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It is DAY 29 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month and we're down to the last 3 days of the Vitamix giveaway. It has been an amazing month of celebration and the response to this giveaway has been mind blowing! 

Today we continue our love affair with all things well blended with Vitamix Recipe #29: Gluten Free Vegan Mac N Cheese. This quick easy pasta dish is simple and delicious. This is a perfect way to sneak some veggies into your children without them knowing it. If you are serving this mac n cheese to small children, you can omit the mushrooms, parsley, green onions and minced dried onions. But for adults, you are going to want to jazz this dish up with some extra fixins! 

What I love about this dish is that you can be completing the sauce (thanks to Vitamix) and toppings while the pasta is cooking, and the whole meal can be ready in under 20 minutes, and that includes cooking the cauliflower! This mac n cheese is a fantastic quick healthy meal the whole family can enjoy. It is a lifesaver when you have had a hard day and you have limited time in the kitchen.

I have deliberately left the flavour very mild for children. But feel free to spice this up with some cayenne pepper or chili powder. Best thing about this dish? You would never know there is cauliflower in it!

**If you need to make this sauce nut-free you could blend in some avocado for the creaminess. If you want to add some orange colour to the sauce you could put in a little bit of cooked carrot, roasted bell pepper, or a tiny bit of tomato paste. 

Vegan Gluten Free Mac N Cheese

  • 8 oz / 227gms gluten free pasta elbows
  • sauce ingredients:
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower 
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked, then drained
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried granulated onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • season with pepper and salt
  • topping ingredients:
  • 3 cups sautéed mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped fresh continental flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced dried onions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta for about 5 minutes until al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking throw all of the sauce ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.
  3. **If you have a high-speed blender you can just blend until the sauce is piping hot in just a few minutes.
  4. While the sauce is blending, saute the sliced mushrooms in a tiny bit of olive oil and 1 Tbsp wheat free tamari until nice and tender.
  5. Drain the pasta.
  6. Place the pasta back into the post, pour the sauce over, and toss with the mushrooms, parsley and spring onions until well combined.
  7. To serve top with parsley, spring onions and dried minced onions.

Serves 4

Tip: selecting and storing raw cashews

“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Well, I know what I am making for dinner tonight!  Easy, breezy - creamy and cheezy!  Yea, that was cheezy. :)  Sounds delicious!  Thanks, Tess!


LOL! Can’t wait to hear what you think :)

I cannot wait to make this and devour it! 
Thanks Tess, for the amazing new recipe.  You are AWESOME AND MORE!!!


This sounds great; however, my daughter is allergic to nuts.  Would you suggest other alternatives to the cashews?  Thanks!


Hey Jennie
You can do several things if you don’t want to use cashews:
You can use raw macadamias or blanched almonds.
You can omit nuts all together and the sauce still tastes great.
Or you can blend in some avocado for the creaminess and add in some carrot, roasted sweet red pepper or a touch of tomato paste to make it an orange colour.
I hope this helps.
Feel free to email me - address is in the FAQ section if you need any more help.
Great to have you here.

I really like the avocado and cooked carrot idea. Thanks! Amybeth Hurst, Portland

Oh my all these recipes are fabulous I really am prepared to make more healthy changes now I just need the vitamix


Yes! You DO need a Vitamix!
I am crossing my fingers for you!
Great to have you here :)

This looks soo good!!! I can’t tell you how badly I want this machine!!! I’m a new Vegan & this would make it so much easier for me with the transition!!!


OH! I am crossing my fingers for you!
The winner is picked randomly after calculating the bonus entries.
Great to have you here :)

This was DELICIOUS!  I added a medium cooked carrot to the sauce for some more added color ( and I had it in the fridge) and added a touch more nutritional yeast.  It was so cheesy and creamy, I could have eaten it by the spoonful!  My new favorite dairy free “cheese sauce”!


Thanks Mercedes!
You reminded me about the colour.
I like it white - but I know people like it yellow.
I forgot to write about that in my post, so thankyou!!!
I have added roasted bell pepper or tomato paste to it for colour too :)
So glad you enjoyed it so much!!
Thanks for sharing your experience.

I made a nut free version of it tonight.  Instead of the cashews, I added half an avocado and it was way creamy.  I added the cheese sause to my non vegan taco meet and the kids loved it.  I am going to try Mac n cheese tomorrow….hopefully the kids will love it too.  Thanks again!


Yes Jennie! That is what I did for my niece who is nut free!
Thankyou for the reminder.
I will add that to the post for others who need to make it nut free.
I am glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Silly question….What do you mean blend till it is piping hot?  The more you blend the sauce, the hotter it will get?


Hey Mrs Love!
That is not a silly question - I was a bit unclear.
Apologies for that.
If you have a Vitamix just blend until the sauce gets hot. The natural friction heat of the blades will heat the sauce.
If you have a conventional blender, just blend until smooth and creamy and then heat in a saucepan in order to serve.

Oh, TESS, TESS, TESS!  This dish was spectacular!  I added a bit more nutritional yeast too and some chipotle pepper (We like it KICKY!)  I love that this sauce was mostly comprised of veggies and spices.  Would be great over some raw zucchini noodles, kelp noodles and just some lightly steamed veggies.  LOVE IT!

I have so enjoyed making your recipes this month!  Thanks for your time and dedication to the giveaway and the recipes this month.  You have done wonders!  I have been going thru many of your recipes and WOW!  such a plethora of YUMMINESS!  You are awesome and much appreciated!


