Everyone loves the creamy, filling texture of a rich Alfredo sauce but no one wants the weight gain that follows. I created a vegan, dairy free, gluten free, paleo and bulletproof version to make eating healthy simple. Instead of getting a meal packed full of hard to digest dairy, you’ll get a creamy sauce that’s loaded with healthy omega oils derived from coconut. The thickening agent in this recipe comes from arrow root which is also gluten free. You can also use this as a creamy sauce to drizzle over steamed vegetables or even as dipping sauce to use with artichokes. This vegan Alfredo recipe is a large portion and is more of a “family” size. If you feel it’s too much, cut the ingrediants in half.
- 1 cup of culinary coconut milk (this will add some thickness to the sauce)
- 1 can of Rain Forest coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of onion powder
- 2 teaspoons of unsalted Italian herbs
- 1 tablespoon of ghee (optional) – clarified butter
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers (optional)
- 3 teaspoons of arrow root powder
*Note: Depending upon which coconut milk brands you uses; you will notice that some of the canned versions have a slight grey tinge to them. This will affect the brightness of the sauce but I’ve found they taste just as good!
Directions for Vegan Alfredo
- Combine coconut milks, garlic, onion, herbs, and ghee (optional) and heat over medium heat until liquid begins to simmer.
- Remove from heat and let stand for roughly 5 minutes. Whisk in arrow root powder and return to heat stirring consistently. Make sure to break up any lumps from the arrow root powder.
- Add in apple cider vinegar and allow the ingrediants to mix.
Cooking Fitness Tip: The arrow root powder will thicken once the sauce begins to cool so don’t over add this ingredient. The apple cider vinegar gives the Alfredo the tangy flavor (similar to dairy products). If you want a more cheesy taste, you may also add in nutritional yeast which can be purchased at your local health food store. Make sure the yeast is diary free and gluten free.
Paring your Vegan Alfredo
If you’re not a true vegan, you can pair this with roasted chicken breast for a flavorful meal. Add in some sort of pasta to give it the complete Italian feel.
Gluten Free Option: Use gluten free pasta or spaghetti squash (low carb option)
Paleo Option: Spaghetti Squash or pour it over your favorite steamed vegetables.
Bulletproof Option: Spaghetti Squash or pour it over your favorite steamed veggies.
Vegan Option: Regular pasta, spaghetti squash (low carb option), or gluten free pasta. No chicken, of course.
Add this Vegan Alfredo recipe to your arsenal of health eating weapons. It’s a great sauce to combine with all dishes so print it out and place it in your recipe book or on the fridge to use each and every week!