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vegan buffalo mac and cheese in two bowls

Vegan Buffalo Mac and Cheese ( Easy )

  • Author: avocadocentric
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Appetizer, Main Dish
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan buffalo mac and cheese recipe is creamy, satisfying, quick and so easy to make! It's spicy, gluten free, and perfect as a side dish!


  • 12 ounces gluten free elbow pasta (sub for regular)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups raw cashews (soaked, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)


  1. Soak the cashews by adding them into a small bowl and pour hot water on them. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse and drain well. 
  2. While cashews are soaking, start cooking the elbow pasta according to the package directions. Try not to overcook it.
  3. While pasta is cooking, add the soaked cashews, 1 cup water, buffalo sauce, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic and onion powder, salt into a high-speed blender and blend it until very smooth and creamy. 
  4. In a small pot over medium-low heat, add the sauce and gently cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it thickens. You may need to add more water depending on the consistency you want. 
  5. Pour the sauce into the pot with the cooked pasta and mix really well. Top with sliced green onions and then serve immediately. 


Make sure to taste the buffalo sauce and adjust as needed. Some store-bought buffalo sauces taste very strong so adjust to taste!

If the sauce is too thick, add more water. If it's too watery, cook it a little longer.  

Even more cheesy flavor, sprinkle homemade parmesan!

Always adjust to taste and add more salt if needed!


  • Serving Size: 4-6
  • Calories: 493
  • Sugar: 3.7g
  • Sodium: 502.4mg
  • Fat: 19.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.5g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Protein: 16.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: vegan buffalo macaroni and cheese, buffalo mac and cheese, vegetarian buffalo mac and cheese