Every parent and grandparent knows that kids can be a challenge to feed at times. That’s why I’ve pulled together the following Healthy Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes from some amazing plant-based blogger friends.
We’ve got it all covered! Everything from breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners are included to get those reluctant eaters to try some deliciously fun new foods.
We all know that the term kid-friendly can be very subjective. What one kid loves, yours might feed to the family dog when you aren’t looking.
I can’t promise that your child is going to love every single one of the healthy recipes for kids on this list. However, even the pickiest child is sure to love at least some of these amazing culinary masterpieces.
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My great-niece and nephews are loving their veggies
Recently, my nephew and his family decided to go plant-based. They have three toddlers and were concerned about finding food the kids would eat.
Not that long ago, they sent me a message that said, “Made your chili cheese fries tonight! Michael is practically drinking the cheese sauce and has asked for thirds!”
A few days later, “Can’t stop making cheese sauce! We made mushroom and potato soup last night and it’s so yummy topped with cheese! Eloise and Michael ate three bowls each!”
The Cheese Sauce recipe can be found by clicking the link, and a version of it is listed below.
Not long ago, my niece, that has a two-year-old little boy (pictured below) and a new baby, sent me pictures of them making and eating cheese sauce. How adorable is this sweet face?!
I’m betting that even some of your adult family members who are not vegan will be gobbling up these vegan recipes for kids (and adults)!
Vegan Breakfast Recipes for Kids
- Apple Sauce Cinnamon Muffins
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Breakfast Scramble and Burritos
- Overnight Oatmeal & Traditional Oatmeal
- Hash Brown Casserole
Click on photos to see the full list of ingredients and instructions of each healthy vegan recipe for kids.
#1 Apple Sauce Cinnamon Muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. Dark, moist, and scattered with raisins & fresh apple bits. I think these vegan muffins are my best muffins yet!
#2 Banana Oatmeal Pancakes any given Saturday morning is likely to be a morning at my house with these delicious vegan pancakes!
#3 Amazing Breakfast Scramble – Sometimes we even wrap this up in a tortilla for a healthy breakfast burrito. Quick and easy breakfast that is so much better than the greasy fast food drive-through breakfast burritos!
#4 Overnight Oats are a mixture of old fashioned oats, plant milk such as almond (soy, cashew, etc.), and other delicious goodies that you mix up the night before in a bowl or jar with a lid and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, you can stumble to the refrigerator and eat it immediately or heat it up in the microwave for just a minute.
#5 Vegan Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole – This oil and dairy-free version of the traditional American hashbrown casserole recipe came out delicious and hearty-healthy.
With potatoes, onions, red bell peppers, Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce, and smoked paprika, there is no skimping on taste with this hash brown breakfast casserole. No artery-clogging butter and eggs either, so you can feel great about feeding it to your kids!
Vegan Lunch & Dinner Recipes for Kids
- Easy Vegan Spaghetti & Meat Balls from The Vegan 8
- Grilled Carrot Dogs from EatPlant-Based
- English Muffin Mini Pizzas from EatPlant-Based
- Baked Spring Rolls and Low Fat Lo Mein from Fat-Free Vegan
- Best Ever Black Bean Burgers from EatPlant-Based
- Chili Cheese Fries from EatPlant-Based
- Mac and Cheese from Fat-Free Vegan
- Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwiches from EatPlant-Based
- Pasta Alfredo from The Vegan 8
- Chili Mac from EatPlant-Based
- Lentil Sloppy Joes from EatPlant-Based
- Easy Plant-Based Vegan School Lunch Box Ideas from Veggies Don’t Bite
- Vegan School Lunches from Dreena Burton
#6 Easy Vegan Meatballs and Spaghetti is infused with amazing Italian dried herb and flavor. These are oil-free, dairy-free and made with chickpeas and couscous for amazing texture.
#7 Grilled Carrot Dogs are sure to be a hit with even those that don’t normally care for carrots. I never cared for cooked carrots myself until I tried these delicious meatless hotdog options.
#8 English Muffin Mini Pizzas from EatPlant-Based. These super-simple English Muffin Pizzas are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack. They are versatile for even the pickiest of eaters, including the kids!
