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19 Plant-Based Recipes for Kids

Do you ever wonder what kind of plant-based recipes kids will likely want to eat up without a fuss? Here I have some recipes to share with you submitted by a few of my food blogging friends!

If you are starting from scratch with picky kids, first read my article 5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Plant-Based Meals. These plant-based recipes for kids are in a random order, but are each denoted as “Transitional“, “Economical“, and/or “Easy“. “Transitional” is a good option for picky kids; “Economical” is cheap to make and double servings; and, “Easy” is well… easy! πŸ˜‰

  • Transitional
good option for picky kids
  • Economical
cheap to make and double servings
  • Easy
easy to make, even the kids can do it!

Transitioning Your Kids to Plant-Based Recipes for Kids

Depending on how picky your kids are currently, you may have to start out slow. Try incorporating some vegetables into your child’s favorites, such as adding onions and bell peppers to spaghetti or steamed cauliflower to mac and cheese. Also, kids are drawn to food that is “fun”, so being creative with shapes and presentation of the food can be very helpful. You can make a face on all kinds of dishes and use cookie cutters to form shapes! I have denoted dishes as “Transitional” if they are good picks for your first plant-based recipes for your kids. Many of them will be devoured by your picky eater.

Plant-Based on a Budget

At the time of this writing, we are facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the world. Due to this, it’s more important than ever that we pay close attention to our health. Immunity is heavily influenced by how we treat ourselves and what we put in our bodies. Also, due to the pandemic, people are more worried about their cost of living.

There is a common misconception that plant-based groceries are expensive. If you stick to basic whole food ingredients, you can save some serious money. The less prepared it is when bought, the more affordable it generally is. A bag of brown rice and dry black beans is a whole lot cheaper than a pound of chicken. Bananas as a snack (or other in season fruit) are cheaper than beef jerky. Cheese of decent quality is never cheap! For some plant-based grocery ideas see Plant-Based Diet Grocery List.

Produce purchases can add up if you aren’t smart about what and where you shop. In season and locally sourced are going to be the most cost-effective. The farmer’s market is usually going to be more affordable than your health food store. I’m also a huge fan of services that deliver produce that didn’t make it to the grocery store! These services are affordable and good for the environment. I have been in love ❀️️with my Misfits Market produce deliveries.

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The plant-based recipes for kids you decide to make can also affect cost. I sometimes like to cook recipes with more “exotic” ingredients, but there are plenty of plant-based / vegan or vegetarian meals that you can cook on a budget. You may also want to make plant-based recipes for a large family or make enough for leftovers the next day. Cost per serving can be quite affordable with some of these recipes. The ones I think have affordable ingredients (even when doubling the servings) are denoted as “Economical”.

Plant-Based Recipes for Busy Families & Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Cook

There are plant-based recipes for kids of all different levels of expertise and time availability. Most of us with kids are busy. Unless, you just feel like cooking a gourmet meal and have the spare time (what is that), busy families are likely looking for recipes that are simple, quick, and easy. The recipes below that I think are relatively effortless are marked as “Easy”. Some of them with oversight your kids can cook!

Vegan Gochujang Cauliflower Tacos (Korean Roasted Cauliflower)

  • Easy
  • Economical
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This Korean spiced, roasted gochujang cauliflower with avocado, corn, cilantro, and a sweet & spicy tomato and onion relish will be loved by the whole family! This recipe has you bake the cauliflower, but I bet you could also make them crispy by tossing them in some whole wheat breadcrumbs and cooking them in the airfryer. Cauliflower is a more nutritious and cheaper option as opposed to beef.

Vegan Gochujang Cauliflower Tacos Recipe

Vegan Yam Biscuits

  • Easy
  • Economical
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Pushed near the top because it’s almost Easter! Cutting food into fun shapes is a great way to get kids to want to try something new. These vegan bunny shaped savory biscuits are super cute while high in nutrition and low in fat. You can use yams or sweet potatoes for this recipe. Both are high in fiber, Vitamin-B6, and Magnesium. Yams are highest in Vitamin C while sweet potatoes are highest in Vitamin A. I imagine a version of these bunnies with yam would be more savory, and a sweet potato version more sweet.

