garlicky white cashew cheese pizza sauce (vegan + paleo)

vegan white cashew cheese sauce being poured on top of a homemade pizza

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Garlicky vegan cashew white cheese pizza sauce!

This cashew sauce is so good it deserves it's own post.

I wasn't sure what to name this recipe...

Is it a cashew cheese sauce?

Is it a pizza sauce?

Is it a white sauce?

It's all of the above.

This is a vegan garlicky white cheese sauce that will elevate your healthy homemade pizza game.

It is somewhat of a mix between an alfredo sauce + a cheese sauce.

If you like white sauce on your pizza, or maybe you're tired of tomato sauce and want to try something new.. or if you're avoiding nightshades and can't have tomatoes - then this sauce is what you need for your pizza.

PS. It tastes delicious on pasta too.

This sauce is vegan, paleo, gluten free, and dairy free.


A measuring cup with vegan cashew white cheese pizza sauce inside of it

What do you need to make this vegan cashew white cheese pizza sauce:

  • Cashews - If you don't have a high speed blender it's probably best if you soak them before hand for ultimate creaminess. Overnight is best, but if you're short on time 30 minutes will get you by.
  • Garlic - can't have a garlic sauce without fresh garlic cloves.
  • Apple cider vinegar - for a hint of sour.
  • Tapioca flour - a must in this recipe. Tapioca flour is what thickens this sauce and when heated in the oven, forms a delicious thick cheese-like layer on top of your pizza.
  • Water - to bring it all together.
  • Salt - for flavor enhancement. Stick to pink himalayan salt if you can. To read why I prefer to use pink himalayan salt over regular table salt, read this post I wrote about 10 healthy food swaps I made for better health.


A blender with cashew white cheese sauce inside of it

How to make this vegan cashew white cheese sauce:

One of the easiest recipes you'll find on this blog.

Just literally add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. That's it!

If you do not have a vitamix or a blendtec, I recommend you soak the cashews overnight if possible for ultimate creaminess. If you forget to soak them overnight, then at least soak them for 30 minutes if you can. This will help your blender really blend the cashews down and not leave a gritty texture to the sauce.


A finished pizza with the vegan white cheese pizza sauce poured on top

How to use this vegan garlicky cashew white cheese pizza sauce:

We mostly use this garlic cashew white cheese sauce as a topping for our homemade paleo gluten-free pizza.

My husband doesn't tolerate tomatoes well so instead of using traditional tomato sauce, we use this vegan garlic cashew cheese sauce instead and it is sooo freakin' delicious I don't even mind missing out on the tomatoes.

You can also use this sauce on pasta - it reminds me of a creamy alfredo in a way. And it is delicious as a dip for raw veggies or cauliflower buffalo wings.


A pizza on top of a baking dish with a knife in the corner

will any other flour work or does it have to be tapioca flour:

I have not tried this recipe with any other flour, but I do not think any other flour will work as good as tapioca does.

When tapioca flour is heated, it turns into a thick cheese-like consistency which is why this sauce is so perfect for pizza. When you cook the pizza in the oven with the sauce on top, the heat of the oven turns the liquified pizza sauce into a solid cheezy-like layer on top of your pizza.

If you skip out on tapioca, it will most likely stay very wet.

The only brand of Tapioca flour that I buy is from Arrowhead Mills and I get it off of Amazon.

with love + gratitude,

Jen ♥


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garlicky vegan cashew cheese pizza sauce

  • Author: Jen
  • Diet: Vegan


A super yummy garlicky vegan cashew cheese pizza sauce that elevates your healthy-homemade-pizza-game.


  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or 1/2 tsp adjust to taste – you can always add more so start with less)
  • 2 tablespoons acv
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 cup water (you can add 1/4 cup more if blender needs help)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you do not have a powerful blender it is recommended that you soak the cashews for at least 30 minutes, but preferably over night.


  • The tapioca is a must – this is what helps thicken the sauce when the pizza is heated in the oven.


garlicky cashew white cheese pizza sauce

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A former registered nurse turned stay-at-home-mama, yoga teacher, and holistic health + wellness enthusiast. I share my homemade healthy recipes + natural living content to help women and moms live healthier and happier lives.


  1. Matt on February 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Loved this — thank you! I added a little extra garlic and some nutritional yeast and it turned out amazing!

  2. Elizabeth on July 29, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Scared to pour sauce on the top but turned out fabulous and has been repeated!

    • Deb on February 12, 2023 at 4:46 pm

      Doesn’t say if you pour on pizza before you put in oven or not

  3. Lisa on September 7, 2022 at 11:35 am

    I don’t eat paleo or vegan, but saw this and so intrigued. It is DELICIOUS!!! Oh my goodness, hubby and I spread it in grilled corn (my sauce was fairly thick) and hubby was actually eating by the spoonful! I used it the next day as a spread on my sandwich in place of mustard. It has a unique taste and I will make for my next game-day chaurcauterie tray

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