45 Back-to-School Recipes (Plant-Based!)

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Assortment of vegan recipes for back to school

Back-to-school season is upon us, and schedules are about to get very busy (per usual)! To help your kids (or you) stay satisfied and nourished, we’ve gathered back-to-school recipes that are easy, delicious, and prep/pack-friendly! From bake-ahead breakfasts to protein-packed snacks and savory lunches, consider your school bags set for success. We may have even tossed in a few after-class sweets, too!

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Quick & Easy Breakfasts

Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookie split in half
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Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies (Vegan + GF)
Tender, healthy blueberry muffin breakfast cookies made in just 1 bowl! Vegan, gluten-free, perfectly sweet and hearty, and the perfect snack or breakfast on the go.
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Two glasses of our peanut butter banana smoothie recipe with one having added spinach
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The Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
A creamy, versatile peanut butter banana smoothie made with oats! The perfect satisfying breakfast or snack, with just 5 minutes and 4 ingredients required!
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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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Jar of Peanut Butter Overnight Oats topped with sliced banana and strawberries
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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (5 Ingredients!)
EASY peanut butter overnight oats made with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep time. Naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.
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Overflowing glass of our Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie recipe
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Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie
An insanely creamy, nutritious, 6-ingredient smoothie with wild blueberries, banana, almond butter, flaxseed, and chia seed. A delicious, plant-based breakfast or snack!
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Stack of Vegan PB&J Muffins with the top one having a bite removed and jam and peanut butter dripping down it
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins (Vegan + GF)
AMAZING PB&J Muffins that are tender on the inside and so flavorful. Just 1 bowl required, naturally sweetened, and entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Jar of peaches n cream overnight oats topped with fresh peaches
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Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats
Dreamy Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats made with wholesome ingredients, just 5 minutes hands-on time required! The ultimate plant-based, gluten-free breakfast or snack!
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Bowl of carrot cake baked oatmeal topped with shredded carrots
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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
Carrot cake in baked oatmeal form! Tender, nutty, wholesome, naturally sweetened, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, and beyond! 1 bowl and 10 ingredients required.
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Two gluten-free vegan blueberry muffins on a plate
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1-Bowl Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (Vegan)
Undetectably gluten-free and vegan blueberry muffins made with simple ingredients and just 1 bowl! Fluffy, moist, blueberry-full perfection!
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Glass of our plant-based Chocolate Protein Shake topped with fresh raspberries and hemp seeds
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Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder-Free!)
Simple 7-ingredient, plant-based shake made with protein-rich whole food ingredients and NO protein powder. Creamy, chocolaty, naturally sweetened, and just 1 blender and 5 minutes to prepare.
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Gold spoon in a bowl of our Simple Grain-Free Granola recipe
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Simple Grain-Free Granola
30-minute grain-free granola packed with seeds, nuts, and coconut. It’s naturally sweetened! Vegan, gluten-free, and the perfect healthy, protein-rich breakfast or snack!
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Tray with a batch of Carrot Apple Muffins for simple GF vegan fall dessert
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1-Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (Vegan + GF)
Vegan, gluten-free carrot muffins loaded with fruit and veggies. Super moist and flavorful, healthy, and made in one bowl! Perfect for on-the-go breakfast and snacking.
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Vegan Everything Breakfast Cookies stacked in a bowl
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Vegan Everything Breakfast Cookies
1-bowl vegan everything cookies featuring banana, pumpkin, dried cranberries, almond butter, almond meal, oats, pecans, and dark chocolate chips. Healthy enough to call breakfast.
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Two jars of chocolate overnight oats topped with fresh raspberries
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Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats
Creamy, perfectly sweet chocolate overnight oats. A quick breakfast or snack with just 8 ingredients required! Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and SO delicious!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola on a baking sheet
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
6-ingredient crispy peanut butter granola sprinkled with dark chocolate chips! Simple, fast, and seriously satisfying.
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Stack of Vegan Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins with the top one partially eaten
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1-Bowl Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins
Simple, 1-Bowl Cornmeal Muffins studded with ripe blackberries. Tender, perfectly sweet, and a delicious snack or side dish for savory entrées.
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Bowl of Instant Pot oats topped with sliced banana, brown sugar, and pecans
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Instant Pot Oats (Fast, Creamy Oatmeal!)
A quick and simple method for making PERFECT, creamy oats in the Instant Pot. Just 1 ingredient and 20 minutes required!
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Prep-able Snacks

