Meal and Snack Ideas

17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

Looking for healthy snack recipes you can freeze and always have on hand? Take a look at these ideas and learn how to make freezer friendly snacks for kids! #freezerfriendly #kidssnacks #healthrecipes #veganrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

All us moms know that snacks are a necessity when it comes to raising kids; whether healthy or not, kids can eat like nobody’s business! And, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the snacks they eat, it can be a daunting task when we want to eat healthy home made food every time they eat! That is why having an arsenal of healthy snack recipes you can freeze is so important!

To be honest, I was going to simply round up recipes for snacks that can be made ahead of time. But, I’ve found, with my own experience with my own kids, that snacks that can be stored in the freezer last a whole lot longer! Out of sight, out of mind, right? My oldest daughter is barely tall enough to see a tiny bit into the freezer.

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What’s so Great About Freezer Snacks?

Other than the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ aspect, there is a whole slew of advantages to making recipes you can freeze!

Using recipes you can freeze also means that you can make a few batches, or different recipes, at a time and not have to worry about snacks for an entire month, possibly longer. So, it saves you a ton of time and stress from worrying that there’s nothing healthy for you or your kids to eat. Which brings me to the next point…

You know exactly what is going into snacks, can alter ingredients when needed, and not have to worry about high sugar or salt content. Shelf stable snacks tend to have quite a bit of sugar and salt, along with other not so healthy ingredients in them. See, salt helps preserve the food, and the more salt you put into a ‘sweet’ food, the more sugar is needed to be added, as well, to keep it tasting sweet. Unfortunately, there are other preservative ingredients in some snack, shelf stable, foods; like BHT or BHA and TBHQ.

You can avoid the snack isles at the grocery store! That’s sure something to celebrate, especially if you bring your kids with you to get groceries. The less middle isles (you know- the ones with kids characters and cartoons plastered on all the unhealthy processed foods that big food companies want kids to get addicted to, so the companies have life-long customers) the better.

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The Time Saving, Sanity Saving Recipes You Can Freeze!

I can’t say enough how great if feels to know you have a freezer full of snacks, so the next time your child says ‘Mom, I’m hungry’ you don’t have to feel unprepared; simply open the freezer and choose a few snacks to offer them!

So, without further ado, here are some wonderfully healthy (as in as plant based as possible, but most definitely vegan)  snack recipes that you can freeze.

(Some recipes are also allergy free, gluten free, raw vegan, have hidden veggies, and picky eater friendly!)

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The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

the best energy bites
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Energy bites are a great ‘on the go’ snack that you can make ahead of time. We keep ours in the freezer and a double batch usually lasts us about a month, or it did before my youngest child started begging for them, too! They’re also perfect for anyone because you can change up the ingredients to your liking, or if you can’t have certain ingredients. But, the recipe I have here is super healthy, with peanut butter, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and more! You’re going to want to go check it out!

 

Instant Pot Applesauce

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I love making applesauce for my girls, it has never lasted long enough to test if it freezes, though. Unlike my recipe, this one is made in an instant pot and has simple directions for either canning, refrigerating, or freezing the applesauce when done making it; making it a great make ahead snack recipe for when you have a ton of apples! I don’t know about you and your kids, but in my home we’d love to always have applesauce available.

*You’ll need an Instant Pot to make this recipe.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe
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Sure, some muffins are best fresh, actually most probably are. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t still taste good if frozen and then warmed up! Make a double batch of these muffins, the first batch doesn’t last very long, freeze on a cookie tray, and once frozen place in a freezer bag or freezer safe container. Take some out the night before you want them, or warm them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. I do this with muffins all the time. I love having muffins on hand as an easy delicious snack, and so do my girls! Get the recipe here.

 

VEGAN FRUIT & OAT BARS (DAIRY, NUT, GLUTEN, EGG AND SUGAR-FREE)

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On the same note as energy bites, with being super healthy and easily thaws out after being frozen, these fruit and oat bars will surely be a nice treat for your kids in their lunches, or you through out the day! Make them once a week and they should last, at least the school days if only three people are eating them. Simply double the batch if you need more. Find the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
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If you need a freezer friendly snack that has a little chocolate in it; this is for you! This recipe is super simple and great to start teaching kids how to bake, just make sure your supervise when it comes to using the food processor. It also adds a powerful punch of protein with not only chickpeas, but also peanut butter! I always have to make sure these are made and in the freezer; they’re my daughters favorite treat to bring for lunches. One batch should be enough for 2 weeks, but I usually end up having to add this to the list of foods to meal prep over the weekend…every week. Get the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

HEALTHY NO BAKE POST HOLIDAY ENERGY BITES – VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE

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Another variation of energy bites, peanut-allergy friendly unlike the one above. They do have other nuts/nut butters and dried fruit in them, so if you’re not a chocolate and peanut butter fan (crazy), but then these would be for you! They should last in the freezer up to about a month, just like the ones above. Get the recipe here.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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Just like the apple muffin recipe above, this one freezes well and only takes about 20 seconds to defrost in the microwave and be ready to eat! Your kids, and you, will be thankful when you make a double batch of these and can eat them all week long. Grab the recipe here.

 

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

Quinoa Mini Muffins with Sweet Potato

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TASTE THE RAINBOW BLISS BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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These bliss balls are sure to your childs favorite! They’re somewhat like energy bites, just a little bit different. And, Casey found a natural way to color these the colors of the rainbow (for the most part) without any color dyes (yay!). There’s ingredients for yellow, blue/green, chocolate (not necessarily a color, but I’ll try it) , indigo, and pink.

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE ENERGY BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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You can never have enough energy ball recipes! These ones are made with apple sauce and other super health ingredients, plus like most energy balls, freeze well! Get the recipe here.

MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

 

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Bags

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Alright, so smoothies aren’t 100% make ahead (I’ve tried freezing a whole smoothie before, it didn’t turn out well). But, you can prep all of the fruit and veggies ahead of time so all you have to do is dump it into your blender, add liquid and blend. It can’t get much easier than that! Try out the recipes included here, and check out their other suggestions.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY BANANA BREAD

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I always loved my moms banana bread growing up…Luckily, this recipe is quite a bit healthier, vegan, and has blueberries! Usually, any type of quick bread won’t last more than a day in my household, but just in case you can get this bread to last the night, it freezes well. Maybe make a few loaves and freeze some for the future, you’ll be glad you did! Get the recipe here.

