Following a vegan lifestyle can make you feel a bit isolated in your everyday life. Luckily, there are scores of fantastic vegan YouTubers and social media influencers who help us come together and move this important movement forward online!
We often hear that people either shy away from going vegan or have a hard time following a vegan lifestyle simply because they don’t get any support from their family or friends.
That can be really, really hard! A lack of social support is one of the most common reasons why people turn back to eating animal products – they felt too much pressure and, sometimes, downright ostracized.
Back when we went vegan around 2012, we didn’t know any other vegans in real life (we didn’t even know each other back then!). In those seemingly lonely moments, exploring our wonderful new lifestyles online was what nurtured our interest and helped us feel less alone.
A couple of years later, we’ve learned so much about all of the different aspects of the vegan lifestyle and how different people cope with personal hardships. We’ve also learned a bunch of surprising vegan life hacks and unique new recipes!
If you’re not yet vegan, here are some of our best resources for starting this lifestyle.
The following list of vegan YouTubers is a reflection of our personal areas of interest, and we don’t claim that it’s the complete list of vegan YouTube channels! To be honest, we’re not much into hauls, gossip, pranks, gaming, drama, beauty or family content – which is why you won’t see those types of YouTubers in this article.
Back when we first wrote about vegan YouTubers in 2016, we named almost 70 channels – some of whom we were barely familiar with but came with a strong recommendation.
We really loved how readers kept suggesting their favorite YouTubers to us in the comments, and we wanted to take their feelings into account – however, we quickly ran into a few hurdles.
We couldn’t properly introduce these new YouTubers without really knowing them; some of them made fairly dubious claims that we didn’t want to promote; finally, others had abandoned the lifestyle altogether.
What About Ex-Vegan YouTubers?
One of the main reasons we wanted to publish a new version of our favorite vegan social media influencers was because of the amount of popular vegan YouTubers who were caught eating meat or fish – some even did a downright 180 and turned carnivore!
Without wanting to go into too much detail about these ex-vegans and share our opinions on them, we think we can now better assess YouTubers for their dedication to a vegan lifestyle – those who follow unscientific and unnecessarily restrictive (raw) vegan diets often change their ways at some point, so it’s possible that they may not be the best role models (there you have it, kind of an opinion from us about ex-vegans).Full Vegan Nutrition Guide + Download →
We don’t want to support certain messages, and as a result, we were really picky about who we put on this list! Some of the YouTubers and influencers on our list might be more controversial than others. They also certainly don’t all agree with each other – which is something we actually really appreciate.
Our own vegan diets and lifestyle have evolved over the years, and it’s just too easy to end up in online echo chambers believing only what you keep on reading over and over from a few sources.
So, we’d love for you to open your minds up to new vegan recipes and arguments, to not just check out healthy cooking and meal prep videos but also try some fitness content, learn about the scientific background of vegan diets and question philosophical reasons for why we should strive to avoid causing harm to non-human animals.
As the sheer amount of vegan YouTubers can be a bit overwhelming (or if you just haven’t found any channels that resonate with you yet), here are our suggestions for which channels to check out!
The Best Vegan YouTubers & Influencers
We’re so excited to share this hand-selected list of vegan YouTubers and influencers with you! They are all close to our hearts, and we watch a couple of them pretty much every single day.
Though we tried to separate our favorite vegan YouTubers and influencers into categories, it’s obvious that there will be overlaps! Luckily, none of them limit themselves to talking only about one specific area of veganism, but these categorizations still offer you a general idea of what their content is mostly about.
Vegan Lifestyle Youtubers
Let’s start with some YouTube channels that share their vegan lifestyle, meaning pretty much all aspects of living vegan. Remember that veganism also plays into other areas of life than just food, and with these YouTubers, you can discover animal cruelty-free beauty products, books and more!
These kinds of channels were the most helpful to us when we first started to follow a vegan lifestyle — getting started is just so much easier when you feel connected to others in your community, and having long-term vegans at your side is a huge help!
