Mac n Cheese sauce (Vegan*Gluten free)

Mac n Cheese sauce (Vegan*Gluten free)

Mac n Cheese sauce

I grew up on Mac n cheese

My mom would make a great Mac n cheese and often this was our meal twice a week. We had a running joke at home where we even said “Oh it’s a Mac n cheese night.” Sometimes, we asked for anything but a Mac n cheese because we got tired of eating it. It was delicious but it was loaded with dairy and often bacon bits which were the best kind of ones. I knew I had to create a vegan Mac n cheese sauce that would be perfect to eat often.

vegan Mac n cheese

Finding an affordable recipe

Since being vegan I’ve often missed a good Mac n cheese. There are quite a few Mac n cheese sauce recipes online, however they are loaded with cashews. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredibly tasty, cashews make everything yummy, HOWEVER, cashews are an expensive ingredient to use for a weekly meal. I wanted to have my Mac n cheese without breaking the budget.

yellow vegan cheese

Welcome the Clean Mac n Cheese sauce.

This recipe is:

  • Creamy
  • Flavourful
  • Cheesy
  • Rich
  • Satisfying
  • Beautiful colour
  • Affordable
  • Veggie based

That’s a lot of good reasons to go and make this sauce now.

P.S it’s great for nachos too.


Let’s jump right in. All you need is a blender (immersion blender or jog will work) and a pot for equipment. Yup that’s it. Did I mention it’s an easy Mac n cheese sauce?

spices on a plate

What’s tapioca flour?

It’s a flour made from cassava root. Tapioca is amazing for creating that sticky, thick cheese like consistency. Trust me when I say you need this in your pantry. It’s great for making vegan mozzarella too.

Mac n cheese sauce

Mac n Cheese Sauce

Trust me when I say you need to try this mac n cheese sauce asap. It's affordable and so delicious everyone will love it.
Prep Time 10 d
Cook Time 20 d
Total Time 30 d
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 310.5 kcal


  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk or plant milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika optional


  • Peel the carrots and potatoes and boil for 15-20 minutes until cooked.
    pot of raw veggies
  • In a bowl, combine the milk, oil and all the spices/nutritional yeast except the starch.
    spices on a plate
  • Once veggies are cooked, drain and add to blender.
    blender with vegan sauce
  • Add the milk mix. Once well blended, add the starch and blend again until smooth.
    yellow vegan cheese
  • Pour hot sauce over cooked pasta noodles or nachos.


To make this recipe nut free use coconut milk
Can sub coconut oil for olive oil
Add whatever spices you like for extra flavor. 
Topped with basil and pepper.
Keyword dairy free mac n cheese, gluten free, mac n cheese sauce, soy free, Vegan mac n cheese, Vegan pasta
nutritional value Mac n cheese

TIP: Make this low carb using cauliflower instead of potatoes.

Bought potatoes and don’t know what do to with them? Make this!!!

Let me know if you give it a go! If you haven’t already follow me on facebook or instagram @the_hungry_herbivore

Happy Weekending <3

With love, Amy

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