Who else had a love-hate relationship with Kraft Dinner as a kid? We definitely did. But, what if we told you we’d created a creamy and delicious mac and cheese with almond milk that’s protein-packed, would you give it a try?
This recipe is inspired by our mutual love for a classic dish. There is nothing quite as nostalgic as that blue and yellow box. Unfortunately, realizing how terrible the ingredients actually are in KD, we knew something had to be done.
We really wanted to create a dish that was not only tasty, but also had quality ingredients you can actually pronounce. Most importantly though, we wanted it to be plant-based and simple to make.
After a few (or a lot) of failed attempts, we believe our cheese sauce will be an absolute crowd-pleaser for both vegans and non-vegans alike. So throw on your trusty apron, and let’s get down to business!
Ingredients for Almond Milk Mac & Cheese
Nutritional yeast: also referred to as “nooch”, this makes the mac and cheese taste so cheesy! Nooch is often fortified with B12, which is essential for vegans and vegetarians.
Cashews: cashew nuts make the cheese sauce velvety smooth without having to use any animal products. Win-win, right?
Almond milk: instead of milk or cream, almond milk is a great alternative for plant-based eaters. It combines really well with the cashews to create a creamy consistency that you may think is only possible with dairy.
How to Make Almond Milk Mac & Cheese
To start this plant-based mac and cheese off right, you’ll need to get a little teary-eyed with some onion chopping. The caramelized onions add such a sweet, mouth-watering flavor. It brings the dish to a whole new level.
The cashews are really the star of this cheese sauce, which is why it’s so hard to replace them with other ingredients. Although, we’ve tried to save your bank account by using less than a cup in this whole dish.
Don’t worry though, we did not skimp on flavour or creaminess.
Make sure to sauté your onions low and slow, otherwise you run the risk of burning them. The deeper the brown, the sweeter they’ll be. But if you’re in a pinch for time, it’s okay to sauté them on a higher level. Just make the pieces even smaller, and stir them more frequently.
Once your cheese sauce blends together, mix it with the caramelized onions and macaroni in an oven-safe pot or dish. Top all that creamy deliciousness off with some more nutritional yeast and lots of panko bread crumbs before broiling.
Just remember, do not walk away from the oven when broiling something. We have a lot of personal experience with burning dishes. Just don’t walk away.
We mean it.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
After your mac and cheese is nice and crispy on top, garnish it with green onions or cilantro and some paprika for a nice flavour. We hope you enjoy this meal! Its:
This almond milk mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food that’s secretly healthy. Plus, did we mention it has 15g of protein per serving?!
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
The sauce from this mac and cheese also goes perfectly on top of our enchiladas! And if you want more protein-packed foods, check out our:
4 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories478
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 2g 10%
- Potassium 236mg 7%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Protein 15g 30%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I use any plant milk in this recipe?
We’ve only tried almond and soy milk with this recipe, but both have worked! Most other plant milks should be fine too.
Should I use sweetened or unsweetened almond milk?
We have used both sweetened and unsweetened almond milk, and it doesn’t really make a huge difference. Using unsweetened almond milk does save you some calories though.
Do I have to bake this mac & cheese?
No, you definitely don’t have to bake the mac and cheese. We just find it adds a nice crisp to the top layer and panko breadcrumbs.
Is the caramelized onion necessary?
No, adding in the caramelized onion is totally optional. We think it adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this mac and cheese, but you can save some time by not including the onions.