Amy Webster promotes plant based eating with delicious recipes even non-vegans love. The Food and Nutrition Coordinator with the Humane Society of the United States stopped by to share her recipe for a fun snack -- perfect for football-watching season!
Vegan Mac & Cheese Balls
Makes 12-24 balls
A delicious and healthy take on a fun finger food. A great appetizer or snack for game day, holiday gatherings, or any event!
For the Mac & Chz:
- 1 lb. pasta
- 3 cups raw cashews (soaked for 1 hour to overnight, or if short on time boil for creamier cheese-sauce)
- 1 cup soymilk (or almond, hemp, flax)
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cube vegetable broth (or 1 tsp broth from jar)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 cup bread crumbs (Panko is preferred)
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup flax milk (or soy, almond, hemp)
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard (or Dijon if preferred)
Make the pasta first by following instructions on box. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
In a blender (Vitamix or high-powered blender preferred), add soaked cashews, soymilk, oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, vegetable broth, and spices and blend. Scrape down sides of blender as needed and continue blending until very creamy and smooth. Sauce should be silky and not gritty.
On a cookie sheet with parchment paper or in a mini muffin pan or in a cake-pop pan, spoon mixture into balls. If using parchment paper on a cookie sheet, they will not be as round, but still great. If using a mini muffin pan or cake-pop pan, be sure to spray with cooking oil first. Freeze for 4-6 hours.
Make the dry breading by combining the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, cornmeal, and salt in a bowl. Mix together the flax milk and mustard in a second bowl. Preheat the oven to 400?.
Remove mac & chz from freezer and dip each ball into the milk mixture, submerging fully. Then drop into the breadcrumb mixture and roll around to completely coat. Place each coated ball on a baking pan with parchment paper. Bake at 400? for 25-35 minutes until lightly brown and crispy (if your mac & chz is frozen solid, you may need a little more time).
Serve immediately with your favorite vegan dipping sauce (I like Follow Your Heart’s Honey Mustard or Hampton Creek’s Just Ranch).
Tips: If you’d like more cheesy results, use less pasta. When making mac & chz balls, you can never have enough cheesy sauce—the more the better!