This vegan mac and cheese recipe is perfect for those with nut allergies. It is high in protein and fiber, a healthy mac and cheese recipe that is kid-friendly and actually tastes delicious, making it the perfect comfort pasta without guilt. If you aren’t allergic to nuts then try my Vegan Mac And Cheese, Sweet Potato Vegan Mac And Cheese, or Instant Pot Vegan Chilli Mac And Cheese.

Nut-Free Vegan Mac And Cheese

I’m always searching for healthier alternatives for my readers. Lately, I have been asked a lot for a nut-free alternative to some of my recipes that contain nuts. My vegan mac and cheese recipes are definitely popular among my readers so I experimented with white beans and came up with this delicious white bean sauce that is perfect for macaroni. 

It was such a huge hit with my family, they gobbled it up in no time. I knew right then that I didn’t have to experiment anymore. The macaroni was so delicious with the perfect cheesy flavor. 

Vegan nut-free mac and cheese in two bowls on a wooden board

Nut Allergy Symptoms

Having a nut allergy is a big deal. It can have life-threatening consequences if nuts are consumed by individuals with a nut allergy, sometimes even by touch or in the air. I have had to do catering jobs for events and I had to have a list of all the individuals with various food allergies, including nut allergies. Peanuts are actually legumes, however, up to 40 percent of individuals with peanut allergies also react to at least one tree nut due to cross-contamination. Click here for more information. 

Tree Nut List

  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Filbert / Hazelnuts
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chestnut

Is Coconut A Nut Allergy?

Coconut is not classified as a botanical nut, it is actually a fruit. However, the Food and Drug Administration has classified it as a nut. Most people who are allergic to tree nuts eat coconut safely. Click here for more information.

Nut Allergy Symptoms

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Abdominal Pain
  3. Runny Nose
  4. Nasal Congestion
  5. Shortness Of Breath
  6. Anaphylaxis, which is potentially life-threatening.

Ingredients For Mac And Cheese

  • Gluten-Free Vegan Pasta – Many gluten-free kinds of pasta are in the health food store or online. They are usually made with a single or combination of grains, starches or beans, such as brown rice, corn, lentil, chickpea, quinoa, sweet potato, and edamame. The cooking time varies, so follow the instructions on the package to cook. 
  • Great Northern Beans – the beans that I used in this recipe, but you can substitute with navy, cannellini, or butter beans. You can soak and cook beans until tender, or use canned. 
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes – made from deactivated yeast, it gives a cheesy flavor to your cheese sauce. 
  • Lemon Juice – Gives a tangy bite like that of sharp cheese.
  • Tahini Paste – Great for getting that cheesy flavor as well.
  • Onion Powder and Garlic – Boost the flavor of the sauce. 
  • Smoked Paprika – Great for enhancing the cheesy flavor. 
  • Salt
  • Spring Onion – For garnish.

How To Make Nut-Free Vegan Mac And Cheese?

  1. Prepare cheese sauce in a blender by adding white beans that are drained and rinsed, nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice, tahini, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Blend sauce until smooth and creamy, set aside.
  2. Bring water to boil over medium-high in a large pot. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni and cook according to package directions. Remove pot from the stove and drain using a colander. Return pasta to the stovetop. Add prepared vegan cheese sauce and stir to coat the pasta, stirring constantly.
  3. Garnish with spring onion and serve. 

Other Amazing Pasta Recipes To Try:

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Vegan nut-free mac and cheese in two bowls on a wooden board

Nut-Free Vegan Mac And Cheese

Easy and flavorful nut-free vegan mac and cheese that is also gluten-free and oil-free. Gluten-free macaroni is cooked to perfection, then coated with a creamy white bean sauce. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nut free vegan mac and cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 52kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 15-ounce can great northern beans, or other white beans
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Prepare cheese sauce in a blender by adding white beans that are drained and rinsed, nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice, tahini, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Blend sauce until smooth and creamy, set aside.
  • Bring water to boil over medium-high in a large pot. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni and cook according to package directions. Remove pot from the stove and drain using a colander.
  • Return the pasta in the pot to the stovetop. Add prepared vegan cheese sauce and stir to coat the pasta, stirring constantly.
  • Garnish with spring onion and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg