This quick and easy Nut-Free “Peanut” Sauce is a thick, creamy condiment you’ll want to pour over everything!
It takes just a few pantry ingredients and 5 minutes to whip up this healthy peanut sauce alternative.
Plus it’s gluten-free and soy-free.
So it’s Paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly!
This was originally posted on Jan. 8, 2019. The post, photos and recipe were updated on Jan. 6, 2023.
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Nut-Free Peanut Sauce
Peanut sauce is something you’ll find various versions of in Indonesian, Vietnamese and other cuisines.
Obviously, this version is not some authentic recreation of the real deal.
Not everyone can tolerate peanuts or any nuts at all. So we’ll not only make this a peanut sauce without peanut butter, it’ll be a totally nut-free satay sauce!
Just swap out the peanuts/peanut butter for sunbutter, which is made out of sunflower seeds.
And to make it a gluten-free peanut sauce, we’ll make it without soy sauce (which contains wheat) and use coconut aminos instead.
So if you’re looking for a peanut sauce without peanut butter, without gluten and without nuts, this recipe has you covered!
How to make this Nut-Free “Peanut” Sauce
It’s pretty simple! Just blend together:
- Sunbutter – I prefer this smooth brand with no added sugar. You can use crunchy if you want more texture.
- Coconut aminos – This soy sauce alternative is made from reducing coconut sap until it’s dark and syrupy. It’s much less salty than regular (or low-sodium) soy sauce. It’s soy-free and gluten-free.
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper flakes – These are optional if you don’t want it spicy.
- Fine sea salt
- Optional add-ins: honey and/or lime juice – Omit the honey to keep it vegan and Whole30 compliant.
I use my mini food processor, regular blender or stick blender so the red pepper flakes are blended into the sauce as opposed to the whole flakes sticking in your throat. (Does that just happen to me? Cool.)
- You can use almond butter or cashew butter instead of sunbutter. Try to use brands with no added sugar like this no sugar-added almond butter.
- If you can’t find coconut aminos, you can also use tamari, a gluten-free soy sauce.
Storing this Paleo peanut sauce
You can store this sauce in the fridge for up to 1 week.
You might have to add more water to loosen it.
Freezing this Paleo peanut sauce
You can freeze this sauce for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
You might have to add more water to loosen it once it thaws.
How to use this Paleo peanut sauce
Basically, put it on everything.
- Use it as a dip for this Paleo teriyaki chicken
- Sautéed or steamed veggies
- Regular or veggie noodles
- As a dip with raw veggies
- A small scoop mixed into my 3-Ingredient Curried Sweet Potato Soup
- Trying pairing it with different kinds of fruit for a sweet/salty snack, like apples or pineapple
Nut-Free "Peanut" Sauce
- Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.Recipe yields about 1¼ cups sauce.