 

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES (VEGAN + GF)

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Don’t worry, there’s no added sugar in these brownies. But, since they are brownies, you’re kids will think your awesome for having the great idea to make these! Plus, they freeze well, so you can cut then and save them in the freezer so they don’t all disappear in the same day they’re made. Or, make two batches and the next time you or one of your kids is having a chocolate craving, you’ll be all set! Get the recipe here.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

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I know there’s a blueberry muffin recipe towards the beginning of this post, but I can’t guarantee that ones gluten free, and both recipes have quite different recipes. This recipe makes a more fluffy muffin! Check out the recipe here.

 

Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars – Vegan, Gluten, and Peanut Free

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These bars are super healthy, absolutely nutritious enough for you to feel good about giving to your kids for a snack anytime! Plus, they freeze well, so make a batch, have one or a few and freeze the rest for another snack time. Get the recipe here.

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I hope the recipes above will help you in your journey of raising healthy kids, staying on track with your own eating habits, and save your sanity!

There are so many unhealthy, processed, snack foods out there to tempt us; with their convenience and engineered flavoring to make them taste ‘good’. Beat of the temptation by making and freezing plenty of snacks for the month so you don’t have cave in and buy processed ones you know aren’t good for you or your kids!

Leave a comment letting me know which ones you will make this month.

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

Are you frustrated trying to come up with toddler meal ideas that your little one will actually eat, enjoy, and get some actual nutrients out of?

I was.

Feeding a toddler is difficult all on it’s own. Add the fact that you actually want what they eat to be good for them, that’s a whole new game!

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In my opinion, the healthiest foods for toddlers, or for anyone for that matter, are going to be foods that are natural and as plant based as possible. Therefore, the recipes below are all 100% vegan and as close to plant based as possible; though their counterparts may have dairy, eggs, or other animal products in them.

Getting a toddler to eat can be frustrating, whether they are picky, or simply can’t tell you in words, yet, what they want to eat or what they like. Their communication skills are still developing and therefore it’s harder to feed them because of this, than with an older child who can tell you exactly what they like, or don’t like, and why.

Don’t make it any harder on yourself, try out the recipes below that other parents (myself included) have had success with for their toddlers. There are recipes for breakfasts and lunches/dinners, if you’re looking for toddler snack ideas go here or sign up below for 130+ snack ideas from A to Z.

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Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true!

What you, or your child eats for breakfast will determine how hungry you are for the rest of the day and the type of foods that sound good to you. Along with starting up your metabolism for the day, and more!

Plus, for little ones, we need to make sure they eat enough to hold them over til snack time, otherwise they’ll be grazing all morning long. So, go ahead and check out some of the delicious breakfasts below and try some out for your toddler, and yourself!

Mini Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pancake Bites (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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These are perfect for little hands, and no forks needed, unlike regular pancakes. You do need a mini muffin tray to make these, but it’s totally worth it! Go check out this toddler friendly breakfast here.

 

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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You can’t get much healthier than smoothie bowls; they’re all fruits, veggies, and non-dairy milk (or water). Follow the recipe as it reads, or use it as a guide and use the fruits and veggies your toddler loves most!

 

HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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With only four ingredients, these date bars are absolutely healthy and pure enough to give to a toddler. Plus, it’s classified as Indian cuisine, so you can widen your childs taste buds to food of other cultures! These do contain nuts, which is the only thing I could think of that may be a downside. If they have a specific nut allergy, you can always sub out what type of nut to use, though!
*Need a Food Processor to make.

Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

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If your toddler isn’t much for sweet breakfasts and would prefer a savory one; have them try this frittata! It’s bite size, ok, well, it may take a few bites for them to finish one, but you get the point; it’s small and meant for little hands. Plus, it’s a great way to get more veggies into your toddlers diet, which is always a bonus for any meal of snack.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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This is my personal blueberry muffin recipe that my girls and I love! They have a secret ingredient that helps keep them moist and delicious. Check it out here!

 

Healthy Vegan Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe

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Make this healthy, savory dish for your toddler for breakfast to add some veggies into their day early on. If you have older kids who think brusselsprouts are gross, they probably won’t even recognize them after put together like they are in this recipe!

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FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKE WITH EXTRA PROTEIN

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Toddlers love pancakes, or at least my kids have always loved pancaked. And, these pancakes truly do have extra protein in them, without protein powder! Because little kids shouldn’t have protein powder in their diet. Plus, if you’re used to baking or cooking vegan or plant based, you probably already have the ingredients on hand. I know I do!

 

APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL

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Oatmeal is such a healthy and delicious breakfast option for toddlers. If you made homemade baby food for your little ones before they started eating more solids, then oatmeal should be pretty familiar to them already. This oatmeal recipe has some added ingredients to help increase the protein and omega-3 fatty acids in it. So, it’s a win-win!

 

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

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If your toddler is a bit of a picky eater (I completely know how you may be feeling), rest assured that this oatmeal recipe is quite simple with not many ‘extras’. Honestly, the only ‘extra’ they will see in it are blueberries, and in my experience toddlers love blueberries! Go ahead and give this recipe a try, just don’t expect leftovers if you try it, too.

 

Instant Pot Oatmeal With Chocolate + Tutorial {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Oatmeal is great for breakfast for anyone, but add chocolate to it, and it could just be your toddlers next favorite breakfast, or yours! Check out this chocolate oatmeal recipe to give it a try.

*Instant pot is required for recipe.

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Lunch or Dinner Toddler Meal Ideas

I don’t know about you and your family, but for myself and mine, lunch and dinner seem to be pretty interchangeable.

We don’t have fancy 3 or 4 course dinners that are hot and ready when my husband gets home (sorry, not sorry). I’m not a perfect housewife from the 1950’s!

Acceptable dinners can be the same as lunches, and in some cases, even the same as breakfast. My girls love to have breakfast dinners! Sometimes we just want something sweet, and not savory.