Picking up a chocolate amaranth bar from a stack
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Dark Chocolate Amaranth Bars (6 Ingredients!)
Crispy, satisfying Dark Chocolate Amaranth Bars resembling wafer cookies! Whole grain puffed amaranth combines with creamy, rich chocolate and almond butter for a healthier sweet treat or quick snack. Just 6 ingredients required!
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Sliced cherry almond granola bars
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Cherry Almond Granola Bars
Easy, chewy granola bars naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates and studded with seeds, flaked almonds, and tart cherries. Just 9 ingredients required!
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Plate of gluten-free vegan no-bake sugar cookie bites
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No-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites
No-bake sugar cookie dough bites that are naturally sweetened and infused with vanilla! Just 1 bowl and 6 ingredients required. A deceptively healthy, quick, and easy dessert!
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Batch of Peanut Butter Granola Bars on a plate
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars
3-ingredient peanut butter granola bars that are naturally sweetened, wholesome, and perfectly salty-sweet. A healthier snack for lunches, road trips, and more.
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Cookie scoop, shredded coconut, lime half, and homemade Mango Energy Bites
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Mango Energy Bites
Easy, 6-ingredient mango energy bites with dates, coconut, hemp seeds, and lime zest! Perfectly sweet, tender, and so full of natural energy!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bars beside dairy-free milk and a bowl of peanuts
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bars
Simple, 8-ingredient peanut butter and jelly bars with a naturally sweetened oat-almond crust and a strawberry jam and peanut butter topping! The perfect hearty snack or dessert!
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Dark chocolate and a spoonful of peanut butter resting beside homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars
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Easy 5-Ingredient Protein Bars (Peanut Butter Chocolate!)
5-Ingredient Protein Bars that are rich in protein and incredibly delicious! Customizable depending on what protein powder you use. Just 20 minutes and 1 food processor required!
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Bowl filled with Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites topped with shredded coconut
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Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites
Salty-sweet energy bites that evoke the flavors of salted cashew, caramel, and coconut! Just 4 ingredients required for this dreamy snack or healthier dessert.
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Cutting board filled with homemade Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars
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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Granola Bars
Simple, 6-ingredient bars that are tender, chewy, and so easy to make. Chocolate chips and almond butter make these bars irresistible without any of the guilt.
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Bowl of No Bake Brownie Bites topped with almond butter
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No-Bake Brownie Bites
Unbelievably fudgy, nutty, vegan brownie bites with no baking required. Just 7 whole food ingredients and 10 minutes stand between you and these deceptively decadent treats.
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Packable Lunches

Vintage fork in a bowl of our avocado pesto pasta salad recipe
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Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad
A quick, light, and flavorful pasta made with an herby avocado pesto! Just 10 simple ingredients required and seasonally adaptable!
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Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich on a cutting board
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Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich
30-minute Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich with smashed chickpeas and roasted sunflower seeds in a simple dressing. Sandwiched between two slices of bread and topped with my secret garlic sauce, this is healthy lunch perfection.
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Glass bowl filled with our Vegan Gluten-Free Penne Pasta Salad recipe
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Penne Pasta Salad (30 Minutes!)
Wholesome and delicious classic pasta salad made with creamy pesto dressing and roasted tomatoes. Made with just 9 ingredients in 30 minutes! The perfect quick + easy side dish.
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Large plate of Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
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Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
Amazing, flavorful Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels that come together in 15 minutes with 8 ingredients. The perfect crowd-pleasing summer appetizer.
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Vintage spoon in a pot of easy vegan mac and cheese
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20-Minute Mac and Cheese (Vegan)
EASY homemade vegan mac and cheese. Creamy, cheesy, and SO comforting! Ready in 20 minutes with 9 simple whole food ingredients. Gluten-free optional.
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Making a healthy vegan Kale Falafel Hummus Wrap on a wood cutting board
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Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps
Made with kale and chickpeas, these falafel are a healthier take on one of our favorite Middle Eastern dishes. Delicious, satisfying, and only 30 minutes to prepare. Serve on greens or wrapped in chard or pita.
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Wooden spoon in a bowl of Vegan Macaroni Salad
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Vegan Macaroni Salad
30-minute vegan pasta salad loaded with colorful veg and tossed in a dairy-free, undetectably tofu-based dressing. Perfect for summer shindigs, cookouts, and picnics.
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Holding a baked tofu veggie wrap
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Italian Herb Tofu Wraps with Garlicky Hummus Sauce
Quick and easy wraps with Italian herb baked tofu and a garlicky hummus sauce! Perfect for an easy lunch or dinner, and full of savory, plant-based satisfaction. Just 9 ingredients and 15 minutes required for assembly!
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After School Sweets

