When I first went vegan one of the first foods I missed was cheese. Mac and Cheese, to be precise, but cheese in general was a struggle. I remember trying to make this rather unfortunate vegan cheese sauce using cauliflower that tasted… well, like cauliflower. It was as boring and tasteless as I expected. Since then I’ve tried carrot alternatives and all amounts of nutritional yeast, as well as one vegan cheese sauce mix that was about as bad as I expected it to be.
I was beginning to lose hope.
I eventually stopped trying to make any kind of vegan cheese sauce alternative, accepting that few would meet my expectations.
And then this recipe happened, and I fell in love. I was feeling vaguely inspired by this Hot For Food Vegan Nacho Cheese recipe – except I was missing half the ingredients. What’s a girl to do? Er… start peeling sweet potatoes and throwing things into a blender with abandon.
One of life’s greatest joys is Mexican food – I adore the flavours and there is little I love more than a good burrito or nacho bowl. So what better way to add flavour to a sauce than to add that delicious fajita spice flavour to it?
I’d never tried sweet potato in a vegan cheese sauce before but I am really feeling the love for them recently (plus I recently made really really great sweet potato fajitas, so I knew I liked the flavour combo).
And to add to it – one of the greatest things about this recipe is that almost all of the ingredients are things you’re pretty likely to have in your kitchen anyway! No emergency dash to Morrisons required.
This sauce has the thick consistency of an indulgent, creamy cheese sauce without the slightly grainy texture I find most substitutes seem to have. And better still, it doesn’t taste like you just threw veggies in a blender (which is essentially what you do for this). Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t believe you’ll ever make the perfect cheesy vegan Mac and Cheese, but this one is definitely one of the best.
There’s also no way of making this look pretty, so apologies for that in advance too.
Have you ever tried to make your own vegan cheese sauce before? How did it go?