Grain-Free Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese (GAPS-friendly)

I am so lucky to have an assistant who is on the GAPS Diet with her little guy.

Deanna came up with a simple and easy recipe for grain-free cauliflower “Mac ‘N Cheese” that even my non-cauliflower-loving child liked. I tweaked it a bit, and now I get to share it with you!

Of course, it is not really the kind of Mac ‘N Cheese with the trappings of pasta, Velveeta, white sauce, etc. that I grew up with. But it is sure a grand way to eat cauliflower…

Cauliflower has the benefits of being:
– high in lots of vitamins & minerals
– a good source of natural fiber
– low-carb for those who are counting
– high in choline & antioxidants

You can make this recipe even more simple by using one pot (for both the steaming of the cauliflower and the making of the sauce). I chose to cook the cauliflower in my steamer pot and made the sauce in a separate pot.

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Grain-Free Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese

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  • Author: Deanna Wilson & Melanie Christner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6+ servings 1x


Grain-Free Cauliflower “Mac ‘N Cheese” for the GAPS Diet


  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 Tbls of grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 2.5 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup 24-hr milk kefir
  • 1/2 cup 24-hr soured cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Real sea salt (I used 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 Parmesan or Pecorino Romano for topping
  • Freshly grated pepper for topping


  1. Put the chopped cauliflower in a steamer pot over about an inch of boiling water, put the top on it and steam until fork tender (approximately 6-7 minutes).
  2. Drain the excess water.
  3. In a separate pot, with the burner on very low heat, add butter and cheddar cheese, stir until melty.
  4. Add the kefir & sour cream until the desired thickness of the sauce is reached and mix some more.
  5. Add nutmeg and salt, stir in.
  6. Mix cheese mixture with steamed cauliflower and sprinkle parmesan & grated pepper on top.
  7. Enjoy!


Optional: I chose to put my cauliflower & cheese mixture in an oven proof bowl and I put it under the broiler for about two minutes before serving.



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