Sep 22, 2013

Vegan Cauliflower au Gratin


Au gratin  is a French cooking term and a widespread culinary technique in food preparation in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter.

I think I can get away with calling this dish an au gratin, even though I didn’t use the traditional bread crumb topping. Whatever you want to call it, you will love it! 

The ease with which this dish is prepared cannot be overlooked when indulging in its most delicious, creamy, cheezy sauce. Bon appétit!

Healthy trails,




Plant-based Cauliflower au Gratin

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: serves 4-6 as a side dish

A scrummy plant-based side dish for the holidays or any occasion!


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • for the sauce
  • 3 cups unsweetened soy milk or other non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1½ TBS white miso
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS + 1 tsp tapioca flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly oil a deep casserole dish large enough to accommodate the cauliflower.
  3. Chop the cauliflower using just the florets, making them pretty small (an inch in diameter at the most) and place them in the casserole dish.
  4. Place the cashews and ¼ cup of the soy milk into a high powered blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
  5. Add remaining sauce ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower. Press the florets down into the sauce as best you can if they are not totally covered. You should have enough sauce unless your cauliflower is ginormous.
  7. Cover and bake for one hour.
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2 responses to “Vegan Cauliflower au Gratin”

  1. Dru says:

    I couldn’t pass up the lovely organic cauliflower that was on sale at Whole Foods the other day. After loading it into my cart, my first thought was, “What cauliflower recipes of Helyn’s have I not tried yet?” 🙂

    I don’t know how I had missed this wonderful dish! Have it as a side dish? Nope! IMO main course worthy served with a side of something green (I had sweet peas.) and a salad.

    The sauce is delicious (love the 2 tsp of nutmeg) and it thickens up to the perfect consistency.

    Thanks for another fabulous recipe Helyn!

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