40+ Best Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes

by Alena

Here are over 40 delicious recipes your kids will actually like! From easy mini pizzas to lots of creamy pasta dishes, bite-sized snacks and healthy cookies, these kid-friendly vegan recipes are super crowd-pleasing and undetectably plant-based.

Getting kids to eat their dinner is one thing, but what about a completely vegan dinner? We’re talking about including the vegetables!

Because we are all so different when it comes to taste preferences (children included!), we made sure that this selection of kid-friendly vegan recipes offers something for everyone.

From allergy-friendly recipes that are gluten-free or nut-free, to simple meals that take under 30 minutes and healthy but super scrumptious dessert ideas, you will surely find something your kids will really love!

If you’re looking for snacks instead of meals, be sure to check out our collection of 25+ vegan snacks for kids here.

Including a variety of plant-based foods into your kid’s diet ensures that dinner will never get boring and you are more likely to meet their nutritional needs at the same time.

This doesn’t have to mean that they need to eat lots of steamed broccoli or boring salads. Many of our following vegan recipes hide vegetables and legumes in the most delicious way! 

Have your kids try as many foods as possible to let them discover their likes and dislikes, serve comfort foods that are made vegan with a couple of swaps and invite your children to help prepare the meal if you like so they become more adventurous in their eating!

Enjoy our hand-selected list of kid-friendly vegan recipes, sorted into sweet and savory ideas.

Savory Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes

Find main meals like kid-friendly vegan dinner ideas as well as plant-based recipes that work for lunchboxes and are perfectly portable! Most of these easy recipes work well for picky eaters, too.

Sweet Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes

Here are some sweet vegan recipes for kids ranging from oatmeal and pancakes for breakfast to healthy cookies, cookie dough bars and chocolate banana bread! Serve as sweet snacks, desserts or any time of the day.

More easy vegan recipes

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collage of four kid-friendly vegan recipes from spaghetti to carrot dogs, pasta salad and sloppy joes

Healthy Kid-Friendly Vegan Pizza

Yield: 1 pizza
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Help your kids eat more healthy foods with this homemade vegan pizza recipe! Flavorful tomato sauce spread on a whole-grain pizza crust which is topped with kid-friendly veggies and other vegan toppings they will love. Try this easy plant-based family-friendly dinner from our Vegan Starter Kit eBook!

Ingredients

Pizza crust

  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour (150 g)
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs, dried
  • ½ salt
  • ½ cup warm water (120 ml)

Toppings

  • ½ - ¾ cup tomato sauce (about 160 ml)
  • ½ small onion, sliced
  • ¼ bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 tbsp corn kernels
  • 3 small button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 oz smoked tofu, diced (30 g)

Optional

Instructions

Make the crust

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add warm water and knead well. Adjust water and flour in case the dough is too sticky or too dry.
  2. Form dough into a ball and let it sit in a warm place, covered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, you can use any store-bought vegan pizza dough.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400° F (200° C) and get a baking sheet or pan.

Prepare the toppings

  1. Wash, chop or rinse all of the vegan pizza toppings your kid will love and place them next to each other on a plate or in little bowls.
  2. Ask your children if they want to help make the pizza!

Make the pizza

  1. Once the dough has risen, flour a clean surface and briefly knead it.
  2. Use your hands or a rolling pin to work the dough into a 12” circle, then transfer it to your parchment paper-lined pizza pan or baking sheet. 
  3. Spread your tomato sauce evenly on the crust with a spoon, then sprinkle all desired toppings on your pizza crust!
  4. Put the pizza in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the crust is golden on the edges. Slice and serve warm.

Notes

  • While it is healthier to make your own whole-grain pizza crust, if you’re in a hurry or don’t want to make your own crust, simply use any store-bought pizza crust (check the label to see if it’s vegan).
  • Depending on what your kids like, you can add any mock meats, vegan cheese or olives etc. to your pizza.
  • You can swap the whole wheat flour for gluten-free if needed.
  • Find 40+ more easy and tasty vegan recipes your kids will love in the article above!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ pizza
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 11gSugar: 5gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena sitting in a cafe with a bowl of fresh plant-based food and a glass of coffee in front of her

About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist 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.

7 thoughts on “40+ Best Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes”

    • Hey Ellie,
      I’m glad you like the recipes! It’s so important to make vegan foods really satiating and tasty – the best way to convince others of this diet.
      Let us know how things go :)

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  1. Great recipes! I was just wondering if you have any advice for me! This is the second month of my family being vegan, and for the most part, it is going pretty well. My son (9), however, is my biggest concern. He hates the texture of all beans, can’t stomach Hummus, hates cooked veggies of all kinds, oatmeal, and is in general, a very picky eater. I am pretty sure it is a texture thing! I am just worried about his health. He will eat all fruits and veggies raw, but what else do I do to ensure that he is receiving the nutrition he needs.

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    • Hi there Julie,
      glad you liked the article! We don’t have any children ourselves, so I’m not too familiar with this problem. I would like for you to check in with a plant-based nutritionist or doctor on this if possible. Maybe he’ll eat some more processed legumes like textured vegetable protein made from soy? It imitates chicken and beef pretty well from what I’ve heard. Or go for soy milk and soy yogurt, they have a different texture as well. These foods provide protein and fats, too :)
      Hope this helps!
      – Alena

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  2. Your recipes look and sound amazing. I am about to embark on a plant based life style along with my three sons 12, 10 and 7 yrs old. I always cook from scratch and include lots of fruit and veg but I want to cut us down on the meat and dairy consumption. Not cut it out completely but have it occasionally. Reading up on what animals go through and how they are mass produced and what they are pumped with before it goes in our mouths is very off putting

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  3. Ive been transitioning to plant based for the past two months. I still eat fish due to some insecurity about having adequate protein. I do however trust that I can get enough protein through plants but am still feeling my way. Just want to say, I love your site and my health has improved already due to the change. Skin is also looking much better! Thankyou!

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