VeganMoFo: Raw Chai-Spiced Alfredo Sauce

A few weeks ago I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner.    I had some sweet potatoes and not much else, so I was going to bake them and eat ’em with whatever else I could find.  Then for some reason I decided I would try them as raw sweet potato noodles with a tasty sauce, and this meal was born.  I had a hunch that chai spices would go well with the raw alfredo, and I was right.

Raw Chai-Spiced Alfredo Sauce

Use the base recipe for a plain alfredo sauce, or add the extra spices for an unexpected yet tasty flavor combination.

1/2 cup cashews, soaked at least 1 hour and drained
2 tsp tahini
2 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp white miso
1 Tbs chopped onion
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp tamari or nama shoyu
1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp each ground white pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and ginger
dash each allspice, cloves and five spice or star anise
garnish:  nutmeg & black pepper

1. Place the first ten ingredients (cashews through water) in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.  If you want a plain alfredo sauce, stop here and serve garnished with nutmeg and black pepper.
2. Add the remaining ingredients (white pepper through five spice or star anise) and blend to combine.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Serve garnished with nutmeg and black pepper.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Amount Per Serving (for 2 servings)
Calories 297.09
Calories From Fat (60%) 179.6
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21.38g 33%
Saturated Fat 3.82g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 204.49mg 9%
Potassium 243.34mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 19.42g 6%
Fiber 4.46g 18%
Sugar 2.27g
Protein 12.13g 24%

If you’re going to try raw sweet potato noodles I would recommend cutting them really thin using a spiralizer or mandolin.  I cut mine by hand and they were a little too thick.


  1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said

    Such a cool idea! Well done; looks yummy.

  2. Mandee said

    I always loved zucchini noodles but I never tried making sweet potato noodles, what a great idea! I bet that sauce is great too.

  3. Sweet potato noodles? Cool, I would never have thought to try that.

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