant}

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I knew when I started Whole30 this month I would be inspired to come up with some new compliant recipes.  You guys, this Cashew Alfredo Sauce is awesome!!  You won’t feel deprived of anything when you pour this over some zoodles or spaghetti squash for dinner.  Tracy came over last week and tested this out.  She loved it too!How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce. This is great on zoodles.
If you have been planning your weekly meals do yourself a favor and put this on next weeks menu.  This cashew alfredo sauce is really simple to make and just requires a little preparation (remembering to soak the cashews).  I soaked my cashews for 6 hours the day of but you can let them soak all night if that is easier.
How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce. This is great on zoodles.

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How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce.

I have surprised myself with how easy going this round of Whole30 has been.  It’s day 15 and I feel pretty amazing. One of the things I was most looking forward to was biting into an apple and enjoying it like it were dessert.  I had one tonight while watching Making a Murderer and that feeling has returned!  It’s amazing how cutting out sugar can really liven up your taste buds. As far as the ease with Whole30, I think having experience doing one before and just knowing what foods I like has made all the difference.

How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce. This is great on zoodles.

I can’t wait to get to day 30 and I’m already thinking about trying to make it a Whole60…COULD I do it!? It seems like a reach but I thought I would never make it 30 days my first time around and somehow I did.  I think I’ll wait and see how I feel come day 30 and wether or not I need some paleo treats.  I pulled out my beach wearing shorts yesterday and they are VERY snug.  We are going to go beach camping in 8 weeks for Spring break and I need them to fit! I could do it right? Anyone want to join me?
How to make creamy, dairy free, Alfredo Sauce. This is great on zoodles.

Cashew Alfredo Sauce {Dairy Free + Paleo + Whole30 Compliant}


  • 2 cups raw cashews 
  • 1.5-2 cups almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 head of garlic (8-10 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Soak cashews in water at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Cut off the top of garlic, coat with about 1 teaspoon olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
  3. Saute onions in 1 teaspoon of olive oil until onions become translucent.
  4. Place all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender. (just squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out right into the blender)
  5. Blend until creamy. If needed, add more almond milk. (I always start with 1.5 cups and add more as needed)
  6. Enjoy over your favorite zoodles or use as a dipping sauce for chicken. MMMmmm.
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  • Reply Erin @LivingEZ January 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I am also doing Whole30 this month, but totally counting down the days until bread, yogurt and oatmeal come back into my life. I would be super impressed with a Whole60!! One thing I have been loving from the past few weeks, is getting over my after dinner snack habit – no more mindless eating!
    Sliced apples topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon = heaven on a plate

    • Reply Krista January 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Erin, glad to hear you’re also doing a whoke30 this month! I always have a snack after dinner when my kids go to bed. It’s a must for me. I usually do apple slices and almond butter(sharing that recipe tomorrow!) but I’ve never tried sprinkling cinnamon on them. That sounds great! I will do that tonight!!

  • Reply Janice January 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    We are two weeks into Whole30! We are doing great! My husbands blood sugar has dropped from 258 to 83 this morning. Love your recipes! Thanks!

    • Reply Tracy January 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

      I’m thrilled to hear about your success! That’s fantastic! Good luck the rest of your journey!

  • Reply Dori August 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have a son with a dairy allergy, so I am anxious to try this. I bought a store jar of vegan Alfredo sauce and he wasn’t really thrilled with it. It had a tangy after taste that he didn’t like. I’m hoping I have better luck with this one. I featured your recipe in my Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe post this week!

    • Reply Krista August 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Dori! I hope your son enjoys the recipe!

  • Reply Marissa B September 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Just tried this over grilled chicken tonight…. amazing! Will definitely be making again!
    How long do you think any leftovers will keep? I’m only cooking for 2 and this was a decent batch of sauce 🙂

    • Reply Krista September 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Marissa! I don’t keep mine in the fridge longer than 5 days but it does freeze well! I keep small bags (about 2 servings) in freezer bags and pull them out when needed. Glad you like it!

  • Reply TJ January 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Krista,
    Thanks for this recipe I just completed day 12 and I can’t believe I am not craving sweets nor bread! I want to incorporate it in my way of cooking from now on! Quick question have you tried this with shrimp?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Reply Krista January 13, 2017 at 5:14 am

      Hi TJ,

      I have not but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t! That sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Meaghan January 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’m on my second Whole30, this recipe is by far my favorite compliant meal! I sprinkled some sugar free bacon, delusions Thank you for the recipe. Do you think you could freeze some of this for the future?

  • Reply Julian February 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    isnt ghee a dairy product??? jw

    • Reply Lauren July 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Ghee is clarified butter, meaning the water and milk solids have been filtered out, leaving just the fat.

  • Reply Karen June 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    We just made this and it was too sweet
    The almond milk we used was plain and had zero sugar. I am thinking the cashews could be sweet. We tried more garlic and more lemon but to no avail.
    I am an excellent cook for 40 years and
    Cook whole 60 – Paleo and vegan. We are doing whole 30 now and really wanted this to work. Bummed. Any suggestions ?

    • Reply Krista June 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Karen,

      I think I may be stumped on this one, that’s really strange it turned out so sweet. I wish I had an answer for you but I really don’t know how that could have happened either.

  • Reply Anne Zatorski March 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Would eliminating the ghee make a huge difference in the taste?

    • Reply Krista March 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Anne! I don’t suggest eliminating the ghee, I think you would lose a lot of good flavor.

      • Reply Sonja Haddad December 7, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        This is HEAVENLY!!! Thank you so much!!! Wowww!

        • Reply Krista Pool December 7, 2021 at 7:43 pm

          I’m so glad you love it! Thanks for coming back to share.

  • Reply Kim March 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    How long is this good in the fridge? Would it be possible to can or freeze. Trying to make life easier.

    • Reply Krista March 11, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Kim! I would say it’s good about 5 days in the fridge. I’ve also have had success freezing mine. Enjoy!

  • Reply Kate March 18, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Would this work with coconut milk?

    • Reply Desirae Bleth January 21, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Did you try this with Coconut Milk? I would like to try but my child cannot tolerate Almond milk. Thank you!

      • Reply Tracy January 21, 2019 at 11:30 am

        We haven’t tried it that way, but I’m sure it would!

  • Reply Janis Whipple June 25, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Is there a calorie count and serving size you can give for this?

  • Reply Peggy December 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Do you drain or squeeze the water out of the cashews once soaked overnight or do they absorb it? First try, and how much water “just cover” ? Help ! Thanks

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