By Stephen Glitzer, CHWC

I wasn’t always a Certified Nutrition Coach. In fact, I hadn’t eaten healthily for the majority of my life. My personal health revolution began in 2012, at the age of 37; I understand the challenges of changing eating patterns and eliminating foods which do not serve the body.

One type of food which may not serve everyone is different forms of dairy. Dairy products are made from milk and include yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and all the delicious variations which are created from cows, sheep, goats, and other mammals.

As a foodie and a chef, I am aware of the many dishes that rely on dairy cheese. But what if you are looking for an alternative? To aid you in your exploration, below is a recipe for a cashew based sauce which you can use on homemade pizzas, mac & cheese, and a variety of other foods like risotto and fondue.

Get creative and enjoy!

alternative cheese


1/4 cup cashews

1 cup water

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp salt

2 tbs + 2 tsp tapioca starch  (also called tapioca flour, ideally non-GMO)

Add ~ ¼ to ½ cup of nutritional yeast while cooking to create a “Cheader”

Blend all (in a powerful blender) until creamy smooth. You can soak the cashews in hot water for a half hour to an hour if you have dull blades. Pour your mixture into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring often with a whisk. The sauce will take on a strange consistency and then it will become consistently gooey. Add spices or herbs to taste.

Stephen Glitzer

Stephen Glitzer is a self-taught chef and life coach with Uninhibited Wellness. Trained by Dr. McDougall and certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Stephen’s innate skills of compassion, empathy, and intuition, paired with his knowledge of nutrition and an ability to create a safe energy space with others makes Life, Wellness and Health Coaching his life’s work.