Whether you follow a plant-based diet or crave healthier vegan dinner and dessert ideas to whip up in the kitchen, this is the perfect place to start. We’ve rounded up our all-time most popular vegan recipes that are so delicious, even carnivores will find them hard to resist.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Crispy Cauliflower Crust
Shepherd’s pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This particular protein-packed vegan twist on the traditional cold-weather dish is stuffed with scrumptious vegetables, homemade gravy and topped with puréed cauliflower.
Vegan Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk
This dairy-free dish boasts a perfect blend of sweet, sour, salty and citrusy tastes, while the coconut milk and pumpkin combo provide a creamy base. For additional hearty goodness, toss in some tofu cubes, a handful of unsalted roasted peanuts or shredded bok choy. It’ll fill you up in no time.
The Perfect Vegan Lasagna
Sure, it looks like a lot of work went into concocting this vegan alternative to the traditional lasagna, but you can actually whip this dish up within 25 minutes. Yes, really! To save yourself even more time, prep the tofu ricotta and sauces in advance so all you’ll have left to do the next day is assemble and bake.
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This family-friendly main course is a scrumptious, dairy-free dinner that will have everyone reaching for seconds. Enjoy right out of the pot, or top it all off with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven as a casserole for an additional hefty crunch.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo
If you’re looking for a comforting, creamy vegan dinner you can really sink your teeth into, opt for this gluten- and dairy-free take on the popular pasta dish. The white wine and mushrooms pair perfectly with the cashew and veggie stock sauce. It also makes for fantastic leftovers you can bring to work the next day.
Better-Than-Takeout Vegan Pad Thai
Put away that wallet! Using basic ingredients you’ll already have in your pantry and fridge (soy sauce, carrots, green onions, etc.), there’s no need to pick up the phone and order out when the recipes at home are this good.
Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
This meatless pasta dish is a protein- and fibre-packed comfort food classic filled with hearty mushrooms, lentils and walnuts. Serve a piping hot pot of it at your next dinner party, but be sure to make extras, because it won’t last for long!
Vegan Carrot Cake with "Cream Cheese" Frosting
Filled (and topped!) with a thick layer of dairy-free cream cheese frosting made from tofu and orange zest, this rich and textured cake pairs nicely with a cup of coffee or tea.
Best Vegan Cheesecake Ever
Trust us, this vegan recipe more than lives up to its designation as the “best.” The creamy, dairy-free alternative to classic cheesecake features a homemade maple graham crust and no-bake filling made from silken tofu. Top it off with your favourite fruit sauce or chocolate.
Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream
This shockingly easy-to-make dessert combines fresh apples, cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar with a fluffy and sweet maple buttercream frosting that will tempt you to lick your plate to get every last drop. Bonus: your home will instantly be filled with the comforting smell of cinnamon as it’s baking.
Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This healthy alternative to everyone’s favourite summertime treat features frozen bananas as its base, so you can enjoy your ice cream sans cream or added calories. Break out that scoop and indulge, guilt-free!
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
These tender and rich egg-free cupcakes require coconut oil and almond milk to replace the dairy requirement – but you won’t even notice they’re missing. Go ahead and enjoy every last soft bite.
Vegan Apple Crumble Tart with Salted Caramel
Once you’ve had a single bite of this creamy, decadent apple crumble, you’ll instantly want to add it to your regular rotation of desserts. And, believe it or not, it only takes 25 minutes to whip up, which is perfect for those times when you’re suddenly hit with a hankering for something sweet.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Banana bread is a dessert staple in many a household, and this vegan option more than holds its own against the competition. Enjoy for breakfast, afternoon tea or an after-dinner snack. Set aside any leftovers in the freezer for guests who pop by.
Spiced Whiskey Peach Cinnamon Rolls
We love the addition of spiced whiskey peaches inside a traditional fluffy cinnamon roll. Top it all off with vegan vanilla icing and voila! You’ve got yourself a healthier, guilt-free after-dinner dessert or snack.
No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Crunch Brownies
This decadent plant-based treat has it all: fudgy brownie goodness, crunchy chocolate toppings and nutty peanut butter. And guess what? They’re healthy too, boasting sources of protein and fat. They’re also a cinch to make and are guaranteed to please all the sweet tooths in your life. Enjoy every bite!