Bowl of Vegan Chipotle Aioli on a cutting board with chilies and lemon
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5-Ingredient Chipotle Aioli

Spicy, delicious, 5-ingredient Chipotle Aioli that's entirely vegan and gluten-free. Perfect for slathering on veggie burgers, fries, onion rings and more.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Sauce, Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water (or unsweetened plain almond milk for creamier sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup or agave nectar (or sub organic cane sugar or stevia to taste)
  • 2-3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (plus 1 tsp adobo sauce as original recipe is written // more or less to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp avocado, grape seed, canola or other neutral oil (optional // for creaminess)
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika (optional)


  1. Add raw cashews to a mixing bowl (or a high-speed blender) and cover with boiling hot water. Let rest for 1 hour (uncovered). Then drain thoroughly.

  2. Add soaked, drained cashews to a high-speed blender with the water (or almond milk), lemon juice, sea salt, maple syrup, pepper + adobo sauce.

  3. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, adding more water or almond milk as needed to encourage blending. Scrape down sides as needed.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt to taste, lemon for acidity, maple syrup for sweetness, or adobo sauce for heat. I added more salt and another 2 chipotle peppers (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Adding a little oil is optional and adds extra creaminess. Smoked paprika is also optional and adds a sweet smokiness to the sauce.

  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. This sauce is perfect for veggie burgers, sweet potatoes fries, french fries, onion rings, and more!


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without any oil.
*Recipe makesĀ ~1 cup aioli.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8 two-Tbsp servings)