Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce

A bowl of gluten free pasta in butternut squash vegan cheese sauce. there are avocado pieces and winter squash pieces in the bowl.
This Vegan Cheese sauce made with simple ingredients like butternut squash, raw cashews, and nutritional yeast. A healthy Mac and Cheese that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and so easy to make.


Smother your favorite pasta in this homemade vegan cheese sauce for a childhood’s favorite Mac and Cheese!

Except that there is no fake cheese, no soy, no preservative, just lots of Creaminess, and deliciousness.  

A couple of my favorite vegan sauces you should also try:

  1. Vegan Basil Pesto
  2. Vegan Cheese Queso Dip


Is Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce Healthy?


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If “SAUCE” can be a food group, it will for sure be my favorite group.

I love making my own healthified versions of sauces and dips.

This Vegan Butternut Squash “Cheese” sauce is one of my staples. It is Dairy-FreeGluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly and Super easy to make.

If you are as obsessed with butternut squash as I am, you definitely need to give this a go.



Raw Cashews

Raw cashews are one of my favorite ingredients when it comes to vegan recipes.

Not only it contains protein and healthy fats, but it also provides creamy and thick texture.


Butternut Squash

It is one of my favorite squashes. Not only during the fall season, I find ways to enjoy butternut squash all year round.

Butternut Squash has so many health benefits. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, packed with antioxidants and fiber which may aid weight loss.

Read more here.


Nutritional Yeast 

Nutritional yeast is often used in vegan cooking to provide cheesy flavor.

It is a great source of protein, B vitamins, and antioxidants. 

Read more here.



Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe



To begin with, all you need is a few simple ingredients, you can make this healthy mac and cheese in 5 minutes.

First, instead of a dairy products, I am using raw cashews.


To prepare them, I usually soak my cashews in filtered water overnight (or 6 hours). Soaking nuts and seeds help unlock and activate the beneficial ingredients for our absorption.

However, it is not always the most convenient thing to have soaked nuts on hands (in fact, I rarely do).

One of my favorite easy trick is to use Cashew Butter.

It makes it so creamy. You won’t believe this is dairy-free.



Second star ingredient of this show is Roasted butternut squash.

To prepare butternut squash, I rub cubed butternut squash in coconut oil and cinnamon.

Then spread them apart on a sheet pan, bake 375 F in the oven for 30 min.

I make them almost every week for my meal prep (for more meal prep ideas, check out my story highlights on instagram).

They come in handy to add to my smoothie bowls, use as a side dish, and of course making this vegan Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce.


A jar of butternut squash cheese sauce, air tight storage.


Last but not least, this Dairy-FreeGluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly and Super easy to make.

Just pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Viola! I love mixing it with some gluten-free pasta, spread on my toast, or just eat it straight. It is sweet, nutty and just heavenly. Hope you will give this a go.

Warning: super addicting.


How to Serve Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce


A bowl of gluten free pasta in butternut squash vegan cheese sauce. there are avocado pieces and winter squash pieces in the bowl.


Vegan Mac and Cheese

My favorite way is to make some gluten-free pasta and smother in this creamy and luscious butternut squash cheese sauce. 

Add some veggies like peas, avocado or just eat it as it is!


Dairy-Free Cheesy Toast

Use it as spreadable “cheese” and smudge on a couple pieces of toasts.

The sky is the limit! There are so many ways you can enjoy this Vegan Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce.


What are some of your favorite ways? Leave it in the comment below! and Enjoy ~





Butternut Squash Vegan Cheese Sauce
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You May also like these other Easy Vegan Recipes:

1. The Best Vegan Mushroom Bacon

2. Pumpkin Pie Hummus

3. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mash (Whole 30)



Yield: 6

Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce

Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce

This creamy and cheesy sauce is vegan, dairy free gluten free and also super easy to make. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashew *
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic (Optional: omit if you can't stand the taste of it)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 cup liquid of choice (water, nut milk, bone broth) **


  1. Soak raw cashews in warm water (enough to fully cover the cashews) and a pinch of salt overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews.
  3. Pulse everything in a food processor or blender until creamy. Instructions on how to make butternut squash cheese sauce in a food processor.
  4. Serve with your favorite pasta for a vegan mac and cheese.
  5. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  1. How to roast butternut squash: Season cubed butternut squash with 1 tbsp coconut oil and cinnamon, rub it in thoroughly. Line them up on a sheet pan then roast 375 F in the oven for 30 minutes. 
  2. Liquid options: My personal favorite is bone broth because it elevates the taste to another level. But if you are vegan, nut milk is also a great choice to add that extra flavor!
  3. *If you have cashew butter handy, 1/2 cup of it will do the same trick
  4. **Tip: Start with a small amount of liquid and add more to you preferred consistency. It does thicken when you store them in the fridge. So I usually like mine a little bit on the liquidy side. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

A bowl of gluten free pasta in butternut squash vegan cheese sauce. there are avocado pieces and winter squash pieces in the bowl.


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:05h, 10 April Reply

    Would canned butternut squash be okay and if so, the whole can?

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 21:13h, 14 April Reply

      Hi hi,

      Yes you can. I’d say use 1 cup of it to replace the sweet potato puree.


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