42 Plant-Based Comfort Food Recipes

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Photos of pancakes, mashed potatoes, vegan meatballs, and banana bread for our round-up of plant-based comfort food recipes

During difficult times, sometimes you just need a big hug in the form of food. We’ve compiled our favorite comfort food recipes to give you just that! Breakfasts, sides, mains, beverages, and desserts are all included.

Breakfasts

Baking dish of Chocolate Chip Banana Baked Oatmeal made with pecans
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1-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Baked Oatmeal
Hearty, banana-infused baked oatmeal that’s naturally sweetened, satisfying, and requires just 1 bowl and 10 ingredients to prepare. The perfect cozy, comforting breakfast.
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Stack of Banana Oat Pancakes with a slice removed
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1-Bowl Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes
Vegan Banana Pancakes made in 1 bowl with wholesome ingredients! Easy, fluffy, tender, naturally sweetened, and the perfect healthier breakfast or dessert!
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Using a spoon to grab a bite from the Perfect Bowl of Oats
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The Perfect Bowl of Oats
How to make the perfect steel cut oats in 3 easy steps: Soak, boil, simmer. Soaking the oats is the secret to ultra creamy, fluffy, tender oats. Plus, it improves digestibility! Just 4 ingredients required for this staple breakfast recipe.
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Plate with a Gluten-Free Vegan Belgian Waffle topped with sliced strawberries, vegan butter, and syrup
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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles
THE BEST Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles made with 10 ingredients in 30 minutes. Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, perfectly sweet and delicious! Top with maple syrup and fruit for the ultimate cozy breakfast.
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Parchment-lined baking sheet with homemade Rosemary Blueberry Scones and fresh rosemary sprigs
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Coconut Oil Blueberry Scones with Rosemary
30-minute vegan blueberry scones made with coconut oil and infused with fresh rosemary. Savory, sweet, and perfectly tender.
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Stack of delicious Vegan Pop Tarts with a berry filling
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Vegan Berry Pop Tarts
Flaky vegan Pop Tarts with a berry filling, raw sugar topping, and an optional vanilla glaze. 100% vegan and healthy enough for an indulgent weekend or weekday breakfast.
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Sides

Spoon resting on a plate of Roasted Potatoes with a bowl of ketchup
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Perfect Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes every time! No boiling required, 1 pan, 30 minutes, perfectly crisp edges, and tender inside. The ultimate brunch side!
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Bowl of Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots with slices of vegan butter
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Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
Incredibly vibrant mashed sweet potatoes and carrots whipped with turmeric, ginger, fresh garlic, and dairy-free butter. The ultimate salty-sweet side!
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Using a potato masher to show How to Make Mashed Potatoes
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Easy 1-Pot Mashed Potatoes
EASY, fluffy mashed potatoes that are easy to make! Just 1 pot and 5 simple ingredients required for these buttery, garlicky mashed potatoes! Perfect for holiday gatherings and beyond!
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Cast-iron skillet of Vegan Scalloped Potatoes topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Delicious, cheesy, tender scalloped potatoes made vegan thanks to almond milk and nutritional yeast! Just 10 ingredients required for this classic holiday side dish!
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Baking sheet with six freshly baked Vegan Biscuits
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The Best Damn Vegan Biscuits
Fluffy, buttery vegan biscuits that require just 30 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl! Perfect for breakfast as is or smothered with jam!
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Cutting board with cubes of Vegan Cornbread
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Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Easy-to-make, fluffy, perfectly sweet vegan cornbread made with 10 ingredients. The perfect comforting side to soups and chilis, or to bake into croutons for salads or stuffing.
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Mains

Baking dish of Easy Vegan Lasagna topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Lasagna
Incredibly flavorful, hearty vegan lasagna made with 10 ingredients! Tender lasagna noodles are layered with Macadamia Nut Ricotta and tempeh-infused Marinara Sauce! Swoon.
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Bowl of Vegan Leek Mushroom Risotto topped with chopped parsley
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Mushroom and Leek Risotto (Vegan + GF)
A 30-minute, 8-ingredient Vegan Risotto with leeks and mushrooms. Creamy, savory, and the ultimate plant-based comfort food.
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Vegan Lentil Meatloaf partially sliced on a cutting board
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Vegan Lentil Nut “Meat” Loaf
Incredible vegan lentil “meatloaf” with wholesome, whole-food ingredients like lentils, nuts, sweet potato, and mushrooms! Just 10 ingredients required for this flavorful, comforting entrée.
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Plate of our delicious Vegan Meatballs in marinara sauce topped with parsley
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The Best Vegan Meatballs
Tender, flavorful, 10-ingredient vegan meatballs made with quinoa and black beans! Infused with fresh herbs, tomato paste, and spices for big flavor. The perfect meatless meatball for pasta, sandwiches, and more!
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Plate of Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes
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Lentil Mushroom Stew over Mashed Potatoes
Crazy delicious and hearty mushroom lentil stew gravy over mashed potatoes! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free. A delicious and easy-to-make 10-ingredient meal or side!
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Glass baking dish of Vegan Shepherds Pie with a couple servings removed
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1-Hour Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
A hearty, 9-ingredient Vegan Shepherd’s Pie that’s loaded with veggies and savory lentils and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. So flavorful and satisfying that you won’t miss the meat!
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Bowl of Vegan Minestrone beside vegetables, vegan parmesan, and gluten-free noodles
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1-Pot Vegan Minestrone (Gluten-Free)
Easy, 1-pot vegan and gluten-free Minestrone! Simple, wholesome ingredients, 30 minutes to prepare. SO delicious and perfect for fall and winter!
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Pan filled with a batch of the Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac n Cheese
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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese
THE BEST Vegan, Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese made with 8 simple ingredients in 1 hour! Cheesy, hearty, and so satisfying.
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INCREDIBLE 30-minute White Wine + Garlic Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Quickly becoming a fan favorite for good reason! #vegan #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #plantbased
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Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
Flavorful, insanely delicious pasta white wine and garlic white sauce and roasted Brussels Sprouts. Just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients required!
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Picking up a slice of gluten-free and vegan pizza made using our Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe
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Easy Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Crust
An easy-to-make gluten-free pizza crust that’s perfectly crisp on the edges and tender in the center. Just 10 ingredients required, easy methods, and so delicious!
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Bowl of Easy Vegan Ramen made with tofu and vegetables
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Easy Vegan Ramen
Amazing, 10-ingredient vegan ramen made with 1-pot mushroom broth, crispy tofu, and miso-roasted vegetables. A hearty, satisfying, and delicious plant-based meal.
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Wood board with three buns filled with sliced onions and our Vegan Sloppy Joe recipe
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Vegan Sloppy Joes
Hearty, flavorful Vegan Sloppy Joes made with fresh, simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, and they require just 30 minutes! Savory, smoky, perfectly sweet – a delicious plant-based meal!
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Bowls of homemade 1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies
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1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies
Easy, 1-hour vegan pot pies loaded with veggies and topped with flaky, from-scratch vegan biscuits!
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Two bowls of our Rich Red Curry served over brown rice
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Rich Red Curry with Roasted Vegetables
Rich coconut milk and red pepper-based curry with roasted vegetables and cauliflower or brown rice! A hearty, flavorful, 30-minute plant-based meal.
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Beverages

