This creamy Macazu Sauce (perfect to serve over chicken, fish or vegetable noodles) is dairy-free, vegetarian and paleo!

Macazu Sauce (Dairy/Sugar/Grain-Free, Paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

Or is that “MaCaZu Sauce” because it’s made with macadamia nuts, cashews and zucchini? 🙂 This post has been a long time coming. I don’t typically spend much thought on sauce recipes… usually it’s curries, soups, appetizers and sweet treats that catch my attention with a new spin and won’t let my brain go until I’ve posted the recipe. but when I saw Alex’s recipe for Macazu Sauce I wanted to give it a whirl. The super talented Alex Boake of Alex Boake Illustration has work you might recognize: most famously, the Poop Pageant in Practical Paleo. That’s a memorable page in the book! In any case, when Alex offered to draw a recipe of mine in exchange for photographing one of her recipes, I jumped at the chance. Her stuff is just too cute to not want to have something drawn.

Whole 30 compliant and delicious? Definitely worth a try. Her description of it as “creamy and savory” was a definite selling point, because I’ll admit: I miss pasta drowned in sauce. When Alex was kind enough to let me feature her creation on here on my blog, I couldn’t wait to try it over zoodles (zucchini noodles) for a low-carb, real-food riff on what I was craving.

It worked so well! Creamy and almost cheesy… I took it to the next level with a dusting of paprika, parsley and cashews but otherwise left Alex’s creation as is. 

Macazu Sauce (Dairy/Sugar/Grain-Free, Paleo) |
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Yields 2

This creamy sauce (perfect to serve over chicken, fish or vegetable noodles) is dairy-free, vegetarian and paleo!


  • Sauce
  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 1 head of roasted garlic
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp raw macadamia nut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Zoodles and Garnish
  • 2 lbs zucchini
  • Paprika
  • Cashews
  • Parsley


  1. Roast the garlic head according to the instructions here and allow it to cool enough to touch.
  2. Peel and chop the zucchini (any peel would interfere with the smoothness of the sauce). Add the zucchini and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a food processor, pulsing and scraping down the sides until smooth.
  3. Once blended, serve over steamed zucchini noodles topped with paprika, parsley, and cashews.


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