15 Deliciously Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese Recipes

Macaroni and cheese is a classic dish with fans on two very different sides. There are people who like their macaroni and cheese baked in an oven with a crunchy, crusty top. Who could blame those people? That’s delicious. Then there are those who would rather have their macaroni and cheese unbaked, smooth and creamy. Equally delicious.

If you’re not someone who avoids dairy-based cheese, it might surprise you to know how many cheesy non-dairy options are available. Gone are the days of non-melting cheeses that taste like cardboard. Today, there is an abundance of non-dairy options cheese loversavailable at well-stocked grocery stores and a plethora of cheesy recipes online.

So, what is non-dairy cheese made from anyway? Believe it or not, things like nuts, seeds, roasted or steamed vegetables, or tofu can all create a delicious cheese. While some of them only loosely resemble their dairy-based counterparts, others are so spot-on in terms of taste and texture they could fool even the most steadfast cheese lover.

But don’t take my word for it. I’ve rounded up some of the most delicious-looking non-dairy macaroni and cheese recipes for you to try. To make the recipes easier to navigate, I’ve broken them out into categories; baked, creamy and nut-free recipes. With so many options available, you’re sure to find one you’ll love to make again and again.

Baked Mac & Cheese Recipes

These baked macaroni and cheese recipes feature lightly browned crispy tops, just the way you like them. The non-dairy cheese sauces here are made using nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast or roasted vegetables, and then baked to perfection.

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Baked Mac & Cheese from Yup, It’s Vegan

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Creamy Mac & Cheese Recipes

These macaroni and cheese recipes are rich, creamy, decadent and sneakily healthy. In these recipes, thesauces are made from ingredients like cashews, which can create a very rich, cheesy sauce.

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese(Gluten-Free)from Minimalist Baker

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Nut & Seed-Free Mac & Cheese Recipes

These macaroni and cheese recipes are both baked and creamy versions so they contain a wide variety of ingredients. One ingredientthat they do not contain is nuts.

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Butternut Squash Creamy Mac & Cheese from Veggie Inspired

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Do you love dairy-free macaroni and cheese? I do! Let’s get cheesy! Tell me about your favorite non-dairy mac and cheese recipes in the comments!

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58 comments

Jack Y
Jack Yabout a month ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Yabout a month ago

thanks

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John J
John Jabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John Jabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D2 months ago

yummy

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Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 months ago

It looks delicious and a great option.

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Elaine W
Elaine W2 months ago

I love mac and cheese. Thanks for these variations.

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Angeles M
Angeles M2 months ago

Yummy, yummy. Thank you

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Ruth S
Ruth S2 months ago

Thanks.

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Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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