Pick Up Limes
Sadia’s channel Pick Up Limes is among the most popular vegan YouTube channels – and rightfully so. Her gentle approach to food, nutrition, minimalism and conscious living attracts not only vegans but also a large non-vegan audience, all of whom can get a glimpse of how simple and delicious plant-based meals can be!
The Dietitian from Canada currently lives in the Netherlands where she regularly puts out new and helpful videos with her team. No matter which one you watch, you’ll be left with a cozy feeling and inspired to take action!Go to YouTube Channel →
Sweet Potato Soul
Jenné is a vegan chef, health coach, cooking instructor and mom from the US sharing not just nutritious vegan meals but also tips around health and life in general.
Her positive vibe makes her videos really enjoyable – from “What I Eat in a Day” to “Q&A with Jenné,” a series where she talks about popular topics such as skincare, supplementation, healthy weight loss or takes you on kitchen tours, this channel is an amazing vegan allrounder.Go to YouTube Channel →
Madeleine started her YouTube channel in 2016 and has achieved huge success with her authentic videos about her personal development.
Straight from beautiful Britain, you can enjoy her lovely accent while she talks about not only mental health, minimalism and DIY projects but also shows how to make approachable and satisfying vegan meals, many of them budget-friendly.
At the beginning of 2020, she published her first book on sustainability, a topic that also makes up a large part of her channel.Go to YouTube Channel →
Sweet Simple Vegan
Although this YouTube channel was started by Jasmine, nowadays most of her content also features her awesome boyfriend Chris (and sometimes their little wiener dog Berry).
We’ve been long-term followers of her work and recognize that her content and style have changed a bit over time. The good news? It’s now better than ever!
From sharing her struggles with disordered eating in the past to entertaining vlogs, her videos are high-quality and feature fun recipes, challenges, taste tests, “What We Eat in a Day” – with the occasional glimpse of the couple’s private lives — and so much more. You definitely need to check them out!Go to YouTube Channel →
Although we’re still new to Rachel’s channel (YouTube is overflowing with vegan videos and it can be hard for some channels to reach your “recommended” section), we’ve quickly fallen in love with her content.
From scrumptious yet easy vegan recipes and meal prep videos to Q&As and sit-down-style content, Rachel shares so much fun and helpful content around veganism.
She tries vegan options at popular fast-food chains, does challenges and even takes you on her personal health and fitness journey! The London-based influencer has also published a book on her tasty vegan eats.Go to YouTube Channel →
Vegan Food & Recipe YouTubers
This is why we’re all here, right? Awesome vegan food inspiration, tasty recipe videos and meal prep instructions – we love it! Food plays arguably the biggest role in a vegan lifestyle, and we can always use some more mouth-watering culinary inspiration.
If you’re new to veganism, this is where you can find simple, approachable and healthy recipes as well as meal ideas that would make any meat lover fall to their knees.
Gaz Oakly, the popular professional vegan chef behind this large YouTube channel, shares scrumptious vegan recipes in a modern and entertaining manner. The way he talks is very soothing to us, and he makes everything look so mouth-watering!
He also shares what he eats in a day, uploads travel videos and is the go-to source for anyone wanting to cook up a feast for meat-eaters. Gaz has also published some epic vegan cookbooks, which have persuaded many of his friends and colleagues to go vegan!Go to YouTube Channel →
Cheap Lazy Vegan
Especially for those who are new to a vegan diet, Rose’s channel can be a fantastic source! We still enjoy watching her cooking and talking videos after years and years because her personality is incredibly lovely, funny and refreshing.
Making vegan comfort food really approachable and budget-friendly, she shares a lot of vegan hacks, high protein recipes and “What I Eat in a Day” videos along with some vegan lifestyle content.Go to YouTube Channel →
Hot For Food
If you’ve been around vegan recipes for any large amount of time, you’ve probably come across Lauren Toyota! She’s a Toronto-based television personality turned vegan chef extraordinaire who now makes very professional and fun-to-watch videos on YouTube.
