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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
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta sauce, vegan cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 517kcal
Author Michaela Vais


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 used canned coconut milk)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup vegetable broth (or use more plant-based milk instead)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 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)


  • Soak cashews in hot water for at least 15 minutes until they are soft.
  • 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 afterward).
  • Boil your favorite pasta as per the instructions on the packaging or use a spiralizer to spiralize your zucchinis.
  • Add all the vegan Mac and Cheese ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and mix well.
  • Pour the sauce into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 1-2 minutes, stir constantly.
  • Add your pasta or zoodles and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • 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.
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving including pasta!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy vegan Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 6g