The meals below are specifically toddler friendly and won’t take forever to make, cause we don’t have forever to make it. Not with a fussy, hangry toddler around!

 

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

These mini baked ziti cups are perfect for toddlers, and were actually created with toddlers in mind! Just be sure to give them more than one when they ask; my youngest easily ate about 3 of these cups when she was barely two years old! Check out the recipe here.

 

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables (Vegan, Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

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Remember having lunchables as a kid? I do. I don’t think our parents knew all that much about the convenience foods they were giving us, or just wanted us to stop asking for them…Either way, my point is that lunchables aren’t that healthy when store bought. But, if you make them yourself, like Rebecca does, they’re actually pretty healthy and an easy lunch to give your toddler, or pack in your older childs lunch for school!

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Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

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What toddler will pass up mac and cheese? I haven’t met one yet! And, this mac and cheese is the perfect size for toddlers. Find out how to make these here.

 

Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

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Inspired by Moe’s Mexican Restaurant, these burritos are full of good stuff for your little one. If they won’t eat it as a burrito (like my girls wouldn’t), you can always use the filling as a dip and have them dip tortilla chips in it! Check it out here.

 

Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Did you love Spaghettios growing up? I didn’t, but my husband did. And, when he was a stay at home dad he would feed them to my oldest daughter for lunch or dinner. I, on the other hand, won’t. Instead I make it homemade for myself, toddler, and kindergartner. It’s really not that difficult either, check out the recipe here!

How to Make Awesome Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches

avocado tomato sandwich
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Ok, so some of the recipes on here may take some time to make, and what happened to a simple sandwich for lunches (or dinners), anyways? This recipe does require some type of heat, whether from a toaster or on the stove, but it’s the perfect, healthy alternative to a grilled cheese! Not only your toddler will love it, but you will, too! Seriously, when I worked outside the home, I used to bring these to work for lunch.

 

PIZZA TOFU

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This Pizza Tofu recipe is perfect for little ones to dip in marinara sauce, because what toddler doesn’t love to dip their food in stuff? That’s my toddler’s favorite part of any meal.

 

MAC AND CHEESE WITH PUMPKIN

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Yes, there are more than one mac and cheese recipe on this list. When it comes to vegan mac and ‘cheese’, there are so many different ways to make it; the first recipe your toddler tries they may or may not like, so make sure you give all the recipes a try! Check out this mac and cheese recipe here.

 

Busy Mom’s Tofu Scramble Wrap Recipe

tofu scramble wrap

This recipe is super simple to make, and quick. I know you see tofu in the name, and might be thinking it may take awhile because you’ll have to press the tofu; but you don’t! In this recipe, we use heat to get rid of the excess water in the tofu, which is much quicker than pressing it (especially without a tofu press).

 

Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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These cute little veggie filled tater tots may not be a complete meal for a toddler, but they’d make a great side dish for any of the recipes above! Check them out here.

Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese

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You can never have enough vegan mac and ‘cheese’ recipes to try! This recipe has an ingredient that I’d never think to put in it, take a look here.

Socca Three Ways! (Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread)

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Dairy Free Mac & Cheese with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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Another side dish to consider for your little one. Or, let them have it as a full small meal. Toddlers love to dip their food in sauces, and other things; find the recipe for these mozzarella sticks here.

 

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N’ CHEESE

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Another version of vegan mac and cheese! Whether your toddler has already tried several vegan mac recipes and hated them all, or loved them all, this is another one that you need to make for them. It’s great for older kids (and us, as parents) too.

 

Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Wraps are always an easy meal to make. My toddler always tends to open it up and eat only what’s on the inside, though. Luckily, this wrap has you cut the veggies into strips and includes hummus, so your toddler could easily just dip the veggies in the hummus and call it a meal!

 

Spinach, Dandelion, and Mushroom Pasta (Kid-Approved)

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This pasta recipe will make it really easy to get some extra veggies into your toddlers diet. This one may work best if you don’t have older children, who thinks anything green to eat is gross, telling younger children it’s gross. (I may just be talking from experience on this one!)

 

The Best Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

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Chili isn’t usually on a toddlers favorites menu, but maybe with this recipe it will be! Super easy to make, though you will need a slow cooker/crockpot. And, with the toppings for this recipe, like avocado, I know my toddler will love it. My girls are huge fans of avocado, they’d eat half an avocado everyday if I bought enough of them every week.

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Feeding a toddler isn’t always that easy, especially if they are picky eaters or have picky eater older siblings who try to influence their decisions. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything, haha.

And, yes, there are plenty more meal ideas for toddlers than the ones mentioned above. I just wanted to make sure you had plenty of different ideas, and recipes to refer to, for trying to help your toddler find healthy meals that they’ll actually enjoy.

If you need more ideas, please feel free to follow my picky toddler meals board on Pinterest and make sure you pin this post so you can find it later!!

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And, let me know your experiences with the recipes and toddler meal ideas from above, in the comments below. I’d love to know which recipes your toddlers enjoy!!

 

26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

Check out these homemade and super healthy toddler snack recipes. Completely vegan, picky eaters approve, and pretty easy to make! You need these ideas with little ones in your home. #toddlersnacks #toddlersnackideas #kidsnacks #healthysnacksrecipesandideas #stresslessbehealthy

26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

How hard is it for you to find enough healthy toddler snack recipes to keep your little one full til the next meal of the day?

If your little ones are anything like mine, I’m going to guess it’s pretty difficult. Especially if your after the type of snacks for your toddler that will do more good for your child than just fill them up for the time being.

You know, the kind that have vitamins and minerals, maybe even some fiber, but definitely ‘good for you’ ingredients.

If only ‘normal’ stores sol snacks like that, or if they weren’t so expensive!

We all want the best for our little ones, and in my opinion, one of the best things we can do for them is feed them whole, nutritious foods, from day one….well, maybe not day one. But, as soon as they start eating more than just baby food.

That’s why I’ve gathered the snack recipes below! Because, it’s hard to find those snacks made with ‘good for you’ nutrients, and you have enough to worry about with caring for your toddler! (Pssst….you might want to go make sure they aren’t pulling all the toilet paper off the roll.)