Vegan Yam Biscuits Recipe

Ramen Noodles Plant-Based

  • Easy
  • Economical
  • Transitional

One of my own recipes inspired by the kids bugging me to get the gross instant store bought version. This is a delicious and kid friendly whole grain, Vegan / plant-based spicy ramen noodles recipe with mushrooms, bokchoy, bellpepper, and more! It is high fiber, gluten-free, healthy and delicious! Hold the Sriracha if your children are sensitive to spicy foods. Experiment with different types of vegetables in the noodles to see what your kids will eat. If the vegetables I put in this recipe are too adventurous, first try a bag of frozen peas or mixed vegetables.

Spicy Ramen Noodles Plant Based Recipe

Vegan Starfish Cakes

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These kasha-based starfish cakes are a fun spin on crab cakes. Colored with roasted red pepper, they’re gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, cute, and delicious. Another recipe that you can cut into a fun shape! I was able to find the ingredient Kasha (roasted buckwheat) on amazon and you can get the blue spirulina 10% off through Vegan Doll’s website.

Vegan Starfish Cakes Recipe

Galaxy Smoothie Bowl

  • Easy
  • Transitional

You probably don’t have to make a smoothie bowl look this interesting to get kids to eat it, but it sure is fun! This Galaxy acai bowl is made with cherries, bananas, apples, acai, and other superfoods. Considered a superfood – acai is high in antioxidants and other nutrients. No need for added sweeteners – blended banana makes smoothies naturally sweet.

Galaxy Smoothie Bowl

Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles

  • Easy
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Blending fruit and pouring into popsicle molds always makes it easy to get kids to eat more fruit! Skip the popsicles at the store that are more often than not loaded with added sugar and artificial ingredients, and make them naturally flavored and sweetened. These Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles are healthy, easy to make and absolutely delicious. Watermelon isn’t in season just yet, but it’s on the horizon. Watermelon is high in Vitamin A and C as well as electrolytes. These would be great for my running friends post-run too! This is a refreshing treat that tastes like summer!

Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles

Vegan Chickpea Squash Fritters

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  • Economical

Super delicious and crunchy Chickpea Squash Fritters. These vegan & gluten free Chickpea Squash Fritters are easy – taking less than 30 minutes to make! I love using chickpea flour! It’s a great gluten-free, high protein flour alternative I have enjoyed using to make a quiche crust as well as these chickpea dumplings. Butternut squash is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium.

Vegan Chickpea Squash Fritters

Edamame Banh Mi Sliders

  • Easy
  • Transitional
  • Economical

These delicious Thai and Vietnamese inspired edamame banh mi sliders are so cute and tasty, you shouldn’t have any problem getting your kids to eat them. Edamame is a favorite to our kids. They usually devour steamed edamame with some sea salt when served as an appetizer. Edamame is high in protein, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. The “pickled” vegetables give these a really delicious tang, complementing the edamame patties well. If your kids can take the heat, I like these with sriracha.

Edamame Banh Mi Sliders

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)

  • Economical

Quick and easy Red Lentil Curry, also known as Masoor Dal, can be made in the instant pot or stovetop. This super delicious, healthy and budget friendly vegan meal can be made in less than 30 minutes! Lentils are a pretty versatile bean. I’ve made lentil meatloaf and lentil veggie burgers with them as well. Lentils are high in protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, and Vitamin B-6.

Red Lentil Curry Recipe

Seitan Skillet with Peppers and Onions

  • Easy

This Seitan cooked with sizzling peppers and onions is a quick and tasty meatless meal. Seitan is really just condensed wheat gluten, so those with sensitivities should steer clear of this meat alternative. For those who are not though, seitan is quite tasty when seasoned. Seitan is high in protein and fiber.

