This hearty, warming, broccoli soup is thick and delicious as well as subtly cheesy – without dairy. As written, it’s a low fat THM FP but also suitable for Deep S meals. Add some olive oil to the soup or a liberally dressed salad on the side for a fabulously filling and slimming meal.
As we start another new year, many of us are making big changes to the way we fuel our bodies. Those changes may include reducing or eliminating dairy so if that’s you, add this soup to your menu plan!
How is it possible to make a cheesy soup without cheese? Thanks to one of my favorite ingredients, nutritional yeast, which adds a cheesy, nutty flavor to savory foods.
If you can’t have nutritional yeast or don’t want to use it, it’s still a delicious creamy broccoli soup. You might want to add more seasoning if that’s the case so just taste and adjust until it tastes like you want.
What Do I Need For This Recipe?
Wholesome, nourishing, whole food ingredients help make this soup not only tasty but good for you.
- Broth (chicken, beef, or veggie for a vegan soup)
- Almond milk (or other on-plan non-dairy milk)
- Broccoli (fresh or frozen)
- Nutritional yeast
- Simple seasonings: onion and garlic powders, paprika, salt, pepper
- Sunflower lecithin (optional)
- Gluccie or glucomannan powder (optional)
- Dynamic Duo Greens Powder (optional)
- Cayenne pepper or hot sauce (optional)
This soup is a great place to add a bit of the new THM Dynamic Duo Greens Powder, but that’s totally optional.
Gluccie is a fiber-rich thickener. Xanthan gum also works, or just omit it. The soup will be a bit thinner but still delicious.
Sunflower lecithin helps give a nice creaminess to non-dairy recipes but it’s not essential for this one. If you’d like a soup with lower fat, omit this ingredient.
Finally, if you like a little spice in your broccoli soup add some cayenne pepper or a splash of hot sauce.
Making Dairy Free Cheesy Broccoli Soup.
If you have a good, high-powered blender that is suitable for making soup you can make this right in your blender.
I personally have a fear of hot things in blenders so I blend the ingredients first then add to a sauce pan and heat on the stove.
Honestly though, if you have the right blender there’s nothing to fear. I just have had too many messes and am just not going there unless I get one of those fancy blenders!
Alternatively, cook first and use a stick blender right in the sauce pan to puree.
I’ve read it’s best to not cook with moringa, rather add it before serving. If you’d like to add some of the nourishing Dynamic Duo Greens Powder I recommend stirring it in after you take the pot off the heat and before serving.
Try my Secret Peppermint Chocolate Protein Balls for another way to sneak some greens powder into your day!
How To Fit This Recipe Into Your THM Menu Plan.
I try to create versatile recipes for the THM community. It just makes it so much easier when a recipe can be made to suit any THM fuel type, either as written or by just a small tweak or two.
This delicious, dairy free cheesy broccoli soup, as written, is suitable for any THM fuel type. It’s low in both fats and carbs.
But, it’s also suitable for Deep S meals. Just add some more healthy fats to your meal, such as a generous swirl of olive oil in the soup or a big green salad liberally dressed with an olive oil based dressing, like my Creamy Citrus Salad Dressing.
For THM E meals, enjoy with a dinner roll or slice or two of sprouted or sourdough bread. Or, have some fruit for dessert.
Or, for E and FP salads, consider dressing with just fresh lemon juice or a bit of ACV (apple cider vinegar) and skip the oil.
What About Protein?
On the THM plan we are encouraged to “anchor” our meals with protein. This soup contains 5.8 grams of protein per cup so be sure to include some extra protein for a complete meal.
Meat eater? Be sure to have ultra lean meats, such as chicken or turkey breast, for E and FP meals. For S and Deep S, any kind of meat works.
- Grilled chicken breast or thighs
- Creamy salads like chicken or turkey salad, or egg salad
- Make a protein shake or smoothie with whey or collagen
- Sip a hot beverage with added whey or protein
- Stir in some collagen either when cooking or in your portion. A scoop of most collagen powders typically contains 20 grams of protein.
Have you been looking for a THM friendly, dairy free cheesy broccoli soup? I hope this recipe helps you stay on plan and meet your healthy eating goals this year!
- 1 1/2 cup fat free broth (chicken, beef, or veggie for vegan soup)
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 4 cups broccoli (12 oz package frozen)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 to 2 teaspoons high mineral salt
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon gluccie (glucomannan powder) OPTIONAL
- 1 teaspoon Simply Sunflower Lecithin OPTIONAL
- Cayenne pepper or hot sauce OPTIONAL
- Dynamic Duo Greens Powder OPTIONAL
- Blend broth, almond milk, broccoli, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powders, paprika, salt, and pepper until as pureed as you prefer.
- Pour into sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- If desired, thicken with gluccie by sprinkling and whisking at the same time, whisking until thickened. OR if you know you'll want to use it just blend with everything else.
- Add cayenne pepper or hot sauce if desired.
- Before serving, stir in desired amount of Dynamic Duo Greens Powder, if desired.
Fresh or frozen broccoli work just fine in this recipe.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82.1Total Fat: 2.3gSaturated Fat: .3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 494.4mgCarbohydrates: 8.7gNet Carbohydrates: 5.1gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 5.8g
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