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Dairy-Free Creamless Mushroom Cream Sauce

By September 5, 2016Recipes
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Just because we don’t eat cream on the Whole Life Challenge doesn’t mean we can’t find tasty substitutes. Instead, try making cream-like sauces with soaked cashews. In my opinion, it makes for a close second. I put this mushroom cream sauce on rice and it is crazy delicious!

Depending on which level you are playing, you can put this over white rice, brown rice, or sweet potato. You could also put it over your protein of choice. This mushroom cream sauce is a simple and quick way to dress up any protein and veggie combo.

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Creamless Mushroom Cream Sauce

You can put this over white rice, brown rice, sweet potato, or your protein of choice. It’s a simple and quick way to dress up any protein and veggie combo.

Category Condiment, Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Author Alma Schneider


  • 5 cups portobello mushrooms chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp butter or any vegan butter-like spread
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for two hours if possible
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. First to make the cream sauce, blend the drained cashews and water in a high powered blender until the consistency of cream. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over a low flame.
  3. When the butter is hot and smoking, add in the minced garlic and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add in the chopped mushrooms and stir until wilted, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add in the red wine, salt, and pepper and reduce over a medium flame for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the cashew cream sauce, stir and serve immediately.
  7. Save leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze.

Alma Schneider
Alma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, cooking coach, and food blogger. She is the founder of Take Back the Kitchen, a lifestyle program created to help people recognize and overcome common and unique obstacles to planning and preparing healthy meals. Alma provides demonstrations, workshops, and speaking engagements for individuals and non-profits, as well as for corporate wellness workshops, lunch and learns, and company retreats.

Alma has presented at TEDx and is the recipient of The American Red Cross award for Community Service. She has been featured on the Today Show, TV Land, CBS News and is a frequent contributor for CBS, Diabetic Lifestyle, and She has been featured in Family Circle Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, and numerous other websites and publications. Her syndicated recipe column appears in more than twenty print and online newspapers. Alma has been on the Whole Life Challenge for a year and a half and has never felt better.