Daiya Cheezy Mac makes Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese Easy in Five Flavors

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Within the past few years, several dairy-free mac and cheese alternatives have emerged, but most aren’t quite as convenient as Daiya Cheezy Mac. Each box comes with everything you need, including a sauce in a shelf-stable packet that’s fully prepared. You don’t need any added ingredients – just boil the pasta and stir in the sauce. It’s also top allergen free, and at last count, it comes in five cheesy flavors. I’ve updated this post with all current varieties and information.

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: All

Daiya Cheezy Mac makes Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese Easy in Five Flavors

We’ve tried the Cheddar Style, and my husband thought it was quite close to dairy boxed mac and cheese (caveat: he hasn’t had any in a long time). The sauce is smooth, quite creamy, and a little sticky, so it clings well to the noodles. It was pleasant, with a subdued but notable cheesy flavor and a slight tang.

Share your own rating and review below if you have tried any of these Daiya Cheezy Mac flavors. It helps others make an informed purchasing decision.

Cheddar Style

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: CheddarIngredients: brown rice pasta (whole grain brown rice, rice bran, water), filtered water, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavours, pea protein isolate, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), annatto (colour), onion.

Nutrition (per 1/3 package): 290 calories, 9g fat, 49g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 4g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 15% calcium.*

Alfredo Style

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: AlfredoIngredients: brown rice pasta (whole grain brown rice, rice bran, water), filtered water, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavours, pea protein isolate, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), annatto (colour), onion.

Nutrition (per 1/3 package): 290 calories, 9g fat, 49g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 4g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 15% calcium.*

White Cheddar Style

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: White CheddarIngredients: brown rice pasta (whole grain brown rice, rice bran, water), filtered water, dried vegetable blend (pea, carrot, red bell pepper), tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavours, pea protein isolate, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), onion.

Nutrition (per 1/3 package): 290 calories, 9g fat, 48g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 5g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 15% calcium.*

Bac’n & Cheddar Style

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: Bac'n and CheddarIngredients: rice pasta (white rice, brown rice), filtered water, tapioca starch, expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, salt, pea protein, vegan natural flavors, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide color (naturally occurring mineral), annatto color, onion, meatless bac’n bits (pea protein, sorghum flakes, tapioca syrup, vegan natural flavors, coconut oil, salt, paprika oleoresin color, caramel color, inactive yeast, yeast extract).

Nutrition (per 1/3 package): 300 calories, 9g fat, 51g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 5g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 15% calcium.*

Four Cheeze Style

Daiya Cheezy Mac Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, top allergen-free mac and cheese alternative in several flavors. Pictured: Four CheezeIngredients: rice pasta (white rice, brown rice), filtered water, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, vegan natural flavors, sea salt, pea protein isolate, acacia gum, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), garlic, xanthan gum, onion, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), basil, oregano, thyme, spices, yeast extract.

Nutrition (per 1/3 package): 290 calories, 8g fat, 50g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 4g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 15% calcium.*

More Allergen Notes

Daiya makes many of their products in their own dedicated dairy-free facility, but Daiya Cheezy Mac is produced at another location. Here is what they say regarding this product line:

Our Cheezy Mac is manufactured in another facility where we have an allergen program in place to prevent any cross contamination with dairy ingredients.

Daiya Cheezy Mac: Deliciously Dairy-Free & Convenient! Everything you need right in the box, 3 varieties, vegan, gluten-free, top allergen-free and mighty tasty!

More Facts on Daiya Cheezy Mac

Price: $4.99 per 10.6-ounce box (3 servings)

Availability: Daiya Cheezy Mac is sold at Walmart, Target, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and various other grocers in the U.S. and Canada. You can also order it only from Vitacost or Amazon.

Certifications: Daiya Cheezy Mac is Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Gluten Free. Select varieties are Certified Kosher Parve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cheezy Mac is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Spot-on creamy consistency and a mild, cheesy flavor

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February 15, 2020

Think Velveeta Shells and Cheese only made with more wholesome ingredients and of course, dairy-free. Thus far, we’ve only tried the Cheddar, which was pretty good and with a great creamy consistency and a light cheesy flavor. But take note that the top allergen-free nature, ease (no other ingredients required), and high-quality ingredients (yes, it’s relatively well-balanced!) do come at a bit higher price than the norm.

Alisa Fleming

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

10 Comments

  1. I got the regular cheezy mac and made it. I can’t give a review for its taste, because the smell was so horrible I couldn’t even bring myself to take a bite. My teenage sisters ran from the kitchen dry-heaving. I mean, they’re teenagers so they’re overly dramatic but it smelled awful. The consistency of the sauce packet, even after kneading thoroughly, was very oily. I put it in the fridge for the next day, thinking maybe it was just me – I can be sensitive to smells at times. But couldn’t even eat it later. Maybe I got a bad batch or they changed their recipe since the last review here. But no stars from me. 5 stars from my dogs.

  2. I just tried the White cheddar with veggies and I am not impressed. Maybe I’m just picky or it’s been too long since I had mac and cheese or I don’t know, but the pasta was spongy and the cheese tasted really bland. I do hate almost all gluten free pastas though, so I should have expected that at least.

    • I have heard that many greatly prefer the Cheddar-style to the White Cheddar and Alfredo, but can’t weigh in on comparison since I haven’t tried those versions. Thanks for your feedback Katie!

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  4. Stephanie Jensen on

    I tried the white cheddar veggie variety a few days ago. That one is my favorite. It doesn’t have the sour taste that the others have for some reason. It also keeps well.

  5. I tried both the alfredo and the cheddar macaroni. I liked both varieties, but the cheddar was my favorite. Both of the boxes had a slightly sour taste to me, but sourness in the alfredo was much more pronounced. I fixed this by putting some toasted bread on top as croutons.
    I really enjoyed the easiness of this product and the fact that it does not take long to make. I have bought this a few times since I enjoyed it so much.

  6. Stephanie Jensen on

    I have tried the cheddar and Alfredo varieties. The white cheddar veggie is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to try. I enjoyed both of the two that I tried. The Alfredo variety does have a little bit of a sour taste, but not too strong that I can’t enjoy (I have a little bit of sensitivity to some sour tastes). For any variety, don’t try to lick the pan like you would with traditional macaroni and cheese. It could be due to the Velveeta like sauce. I did enjoy the simplicity of it. Boil the macaroni and add the sauce. They taste even better left over the next day.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your take Stephanie! I agree with you on really tasting sour (and bitter) so these notes are helpful. Good to know it keeps well, too.