Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegan Mac & Cheese

This take on mac & cheese is loaded with yummy goodness! It is also Caden approved. It is dairy free, egg free, and can also be made gluten free depending on the pasta you select.

With a high dose of vitamin A, fiber, and potassium from the squash or pumpkin and the added vitamin b12 from the nutritional yeast you are sure to be singing the praises of this mac and cheese for you and your little ones.

This “cheese” sauce is so yummy. My first attempt at making a vegan mac and cheese did not go so well but after some tweaking I came away from my kitchen with a keeper recipe. Using my food processor made creating the sauce super easy and as you can see resulted in a very creamy texture.

Vegan Cheese Sauce


  • 15oz can of pumpkin puree or butternut squash puree , or 2 cups fresh pumpkin or butternut squash puree
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (provides the cheesy taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 2-3 tablespoons tahini
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Pasta of your choice


  1. Start with cashews in the food processor. Process until the cashews are in very tiny pieces.
  2. Place remaining ingredients (minus pasta) into food processor to create cheese sauce.
  3. Boil pasta and fully drain.
  4. Return pasta to pot and add desired amount of cheese sauce. You can store any pasta and cheese sauce you do not use separately in your fridge for 3-5 days. If you want to make 1 serving only add enough pasta back onto the stovetop and save the extras for leftover meals.
  5. Season to taste and enjoy!

If you plan on trying this recipe or make it I would love to hear from you!

xoxo, Tamara

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What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Last year when we began to feed Caden solid foods the baby food book I was reading suggested adding nutritional yeast to his oatmeal. My first thought. Ummm…what the heck is nutritional yeast? Little did I know at the time that this flakey substance would soon by one of my kitchen staples.

What is Nutritional Yeast

What Is Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is grown on sugarcane and beet molasses. When the yeast is ready it is deactivated, washed, dried, and packaged. This yeast does not make things rise. It is high in protein and is fortified with vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals. Making it a staple in vegetarian and vegan diets.

The Benefits
  • 9 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons
  • High % of Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid
  • Gluten-Free
  • Low sodium
  • Yummy cheesy flavor

In vegan recipes, nutritional yeast is used for its cheesy flavor. There are so many ways you can use nutritional yeast.

The Uses
  • Sprinkle it on popcorn for a cheesy flavor
  • When making kale chips sprinkle a layer on before baking
  • Stir it it to your mashed potatoes
  • Add to roasted veggies
  • Sneak in B12 by adding a tablespoon to your salad dressing
  • Make french fries extra crispy with a drizzle of olive oil and a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • Oatmeal, smoothies, and pasta are other great ways slip it into your diet
Where To Buy

I love this stuff. You will need to go to a health food store, Whole Foods, or vitamin shop to purchase and it can be bought in the bulk section or by the nutritional supplements. I use the Red Star brand.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Even though it looks and smells a little like fish food flakes it is worth adding to your diet, especially if you are vegan, vegetarian, or do not consume animal products on a regular basis. I promise once you add it into your other foods you won’t even notice it. It does have a really nice flavor.

What about you? Do you use nutritional yeast?

Be sure and check back tomorrow because I am sharing how I use nutritional yeast to create a vitamin packed vegan mac & cheese! It has been kid tested and mama approved!