Healthy vegan Mac and Cheese with zoodles (zucchini noodles) or regular pasta. This mac n cheese recipe is gluten-free, paleo friendly, plant-based, low-carb and easy to make. The perfect plant-based lunch or dinner

Healthy vegan Mac and Cheese

This healthy vegan Mac and Cheese recipe is so easy to make and contains only plant-based whole-food ingredients. It can be eaten with regular pasta or zucchini noodles (zoodles) if you prefer a paleo version.

*June 23rd, 2018: This is an updated (improved) recipe version with the addition of 1 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour to make the sauce even more cheesy and a little bit stretchy!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook/Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2


Healthy vegan mac and cheese ingredients:

  • 1 big potato peeled (200 g)
  • 1 small carrot peeled (100 g)
  • 1/2 cup cashews (75 g)
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk of choice (I use canned coconut milk)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup vegetable broth (or use more plant-based milk instead)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour (optional) *see recipe notes
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • crushed pepper flakes (optional)

Serve with:

  • 350 g Pasta of choice (I use gluten-free) or zoodles (3-4 spiralized zucchinis)


  1. Soak cashews in hot water for at least 15 minutes until they are soft.

  2. Cut the potato and carrot into 1-inch cubes and cook in salted water for about 10-15 minutes or until tender (discard the water afterwards).

  3. Boil your favorite pasta as per the instructions on the packaging or use a spiralizer to spiralize your zucchinis.

  4. Add all the healthy vegan Mac and Cheese ingredients into your food processor or blender and mix well.

  5. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 1-2 minutes, stir constantly.

  6. Add your pasta or zoodles and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can leave out the tapioca flour/starch but it will make the Mac and Cheese a little bit thicker and "stretchy" similar to "real" cheese.