Vegan Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

vegan gluten free mac and cheese

This vegan gluten free mac and cheese recipe is pure comfort food and can be enjoyed by vegans and dairy lovers alike! It’s rich and creamy and I think it tastes even more delicious than traditional mac and cheese. 

The creaminess in this recipe comes from cashews that have been soaked and then blended with water. Don’t skip the soaking step as it’s important to soften the cashews before blending them in order to achieve a smooth and creamy consistency reminiscent of a cheese sauce. 

The “cheese” flavour in this mac and cheese comes from nutritional yeast. If you haven’t tried cooking with nutritional yeast yet you’re missing out! It’s a nutritious ingredient commonly used in vegan and dairy free cooking and it adds a delicious cheese-like flavour to the sauce.

I generally prefer to eat gluten free pasta and this time I opted for brown rice macaroni. These days there are so many great gluten free pasta options such as lentil pasta, chickpea pasta, quinoa pasta and corn pasta so take your pick and enjoy this vegan gluten free mac and cheese!

Vegan Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Recipe


1 cup cashews 
1 cup boiling water (for soaking cashews)
3/4 cups water (for the sauce)
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 garlic clove 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Soak the cashews for approximately 20 minutes in 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. After the cashews are done soaking, drain them, discard the water and rinse the cashews. Add the cashews, 3/4 cups of water, nutritional yeast, garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth and creamy. 

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of vegan cashew cheese sauce so scale up or down as needed. Mix the sauce with hot gluten free pasta such as brown rice pasta, chickpea pasta, lentil pasta or corn pasta.

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