UPDATE: Earth Balance added a gluten-free version to its vegan mac and cheese lineup. It is made from corn flour and white rice flour. Like the wheat version, it is free of dairy and eggs.
These #NewFoodFinds make enjoying macaroni and cheese easier for those who have multiple food allergies. Sure, it’s nice to be able to make mac and cheese from scratch (such as with this recipe for Macaroni and “Cheese” – it is top 8 free!) But it’s also nice to have safe boxed macaroni and cheese in your pantry for when you are in a rush.
Daiya Cheezy Mac
Daiya, known for soy- and dairy-free cheese alternatives, launched 3 boxed dinners: Deluxe Cheddar Style, Deluxe Alfredo Style, and White Cheddar Style. Instead of using a powder packet like traditional boxed mac and cheese dinners, Daiya's sauce comes in a squeezable pouch. The dinners are also wheat-free/gluten-free, using brown rice pasta. The dinners are available in some supermarkets, like Kroger and Fred Meyer, now. Like other Daiya products, they have pea protein and coconut.
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Here are the ingredients for the Deluxe Cheddar Style: Brown rice pasta (whole grain brown rice, rice bran, water), filtered water, tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate, evaporated cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan, for flavor), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), annatto (color), onion, vitamin B12.
Pastariso Vegan Mac Uncheddar
Pastariso recently introduced Vegan Mac Uncheddar. This is a creamy and delicious alternative that’s “authentically cheesy, without the cheese.” Because it does not have any wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, nut or soy ingredients, Vegan Mac Uncheddar is a great option for many food allergy families. This non-GMO pasta is made in a facility that is gluten-free and certified organic and Kosher.
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Ingredients: White & Brown Rice Flour, Pea Protein Powder, Organic Maltodextrin, Sunflower Oil Powder IP, Sea Salt, Organic Corn Starch, Fructooligosaccharides, Citric Acid, Paprika Extract.
The Daiya and Pastariso boxed mac and cheese joins other available options, including:
Earth Balance – Earth Balance offers three vegan mac and cheese products: Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Gluten-Free Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese. All combine creamy, cheesy flavor with bite-sized pasta. And all are non-GMO and free of dairy, egg and trans fats. Two contain wheat. Visit the web site to find a store near you.
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Amy’s Kitchen – Amy’s Kitchen makes a gluten-, dairy- and soy-free mac and cheese product featuring rice pasta and Daiya brand dairy-free cheese: Rice Macaroni with Dairy-Free Cheeze. This mac and cheese is also vegan and certified Kosher. Order online or visit here to find a store near you.
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Road’s End Organics – Road’s End Organics has been offering organic and dairy-free Mac & Chreese® pasta dinners since 1998. Current options include Mac & Chreese Cheddar Style (dairy- and soy-free), 123-ABC's & Chreese Cheddar Style (dairy- and soy-free), Shells & Chreese Cheddar Style (dairy- and soy-free), Penne & Chreese Cheddar Style (gluten-, dairy- and soy-free), and Mac & Chreese Alfredo Style (gluten-, dairy- and soy-free). Some varieties contain mustard. Order online at or visit here to find a store near you.