Oh Kibby!
I am so glad you enjoyed this!
I really love this recipe.
Thankyou so much for trying so many of the recipes this month, and for all of your beautiful comments of encouragement.
I can’t wait to feature you as the Pig Of The Month in April.
You are my new piggy blending partner in crime!

Breaking the law!  Breaking the law!  It’s great to have someone as passionate about healthy, whole foods and blended ones at that as you are to share with.  If we lived closer, I think we’d be playing and troughing up in the kitchen.  I know it’s where I am most comfortable and creative.  :)

Yes! We would be blending up a storm!
That is for sure!!!
One day….piggy….one day :)

oh my! i just made this for dinner. sadly, i forgot to get the mushrooms when i went to the store. no worries though. i ended up adding some spinach to mine for something extra. i can’t wait to have the leftovers. thanks for such a great recipe!


Hey Misstracee
Spinach is a wonderful addition to this recipe for some extra greens and flavour.
Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Thank you so much Tess!  Just what I needed the kids will love it.  You’re the best!


I just stumbled across this site looking for something healthy for dinner. My hubby doesn’t eat dairy but felt like Mac and Cheese.
I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious.
I can’t describe how yummy, sweet and nutty. Really good.  He loved it too. Can’t wait to try more or your recipes.


Hey Becky!
Great to have you here.
I am so pleased you enjoyed this recipe.
Thankyou for your lovely email too.
Can’t wait to hear what you think of the other recipes. Lots more dairy free recipes!

This looks very yummy.


I really love this recipe.
Can’t wait to hear what you think :)

I made this the other day. It was very easy to make and soooo yummy! My husband loved it as well. I will def be making this again! thanks for this great recipe!


Thanks Gina!
I am glad you and hubby enjoyed this recipe.
It is such a quick easy tasty dinner :)

One word- YUM! Another wonderful adaptation of a “classic”. Love the tip about replacing the cashews with avocado for nut free. This worked well for us too. Thanks


Great! I am SO pleased it was a hit!

Super easy and twice as yummy!!!  Perfect comfort food.  Loved it, Tess!


Love this… And so do the kids! (always a bonus) x oink oink


Thanks! I am so pleased.
Mac N Cheese is always a winner isn’t it.
Great to be able to sneak some veggies in there too :)

Just made this tonight! Very very impressed with how creamy it was! The only milk I had on hand was unsweetened vanilla almond milk or original almond milk so I used the unsweetened and I felt I could really taste the almond milk, not so much the sweetness but maybe a combo of the cashews and almond milk made it taste really nutty. Anyhow….my 3 yr old ate it but did not gobble it up. My husband and I scarfed it down!!  I had quite of bit of left over sauce so I went ahead and added to bowl and will add some more noodles and broccoli to it tomorrow with maybe a touch of mustard. Thank you so much I will be def adding this to my fav’s.  I ‘ll let you know how it is tomorrow!


Thanks Katie.
YES! Broccoli, mushrooms and mustard makes for a WINNING combination!

Love your site! And, I would love a VITAMIX! Thanks for all that you do!


Thankyou! Great to be connected here.
My fingers are crossed that you get a Vitamix soon! It will change your life :)

Hi Tess :) Ok, so I haven’t tried any of your recipes YET (I just scroll through all of them at work and drool lol) but I’m reeeeeally interested to try this one. My hubby and I need to stay away from cheese - this seems like the perfect option. That being said, I’ve been dealing with fungal infections the last year and a half, so yeast and mushrooms are off the menu :( any replacement suggestions???


Hey Talia,
You don’t need the mushrooms for this recipe to taste amazing. I serve it to my niece without the mushrooms. If you want to add in some vegetables, just stir-fry some broccoli and garlic, or green beans. Anything really. But it is great on it’s own!

I was skepticalā€¦ anything but “white-flour pasta and real Pecerino-Romano cheese” to an Italian is almost blasphamy. I’m glad to say my husband and I were pleasantly surprised!  It was more like “Pasta Alfredo” than Mac & Cheese (but hey, that’s even BETTER!)  I had good ‘beginners luck’ picking the gluten-free pasta brand - it was pretty close to the real thing (although I did overcook it a bit).  My first batch was a very bland, but that’s fixable for next time.  Even my 10-year old ate someā€¦ and he doesn’t eat ANYTHING.


Thanks for sharing your personal experience. I love getting this feedback.

I love it, my husband and my son love it too it was great thank you first time and its great


Great. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

Just tried it and LOVE it!!  Great recipe.  Super creamy and yummy. Thank you!


Great! So glad you enjoyed it.

My wife is gonna love this when she gets home.  Keep me out of the dog house for awhile.  I look for low SOS (salt, oil, sugar) and this filled the bill.  Delicious!


Great! I am glad you enjoyed it.

I want to become a vegetarian and I want to find new foods to try and I’m only 14 how can I try to stay a vegetarian


Keep experimenting with different vegetarian foods to find what you enjoy, and read books, blogs, and magazines to find great recipes that will keep you inspired. I recommend starting every day with a green smoothie or soup to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. I also eat a lot of salads with different kinds of protein (tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, etc). Veganism and Vegetarianism is so big now, there are tons of wonderful books with great ideas. But, quick smoothies and soups make things much easier. Good luck!

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