15+ Vegan Soul Food Recipes

Being vegan isn’t about eating only boring foods that taste plain and remaining “all green”. These vegan soul food recipes are the perfect example of all the delicious vegan food you can experience!

Persons who are not plant-based often mislead the public into thinking we can’t have fun meals as well because some ingredients cannot be incorporated into our meals. It’s time to prove them wrong!

Also try these delicious gluten-free vegan Thanksgiving recipes!

15+ Vegan Soul Food Recipes to Try

There are a lot of dishes that will heighten your love for vegan meals, and these are only a few!

With these recipes, you’ll be able to get even non-vegans to appreciate the taste of such delightful and healthy food.

Vegan Fried Chicken

See the recipe at The Edgy Veg or pin it!

Vegans can now enjoy the crispiness of fried chicken without ever having to eat the actual poultry. This one is meaty, moist, and flavorsome with each bite, thanks to the tofu that creates a texture much like chicken.

No eggs or milk is used in this recipe but the batter is properly seasoned to leave the golden-brown effect. It can be gluten-free and soy-free, and kid-friendly.

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese

baked vegan mac and cheese

See the recipe at Make It Dairy Free or pin it!

There is no dish as memorable as mac and cheese. You can find baked mac and cheese at any Southern gathering and celebration, and for weekend dinners.

Most vegan mac and cheese recipes are of the stovetop variety, and don’t invoke the same comfort you can find in a true soul mac and cheese.

That’s where this recipe comes in. It is creamy on the inside with a deliciously crispy cheesy top. Your family will be licking the casserole dish clean!

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

vegan mashed potatoes with melting butter on top

See the recipe at Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen or pin it!

This is an all-time favorite dish that many people truly enjoy it to the point of having it a few times per week.

Vegans can do just that, by making a few alterations to the ingredients of course. The result is a thick, creamy, and buttery vegan dish that is utterly satisfying.

Southern-Style Collard Greens 

bowl of southern style collard greens

See the recipe at Healthier Steps or pin it!

Most people wouldn’t assume that greens would be such beloved classic. Well, they would be wrong!

These collards are cooked low and slow, just like they are traditionally, and aren’t missing out on their classic smoky flavors.

You will not be seeing any leftovers for sure!

Vegan Brown Gravy

vegan brown gravy pouring onto mashed potatoes

See the recipe at Loving It Vegan or pin it!

What are mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and greens without a good brown gravy? This is what ties the whole meal together!

Usually, a good southern gravy uses meat for flavor and butter for the silky texture. However, you won’t miss out on any flavor or texture with this vegan brown gravy recipe. This will quickly become a staple dinner side in your household.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

See the recipe at The Almond Eater or pin it!

Usually pumpkin pie is associated with fall and the south, but sweet potato is actually the star of the show on most southern dinner tables.

The lovely caramelized flavor of roasted sweet potatoes, combined with a delicious blend of spices, is the perfect comforting end to any dinner.

Vegan Cornbread

piece of vegan cornbread with butter

See the recipe at Namely Marly or pin it!

This cornbread goes well with black-eyed peas, chili, and soups. After making the cornbread you may be wondering if it will taste delicious considering that basic ingredients like eggs and cow’s milk cannot be used.

The answer is yes! It will be crumbly on the outside and with each bite velvety inside. If you are meal planning, this is can be freshly baked, cooled, and frozen for days when you’re ready to reheat.

Vegan Gumbo

bowl of vegan gumbo poured over rice

See the recipe at Cultured Guru or pin it!

Yes, I know this gumbo won’t have any meat. Don’t worry, you’ll forget all about that after the spectacular flavor lingers over your tastebuds for a few seconds, while having you keep reaching back for more.

It’s so spectacular! In fact, there aren’t enough words to describe how amazing this gumbo tastes.

Vegan Pecan Pie Cheesecake

slice of vegan pecan pie cheesecake

See the recipe at A Handful of Thyme or pin it!

