27 delicious vegan keto recipes for you to try for breakfast, lunch, and dinner PLUS snacks, condiments, and even dessert! Vegan, keto, gluten-free.
Happy 2019, friends!
I still can't believe how fast 2018 went! Did you make any resolutions or intentions (like we did) for 2019?
Our 2019 Intentions:
- Stick to a daily schedule (We tend to get distracted easily)
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes 3X a week
- Worry less about things that I can't control (Super hard for me)
- Go to bed earlier (So we will wake up earlier and stick to intention #1)
- Be more positive
- Try more things that scare us (this is mostly for me, Travis is pretty fearless)
I'm so thrilled to see how many people have pledged to try Veganuary this year as one of their New Year resolutions! I read that they had the most people sign up EVER-- that's such a huge and wonderful step!
I've also heard some of my vegan friends say that they're going to give a keto lifestyle a try to help them lose weight. Personally, Travis and I don't follow a vegan keto diet, we just live a very simple and easy vegan lifestyle and eat whatever we want (within reason). However, I wanted to put together a list of vegan keto recipes to help anyone thinking about trying a keto diet this year.
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What is a Keto Diet?
A keto diet consists of high-fat foods + low-carb foods + modest amounts of protein. When a person follows a keto diet, their goal is to reach ketosis so their body will burn fat instead of glucose. To do this, people will consume foods that are high in fat which is why they turn to high-fat animal products like butter, meat, and dairy.
Can You Do A Keto Diet If You Are Vegan?
Good news! Yes, vegans and plant-based people can absolutely follow a vegan keto diet. It might take a little planning (because it can be more restrictive) but it can definitely be done. Check out the guidelines below...
Vegan Keto Diet Basics
- Consume NO animal products.
- Increase intake of high-fat vegan products like nuts, seeds, avocados, full-fat coconut milk, nut butter, vegan butter, cashew cheese, olive oil, coconut oil.
- Increase intake of leafy greens and low-carb vegetables.
- Limit intake of carbs, only 35 grams per day (Beans, whole grains, rice, pasta).
- Consume only plant-based proteins like tofu and tempeh.
- Limit intake of sugar (natural ((berries are ok in moderation)) and processed).
- Avoid processed foods (frozen meals, prepared foods, sauces, condiments).
How Do You Go Vegan On Keto?
If you're following a keto diet and want to transition to a plant based keto lifestyle then the first thing you will need to do is cut out all animal products. Once you've done that it will be a simple matter of following the food basics above of what you should and shouldn't eat.
Want to see a vegan keto before and after video? Check this out.
Is Keto Better Than Vegan?
My opinion is biased because I'm vegan but I don't think an animal-based keto diet is better than a vegan diet. Diets don't work the same for everyone so it really depends on what your end goal is. There is no right answer to this question, try it and do what works for you.
Can You Be Vegan And Low Carb?
Absolutely, I have a whole list of low-carb vegan recipes for you to try!
One way that I like to fill myself up without eating carbs is by drinking a green keto smoothie. If you're looking for a low-carb (and no sugar!) vegan keto protein powder to try-- I love this one and use it in all of my smoothies!
Can Vegans Eat Low Carb?
Vegans can definitely eat a low carb diet, here's a list of low-carb vegetables that vegans can enjoy in abundance...
- Bell Peppers
- Baby bok choy
- Collard Greens
- Swiss Chard
Is Vegetarian Keto Possible?
Sure! If a vegan diet seems too restrictive to you then a vegetarian keto diet might work better for you. The only difference would be that you can still eat eggs and dairy on a vegetarian keto diet.
25 Vegan Keto Recipes You Have to Try!
Now that we've covered the basics of what a vegan keto diet consists of let's get into the recipes! I've collected a list of recipes from my most trusted vegan bloggers (their recipes always turn out amazing!) that you can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even a keto dessert!
Vegan Keto Breakfast Recipes
The following vegan keto breakfast recipes are all low carb, vegan, and delicious!
1 - Curried Tofu Scramble (don't serve w/roasted potatoes), recipe here.
2 - Berry Cauliflower and Greens Smoothie Bowl (No Bananas!), recipe here.
Photo Credit: The Conscious Dietitian
3 - Low-Carb Maple Oatmeal (No oats!), recipe here.