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About the Healthy Toddler Snacks Below

There are some savory, some sweet, and even some copycats of store bought snacks below.

Like recipes for healthy (vegan/gluten free/allergy free/grain free) goldfish crackers and cheez its. Thank goodness, right!

You’ll also find snacks that are excellent for toddlers to dip in things, because we know they love to dip food (and usually make a bit of a mess).

Muffins, cookies, pudding, and even homemade ice cream! We can’t blame them for having a sweet tooth, they probably got it from us anyways.

Some of the recipes below are mine, and many more are from others. So, they have been tested by my kids, others kids, and probably quite a few adults, as well.

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Check out these homemade and super healthy toddler snack recipes. Completely vegan, picky eaters approve, and pretty easy to make! You need these ideas with little ones in your home. #toddlersnacks #toddlersnackideas #kidsnacks #healthysnacksrecipesandideas #stresslessbehealthy

Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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These, your little one will love! However, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting to go vegan (or haven’t found a vegan cheese – either homemade or bought – that you like yet). This recipe also calls for an egg replacement; I always use flax eggs, 1 tablespoon flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds) mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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You can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins and toddlers, unless of course if they are allergic to blueberries. This recipe has a secret ingredient to help keep them moist and delicious. A must, to add to your recipe book and make every once in awhile as a special treat! Check out the recipe here.

 

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips

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If you tell your toddler what these are, and have been influenced by others to think beets are gross, then these may not be a favorite at first. But, if they have no prior encounters with beets, or likes the pretty pinkish color, then these will be an immediate hit with them. Check out the recipe here.

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

energy bites
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Looking for a healthy vegan energy bites recipe? Try out this easy no bake energy bites recipe for yourself and kids as a healthy snack; with peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate to help with your sweet tooth! Check out the recipe here.

 

VEGAN APRICOT AND DATE OAT FLAPJACKS

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What toddler doesn’t love applesauce?! Make this sweet and simple applesauce and your kids, big and small, won’t let it last the day! Seriously, you’ll need to steal some for yourself before giving it to your kids to make sure you get some. Grab the recipe here.

 

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Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

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If your little one loves chocolate, this dessert like snack should be a no brainer to give them. It’s chia seed base will provide them with omega-3 fatty acids (you know, the ones that barely enough people in this country consumer), plus protein to help keep them full til the next meal! Check it out here.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

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The only reason these are ‘surprisingly delicious’ is because everyone in my family liked it, from toddler to husband! And, the fact that I just threw a bunch of ingredients together (wrote them down) and they tasted awesome! Of course, they come out the same each and every time, so no worries about them being a one time wonder! Get the recipe here.

 

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE – NO BREADING

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Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe
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Once your toddler is able to drink from a cup, or straw, without making a mess, they will love this smoothie. And, so will you! It has fruits, veggies, and healthy fats/proteins, to give you a balanced snack for your toddler, and an energy booster for yourself. Go check it out here.

 

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HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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If your toddler likes the snack bars that can be bought at the store, but you want a less processed version that you can control the ingredients for; you will want to check out these healthy date bars!

NO BAKE HEALTHY VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE RICE CRISPY CAKES

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I don’t know of any toddler (at least of mine) that would deny chocolate anything. This doesn’t have a ton of sugar in it like you might expect! So, it’s perfectly fine to give to your toddler as a healthy snack, at least every once in awhile! Get the recipe here.

 

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I hope this made finding Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes that your little one will enjoy, much easier

That’s why I’m so grateful we have the internet. We can all share the healthy snacks we make with our kids, and find awesome food bloggers with the same mindset as us; wanting to raise healthy kids, who eat as close to natural and whole foods as possible.

I hope your toddler, picky eaters, and even yourself, love the recipes above. They may not all be huge wins, especially with picky eaters, but they should be close, even if it’s something you make once a month; just one less store bought snack, and one more healthy toddler snack that will help your child grow into a healthy adult (hopefully not anytime soon)!

22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

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22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

Yes! It is possible to have mouth watering desserts that are vegan, too!

And, let me let you in on a little secret…

The most delicious, mouth watering, guilt free, vegan desserts, are going to be the ones you make yourself!

Or, if you’re lucky enough to live near a vegan bakery, or store/restaurant, where they make the desserts there and you know they are using whole foods; then you might get away with not having to make the food yourself.

Or, better yet, if you know someone who makes amazing, healthy, vegan desserts; just become friends with them and maybe they’ll make you some.

Unfortunately, I’m not lucky enough for either of those. And, I’ve learned that I I’ve been living in a pretty small town these past two years. We have a Walmart, Safeways, and a health foods store.

But, the health food store is expensive. For example, some of the items they have, Walmart also has, and it’s roughly $2 cheaper at Walmart than at the health food store. Add that up for multiple products, and it gets quite expensive, so we don’t go there very often.

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Therefore, most of the recipes below do not include weird ingredients that are going to be hard to find, or that you’ll have to buy online.

Most of the recipes below include whole, healthy ingredients that you want to put in your body, and your kids, because they promote health. They are also mouth watering and delicious, so that’s a plus!

What You’ll Want to Have to Make Some of the Vegan Desserts Recipes Below

While some of the recipes below you won’t need much more than the usual kitchen appliances (like an oven, fridge, or freezer), bowls, and utensils; there are also many recipes that require certain small appliances. I’ve had to learn this the hard way….attempting to make recipes that require a food processor by using a nutri bullet. You know, using what I had at the time. Didn’t turn out so well.

The two small appliances you will need for many of the recipes below is a food processor and some type of blender (this is the one I currently use). It will be quite difficult to make some of the recipes below without one of these.

If you’re interested in other appliances to help make you life easier, either as a vegan or as a busy mom, be sure to check out this page.

 

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MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

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These lemon bars look almost too good to eat! Don’t deprive yourself, though. These are stuffed full of nutrients and no unhealthy ingredients. Perfect for vegans, obviously, but also for those with many common food allergies or needing their desserts to be gluten free!

 

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

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Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it’s vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like a peanut butter cup milkshake! Check it out here.

