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25 Healthy Recipes for Your Cookout

Grab your friends and get ready to eat! These 25 Healthy Recipes for Your Cookout! These Vegan Potluck Recipes are:

  • Easy

  • Delicious

  • Mainly Gluten-Free

  • & Plant-Based

So if you are in need of ideas on what to bring for a side dish, main dish, appetizers, and desserts, I have you covered! Most of these recipes travel well (besides for the ice cream and popsicles) and are sure to make their mark on the buffet table.

1. Blueberry Crumble Bars

Ready for a dessert healthy enough it can be for breakfast? These homemade Vegan Blueberry Crumble Bars are a quick & easy way to start your day and are filled with an irresistible blueberry filling layered between a soft oatmeal cookie crust. Requires only 8 SIMPLE ingredients + Gluten-Free. Naturally Sweetened.


2. The Best Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

These tart, rich Gluten-Free Lemon Bars are free of gluten, refined sugar, and eggs. The recipe requires only 12 ingredients you likely already have on hand AND can be made in just a few short hours. Vegan.


3. Vegan Pulled Pork with Mushrooms & Lentils

My latest take on Vegan Pulled Pork is probably one of my favorites. It contains these three basic ingredients: Lentils, Mushrooms, & BBQ Sauce. This easy, protein PACKED recipe requires only 12 SIMPLE ingredients you likely already have on hand!


4. Orange Dreamsicle Bars

Grab the popsicle molds and let's make these Dairy-Free Orange Dreamsicles! This creamy and delicious Orange Dreamsicle Popsicle recipe is PACKED with flavor, easy to make, and requires only 5 basic ingredients!


5. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Parfait

Enjoy the warm weather with this Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Parfait! This old fashioned strawberry shortcake has fluffy, homemade vanilla cake layered with sweet strawberries and rich vanilla non-dairy ice cream. This recipe is easy to make, quick, & requires only 10 simple ingredients + Gluten-Free Option.


6. Vegan Mint Brownie Ice Cream

This refreshing, creamy Vegan Mint Brownie Ice Cream is loaded with raw brownie chunks AND requires only 9 ingredients. Did I mention it is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, AND vegan? Yep, I did that.


7. Roasted Red Pepper & Jalapeno Almond Cheese

Get ready to sit back and enjoy some vegan cheese. After mulling around recipe ideas, almonds caught my eye and this soft, vegan cheese was created. This sweet and spicy Roasted Red Pepper & Jalapeno Almond Cheese is ONLY 7 ingredients, easy to make, + SO tasty.


8. Black Bean BBQ Burgers

Are you ready for the ultimate veggie burger? These smokey & hearty BBQ burgers are LOADED with flavors AND only requires 8 ingredients!


9. Loaded Nacho Fries

The Loaded Nacho Fries are perfect for big gatherings, potlucks, and sporting events. Seasoned curly fries are drizzled with a rich and creamy Queso Sauce, topped with freshly diced red onion, bell pepper, olives, jalapeños, and avocado.


10. Deviled Potato Skins

Deviled Potato Skins are becoming a new classic and one of my favorite hors d'oeuvres to serve. Taking a spin on traditional deviled eggs, these tots are a crowd-pleasing party snack. With a creamy & zesty filling, this recipe will get your party started in about 30 minutes!


11. Vegan Mac & Cheese

Make your favorite homemade comfort food with this EASY Vegan Mac and Cheese! This Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe is only 6 ingredients, rich, creamy, healthy, and cheesy! Plus, this quick & simple sauce is the BEST because it is Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, and Soy-Free.


12. Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These crispy roasted brussel sprouts with a tangy dijon dressing is a perfect side dish that will definitely having people eating their vegetables.


13. Vegan Dinner Rolls

These homemade Vegan Dinner Rolls require only 7 ingredients AND are so fluffy and light. This recipe is quick and easy to make and way better than the store-bought version. Who wouldn't want soft, fluffy Dinner Rolls?


14. No Bake Chocolate Cream Pie

Silky, Chocolaty goodness is all encompassed in this No Bake Chocolate Cream Pie. I once tried making a similar pie from tofu and it just seemed like no matter how much sugar you added it didn't get sweet. Luckily for you, this satisfying dessert is only 8 ingredients AND is naturally sweetened with dates and coconut sugar.


15. Rocky Road Cookies

No need to go on a wacky road trip when you've got these Vegan Rocky Road Cookies. These rich, chewy brownie-like cookies are laced with marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate chips. They require only 11 ingredients, easy to make, and did I mention they are oil-free too? Yeah, game changer.


16. Pesto Pinwheels

These quick and easy Pesto Pinwheels are the perfect way to enjoy lunch or beat that mid-afternoon hunger strike! This homemade pesto is perfect compliment to the 'tangyness' of cream cheese.


17. Vegan Salted Caramel Popcorn

This easy Vegan Salted Caramel Popcorn is an addictive dessert that requires only 7 ingredients! Popcorn is coated with coconut sugar caramel then baked for a sweet & crunchy treat.


18. Best Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

This Creamy Vegan Potato Salad is perfect and is quite reminiscent of the non-vegan version. True to its name, this is a very creamy and rich traditional-flavored potato salad loaded with red onion, relish, dill, & more!


19. Vegan 7 Layer Taco Dip

This colorful and flavorful Vegan 7 Layer Taco Dip requires only 11 ingredients to create this goodness. It is perfect to eat as a snack or serve as an appetizer!


20. BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

This vegan & simple BBQ Pulled Jackfruit is packed with flavor. Imagine, shredded Jackfruit simmered in a tangy chili-seasoned barbecue sauce and served on a toasted bun.


21. S'mores Cookies

This campfire classic just got turned into a cookie! These slightly crispy and gooey Vegan S'mores Cookies are made with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows.


22. Banana Split on a Stick

Looking for a delicious healthy summer treat? Enjoy a Banana Split on a Stick by alternating strawberries, pineapple, and banana on a stick. Then drizzling on smooth, rich dark chocolate and crushed peanuts!


23. Pretzel Buns

These simple Pretzel Buns have a crispy salted brown crust, with a soft tender inside. These buns are great for sandwiches or as a dinner roll.


24. Beet Chocolate Cupcakes

These healthy chocolate cupcakes are soft, moist, and have a not-so-secret ingredient: beets! These vegan Beet Chocolate Cupcakes require only 11 ingredients, are easy to make + FLUFFY.


25. Easy Vegan Queso Dip

This silky, rich Easy Vegan Queso Dip is made with ONLY 7 ingredients and is SO tasty! Dairy-Free. Oil-Free. Nut and Soy-Free.

If you make any of these recipes let me know! I love hearing from you guys.

Hey there! I'm Elizabeth

I originally created this as a vegan food blog in 2018 and has since grown into a place of connection to not only our bodies but ourselves.

Here you will find tasty vegan recipes, personal growth tips, spiritual healing, and more!

xx Elizabeth 

Akashic Records Reader, Spiritual Teacher

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