The plant-based meals she shares help break all of the misconceptions you’ve ever heard about veganism and are sure to have you drooling over your keyboard in no time. She’s also the author of “Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face”.Go to YouTube Channel →
Caitlin is an inspiring and down-to-earth vegan influencer across all her social media – on top of her wonderful blog, she also runs a great YouTube channel and has an impressive Instagram following.
The young woman is very passionate about all things food, veganism and living a healthy lifestyle, with her videos as of late heavily focusing on the food-part.
While she does share parts of her personal life, yoga, relationship content and mental health tips, she’s a master at creating fantastic-looking vegan comfort food that’s easy to make and secretly healthy!Go to YouTube Channel →
The Happy Pear
Meet Dave and Steve, the Ireland-based identical twin chefs who started The Happy Pear back in 2004 as a vegetable shop. Supplying thousands of their Happy Pear products all over Ireland and the UK, they also authored 3 best selling cookbooks and run online vegan health and cooking courses.
Their YouTube videos are all about healthy and tasty food, building a community and having great fun doing it! Easy 5-minute dinners, one-pot wonders and energetic tutorials are their jam. The brothers cover a wide variety of cultures and taste preferences while keeping their meals super convenient.Go to YouTube Channel →
Olivia’s self-proclaimed goal isn’t to teach you how to be “perfect” but to instead inspire you to make some simple lifestyle changes that will have a huge impact on your health, the environment, and the lives of animals.
She’s like the cool friend we all wished we had in real life! Her content ranges from cooking simple and delicious plant-based recipes with mostly budget-friendly ingredients to vegan grocery hauls and “What I Eat in a Day” videos.
Although her content is mostly about making approachable vegan food, you also get a glimpse of her life in general.Go to YouTube Channel →
The Vegan Zombie
Meet 25+ year vegan Chris – who’s obviously obsessed with horror movies! His YouTube channel mostly consists of vegan cooking videos “set in the zombie apocalypse – giving you tips and tricks on how to survive it AND create delicious vegan meals”.
Apart from recipe videos, this fun channel also covers travel, lifestyle, shopping on a budget and reviews of vegan products. Chris’ style is certainly different from many YouTubers on this list, but he might appeal to you anyway!Go to YouTube Channel →
The Edgy Veg
Candice, the edgy Canadian woman behind this channel, wants us to revolutionize how we think about food, eco-conscious living and feminism. Her recipe videos are really refreshing and so much fun to watch, and she creates the most amazing and mouth-watering vegan comfort meals!
Candice takes a candid and humorous approach when talking about veganism, mental health and female empowerment. She’s also written the cookbook ”138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes”.Go to YouTube Channel →
Top Vegan Street Activists
Move over, food – now we’re getting to the real deal about how to help create a vegan world! Vegan street activism has become more and more popular, which has been great for the movement.
You can find all types of approaches to vegan activism on YouTube from the Socratic method (challenging people’s beliefs through questioning) to a more direct confrontation with the reality of animal agriculture. While you might disagree with some of these approaches, we appreciate that every single one has its place. Here are the top vegan street activists (at least, in our books).
If there’s one YouTuber or vegan influencer we’ve probably seen every single video of, it would definitely be Ed. We remember following him back when he just started his channel and were immediately mesmerized by his revolutionary approach (so much so that we even got him to write an article for us!).
The UK-based activist is known for using the Socratic method in his outreach and is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of living vegan, including solutions for how to create a fully vegan world. He also does some commentary content, gives fantastic speeches and has his own podcast.Go to YouTube Channel →
Jack is an up and coming vegan activist who has a somewhat similar style to Ed, but is definitely more confrontational. His dedication, patience and courage are outstanding – the discussions he has with other people can sometimes result in shouting matches, only to have Jack quickly find some common ground with them again.
Unafraid to speak his truth, he likes to talk to people of other social movements or devout religious believers to uncover their logical inconsistencies when it comes to animal ethics.
Jack also explores philosophical topics such as wildlife suffering and creates response videos to vegans and non-vegans alike, sprinkled with funny skits that never disappoint! We love his humor and passion – definitely our favorite “Soyboy”.Go to YouTube Channel →
That Vegan Couple
Natasha and Luca from Australia have been among the first people on YouTube to take vegan ethics to the streets. While the couple shared mostly health-related content on their YouTube channel at first, the channel has since evolved in a straightforwardly ethical direction, and today, they use their platform to strengthen the vegan movement as a whole.