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DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

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Silky with a richly chocolate flavor, and so easy kids can make it; this recipe must be on your ‘to try’ list for the new year. There’s nothing unhealthy about it, just whole ingredients mixed together into a delicious and guilt free dessert. Check it out here.

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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If you’re having a chocolate craving, or a more specific craving for chocolate pudding; this recipe will hit that craving (and leave you with energy and good for you nutrients, no sugar rush!). Go ahead and check out the recipe here.

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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A healthy cookie recipe that goes great with coffee, though what kind of cookie doesn’t?! Full of protein, potassium, and fiber, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Check it out here.

 

 

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Healthy Vegan Desserts….

Don’t have to be….

gross

hard to make

made with hard to find ingredients

made with processed ingredients to replace the animal products.

Vegan desserts can be super simple, with very few ingredients.

They can be no bake and raw.

They can be composed of all whole, unprocessed foods.

Some are even made with all fruits and veggies!

But, most importantly, vegan desserts can be mouth watering and delicious!

So, don’t forget to scroll back up and choose one to put on your meal plan for this week.

Want to find out how to turn some of your most loved recipes into healthy ones, too? Check out How to Eat Your Favorite Foods and Be Healthy at the Same Time. And, make sure you grab this handy food swapping cheat sheet to place on your fridge to have the healthiest year, yet!

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21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

Nothing says Christmas time like baking cookies!

It’s always been a tradition for me to make an absolutely ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies during the holiday season. It started when I was little. I even remember my mom putting me in charge of making most, if not all, of the Christmas cookies one year when I was a teenager. Or, was it before I was a teenager I can’t quite remember.

We’d start a week or so before Christmas to start making them, and it didn’t end at Christmas, either. I remember my mom staying up late making more cookies on Christmas eve so that we’d have plenty on Christmas day. We ate SO many cookies.

Since I’ve become a mom, I’ve slowly started to remake the Christmas cookies I loved as a child to be a bit healthy and 100% vegan! For my kids, and for myself. (My husband seems to run away from any food I make that I call ‘healthy’ or ‘vegan’; honestly, he’s truly missing out. This is the only healthy vegan recipe I’ve been able to get him to eat…and love. And it’s only because I simply told him to try it…..he ate half a batch.)

So, if you’re looking for healthier, vegan, possibly gluten free Christmas cookies; take a look below and enjoy!

Pssst…you’ll find two of my own recipes below.

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

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Enjoy these classic shortbread cookies! Just try not to eat them all in one day.

 

SNOWMEN MERINGUE COOKIES (VEGAN & GF)

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I usually opt for an easier cookie to make, but these are so adorable they are worth the time and effort you put into them. Plus, their great for impressing friends and family; just wait til you tell them they’re vegan, too! And, yes, these are egg whites free, which is why they are called vegan.

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
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This was my all time favorite recipe as a child; now veganized and a bit more filling. You know, to help us from eating them all at once! Even this healthy version is the first type of xmas cookie to disappear in my home.

 

BUTTERY SOFT JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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Great as a gift, or eat them yourself; up to you!

 

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Looking for a gingerbread cookie that isn’t rock hard; check out these chewy gingerbread cookies for Christmas!

 

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

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Check out these gluten free and vegan molasses cookies, your kids are sure to love them! Plus, they are super healthy so you don’t even have to feel bad about feeding them cookies.

PALEO & VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

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Peanut butter blossoms were another one of my favorites growing up. However, if you or your kids have a peanut allergy try out Laura’s peanut free recipe, so you all can still enjoy the glory of this Holiday time cookie!

Enjoy these chocolaty cookies, whether it’s Christmas time or not! You don’t need an excuse to make these.

 

VEGAN CHERRY PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MOLASSES CRINKLES COOKIES

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VEGAN CARAMEL-STUFFED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN VANILLA CUT-OUT COOKIES

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3-INGREDIENT BUTTERY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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Super simple and kid friendly, these cookies won’t last long! Just make sure to use vegan butter, like earth balance, to keep it vegan.

 

SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

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PERFECT VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES

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Don’t you just love walking into the kitchen when Christmas cookies are baking in the oven?

It’s such a warm and welcoming scent, that’s probably why they make sugar cookie candles. Warm up your home this year with the vegan Christmas cookies above. Don’t be afraid to try them all, if you want, and make a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies this year, like I always do! Don’t forget to share with friends and family, especially those on specific diets such as vegan, gluten free, and paleo!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Let me know in the comments!


10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Ever want a nice home made meal at night, but can never seem to find the time to cook during the week?

Yeah,

Me too.

That’s where meal prepping comes in!

Unfortunately, not all food was created to be saved in the fridge for more than a couple of days; some need to be frozen to stay well all week. And, it can be a pain to cook a meal, freeze it, and then try to reheat it; simply to find out that it just doesn’t taste quite the same.

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Or, maybe you’re like me and batch cook, so that you can pull out a frozen meal when you forgot to meal plan or when you just don’t feel like having what’s on the menu in your home that night.

Either way, the recipes below have been tried and tested for your convenience. AKA, they freeze and reheat well.

You’ll find childhood favorites, soups, wraps, and more! Be sure to check out the full vegan recipes and follow the food blogger who created them!

You can also follow and subscribe to my email list here, I publish a new vegan recipe every Sunday.

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HOMEMADE VEGAN RAVIOLI

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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been looking for a vegan ravioli recipe! It’s been far too long and I’m so glad I found this one here.

SOUTHWEST VEGAN BREAKFAST BURRITO

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I know this says it’s a breakfast burrito, but feel free to eat it any time of day! Get the recipe here.

Chickpea and Vegetable Curry

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This recipe post not only gives you the recipe, but also walks you through the whole process, from freezing to cooking when you need it! If you’re a beginner at making and using freezer meals, this is the one you should start with!

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MAKE-AHEAD KALE AND SWEET POTATO BURRITOS

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I don’t know about you and your kids, but my toddler loves sweet potato and will eat anything with it in it. Check out this recipe here and enjoy it with your kids!

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

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Want something sweet yet filling? Check out this pineapple fried rice recipe!


HOMEMADE VEGAN PIZZA POCKETS WITH MARINARA SAUCE

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Before I became vegan I used to love calzones. I can gladly say that this recipes can compare and has even more natural flavors than what I had way back when!

