Top 10 Recipes of 2021

Photos of some of the top reader favorite recipes of 2021

Another year in the books! 2021 was quite a whirlwind, but one thing’s for sure: It was full of delicious food! From cookies to pastas to soups and more, we shared SO many recipes and absolutely loved seeing your comments, photos, and reactions to each one.

Everyone surely did have their favorites though…and so, we’ve rounded up the top 10 BEST recipes from the year (based on reader feedback)! Whether you’ve tried all of these or are itching to make some still, read on to see what everyone loved most at MB in 2021!

(Note: Dietary symbols listed throughout for easy navigation!)

Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese over a bowl of pasta al limone
Vegan Pasta Al Limone
A pasta that screams spring: Pasta Al Limone! Our vegan take doesn’t skimp on lemony, cheesy flavor or mega creamy texture. Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Holding a bowl of creamy sweet potato lentil soup topped with coconut milk and pepitas
Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)
Creamy sweet potato and red lentil soup infused with coconut milk and warming spices. The ultimate fall and winter dish. Made in the Instant Pot and perfect for meal prep!
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Fork resting on a plate of vegan moussaka
The BEST Vegan Moussaka
Incredibly delicious vegan moussaka with layers of roasted eggplant, hearty tomato lentil sauce, and roasted garlic cashew bechamel! Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required.
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Slice of butternut squash lasagna topped with vegan parmesan and fresh basil
Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)
Creamy butternut squash sauce meets pasta, kale, and mushrooms in a delicious twist on classic lasagna. Bursting with fall flavor and just 10 ingredients required!
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Bowls of Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup topped with croutons
Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Creamy, comforting split pea potato soup made in the Instant Pot! Fast and easy, BIG flavor, and naturally gluten-free and plant-based!
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Plate piled high with thin mint cookies and fresh mint leaves
The BEST Thin Mints (V/GF)
The BEST Thin Mints that just so happen to be gluten-free, vegan, and easy to make! These cookies have a crispy base and minty, chocolaty coating. Just 9 simple ingredients required!
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Spoon in a bowl of vegan cheddar cheese
Easy Vegan Cheddar Cheese (Spread & Sauce!)
Easy, melty, spreadable vegan cheese that looks and tastes like cheddar! Perfect for adding to grilled cheese, mac ‘n’ cheese, and more! Just 8 simple ingredients required.
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Showing the fluffy texture of our vegan lemon cake
Lemon Loaf Cake (Vegan/GF)
Fluffy, tender lemon cake made in 1 bowl! Vegan and gluten-free and topped with a stunning 3-ingredient glaze. Perfect for spring and beyond!
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Vintage spoon in a pan of Cornbread and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake
Flavorful, hearty skillet bake with black bean enchilada filling and a fluffy cornbread topping. Tastes like chili topped with cornbread but so much faster and easier to make! Just 10 ingredients required. Naturally plant-based and gluten-free optional.
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Stack of granola cookies
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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We appreciate each and every one of you and can’t wait to make more recipes for you to enjoy in 2022. Happy New Year, friends!

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  1. Meg says

    Yes loved the butternut squash lasagne! I’d usually be super intimidated by something like that but your directions were great and it turned out amazing! Can’t wait to try some of these others on the list!

  2. Marina says

    I’ve been trying out your recipes in 2021 and just made the seedy granola bars to take on holiday as hiking snacks. Keep doing what you are doing please!!! I’ve a son with autism and at home we eat as clean as we can = settled, predictable behaviour. Your recipes are easy to follow and taste delicious. Tasty gluten/dairy free with natural sugars ain’t easy to pull off- it’s an art!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh yay! We are so glad our recipes are valuable to you, Marina. Thanks so much for your support!

  3. MELISSA says

    I especially love the way that you have catalogued everything! This makes it so easy to find what I am looking for. And I am sure that everyone else agrees. It’s not very often you find recipes that are as good as yours, have as detailed directions/descriptions AND catalogued so wonderfully. I know that must have been a large task– but oh so worth it! Thanks!

  4. H says

    I tried a lot of your recipes and everything that I made are delicious. My husband loves them. Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

  5. SUZANNE says

    So grateful for your site! It is always my first go to when deciding what I should make for dinner (or breakfast or dessert or what to bring to a potluck). :). Thank you Dana and wishing you a very happy New Year!

  6. Molly says

    Happy New Year! I have made so many of your recipes this year! Always delicious and healthy with great instructions and beautiful photos. Thank you so much for being a wonderful source of inspiration and knowledge for vegans who love to cook!

      • Carolin says

        Thank you so much for your always delicious recipes. I’ve been following you for years and am always greatful for this incredible collection of GF/DF/vegan… meals. Happy and healthy 2022!

  7. Cathy says

    Thanks for your many recipes. I have a family member who is GF, DF and cane sugar free. Your recipes help make delicious meals easier. 😊