Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese

Cheddar, White Cheddar
$3.49 per 6-ounce box

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On December 29, 2014
Last modified:April 19, 2015


This take on an American classic is definitely impressive. The preparation is nearly identical, and the resultant noodles have a creamy, cheesy flavor that is mild enough for kids, yet pungent enough to satiate dairy-free adults who are craving a convenience food throwback.

Sometimes, I’m truly impressed with how natural food companies are able to recreate nostalgia. Sure, there are some big misses, but once in a while, they hit it out of the park. And from my vantage, Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese is definitely a home run.

Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese - dairy-free Cheddar and White Cheddar flavors

To keep things in perspective, this review isn’t about nutrition or the best food to add to your diet every day. It’s about comfort, familiarity, and an occasional convenience to prevent that “missing out” feeling or to help put lunch on the table in a pinch.

So does Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese taste like Kraft? I can’t say for sure – obviously those boxed dinners aren’t stocked in my pantry. But, I think it’s pretty darn close. The preparation is delightfully familiar – boil the macaroni (yes, it is wheat-based, not gluten-free!), drain, and stir in the cheesy packet, buttery spread, and milk alternative. And the end result sure looks like an enticing replica.

Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese - dairy-free Cheddar and White Cheddar flavors

The Vegan Cheddar flavor has a pleasant, mild, cheesy, and generally good flavor that I easily devoured in mere minutes. In fact, it was hard to keep from eating the whole box in one sitting! Fortunately, I didn’t as 10 minutes after eating just half a box with some broccoli, I was quite full.

The Vegan White Cheddar flavor was similar, but slightly sharper in taste. Straight up, I liked the orange Cheddar a little better – and think it is the closer of the two to Kraft – but the White Cheddar holds its own nicely with more flavor add-ins.

The only change I would make to Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese is in the instructions. A full 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of milk alternative made it a bit too soupy. I would add the milk alternative last, and only as needed. I ended up liking about 2 tablespoons.

Certifications: Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese is labeled as vegan and non-GMO, but I didn’t note any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Earth Balance Vegan Mac and Cheese is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. That’s great that it’s dairy free and taste good but can the combine gluten free with that too. It’s really hard to find the best of both dairy and gluten free in any package.

    • Good news, they just did Deborah! We sampled the gluten-free, vegan new mac and cheese from Earth Balance at Expo West just yesterday! It should be in stores pretty soon 🙂

  2. Bought one box from to try. As a recent (but committed) Vegan, I can still remember what cheese is supposed to taste like, so i was skeptical. Skepticands rejoice! This is delicious. While the macaroni was draining i used the hot water to flash-cook some fresh string beans and sliced mushrooms.. about 3 mins. Drained that over the pasta, and then in the pan put the Earth Balance butter and Almond milk and stirred to remove all the powdery lumps. Then tossed it all together and called it Mac N Cheeze Primavera. Best compliment from the family: “Is there more?” Note to self: Buy this by the case next time.

  3. Thanks for reviewing this product! Over the past 5 years I’ve become totally intolerant to dairy, glad to know there are non-dairy cheesy options I can have that taste good!

  4. Stephanie Jensen on

    I tried this several months ago. I agree that it close to the Kraft and generic versions of that. Mine was also soupy, but that was okay. I have always seen Earth Balance as a winner so far.

  5. I am raising my 18 mo. old grandson who I have had since he was born. He had problems with dairy from day 1. My challenge is to buy/prepare a variety of dairy free snacks and meals mainly that he can take to preschool (no special diet menu) and enjoy at home. Any direction you can give me is very much appreciated. I am a brand new follower and look forward to more sharing your knowledge and recipes. I know nothing about this subject!

  6. we just tried these last week. We’re going to buy more we liked them so much. Thank you for listing review for dairy free options.

    Our little one (3 years old) is newly diagnosed cows milk dairy allergy. She’s allergic to the casein protein.

    Thank you so much again and I can’t wait to try more dairy free products listed.

  7. I really like both flavors. I use the 1/4 cup of milk alternative the box calls for. I found that the sauce thickens up if you cook it for a few more minutes after mixing in the pasta.

  8. Oh my goodness, I have been looking for a boxed vegan mac-n-cheese ever since I had to stop eating dairy! I will have to look for this!

    • Excellent news! These are really good. I always let it cook a little after adding the milk, and it thickens up nicely. They really need an Alfredo flavor. I hope they’re working on that too.

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