Paleo “Alfredo” Sauce

One of the things I missed the most when I went on the Paleo diet was pasta with Alfredo sauce. While I’ve had to say goodbye to grain-based pastas and dairy altogether, there are some tasty Paleo substitutions for my old favorites. Paleo pasta can be easily made from spaghetti squash or by cutting zucchini squash into ribbons using a vegetable spiralizer, a julienne or a vegetable peeler. This vegan and Paleo Alfredo Sauce recipe uses cashews to achieve a creamy consistency while garlic and nutritional yeast instill familiar Alfredo flavors. If you like our Paleo “Alfredo” Sauce recipe, try our Paleo Chicken Alfredo recipe next time. For more FREE and delicious Paleo recipes, visit our PaleoPlan Recipe Center.

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Paleo “Alfredo” Sauce

Servings 6

Total Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 130

carbohydrate 7g

protein 5g

fat 9g


  • 1 cup(s) cashews, raw
  • 11/2 cup(s) water, boiling
  • 2 tablespoon(s) yeast, nutritional
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoon(s) coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt to taste (optional)


  1. Add cashews to blender. Cover with boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and puree. Add additional water or salt if needed.


  1. Hi, this recipe sounds great, and I want to try it, but my son is allergic to tree nuts, are the cashews substitutable (is that a word?) with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, or would that not work? Thanks!

  2. Does the nutritional yeast add taste, texture, or flavor to this recipe? I have everything to make it except the yeast and so I was just wondering. Thanks!

    1. Michael – It adds that cheesy sort of funky umami flavor. I’m sure it’ll still be good without it :)

  3. Steamed, Cauliflower works well with coconut milk, minced garlic and garlic powder, pepper and 2 cups (or less) vegan mozzarella if you allow it (for a treat meal). Mix all in food processor and bake in an 8×8 greased dish until bubbling. I believe 375 for about 20-25 minutes. I add diced cooked chicken, green onions (and a dash of parmesan cheese for the kid’s plates). Or omit chicken and add pepperoni as a pizza casserole. Again, these are treat meals in our house not an everyday dinner since I am going slightly outside the parameters.

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