Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Carrot-Ginger Bisque

There’s a food co-op near our upstate New York home and even though it’s tiny, they manage to cook two soups a day. For months, I was obsessed with their carrot soup—and it’s one of the few soups that I still love making when the autumn chill starts setting in for the season.

After playing around with ingredients in my kitchen, I finally figured out the recipe many carrots later. Raw cashews were the secret to the creaminess that ultimately made this soup a bisque. Lime was the other curious ingredient that transformed an otherwise ordinary carrot soup into a must-have. Even the kids are happy to eat this bisque and sometimes even ask for seconds.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Carrot-Ginger Bisque

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

This recipe is excerpted from my first book, chocolate hazelnut spread or Nutella.


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 pound carrots, chopped

1 cup raw cashews

One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 quart (4 cups) vegetable or chicken broth

1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk

½ cup cilantro or parsley, finely chopped

Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons), or to taste



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, cashews, ginger and broth and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in the milk and cilantro. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Before serving, stir in the lime juice and season with about ½ teaspoon salt.


  1. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!….you have probably heard it a hundred times by now, but you have truly saved my family. I cried when I read about your son getting one last gluten and dairy filled Halloween because it exactly what happened to our then 4yr old last year(my husband even has scars from warts too). Since then we have became an (almost) dairy free home and are now tackling gluten. With 5 boys to feed and a picky husband it has been a challenge and A LOT of extra work for an already busy mama(did I mention the 1yr twins). I don’t have the time or money to work on recipes but you, your cookbook and this site have given me all the confidence in the world. You will keep us eating healthy, yummy and on budget!! I have to go, the carrot ginger bisque is on the stove waiting;)

    Much Love and Blessings,
    Kathy M. Logan

  2. My husband bought me your cookbook after I developed a dairy intolerance as an adult. This recipe is a family favorite! I wanted to share this with a friend with a peanut allergy, so I subbed the cashews with a can of drained/rinsed chickpeas, and the almond milk rice milk. To my surprise, this worked perfectly the first time I tried these changes. I am very pleased. Thank you for sharing recipes!