Vegan Recipes Everyone Will Love
Choosing a plant-based lifestyle—especially at first—can seem daunting. But with so many fantastic and talented sustainable food bloggers online, vegan recipes can be just as delicious and flavorful as your most-loved dishes—including desserts and comfort foods!
For readers who are new to the plant-based journey, as well as for long-time vegans, we’ve put together a list with a few of our favorite recipes. Most include gluten-free variations and other allergy modifications. So whether you’re craving sweet or salty, cheesy or chocolatey—we’ve got you covered in our round-up of the 12 best vegan recipes on the web.
1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Minimalist Baker
Fluffy, moist, and generously coated with vegan “buttercream” frosting, the 1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe by Minimalist Baker is a dessert for the most special of celebrations—or just because! Enjoy with an ice cold glass of almond milk or with a scoop of your favorite dairy-free ice cream for the most delicious vegan treat.
Reviews | “I made this on Monday for my wife’s birthday and can honestly say after waiting decades (in her case) for a decent vegan chocolate cake, this is it—in spades.” - Russell H.
Wild Rice Pecan Burgers + Creamy Sunflower Chive Spread
Recipe by Faring Well
A simple and nutty recipe, the Wild Rice Pecan Burgers by Faring Well is the perfect plant-based dinner staple. Each vegan patty is packed with protein—thanks to the pecans, rice, and chickpeas—and a generous schmear of sunflower chive spread, along with slices of fresh avocados, onions, and a heap of sprouts, makes this earthy meal perfect for spring.
Reviews | “Just made these and they are heavenly! And this chive spread—mmm!!” - Talia
Cheerful Vegan Nachos
Recipe by Oh She Glows
Your favorite weekend snack just became vegan. Cheesy, crunchy, and layered with roasted veggies, it’s hard to believe The Cheerful Vegan Nachos by Oh She Glows are actually plant-based. Perfect for game day, house parties, or movie night—you’re going to want to make these on more than one occasion.
Reviews | “Thanks for the recipe Angela! It can be difficult to come up with a way to make nachos a healthy option. Thanks for the little tidbit on saving time by pre-making the cheese sauce and the spicy black beans. A little time saving trick can make a big difference!” - Jordan M.
Vegan Avocado Toast
Recipe by Simple Vegan Blog
Change up your breakfast routine with savory Vegan Avocado Toast by Simple Vegan Blog. With a hint of citrus, a pinch of salt, and your favorite wholesome bread (Simple Vegan recommends homemade rye and spelt bread), this 7-ingredient open sandwich is comparable to, if not better than the avocado toast at your favorite weekend brunch spot.
We Love | If you are bilingual or want to practice your Spanish skills, check out Danza de Fogones—a Spanish vegan food blog, also by Simple Vegan.
Vegan Dirty Rice & Black-Eyed Peas
Recipe by The Full Helping
Considered a “lucky” new year food in the south, black-eyed peas are rich in vitamins, potassium, and protein. They also taste delicious alongside vegan dirty rice and steamed greens. For a warm, smoky, and plant-based southern dish, whip up a batch of The Full Helping’s Vegan Dirty Rice & Black-Eye Peas. It’s just as wonderful for lunch leftovers, so you may want to make a little extra!
Reviews | “Made this to celebrate the new year…It was so delicious and I would definitely make it again. I ate it with collard greens!” - Molly
Berbere Spiced Jackfruit Tacos
Recipe by Vegan Richa
We are always on the lookout for delicious and creative vegan taco variations—and this recipe does not disappoint. Using jackfruit, a homemade berbere spice blend (a mix of spices frequently used in Ethiopian cuisine), and a fusion of sauces, the Berbere Spiced Jackfruit Tacos by Vegan Richa have us hooked. Try with a generous drizzle of Richa’s easy vegan tzatziki for added tang.
Reviews | “Wow these look super easy and delicious! I rarely work with jackfruit, but these look so flavorful, great job Richa!” - Kathy P.