EGGPLANT CHICKPEA PEANUT CURRY (VEGAN + GF)

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This freezer meal isn’t a chop it, dump it and freeze. This recipe is one that you make first and then freeze; which is great for an evening you have time now to cook, but also like to plan ahead for the future!

INSTANT POT LENTIL SOUP – MEXICAN FLAVOURS {VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE}

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If you have an instant pot, go ahead and try this recipe out.

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FREEZER BLACK BEAN FAJITA BURRITOS 

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These are perfect easy meals for those crazy busy weeknights that you just don’t have time to cook, but want a hearty meal in just a few minutes. Just be sure to either omit the cheese or use vegan cheese to keep this a vegan freezer meal.

EASY ROMAINE LETTUCE SOUP RECIPE – DAIRY FREE

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This recipe needs to be made prior to freezing. Be sure to use the vegan options for the recipe!

 

It can be hard sometimes to find vegan freezer meals. Unfortunately, this healthy diet is often overlooked by those obsessed with freezer cooking.

But, if you find a freezer meal that you think would be great, but has non-vegan ingredients; it can be quite simple to replace those ingredients and make them vegan!

So, whether you’re in a very busy season of life, or stocking your freezer full of super easy meals before you new baby comes into this world; I hope you’re able to enjoy these meals, and the ease of simply heating them up, for when you need them!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more vegan and raising healthy kids inspiration!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

What are your favorite vegan freezer meals? I’d love to know, leave it in a comment below!


13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving would not be complete without the delicious desserts after dinner; because you know, we don’t stuff ourselves enough during dinner!

And, thankfully, because of the recipes below and many others, we don’t have to feel left out as vegans. There are plenty of vegan Thanksgiving desserts that will make us feel thankful we’re vegan and not adding to the cruelty of this festive Holiday.

From pies to puddings and more; you’ll be sure to find enough vegan desserts below to feed your whole extended family for Thanksgiving! They won’t even know these delicious desserts are vegan, either.

So, save a few animals from suffering this Holiday season, save some calories, and encourage healthy eating (without even realizing it); enjoy the recipes below!

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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN APPLE PIE

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You CANNOT have Thanksgiving without Apple pie, and Rhian’s recipes are some of the best recipes I’ve had. I am constantly going back to her site to try new recipes and feature them in my posts. Check out her apple pie recipe here!

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and more!

Gluten-Free Crustless Apple Pie (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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If you’re not a fan of the crust when eating pie, or have a picky eater you’re trying to please; you may want to opt for a crustless apple pie recipe. Don’t worry, it’s still vegan! Check it out here.

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The Healthiest Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Another Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie! Just like the crust-less apple pie recipe above, this one is crust-less as well. Check it out here!

THE BEST GRAIN-FREE VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

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If you like the pie crust, like I do, then try out this grain free pumpkin pie recipe here!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Caramel Sauce

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Want a little something extra with your pumpkin pie? Try this recipe with caramel sauce!

THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

best vegan apple crisp
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Want a healthy version of apple crisp? This is a must try recipe! You bake the granola topping and then bake it on top of the apples to add a little extra crunch to it.

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Paleo Triple Berry Crisp

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If you love crisps, then check out this flavorful triple berry crisp recipe! It’s paleo and vegan, to help please your Thanksgiving guests with special diets.

Nutty Pear Crumble- Vegan and Gluten Free

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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

vegan pumpkin cookies
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Looking for a healthy alternative to sugar filled pumpkin cookies? You’ll want to try, and give your kids, these pumpkin cookies; made with oat flour instead of white, at least half the sugar you’re used to, and a secret ingredient! Check it out here.

INSTANT POT BROWNIES WITH PUMPKIN {VEGAN}

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Brownies may not be a classic Thanksgiving dessert for some, but then again, who’s going to say no to chocolate? Get the recipe here!

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SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIA PUDDING

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SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN SPICE TAPIOCA PUDDING (VEGAN)

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PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING

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There are so many vegan Thanksgiving desserts you can try, like the ones above, that you won’t feel left out when it comes to stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving.

Whether you veganize an old family favorite, like I did with the pumpkin cookies and apple crisp above, or find a brand new vegan recipe you love; you’ll be sure to get more nutrients in than fellow Americans eating a SAD (standard american diet).

You may not eat as much, either, keeping your health (and waistline) in check, with all of the filling nutrient rich desserts there are available!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do. Don’t forget to save this post on Pinterest and share with friends looking for a vegan or healthy alternative to Thanksgiving desserts!

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Raising a vegan child, or coming up with food to eat on Thanksgiving as a vegan doesn’t have to be hard!

Even though this holiday is sometimes called ‘turkey day’ does no mean you’re missing out, or denying your child of Holiday fun, by replacing unhealthy non-vegan food with recipes that will actually provide nutrients and value to the diet!

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Sides are a really simple way to add in more veggies to a Thanksgiving meal. Plus, most sides are already vegan, or only need a few ingredient swaps to make them so.

Check out the recipes below for some delicious ideas for vegan Thanksgiving side dishes that your children will actually eat!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side. There’s also around a thousand (exaggeration, but then again, there’s probably more) ways to make mashed potatoes! So, there are certainly plenty of ways to make mashed potatoes vegan, check out the recipes below.

There’s even a purple mashed potato recipe below, to make things fun for your little ones who are picky eaters, let’s not forget to make this fun!

THE CREAMIEST VEGAN CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES {GF}

 

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Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

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Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Potato Side Dishes

You can never have enough potato dishes at Thanksgiving!

Whether it’s sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes you use; they’re so versatile, filling, and delicious. Make them simple, or complex. Check out the recipes below for your Thanksgiving sides this year.

Healthy Sweet Potatoes – No Marshmallows Needed

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Stuffing

Even if you’ve never really been a fan of stuffing (like me), the recipes below will change your mind on that! Go check them out and try them for yourself.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

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The Best Gluten Free and Vegan Stuffing

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The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Cranberry and Apple Sauces

These may be your go to side dishes when feeding your little ones, so make them feel special and make these recipes yourself!

SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE (KETO, LOW CARB)

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My Simple Homemade Applesauce (that you’ll regret not making)!!

simple homemade applesauce
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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Gravy and Hummus

Gravy is a Thanksgiving classic, so be sure to check out the vegan and gluten free recipe of that below. Plus, kids love to dip their food in things, have them try the hummus below for a healthy alternative to store bought.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM GRAVY {VEGAN & GF}

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PUMPKIN SAGE WHITE BEAN HUMMUS (VEGAN + GF)

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Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Green Beans

ROASTED JICAMA WITH GREEN BEANS – WHOLE30, PALEO

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Cold Green Bean Salad with French Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

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ROASTED GREEN BEANS

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Veggies

There are so many different types of produce that are in season in the fall, don’t forget to include them in your Thanksgiving sides!

 

ROASTED CELERY ROOT AND RADISHES

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5-Minute Sugar-Free + Vegan Cream-Style Corn (Gluten-Free)

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CARAMELIZED ROASTED PUMPKIN

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BAKED BROWN SUGAR CINNAMON ACORN SQUASH

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Orange Ginger Carrot Recipe – Whole30 Recipe

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Breads and More!

For when they need some ‘normal’ Thanksgiving side dishes to feel like everyone else.

Plus, the pumpkin bread below is moist and delicious and possibly even better than the kind my mom made when I was young; I’m not just saying that because it’s my recipe, either!

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin Bread
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Rustic Gluten-Free Cornbread

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Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls / Pizza Dough

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LENTIL MEATLOAF MUFFINS (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)

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Whether you were looking for ways to turn your favorite side dishes into vegan side dishes, or find some new vegan family favorites; I hope you were able to find them here!

The recipes above are delicious, healthy, and ones that even my picky eater will eat! Be sure to save this post as a future reference for Thanksgivings in the future, and be sure to subscribe to receive my emails and get access to some great printables. (Like, the list of produce in season in the fall, questions to ask your children to encourage thankfulness, and plenty more!)

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

9 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Looking for a vegan thanksgiving main dish? Easy vegan thanksgiving dinner recipes? Whether it's salads or a heartier meal you're after, come check out these 9 thanksgiving recipes for vegans!

9 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

If you’re new to being vegan, or trying to raise vegan children, then you may think to yourself around this time of year ‘what am I going to be able to eat at Thanksgiving?’

Sure, there’s side dishes and desserts that are naturally vegan without making any changes to them. But, what about the main course? Is there such thing as vegan thanksgiving main dishes?

Of course!

Non-vegans may have turkey and ham; some people even call this holiday ‘turkey day’.

Well, vegans and those who eat plant based have plenty of options, too! And, it may not be as difficult as you think to make ‘vegan’ thanksgiving food.

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Start  by thinking of the food you ate on Thanksgiving before you switched to a vegan diet; what did you eat? What can you make vegan?

There’s a good chance you can change a few ingredients in your Thanksgiving favorites and make vegan options! Such as mac and cheese, meatloaf (turned into lentil loaf), salads, and more!

You could try veganizing your own family recipes, or, check out the amazing recipes below for some delicious vegan Thanksgiving main dishes recipes!

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BAKED VEGAN PUMPKIN MAC AND CHEESE {GF}

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Mac and cheese is a Thanksgiving classic, at least for my family! Luckily, you can still eat it when vegan; simply make a ‘cheese’ sauce, instead of using cheese made from cow’s milk. No need to buy the ‘alternative’ or dairy free packaged ‘cheeses’ either (I’m not a fan of those). Follow the recipe above or use this one which makes it’s sauce from veggies.

SHREDDED BRUSSELS SPROUT PERSIMMON SALAD

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Don’t forget to get your veggies in during this Holiday! Just because it’s Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean you can’t have a festive salad.

Related Post: 10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

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At first thought, lentil loaves may not sound that delicious (then again, meatloaf has never sounded good to me), but after trying this recipe; you won’t be disappointed!

Fall Harvest Kale Salad

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Trick, Treat, or Yummy Gypsy Soup

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Alright, so this recipe may have been meant for Halloween, but a nice warm soup paired with biscuits or rolls on Thanksgiving; that sounds pretty good to me.

Warm Apple Butternut Farro

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Try a new dish this year and opt for this Warm Apple Butternut Farro. Expand your taste buds, they’ll thank you for it!

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Mushroom Lentil Loaf with Cranberries

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A flavorful twist on lentil loafs, that your kids will be asking you to make all year long!

WILD RICE SALAD WITH APPLE AND POMEGRANATE

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Fall is apple season, don’t forget to include it in your Thanksgiving dishes; and no, not just the applesauce!

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15 MIN ORANGE, PISTACHIO AND POMEGRANATE COUSCOUS SALAD {VEGAN}

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Need to through something together quick to bring to Thanksgiving, or hosting Thanksgiving and just found out you’re going to have a vegan guest; whip up this main dish in no time and help them feel more welcomed!

 

These are just a few of the many vegan Thanksgiving main dishes that are out there that you can make!

You can veganize almost any Thanksgiving family recipe, search for more on google, or on Pinterest. I’ve even started a board on Pinterest to collect some delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Follow me @stresslessbehealthy

Comment below with your favorite vegan Thanksgiving main dishes and don’t forget to share with vegan friends, or Thanksgiving hosts who will having vegan guests. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the extra help. Maybe you could even make a board on Pinterest that you all share for recipes you might want to try for Thanksgiving; make sure to pin this post for some inspiration and the amazing recipes above!

Looking for a vegan thanksgiving main dish? Easy vegan thanksgiving dinner recipes? Whether it's salads or a heartier meal you're after, come check out these 9 thanksgiving recipes for vegans!

 

Dishes for Thanksgiving

15 AWESOME Vegan Dishes for Thanksgiving; Picky Eater Approved!

Are you vegan, or curious what vegans can eat on a day celebrated by eating turkeys?

Well, just to let you know, in 2016 there were 45 million turkeys killed for thanksgiving. Can you believe that? It’s the real number; it may be slightly estimated, but a simple google search will prove that I’m not making it up!

Us vegans; we don’t contribute to that number.

