Healthy Comfort Food Recipes (vegan + gluten-free)

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Vegan Comfort Food…does it sound like an oxymoron? I promise it’s possible, and I have the recipes to show you how it’s done! From creamy and cheesy pasta dishes to savory soups to rich and chocolatey treats, these are the recipes that bring me back to childhood.

Vegan Comfort Food

The more I asked around, the more I realized that comfort food means different things to different people! There were a few consistent answers across the board, though: hearty soups (broccoli cheddar and chicken noodle were the two most common, and I’ve got versions of both linked below!), macaroni and cheese (check!), and potatoes. Lots and lots of potatoes! For me, it’s cozy recipes that warm me up and bring me back to childhood…and chocolate. I’m a total chocoholic! Keep scrolling for Gluten-Free and Vegan Comfort Food recipes that will warm you from the inside out.

Soup for the Soul

Chickpea Soup for the Soul has all of the brothy, herbed comfort of chicken noodle soup, but I used chickpeas for a plant-based protein! I’ve also got a creamy broccoli soup, chilis, and stews loaded with fresh veggies and big-time flavor.

Vegan Comfort Food Pasta Recipes

Comfort food, to me, is pasta. All pasta! I love it so much, and once I found gluten-free pasta brands I loved, it opened up a whole new world of recipe possibilities. I love the brands Jovial and Andean Dream for gluten-free pasta. If you haven’t yet found a gluten-free pasta you love, don’t give up! There are so many options on the market now, I promise you’ll find one you love.

Warm & Comforting Vegan Drinks

If “comfort” to you means curling up with a warm mug in your hand, I’ve got a couple favorites perfect for sipping and smiling. These are all dairy-free (most made with Homemade Almond Milk!), and while I avoid caffeine since it’s a migraine trigger, you could absolutely add a shot of espresso to any of these recipes for an extra kick.

Potato Comfort Food Dishes

There’s something about potatoes that’s just so universal! I think everyone loves a good potato dish, whether it’s creamy mashed potatoes, flavorful potato salad, or crispy roasted potatoes. I even have a friend whose sick day comfort food is a bowl of brothy soup with a spoonful of mashed potatoes inside! These recipes are full of starchy, creamy, potato-filled comfort, and I’m positive you’ll find one to love.

Cheesey Vegan Comfort Foods

Say cheese! Everyone loves a cheesy dish, and vegans are no exception. Since I don’t eat dairy, though, I rely on vegan versions! I’ve got nacho, ricotta, mozzarella…all of the delicious recipes you need to make vegan comfort food.

Sweets

Sweet treats! Is comfort food all savory and flavorful, or do you love something chocolatey and sweet on a day when you need a little extra love? Chocolate is a total comfort food for me, so I made sure to include plenty of chocolate along with cookies, puddings, muffins, and my favorite sautéed apples.

If you make any of these Vegan Comfort Food recipes, I hope you’ll tag me on Instagram! You can also leave a review below any recipes you try so others can see how you liked it. These recipes are all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free. Most have nut-free options as well! I’ve got a ton of vegan recipes roundups here on the blog, too. Check them out below!

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