Vegan Protein Mac & Cheese (w/ White Beans)

Puréed white beans and cashews give this vegan cheese sauce an extra boost in protein and fiber. It's creamy, cheesy, and oil-free.
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White Bean Cheese Sauce (Vegan, High Protein)

Puréed white beans and cashews give this vegan cheese sauce an extra boost in protein and fiber. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oil-free.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Sarah Sullivan


  • 1 15 oz can white beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked 4+ hours (or boil with carrot)
  • 1 large carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk or other plain unsweetened plant milk

For Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • 1/4 cup canned jalapeños or green chilis chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • diced fresh tomatoes to garnish
  • chopped cilantro to garnish


Cheese Sauce

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add carrot and allow to cook for ~10 minutes, or until tender. If you haven’t soaked your cashews yet, toss them in with the carrots. This is a good time to measure other ingredients!
  • When carrots are tender, strain them and add to a blender along with all other ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth. (If making queso variation, add in diced jalapeños, green onions and cumin at this time and pulse to combine.)
  • Taste and adjust to preference! You can add a little extra salt if you prefer, or more lemon juice if you like it more tangy.
  • The cheese sauce is ready to use as a dip as-is, but you can also warm it on the stove if you like.
  • To warm: Warm it in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often and keep an eye on it, as it will stick to the bottom of the pan otherwise. It may thicken slightly as it warms; you can simply add a tablespoon of extra milk or water at a time to achieve your preferred consistency.

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