Whether your family is totally plant based or just trying to eat less animal products, these vegan recipes for kids will dazzle your whole family and keep meals interesting!
If you or your family is new to plant based eating, finding nutritious vegan recipes that the kids will actually eat can be a but of a challenge—there are eggs and dairy in so many classic kid recipes—but hopefully this list helps you feel inspired and gets your family excited about meals!
Vegan foods to feed kids
When transitioning a child to an egg-free, dairy-free, animal protein free way of eating, it can be helpful to keep a running list of foods they can eat AND that they enjoy. That way, if you are feeling stumped on what to cook or shop for, you have a go-to list for inspiration.
For some vegan foods kids often enjoy (assuming no other allergies) are:
- all fruits
- all vegetables
- all legumes, seeds, and nuts
- healthy fats including avocado, olives, chia, hemp and flax
- plant milk, nondairy yogurts, and plant-based cheeses
- Complex carbohydrates including whole grains and rice
- Tofu and soy products (organic suggested)
Vegan recipes for kids
You can almost always make a recipe plant based by subbing an animal product with a sub from the above list, but there are many delicious recipes that are already vegan and require no tweaking! These are some of my family’s favorite plant-based recipes!
A good creamy cheese sauce makes pretty much everything better. And this butternut squash vegan cheese sauce is pure magic! Drizzle it over veggies, baked potato or pasta. Use it to make a batch of healthy nachos or just dunk your favorite tortilla chips in it!
This Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is insanely delicious and the perfect vegan recipe for kids! It makes the perfect healthy dinner any night of the week, is hearty and full of plant goodness. No Instant Pot? Instructions for cooking this soup on your stove top or in your slow cooker are included in the post! This is the perfect vegan dinner recipes for kids.
These muffins are perfect for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack! Kid-friendly, added veggies and packed with fiber and protein. And, no, you can’t even taste the lentils!
This soup is easy to make and leaves you feeling so satisfied and good from the inside out. Full of veggies, your veggie broth and oh-so-good for you lentils.
A healtheir sweet treat that is free of eggs and dairy! These brownies are super easy, so delicious and one of the best vegan recipes for kids when a dessert is needed!
Now these breakfast cookies are how to start a day right! The perfect taste and texture, healthy and loaded with amazing ingredients! A great vegan recipes for kids.
This is truly the BEST beet hummus under the sun and is so easy to make. Beautiful to look at, an amazing balance of flavors and a smooth, creamy texture to boot! Great for making sandwiches for those lunch boxes or dunking veggies in! What kid wouldn’t love this beautiful vegan recipe!?
This is one of my favorite dinners because it is full of flavor and veggies! And the sauce is LIFE! I love it thrown all together in a big bowl but this is the best dinner vegan recipes for kids because it is so easy to deconstruct so that they can pick and chose what to eat, what to leave and what to just stare at and decide if that food is friend or foe.
Sending the kids out into the day with a solid breakfast in their bellies is top priority for many parents, including me! I love this oatmeal recipe because it’s full of fiber, naturally sweetened and even has carrots. Plus, you can throw it into your slow cooker the night before and wake up to a healthy breakfast done!
A delicious sweet treat that is easy to make, and free of eggs, gluten and dairy! One of my favorite vegan recipes for kids!