Do you ever miss those simpler times when your biggest worry in life was whether or not mom would let you have a second slice of pizza at dinner and if you could stay up past your bedtime to watch cartoons? Sure, we had rules to follow but the food was good and it didn’t have the same effect on our bodies that it does now.
Nowadays, we may have to deal with the reality of responsibilities and calories but that doesn’t mean we can’t treat our taste buds to some good ‘ole classics from time to time. Plant-based versions of our meaty, full fat, sugary loaded childhood’s favorites are healthier anyway. You can even make them with your kids and not feel guilty serving it to them.
Reconnect with your inner child by indulging in these 15 delicious vegan versions of your childhood classics.
Crispy Tofu Nuggets
These Crispy Tofu Nuggets are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. If you don’t want to deep fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. It also goes great with your morning tofu scramble eggs!
Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Making vegan grilled cheese without nuts or soy can be tricky, this recipe recreates the sandwich we all know and love without either! This Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich combines vegetables, sunflower seeds, and a little bit of nutritional yeast for extra cheesy flavor, resulting in an ooey-gooey sandwich that’s perfect for dipping in tomato soup.
Lasagna is for everyone – perfect for entertaining, a cool fall day, the picky eater, the casserole lover and the comfort food connoisseur. This 9-Vegetable Lasagna has tofu ricotta, fresh herbs and lots of delicious veggies. The ingredients that make this lasagna perfect are red pepper flakes, fresh oregano, and cumin. These ingredients make the perfect zing, like a gorgeous pop of color for the tongue. You have to try it!
Pretzel Wrapped ‘Cheese’ Dogs
These Pretzel Wrapped “Cheese” Dogs will bring you right back to your childhood summers. They are wrapped in a perfectly textured homemade dough, sprinkled with cheese inside and out, and then served with a zesty spicy mustard.
Hearts of Palm ‘Fish’ Sticks
Remember those frozen fish sticks your mom used to throw on a sheet pan and heat up in the toaster oven? These Hearts of Palm “Fish” Sticks are way better. Hearts of palm are the secret ingredient in these “un-fish” sticks, and you will be amazed at how similar they look and taste to traditional fish sticks! Vegetables – what can’t they do?
Casual comfort food at its best — the iconic hot dog has been transformed into a healthy sausage link of deliciousness using plant-based ingredients: the haute dog! These Meat-Free Haute Dogs are made from tofu, wheat protein, and oat flour seasoned with a blend of savory spices to make them taste just like the American classic. Serve with mustard, ketchup, and plenty of relish.
Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
Cheeseburgers and mac and cheese are two of the most common comfort foods. On their own, they’re delicious. And together? Well, try out this Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese and you’ll find out! It includes macaroni pasta smothered in rich, creamy, and yes, life-changing, cheese sauce. Not to mention, a hefty portion of ground beef-style crumbles. Indulge away!
Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza
Pepperoni pizza is a comfort food with flavors holds a permanent spot in our hearts. But what can you do when you want it meatless and dairy-free? This Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza recreates that hot, spicy pepperoni flavor with crispy, thinly sliced zucchini marinated in a spicy and flavorful sauce. Top that with melty vegan cheese and you’re ready for pizza night.
While normally meat-heavy, one clever vegan has found a way to make the legendary bolognese sauce transcend into the realm of meat-free sauces just in time to take over your taste buds and your dinner table. Tempeh, mushrooms, and lentils give this Bolognese Sauce an excellent texture that will convince the most hardcore carnivores.
Easy-Peasy ‘Hamburger’ Soup
This Easy-Peasy “Hamburger” Soup has all the hearty, savory, “meaty” goodness of a burger, but there’s no meat involved here! And it’s a great recipe if you want a filling dinner but are short on time – you can just throw all the ingredients in a crock pot and you’re good to go!
Peanut Butter, Jam, and Banana French Toast Sandwich
This amazing twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is guaranteed to have your mouth watering. Adding French toast and bananas, this treat is equal parts cinnamon and sweetness! Turmeric and date add a special twist, while keeping this Peanut Butter, Jam, and Banana French Toast Sandwich healthy!
It is impossible to eat these Cereal Doughnuts without a smile on your face. They’re fluffy, sweet, and airy, slathered in a decadent sugar icing, and then topped with crunchy cereal. Deep-fried deliciousness at its finest!
Rainbow Pop Tarts
Taste the rainbow for breakfast. …Or brunch, lunch, or dinner. Treat yourself to these colorful, homemade Rainbow Pop Tarts any time of day. They look like something out of a professional bakery, but they’re surprisingly easy to make. You won’t find any obscure ingredients here!
Toasted Coconut Cashew Rice Crispy Treats
This recipe gives you all the goodness of the rice crispy treats you loved as a child in an easy, veganized recipe – we know, it’s very exciting. The toasted coconut adds a wonderful flavor and the roasted cashews give these Toasted Coconut Cashew Rice Crispy Treats an added crunch that is absolutely delightful.
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are chewy, soft, not too sweet, with a bit of crunch in every bite. Enjoy them with a tall glass of milk to feel like a kid again. Can you say yum?
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”