So, in case you haven’t heard, Cashew Alfredo Sauce is the bomb! I personally like it better than traditional Alfredo sauce. Plus it’s so much better for you. Here are the nutritional facts for each to compare:
Cashew Alfredo Sauce —-vs—- Traditional Alfredo Sauce (1/4 cup serving size)
119 calories —vs— 620 calories
10 g fat —vs— 59 g fat
6 g carbs —vs— 9 g carbs
3 g Protein —vs— 16 g protein
0 mg cholesterol —vs— 186 mg cholesterol
71 mg sodium —vs— 1161 mg sodium
Sure there is more protein in Traditional Alfredo Sauce, but HELLO!?… Check out that sodium content, or cholesterol… not to mention the calories and fat!! I choose Cashew Alfredo Sauce any day! So, if you’re with me, check out the recipe below.
Cashew Alfredo Sauce
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup boiling water (use some of the starchy water from cooking your pasta)
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Place raw cashews (must be raw, not roasted) in a food processor or blender and pulse until nuts are very fine. I use my Blendtec 575 – and I’ve been using it for over 2 years now on a daily basis (I make smoothies daily). Love it. Can’t say enough good things about it.
- Carefully add in the boiling water; process until smooth.
- Add the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper; process some more until smooth.
- The sauce will thicken as you blend. This is why using starchy water is a good choice. It will help with thickening.
- If it isn’t thickening enough for you, heat it in a saucepan over a low temperature for a few minutes, and that should do the trick.
- On the other hand, if it’s too thick, add a little more water 1 TBSP at a time until desired consistency.
- Serve over cooked pasta of your choice. (If you’re following a Paleo Diet or gluten free diet, serve over zoodles – zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or any other veggie noodles – carrots, sweet potato, cucumber, etc.)
- You can also serve it with some steamed, sautéed or roasted veggies.
I was kind of shocked when I compared the nutritional facts between cashew Alfredo sauce and traditional Alfredo sauce, weren’t you??? The flavor of the cashew sauce is delicious, creamy and it’s so easy to make you’ll be whipping it up in minutes! Hope you enjoy!
In the market for a blender??? There are some really good ones over at blendtec.com – even refurbished ones which are a great deal for a high quality blender.
Like I mentioned above, I’ve used mine for over 2 years now (in fact it’s been used 1011 times according to the counter on the blender screen). If I could only take one thing with me to a deserted island, I would choose my Blendtec blender (as long as they had electricity on said island! haha).