This Nut-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese is one of my favourite ways to enjoy this comforting dish without having to use real cheese. It takes only 20-30 minutes to whip up and it’s perfect for lunch or dinner.
About this Recipe:
This recipe is also nut free and dairy-free. I’m mostly dairy-free but sometimes I will sneak in a piece of cheese because I’m not one to restrict myself. I used to and boy was I miserable!
My Nut-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese is accomplished through using potatoes, carrots, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and more. The potatoes give it that thick creamy cheesy texture that you’ll be so surprised at how the sauce looks like real cheese sauce.
I adapted this recipe from Hot for Food. I love her blog so much and she is the original creator of this recipe! She’s inspired me to try using non-animal protein in my food where possible and I really enjoy experimenting with my recipes. So thank you Hot for Food for inspiring this recipe! You guys should check out her recipes and follow Lauren Toyota! Lauren also worked in the broadcast industry and left the industry to pursue her passion for food!
Before I get into the recipe I love to share some nutritional facts about the food you’re eating with specific regards to potatoes and carrots.
Did you Know?
- “Carbs are the main dietary component of potatoes. Those cooled down after boiling may provide some resistant starch, which can improve gut health. Potatoes also contain small amounts of high-quality protein.
- are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folate, and vitamins C and B6.
- Potatoes harbor some healthy antioxidants that are responsible for many of their health benefits and mostly concentrated in the skin.
- Potatoes are relatively filling. For this reason, they may be useful as a part of a weight loss diet.
- Potatoes may contain a number of unhealthy compounds — particularly when fried. Limit your consumption of french fries and chips, and never eat potato sprouts.”
- “Carrots are good sources of lutein and beta carotene, which are antioxidants that benefit eye health and protect against age-related degenerative eye diseases. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps you see in the dark.
- Aside from their contributions to eye health, there are many reasons to eat carrots. They can benefit your digestive system, as well as heart, skin, and overall health.”
So I hope you give this Nut-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese a try!
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Nut-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese
- High power blender or food processor.
- 500 grams dried macaroni
- 1 cup russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/4 cup oat milk
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast, add more if desired
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- In a pot of boiling water, boil potatoes and carrots for 10 minutes, no more. Then transfer to a blender along with the other Sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth
- Meanwhile, boil your pasta according to packet instructions. Reserve 1/4 cup hot pasta water. Strain pasta and set aside.
- Over low heat, add pasta water to pasta. Then pour your sauce on top and combine well.