Smoked Chipotle Vegan Mac & Cheese

butterfly Serves: 6

Written By Eydie Desser


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Garden of Eydie likes to reach out to our friends and ask what’s their favorite dish they would like for us to plant-base for them.  We received a request for Mac & Cheese with no gluten, no nuts and no nutritional yeast.   I said “No problem, just one question, can you have seeds?” She said “yes”.  So I was able to use my secret weapon— Spero foods plant based smoked chipotle cheese, made out of sunflower seeds. I used gluten-free brown rice pasta, and this Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and nut free Mac & Cheese was the answer!  Seriously…this is so good!  The cheese contains a lot of sodium, so please don’t count this as a healthful option, but as a once in a while treat.


For the Sauce:
  • ¼ cup oat milk (recipe below)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons  Spero smoked chipotle goat cheese
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seed “parmesan cheeze” (recipe below)
  • Smoked sweet paprika-(pimenton) to sprinkle on top
For the Oat Milk:
  • Pour ingredients into a blender and process for 30 seconds.  Pour in a nut milk bag lined 4-cup glass measuring cut and squeeze out liquid.  Discard the pulp.
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats 
  • 2 cups water
For the “Parmesan Cheese”:

Grind together:

  • 4 tablespoons roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
For the Pasta:


Make the Sauce:

Preheat oven to 375℉

  1. In a high speed blender place oat milk, pumpkin puree, smoked cheeze and maple syrup.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in a large bowl.  Stir in 3 tablespoons of sunflower “parm.”  Add in nutmeg, black pepper and red pepper flakes.
  3. Pour over cooked macaroni, and stir to combine.
Bake the Mac & Cheese:
  1. In an 8-inch square pyrex dish, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the  sunflower “parm” on the bottom of the dish.  Pour mac & cheese mixture on top and sprinkle paprika to cover.
  2. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
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