Vegan Gluten free Mac and Cheese (Nut free)

Vegan Gluten free Mac and Cheese (Nut free)

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Easy quick and cheap vegan gluten free mac and cheese. Nut free with 10 ingredients. Makes a deliciously creamy and remarkably cheese like sauce in under 20 minutes.  

This is vegan gluten free mac and cheese is comfort food at its best! Before this recipe I hadn’t eaten mac n cheese in over two years. Shocking I know!  

How this recipe came about 

Recently I found gluten free vegan macaroni pasta from Tesco. From that point on I was determined to recreate the mac n cheese I once used to enjoy.  

bowl of mac and cheese

After failing to find any suitable cheese sauces in stores I of course turned to Pinterest. The only problem with that is the sheer volume of recipes you find. Not a bad problem I know, but it makes it tricky to narrow down the good from the bad. Also, the ones that require lots of Ingredients some of which can be either hard to find or expensive to buy.  

Vegan cheese 

Am talking about all the vegan cheese substitutes out there. Not only can they be pricey but are not all gluten free. Some can contain oat fibre in them. I personally don’t like the fact most of the subs have a long list of ingredients, when am sure if you made it yourself you wouldn’t need to included. 


Now am not saying that vegan cheese is bad or not to consume it. As vegan cheese has its time and place but it’s not something I regularly buy.  Mainly as it can be on the pricey side.

The key ingredient  

Let’s face it nutritional yeast is the star of the show here and in most cheese-like sauces. The main reasons are its cheap and fairly easy to find. It comes in two forms one with added b 12 vitamins and one without. The first will created a richer yellow/orange final colour.  

Top tip

Nutritional yeast is also called yeast flakes.

mac and cheese with nutritional yeast

What the recipe doesn’t include  



Nuts or seeds

Vegan cheese

Meal prep friendly 

I live alone (well I have dog) which usually always means leftovers. Which is why it’s important for recipes that store and re heat well. I’ve got you covered with this recipe. Store any leftovers or double the recipe for meal prep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Cover the mac n cheese and heat in the microwave for 2 –3 minutes depending on how powerful a microwave you have. Stirring every minute to ensure it heats evenly.  

pot of mac and cheese

More recipes to try

One Pot Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta (Gluten free and Vegan)

Jackfruit Korma (Gluten free and Vegan)

Cashew Cream Cheese (Gluten free and Vegan)

Ingredients needed 

GF macaroni pasta

Nutritional yeast

Non dairy milk

Smoked paprika

Mustard powder

Asafoetida powder

Ground Fenugreek

Arrowroot powder

Salt and pepper

cheese sauce

Alternatives to arrowroot powder 

Easily swap out the arrowroot powder for either potato starch or cornflower. Both of them act as thickeners and will create the same thick yet runny sauce. 

Final result  

This has become a weekly staple now. Especially since the weather has become very chilly here. I love how quick and easy it is to whip up a batch of this vegan gluten free mac n cheese. Luckily this also makes a great meal prep as it stores well in the fridge. Simply heat it up in the microwave for a few minutes and it taste freshly made. Making this great for work lunches.

Be sure to PIN this recipe for later. You can follow me on Pinterest @naturallysweetlife for loads more exciting recipes. Also over on Instagram @emmalouisecee for more food and lifestyle content.

two bowls of mac and cheese

Vegan Gluten free Mac and Cheese

Easy quick and cheap vegan gluten free mac and cheese. Nut free with 10 ingredients. Making a deliciously creamy and remarkably cheese like sauce in under 20 minutes.  

Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine GF, nut free, oil free, vegan
Keyword vegan gluten free mac n cheese
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author emma


  • 130 grams GF macaroni
  • 250 ml Non dairy milk i used coconut milk
  • 20 grams Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground fenugreek
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 3 tsp Arrowroot powder
  • 50 grams Frozen peas optional


  1. Bring a medium sized pot of water to the boil

  2. In a small sauce pot add in all the ingredients except the macaroni and frozen peas. Stir to combine

  3. Place sauce pot on a medium high heat and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly until the sauces thickens. Then remove from the heat

  4. Once the water has boiled add the macaroni with a pinch of salt

  5. Add frozen peas to the sauce and stir to combine

  6. Once the macaroni has cooked drain the water away. Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix to coat all the macaroni evenly all in sauce.

  7. Divide the mac n cheese between two bowls ans serve.

  8. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

mac and cheese pinterest image

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