Daiya Mac and Cheese and Annie’s Mac and Cheese – have you ever wondered which vegan mac and cheese is better? I know I certainly have! Today, I wanted to dive into the differences and the similarities between both of these plant-based products. Keep reading or check out Daiya Vegan Mac and Cheese and Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese on your own!
- Both vegan mac and cheese options are available on a commercial scale. This is great for all of you vegan mac and cheese lovers out there like me because that means you can pick up Daiya Mac and Cheese or Annie’s Vegan Mac just about anytime the craving suits you or because they are both shelf stable, you can stock up!
- Each of the two vegan mac and cheese varieties are super easy to make
- They both taste delicious – but different (keep reading to see what I mean)
- Daiya Mac and Cheese and Annie’s Mac and Cheese use non-GMO ingredients
- Neither variety is made with artificial coloring, flavorings, or preservatives
- The nutrition profile – both brands use 1 cup as a serving size and have comparable carbohydrates and fiber
- Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese is Certified Organic (Daiya does not use organic ingredients)
- Daiya Mac and Cheese is Gluten-Free and uses brown rice noodles. Annie’s is not Gluten-Free and uses traditional enriched wheat noodles.
- The price point – Daiya is considerable more than Annie’s – at least double if not triple in price in some places
- Daiya’s cheese sauce is already prepared and gets stirred into the cooked noodles (similar to Velveeta mac and cheese, but vegan without animal products!). The Annie’s Organic Vegan Mac uses a a powder cheese that must be mixed with an unsweetened plant-based milk (I prefer soy because it get it creamier) and can be optionally added with Earth Balance margarine as well to help create that smooth mouthfeel you may have come to love and appreciated about mac and cheese (even if it is vegan!)
- The Daiya cheese sauce has a sticky consistency to it and leaves a particular mouthfeel after each bite. Daiya’s sauce takes a bit of mixing evenly with the plant-based milk but once it mixes with the noodles, it’s very uniform and envelopes the noodles well without any stickiness or alternative texture.
- The nutrition profile – aside from having similar carbohydrate content as mentioned before, the two vegan mac and cheese brands are different when it comes to the fat content (9 grams of fat in the Daiya Mac and Cheese vs 3 grams of fat in the Annie’s Mac and Cheese) and the protein content. Although Annie’s has less fat, that product does contain more protein – 8 grams versus only 5 grams in the Daiya Mac and Cheese.
If you would like to check out in depth reviews including a breakdown of each product’s nutrition, check out our Daiya Review HERE and then check out our Annie’s Vegan Mac Review HERE.
So which is better? The Daiya Mac and Cheese or the Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese? Honestly, I think it depends on your personal preference. If you like mac and cheese that’s reminiscent of that classic blue box macaroni and cheese that you may have grown up with, go with Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese. I should mention too that while I didn’t mention it earlier, Annie’s does offer vegan and gluten-free mac and cheese as well. The Daiya Mac and Cheese would be a good option for someone who may be camping or cooking with limited supplies and you don’t have any plant-based milk available. The Daiya one is also better for the person who likes richer, creamier sauces as the prepared sauce definitely offers more of that than the powder sauce does.
Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you – comment below!