One of most people's indulgent comfort foods is alfredo sauce. I admit, I used to love it too, but I didn't love how after just a few bites, I felt sick. There is such a thing as foods being too rich. Feeling nauseated and in a nasty food coma for hours after eating something isn't really worth it to me.
Enter the best Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce you'll ever have. No need to try any further anymore. This one is dairy-free and oil-free. Most vegan versions contain vegan butter or oil, not healthy. This one is made from cashews which make it exceptionally creamy. I wanted a whole food version, not made from oils and I did it all in just 7 ingredients (+salt). I've been making this for awhile and after a couple of folks asked for it on Facebook, I figured I better get it posted!
Read on to see how I came up with the similar rich, slightly sweet flavor of traditional garlic alfredo sauce......
Traditional garlic alfredo sauce has butter, milk, cream, parmesan cheese (or other cheeses) and garlic in it. Major dairy overload! Bloated, icky feeling. It also does not have onion in it. However, I wanted to give my alfredo sauce that slightly, sweet richness typically reached by cream and butter, so I added cooked onions, lots of them. But don't worry, it does not taste like onion sauce...it just gives it lots of flavor and cuts down on all the extra ingredients you typically see in vegan recipes.
I know what you are thinking....does it really taste like garlic alfredo sauce?? Well, my hubby said this exactly the first time he tried it, "spot on" and then he said "it really tastes exactly like garlic alfredo sauce". I was shocked. I thought it did, but I had taste tested it so much, I no longer trusted my taste buds. That's one reason I have people taste test my recipes. We all have different opinions though, so I'll let you be the judge. Try it and let me know! I'd say it is pretty darn close, especially considering it doesn't have any of the typical ingredients!
Regardless, it is delicious and very creamy and satisfying and will NOT make you sick and want to throw up afterwards. You can eat this alfredo sauce without tons of guilt.
If you are pressed for time, then you gotta try my 20 Minute Vegan Alfredo! It's actually my new favorite. So darn creamy and rich and easy! No chopping of veggies or anything! Allergic to nuts? Then make my Nut-Free Garlic Alfredo!
Sadly, this recipe is my MOST popular weekly and is continuing to be stolen and copied and posted by other sites/blogs without ANY credit. It is very upsetting, so please know that I worked hard to create this recipe years back and it is my original creation. If you like this recipe, please give credit where credit is due.
Here's a little side by side nutrition for my alfredo sauce in comparison to Olive Garden's alfredo sauce....a little shocking:
Mine per 1/2 cup serving which is a hefty serving:
125.2 calories, 7 g fat, 5.6 g protein, 11.3 carbs
460 calories, 43 g fat!!, 9 carbs, 8 grams protein
Wow, what a difference! Hey, so it has a hair less carbs, but who cares when all of my ingredients are quality ingredients and not heavy on the heart. Nothing wrong with indulging occasionally, but you could eat my alfredo sauce weekly with much less guilt.
After you've made this, then you gotta make my Garlic Alfredo Pizza with this amazing sauce!!