4 minute cheese sauce mix, a plant-based pantry staple

4 minute cheeze sauce mix: Your new plant-based pantry staple

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This vegan cheese sauce mix is the ultimate plant-based pantry staple. It consists of 4 simple, all-natural ingredients: almond flour, tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, and salt. Store it in your pantry and when you want some cheese sauce, you just add water, blend for one minute, and then cook for about 3 minutes. That’s it! Unlike so many of the other vegan cheeze sauce recipes out there, this requires no soaking of nuts, or boiling of veggies, or any other major preparation time.

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This is a very basic recipe, as it I wanted it to be versatile enough to work with lots of foods and different flavours. It’ll be perfect anywhere you want a bit of stretch in your cheeze, or even when you are just looking for a dairy-free creamy sauce that’s ready in mere minutes.

You can enjoy this plant-based cheese sauce exactly as is, say, drizzled over veggies. Think asparagus, steamed broccoli, roasted cauliflower, pan-fried green beans, oven-roasted potatoes, grilled tomatoes, roasted peppers, zucchini…

Vegan 4 minute cheese sauce with veggies

Vegan 4 minute cheese sauce with veggies

Or, try one of my growing list of recipes that uses it, like Easy Cheezy Broccoli Soup. It’s literally just cheese sauce blended with steamed broccoli! How simple is that?

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup,

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

Also check out the recipes for Quicky Spinach Basil Pasta,  Corn Chip Casserole: Two Ways,  Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Almonds and Dates, hot chili grilled cheeze, this awesome dairy-free spinach dip, and Stovetop Green Bean Casserole. And there’s many more to come!

Eating Together Made Easy

If you’ve been to not not nutritious before, you may have noticed my tagline/fixation: “Eating Together Made Easy.” By “eating together,” I’m talking about vegans/plant-based peeps, vegetarians, and omnivores, and I try to make recipes so that no matter what your diet, you can follow my easy variations and therefore still eat meals together. And save plan and prep time in the process!

So for example, Quicky Spinach Basil Pasta starts out with a recipe based on 4 minute cheeze sauce and then gets topped with parmesan for the vegetarians, and some quick-fried prosciutto for the carnivores. With Corn Chip Casserole: Two Ways, you can make a version with jackfruit if you’re vegan or plant-based, or a version with chicken if you’re not. They both use 4 minute cheeze sauce, but the omnivore version also includes some dairy-based cheese. Yep, I eat cheeze and cheese together all the time. This is a great way to reduce your dairy intake. {If you try to reduce your meat and dairy intake, btw, you can call yourself a reducetarian. Some people like that word, some don’t, but however you label it, it’s a growing group of people.}

Enough Jabber! Let’s Get this Cheeze-y Pantry Staple Made!

4 minute cheeze sauce mix
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
6 mins

This plant-based pantry staple is made of 4 all-natural ingredients. Just add water, blend, and cook for a few minutes to make vegan cheese sauce in just a few minutes. Super versatile, 4 minute cheeze sauce is great as a topper on veggies, or the perfect base for something creamy and delicious. It's the foundation of many other recipes on not not nutritious too, everything from Broccoli Cheese Soup to Green Bean Casserole. 

Cuisine: North American
Keyword: vegan cheese sauce mix, vegan cheeze sauce mix
Diet: reducetarian, vegan
Servings: 20 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 173 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
  • 4 1/2 cups almond flour {also called almond meal, or superfine almond flour, or blanched ground almonds. If you buy Bob's Red Mill brand of superfine almond flour this is the whole bag. This is not a sponsored post!}
  • 1 1/4 cups tapioca starch {also called tapioca flour}
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
To make the dry mix
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well, then transfer to a tightly-sealed container. I use my 4 minute cheeze sauce mix frequently so I store it along with my other dry goods. You could store this in the fridge if you don't think you will use it up within a few months. 

    4 minute cheeze sauce dry mix pantry-staple and some prepared cheeze sauce in a saucepan
To make cheeze sauce
  1. To make about 1/2 cup of cheeze sauce, combine 1/3rds cup of dry mix and 1/2 cup of water in a blender. Blend on high for about 1 minute. Transfer to a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 3 minutes until sauce is thickened and stretchy. It may go through a quick stage where it looks like it is curdling. Just keep stirring and this will disappear. Note that larger quantities of sauce will take longer. 

    See the video clip for the finished consistency. 

Recipe Notes

Storing 4 Minute Cheeze Sauce Mix

I store my dry mix in a tightly-sealed container in my pantry. I have kept mine for several months without any issues. If you think that you will be using it irregularly, you could store the dry mix in your fridge or even freezer.  

Storing Cooked Cheeze Sauce

Store any cooked cheeze sauce in your fridge in a sealed container. It will keep for 3-4 days. Reheat it over low heat, stirring to remove any lumps, as needed. 

Add-Ins and Timing 

Depending on what you are serving it with, when you make your sauce you might want to add more nutritional yeast to up the cheezy factor, and/or you might want to add herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, chili powder, or some nutmeg if you want it to taste more like a Bechamel sauce. Add these into the blender. You can also add other flavourings such as chopped fresh basil, minced jalapeños, sun-dried tomatoes. Add these during the cooking stage.

About Almond Flour 

Depending on where you live, almond flour might also be called ground almond meal or blanched ground almonds. It’s usually in the baking section of the grocery store. In my store, buying it as almond flour was the cheapest way to go.


Nutrition Facts
4 minute cheeze sauce mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Sodium 523mg 22%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PIN It! Vegan 4 Minute Cheese Sauce Mix – Your new pantry staple!

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Here’s a quick video that shows the consistency of the sauce:

Recipes That Use 4 Minute Cheeze Sauce

And many more to come! And speaking of that….

Send Me Your Recipe Requests!

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And let me know if I can help you use this sauce to simplify making your favourite cheeze/cheese based recipe.


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