Plate of vegan gluten-free tahini cookies
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Easy Tahini Cookies (Vegan + GF)
Addictively delicious tahini cookies: nutty, salty-sweet, vegan, gluten-free, and incredibly fast! Just 1 bowl, 7 ingredients, and less than 30 minutes required!
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Stack of granola cookies
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Easy Flourless Granola Cookies
Hearty, perfectly sweet granola cookies made with oats, nuts, and dried fruit. Gluten-free, plant-based, and SO delicious. Just 10 ingredients and 1 bowl required!
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Glass of homemade strawberry lemon with a lemon slice on the rim
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Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
Easy homemade strawberry lemonade! Quick and easy to make in the blender, naturally sweetened, and perfectly tart-sweet. The ultimate summer refresher!
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Plate with a stack of homemade gluten free graham crackers
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Crispy Gluten-Free Graham Crackers (Vegan)
Crispy, gluten-free graham crackers that taste just like the real thing! Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and made in 1 bowl. Perfect for s’mores and beyond!
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Glass of chocolate hazelnut milk
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Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Milk
Creamy homemade chocolate hazelnut milk is like Nutella in a glass! Just 5 ingredients, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates, super chocolaty, and irresistible! Enjoy cold or hot!
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Slices of Carrot Apple Snack Cake on a platter and parchment paper
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1-Bowl Carrot Apple Snack Cake
Hearty, vegan carrot apple snack cake made in 1 bowl! Wholesome, simple ingredients, simple to make, tender, and perfectly sweet!
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Picking up a homemade fruit popsicle from a plate of ice cubes
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Tropical Fruit Popsicles (No Added Sugar)
Refreshing, electrolyte-boosting fruit popsicles naturally sweetened with coconut water and fiber-rich fresh fruit. Just 6 ingredients required and perfect for hot summer days!
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Using a spoon to create texture on a bowl of Strawberry Watermelon Sorbet
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Strawberry Watermelon Sorbet (5 Minutes)
5-minute watermelon sorbet made in a blender with nothing but ripe summer fruit and a splash of almond milk. This unbelievably refreshing sorbet tastes like cotton candy.
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Gluten-free vegan oatmeal cookies on a plate
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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies (GF)
Undetectably vegan and gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies! Just 30 minutes and simple methods required for perfectly chewy oatmeal cookies. A perfect healthier treat for any time of year!
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Bowls of Banana Ice Cream in an assortment of flavors
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Easy Banana Ice Cream (Tips + 10 flavors!)
The ultimate guide to making EASY, perfect 1-INGREDIENT banana ice cream every time! We’re sharing our top tips and tricks, plus 10 delicious flavors!
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  1. Marti Glenn says

    I am so, so grateful for your continuing vegan recipes and also gluten-free! You are my go-to anytime I’m looking for a recipe of any kind. I can count on any of them being easy to make, healthy and beyond delicious! THANK YOU!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you so much for these lovely compliments! We are so glad you enjoy the recipes, Marti!

  2. Lynn Sutelman says

    I have started a vegan lifestyle and appreciate your wonderful recipes, cannot wait to start making the Penne Pasta Salad.
    Thank You

  3. Vashell Davis says

    Thank you, Thank you. Thank you. I’m not vegan but I do have hypothyroidism and other chronic inflammation issues. I’m trying to change the diet for me and my children. Thank you for these simple to prepare meals that look so delicious. I’ll post a picture soon. 😊