my super yummy dairy free alfredo sauce recipe

I mentioned about a week ago that I finally perfected my dairy free alfredo sauce recipe, and a lot of you requested a recipe, so here it is.

[I apologize for phone pics, but I didn’t get a chance to make it when I could use my good camera]

my super yummy dairy free alfredo sauce recipe

3 cups So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2-3 TBS Earth Balance soy free butter substitute
2 TBS flour [I use King Arthur unbleached all-purpose]
salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: whisk together 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup nutritional yeast …

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… until it is smooth.

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Step 2: melt 2-3 TBS of Earth Balance butter in a pan over medium heat

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Step 3: once the butter is melted, whisk in 2 TBS flour to make a roux

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Step 4: once you have a thick, creamy roux, whisk in your milk/nutritional yeast mixture …

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… as it continues to thicken, turn heat down and add the remainder of the milk + let it simmer until you reach your desired consistency.

I add this to pasta with chicken and broccoli or tuna and peas … the kids LOVE it!

I can get all of these ingredients at our local Publix, but I buy the nutritional yeast by the pound at Whole Foods because it’s cheaper that way.

21 Comment

  1. Angela W. says:

    Thank you! After almost a year of df/sf I was running out of ideas. This looks amazing!

  2. Amy H says:

    Stella is slurping it down! She’s dipping both her whole wheat noodles AND spinach into it (she usually dips her spinach in ranch so this is a HUGE improvement!). She’s also doing the “hmmmhmmmhmmmm”ing that accompanies any tasty treat. I added a little sriracha to mine because, well, everything is better with a little sriracha.

    1. keli says:

      YAY!!! And that’s a great idea about adding sriracha – I’m going to try that next time. Mmmmmmm.

  3. It sounds yummy.

  4. Lea says:

    Thank you!! I’m definitely going to make this.

  5. Jessica says:

    Thank you! I will have to pick up the nutritional yeast this week and try it!

  6. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I will absolutely be making this! I love simple recipes like this and it’s a quick and easy one :)

  7. Liz says:

    Thank you for posting this. I made it for supper and it was so so good!

    1. keli says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!!!

  8. […] since the last time I had Alfredo sauce! I had a craving for it so I did some searching. I found this recipe and I started getting some ideas haha! I’ve made this twice now, last night being the second […]

  9. Emily says:

    Would it work with Almond milk do you think?

    1. keli says:

      Absolutely! I switched to almond milk when I had my 3rd baby, and it’s even more delicious with almond milk. :)

  10. Sara says:

    I don’t know what I did wrong. It never thickened up and tasted nothing like Alfredo sauce. It was pretty gross actually. How exactly is it supposed to taste like Alfredo when there’s no cheese?

  11. Sara says:

    Well i figured out my problem. I used brewers yeast since i had it on hand. Never used nutritional yeast so didn’t know about the cheesey flavor. I will have to try it again with the correct ingredients.

    1. keli says:

      I’m glad you figured it out :) I have actually found that this recipe needs a little more nutritional yeast, so now I put about 1/2 a cup in my sauce. I need to update the recipe. I have also used Go Veggie dairy-free parmesan cheese instead of nutritional yeast, and it was pretty good. You can get both of these items at Whole Foods or a store like that. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  12. Kim Wilder says:

    The list of ingredients says 1/2 cup nutritional yeast, but the directions say 2TBS. Am I missing where you add the remainder in or is there an error in the recipe? Also, if I sub the Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese as you stated in the comment do I do so with 1/2 cup as well… I just add it all where the current recipe says 2TBS? Thanks.

    1. keli says:

      You are correct – I updated the amount in the recipe, but I didn’t update the amount in the instructions. Yes, you add the whole 1/2 cup nutritional yeast into the milk before you whisk it together. And if you use the dairy free parmesan cheese, you can use the same amount. Or increase it to your taste. Most alfredo recipes call for 1 – 1 1/2 cups of parmesan, so you could definitely put more if you wanted even more cheese flavor.

      1. Kim Wilder says:

        Thank you! :) Can’t wait to try this!

  13. crys says:

    So… Problems! I can’t seem to avoid my ruex clumping into jelly globs when I add my broth or “milk” … Any ideas?

    1. Keli says:

      crys: It sounds like you need to add more milk or whisk faster. As you’re adding the milk, you just have to whisk whisk whisk as fast as you can. And keep whisking until it’s not clumpy anymore. Hope that helps!

  14. Keli says:

    crys: It sounds like you need to add more milk or whisk faster. As you’re adding the milk, you just have to whisk whisk whisk as fast as you can. And keep whisking until it’s not clumpy anymore. Hope that helps!

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