In their own words, they went from vegans to animal rights activists who toured around the world to support local direct action groups and help liberate animals everywhere.
They have really kind personalities, and we love that they are so authentic and candid! We’ve met them in person and also have an older interview with them on our blog. Natasha and Luca have their own clothing line, published a few eBooks and have a Patreon-based podcast.Go to YouTube Channel →
Amazing Vegan Outreach
This rather small YouTube channel run by Canadian vegan Alex Bez definitely deserves more attention and praise. He’s made it his mission to share the most effective outreach methods with other vegans, a task helped by his professional background in communication and adult learning.
You will find that his street activism videos are somewhat different to most other channels because he creates a true connection with the non-vegans he talks to, which is incredibly impressive and successful.
Another proponent of the Socratic method, he likes to ask questions to really understand the other person instead of just schooling them. We highly recommend you watch some of his videos!Go to YouTube Channel →
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Joshua has dedicated his life to full-time animal rights activism. He’s traveled to 27 countries, given over 120 training workshops and participated in 400+ activism events between 2017 and 2020.
This full-blown ethical vegan was heavily influenced by the documentary Earthlings and actually started eating a plant-based diet after reading the book The China Study before making the connection to animal rights. His kind outreach approach is wonderful to watch because he manages to have a clear stance on animal abuse that he communicates in a very respectful manner.
His videos also cover minimalism and consumerism as well as sit-down videos on real-life vegan challenges.Go to YouTube Channel →
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This Australian animal rights activist is best known for his 1-year vow of silence for those who cannot speak: the animals. James loves to spread a peaceful message of non-violence, to educate and inspire and to spread vegan vibes.
His calm approach is one of a kind, and apart from street activism, he shares different vegan lifestyle videos and covers topics like self-improvement, meditation and travel content.Go to YouTube Channel →
One of the more confrontational, and therefore controversial, animal rights activists on our list (and the whole of YouTube) is Australian vegan Joey Carbstrong.
Having been on international television several times, he’s never shied away from forcefully speaking up for animals and urging people to put themselves in the victim’s perspective – even if this means being portrayed as an extremist by the mainstream media.
His approach is very straightforward and blunt, no matter who he talks to. Joey is very down-to-earth and wants the world to wake up to the reality of animal agriculture. You can find heated street debates on his channels as well as sit-down videos. Different strokes for different folks!Go to YouTube Channel →
Vegan Health & Science YouTubers
Unlike many fad diets, the health benefits of following a plant-based lifestyle are actually rooted in a large body of scientific evidence. Although there’s almost always a little bit of “room” for some animal products in a very healthy diet – which is why the health argument alone isn’t enough to make someone fully vegan – there’s a huge amount of science in favor of largely plant-based diets.
Mic The Vegan
Another channel of which we’ve probably seen every single video! Mic’s approach to bringing complicated science topics to us ordinary mortals is like a breath of fresh air, and his skits never fail to make us laugh.
His videos are very educational, offering just enough details to not be overwhelming. But Mic (“short for microphone, not Mick!”) covers more than just vegan health topics! From the odd “What I Eat in a Day” to environmental issues, debunking currently trending articles or videos and interviews with other vegan experts, his channel is a must-watch.
The US-based science writer (and cookbook author!) is currently studying Public Health at the Master’s level while building his own tiny house with his partner – needless to say, we just love all of his content.Go to YouTube Channel →
Dr. Michael Greger, one of the most popular vegan MDs, is the face behind this large YouTube channel. Together with a team of volunteers, he publishes new videos almost daily and gives you a deep dive into a plethora of topics, such as blood pressure, intermittent fasting, single nutrients and how to increase their absorption, gluten, hormonal health and diabetes.
