IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD of Emily von Euw yet, let us be the first to introduce you. The young and spunky creator of This Rawsome Vegan Life just released a new cookbook filled with delicious and entirely raw and/or vegan recipes. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook, a compilation of her gorgeous phototography and beyond-healthy recipes, showcases only the most appetizing qualities of this cuisine. Could it get any better? Wait for it… All the recipes are super easy to make!

We were a little scared of gluten-free vegan mac and cheese until Emily shared this recipe with us. Tasty and loaded with superfoods like yams, cashew cream, nutritional yeast and even turmeric, this is a recipe that redefines indulgent.

MAC AND CHEESE – The Healthy Way


2 cups uncooked whole grain, gluten-free pasta
2 medium yams
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp sea salt
3 to 4 peeled garlic cloves, as desired
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ cup cashew butter
1 cup water, as needed
1 tsp tumeric
½ tsp black pepper


Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Wash and peel the yams, then cut into ½-inch pieces and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Set aside a handful of pieces. Blend the rest of the yam with the remaining cheeze sauce ingredients until the mixture is smooth and thick enough to hold its shape, adding water as needed.

Mix the cheesy sauce into your pasta along with the few pieces of yam you set aside, sprinkle on some cracked black pepper and indulge happily! It’s all good!

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  1. I’m not a crazed mac n cheese person but this actually looks amazing. Thanks!

    therese | 01.28.2016 | Reply
  2. Does this recipe use cashew butter, or cashew cream? Thanks!

    Constance | 02.01.2016 | Reply
  3. How can we use whole cashews instead?

    shauna | 02.10.2016 | Reply
  4. Hi – what are yams? Are they sweet potatoes or normal potatoes? Thanks

    Gabi | 02.21.2016 | Reply
  5. Most stores – in my experience in the US – usually only sell sweet potatoes. There are many varieties and colors, hence the confusion. But the FDA says they should have signage to indicate the product name correctly. The problem is that most employees don’t know any more than the rest of us about the subject…. In Asia they most often sell yams, but they sell them in pieces, as yams can grow up to two feet or more long ! Say HEAVY. I did see some yams in a WalMart a few weeks ago and they were distinctly larger than sweet potatoes — HUGE actually — and they were correctly labeled, unlike in most grocery stores. The store nearest me plays Cover Your A__. They have both a yam sign and a sweet potato sign on the sweet potato bin. Have never seen any yams in there yet. But I guess they figure the Feds can’t come after them that way. In my experience, only Wal-Mart knows the difference.

    Patty | 04.30.2016 | Reply
  6. I must be missing something……where is the cheese sauce??

    alberta maynard | 04.11.2017 | Reply

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