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The Mother Mix

This dairy-free plant-based pantry staple is made of 4 all-natural ingredients. Just add water, blend, and cook for a few minutes to make a simple vegan cream sauce in just a few minutes. The Mother Mix is the foundation of many comfort food recipes on not not nutritious too, everything from Broccoli Cheese Soup to Hot Spinach Dip and Mexican Corn Chip Casserole.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time3 mins
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: all purpose vegan sauce, dairy-free cheese sauce, dairy-free comfort food, dairy-free cream sauce, dairy-free pantry staple, gluten-free pantry staple, make ahead, mother mix, pantry staple, vegan cheese sauce mix, vegan comfort food, vegan cream sauce, vegan pantry staple, vegan sauce starter
Servings: 13 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman


  • 4 1/2 cups almond flour {also called almond meal, or superfine almond flour, or blanched skinless ground almond}
  • 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

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well, then transfer to a tightly-sealed container. You can keep this in your pantry, or store it in the fridge if you don't think you will use it up within a few months. 

To make the basic Mother Mix simple cream sauce

  • To make about 1/2 cup of 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 the sauce is thickened and stretchy. It may go through a brief stage where it looks like it is curdling. Just keep stirring and this will disappear. Note that larger quantities of sauce will take longer to cook.


Storing the Mother Mix

Store the Mother Mix in a tightly-sealed container at room temperature. If you think that you will be using it irregularly, you could store the dry mix in your fridge or even freezer.  

Storing Cooked  Sauce

Store any cooked 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  

If you want to use the Mother Mix to make your own recipes, you might want to add more nutritional yeast to up the cheesy 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.

Other Recipes that Use the Mother Mix

Please see all the Mother Mix recipes listed in this post.

About Almond Flour 

Depending on where you live, almond flour might also be called ground almond meal or blanched, skinless ground almonds. We use super fine almond flour, but it is not always labelled that way. 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.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg