30 Earth Day Recipes (+ Tips to Reduce Plastic)

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Homemade nut butter, apple butter, hummus, and almond milk for our round-up of Earth Day recipes

In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing recipes you can make at home instead of buying packaged, store-bought alternatives. Yay for reducing plastic! And though it might not be feasible to make everything from scratch in today’s world, by choosing just one or two things, you can make a difference! Swap the pre-made granola, bread, tortillas, canned beans and more for homemade. Bonus? Homemade usually tastes better!

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Earth Day Recipes

Scoop of almonds beside a jug of homemade almond milk
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How to Make Almond Milk
Simple homemade almond milk that’s creamy, delicious, and entirely customizable! Perfect for cereal, baking, and drinking straight alongside baked goods.
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Pouring homemade coconut milk into an old-fashioned milk jug
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How to Make Coconut Milk
A quick, 2-ingredient recipe for homemade coconut milk! Creamy, naturally sweet, and the perfect dairy-free alternative to milk!
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Pouring homemade coffee creamer into an iced coffee
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Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer
Incredibly rich, dairy-free creamer made with just 3 ingredients and simple methods. The perfect alternative to dairy creamer for your daily cup of coffee, matcha, or tea.
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Jar of Golden Milk Mix with the spices arranged in layers
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4-Ingredient Golden Milk Mix
A mixture of the 4 basic golden milk spices so you can easily prepare golden milk whenever the craving strikes. Perfect for both iced and hot golden milk.
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Bowls of Chunky Coconut Granola made with dried blueberries
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Super Chunky Coconut Granola
Extra-crunchy coconut granola with slivered almonds, dried blueberries, and rolled oats! 9 ingredients, naturally sweetened, butter-free, and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack.
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Bowl and tray of Chocolate Sea Salt Granola beside a small jar of dairy-free milk
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Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Granola
9-ingredient granola infused with cocoa powder, naturally sweetened, and full of plant-based protein and fiber! The perfect plant-based breakfast or snack.
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Pouring dairy-free milk into a bowl of Rawnola topped with fresh fruit
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5-Minute Raw-Nola
An easy-to-make, 1-bowl, 5-minute raw version of granola with dates for natural sweetness, nuts for crunch and protein, and plenty of seeds for healthy fats!
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Food processor filled with ingredients for making our homemade nut butter recipe
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How To Make Nut Butter
A step-by-step guide for how to make your own nut butter. An easy and delicious way to save money, create your own blends, and enjoy nut butter at home!
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Partially sliced loaf of homemade Whole Grain Vegan Bread on a cutting board
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The Easiest Whole Grain Seeded Bread
Easy, 9-ingredient seeded whole grain bread with oats, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed. Naturally sweetened, hearty, wholesome, and SO simple to make! Mix, rise, bake.
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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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Close up shot of a plate of homemade Vegan Sausages made with quinoa and mushrooms
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Easy Vegan Sausage (Soy- & Gluten-Free!)
Easy vegan sausage made with pinto beans, quinoa, nuts, and spices! Flavorful, comforting, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, and beyond!
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Cooking a Vegan Scrambled Egg in a cast-iron skillet
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Fluffy Vegan Scrambled Eggs
Fluffy vegan eggs made with mung beans! A delicious egg alternative made with 9 real, wholesome ingredients. Perfect for scrambles, omelets, frittatas, and more!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir a pan of our easy Applesauce recipe
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3-Ingredient Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Unbelievably simple applesauce made right on the stovetop with 3 ingredients. Ready in less than 30 minutes, no added sugar, delicious applesauce every time.
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Jar of homemade apple butter
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1-Pot Apple Butter (Date-Sweetened!)
Incredibly delicious apple butter made in 1 pot with 5 wholesome ingredients! Apples turn to sauce then caramelize and thicken into a spread that’s perfect for toast, oats, baked goods, and more!
