Is mac and cheese vegan? Traditionally no, but there’s no reason that it can’t be! There are so many different methods to make vegan mac and cheese taste better than the real thing and so many products on the market which are beyond delicious.
That being said, if you’re looking for some of the best vegan mac and cheese brands (boxed and frozen), then you’re in the right place!
We’ve compiled a wide variety of dairy-free options you to check out that you can find in-store and online. They’re a great addition to your shopping list – especially if you’re transitioning to veganism.
Let’s get to the list!
Oh – and be sure to read until the very end. There’s a video that you’ll want to see.
As always – double check ingredients before buying. We do our best to make the ones on this article accurate, but they do change and sometimes there are multiple ingredient statements floating around. We simply include them so you get a feel for which types of ingredients each brand uses.
Field Roast makes this amazing Chao cheese that satisfies that craving when it’s starts to become overwhelming.
They have taken this cheese and put it in a box with penne for all of us mac and cheese lovers who need a quick fix.
It’s creamy and has that rich taste that the Chao slices have.
Field Roast Chili Mac and Chao
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You read that right, Field Roast made a chili mac and chao.
This mac is spicy and so flavorful. It’s made with Field Roast Tomato Cayenne Chao Slices and a bean chili that will knock your socks off.
It will make you tear up a little bit because it is very spicy but for the taste and quality, it’s totally worth it. Plus the price point isn’t too bad either.
They have this deluxe cheezy mac and quite a few others. It’s creamy, delicious, and super easy to make.
There are absolutely very few on this that we could find.
Daiya also makes an alfredo style mac and cheese that has that parmesan type flavor.
As for this one though, it’s a great way to get those extra veggies in your diet. Without having to compromise on the flavor, and still being able to indulge in a little comfort food.
They also have a regular white cheddar style if you only want the comfort, and a bacon mac if you want extra comfort.
This is a personal favorite because I’m obsessed with cheese. And the pasta reminds me of childhood mac and cheese.
All around this stuff is great.
Some people complain about the texture of the pasta but if anything you could always replace it with another. Honestly, I think it’s fine.
It has that same creamy sauce and the texture is practically identical. Plus it’s got those traditional shells.
This is great for kids because the shells are tiny, and the cheese sauce is made with pumpkin and sweet potato, so it’s a great way to sneak in extra nutrients.
And if you’re just switching over it will give you that same look and feel so you won’t know what you’re missing.
A great product for helping vegans transition if you’re avoiding gluten.
It’s a little cheesier than Annie’s and some people may find it to be on the less-dry side.
Some have complained about it being a little heavy on the garlic flavor but not many.
Most people find that the garlic simply adds a little bit of flavor. The company also make shells and cheese with similar taste and texture.
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Not only did they mac 100% vegan mac and cheese, they put seitan bacon in it, and then they made it ready in one minute.
They have one without the bacon but honestly, why wouldn’t you just go all the way.
If you like seitan, this will blow you away.
They have 2 flavors this cheddar and a white cheddar, both vegan, and both equally good.
It’s inexpensive and still pretty good.
This one also has that Kraft Mac taste and feel so it’d be another really great one if you’re just giving vegan mac a try if you’re trying to transition.
Some people find it a little bit dry but you can always add vegan butter or milk to make it creamier.
It can be a little hard to find, but Amazon usually has it in stock and the price point is usually pretty good for much you get.
They also have a white cheddar flavor that is also gluten-free.
It’s wheat, gluten, egg dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy free.
Contains no preservatives or additives.
Is non-GMO and is safe for people with casein and fish allergies. Not that this stuff would be in a vegan product anyway, but the point is that the brand is very allergen conscious.
It’s easy to make and does require butter or oil to make it. But they do give you directions on the box if you’re not very skilled with the box mac.
They recommend adding in some of your favorite veggies to step it up a notch.
So Delicious Dairy Free Mac and Cheese
So Delicious did right when they named their company because this mac and cheese is amazing.
It is a little hard to come by, you can figure out where to buy it from on their website.
It’s not sold on platforms like Amazon at the time of writing, but it is sold in a few stores.
It is well worth the trouble of going to find it though.
It’s taste, smells, and even looks like the real deal. You may be able to fool your non-vegan friends with this one.
And it’s gluten-free to boot!
So Delicious Dairy Free Mac and Cheese Pizza Flavor
So Delicious didn’t stop at just average mac and cheese.
They went above and beyond to make pizza mac and cheese.
The only one of its kind.
Now there isn’t anything special about it other than the pizza flavoring in the cheese sauce.
Like there’s no little pieces of tomato or anything like that.
But the pizza flavoring takes this mac to another level by adding that garlic Italian style taste.
Okay -so I wanted to include this video at the end because it’s my absolute favorite way to make mac and cheese at home.
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