Skip to main content

Cheeseless Queso 2 Ways

If you're looking for a vegan "cheese" dip or simply looking for a healthier alternative to that oh so good, but oh so bad for the waste line indulgence that cheese dip is, you may want to give one of these two Cheeseless Quesos a try!

The first queso comes from Alicia from Vegan Epicurean.The second version is another version of the original.

Cheeseless Queso

Ingredients:
½ cup raw cashews, soaked and drained (30-60 mins)
½ cup oatmeal, ground into flour
1 ½ cups water
2 teaspoon onion flakes, dried
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 clove garlic, peeled
14 ounces diced tomatoes (or substitute an equal amount of salsa if you like heat)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon hot crushed peppers (wet hots, finely minced pickled peppers), or to taste
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 dash cayenne, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine the cashews, oatmeal, water, onion flakes, turmeric, and garlic in your blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottom saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring often to keep it from sticking. Add the canned diced tomatoes with their liquid (or salsa if using), paprika hot crushed peppers, chili powder and cayenne and stir to combine. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper, as you desire. Cook the mixture (continuing to stir) until it is hot and the texture you want. You can add more liquid if it gets too thick.

Personal Notes:
  • I had some chipotle powder and flakes that I used to add in some heat. 
  • I didn't have onion flakes so I just used finely diced white onion. 
  • I also had some fire roasted tomato flakes that I added.
  • Last tweak, I added cumin powder.
I don't think I originally pureed the cashews enough, so I put everything back into the blender to puree again. So it was super smooth and creamy. This was an awesome recipe. I didn't really know what to expect, but I am really glad that I found it and tried it. It's a great alternative to a "yellow" queso. No, it doesn't taste completely like cheese, but it's a super healthy alternative that's a definite keeper! Hubby even took this to his office (all men) and left with a perfectly empty bowl.


White Cheeseless Queso
Ingredients:
½ cup raw cashews, soaked and drained (30-60 mins)
½ cup oatmeal, ground into flour
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 - 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, peeled
14 oz can Rotel
1/8 cup pickled jalapenos diced
1 tbsp chipotle pepper flakes
1 dash cayenne, or to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine the cashews, oatmeal, water, and garlic in your blender. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into a heavy bottom saucepan, add onions, Rotel, and remaining spices and cook over low heat, stirring often to keep it from sticking. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper, as you desire. Cook the mixture (continuing to stir) until it is hot and the texture you want. You can add more liquid if it gets too thick.



The result is a "white" version of the original queso. It was absolutely fabulous. I promise you that you could serve this to any cheese dip addict and they would be very content digging in!

Comments

  1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for posting this-- I officially need to make some cheeseless queso! Would you say that there is a difference in the way they taste? And if so, did you prefer the taste of one over the other?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Heather,

    I like the white version of the cheeze! Can't say I would have thought it of, but it is great idea. I will trying it your way next time. Thanks for sharing.

    Alicia

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anna definitely give them a shot. You'll really be surprised. I was leary at first to be honest, but I totally trusted Alicia. YUM. Seriously. As for the differences, the yellow one is more nacho-cheese like I guess you could say. I had made it fairly spicy too. The white one was a little milder, and cooking the onions with the dip added a nice flavor and texture as well. I really can't say I have a favorite just yet. They are different though... I'll be curious to see how you like either of them. Oh, as a note, the cashews thicken quickly so don't get side tracked! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  4. Alicia I can't wait to hear how you like the white version. I can't thank you enough for posting your recipe. I made it only b/c I completely trusted you!! It's fun trying new recipes and coming up with new ones out of those. I hope we can keep building on more!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Heather,

    I love to play with recipes too! Thank you for taking this one in a direction that I hadn't thought of. We make a good team.

    I will probably make your version later next week when the hubby gets back from OK. I like to get his opinion on things.

    Alicia

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

PJs n Pizza Recap

What Happened Last Night?
This morning I woke up first at 6:20 when Maddie decided she wanted out of her kennel and to be downstairs. The second time was 8:09 when Heath decided he wanted out of his kennel and downstairs to eat. I won't like, I would like to (needed to) have slept another two hours. It was a little slow going after last night.

Sign of a good party would be my first tweet of the day:  I'm thinking there is a bird in the house...what the hell happened last night???

Yep, found bird poop where bird poop most definitely should not be. Still have not found said bird however.

It should go without saying that last night was a total blast. It was so fun having everyone just be relaxed and comfy in jammies. I am not known for letting loose often, but I definitely went with it last night. There was a bit (lot) of wine consumed, pizza devoured and even some dancing.












Let's Have Coffee

If you're a regular blog reader, I'm sure you've seen similar posts, scenarios if you will, about what we might chat about or what I might say if we sat down and had coffee together.

I think these can be fun. Maybe fun isn't the right word choice exactly. But maybe it is? They're transparent, showing who the blogger really is ... if they're being honest of course. It's not often you truly get to sit down with the person behind the blog.


If we were to have coffee together ...

I would first let you know that I'm not a super fan of coffee. I drink mine with hot cocoa and it's mostly out of habit rather than the need for caffeine. I could forgo it on the weekends entirely.

Since we're talking coffee, I would also let you know that I've never ordered coffee from Starbucks and only once from a true coffee shop. I've only been into 2 Starbucks shops - the original in Seattle and one in town where I ordered a bottle of tea when meeting a friend. …