Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Cheese – Gluten Free

Hi! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine as much as I am this evening after work!

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Tonight’s dinner is yummy vegan cauliflower cheese. I don’t heavily rely on vegan ‘cheeze’ substitutes but sometimes I’ll get a craving for something ‘comfort foody’ especially 2 days in to the new term…bleugh!

Although it is definitely not a health food (check the fat content :O), I have added a healthy serving of ‘nooch’ (Nutritional Yeast packed with B vitamins) and ground almonds to up the nutritional value and provide a really tasty crunchy topping.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2.5 cups of unsweetened vegan ‘milk’ (I used Alpro Unsweetened Almond)
  • 2 tbsp. vegan margarine (I use Vitalite)
  • 3 tbsp. cornflour
  • 3 tbsp. vegan cream cheese (I used plain Violife which I really recommend but you could use another cheese)
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • half tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. ground almonds
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper to season
  • freshly chopped herbs (optional – I used parsley and thyme)

Method:

  1. Par-boil the cauliflower for 4 minutes in boiling water, drain and set aside.
  2. Over a medium/low heat, melt the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add the cornflour, mustard power and smoked paprika and stir to make a thick paste.
  4. Gradually(!) add the milk substitute, stirring all the time.
  5. Return to a medium heat and stir until the sauce reaches the boil at which point it should be a good white sauce consistency. Adjust to your preference using a cornflour and water paste or more milk if necessary. You can season your sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the cream cheese (I really rate Violife for this) and stir until melted and mixed well.
  7. Turn the cauliflower into a baking dish and pour over your white sauce.
  8. Top with the nutritional yeast and ground almonds and bake for 15-20 mins or until golden on top!

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I served this with a green salad and it was really good! If you make this let me know how it turned out – I really appreciate your feedback and ideas!

Franca

 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Meagan says:

    That looks so delicious! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It was really quite nice Meagan!

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  2. Cauliflower + vegan cheesiness = dreamy.

    Thanks for sharing this, I am definitely going to try it next time I want to impress someone with the intersection between creamy things and vegan things.

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    1. Thanks for looking! It was really tasty – do iiit! 🙂

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