9 Tasty High Carb Low Fat Vegan Recipes

by Alena
Jun 23, 2016
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If you have been interested in a plant-based lifestyle and taken a look around, chances are you’ve come across the term “high carb low fat vegan”. This may sound more restrictive or scary to you than it actually has to be.

A vegan diet is high in carbohydrates by default. Most plants are primarily made of this macronutrient, as opposed to fat or protein. This is a good thing for us since glucose is the body’s preferred and the brain’s only energy source.

This is why carbs should predominate every diet.​ Another great thing is that they usually come in a nice package with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber – all of which work wonders in terms of giving us energy, preventing disease, and letting us find our naturally lean weight.

Read more: All About a High Carb Low Fat Vegan Diet

But what kind of dishes can you prepare that are completely devoid of any oil, low in nuts or avocado, and still filled with flavor and substance?

We decided to put together our 9 current favorite high carb low fat vegan recipes to make this diet and lifestyle more actionable and appealing. It is actually the most simple way and healthful way to eat! So let’s get started.

1. Fiesta Lime & Black Bean Rice

Top view of bowl filled with white bowl filled with rice, beans, corn and vegetables


  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1/3 red onion, diced
  • small piece of jalapeño
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Fiesta Lime Sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • extra jalapeño slices for fun

Find the whole recipe & directions at The Glowing Fridge

2. Spinach-Potato Tacos

Pan with spinach potato mixture next to three tacos filled with the mixture


  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium poblano pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

3. Açai Bowl

Acai bowl with blended fruits, topped with fresh fruits and granola


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon buckwheat groats
  • 1 large handful of greens
  • 1.5 cups chopped frozen mango
  • 1 heaping cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 frozen açai berry packet
  • granola of choice
  • 1.5 – 2 cups sliced fruit for topping
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
  • maple syrup

Find the whole recipe & directions at Keepin It Kind

4. Mushroom Pea Risotto

bowl of vegan risotto with mushroom, peas and a fork standing next to a linen on a marble surface


  •  1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups white mushrooms, sliced (225g)
  • 1 cup risotto rice (Arborio) (225g)
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth (480-720ml)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 cup soy milk (160g)
  • ½ cup leek, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence​

Find the whole recipe & directions at Nutriciously

5. Yam Chickpea Spinach Curry

high carb low fat vegan recipes


  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 1-2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup of yams/sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

6. Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

wooden table with two bright plates featuring around 8 homemade gluten-free vegan muffins


  • 2 cups rolled oats, ground
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup plant milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1.5 tbsp ground flax seed
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Find the whole recipe & directions at Our Blog

7. Avocado Mango Brown Rice Sushi

Nine pieces of avocado mango sushi and chopsticks on marble surface


  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into long strips
  • 1 ripe mango, sliced into vertical strips
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ⅓ cup microgreens, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional
  • 4 nori sheets
  • tamari or soy sauce

Find the whole recipe & directions at Love And Lemons

8. Melon Salad With Mint & Lime

Two cups filled with fresh melon, avocado and mint leaves


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 3 cups peeled cantaloupe
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves
  • Sriracha hot sauce to serve

Find the whole recipe & directions at The Post Punk Kitchen

9. Pasta Primavera

Wooden bowl filled with pasta, tomatoes, peas and primavera sauce


  • 12 ounces quinoa penne
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 1½ tablespoon garlic granules
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 2 cups green peas
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Find the whole recipe & directions at Forks Over Knives

Have you been trying some of these high carb vegan recipes? Which ones did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist (CPD) who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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  1. We are so excited about starting this new way of eating healthy. Thanks for all the tips and information to help us get started. ?


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