Seitan Skillet with Peppers and Onions Recipe

Vegan Red Pepper Alfredo

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Delicious, vegan red pepper Alfredo with mushrooms and parsley – makes a perfect lazy, but never boring, weeknight dinner. Your kids won’t even be able to tell the difference between the sauce in this pasta and traditional alfredo. I often blend nutritional yeast and cashews to make a creamy sauce for all kinds of recipes. If you aren’t preparing a full plant-based meal, you can add parmesan as well!

Vegan Red Pepper Alfredo Recipe

Energy Balls with Dates and Raspberries

  • Easy
  • Transitional

These Energy Balls with dates and raspberries are not only delicious but also filling and a great snack to-go. They look so fun and delicious, I’m pretty sure you will have to fend the kids away from eating all of them! These are sweetened only with dates, which are amazing if you haven’t tried them! Dates are high in fiber and super sweet. I also have dates in my Date Energy Bars Recipe. If you can afford them, I suggest buying Medjool Dates to Deglet Noor Dates, as they have a richer caramel-like taste.

Energy Balls with Dates and Raspberries

Gazpacho

  • Easy
  • Economical

Gazpacho is a nice twist on making just a basic tomato soup. It is like a liquid summer salad in a bowl – refreshing, nutritious, and delicious! If your kids aren’t adventurous you can downgrade to a basic tomato soup, our four kids made an excellent tomato soup last week! Gazpacho to me is far less boring, and will surely please the whole family. With assistance with the food processor, your kids can help make this recipe too.

Gazpacho Recipe

Healthy Banana Baked Oatmeal

  • Easy
  • Economical
  • Transitional

Oats are pretty affordable and easy to dress up. This simple baked oatmeal with banana is a real power breakfast. It is healthy, delicious and very easy to prepare. With the banana and chocolate, there is no need for an added sweetener, and this meal is full of fiber and carbohydrates to power your day. Your little monkeys will surely be excited to eat up the banana and chocolate baked oatmeal!

Healthy Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • Easy
  • Transitional

These healthy chocolate oatmeal cookies are super easy to make, filling and healthy. So they are the perfect snack, breakfast to-go, or as a dessert after dinner. Chocolate is healthy if it isn’t accompanied by too much fat and/or sugar! Cocoa powder is high in fiber, polyphenols, and flavanols. Cocoa has many other benefits you can read more about on Healthline – 11 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Cocoa Powder.

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

  • Economical
  • Transitional

This Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe is not only delicious, easy to make and totally addictive but also dairy-free and nut-free. I’ve been trying to find a way to replicate cheese with totally plant-based ingredients and I’m getting closer but haven’t quite gotten the results I would like. I am going to try this recipe this week to see how delicious it is. It must be with all those great ratings, and who doesn’t like nacho cheese!? Shake up your next Taco Tuesday with some yummy nachos!

Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

Mashed Banana, Peanut Butter & Cocoa Powder

  • Easy
  • Economical
  • Transitional

This is an easy, delicious, and nutritious breakfast that will keep your kids focused all morning long. The best part of this recipe is that your kids can make it themselves with little assistance. You could also make some in advance and then scoop it onto your morning oatmeal. I bet it would also make a great “ice cream” if you freeze it!

Mashed Banana, Peanut Butter & Cocoa Powder

Chickpea Avocado Quinoa Salad

  • Easy

This is a healthy, fulfilling salad with 5 super ingredients: quinoa, tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado and cranberries; and a lemony lemon-olive oil dressing. This salad is great for our slightly less picky eaters. Regardless, I suggest making it and nonchalantly presenting it to your kids. It is good to expose your kids to as many plant foods as you can. Not-so-worst case, you have a whole lot of this yummy salad to yourself! I imagine this salad would do just fine storing in the refrigerator for a couple days.

Chickpea Avocado Quinoa Salad

Date Energy Bars Recipe – Cherry Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cereal β™₯

  • Easy
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These are easy, no bake plant-based cereal bars with dried cherries, dark chocolate, cashews, coconut, and whole grain cereal your family will want to eat up. I made these malleable so you can cut it into shapes. I made these for the kids Valentine’s Day this year! They are also an excellent energy bar for my running and cycling.

Date Energy Bars Recipe

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