Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip is delectable! It’s creamy and spicy. And, for something with zero cheese — it’s VERY cheesy! lol It’s hard to believe it’s Whole30 compliant, Paleo, dairy-free, sugar-free and grain (gluten)-free! It makes my tastebuds do a happy dance and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything!
This smooth, thick sauce/dip is excellent when you want a snack with a spicy kick or making a healthier version of your favorite casseroles. It has a lovely creamy texture and “cheesy” flavor. It’s good for dipping veggies and it’s sensational for topping burgers. Home fries and homemade chicken nuggets are perfect dippers for my Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip, too.
What is Nutritional Yeast and Why Use It?
The yummy, cheesy flavor comes from *nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast. It is the same strain of yeast that is used in baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast, except that the bacteria that cause rising and fermentation are no longer alive. It’s grown specifically as a food product and is very popular in vegan cooking.
Nutritional Yeast is loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It’s high in protein and a good source of fiber, too. It’s low in sodium and calories and is gluten‑, sugar- and dairy-free. I always buy flakes, but it can be found as granules or powder, too, I think.
Nutritional yeast has a savory, nutty and cheesy flavor. It’s what puts the “cheesy” in my Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip. You can also leave out the hot sauce and use it as a cheesy sauce for casseroles, cheesy cauliflower or zoodle “pasta”. It’s also great sprinkled on popcorn! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.Print
This sauce/dip is excellent when you want a snack with a spicy kick. It has a lovely creamy texture and “cheesy” flavor. It’s good for dipping veggies and it’s sensational for topping burgers.
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 Tablespoons Franks Red Hot Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons *nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Soak the cashews in enough water to completely cover them. Allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes. I often put them in water, stick the container in the fridge and go to bed. You can easily soak them up to 24 hours. Whatever works in your schedule. The longer they soak, the softer they will be and the smoother they will blend.
- Place all ingredients in the blender cup/pitcher of a high-speed blender.
- Pulse the blender a few times to get things started.
- Set blender on high and allow the sauce to become smooth and creamy.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How to Make Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip
To soak cashews, put them in a container and cover with water. Allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to make Cheesy Hot Sauce Dip, drain the cashews and add them to the blender with all the other ingredients.
Variation: Add all the ingredients, except the hot sauce and make a creamy, “cheesy” sauce for zoodles, cauliflower or your favorite casserole.
Five-ingredient easy is the best kind of recipe! Don’t you think? I hope you enjoy this delicious dip/sauce as much as I do. No matter where you are in your nutritional journey, it will enhance your favorite dishes and leave you feeling satisfied. Enjoy!
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