Last week I was craaaaving mac + cheese, and although normally I make my vegan cheese sauce with vegetables, I wanted to try out a cashew nut base for a change. Needless to say it came out amazing and it definitely hit the spot! The sauce was so creamy + with little prep, it only took 15 minutes to make! I have to admit, I’d already demolished half of this recipe in a few minutes after I’d made it… I just can’t resist a healthy mac + cheese recipe.
Cashews aren’t normally on my shopping list because nuts can be quite expensive for small amounts. But I wanted to make an effort to sneak more nuts into my meals because of the health benefits. Cashews are packed full of vitamins + minerals, including iron + omega 3 fats. Not to mention, nuts are classed as an “anti-cancer” food.
Not to mention, this recipe includes 3 tbsp of nutritional yeast, so if you ate a 1/3 of this recipe, you’re getting double the recommended amount of B12 you need in a day. B12 is super important to live a healthy vegan life, so if you’re not a big fan of nutritional yeast, try getting your B12 in other ways like Marmite or supplements!
Creamy Cashew Healthy Vegan Mac + Cheese (Oil-Free)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup water add a low sodium stock cube for extra flavour
- 1/2 white onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1 pinch himalayan salt (or black salt)
- 1 pinch black pepper
Start by boiling the kettle ready to cook your pasta + soak your cashews.
While the pasta is cooking, soak the cashews in boiling water for 5 minutes,
Add the cashews + the rest of the ingredients to a blender. I used my Breville blender, so you don't need an expensive blender for this recipe to work.
Mix the cashew cheese sauce with the pasta. After this you can serve immediately or you can top with panko bread crumbs + bake the in the oven for 10 mins. Both taste amazing!
Feel free to use whatever seasoning you want, I added a tad garam masala, but add as much/little seasoning as you like.
And if you are saving this recipe for the next day, then add a few drops of milk to make the sauce creamy again!
I added a Linda McCartney vegetarian 1/4lb burger to my Mac + Cheese, which are my favourite fake “beef” burgers at the moment. They taste so good and they’re made from mostly soya and onion, si although it’s processed, it’s not unhealthy for you. You definitely give these a try if you’re missing the flavour of beef burgers, I promise you they’re so good!
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