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Sweet Jalapeno Lemon Cream Sauce

This will become a go-to cream sauce for just about anything! Use it as a dip, drizzle it on some pizza, or make some nachos!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Keyword jalapeno cream, vegan cream sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings (~1.5 cups sauce total)
Calories 224 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


  • 3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews , soaked in water for 2-4 hours
  • 1/2 teasp lemon zest
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 fresh green jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic , skin on
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Silk Brand Original Soy Milk , see notes below if using another non-dairy liquid base
  • 1/2 teasp salt


  1. Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the stem from the jalapeno. Cut in half and discard most of the seeds. On a lined baking sheet, place the garlic cloves (skin on) and jalapeno halves. Roast for about 15 minutes. Continue with the recipe while roasting.
  3. Drain the soaked cashews and add to a Vitamix (or other high powdered blender) along with the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, silk brand original soy milk, and salt. 
  4. Once the oven is done, peel the garlic cloves, and add the garlic cloves and jalapeno halves into the blender.

  5. Blend until completely smooth. Add more soy milk to reach desired consistency if needed (the consistency should be similar to a cheese dip).
  6. Taste and adjust the amount of lemon juice/salt if desired.
  7. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to use.
  8. Drizzle this sauce on top of nachos (microwave to melt it slightly), quesadillas, pizza, or simply use it as a dip along with some chips!

Recipe Notes

Non-Dairy Milk - I used SILK Brand Original Soy Milk (sweetened) in this recipe because it adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce. If you use unsweetened soy milk, or another non-dairy milk (such as cashew milk or almond milk), you can account for the sweetness by adding a tiny bit of maple syrup to the sauce if needed. Otherwise you will get different results in terms of taste.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet Jalapeno Lemon Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 412mg18%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.