Gluten-Free Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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A healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole that is so creamy, cheesy, and flavorful without the guilt.

Gluten-Free Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a healthy version that is a must-try and it is also oil-free. Other vegan casseroles to prepare are Vegan Cauliflower Casserole, Vegan Green Bean Casserole, and Mexican Style Quinoa Casserole.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole in a white casserole dish on a cutting board with a serving spoon holding a portion

I have been excited about preparing yummy oil-free recipes as I turn a new chapter in my life. I’m almost 50 and I’m getting more serious about my health lately. 

For the last 9 years, I have had the joy of sharing my recipes on this platform. The recipes are what I have been serving my family and if you have been on this journey with me you know by my recipes that I’m committed to sharing flavorful recipes.
I embark on sharing healthier oil-free recipes that do not compromise in flavor. Some of the things, I have implemented in my personal life are:

  • Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Drinking 8 glasses water daily. 
  • Walking outdoor for 1 hour every day and taking a mini walk after each meal. 
  • Eating 2 meals daily,  paying attention to proper food combinations. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables like broccoli. 
  • Taking vitamin and herbal supplementation, for zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C. Wild yam cream on my skin for hormonal balance.
  • I have been eating fewer grains and when I do, I dextrinize them before cooking or cook for longer. 
  • I have been cooking my beans for longer than recommended. 
  • Going to bed at 10 p.m. every night. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole Ingredients

  • Broccoli
  • Salt
  • Cashews – you can substitute with sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version.
  • Water
  • Red Bell Pepper – you can substitute with cooked carrots. 
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes  – adds a cheesy flavor. I use the Frontier Herbs brand.
  • Tahini
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Power
  • Paprika
  • Parsley

Ingredients broccoli and cheese sauce in a blender

How To Cook Gluten-Free Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole?

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Spray 9×13 casserole pan or lightly grease and set aside.
  2. Wash broccoli, break off the florets from the stems. I peeled the stems and cut in slices for the added fiber and nutrients.
  3. Steam broccoli florets and stems with salt and 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  4. Make vegan cheese sauce, in a high-speed blender, add cashews, water, bell pepper, nutritional yeast flakes, tahini, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Process until the sauce is creamy.
  5. Pour vegan cheese sauce over steamed broccoli florets and mix to coat.
  6. Spread broccoli in the casserole pan, sprinkle top with paprika, and parsley.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbly.
  8. Serve immediately.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Substitute fresh broccoli for frozen broccoli florets.

broccoli cheese casserole in white casserole dish before baking

Other Vegan Broccoli Recipes To Prepare

  1. Vegan Broccoli Rice Casserole
  2. Vegan Broccoli Fritters
  3. Tofu Broccoli Skillet
  4. Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
  5. Curry Quinoa Broccoli Recipe
  6. Broccoli Hummus
  7. Roasted Sweet Potato And Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Cheese Casserole in a white casserole dish on a cutting board with a black and white strip napkin

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 200 kcal / 836 kJ
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Carbs: 1 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
For: 6 Servings

Ingredients

Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Spray 9x13 casserole pan or lightly grease and set aside.
  2. Wash broccoli, break off the florets from the stems. I peeled the stems and cut in slices for the added fiber and nutrients.
  3. Steam broccoli florets and stems with salt and 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  4. Make vegan cheese sauce, in a high-speed blender, add cashews, water, bell pepper, nutritional yeast flakes, tahini, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Process until the sauce is creamy.
  5. Pour vegan cheese sauce over steamed broccoli florets and mix to coat.
  6. Spread broccoli in the casserole pan, sprinkle top with paprika, and parsley.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbly.
  8. Serve immediately.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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4 Comments
  1. Beth
    November 20, 2020

    I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds delicious. Question: many recipes using cashews as the “creamy” ingredient recommend soaking raw cashews in advance. Would that be advisable for this recipe?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 20, 2020

      Hi Beth, I hope you enjoy it. No, you don’t need to soak cashews if you are using a high-speed blender. If you are using a regular blender then you can soak, another option is to boil your cashews in water for about 3-5 minutes and that will soften it. A second option is to blend the sauce 2 or 3 times, just taking breaks between blending.

  2. Donna
    November 6, 2020

    I make a version of this recipe once per week. I love it! Your cheese sauce is my favourite version and I use it in other recipes as well. I mix it up by using different vegetables, my favourite combination being broccoli, cauliflower, potato and onion. I have also tried white beans instead of cashews for a nut-free, lower calorie option and use yellow bell pepper instead of red, add turmeric for colour. It is really versatile. Thank you.