He seems to have read every single nutrition study under the sun, and his non-profit website is one of our favorite sources to do research! He has also authored several popular books and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. His way of talking and presenting data is really one of a kind!Go to YouTube Channel →
With more than 10,000 physician members, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine works to promote healthy vegan diets for disease prevention as well as to end the use of animals in education and experiments.
We’ve been browsing their informative website for years and were so happy to see that they now also have a YouTube channel! The committee’s founder, Dr. Neal Barnard, is one of our favorite vegan MDs. He frequently appears both in longer and shorter format videos where he talks about all things plant-based health: hormonal issues, heart disease, immune health, strokes and so much more.
The channel also shares episodes of their podcast “Exam Room,” which are really educational and a joy to watch – just like pretty much every other video they upload!Go to YouTube Channel →
Simon is currently studying for an MSc in Food, Nutrition & Health in the UK – needless to say, his videos are incredibly fact-dense and well-researched. He focuses a lot on all things gut health, a topic that is often overlooked and gets too little attention.
Simon became especially interested in nutrition after losing close family members to chronic diseases, which is why he wants to help others live their healthiest lives by following science-based approaches to eating – “because your body is the only place you have to live”.Go to YouTube Channel →
Vegan Philosophy Channels
Let’s get to the root of veganism. Most people don’t realize this, but there’s a general philosophical belief behind this lifestyle, not just a dietary pattern. More than just refraining from animal products in one’s diet, vegans try to reduce unnecessary harm towards all sentient beings as much as practicably possible.
While philosophical content can be a bit harder to digest compared to fun recipe videos, it’s important that we think about our moral and epistemological foundations. As stated above, we included vegans on this list who might not agree on a lot of things – but the beauty of discussion is that it can challenge your views and can get us all closer to the truth!
A YouTube channel we’ve been following almost since the beginning, Alex J. O’Connor started out as a witty atheist challenging religious beliefs. Not afraid of consistently questioning his own moral beliefs and consistencies, he ended up reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation,” and upon completion, he felt obligated to make the switch to veganism.
Soon after this change, he started creating videos on this subject with a solid philosophical foundation, gave speeches on animal rights, defended his position in various online debates and talked about the issue of animal exploitation on his Podcast.
We love Alex’s brilliant thinking and down-to-earth attitude as well as his commitment to practical ethics. If you’re interested in philosophical inquiry, this is the channel you should turn to!Go to YouTube Channel →
If you’re into some in-depth philosophical discussions as well as a UK accent, Lewis is your man! He studied philosophy and covers topics ranging from veganism to antinatalism, objective morality, free will and societal issues.
You can see him in long-format debates and even on the street talking to people about veganism while always keeping his rational approach and kind attitude. In our opinion, Perspective Philosophy is a really underrated channel!Go to YouTube Channel →
Vegan Fitness YouTubers & Influencers
Let’s debunk the myth that vegans are frail and cannot build any muscle without consuming animal protein! From triathlon to ironman runners, bodybuilders and other endurance athletes, vegans can succeed in any area of physical fitness.
Granted, we’re not all that much into fitness and are therefore the least familiar with the following content, but we still watch these YouTubers from time to time.
Although Derek’s content is also heavily focused on plant-based nutrition, recipes, lifestyle and travels, we decided to put him into the vegan fitness category because of the jaw-dropping share of muscle on his body.
A Certified Nutritional Practitioner, he focuses on an approachable whole food plant-based diet and regular physical activity for optimal health. His personal favorites are calisthenics and taking long walks in nature with his girlfriend, who regularly appears in his videos.
We simply love his attitude and the two of them making videos together because their content is always fun, inspirational and easy to watch.Go to YouTube Channel →
If you’re looking for some female vegan “fitspo,” then look no further than Stefanie from Scotland. This charming young woman likes to lift heavy things in the gym, make gains, eat awesome vegan food and review products.
After graduating from university with an honours degree in psychology, she now focuses all of her time and attention on health and fitness while helping others reach their own goals. You can find videos about her vegan diet, product reviews, daily routines, gym workouts, travel content as well as “What I Eat in a Day” videos.Go to YouTube Channel →
With about 10 years of natural vegan bodybuilding under his belt, we simply had to feature Brian Turner! His work definitely pays off as his physique is quite impressive. Brian is also a certified trainer and overcame years-long struggles with cystic acne after transitioning to a healthy vegan diet.
