Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!)

Healthy Creamed Spinach with Cashew Milk - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #creamedspinach #keto #lowcarb #holiday

This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make! It’s keto friendly and low carb, too! Made in partnership with Pacific Foods.

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I used to love traditional creamed spinach from this local chicken shop in New York that I grew up with. It was a holiday staple for us, but I knew it was loaded with junk! I am so excited to have made this healthier version!

The star of the show is my new favorite dairy-free milk from Pacific Foods! Their cashew milk is perfectly creamy and so delicious. It’s versatile, plant-based, and made with organic and Fair Trade Certified™ cashews!

Healthy Creamed Spinach with Cashew Milk - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #creamedspinach #keto #lowcarb #holiday

The cashew milk makes for such a hearty and creamy sauce without any of the dairy… such a win! We used butter in this, but if you want a dairy-free option, feel free to substitute the butter for extra-virgin olive oil and ditch the cheese!

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Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!)

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup Pacific Foods Original Unsweetened Cashew Beverage (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot flour
  • 2 5-ounce packages of organic spinach
  • Optional: 1 cup kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided in half


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9×9 baking dish with butter or oil of choice and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent about 5 minutes.
  4. Add spices and cook for one minute until fragrant.
  5. Add arrowroot flour and stir for one minute until well combined.
  6. Pour in cashew milk. Mix well. Bring sauce to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat and let simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (if using) and whisk until cheese has melted, about 30 seconds. **Make sure the mixture has thickened a good amount before adding spinach.
  7. In batches, add spinach (and kale if using) to the sauce until the greens start to wilt. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Take off heat.
  8. Pour spinach/kale mixture into a greased 9×9 casserole dish and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese on the top is a golden brown.
  9. Serve warm!


Can use dairy-free milk of choice but I do love cashew milk for it’s creaminess!

Can omit kale and use all spinach like I did in the video!

Make this whole30 compliant: Use ghee or extra-virgin olive oil instead of the butter and omit the cheese.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 89
  • Sugar: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 373mg
  • Fat: 6.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

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November 13, 2017

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29 Responses

  1. All your thanksgiving recipes are so yummy! I can’t wait to make them all!!! Probably not all at once but will make them for holiday parties and etc.


  2. I thought this was a dairy free blog?? Butter and cheese are both dairy. Perhaps you should change the brand or the recipe.

    1. A select handful of recipes use cheese and/or good quality butter. Any recipe that does include those here is great with subs: i.e. sub oil + omit cheese!

  3. I have almond milk or coconut milk in my pantry. Which would be the better choice instead of cashew milk?

  4. Wanted to know if anyone actually made this recipe. I don’t feel like spending good money on the ingredients, especially cashew milk (which can be pricey) only to have the recipe taste nasty. Can anyone give an honest review that made this recipe? (besides Lexi) Thanks 🙂

  5. Can you make this the day before and reheat the next day? Also, can you use almond milk instead of cashew milk? Thanks! Love all your recipes. You are so creative and everything is so healthy and delicious. Looks beautiful on the plate, too!

  6. This recipe is DYNAMITE! For someone who loves traditional creamed spinach, this dairy free option is SO good. You don’t even miss the dairy! Highly, highly recommend. It says it’s for 4 servings, but we’ve never had leftovers (for 2)!!

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