Photo Credit: My PCOS Kitchen
Vegan Keto Snack Recipes
Each of the following vegan keto snack recipes are super tasty, plant-based, and the crackers would be delicious dipped in the guacamole!
4 - Low-Carb Keto Crackers, recipe here.
Photo Credit: The Conscious Dietitian
5 - Best Ever Guacamole, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Downshiftology
6 - Best Keto Low-Carb Crackers, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Low Carb Yum
Vegan Keto Lunch Recipes
Each of the following vegan keto lunch recipes are delicious on their own but consider adding baked tofu or tempeh for a super filling protein boost! You could serve these meals for dinner too!
7 - Avocado Tomato Arugula Salad, recipe here.
8 - Triple Green Kale Salad, recipe here.
Photo Credit: I Heart Umami
9 - Tomato Mushroom Spaghetti Squash, recipe here.
Photo Credit: What a Girl Eats
10 - Asian Ginger Slaw, recipe here.
11 - Easy Broccoli Fried Rice, recipe here.
Photo Credit: I Heart Umami
Vegan Keto Dinner Recipes
All of these vegan keto dinner recipes are low-carb but filling, delicious, and perfect for a healthy supper! Make sure you check out the keto side dishes (after this section) to pair with these main courses.
12 - Spicy Thai Curry Cauliflower Soup, recipe here.
13 - Roasted Cauliflower Tofu Tacos (with low-carb vegan wraps), recipe here.
**This is a high protein vegan keto recipe!
14 - Instant Pot Whole Roasted Indian Masala Cauliflower, recipe here.
Photo Credit: The Belly Rules the Mind
15 - Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice, recipe here.
16 - Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Hemp Pesto, recipe here.
Photo Credit: The Conscious Dietition
Vegan Keto Side Dishes
Pair these keto side dishes with any of the main course options listed above for a super delicious dinner! For a lighter meal, you could serve any of these side dishes with baked tofu or tempeh.
17 - Zucchini Tomato Pesto Bake, recipe here.
18 - Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus, recipe here.
19 - Low-Carb Roasted Garlic Rosemary Radishes, recipe here.
20 - Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic & Herbs, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Downshiftology
21 - Low-Carb Lemon Roasted Cabbage, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Kalyn's Kitchen
Vegan Keto Crockpot
22 - Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Vegan in the Freezer
Vegan Keto Condiments
While most condiments (ketchup, jam, jelly, BBQ sauce, maple syrup), should be limited on a vegan keto diet meal plan you can still enjoy certain condiments! You can have hot sauce, soy sauce, yellow mustard, vinaigrette, vegan mayo, and vegan butter.
23 - Vegan Garlic Aioli, recipe here.
24 - Vegan Ranch Dressing, recipe here.
**Some people avoid using cashews in their keto dressings because they're a bit higher in carbs than other nuts but they can still be enjoyed in moderation.
Photo Credit: Nora Cooks
25 - Dairy-Free Basil Pesto, recipe here.
Photo Credit: The Organic Kitchen
Vegan Keto Dessert Recipes
While sugar should be avoided on the keto diet, you might want to splurge once in a while and these are healthy keto dessert recipes!
26 - Mexican Spiced Keto Chocolate, recipe here.
Photo Credit: A Clean Bake
27 - Chocolate Almond Avocado Pudding, recipe here.
Photo Credit: Simply So Healthy
I hope you find this list of plant based keto recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to be helpful! If you find yourself needing more recipes to try, check out this vegan keto cookbook, it has awesome reviews and is highly rated!
Daily Vegan Keto Diet Meal Plan
In case you are feeling overwhelmed after looking at all these delicious plant based keto recipes and you don’t know where to start or what to make, I thought it would be helpful to share my ideal daily vegan keto diet meal plan with you. If I were following this diet then this is exactly what I would make for a few day’s worth of meals. The portions are enough for a few days so you only have to cook once!
If you don’t see any recipes on this list that strike your fancy, check this list of low-carb vegan recipes for more inspiration!
Daily Vegan Keto Diet Meal Plan
- Large Pan
- Large Baking Tray
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Large Pot
- Breakfast - Tofu Scramble with Vegetables
- Snack - Low-Carb Keto Crackers
- Lunch - Avocado Tomato Arugula Salad
- Dinner - Spicy Thai Curry Cauliflower Soup
- Breakfast - When you make the tofu scramble, divide it into four portions so you can prep breakfast for a few days! Make sure to fill it out with lots of vegetables. I prefer mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, spinach, edamame, and bok choy!
