Plantain mac and cheese. Gluten-free. Grain-free.

by purelytwins

Hello friends!!

Do we have the recipe for you today 🙂 After getting all full from our cookie dough cocoa pancakes… time to share a little savory dish. Promise we eat more than sweets around here.

We enjoyed the classic mac and cheese growing up. Somewhat of a childhood favorite as we loved other things, but liked a good bowl of mac and cheese.

Though the funny thing is as we got older we craved it less and less.

Not your average mac and cheese recipe as it’s made from plantains and coconut milk.

A bit healthier than regular mac and cheese from a box.

Although it is not 100% like mac and cheese from a box. This recipe has more of real food flavor and texture!

grain free gluten free healthy plantain based mac and cheese with goat cheese purelytwins


We got the idea for this recipe after falling in love with plantains and how they satisfy our carb cravings. Plantains provide a warm and comforting feeling, so we thought they would be a great replacement for pasta. And for those days when we get a little cheese craving, we know a warm bowl of mac and cheese could be on the menu.

Again we normally don’t eat a lot of dairy, and if we do it’s usually goat or sheep based. We do notice our bodies don’t handle dairy (even grass-fed) especially in large amounts. When we do splurge on some dairy it is a treat for us.

healthy mac and cheese made from plantains and goat cheese purelytwins

We were so stoked that plantains worked wonderfully in our ‘healthier’ version of mac and cheese 😉

Plus we made it serve just 2. Since there is two of us.

We did use dairy in this recipe. If you want to keep this vegan or dairy-free please use dairy-free cheeses of your liking.  For us personally, we would rather avoid processed soy or rice based cheese and have a little bit of real cheese like goat cheese. Just our opinion. Like we always promote here – do what is best for you and your body! As everyone is different.

easy healthy grain free gluten free plantain mac and cheese purelytwins

Little cheesy.

Warm and heavenly.

We used a smoky flavor cheese — omg! So good!


Gluten-free grain-free mac and cheese

Grain-free gluten-free real food mac and cheese recipe. Using plantains for the pasta making it one ingredient pasta topped with high quality goat or sheep cheese and coconut milk to make a rich not overly creamy cheese sauce.



  • 1 large plantain (peeled and cubed)
  • about 1/3 cup shredded goat or sheep cheese (or any cheese of choice, preferably grass-fed or organic, could use vegan based cheese)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel plantain.
  3. Chop into cubes.
  4. Place cubed plantains on a cookie sheet.
  5. Lightly drizzle with some coconut oil.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. Scoop plantains into ramekin cups or large muffin pan.
  9. In a large bowl pour coconut milk and spices. Stir.
  10. Add in cheese.
  11. Stir.
  12. Pour cheese and milk mixture over chopped baked plantains.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and top with more cheese if desired. Or breadcrumbs. We just sprinkled a little almond meal on top. This is optional.
  15. If topped with more then bake for 5 more minutes.
  16. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly.
  17. Enjoy. Serves 2.

Enjoy warm.  They are even good the second day rewarmed.

Another recipe we love to make when those carb and cheese cravings come is plantain cheesy fries.

cheesy plantain fries recipe


Do you like mac and cheese? If so do you like adding anything to yours?


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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 5, 2014 - 11:38 am

I don’t eat Mac and cheese that much, but I like it every once in a while. Do the baked plantains have a strong flavor or does it blend nicely with the cheese sauce? I’ve had them baked before, but i recall they have a slightly sour sweet flavor

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 11:47 am

well our cheese that we used had a strong smoky like flavor so we did not notice the plantain flavor that much, but again we adore the flavor of plantains

Lisa March 5, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Is it coconut milk from a can or a carton?

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm

can, we only use can coconut milk, no carton

Lisa March 5, 2014 - 1:16 pm

oh ok good to know thank you!

Meg @ A Dash of Meg March 5, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I HAVEN’T EVEN MADE THIS RECIPE YET AND I KNOW IT WILL BE MY MOST FAVOURITE RECIPE OF YOURS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love love love love this idea girls! amazing.

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 1:02 pm

thanks sweetie 🙂

Kendall (The Masterpiece Movement) March 5, 2014 - 1:03 pm

This looks so good! Your creativity with plantains always amazes me! Did you use canned or carton coconut milk?

Kendall (The Masterpiece Movement) March 5, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Nevermind! Just saw the comment above! Now I have to go buy some canned coconut milk so I can try this! 🙂

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 8:53 pm

yes canned coconut milk, hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

Erica March 5, 2014 - 1:49 pm

I planned on stopping at WFs today- definitely getting plantains! Delish

Heather @ Better With Veggies March 5, 2014 - 2:45 pm

What a creative use of plantains (which of course, I can’t see without thinking of you ladies!!). 🙂

lindsay March 5, 2014 - 3:42 pm

girls, i literally just posted (2 minutes ago) something with a similar title. Was craving comfort food! love the healthfied version!

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 8:54 pm

haha love it! great minds think alike 🙂

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 5, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Oooh this recipe looks intriguing 🙂

Rachel March 5, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Why don’t you just eat regular mac and cheese? With pasta?

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 8:55 pm

we could, but we try to eat as much real food as we can, and plantains allow us to do that. and we aren’t huge pasta either so we don’t crave pasta.

Rachel March 6, 2014 - 9:39 pm

I make my own pasta. As real as you can get!

purelytwins March 6, 2014 - 10:09 pm

that’s awesome Rachel that you make your own, growing up we made some homemade pasta and remember it being good 🙂

Carla March 6, 2014 - 7:55 am

my child? craves the pasta too.

Cara's Healthy Cravings March 6, 2014 - 8:04 am

This is such a fun idea. I am not much of a pasta lover, so this is a great option for me!

toniw March 8, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Just took this out of the oven – delicious!!! I love it :)!

purelytwins March 8, 2014 - 8:09 pm

wahoo Toni 🙂 enjoy!

Courtney July 30, 2015 - 9:28 pm

Holy cow, this was so amazingly good! Definitely going to make it again. Thank y’all so much for all your delicious recipes 😀

purelytwins July 30, 2015 - 10:32 pm

Awesome so glad you liked it!!

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