Cream of Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apple

If you never made cream of celery root soup, you are in for a big surprise.

This simple soup is easy to make, contains only 5 simple ingredients, and yet has that look of sophisticated elegance that is sure to impress even the most discriminating guests. (For even easier version, check out this raw celeriac apple soup version that I tried recently). It can be served during holidays and other special occasions.

It is also a perfect comfort soup for the cold winter days.

You will literally not believe that this soup has no dairy, because it looks like a big bowl of heavy cream. It looks rich and creamy, and yet has no saturated fats, no cholesterol, and is low in calories.

One cup celeriac, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt (155g) has only 42 calories.

This recipe is completely dairy free, lactose free, and wheat free.

The secret to the delicious creaminess is…cashews.

Throwing in some diced apples to garnish the soup at the end adds a surprising tartness, plus a dash of dill gives it dramatic finish.

Creamy Celeriac Soup with Granny Smith Apple

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6

Creamy Celeriac Soup with Granny Smith Apple


  • 2 medium celery roots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
  • ½ cups raw cashews (2 ounces)
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For Garnish
  • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, not peeled, very finely diced
  • A dash of dill


  1. In a large pot, sauté the celery root, celery, and onion in olive oil until soft. If you want to skip oil, add a few tablespoons water and sauté the vegetables for 5-10 minutes. Add liquid and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. In a blender, add 1 cup liquid and cashews and blend on high for 30 seconds, until very smooth. Pour into the pot with the soup and simmer for a few more minutes.
  3. Working in batches, pour the soup into a blender, cover the lid tightly (the hot liquid tends to erupt), and blend on high.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into soup bowls and decorate with the diced apple in the center. Enjoy!

Silky smooth and with a crunchy apple topping, this seductive soup packs a range of flavors — earthy, creamy, and tart-sweet.

Cream of Celery Root Calories:

Celery root (approx. 4 cups): 148 calories
2 ounces cashews (56g): 300 calories
1 large onion (150g) = 60 calories
2 stalks of celery, cooked (74g) = 14 calories
1 medium apple (182g) = 95 calories
Total Calories: 617/6 = 103 calories per serving

Celery Root (Celeriac)

Celery Root (Celeriac): I bet you don’t use this veggie in your cooking very often.

This soup is a perfect excuse to use one of the most unappreciated veggies: celeriac root.

I used to make this soup with a potato, which is a great way to add some creaminess to the soup. I was never a heavy heavy cream user, so I usually would skip that ingredient or just add a bit of milk.

Since I became vegan, I’m experimenting with various substitutes of animal products and reading tons of cookbooks for inspiration on how to transform conventional dishes that I love into delicious dishes that are also full of compassion.

The Secret to Creamy Soup Without Dairy or Wheat

Most conventional creamy soup recipes call for heavy cream, half-and-half, butter and/or flour.

I found this recipe in “The Conscious Cook” cookbook by Tal Ronnen. It inspired me to use cashews, instead of heavy cream, to add that amazing creaminess to the soup, and it works amazingly well. Since I read about it a few weeks ago, I’ve been using cashews in various soup recipes, and they really are a fabulous ingredient.

Cream of Celery Soup (Celeriac Soup)

Cream of Celery Soup (Celeriac Soup): I swear it will look like a bowl of heavy cream!

I think you could still use one medium potato as a substitute for cashews if you want to save money or reduce calories even further. I will try it next time to compare and let you know. I bet the texture will be slightly different, and it may not have the same level of sophistication when you explain the ingredients to your guests ;-).

Cream of Celery Soup (Celeriac Soup)

Cream of Celery Soup (Celeriac Soup)

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The Making of Cream of Celery Soup: Inside of my Vitamix

The Making of Cream of Celery Soup: Inside of my Vitamix

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