This can make some family members frustrated and racking their brains on what they should serve us at Thanksgiving.

But, in all honesty, it’s quite simple. Many things we eat on Thanksgiving are the same as non-vegans; take it from someone who became a vegetarian at age 7.

And again, this is a day of thankfulness; don’t get caught up on what we can’t eat, there are so many options for what we can eat.

To make it a bit more simple and lay out some vegan Thanksgiving dishes for you; I’ve compiled a list of meal ideas and side dishes.

(That I’d like to bet are even more delicious than your ‘non-vegan’ or traditional Thanksgiving dishes.)

I hope this helps clear a few things up and makes it easier for you to eat, or prepare food, for Thanksgiving. Because, this holiday is mostly about food, you know.

And, don’t be scared, I’m only adding ‘normal’ food to the list, or vegan versions of ‘normal’ Thanksgiving foods.

Only dishes that you’re children won’t say ‘eww, gross’ to, will be on the list below. This way they are safe enough to bring to your own Thanksgiving dinner without getting too many people rolling their eyes at you. Plus, you won’t have to go to a special health food store to buy the ingredients. (Nothing worse than finding a recipe and then realizing you don’t even know what half the ingredients are; or worse, not even knowing where to go to buy them!)

If you need help with teaching thanks to the children you know, head over to 8 Ways to Teach Your Children to be Thankful.

Meals

Sure, omnivores have their turkey or ham, and to be honest, I don’t even really know what other main dishes omnivores eat at Thanksgiving anymore.

One thing I can tell you is that vegans have just as many, if not more, delicious options to choose from. Below are a few that I’ll be making (and probably attempting to freeze) for Thanksgiving. We’re going to be eating these for days, if not weeks after, as I’m making a homemade Thanksgiving feast for just my family this year. (This includes myself, husband, and two little girls. We, unfortunately, can’t make it back east for the holidays this year.)

Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

My favorite recipe for vegan mac and cheese is called Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Vegan Insanity. I’ve been loving this recipe for almost 2 years now!

Vegan Pot Pie

I’ve never even had a pot pie before I became vegan. Honestly, I always though they sounded gross. This recipe has changed my mind about that!!

SWEET & SAVORY STUFFED ACORN SQUASH (VEGAN & GF)

There are a ton of ways to eat stuffed squash for Thanksgiving, and you can use pretty much any kind of squash. This recipe makes a sweet and savory meal that you’ll want to include in your Thanksgiving feast (and your meal plan at least once every month through out the year)!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A veganized traditional Thanksgiving dish; this dish looks soo good with the breadcrumb topping. A must have for this year’s Thanksgiving table!!

Sweet Potato Casserole

I found this gem of a recipe Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole Made Gluten-Free and Vegan that takes a childhood favorite comfort food and turns it into a healthier vegan version. With how sweet this recipe is, I wasn’t quite sure whether to include it in with the main dishes or desserts; let’s count it as a main dish so we can eat more of it!!

Sides

Side dishes were my ‘go to’s’ when I was a child and decided to be a vegetarian.

Sides were basically all I could eat; they were the only thing at my families Thanksgiving that didn’t have some type of meat in them, well, besides the desserts.

My favorites growing up were my aunt’s amazing homemade applesauce (that I for some reason never asked the recipe for), cranberry sauce, and my mom’s pumpkin bread. Even my mom knew that these three things would always make it to my plate!

Apple Sauce

Even though I don’t have my aunt’s amazing recipe for the applesauce she makes every Thanksgiving, I do have my own amazing recipe for this classic side dish. Try it here.

applesauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce always has it’s place on the Thanksgiving table; right in front of me! I have found a recipe for this, but with all of the other dishes to make; sometimes it’s just easier to buy this one. Luckily, cranberry sauce is vegan, even when bought in a can from the store, or  even on Amazon.

Sweet Potatoes

Whether you add a little brown sugar or maple syrup to them, or not, is up to you; but when I do my 5 year old can’t get enough! You also have the option of having baked sweet potato (stuffed or not stuffed) or mashed sweet potatoes!

Dinner Rolls or Biscuits

My favorite recipe that requires basic dough is Vegan Crazy Dough. Once you make the dough you can add spices or whatever else you’d like to it. Which is exactly what I do. I love to add some garlic and sea salt to this bread. But, for rolls and biscuits; just form and bake, nothing needs to be added.

Pumpkin Bread

I used to love my mom’s pumpkin bread whenever she made it. I never knew how much sugar and butter went into it until I started making it myself, or attempting to. Her version also contained eggs; not very vegan friendly. So, I took on the challenge of creating my own vegan version of pumpkin bread. And, even my five year old (who is in a stage where she is convinced everything I make is disgusting) loves this…we split a whole loaf by ourselves (in a single day).

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Roasted Veggies

This recipe is a must try, it’s called Autumn Roasted Veggies with Apples and Pecans and it is delicious!! Although, it is a mixture of fruits and veggies. But hey, it is certainly jazzed up enough for a Thanksgiving side; go ahead and give it a try!

Desserts

Apple Crisp

After loving the unhealthy version of apple crisp that my mom always made; I finally decided to make a healthy version that also happens to be vegan!!

BEST Vegan Apple Crisp

EASY VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

Because who can have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin Cookies

This pumpkin cookie recipe was the one I grew up with that my mom always made, with a few tweaks to make it vegan (and a little healthier)!

vegan pumpkin cookies

Pecan Pie

Or, mini pecan pies cookies that are vegan. These are even better than making a whole pie. It’s less messy, for the kids, and no worrying about having to cut yet, another full pie. These would even make it worth it to go out and buy the mini muffin tins I’ve been wanting, but haven’t had a good enough excuse yet to buy. Now I have an awesome excuse!!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast

Whether you have been vegan for years, just starting out, or simply preparing food for someone who is vegan; I hope these Thanksgiving dish ideas helped you out.

Some of the dishes I tried for the first time this year and fell in love with, others I’ve been making for over a year and my go-to’s that I try to make at least once a month.

If you have any other vegan dishes for thanksgiving suggestions that are vegan, please include them in the comments and links would be appreciated as well, especially if you are the one who created it!!

Dishes for Thanksgiving

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