This creamy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup is dairy-free but loaded with all of the cheesy flavor we love. No cheese? That’s what nutritional yeast is for – a plant based cheese-substitute dream! This recipe is suitable for anyone following a plant based diet or those who have trouble digesting dairy.
Crock Pot Soups
My favorite thing about the colder months is probably crockpot meals. They are so easy; throw it all in and 6-8 hours later you have a warm and comforting meal. I swear, it’s the busy person’s home cooked dream!
If you are looking for more crock pot meals to try, you have to check out my recipe for Crock Pot Pumpkin Harvest Chili. I am literally cooking it in my crock pot as I type and it is my second time making it this week!
What the Heck is Nutritional Yeast?
I was first introduced to nutritional yeast when my husband and I went vegan for 2 years in college. We both are big lovers of cheese, but have you tried vegan cheese?? It leaves A LOT to be desired. While searching for a cheese alternative I came across nutritional yeast. I’m not gonna lie, just the name, “nutritional yeast,” sounds really disgusting. Don’t worry, it’s not as gross as it sounds.
Nutritional yeast is a yellow flaky powder that is made from deactivated yeast. It has a nutty cheesy flavor so you can add it to any dish where you’d like to get that desired taste. It contains small amounts of carbohydrate and a moderate amount of protein. Nutritional yeast is often fortified with B vitamins, such as vitamin B12, which is why we loved using nutritional yeast when we were vegan. Not all nutritional yeast products are fortified, so make sure to check the nutrition facts label.
Even though we are no longer vegan, I still love using nutritional yeast to add flavor. Sometimes I use real cheese, other times I use nutritional yeast. It usually depends what I have on hand and what I feel like using.
Why Make This Broccoli Cheese Soup Dairy-Free?
I’ve heard friends rave about the broccoli cheese soup from Panera and I have been dying to try it. Something about a creamy warm soup when it is cold and gray outside – it’s just the perfect solution to warm you up! I wanted to try a dairy-free version for a couple of reasons; 1. To make something that there isn’t already a thousand recipes for, and 2. Because I’ve felt really bloated and my skin is breaking out, both of which usually happen when I’ve been downing too much dairy. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with full on cheesy broccoli soup! I just need something different right now. 🙂
One thing I didn’t want to lose was the creaminess factor. Sour cream or cream cheese are often added to broccoli cheese soup to give it that ultra rich creaminess, so I replaced the dairy version with full-fat coconut milk and potatoes. Blend the potatoes up and you’ve got loads of creaminess, but add coconut milk and you’ve got rich flavor. Perfect! Now, let’s get cooking!
Dairy-Free Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
- 6 Medium Yellow Potatoes
- 2 Large Carrots
- 1/2 cup Diced Scallions
- 32 oz Chicken Bone Broth Use vegetable broth if following plant-based diet
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 12 oz Raw Broccoli Florets About 5-6 cups
- 13.66 oz Full-Fat Unsweetened Coconut Milk 1 Can
- 2/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
- Rinse off potatoes and carrots.
- Cut potatoes into cubes and dice carrots. Add to large crock pot.
- Dice scallions and add in addition to broth, salt and pepper to crock pot.
- Cook on low for 5 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Using an immersion blender, blend soup until it reaches desired thickness. I like to leave a little bit of chunky carrot and potato for texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can scoop soup out and add to a blender in small batches.
- Add broccoli, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast to crock pot. Cook on high for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!
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