Dairy-free Cheesy Sauce

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Amie from Michigan.

Portions: 16

Serving size: 2 tablespoons


  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup water


  1. Put all dry ingredients in a pot, whisk together to combine and add water.
  2. Over medium heat whisk frequently until sauce reaches desired thickness (similar to nacho sauce).
  3. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  21
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  4 g
  • Fat  0 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  1 mg
  • Potassium  39 mg
  • Phosphorus  22 mg
  • Calcium  2 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • None

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast. It has a strong nutty or cheesy flavor and is used as a cheese substitute in recipes such as Dairy-free Cheesy Sauce.
  • For a little heat add chili powder.
  • The turmeric is added for color. You can adjust the amount for the desired color.
  • Sauce will maintain same thickness unless additional heat or liquid is added. For a thicker, spreadable sauce reduce the water to 1/2 cup. If over thickened whisk in a small amount of water.

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8 Comments | Average User Rating:
Dairy-free Cheesy Sauce
ghcoons says:

Where can I get Nutritional Yeast? Dietitian comment: You can order it on linne or check at a health food store such as Whole Foods. Sometimes it is available in the bulk bins section.

Jul. 01, 2014, 9:15 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Judypenn says:

Did I see somewhere on your site, frozen dinners Amy's were good for non-dialysis? Dietitian comment: Perhaps in the discussion forums? I am unaware of an article that mentions this brand.

Jun. 03, 2014, 5:23 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Jbrowning says:

I would like to know what foods my husband can have that are non dairy and no phosphrus. Dietitian comment: You've come to the right place! We have over 800 recipes that are low in phosphorus. Many of those are also dairy free.

Jun. 01, 2014, 6:18 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Eldonsmith says:

We found it to be very thick and not at all cheesy. Will not try it again.

May. 28, 2014, 5:44 PM - Inappropriate review?
Dairy-free Cheesy Sauce
Sydelle says:

Found the nutritional yeast in bulk and box at Jimbo's. If you have one in your area you can try that too.

May. 26, 2014, 11:14 AM - Inappropriate review?
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simple01 says:

where to you find the traditional yeast? Dietitian comment: Whole Foods carries it. Look in the bulk food section. You can also order it online. Bob's Red Mill and Bragg are two popular brand names.

May. 18, 2014, 5:19 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Pinkyz says:

I use non-dairy cheese substitute instead of this. It is found in the produce section @ my Tops market. & it has a really good taste & several flavors!! Dietitian comment: Be sure to check labels for the sodium content and avoid products with phosphate additives.

May. 03, 2014, 9:09 AM - Inappropriate review?
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kobbler says:

Where do you find the yeast? Nutritional yeast is not same as on bakery isle in grocery. (ignore rating as cant make it yet). Dietitian comment: If your supermarket does not carry it go to a Whole Foods or health food store. You can also order it online.

May. 03, 2014, 6:53 AM - Inappropriate review?

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