Black & White Cold Brew Coffee Cream Pops
Recipe by Oh, Lady Cakes
Warmer days are near, and it’s the perfect time to start practicing your popsicle making skills! These Black & White Cold Brew Coffee Cream Pops by Oh, Lady Cakes are heavenly. And the White Chocolate Magic Shell sprinkled with cacao nibs, ground coffee, and sea salt flakes is absolutely divine. Keep a stash in your freezer for dessert or make a batch to enjoy with friends. Either way, these plant-based popsicles are a summer-must.
We Love | Oh, Lady Cakes is passionate about social justice and supporting civil rights. You will find links to donate to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on the sidebar of her blog.
Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo
Recipe by Blissful Basil
A warm, rich, and nourishing plant-based recipe, Blissful Basil’s Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo is every pasta lover’s dream. The cauliflower and cashew-based alfredo sauce is oh-so creamy and cheesy, and the addition of roasted veggies helps to form a healthy week-night dinner. Reviewers have also said this recipe tastes delicious with sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or roasted beets, so use up whatever veggies you have on hand.
Reviews | “I made this for dinner last night, and my meat-eating boyfriend and best friend loved it! The sauce was super simple to make but delicious and oh so satisfying!” - Taylor F.
Recipe by Olives For Dinner
If you’ve ever attempted to bake homemade macarons, you know it’s no small feat. And so does Erin from Olives For Dinner—that’s what makes this recipe for Vegan Macarons so great. Erin shares her experience and writes about her previous attempts and mistakes. She also shares with readers the tips and tricks she’s learned to perfecting macarons because, as hard as they may be to bake, we can all agree that they are delicious. So if you’re up for the challenge, we recommend this 4-ingredient, easy-to-follow recipe for a delightful and impressive dessert.
We Love | Erin at Olives For Dinner describes herself as an ethical vegan. In her about section, she writes, “Ethical veganism (for me) is motivated by compassion and empathy, which is based on feelings and emotions—a gut reaction…Veganism for me is about adding things to your diet, and enjoying flavors and cooking—without the use of animal products.”
Green Bean Casserole
Recipe by Isa Chandra
A Thanksgiving and fall staple for many of us, we could not be more in love with this vegan Green Bean Casserole by Isa Chandra. Cashews, cremini mushrooms, veggie broth, and fresh green beans create a healthy casserole full of flavor—so much so that we are making this recipe year round! Just don’t forget to top with vegan fried onions.
Reviews | “Since going vegan more than four years ago I’ve longed for green bean casserole and now an angel appeared in the form of Isa Chandra!!!! This will so be on our Thanksgiving table…” - Sarah
Thai Peanut Tofu & Sweet Potato Bowl
Recipe by Keepin’ It Kind
It’s hard to adequately explain the brilliance behind the Thai Peanut Tofu & Sweet Potato Bowl by Keepin’ It Kind. With so many fresh vegetables, seasonings, and garnishes, this recipe is an incredible explosion of plant-based flavor. It’s also extremely filling and stores well in the fridge for leftovers.
Reviews | “This Thai bowl probably nails all of my cravings in one. You include the creamy factor with the peanut sauce and the sweet potato, the crunch from the tofu, broccoli and peanuts, and the health factors, of course! LOVE this!” - Cassie T.
Pizza With Red Pepper Flax Crust, Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, Pine Nut Cheese & Veggies
Recipe by This Rawsome Vegan Life
No list of vegan recipes would be complete without a plant-based pizza, and we love this variation by This Rawsome Life. Using pine nuts for cheese and a blend of red pepper and seeds for the crust, this pizza is light, healthy, and incredibly delicious.
We Love | Em, the author of This Rawsome Life, is transparent and upfront about the effect of privilege on the vegan diet and how it influences what we can cook and eat. She is passionate about intersectionality and inclusivity, and we love her commitment to awareness and progressive conversation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kayti Christian, a staff writer for The Good Trade, is a storyteller, creator, activist, and avid traveler hailing from Colorado, now living in London. With 30+ stamps in her passport, she is passionate about responsible tourism and is always looking for new ways to be a more conscious traveler. She is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at City, University of London.