The top 20 vegan recipes of 2020
Vegan food comes first and in 2020 this was no exception. As more and more people opted for plant-based dishes, the vegan cuisine (and vegan quarantine baking!) Increased. In honor of the year that saw more vegan cooking at home than we could ever imagine, we’ve rounded up the 20 most popular recipes on VegNews.com that will keep you full and satisfied all along. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu in 2021!
1. VegNews Vegan Magic Cookie Bars
There’s a reason these magical cookie bars went viral in 2020. With layers of graham crackers, walnuts, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut, these sweet and crunchy bars are downright magical.
2. VegNews Best Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Ever
When creamy, delicious cashew, potato, and carrot cheese sauce is included in the mix, mac and cheese are guaranteed to be a hit. And VegNews readers prove it! It’s no surprise that our most popular recipe (of all time!) Deserves a spot on this list.
3. Spicy oven-fried tofu
Tender and spicy on the inside, extremely crispy on the outside – standard tofu gets a fiery kick thanks to a small hot sauce, a hint of sweetness from agave syrup and a satisfying crunch of cornflakes. Who Said You Need Chicken For Nuggets?
4. Vegan sweet potato latkes
Simple and hearty, these latkes are delicious and are served with a dash of applesauce or your favorite vegan sour cream. Do like us and create a DIY toppings bar for the ultimate Hanukkah side dish – whatever the season!
5. Vegan ginger-garlic noodle soup with bok choy
This fragrant, fiery soup is the perfect bowl for coziness. And with immune boosting ginger and garlic, VegNews readers have turned to this nutritious and calming dish year-round.
6th Vegan scampi in lemon-garlic-white wine sauce
The umami-rich variant of vegan scallops (the secret? Heart of the palms!) And a delicious garlic wine sauce made this elegant Italian recipe a go-to place for all date nights of 2020 at home.
7th Soft batch sugar cookies with buttercream frosting
Melt-in-your-mouth, soft, cake-like biscuits with a generous layer of buttercream frosting ensured that VegNews readers always conjured up this decadent dessert for a taste of true bliss.
8th. Vegan tiramisu
Layer upon layer of delicious coffee-soaked spongy cake filled with cashew mascarpone and lots of cocoa powder will all pour into the kitchen for dessert.
9. Vegan chocolate eclairs
You can’t go wrong with this decadent, chocolate-covered, cream-filled eclair recipe from vegan chef Miyoko Schinner! Can you say parisian pastry perfection ?!
10. Disney’s famous vegan chocolate chip cookies
The readers (and staff!) Of VegNews recreated the magic of Disney from the comfort of their own home with a little help from the Orlando Resort’s famous chocolate chip cookies. Mickey, you are always welcome in our kitchen.
11. Vegan Lobster Mushroom Mac and Cheese
This classic comfort dish is topped off with a toasted garlic cashew cheese sauce and meaty mushrooms for a cheesy seafood fake that’s guaranteed to keep you thinking about long after it’s gone.
12. Vegan salted caramel cookies
Could there be a tastier pairing than sea salt and caramel? We swear by this dynamic duo after trying the soft, sticky center and temptingly sharp edges of these award-winning cookies.
13. Vegan Boozy Holiday Profiteroles
Those gold-fried desserts were stunning enough as it was, but once you’ve topped them up with fluffy whipped cream with Bailey’s Almande spikes? Trust us, you won’t be able to keep your hands off these juicy, bite-sized goodies.
14th Vegan Dill Roasted Chickpea and Lemon Potato Buddha Bowls
Golden, lemony potatoes, al dente Brussels and hearty chickpeas prove that healthy is anything but boring.
15th Vegan key lime pie bars
The luscious, savory, pudding-like filling and graham cracker crust at these dessert-inspired bars in the south make eating a whole cake easier than ever.
16. Vegan salted vanilla bean and cashew butter fudge
Thick and creamy cashew butter, a splash of maple syrup, and a kiss of vanilla pod make this sweet and salty fudge a breeze when a sweet tooth sets in.
17th Vegan lemon, rosemary and chickpea noodle casserole
For a calming meal full of filling carbs and plant-based protein, VegNews readers turned to this zesty, hearty winter casserole. We guarantee that between fragrant rosemary and lemon noodles you will return for seconds.
18th No-bake pumpkin cheesecake
Layers of cashew coconut pumpkin cream add a pampering no-bake note to this vacation classic for healthy year-end fun (or if your pumpkin cravings follow you into the New Year). It’s dessert season all year round!
19th Beefy Vegan Beet Burger
With vegan, meaty burgers, VegNews readers flocked to the grill to recreate their own “bleeding” burgers for a cookable summer handheld. The main ingredient? Turnips!
20th Vegan Chocolate Oat Milk Banana Ice Cream
2020 was the year of oats – and this creamy, chocolaty banana, oat and milk cream proves it. And with mix-ins like crushed biscuits, peanut butter, and melted chocolate, this dessert was made for sweet matching.
Do you want more vegan recipes? Visit VegNews.com/recipes for more information! Curious about the top stories of the year? Check out the Top 20 Vegan Stories of 2020.