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5 from 3 votes

Vegan Walnut Cheese Sauce [Oil Free]

Vegan walnut cheese sauce or queso is bursting with flavour and comes together in only five minutes! No cooking or chopping required.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: gluten free, oil free, sugar free, vegan
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Rosa



  • 1 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water plus an optional extra tablespoon or two for desired consistency


  • Using a kettle or small pot, heat at least a cup or two of fresh water since some will evaporate.
  • Then add all the ingredients with 3/4 cup of the warm water to your blender and process until smooth and creamy. It will take about a minute for the walnuts to fully break down and become smooth. If necessary, turn off your blender and start again until desired texture is reached. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if preferred. If you like a thinner sauce, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of warm water and reblend.


This sauce tastes best warm, so serve immediately, or if you're making it ahead, you may reheat in a small saucepan.
If you do not have a powerful blender, soak your walnuts in hot water for 20 minutes and drain. Then follow the directions as usual. Soaking the walnuts will make them easier to break down.
Feel free to add more seasoning if desired. Some smoked paprika, cumin, or chili powder would also make great additions.
Store leftovers in refrigerator for 3-4 days and reheat before serving. 


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg