Kids can be fussy eaters – it’s a well-known fact. This can be particularly challenging, and so finding a good variety of meals and snacks to keep them happy whilst also fulfilling their dietary needs is pretty important.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of Vegan Recipes that you can make for your kids, to help them to look forward to mealtimes, whilst giving them all of the good things that they need!.
Eating healthy is integral to our children’s health and well-being as they are growing, and sometimes, incorporating vegetables into their meals can be difficult. This can be particularly daunting to kids, and trying to give them something completely unrecognizable may lead to chaos at the dinner table.
To make this easier on both you and the children that you cook for, it can help to compromise, and give them healthier food choices that both taste good and resemble the foods that they are more familiar with.
You might be trying to introduce a child to a new diet or maybe you’re just trying to make vegetables fun and exciting for them- either way, there’s sure to be something to suit both you and the children’s needs within this kid-friendly vegan recipe list.
What Types of Recipes Have We Included?
We’ve tried to include recipes for some dishes that may seem more familiar to as well as a few recipes that may be a little different, yet exciting, helping you to expand your kids’ palate and change up your mealtimes a little (whilst still getting them to eat that healthy goodness!).
We also know how hard it can be to find the time to cook complicated meals when you’re taking care of children. We’ve included simple, fast recipes to help you minimize your time in the kitchen. These recipes are also meatless and free of dairy.
We’ve tried to pick recipes that are either free of oil and sugar or have a small amount of these ingredients to keep them healthy – as well as making sure they’ve got loads of vegetables!
There are recipes for every meal – breakfast, lunch, and dinner! We all know that children love their snacks – so we’ve included a few of these, too.
So, without further ado, if you’re looking for Vegan Recipes for Kids, check out our list below for a range of tasty, vegan recipes that we’ve found, perfect for both you and your kids’ needs!
Kid-Friendly Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, so it’s also important to recognize the many forms your breakfast might take.
Some children might like a simple bowl of cereal, or perhaps they might prefer toast or yogurt. Luckily, these types of breakfast dishes are quite easy to make vegan – you can use plant-based ingredients, such as plant-based milk and yogurt, almond butter, and fruit jams.
This can get a bit boring though. It’s hard to change your breakfast routine up all of the time, but we’ve included some recipes that you might want to try if you and your kids are feeling a bit adventurous.
If you’re looking for a way to save some time in the mornings, we’ve included some recipes that can be made in advance by putting a little bit of time aside on the weekend, making your morning routine a lot less stressful.
Not only are these breakfast bars super fast and easy to make, but they’re packed full of loads of good, healthy ingredients.
These peanut butter breakfast bars can act as a source of protein, potassium, fiber, and omega-3’s, meaning that your children will be given exactly the start that they need to really make the most of their day.
Did we mention that it only takes thirty minutes to make them? These are also gluten and dairy-free. They don’t include any refined sugars, and they’re also vegan!
These baked banana donuts are so unbelievably tasty, and will completely transform breakfast time for both you and the children that you are cooking for.
These doughnuts are both vegan and gluten-free, as well as being completely delicious and easy to pop into a lunch box, making them the perfect choice for an easy, yet healthy, breakfast or snack with fussy kids.
These doughnuts are also free of nuts, so if anyone in your family has a nut allergy, you should definitely give this recipe a try.
Store-bought granola is full of unnecessary sugar and oil, preservatives, and other additives, as well as not being very cost-effective. Why buy granola, when you can make your own, healthy, yet delicious granola at home?
This incredibly simple recipe only calls for five ingredients, but it’s fully customizable, meaning that you can add a variety of different fruits and other extras to make your granola taste exactly the way that you want it to!
Not only is this a healthier option for your children, but homemade granola is so much better than store-bought granola – it’s definitely worth the extra effort.
These deliciously moist, vegan zucchini muffins are a genius way to sneak vegetables into your children’s breakfast times. You can choose to spread them with vegan butter or to really get their attention, you can add some fruit, or vegan chocolate chips (or both!).
If you’d like to make these muffins gluten-free, you can substitute the flour with gluten-free flour. This recipe uses flax-seed and hot water in place of eggs, but to sneak just a little bit more fruit into this, you can choose to use mashed banana instead.
Who doesn’t love tacos? We know that most kids love a good ‘Taco Tuesday’ – but who says they have to wait until dinnertime? This tasty recipe for Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos is sure to make breakfast time a lot more exciting for your kids.
The breakfast tacos in this recipe are vegan, gluten-free, and super simple to make! They’re packed with flavor and goodness, as well as super fast to make. This recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
These tasty vegan blueberry breakfast bars are juicy, full of flavor, and to top it all off- healthy and kid-friendly! They’re vegan, dairy-free, and made without any refined sugars (whilst still tasting deliciously sweet!). They include a little extra goodness, as the oats and chia seeds act as a source of protein.
Although they may take a little extra time, they’re super easy to make and can be stored for up to one week in a fridge, or they can be frozen and defrosted, meaning you can make these in advance in order to maximize the amount of time that you have in bed in the mornings.
Vegan Lunch Ideas for Children
Now, this is where it can get hard. We’ve always found that it’s so much easier (and therefore, tempting), to reach for a simple, tried, and true lunch option for you and your children, such as sandwiches or leftovers.
There’s nothing wrong with this – but why not mix it up? We’ve included a few easy recipes that are sure to make your kids’ faces light up as soon as they open up their lunchboxes.
This super quick lunch can successfully incorporate a bunch of vegetables into your children’s diet, without hiding the vegetables! You can even involve your child in the process of making it by having them help you to prepare the vegetables, helping to get them excited about eating these vegetables later on.
These quesadillas are packed full of protein, and, amazingly, they only take 25 minutes to make!
This colorful, kid-friendly, and vegan pasta salad is perfect for parents that are tired of packing lunchboxes. You can use whatever vegetables you have at home, and a small portion of this pasta can go a long way.
This recipe is easily changed up to incorporate things that your children may like, whilst remaining tasty, healthy, and fun! You can make this ahead of time, allowing for easy, yet tasty, healthy, and filling packed lunches for your children, with very little effort involved!
Who doesn’t love a classic tomato soup? This delicious soup can easily be transported in a thermos, meaning that this soup is the perfect winter lunch for your children.
This comforting meal can even be paired with a grilled cheese sandwich made from vegan cheese, helping you to present your children with a classic choice, that’s packed full of all of the plant-based goodness that you are looking for.
Believe it or not, this mac and cheese is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free! It’s super easy to make, and involves near to no cooking – apart from boiling the pasta, of course!
This recipe uses nutritional yeast to get that cheesy flavor that we all expect, as well as vegan cream cheese. It only takes a few minutes to make, and is sure to be a favorite in your household!
You can even involve your children when making this – just make sure to help boil and drain the macaroni!
What kid doesn’t like pizza? These mini pizzas are super convenient to make, as instead of using pizza dough, you use sandwich thins!
With only four ingredients and then any extra toppings that you and your children may like, you can use these mini-vegan pizzas to incorporate and vegetables that you choose! This means that these pizzas are brilliant to make with your children when you aren’t in a rush.
To make things even better, after assembly, these pizzas only take 10-12 minutes in the oven, meaning that they’re super fast to make as well!
Vegan, Kid-Friendly Snack and Dessert Recipes
We’ve covered breakfast and lunch, but what about snacks and desserts?
As well as their three main meals, children are notorious for the number of snacks that they may consume throughout the day. Whilst things like fresh fruit and nuts and vegetables with dip may be fast, healthy, and easy choices, you might be looking to make it a little more interesting for your child.
Rather than having to constantly say no to help them to keep a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet, we’ve included a bunch of healthy, yet tasty, vegan alternatives that you can provide your child with throughout the day.
Read on for some tasty snacks that you can make for your child as a substitute for their typical, after-school snack!
These delightful snacks don’t take long to make at all – they’re ready in just a few minutes! If your kids are big chocolate lovers, these Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls are sure to hit the spot. These are vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and don’t require any baking at all!
The main ingredient in this recipe is dates, making these chocolate snacks a healthy treat!
Homemade applesauce is, without a doubt, a much tastier, healthier alternative to store-bought applesauce. This applesauce is easy to make, and you can choose to use seasonings such as cinnamon and nutmeg to make it even better.
You can use this applesauce in a variety of different ways, or just give the kids a small portion to eat with a spoon! This is a super tasty, vegan, kid-friendly snack!
This recipe is a clever way to get kids to eat their greens without them even knowing.
We all love a chocolate brownie, so a healthy, chocolate brownie that tastes nice whilst also getting your children to eat their vegetables sounds like a miracle! If they like chocolate brownies, they’re sure to ask for more of these.
These are super easy to make, not to mention vegan, dairy-free, and unbelievably tasty!
This chocolate mousse is convenient to make, as it only uses four ingredients and takes fifteen minutes! It’s completely vegan, and it’s a great source of protein. This is a kid-friendly, tasty dessert – not to mention, surprisingly healthy.
If you have chocolate lovers in your family, this is sure to be a hit!
If you’re struggling to get your kids to eat their vegetables, what better way to do so than in the form of chips?
These moreish kale chips are oil-free, vegan, and nut-free. They also provide a really good source of protein, fiber, iron, potassium, and magnesium, not to mention the high number of vitamins packed into this healthy snack!
You can choose to season these however you wish, meaning you can make these often but switch up the flavor, so your kids can have variety throughout the week! These can be made in advance and stored for up to a week.
These delectable vegan flapjacks are sugar-free, making them a healthier choice for your child as an afternoon snack. They’re fruity, gluten-free, dairy-free, and super convenient, as they’re easy to make, and can be made ahead of time.
Your kids are sure to love these, which is great, as these flapjacks are packed full of nutrients, and inexpensive to make. You can choose to change some of the ingredients in these to make them to you and your children’s tastes – or you might choose to make a few different flavors, and experiment!
Either way, these delicious flapjacks are a great option.
Vegan Dinners That Your Child is Sure to Love
This is the tough one. Dinnertimes can be hard with all children, especially when trying to get them to eat their vegetables!
If you’re looking for additional ideas on kid-friendly meals, however, we’ve put together some extra options for tasty vegan dinner recipes that are easy to make. Enjoy!
This tasty vegan burger doesn’t crumble, meaning it is perfect for picky eaters.
These burgers are full of protein, however, they’re completely vegan and gluten-free, making them a healthy option! You can serve these with some vegan cheese and buns, making them a delicious homemade burger that your kids will almost certainly love.
They’re also full of fiber, so they can contribute to a filling, healthy meal for your whole family. You can flavor these to your taste, meaning that this is a good dish to experiment with over time.
These veggie nuggets are kid-friendly food, perfect for dipping, and full of healthy vegetables. They’re easy to make and a brilliant way to get children to eat their vegetables.
You can pair these with baked fries and a variety of vegan sauces to make for a deceptively healthy vegan meal!
Kids love burritos, and what better way to mix them up than with some sweet potatoes? These burrito bowls are full of vegetables and delicious flavors.
Not only will your kids look forward to eating this meal, but it’s also super easy to make, with only fifteen minutes of prep before putting your burrito bowl-stuffed sweet potatoes in the oven. These are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free!
Pasta is super convenient to make, so why not make your own sauce? This recipe shows you how you can use pasta sauces to include vegetables within your children’s diet, whilst also making sure that any picky eaters or children with textural issues are comfortable.
These vegan pitta packets are actually a big hit with kids, even though they include both broccoli and tofu. These are quick and easy to make, making them perfect for busy school nights.
This healthy, vegan, avocado pasta can be a lifesaver on busy nights during the week. It’s also super healthy, as not only is it made with avocado, but you can also choose to add other vegetables that your family likes to your pasta as well!
This pasta goes amazingly with added ingredients such as pumpkin seeds, pinenuts, and broccoli, so feel free to customize this dish however you would like!
So we’ve talked about vegan breakfast tacos, but what about vegan black bean and corn tacos? This is a delicious recipe that everyone will look forward to. It’s super easy to make, soy-free, gluten-free, and healthy, with loads of vegetables! Despite the vegetables, however, they’re kid-friendly and customizable for picky eaters.
Okay, so this one really is a game-changer. Not only are these meatballs vegan, but they can be made gluten-free and your kids will definitely love them.
After making them, you can use these in a variety of ways – add them to your favorite vegan tomato pasta sauce, or make a meatball sub, it’s up to you! These will make mealtimes a breeze.
This tasty lasagna is unbelievable, as it’s surrounded by filo pastry, making it really crispy. This is full of vegetables and vegan-friendly protein, meaning that this lasagna is also super healthy and a great meal option!
Whilst this might take a little longer to make, it’s definitely worth it, as this will be a filling and extremely satisfying meal for the whole family.
Who said food can’t be fun? This cucumber sushi is sure to excite your kids, as they can join in, and it’s simple and quick to make. You can customize this however you like, by adding different kinds of seasoning, vegetables, or rice.
This is a great way to get children excited about vegetables. You can make this for mealtimes with some other vegan sides, or you could add this to their lunchboxes. It’s completely up to you!
These creamy vegan enchiladas are a brilliant midweek meal. They’re tasty, kid-friendly, and they’re also gluten-free! What’s not to love? They’re super easy to make, and whilst you might choose to make your own sauce, according to the recipe, you can use store-bought sauce, making it even easier.
Chicken noodle soup is known to be one of the best comfort foods – so why not make it vegan? If someone in your family is suffering from a cold, this is definitely a great meal to make to help them with their recovery. Provided that you make sure that your tofu is well seasoned, everyone will love this!
Grilled cheeses are absolutely divine, and really easy to make, so a vegan grilled cheese packed with loads of tasty greens can never go wrong. If your kids like these, make them this for a super healthy, tasty, and filling meal! You might even choose to pair this with the tomato soup recipe we’ve suggested earlier in this article.
This is a ridiculously tasty meal, that only takes 30 minutes to make! This recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, and it also includes a bunch of healthy veggies meaning that it’s healthy for your kids.
If you’re trying to incorporate more protein into your diets, this is also a good dish because it includes 20 grams of protein, making it really good for growing children. You can choose to customize this however you would like, and it’s easily adaptable for different serving sizes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Introduce My Kids to Vegan/Plant-Based Meals?
Deciding to be vegan as a family, or even just incorporate more vegan meals may seem difficult at first. Before completely changing everything up, have a conversation with your children about why you want to lead a vegan or a healthier lifestyle, and discuss potential alternatives to their usual diet.
By showing them how a lot of the food that they already eat can be made vegan or plant-based, you can also help to make the process a lot less stressful for your children.
Once everyone is prepared, you can start to experiment with recipes like the ones included in our list above, whilst also making sure to include a lot of the vegan foods that they already like.
How Can I Help A Picky Eater to Find New Foods Less Scary?
Forcing a child to eat food that they aren’t sure about may not always end in your favor. A lot of children are sensitive to different flavors and textures, and this is something that should be kept in mind when planning meals.
If they show interest in any foods that you are eating that they would not usually eat, allow them to try a little. You can also ask them to try one spoonful of every new food, allowing them to opt-out of eating any more if they don’t like it. You can also reward them for trying new food with a little of the food that they already like.
Through encouraging their exploration of tastes and flavors, you may find that they widen their palate. In the list above, we have included a few recipes that are sure to please even the fussiest of eaters. Give them a go – you might be surprised.