30 Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipes That Don’t Taste Like Cardboard

When you hear the words “vegan” and “gluten-free,” you might think “restrictive” or “diet food” instead of “delicious.” But hear us out: There are plenty of plant-based, grain-free recipes that don’t taste like you’re depriving yourself of anything.

But before we begin, let's make sure we're all on the same page. Vegan means no animal products of any kind; no meat, seafood, eggs, dairy or honey. And gluten-free means no grains that contain gluten, like wheat.

Whether you're looking for easy morning recipes like vegan everything bagels and vegan gluten-free banana bread or lunch and dinner recipes like gluten-free noodle bowls and creamy soups, these 30 vegan, gluten-free recipes have you covered for every meal of the day. And yes, that includes dessert. So serve them up for the whole family—don't worry, they're so delicious, even carnivores and carb-addicts will be totally on board.

Nisha Vora

1. Vegan & Gluten-free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

Dark chocolate is never a disappointment (and yes, if it doesn't contain milk, it's vegan). The addition of zingy ginger in this tart keeps every sweet bite intriguing.

Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. Vegan Slow-cooker Detox Coconut Soup

We're completely obsessed with this gluten-free noodle soup recipe. It’s easy, inexpensive and the leftovers hold up well for days in the fridge or months in the freezer (just leave out the noodles, then toss them into the broth and cook when you’re ready to eat).

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Aran Goyoaga

3. Radicchio, Lentil And Apple Salad With Vegan Cashew Dressing

Hello, ranch? We need to break up. This cashew-based salad dressing is creamy, decadent and miraculously, totally vegan. We're going to put it on every salad we eat until the end of time.

Simon Smith/Vegan 100

4. Vegan Sriracha ‘meatballs’ With Noodles And Grilled Vegetables

Rice noodles are a gluten-free vegan’s best friend. Add in some spiced tofu meatballs to the mix and you’ve made your new favorite dish. (Don't forget a healthy helping of hot sauce.)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Vegan Spaghetti Squash With Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Spaghetti squash, with its luscious golden strands and natural al dente texture, is a fantastic gluten-free substitute for traditional pasta. Serve it in its own natural bowl for an added fun touch.

The Full Helping

6. Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Cornbread can easily be made gluten-free, and it’s just as easy to finish an entire pan of it while dipping it into this yummy soup. And because it features our favorite vegetable on earth (cauliflower, duh) we're keeping it in our regular rotation.

Alejandra Graf/Brown Sugar & Vanilla

7. Vegan Chilaquiles With Red Sauce

This corn chip-based dish is equally fabulous for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Crumbled tofu subs in for the traditional fried egg topping and it’s an extremely worthy replacement.

Chloe Flavor

8. Vegan Fiesta Taco Bowl

Eat your heart out, Chipotle. All of the corn, rice, quinoa and beans in this Mexican-inspired taco bowl fill it with protein and flavor, and the texture changes with every bite of vegan goodness.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Vegan Chili ‘cheese’ Dip

Potatoes provide the starchy base for this queso-style dip, keeping all that spicy, gooey deliciousness totally gluten-free. Bring on the tortilla chips (just make sure they're made of corn).

Helene Dujardin/The Essential Vegan Keto Cookbook

10. Vegan Keto Everything Bagels

Ground flaxseed makes up the base of these gluten-free bagels. This makes them slightly more dense than traditional bagels, but they're 100 percent plant-based and so ready for your tofu cream cheese spread.

Nico Schinco / Styling: Aran Goyoaga

11. Instant Pot Vegan Pho

Traditional pho takes hours of cooking time. But thanks to the power of vegan ingredients (and an electric pressure cooker), this rice noodle soup can be yours in just over an hour. No Instant Pot? No problem. Just simmer the soup on your stove and you'll get the same satisfying results.

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Aran Goyoaga

12. Vegan And Gluten-free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart

A combo of brown rice flour and almond flour give this tart a nice crunch. If only all gluten-free, vegan desserts could be this delicious.

