How To Make The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food that is loved by many. However, for those who are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy, traditional mac and cheese can be off-limits. But fear not, because with a few simple swaps, you can still enjoy a delicious and creamy bowl of mac and cheese without any dairy! This is my favorite Mac recipe- The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese!

Dairy-free Mac and cheese

Why You’ll Love This Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

It’s delicious and creamy!

It’s allergy-friendly for people who have a dairy allergy.

It’s kid-friendly!

Homemade Mac and cheese is the BEST.

Equipment Needed

All you need for this recipe is a pot and a pan.

Ingredients Needed for The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

Gluten-Free Pasta: My personal favorite is the Jovial brand. I love ordering all of my gluten-free and dairy-free staples from Thrive Market because they have great prices and they deliver right to your doorstep. If you use my link, you can get 40% off your first order.

Cashews: Cashews are a great way to make this recipe super creamy! If you cannot tolerate cashews, feel free to swap for macadamia nuts (lower histamine option) or seeds (nut-free option). These should be soaked for 2-3 hours.

Carrot: This adds in some nutrients and also gives it color!

Garlic: I basically add garlic to everything and it gives the sauce delicious flavor!

Olive Oil: I always make sure that I am using a high quality and organic extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional Yeast: If you have never used nutritional yeast, it adds a cheesy flavor to the sauce!

Spices: I used onion powder, chili powder and salt!

Dairy-Free Milk: You can use any milk you choose here!

Lemon: This gives the sauce a lighter and fresh taste!

How to Make The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. Combine remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy. Pour over pasta and enjoy! So easy!

Substitutions and Variations

To make this recipe nut-free, swap out the cashews for your favorite seed.


Store this creamy dairy-free mac and cheese in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe FAQ

Can this recipe be made nut-free?

Yes, this recipe can be made nut-free if you swap the cashews out for your favorite seed.

Can this recipe be frozen?

If you are wanting to freeze this recipe, I would recommend freezing the sauce separately in blocks and heating it up when you are ready to consume.

Related Recipes

Make sure to try these gluten-free and dairy-free meals next:

Easy Chicken Mango Spring Rolls

Summer Sausage Cobb Salad

Burger Bowls

How To Make The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese

No dairy? No problem! This mac and cheese is creamy and dairy-free.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 box gluten-free pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours
  • 1 carrot, boiled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1/4 lemon, juice


  • Cook gluten-free pasta according to box.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
  • Pour sauce over pasta.
  • Enjoy!!


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Calories: 300kcal
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  1. This was amazing!!! I added hot sauce to leftovers to change it up. My only struggle was that I couldn’t get it creamy like your picture. It was more dry. How can I fix that?

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