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Is this Gluten Free Mac and Cheese also Dairy Free Mac and Cheese?

Gluten free mac and cheese became possible again with a couple key ingredients.
I never thought I'd be able to make good old macaroni and cheese again for my kids, especially not a good gluten free mac and cheese! Of course, we're on the gluten-free dairy-free diet, but also no soy. 

So, years ago (mid-2000s), there was no good cheese substitute to try - and even those that were soy-based were truly gross.

And, the gluten free noodles on the market then weren't great. My biggest gripe was that they were really mushy, soggy, and even slimy. 

Unfortunately, that meant no gluten free mac and cheese for me!

Then, a couple of then-new products changed all of this, at least for me.

First, I found Tinkyada gluten free pasta. The reason I like Tinkyada gluten free pasta is the firmness of the noodles. This difference was huge for me. I had been avoiding GF noodles, but this brand brought them back into my pantry for good. This texture is important for this particular recipe, too. 

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And then came Daiya cheese. Similar to the Tinkaya experience for me, Daiya was the first cheese of its type that really had taste and melted in a manner similar to real cheese. And, it had no dairy, no gluten and no soy.

Combined, this meant making a gluten free mac and cheese that also was dairy free mac and cheese was possible.

So, here's the recipe - it's just adapted from a typical mac n cheese recipe.

I promise, this will work. Enjoy.

Gluten free mac and cheese

(... and dairy free mac and cheese)

  • 1 cup cooked Tinkyada gluten free pasta
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (Try a vegan to avoid dairy and soy)
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca or corn starch
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups shredded American/cheddar Daiya dairy free cheese


  • Cook the gluten free pasta according to directions.
  • In a saucepan, cook onion in margarine until tender. Stir in flour and pepper.
  • Add milk.
  • Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
  • Add cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Stir pasta into cheese.
  • Transfer to a 1 quart casserole.
  • Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes – until bubbly.
Now, enjoy your gluten free mac and cheese - and, yes, dairy free mac and cheese!


Shira said...

I wish we could use the Daiya cheese but I think that's the one that has the sesame in it.....soon hopefully.

Victorious1 said...

Oh my... I am so excited I might not be able to sleep tonight! Through the years, I have overcome almost all recipe conversion obstacles... except for cheese. Could my prayers be answered right now? Right here?

We'll see. I have to get my hands on this Daiya first.

Thanks for the post. Glad to see you are still blogging. :)

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Michele said...

We doubled the pasta and it still seemed a little heavy on the cheese. Also, it seemed a little "gummy." We used So Delicious Coconut Milk instead of the rice milk...maybe that's why? Overall, though, it was tasty. Thanks!

Unknown said...

This sounds awesome! I'm still trying to get my hands on some Daiya, I would love to add cheese back into my daughter's diet..have heard it is the best! Come check out my blog too! I specialize in GFCF baking...www.birdandherramblings.blogspot.com ;-)) and check out www.autspot.com if you haven't already for great Autism community support, great resources & groups there..have a beautiful day!
oh and btw are u on twitter? I'm @Birdakamaude ;)

Anonymous said...

My son received an ELISA score of .413 for tomatoes. Since he can't eat tomatoes (along with gluten, casein, and a whole host of things), Ketchup, pizza sauce, etc. are out.

Do you have any recipes to make a sauce that may taste close to tomatoe sauce that does not include tomatoes? Thanks.

nini2033a said...

yes, we have also found Daiya cheese. We love it! It has given us back GFCF pizza and we make a cheese sauce for on top of broccoli & cauliflower. Life is good!
Nice to see you writing again. Your blog was the one that first gave us any hope of eating baked goods again. Thanks~!

candidiasis diet said...

I am just so happy to found this post. I have been looking for this kind of healthy recipe. I will try this one on this coming weekend.

Anonymous said...

Daiya cheddar style shreds
ingredients: filtered water,tapioka and/orarrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/ or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, cocnut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavors, vegetable glycerine, xanthan gum, citric acid( for flavor) , annatto.

Anonymous said...

It's been four months since we've had Mac and cheese( it used to be a weekly staple in our home). When I saw this recipe I made it right away! The kids LOVED it!! It's very super chessey!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if you can get the Daiya cheese in Canada?

Terry Bayer said...

I've been craving for some macaroni since last week! I think this recipe is a good idea for lunch tomorrow! I'll follow your tips. You know, I'm looking for more foods which are nutritious. I become aware about the foods that I'm eating because I've undergone breast implants in Los Angeles last year. I want to maintain my shape that's why I'm too conscious about the foods.

Kelsi said...

ok, WHERE do you find this type of cheese? I'm giddy with excitement about it! This is my son's favorite food and one he asks for frequently (when he actually vocalizes this far). I've tried a bunch of "no cheese, no gluten" mac & cheese but yuck yuck yuck so far. Let me know, this is exciting!!!

Jennifer Kane said...

Just reading looking at the recipe makes my mouth water! Not only is it delicious, but it's healthy as well! This is certainly going to help those who are in a healthy diet right now. I wish I could try this at home, too.

Anonymous said...

i have seen this cheese at the Real canadian superstore in ontario- i dont know if that is helpful to you or not! goodluck...

enuj said...

Is there anywhere in the philippines could I find this Daiya cheese. My son loves cheese and he also likes macaroni. He will surely love this.Thanks a lot.

Enuj said...

And also the margarine, will any brand do or do I have to look for an specific brand.

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Anonymous said...

This is my first time experimenting with Daiya cheese. Do you think this mac and cheese will freeze well? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I live on Toronto, Ontario , Canada! Where can I find this cheese? Anyone know! When you say superstore, do you mean Loblaws?

Gloria said...

Hello, I wanted to share my story about my son Troy who was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. We didn't want to put him on medication, so we tried supplements and a gluten free casein free diet. This has done wonders for him. So far it's completely managed without any need for medication. Here is a link to my blog of our story and some recipes:


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Unknown said...

Macaroni and Cheese are so yummy and these look amazing!Thanks for all of the great ideas and you can also try this Cookies recipes

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Smithlcdf said...

Just reading looking at the recipe makes my mouth water! Not only is it delicious, but it's healthy as well! This is certainly going to help those who are in a healthy diet right now. I wish I could try this at home, too.

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