Dairy Free Queso

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

I know, I know…it seems a bit strange for me to post a healthy queso. I’m ALL about the cheese and you guys are well aware. But guess what…it’s a new year and that means we should all be open to making little changes that can make our lives healthier and happier! I have wanted to try a skinny cheese dip for some time, and I thought January was just the time to give it a whirl. This DAIRY FREE QUESO has absolutely knocked my cheese loving socks off and I hope you give it a try. From one cheese lover to another, it’s so refreshing to find a recipe that is healthier, doesn’t leave me with that stomach ache too much chips and queso can bring, and tastes absolutely INSANELY delish. You have to taste it to believe it! (Be sure you also check out the most popular Queso on our site, and pair it all with our favorite Chicken Tacos!)

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it! DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

My mom has been telling my brother and me our entire lives that we are just a little bit lactose intolerant. You know the feeling…you dig into a bowl of ice cream or a indulge in way too many cheese sticks and all of a sudden your stomach is hurting way more than it should. I have always just looked the other way, because I LOVE CHEESE. But finding a recipe like this Dairy Free Queso can be life changing because I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up! It almost feels like a lie…because it tastes SO much like my favorite cheese dips. It still has all the spice, tomatoes, cilantro, flair…but none of the dairy. None of the stomach aches. Like I said…you’ve got to try it!

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it! DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

There are two secret ingredients in this Dairy Free Queso that make it both healthy and delicious…cashews, and Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Yeast. The cashews add to the consistency, and the Nutritional Yeast fools you into thinking you’re snacking on hot queso. OBSESSED. Bob’s Red Mill just really has it all, and always knocks it out of the park for me. Have you ever used this product before? I hadn’t…but now I’m hooked!

DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it! DAIRY FREE QUESO is our newest obsession! This healthy queso made with cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, rotel, and more is SO shockingly delicious. You have to give it a try to believe it!

This Dairy Free Queso is the perfect healthier alternative to all the big game tailgating we are all about to do. Bring this to any party and feel great about what you’re serving your friends…they don’t even need to know it’s secretly better for you! New year new US!

Enjoy!!!

Serves 5 cups

Dairy Free Queso

Recipe inspired and adapted from The Detoxinista

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw and unsalted cashews, soaked in water overnight (or a minimum of 5 hours) (DRAINED)
  • 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes (or tomatoes with chile peppers), fully drained

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients except the tomatoes in a food processor or very high powered blender. Blend on high until fully smooth. For me, I did this in steps, stirring as I went and then continuing to blend until the consistency was like a cheese dip. Be sure you soak your cashews long enough to achieve the best consistency.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small skillet or saucepan and stir in the can tomatoes.
  3. Heat over medium/low heat, stirring occasionally, until the "queso" is warm to your liking. Be careful to not burn the edges. You can also eat this cold, but I love how it tastes heated up.
  4. Garnish with more cilantro and serve with your favorite chips.
  5. Enjoy!
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Calories
291 cal
Fat
23 g
Carbs
16 g
Protein
10 g


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Jean
OMG I am jumping up and down at the thought of having this dairy free dish. Thank you and keep them coming for those foodies who have so many dietary restrictions!
    Becky Hardin
    So happy to make you happy Jean!! I was so excited at how much we loved this recipe, I hope you do too!
Monique | Chew Your Booze
I just started using Bob's Red Mill products -- (the Cracked Freekah is heavenly with roasted brussel sprouts). I'll definitely have to try the Nutritional Yeast. I never really knew what you used it for, so this recipe is really helpful!
    Becky Hardin
    Every new Bob's product I try, I LOVE! Yes this if my first time using the nutritional yeast as well and it has such a fun cheesy flavor. A really great alternative. Hope you love the recipe, thanks for saying hi!
2pots2cook
Since it's January, I'm in :-) Great photos as usual. Thank you and have a pleasant day !
Kit
Can this be made in a magic bullet? Thank you!
    Becky Hardin
    I'm so sorry I don't have any experience with a magic bullet. I'm not sure how high powered it is, but it might work!
Allyn
Trying this tonight! Do you drain the cashews or use the liquid!
    Becky Hardin
    Drain them! I'm so glad you asked. i'm updating the recipe now! hope you love it :)
Philecia
Sadly this didn't turn out for me and I'd like to understand why. Cashews are so expensive! I soaked them for 10 hours. I did put the bowl in the fridge because the cashews were in the cooler at the store. Perhaps this caused them not to soften enough? So, firstly, the consistency isn't smooth. This could also be due to my Ninja not being high powered enough, I suppose. But, secondly, it is much too salty! I used two teaspoons of coarse sea salt as the recipe said. Just to show I learned something in college 30 years ago, things taste saltier when cold ;) Maybe if this is heated it will help a bit but I don't think enough. Especially if it's served with salted chips. I am currently soaking more cashews in the hopes that it can be salvaged. I doubt I can do much for the consistency but maybe the saltiness. On the up side, I also made your "easy restaurant style white queso dip" (we have vegans and non-vegans in this fam) and it turned out divine so thank you for that!
anessa
it looks DELICIOUS, I WILL TRY IT TODAY FOR SURE!
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