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Dairy Free Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese in a glass dish, seasoned with black pepper

Dairy Free Cracker Barrel Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe

Craving the homestyle goodness of Cracker Barrel’s iconic Macaroni and Cheese without the dairy?

Our Dairy-Free Copycat Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is your ticket to savoring that comforting, cheesy delight at your own table.

  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (We like Full Circle brand or Earth Balance)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Whipping Cream (If you can’t find this, purchase a can of unsweetened coconut cream)
  • 2 1/2 cups VIOLIFE Colby Cheese Shreds (If you can’t find Colby, try a mix of cheddar and mozzarella)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 cup diced ham, 1 cup cooked bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until a thick paste / roux is formed.
  4. Gradually pour chicken broth over the roux, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the dairy-free cream and stir until the sauce thickens.
  6. ​Add the cheese shreds and stir until it melts.
  7. Stir in the cooked macaroni and mix well, until the macaroni is completely coated in the creamy sauce.
  8. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Pour the mac and cheese into an oven-safe dish, like a cast iron skillet or casserole dish. 
  10. Top with breadcrumbs (optional).
  11. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the edges and breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  12. ​Enjoy!


Do not skip baking this in the oven. The dairy-free version of this recipe needs this step in order to fully thicken.

  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min