- Snack - If you find yourself craving a snack, guacamole would go perfectly with the low carb keto crackers. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top of the guac for an extra boost!
- Lunch - The avocado tomato arugula salad is delicious by itself but baked tempeh would be a delicious filling add-on if you need a protein boost!
- Dinner - This soup is delicious by itself but if you'd like to pair it with a vegetable side dish, I highly recommend the garlic roasted bok choy.
- Mix and match the recipes on this list to make your perfect daily meal plan!
- Try to meal prep on Sunday so you'll have meals ready to eat throughout the week.
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Which keto recipe are you going to try first? Please let me know in a comment!
Awh thanks for making this!!! Gives a great starting point. I've been doing keto and while not vegan yet, I have really been trying to limit my animal consumption. I don't eat red meat anymore and try to avoid dairy.
I was getting pretty bored with my go-to recipes so this is a great way to spice it up and start to make the transition to vegan!! Thanks!
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the recipes!
This is amazing thank you so much!! I’m not vegan but I don’t eat dairy of any kind or eggs and it can be hard to find recipes that are low carb (keto) and still taste great!! I’m looking forward to trying these out in my keto life style!
I can't see 27 recipes?
Is it not loading for you?
It's not loading for me either! I just see the first day's worth of recipes.
Hi Margie! What's not loading? The pictures? There is only one list of recipes, it's not broken up into days. Please let me know how I can help.
Thank you for giving me a good starting point
Very good recipes, a lot of nice doable meal ideas!
The avocado arugula cherry tomatoes salad: AWESOME!!!
Thank you! Happy to help =)
This doesn’t look like a very high protein plan. Am I missing something? This plan wouldn’t keep me full.
Hi Kelsey, keto recipes call for moderate amounts of protein, not high protein. All of these recipes contain moderate amounts of protein. You could always add more plant based sources of protein if you need it.
Is there any particular reason keto is moderate protein? Would it stop the diet from working for weightless if you are a lot of protein for instance? I've always wondered the reasoning behind it, because a non-vegan keto diet would have loads of protein in it with all the meat and eggs.
Hey Charlotte! What you're saying definitely makes sense to me, but based on the research I did, it seems that a moderate amount of protein is part of the keto diet guidelines. I wish I could give you a better answer! Sorry, I can't offer more help.
To my understanding keto is moderate protein not high protein (this is the main difference between keto and atkins). excessive protein on the keto diet can cause your body to start burning protein for energy instead of fat.... which is not ideal. Strive to meet your protein macro, and to not exceed your carb macro... Use your fat macro as a leverage to help you feel full. You don't have to meet it...
Great recipes, I'll certainly enjoy in preparation and eating of those dishes. Thank you.
Thank you! Enjoy!
Nice recipes, healthy as well as delicious, will definitely try all of this.
Thank you, Fitoru!
Berry Cauliflower and Greens Smoothie Bowl is the best on this list for me I really love it. Nice article, good read and informative,
Happy to help!
Finally some vegan recipes! I am getting tired of reading about meat recipes. Thanks for this!
These amazing recipes make it easy to go through with a keto diet and these scrumptious dishes are an amazing healthy way to enjoy your day with your friends and family. Thank you for sharing.
You're welcome! Happy to help!
Wonderful article and amazing recipes! I am a vegan but struggling to lose some weight. Could you recommend some resources with more info on the carb limitations. Kind of confused since all veggies have carbs. Help please.
And thanks for the recipes. Will be making the Cauliflower Tika tonight!
As a vegan these recipes are perfect for me! I'll absolutely try these someday. Thanks for posting!
Happy to help!
Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com
I made these Curried Tofu scrambles for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. Thanks, Stacey, in advance and also for sharing 😉
You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tofu scramble, thank you for leaving a 5 star rating!
I love plant-based meal plans and everything looks so delicious! I love it!
Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
Thank you for including me in this great round-up! Even though I'm not vegan, I do love incorporating vegan and vegetarian meals into my diet as much as possible! I'll bet I'm not alone! These recipes give me some more great ideas! Pinned and tweeted!
Thanks for including my pesto! Great round up!
Thanks for including my Low-Carb Roasted Cabbage with Lemon. I love that recipe; hope your readers will enjoy it!