Introducing healthy and vegan mac n’ cheez bites featuring Outstanding Foods newest flavor – Salt & Vinegar! This combo may seem unlikely, but please believe these flavors pair INCREDIBLY well together. The only equipment you’ll need are a FOOD PROCESSOR and SILICONE BAKING MOLDS. This recipe requires a bit of patience, but the result is well worth the wait.
Healthy, Guilt-free Ingredients
These bites are gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, AND soy-free. For vegan “junk food”, these bites are pretty dang healthy! The cheese was made from a very simple cauliflower base, and I opted for a pasta with a quinoa and brown rice base. I used THIS ONE from Trader Joe’s. The dressing is optional, but really elevates the taste. All I did was combine Primal Kitchen’s Vegan Mayo with Primal Kitchen’s Vegan Ranch, and it came out tasting like a super creamy ranch. You can forgo the vegan mayo for a lighter, less creamy option if you don’t like mayo. Primal Kitchen is a super reputable brand with safe and organic ingredients – they can be found in Whole Foods, Amazon, Thrive Market, and MORE. The crumble is Outstanding Foods, and any flavor works – the salt & vinegar are just so delicious flavor wise, but Hella Hot or Original would be great alternatives too.
Salt and Vinegar Crunch
The best part of these mac n’ cheez bites are the delicious, crunchy crumble coating them. I crumbled Outstanding Food’s newest flavor of vegan pork rinds (Salt and Vinegar!) and dipped each mac n’ cheez bite into a gluten-free flour and water mixture, then into the crumble. No extra unnecessary breadcrumbs required! Outstanding Foods can be found in 7/11, Whole Foods, Amazon, or bought directly on their website.
Salt & Vinegar Mac n' Cheez Bites
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- pinch salt & pepper
- 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
- oil spray I used avocado oil spray
- 2 bags gluten-free pasta I used the quinoa brown rice pasta from Trader Joe's
- 2 bags Outstanding Foods Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour oat, quinoa, chickpea, gf all-purpose, etc. work great
- 1/2 - 1 cup water you don't want the mixture to be too runny, so add water in gradually
- 3 tbsp Primal Kitchen vegan mayo if you don't like mayo, forgo this ingredient and just do the vegan ranch
- 3 tbsp Primal Kitchen vegan ranch
- preheat oven to 400 degrees. while oven is heating, chop cauliflower head into florets removing the bottom layer of the head.
- grease baking tray with an oil spray (I used avocado oil spray) and add cauliflower florets - it's okay if they're overlapped on the tray.
- bake cauliflower for about 25-30 minutes or until they're tender. let cool and add to a food processor along with the remaining cheez ingredients. blend until super creamy - if the mixture gets stuck, add a bit of water to thin it out.
- cook pasta according to package. once done, add cheez sauce into pot and mix into the pasta until fully combined.
- fill your silicone baking molds with the mac n' cheez mixture. I used three molds (2 with small holes, 1 with larger holes) and store in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until frozen
- while still in their bags, crunch the salt & vinegar pork rinds into a crumble. pour into a large bowl
- in a separate bowl, add the gluten-free flour and water. if the batter is too thick, gradually add a bit more water. make sure it's not too runny
- when the mac n' n cheez bites are frozen, remove them from their molds one at a time.
- preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease your baking tray with an oil spray. start dipping your frozen mac n' cheez bites into the batter first, then into the Outstanding Foods crumble. you may need 2 large baking trays - if not, keep the bites in the freezer until you're ready to use them.
- spread bites around the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes flipping halfway through.
- serve immediately with the vegan ranch. these bites last in the fridge for up to a week, but are best served fresh