Feb 24

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

First up on today’s agenda: some nitty, gritty blog details.

You may have noticed that the tagline for Blissful Basil has switched from “Confessions of a Vegetarian Foodie” to “Finding Happiness Through Wholesome Foods” and that all of the recipes posted over the last five months have been vegan. Although subtle, these changes signify a shift in the direction that this blog is taking now and in the future. Although I am not 100% vegan, nearly everything that I cook at home is 100% vegan so it only makes sense that I blog about 100% vegan recipes, right? Although I had been toying with the idea of transitioning to veganism for the past year or so (for animal and environmental reasons), it was the juice cleanse I did in early October that really shed some light on how much better my body feels and functions without dairy. Since that time, I’ve put in the extra effort to consume many more plant-based meals that focus on whole and fresh foods, which leads me to my next point…

Blissful Basil was originally the name that we came up with for this blog because it was a bit catchy and alliterative. However, in the same way that I’ve grown and matured (or at least I hope I have) over the last 3 1/2 years since beginning to blog, Blissful Basil’s meaning has also grown. At first it was just a cute name that jived with my love for Italian food, but now it represents the idea that it’s really, truly possible to find happiness (i.e., bliss) through the consumption of whole, fresh, unprocessed foods (i.e., basil). Clearly, there are many, many variables that contribute to a sense of contentment and happiness, but there is absolutely truth to the notion “you are what you eat” in regard to the way that food affects our physical, mental, and emotional states. This is a long-winded way to explain a few minor changes, but I felt like you all deserved a bit of an explanation as to why you’ve been seeing so much of the v-e-g-a-n word lately.

To sum it all up, expect many more plant-based recipes with a strong focus on wholesome foods and the amazing ways in which they can positively affect mood, energy, mental clarity, and overall well-being. Anyone else super excited or is it just me?!

Alright, now onto the important stuff: food!

This vegan hemp seed alfredo sauce will make you write a bad check. Hemp seeds, raw cashews, and almond milk are blended with a magical array of flavors and spices, and the result is nearly unbelievable. It’s incredibly thick, silky smooth, and tastes even better than dairy-based alfredo sauce. This sauce is the bees knees, and it’s so addictive slathered over pasta, veggies, even a spoon. One word: alfredofreakingmazing.

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce

5.0 from 2 reviews
Vegan Hemp Seed Alfredo Sauce
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Hemp seeds and cashews are blended with an array of flavors and spices to create the best ever vegan alfredo sauce. This sauce is thick, super creamy, and exploding with flavor. This is definitely one that you can "trick" your non-vegan friends and family members into eating!
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
  • ½ cup raw cashews*
  • ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk*
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½-1 teaspoon sea salt (I recommend using a full teaspoon if you are not going to salt your pasta!)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Small pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  1. Soak the cashews in warm water for at least 30 minutes to soften. Drain before using.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blend and blend on high for 2 minutes or until super creamy and smooth.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta or veggies.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
*To make this sauce nut-free, omit the raw cashews and use 1 cup shelled hemp seeds and nut-free plant-based milk.



  1. will you care if I tweet this?

  2. Question… I have very mixed feelings about cashews. In most cases, I’ll pass them up or substitute them.
    So is there a different nut that could be substituted for this recipe??

    Wonderful blog, by the way. Absolutely lovve it :)

    • Hi Ashley! Thank you for your sweet words! You can substitute more hemp seeds in place of the cashews, so you’ll use 1 cup hemp seeds and eliminate the cashews altogether. It should be plenty thick this way, but if you’re finding it to be too runny just add more hemp seeds until you reach the desired thickness. It will definitely be a bit more “hempy” in flavor but it will be even more nutrition-packed. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

  3. Wowza! This recipe is awesome. I added a little earth balance and some ghost pepper sea salt for an extra kick. Thank you! This will definitely be a regular in my supper rotation. :)

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Nicole! Ghost pepper sea salt?? That sounds awesome, and I’m sure it adds quite the kick. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and adjustments!

  4. I’ve been quietly reading and browsing through your blog for a while now, and this is the first recipe of yours I’ve made. It is absolutely delicious! So simple, creamy, rich, and somehow both authentic tasting and even better than nonvegan alfredo sauce (plants, am I right??!). Thanks for this great recipe.

    • Hi, Teresa! I’m so glad you gave the hemp seed alfredo a try and that you enjoyed it so much. I agree with your comparison to non-vegan alfredo sauce; it’s also so much easier to make than traditional alfredo and so packed with nutrition. This also works great drizzled over vegan pizza or used as a base instead of pizza sauce. Thanks for sharing your feedback and kind words!

  5. Can’t wait to give this a try. How can i pass up something called #alfredofreakinamazing?! :)

  6. Can it be frozen. I’m looking for 2 serving meals

  7. I found your site by Googling “recipe vegan peanut butter cookie” which is now my family’s favorite treat! My husband and I have been vegan for a bit—he began a year ago and I joined in this past April. We are still working on our teen daughter, as dairy does not agree with her and she’s always been a self-professed, semi-vegetarian in that she only eats it once in awhile. Alfredo sauce is her favorite and I can’t wait to see her reaction! Keep up the excellent work–love the look of your site and the ease of the recipes. I will rate the recipe after I try it :)

    • Hi, Lori! So glad you stumbled upon the peanut butter cookie recipe in your search and even more glad that you’ve been enjoying the recipe. Hope you, your husband, and especially your daughter enjoy the Alfredo sauce (fingers crossed). It’s been a hit with my Aflredo-loving friends and family, and I hope it is with yours too. All my best. -A

  8. Michelle Charest says:

    That sauce is really delicious! I’m still having trouble when things taste a bit too much like nutritionnal yeast, so I added a bit more lemon juice (maybe 1-2 tbsp) and a few sun-dried tomatoes and wowww that definitely gave it a beautiful twist..! I used the sauce with your raw vegan zucchini pasta alfredo and was blown away! Will be making that regularely, it’s really great :)

  9. I want to try this so bad…I’ve been looking for a gluten free Alfredo sauce. Is there a substitute for the nutritional yeast you could suggest?


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