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Bowl of whipped almond ricotta on a cutting board with slivered almonds and a lemon half
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Whipped Almond Ricotta (5 Ingredients!)
5-ingredient, 10-minute almond ricotta! Blanched almonds blended with nutritional yeast, salt, and lemon. The perfect plant-based alternative to ricotta!
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Using a pita chip to scoop up a bite of homemade Hummus from Scratch
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How to Make Hummus From Scratch
How to make hummus from scratch with simple methods and 6 wholesome ingredients. Creamy, garlicky, hearty, and big in flavor! Customizable, easy to make, and a classic recipe to have on hand!
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Spoon resting in a bowl of our Easy Vegan Pesto recipe
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Easy Vegan Pesto (5 minutes!)
The easiest vegan pesto in 5 minutes! Cheesy and flavorful despite being dairy-free, plus an option for lower oil/fat. It’s the perfect plant-based spread for Italian dishes and more!
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Bowl of our vibrant green homemade curry paste
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Easy Green Curry Paste
Easy 10-minute green curry paste made in a food processor or blender! Big flavor and perfect for adding to sauces, curries, salad dressings, and more!
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Whisking together homemade peanut sauce in a mixing bowl
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5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce
Creamy, savory-sweet peanut sauce made with 5 ingredients! Perfect for spring rolls, salad rolls, Pad Thai, salads, and more!
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Pouring balsamic vinegar into a bowl for homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
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How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette
An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make delicious balsamic vinaigrette every time. Perfect for warm and cold salads, roasted veggies, and more!
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Bowl of Cheesy Sunflower Kale Chips
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Sunflower-Coated Cheesy Kale Chips
Amazingly cheesy, crispy kale chips baked in a sunflower seed-nutritional yeast coating! Healthy, simple ingredients, BIG flavor and nutrients!
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Jars of homemade Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth on a cutting board with tomato paste, carrots, and herbs
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Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth
An easy, 1-pot recipe for homemade vegetable broth! The perfect way to use up vegetable scraps and skins to make delicious broth for soups and more!
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Cutting board with a bowl of homemade marinara beside ingredients used to make it
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Easy 1-Pot Marinara Sauce
Easy, 1-pot marinara sauce that's rich in flavor, color, and nutrients. Simply seasoned, cooked low and slow, and perfect for any Italian dish!
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Close up shot of a bowl of cauliflower rice for our How to Make Cauliflower Rice Tutorial
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice
1-ingredient cauliflower rice, perfect for practically any dish that calls for brown or white rice!
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Platter of homemade tortillas for our tutorial on How to Make Corn Tortillas
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How to Make Tortillas (2 Ingredients, Oil-Free!)
EASY corn tortillas with just 2 ingredients required! Tips for making with and without a tortilla press. The perfect side for Mexican night!
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Cutting board with a stack of Vegan Naan topped with fresh parsley
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Easy Vegan Naan
Fluffy, tender, vegan naan made with 7 simple ingredients! The perfect snack or side to Indian dishes like curry, lentil soup, or chutney. Also makes a delicious wrap!
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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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Instant Pot of Homemade Black Beans with onion
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Instant Pot Black Beans (Perfect Beans Every Time!)
A quick and simple method for making PERFECT black beans in the Instant Pot every time! Just 3 ingredients and 1 pot required.
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Instant Pot Chickpeas with a wooden spoon
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Instant Pot Chickpeas
How to cook chickpeas in the Instant Pot! Our easy technique yields perfectly tender chickpeas perfect for salads, sandwiches, dips, and more!
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Close up shot of a bowl of our homemade vegan Chocolate Pudding recipe
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Vegan Chocolate Protein Pudding (Two Ways!)
Rich, chocolaty vegan pudding made two ways: with cashews or black beans! Naturally sweetened and made with just 6 simple ingredients.
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More Tips For Reducing Plastic Consumption

