This vegan oat crusted mac and cheese recipe turned out so delicious and rich. Thanks to One Degree Organics for sponsoring this post! We used their sprouted oats to make this recipe. It was so fun to use oats in a different way than you would typically think to.
The health benefits to oats is such a bonus. These are a good source of iron and they have 6 grams of protein per 1/3 cup! We specifically love One Degree Organics because all of their products are plant-based, organic, non-GMO project verified and glyphosate residue free. Next time you’re about to add breadcrumbs to a dish, consider swapping for their organic oats instead! They offer a delicious crunch and can be seasoned with any spices you’d like.
This mac and cheese recipe uses simple ingredients and only takes around half an hour to whip up! It has a thick, velvety cheese sauce, penne noodles and a crunchy oat crust! Oats are a great way to add some crunchy texture to the top of pasta bakes, casseroles and even soups. Oats are also loaded with plant based protein to help you hit those daily requirements. Not only is this oat crusted mac and cheese recipe delicious – you won’t need to be in the kitchen forever. Enjoy and be sure to tell us if you try it!
CRUNCHY OAT TOPPED MAC & CHEESECourse: DinnerCuisine: Vegan, Plant BasedDifficulty: Easy
- For cheese sauce
1/3 cup raw or roasted cashews
1 cup water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric for colour
Salt and pepper to taste
- For crunchy oat top
1/4 cup One Degree Organics sprouted quick oats
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper
- Remaining ingredients
2 servings dried pasta noodle of your choice
1/2 red bell pepper
2-3 pieces of veggie bacon
- Prep: Dice red bell pepper and finely dice bacon into bits. To a blender, add all sauce ingredients and blend until smooth, set aside. Preheat a large pot of water for your noodles and salt generously. Preheat a small frying pan on medium heat and add a splash of cooking oil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Once pan is fully heated, add diced bell pepper and veggie bacon bits to the pan. fry for 2-3 minutes or just until peppers soften. Pour cheese sauce into the pan and lower heat. Add noodles to pasta water.
- Cheese sauce will thicken as it cooks. Remove pasta from water and strain. Pour pasta noodles into the sauce pan and fold to fully coat noodles in sauce. Use a large spoon to scoop some noodles into two oven safe dishes.
- Top noodles with oat crust ingredients and bake for 10 minutes or until oat top looks crunchy and golden brown. Serve and enjoy.