Wholesome Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Occasion (Exclusive)

Sophie Hirsh - Author

May 22 2023, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

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With more and more people and businesses constantly recognizing the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, eating a plant-based diet is easier than ever— even if you're gluten-free, too.

There are endless vegan gluten-free recipes available online that are delicious, easy to make, and will fill you up.

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So, we've rounded up some of the tastiest plant-based gluten-free recipes you can make at home, from dinners to breakfasts to desserts.

If you're new to cooking vegan and gluten-free, make sure to keep an open mind.

Incorporating vegan or gluten-free eating into your routine can seem overwhelming at first, so we asked blogger Jasmine Briones for her best advice. Briones runs the recipe blog Sweet Simple Vegan, where all the recipes are vegan, and there's an entire gluten-free recipe section.

"The best tip for learning vegan and gluten-free cooking is to keep an open mind — these recipes will not be exactly like you remember, but that’s OK!" Briones tells Green Matters exclusively via email. "These recipes are a new and still delicious renditions of the recipes you already now, just made from plants!"

Keeping that in mind, here are a few exciting plant-based and gluten-free recipes you can access for free online, starting with one from Sweet Simple Vegan.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Baked Oatmeal

Sweet Simple Vegan is filled with endless vegan and gluten-free recipes for any occasion. The blog's recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Baked Oatmeal is "rich in plant-based protein, made with easy-to-find ingredients, and is a great option for meal prep," according to Briones.

The recipe is made with oats, plant-based protein powder, silken tofu, almond milk, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and peanuts, among other ingredients. After making your batter, all you have to do is pour the mixture into a baking dish, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes — and you'll have a dessert-inspired breakfast ready for the entire week. Check out the full recipe on the Sweet Simple Vegan blog.

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Smoky Potato Soup

Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa's recipe for vegan, gluten-free Smoky Potato Soup is creamy, made in one pot, and nut-free. The blog describes this recipe as a "comforting hug in a bowl," and is made with cozy ingredients like potatoes, tofu, maple syrup, miso, and veggies including onion, carrots, and celery.

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The recipe includes options for making the recipe either gluten-free or with gluten — the only difference is that you'll use gluten-free all purpose flour and tamari instead of white flour and soy sauce, respectively.

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Vegan Half-Baked Brownie Dip

If you've ever wanted to eat raw brownie batter, look no further. Because this recipe for Vegan Half-Baked Brownie Dip from the blog Liv B. is made without raw flour or eggs, it's totally OK to chow down on as much as you'd like. But the best part is that this recipe actually is no-bake, and only takes five minutes to make.

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All you need is the nut butter of your choice, maple syrup, cocoa powder, oat flour, vanilla, salt, non-dairy milk, and chocolate chips; after following the blog's instructions on how to mix everything together, simply store the dip in the fridge.

Liv B. recommends using the dip for fruit such as apples, strawberries, or bananas, for snacks like pretzels or graham crackers, or for spreading on toast, as an alternative to Nutella. You can even bake the dip in an air fryer to make mini brownies.

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Vegan Rice Balls

Rose Lee of the blog Cheap Lazy Vegan creates many Korean and Korean-inspired recipes, and one of her standouts is her recipe for Vegan Rice Balls. This gluten-free recipe requires white sushi rice, roasted seaweed, as well as all the ingredients for vegan tuna (the main ingredient of which is chickpeas). She also has a helpful video tutorial on YouTube (see above) — so even if you've never made rice balls before, Lee has your back!

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Skillet Enchiladas

The blog Nora Cooks has a recipe for "seriously easy" Skillet Enchiladas, which can be cooked in one pot, and take 30 minutes to make.

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The recipe centers on Impossible ground meat (which is gluten-free), and Nora Cooks notes that you could simply replace that with beans, or the blog's Vegan Ground Beef from TVP or Cauliflower Walnut Mushroom Taco Meat instead.

Other key ingredients include onion, garlic, black beans, frozen corn, and shredded vegan cheese. Just use gluten-free corn tortillas, not flour tortillas, and make sure the enchilada sauce you buy is both vegan and gluten-free.

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Almond Butter Blondies

This recipe for Almond Butter Blondies by Samah Dada of Dada Eats is completely vegan, as well as free of gluten and refined sugar. Hopefully you like the taste of almonds and coconuts, because the key ingredients are almond flour, almond butter, coconut sugar, and coconut oil.

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Dump-and-Bake Sweet Potato Rosemary Casserole

The blog From My Bowl, run by blogger Caitlin Shoemaker, features endless vegan recipes, most of which are free of gluten and refined sugar, too.

Personally, I'm partial to the blog's Dump-and-Bake Sweet Potato Rosemary Casserole, an easy dish that I have made multiple times. All you need to do is dump the 10 ingredients in a baking dish — including uncooked rice — and let the oven do its thing. You'll have food for days.

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The BEST Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Chocolate chip cookies" and "healthy" are not typically uttered in the same sentence — but the blog Veggiekins, run by blogger Remy Morimoto Park, promises that these are truly "The BEST Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies."

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For this recipe, maple syrup and coconut sugar provide the sweetness, as opposed to traditional refined sugar; oat flour and almond flour replace white flour; almond butter provides the fat; and a flax egg holds it all together. Just don't forget to include a "healthy" amount of vegan chocolate chips — "as much as your heart desires," recommends Park.

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Grilled Corn Salad with Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing

The blog Minimalist Baker claims that its Grilled Corn Salad with Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing can be made in 30 minutes. The plant-based, gluten-free recipe features fresh corn, sweet potato, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and more on a bed of fresh lettuce, and topped with a delicious dressing and crushed tortilla chips.

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