Fall is the best time for cooking. All the plants and trees have just finished growing their seasonal crop and so the food they produce is at their best, being at their sweetness and most delicious.
It is also the last opportunity in the year to make use of this wonderful bounty before the cold winter months set in, and you want to go outside less and less.
As you can imagine, this is the perfect time to test out any new vegan recipes and to especially try those ones that are hearty and will warm up the body of a person something fierce.
As such, we decided to create a list of the best vegan fall recipes for anyone to try today to show you that creating vegan fall recipes is not only easy, but that they are wonderfully delicious as well.
Normally, an Alfredo is full of cheese and cream which is not good for a vegan diet at all, however this Alfredo uses pine nuts and cashews to create the wonderful creamy texture and sauce, while loading the whole dish with rosemary, chives, and balsamic vinegar to enhance the beautiful flavor of the sweet potato.
It is a dish that only takes a few minutes to cook, but the flavor of the whole thing will stay with you long after you have gobbled up a plate full.
When it begins to get colder, our bodies start to crave more calories and especially more sweet things. If you want something sweet, filling, and irresistible, then cooking these cranberry crumb bars is the perfect way to soothe your demanding stomach.
They are an oat mixture of sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, chia seeds, flour, and spices with cranberries and blueberries placed in between the two oat layers, before being baked.
The result is a crunchy sweet bar with a lovely middle of delicious jam that you won’t stop eating.
Cabbage rolls are a great way to create a filled pie-like dish, with the cabbage keeping in a mixture that cooks and oozes flavor when it is cut open.
The mixture in this recipe is actually a fairly sweet and savory affair, mixing earthy mushrooms, fresh thyme, sweet raisins, and nutty walnuts together with some tomatoes and rice.
The great thing about cabbage rolls as well is that the cabbage has a subtle sweet flavor, so it doesn’t detract from the overall flavor of the mixture inside, creating a perfect balance.
If you have changed your diet to that of a vegan one – first, congratulations! – it means that you can have a real big nostalgia craving. Food is the way to people’s hearts a lot of the time, and families congregate around food.
One recipe that is bound to bring up those memories and emotions is that of the pot pie.
However, you need not worry, as this recipe gives you an entirely vegan version of the family favorite and fall classic that is pot pie. There are some concessions – like biscuits on top instead of pastry – but it is just as delicious and can bring you back to your childhood.
If you are in the mood for pie, but are unwilling to cook for a long period of time, you might want to consider this pumpkin pie with overnight oats. It is a mixture of pumpkin purée, almond milk, chia seeds, raisins, coconut, and pumpkin spice mixed together before being put into a jar.
Then some maple syrup is drizzled on top with oats and walnuts to finish it off. The differences in texture between crunchy, smooth, and starchy contrast well with the multiple different flavors for a quick treat.
One of the hardest things to get into your diet regularly and in good proportions as a vegan is protein – especially complete proteins.
Since fall is a time when the seasons get colder and food is harvested, it is the perfect time to create big protein bowls to give your body all the extra nutrients it needs.
This is really simple and only requires you to put some rice, sweet potato, farro, chickpeas, tempeh strips, and almonds in a bowl with some oil, salt, and pepper to create a delicious and filling meal.
There is nothing quick as body warming or traditional as a Shepherd’s Pie, and many a cold evening has been warded off with its presence.
The vegan version switches out the meat mince for minced mushrooms and chickpeas and uses almond milk in the mash, but cooked to golden perfection you would never notice the difference.
If you are looking for a fall dish to feed the family for relatively cheap on a vegan diet, then this pie is the way to go.
When we think of fall, we often think of sweet fruit pies and crumbles, whether we want to or not, but none have quite the same image in our minds as apple pies or crumbles do.
This Apple Crisp is a homage to the apple crumble, and it is so sweet and delicious that you will wonder how you got on in life without it.
Topped with some maple syrup and ice cream, it will become the centerpiece of your autumnal desserts from now on.
Sometimes the best dishes are just a simple salad that you can throw together with some spices.
This dish combines the starchy butternut squash with sweet apples, tart cranberries, nutty pecans, and fresh leafy greens with some bold harissa spices and oil thrown into the mix for extra flavor.
It is a great fall dish as every one of these foods is in season and will be at the peak of the flavor, making the salad become a beautiful meal.
Don’t worry! This recipe has no actual chicken in it! It’s just that chicken noodle soup is a style of recipe, whereas a noodle soup is not. In these recipes, a beautiful broth is made from a boatload of veggies, including carrots, celery, beans, chickpeas, and pasta noodles.
For the chicken part you have one of two options, you can add some beans, or you could add another protein source like firm tofu or fake meats, like Quorn.
Whatever you do, this dish is just as wonderful – if not more so – as the real chicken noodle soup, but without any of the actual meat with it.
Stuffing the cavity inside a sturdy vegetable is always a great way to create a quick meal and enhance the flavor of the dish majorly.
Stuffing a butternut squash with chickpeas, chili flakes, garlic, oregano, spinach pellets, cranberries, some broth, and quinoa will mean that once it starts cooking in the oven, all those wonderful juices will saturate the squash with flavor making an enticing dish.
Who doesn’t love a good crock pot? No one, that’s who! And fall is the perfect time of year to pull out the crock pot and start cooking. While you can make a lot of dishes in a crock pot, we’ve found that one of the best is certainly a chili.
For this vegan one, you base the foundation around black beans and quinoa, with bell peppers, onion, sweetcorn, and tomatoes added for flavor and body while spices are added just for that sweet chili flavor.
13. Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is wonderful and, while it may not be as popular as other cakes are, it is still a great way to enjoy a piece of cake and is absolutely divine in flavor.
What’s great is that it also lends itself really well to veganism, meaning you should be able to cook it rather easily for yourself and others.
14. Pumpkin Penne
Another pasta dish, but this time using the fall ingredient of pumpkin.
By using a sugar pumpkin, cashews, garlic, sage, and onion in your dish along with some broth, you can create an absolutely beautiful and delicious pumpkin penne pasta that will keep you coming back for more.
It is sweet, savory, bold, and a wonderful way to ring in the fall season.
Finally, we have Cinnamon and Pecan Sticky Buns. If you want to create a sweet treat that is vegan in all aspects, then it is a good idea to include pecans.
These nuts lend themselves wonderfully well to being a sweet treat and create an absolutely amazing flavor that simply is not found anywhere else. Enhance the whole experience with cinnamon and maple syrup for that extra kick of sweetness.
There are many vegan fall recipes out there to try and many of them will be delicious, however we think we created a list here that encapsulates the best. Give them a try and see what you think.