I wanted to come up with a clever name for this Vegan Mac n Cheese, but alas, nothing clever here. It is what it is. Well, gluten-free, Vegan Mac n Cheese.
Kix said it first, but I’m totally stealing it for this recipe,
Kid Tested. Mother Approved.
You know what’s hard about raising Gutsy Children? Once they hit the age where they are at school and daycare, play dates with friends, family gatherings, and a taste of traditional food is on the table – literally.
I’m not saying traditional food is good or bad; it’s neither, but even if the kids were not Gutsy, Ryan and I would not choose to feed them in a traditional way on a daily basis. And I’m confident in and proud of that decision.
Why? Because I think food, as is and when prepared from scratch at home, is truly good!
Even still, when all the kids have Mac n Cheese, my children want Mac n Cheese, too. Duh! Who wouldn’t?!
Experimenting with Vegan Mac n Cheese
So I started experimenting. I’ve made it several different ways with several different gluten-free pasta noodles and dairy-free cheese. Most of the time, they liked what I made, but once I started doing it this final way, they became obsessed with Mac n Cheese.
The secret is that you have to get the right gluten-free noodles and the cheese has to be cheesy enough to mimic the “real” thing. But I did it! And now you can, too.
And the best part is that it is totally appropriate for Gutsy Children. Unless you, as a Gutsy Mama, cannot have FODMAPs, it’s also going to likely be just fine for you, too. Because my recipe is:
- gluten free
- dairy free
- corn free
- soy free
- sugar free
Special Notes on Ingredients I Use
p.s. Nope. No part of this post is sponsored. This is just truly exactly how I make their Vegan Mac n Cheese.
- The Jovial Pasta Shells contain just one ingredient (besides water), Organic Brown Rice Flour. You know how some gluten-free noodles just get gross once cooked? Yeah, these don’t. They keep their form and taste delicious. You can get these on Amazon, but we buy all our Jovial pasta from Thrive Market. And when I order them, it’s not just the shells – we get every single variety of pasta available.
- Miyoko’s Cheddah is what makes the cheese what it is in this recipe. I used to only use Nutritional Yeast for a cheese, but it just wasn’t the same. This cheese spread, though, will do the trick! The only reason this recipe is not Low FODMAP is because Miyoko’s has a cashew base. But if you can do cashews, Miyoko’s is bomb.com. Seriously.
- I’ll always be a fan of the Nutiva Buttery Coconut Oil. All great Mac n Cheese uses butter, and this is how you can still have that buttery flavor without the dairy.
- You can choose whatever plant-based milk desired, but for this recipe we always use either the Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond or Cashew. Because it’s the best out there! If you need more options, check out THIS post on which plant-based milk to choose.
- And finally, this meal is the perfect one for adding in those probiotics to your children’s day. I choose now and will forever likely choose Just Thrive. Here is their statement for using the probiotic for your children, “Just Thrive® can be mixed in different foods to be given to children over the age of 3.” You simply open the capsule up, and sprinkle over their food. Mix it in, and because it’s white, flavor and odorless, they will have NO idea it’s even there. Maya is almost 3, Zay almost 4, and Samarah is 5. I give them each 1/3 – 1/2 capsule one to times per day. (Remember, because this is my probiotic of choice, whenever you order, just put in ‘agutsygirl‘ at checkout and you’ll save 15% off your entire order.)
Vegan Mac n Cheese
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- Make pasta according to box directions. Rinse and return to pan.
- Add the Miyoko's, Buttery Coocnut Oil, and plant-based milk. Stir until completely mixed together.
- Use sea salt to taste.
- Serve warm.
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