He makes “What I Eat in a Day” videos, meal preps, vegan recipes, talks with vegan experts and doctors, tries vegan fast food and also publishes funny commentary content.Go to YouTube Channel →
Vegan Commentary Channels
Last but definitely not least, let’s check out some vegan commentary and news channels. Because the movement has been growing exponentially, there are so many changes when it comes to new vegan products, pro- or anti-vegan media coverage and new studies that it can be hard to keep up!
We love that there are great channels who respond to false information about veganism, let us know about the latest news on all things plant-based nutrition, environmental issues and even legislative changes.
You’ve probably seen videos by Plant-Based News before – they are pretty popular all over their different social media platforms.
What started with Klaus in his greenhouse a couple of years ago has now grown into a large news outlet-style vegan YouTube channel covering anything from plant-based health topics to environmental issues and interviews with the biggest names in the plant-based world.
Each year, they put together a fantastic vegan documentary so everyone can get a feel for how much the movement has grown. This channel is a fantastic news source and we highly recommend it!Go to YouTube Channel →
Happy Healthy Vegan
Ryan and Anji are a 50-something couple from Southern California who have been vegan since 2013. You won’t find more laid back and kind people like these two!
Ryan and Anji are proponents of a mainly high carb vegan diet and share easy recipes, interviews, travel videos, and “What I Eat in a Day” content. Ryan’s specialty is doing commentary-style videos where he dissects articles or media coverage about veganism with logic and science – you won’t find much more respectful debunking anywhere.
The couple also makes music together under the name Lovespirals, and Anji has published her own recipe eBook. If you’re looking for a chill vibe and want to know how to “keep it carbed,” check their videos!Go to YouTube Channel →
Swayze went through quite a transformation: back when she started her channel 10 years ago, she was a full-blown raw foodist, eventually finding her way to a more and more science-based approach to following a vegan diet.
She regularly calls out other vegans on statements she doesn’t agree with (in a respectful manner, of course) and speaks to a very unique audience within the vegan and also flexitarian movements.
She also reviews older videos of herself as a raw vegan, not shying away from having a laugh at herself and calling out her former pseudo-scientific beliefs. Swayze has a dry sense of humor and likes to ramble about her personal life at the end of some of her videos (which we personally love!).
She follows a higher protein vegan diet with lots of soy, mock meat, coffee and all the latest vegan treats from the store! If you’re looking for approachable and non-dogmatic vegan lifestyle content, this is the channel to check out.Go to YouTube Channel →
Those Annoying Vegans
Ana and Brian are trying to change hearts and minds one conversation at a time. The animal rights activists have changed their content on YouTube over the years from mainly focusing on vegan recipe videos and mukbangs to showing the reality of animal agriculture, responding to other YouTubers (vegan or not), or doing rebuttals and commentary about movies and media coverage.
Recently, they also started sharing their ethical vegan debates online to help everyone question their own reasons for choosing one food over the other. Another highly underrated channel in our opinion!Go to YouTube Channel →
The Vegan View
This is a weekly vegan talk show with a California-touch! Every Monday morning, co-hosts Nisha Balsara, Nicole Vranjican, and Hannah Hagler talk about different vegan lifestyle-related topics ranging from new products at the grocery store to fashion, health topics, vegan essentials, personal questions and easy recipes.
Along with the occasional “What We Eat in a Day,” they round up their content by having different guests like athletes, dietitians and entrepreneurs on the show.Go to YouTube Channel →
More Vegan YouTube Channels
This section falls under the category “honorable mentions” because these channels are either currently inactive (but still have great videos from a couple of months or years ago) or are not mainly focused on veganism.
But we still enjoy watching and following these vegan YouTubers from time to time!
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We hope you enjoyed our list and perhaps even found a few new favorite vegan YouTube channels! Which influencers do you like to follow, and have your preferences changed over time? Let us know in the comments below.