Kid Friendly Vegan Recipes!
In this article you will find vegan kid friendly recipes, that even picky eaters won’t turn their nose up at. They are sorted by smoothies, snacks, vegan breakfasts, vegan lunch and dinner, and vegan desserts for kids.
If you’re looking for kid friendly vegan recipes, then you are in the right place!
First, what is a ‘kid friendly vegan recipe’?
It’s a recipe that is used to make food that kids will actually eat.
Depending on the child, kid friendly could mean french fries and mac and cheese (you can find vegan recipes for those below), or it could mean anything us adults enjoy, such as stuffed shells and salads (also can be found below).
If your child, or one of them, is like my oldest and is a bit of a picky eater (or loves something one day and hates it the next), there are plenty of picky eater approved recipes.
If your child is a great eater, like my second daughter who has literally asked for a salad for breakfast and cheers when veggies are almost ready, you’ll find plenty of recipes for them, as well!
So, what else will you find on this page?
Below you will find answers to common questions about feeding vegan kids, recipes that they’ll be more likely to eat, and all of the vegan recipes on this site, in one convenient place, so you can browse through and click on the ones you want to try first with your kids.
The recipes will include vegan and kid friendly recipes for;
- other drinks
- snacks (muffins, energy bites, and more)
- lunches & dinners
- sides or appetizers
- and of course, desserts!
I hope you and your kids enjoy all of the recipes below as much as mine and I do!
Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram for a sneak peak at any new recipes I’ll be adding down below, before they’re even published on this site!
*Please note that there is 1 recipe below that my kids have not tried and I would not recommend for kids (it’s under the ‘for moms’ section, and is the only recipe that includes coffee in it. The other recipe in that section is a turmeric latte, and I don’t see why you couldn’t give that to your kids; my kids think it’s a little too hot/spicy, but I love it!
How do I get my kid to eat vegan?
Believe it or not, this question is more common than you may think!
There are a lot of different ways, and thoughts, to how to get your child to eat vegan.
A few thoughts for helping encourage your child to eat vegan are;
- explain to them, in age appropriate language, what it means to be vegan
- have ONLY VEGAN food available at home
- teach them about nutrition and why it’s important
- get them to help pick out, veganize, and/or make meals with you
- and many more, depending on who you talk with!
You may also find these articles helpful in teaching kids about being (or eating) vegan food:
- How To Teach Kids About Being Vegan
- 25 Vegan Kids Books To Help Teach Little Ones About Veganism
- How To Teach Young Kids What Is Vegan
- How to Teach Pre-teens and Teens Know What Is Vegan
Are you also maybe wondering “What is the best vegan meal?”
Well, that is completely up to you…or your kids!
There are so many delicious vegan meals, it’s honestly hard to choose just one!
Some of my picky eater’s favorite meals include;
- tofu mozzarella sticks
- vegan french toast
- easy oatmeal pancakes
- smoothies (with kale!!! that she makes herself!)
- stuffed shells
- and more!
Most of those recipes you’ll find down below in the recipes section of this page.
My second child has taste preferences that differ quite a bit from her older sister (the picky eater). I like to think it’s because I started being the stay at home parent when my second child was just a year old and 100% took over feeding the kids. (When I worked full time I could make the meals and have them all ready for her to eat while I was gone, but I couldn’t force whoever was watching her to actually feed her the meals I made.)
So, some of my second childs favorite foods include;
- salads (she even asks for this for breakfast sometimes, with leafy greens!)
- veggies (she cheers when I say her veggies are almost ready and runs to the table to eat them)
- nice cream
- blueberry oatmeal
- and plenty more!
(She’s not a picky eater and will eat almost anything I give her.)
Now Onto The 80+ Kid Friendly Vegan Recipes!
These recipes are divided into;
- smoothies & more
- meals & sides
All of these recipes are kids tested and mother approved, so enjoy! I hope these recipes makes your time in the kitchen as a mom easier, with less whining from your kids!
Smoothies & More
Smoothies, smoothie bowls, and even nice cream are great ways to get certain foods into your childs diet that they may not otherwise eat.
For example, it is almost effortless to add in some leafy greens into smoothies or smoothie bowls.
And you can get some extra omega-3 fatty acids into your childs diet by adding flax meal (ground up flax seeds), or even walnuts into any smoothie or nice cream (like the blueberry nice cream recipe below)!
Some adults may not need snacks during the day, I am not one of them, but kids absolutely need snacks through out the day.
No, healthy vegan snacks are not going to ‘spoil’ your childs appetite for their next meal.
Kids have much smaller stomachs than adults, so their little digestive systems can’t handle as much food as ours at the same time. So, they get hungry faster.
I remember reading, or maybe watching something, where a 90 minute rule is suggested, in case you are worried about your child not wanting their next meal. It basically said it’s alright to let your child eat every 90 minutes.
For example, if your child has breakfast at 8am, then they can have a snack at 9:30am. But, if you’re planning on giving them lunch at 12, they wouldn’t be able to have another snack at 11am because that would break the 90 minute rule. So, in this scenario (8am breakfast and lunch at noon), they would be able to have a snack anywhere from 9:30am and 10:30am.
Some of the vegan snack recipes they could have are below, however there are 100’s, if not thousands more!
Be creative and have fun, don’t be afraid to customize the recipes for your childs own preferences or needs.
Vegan Meals & Sides
This section is probably why you’re really here!
It can sometimes feel daunting to find a vegan recipe that your kids will actually eat, without complaining about it, especially one that’s more on the healthy side.
That’s why I have made sure that all the recipes below have been tested on kids many times before putting them up on this site.
Most of the recipes can be easily customized, suggestions can be found in the recipe post itself, in case these is 1 thing in the recipe that your child refuses to eat. Just because the recipes are picky eater approved, doesn’t mean it’s going to be 100% perfect 100% of the time for your child.
So, try the recipes as is, or make a quick swap if you know your child would like a different ingredient in the place of the one suggested.
Lunch & Dinners
Kids love desserts!
I’m sure you do, too!
These recipes are 100% kid approved, please enjoy them!
I’d also highly recommend the chickpea cookies, especially if you can’t get your kids to eat beans. Beans are one of the foods everyone should be eating every single day; cookies are an easy way to help with that!
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