#9 Baked Spring Rolls from Fat-Free Vegan are easy because unlike most egg roll recipes, the vegetables are not pre-cooked before rolling. The result is a lighter, fresher-tasting filling, as well as easier preparation.
Sambal Oelek is a very hot paste made from chili peppers, vinegar, and salt. Reduce it or eliminate it if you don’t like spicy foods, or replace it with any chili sauce or red pepper flakes.
#10 This Best Black Bean Burger vegan recipe gets some of the highest reviews on this website. People love that the patties are firm and can even be cooked on the grill without falling through. How to make those baked potato chips pictured is also included.
#11 Vegan Chili Cheese Fries – I never thought I would have chili cheese fries again after switching to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. This is one time that I’m glad I was wrong. This recipe is plant-strongly amazing!
#12 Vegan Macaroni and Cheese is a low-fat recipe that is also low in sodium, so salt-lovers may need to add salt. The tahini adds a little fat but a lot of flavor but leave it out if you need a completely oil-free dish.
#13 Chickpea Vegan Salad with avocado is by far my favorite vegan sandwich of all time. Something about the flavors of lime, avocado, and cilantro just thrill my taste buds.
Check out our cooking demo video to see how simple this recipe is to make.
#14 The absolute BEST Vegan Garlic Alfredo sauce that tastes like the guilty version. Lots of onion is the secret to this easy, low ingredient and rich dairy-free and oil-free alfredo sauce. You will be shocked there is not an ounce of dairy in it!
#16 Veggie Lentil Sloppy Joes are a quick meal that reheats well for lunch the next day or two. Easy, filling, and inexpensive!
#17 Quick and easy vegan school lunch ideas for every plant-based family from Veggies Don’t Bite. Includes a list of a variety of options to break out of that boring lunch phase.
#18 Vegan School Lunches (and work lunches) with tips & recipes! (OIL-FREE, NUT-FREE) from Dreena Burton.
Vegan Snacks for Kids
- No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls from Veggies Don’t Bite
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies from The Vegan 8
- Nacho Cheese and Chips from EatPlant-Based
- Apple Nacho Supreme from Dreena Burton
- Healthy Crunchy Potato Chips from Fat-Free Vegan
- Healthy Cranberry Oat Bars from Veggies Don’t Bite
- Pizza Hummus from The Vegan 8
- Nice Crispy Treats from Dreena Burton
#19 No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls – 7 ingredients and 5 minutes to a mouthwatering fall treat that’s packed with protein and perfect for busy days. These are a great way to satisfy that candy craving the healthy way.
#20 Vegan Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies – Learn how to make the absolutely most delicious vegan, gluten-free, oil-free oatmeal cookies, and just 8 EASY ingredients!
#21 Amazing Vegan Nacho Cheese is incredible as a dip for baked chips as well as on fries, baked potatoes, and pizza. For healthy burritos and quesadillas, it can’t be beaten!
#22 Apple Nacho Supreme from Dreena Burton- Your kids will LOVE this treat. It feels so festive and special, yet is pretty easy to pull together and is quite healthy! You can customize with toppings you like best. (Don’t be intimated by the length of the recipe, it’s just to give details, and I offer short-cuts!)
#23 Microwave Fat-Free Potato Chips – It’s easy to make “baked” potato chips right on the tray of your microwave with this delicious recipe.
#24 These Vegan Cranberry Crumble Oatmeal Bars are so good and a perfect snack any time of the year. Never waste leftover cranberry sauce again with this easy recipe!
If your kids are eager to get in the kitchen and help, this Zulay Starter Knife Set for Kids is perfect for little hands.
#25 This Vegan Pizza Hummus is amazing with a spoon, on chips, on toast or any other way you can think of. It is not only oil-free, making it healthier than most hummus recipes out there, it is wonderfully creamy and addictive. Pizza and hummus become best buds in this incredibly delicious, bold-flavored dip.
#26 Nice Crispy Treats – This recipe mimics the flavors and textures of Rice Krispie Treats using more natural ingredients. These squares taste phenomenal, with the buttery richness of coconut butter and the sweetness of brown rice syrup.
BONUS IDEA: Fruit and Vegetable Bug Snacks by Brittany at NaturePath.com. Bring out your child’s inner artist with healthy fruit and vegetable bug snacks! These cute little bugs are a fun and easy recipe for kids. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan and low-sodium.