Top 10 Vegan Recipes of 2020


So many vegan treats! 2020 was a crazy year, and I was so curious to see which recipes you loved the most over these last 12 months. Here are the Top 10 Vegan Recipes from Eating by Elaine in 2020! Maybe you’ll even find a new favorite of your own. Thanks for reading (and cooking!) along this year!

I love to end the year by looking back at which posts got the most love in 2020! It was really interesting to see the recipes YOU enjoyed, made, shared, and saved. Some of them surprised me, and some were favorites of mine, too! The main thing I learned? My readers have a MAJOR sweet tooth, which makes you my kind of people! Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Vegan Recipes that everyone craved this year…

Dole Whip (Vegan Pineapple Soft Serve)

Everyone loves this Dole Whip recipe! Maybe it was because you were missing Disney World this year, but Dole Whip was the most-loved 2020 recipe on my site!

Dole Whip Pineapple Whipped Soft Serve

Vegan Shawarma Bowl

Ooh, do I love a Shawarma Bowl! This one is full of delicious flavor and has become a weeknight go-to in our house. The best bonus: the leftovers make the most delicious lunch EVER. I look forward to it all morning! It’s the only savory dish in the Top 10 Vegan Recipes, but it’s good enough to stand alone amongst the sweets.

Cauliflower Chickpea Shawarma Quinoa Bowl

Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

This is for sure one of my top faves from 2020, so I was thrilled it got love from you, too! It’s a Blender Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream–no ice cream machine needed! Everyone who tries it agrees they cannot believe this is a vegan ice cream with vegetables snuck in.

No-Churn Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

I was initially unsure if anyone would believe they could make fluffy, delicious cupcakes and frosting with sweet potatoes…but this sweet treat cruised into a Top 10 Vegan Recipes spot and proved you can have both dessert AND a serving of sweet potatoes!

Vegan Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Vegan Dalgona Whipped Matcha Latte

Dalgona coffee totally had a viral moment this year, and I had so much fun creating a matcha version of the whipped drink! This version is naturally sweetened, super easy to make, and fluffy, rich, and creamy. It’s the only drink in the top 10 vegan recipes, and it’s a good one!

Easy Matcha Dalgona Whipped Latte

The Easiest Granola Recipe

Buying good granola in the store can be pricey, and most people don’t realize that it’s SO EASY to make your own. You can totally customize the ingredients and add-ins and within minutes you have a fresh batch. We make this Easy Granola at least once a week in my house!

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Granola Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Muffins: Vegan & Gluten-Free

Every single bite of these muffins tastes just like summertime. Everyone loved these in the warmer months, and I think they’d be just as delicious in the winter when you need a bit of sunshine! My Lemon Blueberry Muffins are made without gluten or refined sugar and they’re totally vegan.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

The Best Vegan Hot Chocolate Made in Your Blender (Refined Sugar-Free!)

This recipe just might be in the top 10 vegan recipes because of how much kids love it! This is a must for rainy and snowy days, and if you top it off with a little coconut whipped cream and some chocolate shavings or vegan marshmallows your kids will lose their minds in excitement. It’s the BEST Vegan Hot Chocolate I’ve ever had! And it is SO simple to whip up in a couple minutes in your blender.

Blender Vegan Hot Chocolate

If any year called for a Cookie Cake, it was definitely 2020! This is for sure a Top 10 Vegan Recipe from the year! This is such a fun treat for birthdays, holidays, or weekdays that need a sweet pick-me-up. You totally have my permission to add as many chocolate chips as your heart desires. You’ve earned it 😉

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Vegan & Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars! Is there any other dessert more sunshiney and classic? My vegan version is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, soft and delicious. These would be an absolute hit at potlucks, BBQs, baby showers, or just as a dessert made for your loved ones.

How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Lemon Bars

Looking for New Year’s Eve Recipes?

For some New Year’s Eve fun, check out these recipes! Here are a few of my favorite drinks, desserts, and appetizers for the big night (all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free):

Sparkling Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails (or Mocktails!)
Vegan Dessert Shooters

Pasta Fresca

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Fettuccini

Restaurant Style Sautéed Mushrooms

Sheet Pan Vegan Nachos
Sweet & Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Strawberry Mint Lime Spritzers

Sweet Potato Rounds with Vegan Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts

Easy Almond Flour Crackers

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Need some extra luck in 2021?

They say eating black-eyed peas in the new year will bring you luck (and we ALL need a little more of that)! So, let’s kickoff this new year with this easy Black-Eyed Pea and Avocado Salsa! It is nutritious and offers fresh, bold, zesty flavors that pair perfectly with your fave chip. Or, serve as a side salad!

If you’re planning a dietary reset in 2021, you’ll enjoy reading Our Favorite Fresh Homemade Juices. I love juicing and these recipes are the favorites in our house!

If you are looking to eat healthier in 2021 I rounded-up my favorite extra nutritious plant-based recipes. Remember, nourish don’t punish! 🙂

I am SO grateful to have you reading along here. It is so fun to share my favorite foods with you and see them enjoyed by your families! Did any of your favorites make the Top 10? Any recipes you thought would be on here but weren’t? And…what recipes are you hoping to see on the blog in 2021?! Let me know below or on Instagram. I love hearing from you!

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