This dairy-free, no-bake pecan pie cheesecake is not only vegan but rich and creamy in taste. It’s something you can treat yourself to on those cheat days. It has fewer calories than actual cheesecake with natural sweeteners and is a bit nutty.

It resembles the taste of pecan pie with that sweet yet salty flavor buttery. So, it’s a mix of pecan pie and cheesecake making the perfect combination.

To make it even more fun to eat you can slice the cake into bars and drizzle a bit of caramel sauce on top before freezing it.

Air Fried Okra

See the recipe at Healthier Steps or pin it!

Okra is a vegetable we see all the time but never really get enough of it. Well, here’s your chance to get into it.

Plus, there is no drippy and oily okra coming from this recipe! This oven-baked southern classic is healthy and a great way to engage persons who dislike okra to try it out.

Pair it with some sweet and spicy sauce, rice, beans and vegan cornbread to really get a feel and taste of a divine southern meal.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

cast iron skillet with vegan sweet potato biscuits inside

See the recipe at A Virtual Vegan or pin it!

I just drooled at the thought of having sweet potato biscuits dripping in maple syrup or a bit of butter. This is one of the most fun and tasty soul foods you could ever have.

They are soft and flaky with such a light warm orange-brown color. It’s naturally sweet so there’s no need for all that extra sugar.

It’s so good it can be a side to several meals and you’ll never get tired of eating it. Do remember to share it with others after making a few. If you start eating before your family has a chance to taste it, there may be none left!

Vegan Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas

See the recipe at Healthier Steps or pin it!

Black-eyed peas are famously associated with meat like salt pork, because it was often used to season the legume. That does not mean it cannot be made to be part of a hearty vegan home-cooked meal.

You may season it with hot sauce and spices and a little smokey effect to glaze them a bit. This will boost the flavor and help conceal the fact that there is no meat. Add it to a nice bowl of rice with other sides and enjoy it while hot.

Vegan Pot Pie

See the recipe at Blk and Vegan or pin it!

These pies are classic comfort food and can be used as a perfect main dish. If you used to have chicken pot pies before becoming vegan or tasted them at least once, you’ll know that vegan pot pies are even better!

It’s great for those holidays, thanksgiving dinners and even makes a fine meal on Sundays too. The crusty is flakey and the filling will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Jackfruit Beef Stew

jackfruit beef stew

See the recipe at B Foreal or pin it!

Jackfruit beef stew is that appetizing soul food you’d want on a chilly day during autumn late evenings. This steamy dish will fill your home with its wonderful aroma as you enjoy a bowl and relax or have fun with your loved ones.

Load your stew with lots of veggies and don’t be afraid to add lots of seasoning to boost the flavor. If you enjoy plant-based gluten-free foods that have a savory and spicy taste, have a try! You’ll love this flavor-infused stew!

Skillet Fudgy Brownies

cast iron skillet with fudgy brownie and scoop of ice cream melting on top

See the recipe at Short Girl Tall Order or pin it!

Yes! Vegan brownies are totally delicious and worth the try. The things you’ll need to make it are quite simple. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and melted chocolate are the most important.

It doesn’t take forever to prepare and real chocolate lovers know that this only takes up to about 30 minutes to prepare.

When you’re finished, serve your chocolate brownies hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cool with a glass of almond milk.

Vegan Cheese Grits

bowl of grits with vegan butter and vegan cheese on top

See the recipe at Healthier Steps or pin it!

Cheese grits are a quintessential southern breakfast item. Loaded with cheese and butter, this savory base is perfect with so many toppings.

Instead of using regular cheese, you’ll use vegan cheddar and nutritional yeast. Still so worth it and so good!

Vegan soul foods are fun!

Now don’t try all these soul food recipes at once..hahaha!

Do recommend them to your vegan and non-vegan friends. These are absolutely worth the time and effort to make.

Until next time, stay vegan, strong, and healthy.

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