Digestive Health

Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes: Broccoli Avocado Mac & Cheese

Perfect for celiacs, IBS sufferers and those looking for a healthy alternative to stodgy pasta dishes, this avocado mac & cheese recipe is packed full of healthy fats, magnesium-rich greens and is super easy to make!


Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food… that much has to be said. The only problem with comfort food is that it is notoriously ‘comforting’ because it’s so calorific. Despite low-cal options being sold left, right and centre in the shopping aisles, these are usually either unsatisfying or just full of replacement sugar.

Nobody wants that with a nostalgic classic like Mac & Cheese.

So instead, I decided to do it justice and make a lower-calorie gluten-free version; one that wouldn’t upset my IBS but would taste just like the old family favourite.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 300g gluten-free elbow Macaroni (Barilla and Ancient Harvest do some really good versions of this
  • 50g gluten-free bread, staled
  • 100ml water
  • 1 small broccoli, chopped
  • 2 small avocados
  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 100g reduced fat sharp cheese (traditional Mac & Cheese recipes use up to 500g cheese!)
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c.
  2. Boil a large pot of water and cook the pasta for 20 minutes. Once cooked, drain and leave to cool
  3. In a food processor blitz the basil, breadcrumbs, pesto, broccoli, avocados and a little water.


  1. In a separate bowl, mix the Greek yoghurt and cheese.
  2. Add the broccoli mix to the cheese mix.
  3. Throw in the combined mixtures to the cooked pasta.
  4. Add a little water until the sauce is to the right consistency you want (I prefer mine slightly thicker so I only add around 5 tbsp water during this stage as the pasta absorbs the water in the oven).
  5. Transfer the pasta mixture to a baking dish, sprinkle (generously) the broccoli breadcrumb mix over the top.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until it starts to crisp.
  7. Serve up and enjoy once cooled! J

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