  • Produce – Think about whether your produce really needs a plastic bag for transporting. Bell peppers — probably not! Sweet potatoes — nah! Apples — nope. Bananas — definitely not! And for those that do, reach for paper bags or reusable!
  • Buy in bulk – Bring reusable jars to the grocery store and fill up in the bulk section. Most bulk sections have nuts, seeds, grains, beans, dried fruits, spices, and more. Bonus? It’s usually a lot cheaper! If you forget jars, reach for paper bags whenever possible.
  • Straws – If you like using straws, try reusable metal or glass straws.
  • Water – Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. You’ll save money, reduce single-use plastic consumption, and maybe even drink more water! Yay, health (yours and the planet’s)!
  • Thermos – When traveling or running errands we always bring a reusable coffee/tea thermos just in case a craving for coffee or a matcha latte strikes!
  • Leftovers – We recently started bringing a reusable metal container with us whenever eating out so we can bring leftovers home without consuming more plastic. Also great for toting snacks around on busy days or when traveling. Find more eco-friendly containers here.

If you give any of these recipes a try or find these tips helpful, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Katrina says

    Great tips! Everyday is earth day! I too hope we can continue move away from single use plastic, I believe this is how we get there by sharing and voting with our dollar. Thank you for all you share with everyone who reads this. 💙
    Some of my favorites on this list! My kids live the pizza and we have fun make your own night.
    Happy earth day everyone.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so happy you enjoyed the post, Katrina! Make your own pizza sounds SO fun! xo

  2. Laura says

    First let me say that I love your blog, I’ve been a fan for years, and you’re doing a great job!

    However, I would like to point out that almonds are not exactly “earth friendly”. Did you know it takes 80.4 gallons of water to produce 1 oz of almonds? Because 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California, and the state has experienced record droughts in recent years, this is a problem. This is a great article to learn more if you’re interested https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/almonds-nuts-crazy-stats-charts/ Other nuts in comparison use far less water, such as peanuts (2.7 gallons/oz) and pistachios (18.8 gallons/oz). Thanks for reading and I hope you find this information valuable to your brand.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Laura! In writing this post, we were more in the mindset of how to reduce plastic consumption, but you have a great point!

  3. Jule says

    Love to see this topic here!!

    I would recommend to bring reusable bags/meshbags for bulk sections in supermarket, because many can’t subtract the weight of jars?!!!
    So lightweight bags are the best options for normal bulk sections in supermarkets if they cant (or wont) substract weight… or if you dont know if the can.
    (I also reuse all kinds of paper bags I get to buy bulk. If you reuse paper bags at least 3 times they even have a better fooprint than plastic bags if you count the production of bags…)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the tips, Jule! We haven’t encountered that problem, but so good to know! At the co-ops we’ve shopped at, you can take the jars to the front to have them weighed and marked before filling them.

      • Jule says

        Ah yeah Good to know you did not have any problems with jars.. I guess in CoOps and of corse Zero Waste Stores or maybe more eco minded supermarkets this is normally no problem, but in normal supermarkets with bulk bins (at least in Europe) they can not subtract the weight at check out and dont have any scale to weigh jars either :)

      • Tara says

        I love this post! I love trying to create a more sustainable lifestyle. Reusable paper towels and napkins have also made a huge difference. They are machine washable, and come in all different cute styles.

  4. Jill says

    Regarding tips to reduce plastic, I would like to see more products packaged in something other than plastic. Today I made cookies and the flours, sugars, and chocolate chips all came in a plastic container. Everything from flours to frozen fruit to dishwasher tablets, all come packaged in a zip-top plastic bag. It doesn’t appear they are easily recyclable as they are #7/other. And the clamshells containing greens are another big concern. I try to use my mesh produce bags but it seems that the shift needs to start with the manufacturers to change their packaging. Thanks for listening! -Jill

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That would be very nice! Buying flours, sugars, and chocolate chips in bulk whenever possible would be our recommendation =) Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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