When you think of a grain-free and vegan diet, do you imagine it as boring and restrictive? It’s easy to feel that way when you focus on what you can’t eat. A grain-free diet excludes wheat, barley, rice, spelt, corn, as well as ancient grains like millet and quinoa. This means most commercial pastas, breads, and desserts are off-limits because they are typically made from grain-based flours.
But here’s the good news: you can still enjoy pasta, bread, and desserts on a grain-free and vegan diet! How, you ask? Well, we can make pasta from lentils and vegetables, bread from chickpea flour, and even baked desserts can be made from chickpea flour and almond flour. Alternatively, we can make them raw and replace the crusts with nuts and dates! Eating a grain-free and vegan diet may seem intimidating at first, but we’re here to show you that it’s anything but boring. In fact, after trying these 20 recipes, grains will be the last thing on your mind.
1. Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Noodles
Don’t worry, a grain-free diet doesn’t mean giving up noodles! These Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Noodles are made with creamy coconut milk and loaded with veggies for a quick, easy, and healthy dinner. The spiralized sweet potatoes make this dish light and energizing. Top it off with a dollop of homemade zesty mango salsa for some extra flavor.
2. Flourless Almond Butter Cookies
Who said you can’t have cookies on a grain-free diet? These Flourless Almond Butter Cookies are not only delicious, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. With just five ingredients – brown sugar, ground flaxseeds, water, almond butter, and a dash of salt – you can whip up these soft, buttery cookies in no time. Enjoy them with a tall glass of non-dairy milk for a perfect treat.
3. Fried Cauliflower Rice With Scrambled Tofu
Looking for a hearty grain-free breakfast? This Fried Cauliflower Rice With Scrambled Tofu is the answer. Packed with spring veggies and scrambled tofu, this dish is a grain-free version of fried rice. The cauliflower rice adds a lightness to the dish without compromising on flavor. For those who love a little heat, top it off with a drizzle of Sriracha.
4. No-Bake Chocolate-Coated Red Velvet Cake Pops
Get ready to indulge in these decadent No-Bake Chocolate-Coated Red Velvet Cake Pops. You won’t believe they’re grain-free! Made with Medjool dates, almond flour, and coconut flour, these little bites of red velvet cake are a chocolate lover’s dream. The optional chocolate coating takes them to the next level of deliciousness.
5. Paleo Beet Tortilla
These vibrant Paleo Beet Tortillas are not only grain-free but also packed with flavor. Grated beets give them a beautiful color and a slightly sweet and earthy taste. Fresh thyme adds a subtle aroma that everyone will love. Use them as a side with curry or wrap up your favorite fillings for a delicious grain-free meal.
6. Parsnip and Thyme Grain-Free Crackers
Looking for a satisfying and healthy snack? These Parsnip and Thyme Grain-Free Crackers are a perfect choice. Made with fresh produce, herbs, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts, they are flavorful and crunchy. Enjoy them on their own or pair them with your favorite dip or cashew cheese spread. These homemade crackers will become your go-to snack in no time.
7. Pasta Mushroom Stir-Fry
Craving a quick and delicious dinner? Try this Pasta Mushroom Stir-Fry. Made with White Button mushrooms, fresh parsley, and gluten-free lentil pasta, this dish is packed with flavor. It’s a perfect option for a busy day when you need something nutritious and satisfying on the table in no time.
8. Raw Mango Cupcakes
For all the dessert lovers out there, these Raw Mango Cupcakes are a must-try. The almond and sunflower seed crust provides a crunchy base, while the creamy mango filling adds a burst of tropical flavor. These cupcakes are so delicious, you won’t believe they are grain-free and vegan. They are the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings.
9. Raw Mushroom Lasagna With Zucchini Cheese
Indulge in this mouthwatering Raw Mushroom Lasagna. Made with layers of mushroom meat, golden zucchini cheese, garlic herb tomato sauce, and eggplant/zucchini “noodle” layers, this lasagna is a true delight. Don’t let the four layers intimidate you; the recipe is simple to follow. Once it’s assembled, just pop it in the oven or dehydrator for a satisfying meal.
10. Squash Ravioli With Kale Pesto and Pine Nuts
If you’re craving homemade ravioli, look no further than these Squash Ravioli With Kale Pesto and Pine Nuts. The ravioli shells are made from a blend of almond flour and cassava flour, making them grain-free and gluten-free. They’re stuffed with a roasted acorn squash filling and topped with a simple kale pesto and toasted pine nuts. It’s a flavor-packed dish that will impress your friends and family.
11. Asparagus Tart
This savory Asparagus Tart is perfect for brunch or any special occasion. The press-in crust is incredibly easy to make, and you can fill it with whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand. The result is a beautiful and delicious tart that will make you feel like a gourmet chef in no time.
12. Cauliflower Fried Rice With Mushrooms and Spinach
Cauliflower is a true hero when it comes to creating grain-free alternatives. This Cauliflower Fried Rice With Mushrooms and Spinach is a perfect example. Packed with veggies and full of flavor, this dish is a unique alternative to traditional fried rice. It pairs perfectly with tempeh, tofu, or any plant-based protein of your choice.
13. Chickpea Flatbread
This Chickpea Flatbread is a versatile and delicious addition to any meal. With a slightly dense but crumbly and crunchy texture, it’s the perfect accompaniment to pasta or stews. The best part? You can easily change the seasoning to fit your taste. This garlic-parsley version goes great with pasta, but feel free to get creative with your own flavors.
14. Creamy Ginger Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti
If eating healthier is one of your goals, this Creamy Ginger Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti is a must-try. Packed with immune-boosting superfoods like ginger, coconut, kale, and garlic, this dish is as nutritious as it is delicious. The raw cashews add creaminess, while simple seasonings bring out the flavors. It’s a guilt-free and satisfying meal that will leave you wanting more.
15. Fish Pie With Tofu and Oyster Mushrooms
Yes, you read that right – a vegan version of the classic British Fish Pie! This Fish Pie With Tofu and Oyster Mushrooms is surprisingly easy to make. The thick and creamy gravy and the layer of thick cheesy mash on top will satisfy your taste buds. It’s a comforting and flavorful dish that will impress even non-vegans.
16. Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
Calling all chocolate lovers! This Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake is the ultimate indulgence. The rich and intense flavor is thanks to the dark chocolate. Feel free to use a lighter percentage of chocolate, but we highly recommend sticking to the dark chocolate for that ultimate fudgy goodness. It’s a dessert that will leave you satisfied and craving more.
17. Poppy Seed Roll
Sometimes all you need is a simple roll to accompany your coffee or tea. This Poppy Seed Roll is made with almond flour, flax, and dates, making it grain-free and gluten-free. The result is a fresh and delicious roll that you can enjoy without any guilt. Indulge in this delightful treat on a lazy weekend morning.
18. Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownies
Who can resist a fudgy and decadent brownie? These Raw Chocolate Walnut Brownies are incredibly easy to make with just a food processor. The addition of chocolate topping takes them to the next level of deliciousness. Trust us, you won’t believe that they are grain-free and vegan. Eat them without any guilt and enjoy every bite.
19. Raw Lemon Lime Cheesecake
Looking for a refreshing and tangy dessert? This Raw Lemon Lime Cheesecake is perfect for you. The tart flavors of lemon and lime cut through the richness of cashews and coconut, creating a delightful balance of flavors. Impress your friends with this beautiful and delicious dessert.
20. Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts
Capture the flavors of summer with these Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts. They are gluten-free, grain-free, and bursting with deliciousness. The crust is made from blended pistachios, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, and sun-dried tomatoes, while the filling features thinly sliced zucchini and heirloom tomatoes mixed with basil and garlic. These tarts are a light and nourishing option for lunch or dinner.
Boring and restrictive? Not a chance! With these 20 recipes, you’ll discover a whole new world of grain-free and vegan possibilities. So go ahead, indulge in these delicious dishes, and enjoy the incredible flavors that a grain-free and vegan diet has to offer.
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