These single-serve mac n’ cheese cupcakes are the perfect appetizer or snack to munch while you’re tailgating your favorite team. Cheesy, creamy, and delicious without any added dairy or nuts! These mac delights are vegan, gluten-free, and low in fat as well. They taste indulgent but are actually light n’ healthy.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
It’s football season, folks! To some, that means A LOT. For me, I am not the biggest fan of the game. But one thing football season brings that I do enjoy? Parties, time with friends & family, and FUN FOOD! You know I’ll never pass up an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen and share my creation with loved ones (and all of YOU!).
Things like wings, potato skins, chips and dip, sliders, and chili are classic tailgating foods. People want hearty, rich comfort foods that are easy to eat and taste AMAZING. Per my love of health and wellness, I believe snack foods can be tasty AND nutritious.
By making some simple swaps, you can totally healthify your typical game-day choices. Take chips and dip for example! Sub in humus for the dip and veggies and whole wheat pita for the chips and you have a perfectly satisfying snack that’s a bit more satiating than the original. Hummus overall is one of my go-to foods to serve to people who may or may not be into healthy eating like me. It tastes rich and indulgent but is actually pretty simple and full of great nutrients! Chickpeas, tahini, oil, and spices are all it takes to create the luscious mediterranean dip.
Did you know that only #TWOspoons of hummus a day can satisfy your bean needs for the ENTIRE week!? Full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats…this dip can throw down among any of your favorite tailgate foods.
The thing I like about it is how versatile it is. Sure it’s great for dipping, but to me it can be so much more! In fact, after picking up some Sabra Hummus at my local store I was inspired to create a recipe showcasing just how many ways there are to use it.
Staying on the tailgating theme, I decided to recreate a classic comfort food! You all love mac n’ cheese, am I right? But how about personal bites of mac n’ cheese deliciousness that are vegan, gluten-free, and low in fat thanks to the star ingredient (HUMMUS!)? You can thank me later. 😉
Baked Mac n’ Cheese Cupcakes
Keywords: bake appetizer snack side gluten-free nut-free vegan vegetarian American
Ingredients (9 cupcakes)
- Cheese Sauce
- ½ cup Sabra Classic Hummus
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ unsweetened cashew or soy milk
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 4 oz gluten free pasta shells (I used Banza brand made from chickpeas!)
- ½ + ¼ cup whole grain gluten free breadcrumbs
- olive oil, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 9 cupcake tins with vegetable cooking spray. Using 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs, coat the inside of each muffin cup with bread crumbs, shaking off any excess.
In a bowl, stir together humus, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, cashew milk, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and add to a large bowl. Stir in the cheese sauce. Spoon the prepared pasta mixture into the cupcake molds, filling evenly to about 2/3 full. Top with a thin layer of the remaining breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and serve on a platter. Reheat before eating!
Lightened-up, uber flavorful personal mac n’ cheese bites?! Yes please! They’ve got a little crunch from the breadcrumbs, lots of creaminess from the hummus-cheese sauce, and are perfect for munching as you’re pacing back and forth while your favorite team plays.
I swear you won’t miss the cheese at all with these salty, savory bites of heaven. The hummus takes care of the creamy, rich flavor and the nutritional yeast adds its creamy flair. Another plus, these babies are PACKED with protein! The chickpea based pasta from Banza has over 22 grams per serving, the Sabra Classic Hummus has 2 grams per two tablespoons, and the nutritional yeast has 8 grams per 1/4 cup. Talk about plant-based protein power!
Are you a football fan?
What’s your favorite tailgate or party snack food?
Have you ever veganized or healthed up a classic comfort food recipe?
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