The Top 20 Vegan Recipes of 2020

Vegan food reigns supreme, and in 2020, this was no exception. With more and more people opting for plant-based fare, vegan cooking (and vegan quarantine baking!) were on the rise. So in honor of the year marked by more at-home vegan cooking than we could ever imagine, we’ve compiled the 20 most popular recipes on VegNews.com that kept you fed and satisfied all lockdown-long. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu in 2021!

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1. VegNews Vegan Magic Cookie Bars
There’s a reason these magic cookie bars went viral in 2020. With layers of graham cracker, walnuts, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut, these sweet and crunchy bars are nothing short of magical.

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2. VegNews Best Ever Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
When creamy, luscious cashew-potato-carrot cheese sauce is in the mix, your mac and cheese is guaranteed to be a hit. And VegNews readers prove it! It’s no surprise our most popular recipe (of all time!) earned a spot on this list.

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3. Spicy Oven Fried Tofu
Tender and flavorful on the inside, supremely crispy on the outside—standard tofu gets a fiery kick thanks to a little hot sauce, a touch of sweetness from agave syrup, and a satisfying crunch from cornflakes. Who says you need chicken for nuggets?

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4. Vegan Sweet Potato Latkes

Simple and savory, these latkes are delicious served with a dollop of applesauce or your favorite vegan sour cream. Do like we do and create a DIY toppings bar for the ultimate Hanukkah side dish—any time of year! 

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Vegan Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy
This fragrant, fiery soup is the perfect bowl of cozy. And with immune-boosting ginger and garlic, VegNews readers turned to this nourishing, comforting dish all year long.

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6. Vegan Scampi in Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce
Its umami-rich take on vegan scallops (the secret? Hearts of palm!), plus a mouthwatering garlic wine sauce, made this elegant Italian recipe a go-to for all of 2020’s date nights at home.

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7. Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Melt-in-your-mouth, soft, cakey cookies with a generous slathering of buttercream frosting kept VegNews readers whipping up this decadent dessert time and time again for a taste of true bliss.

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8. Vegan Tiramisu
Layers upon layers of delicious, coffee-soaked spongy cake filled with cashew mascarpone and lots of cacao powder will have everyone flocking to the kitchen for dessert time.

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Vegan Chocolate Eclairs 
You can’t go wrong with this decadent chocolate-covered, cream-stuffed éclair recipe from vegan chef Miyoko Schinner herself! Can you say Parisian-pastry perfection?!

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Disney’s Famous Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Fries
VegNews readers (and staff!) recreated the magic of Disney from home with a little help from the Orlando resort’s famous chocolate chip cookie fries. Mickey, you’re always welcome in our kitchen.

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Vegan Lobster Mushroom Mac and Cheese
This classic comfort food dish is elevated with a roasted garlic cashew cheese sauce and meaty mushrooms for a cheesy seafood fakeout you’re guaranteed to keep thinking about long after it’s gone.

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12. Vegan Salted Caramel Cookies

Could there be a tastier pairing than sea salt and caramel? We swear by this dynamic duo after tasting the soft, gooey center and temptingly crisp edges of these award-winning cookies.

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13. Vegan Boozy Holiday Profiteroles
These golden-fried desserts were already show-stopping enough, but once you elevate them with fluffy Baileys Almande-spiked whipped cream? Trust us, you won’t be able to keep your hands off these boozy, bite-sized treats.

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Vegan Dill-Roasted Chickpea and Lemony Potato Buddha Bowls
Golden, lemony potatoes, al dente Brussels, and savory chickpeas prove that healthy is anything but boring.

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15. Vegan Key Lime Pie Bars
The luscious, zesty, custard-like filling and graham cracker crust in these Southern dessert-inspired bars make eating a whole pie easier than ever.

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16. Vegan Salted Vanilla Bean and Cashew Butter Fudge
Thick and creamy cashew butter, a splash of maple syrup, and a kiss of vanilla bean make this no-bake, sweet-and-salty fudge a no-brainer when a sweet tooth-craving kicks in. 

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Vegan Lemon Rosemary Chickpea Pasta Casserole
For a comforting meal full of satiating carbs and plant-powered protein, VegNews readers turned to this zesty, hearty winter casserole. Between fragrant rosemary and lemony pasta, we guarantee you’ll be going back for seconds.

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18. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Layers of cashew-coconut-pumpkin cream give this holiday classic an indulgent, no-bake twist for healthy, end-of-year fun (or if your pumpkin cravings follow you into the new year). It’s dessert season all year long!

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19. Beefy Vegan Beet Burgers
With vegan beefy burgers here to stay, VegNews readers flocked to the grill to recreate their own “bleeding” burgers for a cookout-worthy summer handheld. The star ingredient? Beets!

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20. Vegan Chocolate Chip Oat Milk Banana Ice Cream
2020 was the year of oats—and this creamy, chocolaty, banana-oat milk nice cream proves it. And with mix-ins like crushed cookies, peanut butter, and melted chocolate, this dessert was made for sweet customization.

Want more vegan recipes? Head to VegNews.com/recipes for more! Curious about the top stories of the year? Check out The Top 20 Vegan Stories of 2020.