Spooning coconut whipped cream onto Vegan Hot Chocolate
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Feel Good Hot Chocolate
Insanely rich, delicious, refined-sugar-free vegan hot chocolate infused with real cocoa butter, cacao powder, and maca powder for serious feel-good vibes. Just 7 ingredients required!
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Wood platter with a mug of vegan Golden Milk alongside ingredients to make it
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5-Minute Golden Milk
Creamy, easy golden milk with dairy-free milk, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil. Naturally sweetened, incredibly healthy, and so delicious. Ready in just 5 minutes!
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Pouring dairy-free milk into a saucepan of homemade Masala Chai
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Easy Masala Chai Recipe
A delicious and easy dairy-free chai recipe made with whole spices. It's spicy, comforting, naturally sweetened, and made in just 1 pot with 8 ingredients!
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Shake topped with coconut whipped cream
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Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake (5 Ingredients!)
Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake with just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required. A satisfying, plant-based treat with plenty of fiber and protein!
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Desserts

Stack of Sweet Potato Brownies topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
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Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)
Incredibly fudgy sweet potato brownies with cacao, almond butter, and oats. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and topped with pecans and chocolate chips for the ultimate healthier treat!
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Spoonful of almond butter beside a plate of our 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Fluffy 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tender, wholesome cookies with a light, fluffy texture. Not too sweet, rich with almond butter flavor, and studded with chunks of dark chocolate.
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Two Mini Blueberry Galettes for a simple vegan dessert that looks fancy
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Mini Blueberry Galettes
Mini rustic pies made with simple ingredients. The perfect vegan dessert for fresh berry season (or any time of the year)! Serve with your favorite vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream for an extra special treat.
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Partially sliced loaf of Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread with bananas and oats in the background
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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Amazing vegan, gluten-free banana bread made in 1 bowl! Wholesome ingredients, naturally sweetened, and so delicious!
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Partially sliced loaf of Vegan GF Pumpkin Bread on a tray
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1-Bowl Pumpkin Bread (V + GF)
1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread that’s moist, perfectly spiced and sweet, and seriously simple! Ideal for breakfast, snacking, and fall gatherings.
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Pan of the World's Easiest homemade Cinnamon Rolls drizzled with icing
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The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Easy cinnamon rolls with just 7 ingredients and no complicated steps. Just proof, roll out, and bake! Plus, they’re vegan and SO delicious, fluffy, and gooey!
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Bowl with a serving of the best Vegan Apple Crisp with a Pecan-Oat Topping
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The Best Vegan Apple Crisp
The best vegan apple crisp, naturally sweetened and made in 1 bowl! Tender, caramelized apples under a crispy, pecan-oat topping. Fall dessert perfection.
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Stack of four homemade Baked Chocolate Donuts dripping with glaze
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30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan / GF)
Fluffy, baked chocolate cake donuts made in 30 minutes! Gluten-free, perfectly sweet, and topped with a simple coconut oil glaze!
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Triple scooped Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream on a stack of sugar cones
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Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream
Perfect Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream! Just 5 ingredients, simple methods, and insanely creamy results!
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Tray and bowl with our Vegan GF Chocolate Chip Cookies alongside a glass of dairy-free milk
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Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies made with simple methods and 9 ingredients. Tender, sweet, studded with chocolate, and undetectably gluten-free.
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Dipping a Vegan Brownie Cookie into almond milk
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Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies
Insanely fudgy vegan brownie cookies that are tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and reminiscent of a brownie! Just 10 ingredients required for these naturally sweetened gluten- and grain-free treats!
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Half eaten Dark Chocolate Vegan Truffle stacked atop more truffles
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2-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles
Vegan, gluten-free dark chocolate truffles made with just 2 ingredients and simple methods! So easy, creamy, delectable and sinfully rich.
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  1. Ileana Desalos says

    Is there any way of purchasing or receiving a pdf version of all those recipes that I could print?

  2. Abigail says

    Such a timely post! I am back home from college for the rest of the semester because of current circumstances and have been trying to rack my brain for plant-based foods that all of my non-plant-based family would enjoy. The minestrone looks perfect for these dreary March and April days.

  3. Michael says

    Hi I need help finding GOOD gluten-free pasta and bread that tastes as normal as possible. Everything I have tried is pretty crappie. Or a recipes I can try

    Thanks. Michael

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