Chloe Flavor

13. Vegan Butternut Mac And ‘cheese’ With Smoky Shiitake ‘bacon’

This recipe tastes way too creamy to be vegan. Use chickpea macaroni or another gluten-free alternative, then grab a bowl and get cozy.

Minimalist Baker

14. One Bowl Vegan Gluten-free Banana Bread

Ripe bananas, almond butter and a homemade flax egg (it’s easy, just combine flaxseed meal and water) ensure this loaf of banana bread is moist, gooey and sweet. And best of all, there's only one bowl to wash.

Minimalist Baker

15. Vegan Gluten-free Pizza Crust

It’s not delivery, it’s your very own gluten-free, plant-based pizza (which is a million times better, IMO). Choose any topping you like to adorn this almond flour-based crust.

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16. Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew

Everyone is making chickpea stew these days, and there’s a good reason: It’s easy, über-satisfying and can be made with pantry ingredients like coconut milk and a can of garbanzo beans.

Photo: Liz Andrews/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Curry Noodles With Broccoli Rabe And Purple Cabbage

Rice noodles and spicy sauce bring so many layers of flavor with just a few ingredients. If you don’t have broccoli rabe, regular broccoli (or really any cruciferous vegetable, like cauliflower) will work just fine.

Emily Morgan

18. Warm Sesame Noodle Salad

Takeout? We don’t know her. We crave this pasta-salad hybrid constantly, so we make this every single week.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

19. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

Making your own soup doesn’t have to be complicated. Blend up the ingredients, add an Instagram-worthy garnish, ladle it into bowls and watch it disappear.

Half Baked Harvest

20. Homemade Vegan Twix Bars

You used to have a huge weakness for candy bars. But now that you’re vegan and gluten-free, Twix are off the menu, right? Fortunately, you are so wrong.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21. No-bake, Gluten-free Rose Petal Brownies

Normally, we don’t like to play favorites. But we’re pretty obsessed with these gorgeous no-bake, gluten-free rose petal brownies (psst—did we mention they’re vegan and sugar-free?).

Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Jodi Moreno

22. Kelp Noodle And Zucchini Pad Thai

Traditionally found in Korean dishes, kelp noodles don’t need any cooking—just soaking—and taste a bit like al dente glass noodles. They’re gluten-free, paleo and rich in nutrients like iron, vitamin K, calcium and fiber.

The Full Helping

23. Quick And Easy Red Curry Rice Noodle Bowls

A gluten free and vegan dinner from our friend Gena Hamshaw. (Don’t you dare skip the smoked tofu. It’s mandatory. Well, at least we think it is.)

Chocolate for Basil

24. The Best Gluten-free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

We’ve officially died and gone to cookie heaven. The only thing that would make this amazing dessert even better? A tall, frosty glass of oat milk.

The Simple Veganista

25. Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

With only ten ingredients and 15 minutes of cooking time, we’re adding these tasty pancakes to our breakfast (and maybe lunch and dinner) rotation immediately.

The Simple Veganista

26. Vegan Burrito Bowl

Pile this burrito bowl high with all of the veggie toppings your heart desires. Best of all: At your house, the guac is never extra.

Cookie and Kate

27. Quick Chana Masala

This Indian dish is already vegan and gluten-free, so there are no substitutions or fake meat required. Serve this with a heaping scoop of basmati rice.

Cookie and Kate

28. Toasted Oatmeal With Strawberry Chia Jam And Coconut Whipped Cream

We’re not exactly morning people, but if this gorgeous breakfast was waiting for us at the table, we wouldn’t even need an alarm clock.

Fork and Beans

29. Loaded Gluten-free Cookie Bars

If you have kids (or just eat like one), stop whatever you’re doing immediately and make these incredible cookie bars. We won’t tell if you have thirds. And fourths.

Fork and Beans

30. Gluten-free Churro Poppers

Head to the store for more ingredients, because you're going to need to make a double batch of these babies. Trust us.

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