Veganism is a lifestyle that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and more people are embracing it than ever before. From celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres to athletes such as Serena Williams, more and more of them are choosing to adopt this way of living because they believe in its benefits.
A vegan diet emphasizes eating vegetables instead of meat or other animal products. There are many different reasons why people choose veganism, most notably that it can help protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions from farms and livestock production. Some vegans also believe that animals should not be used for food because they feel it’s morally wrong to kill an animal just so humans can have something to eat.
If you’re considering adopting a vegan lifestyle, or if you’re just looking for some delicious vegan recipes, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of the most popular vegan recipes from 2021 that are sure to please everyone at your table.
Black Bean Brownies
1 cup black beans, cooked and drained
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ cup date paste
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
In a food processor, combine black beans, cacao powder, date paste, maple syrup vanilla extract, and salt. Pulse until the beans are in small pieces and most of the ingredients are mixed together — there should still be some texture.
Spread the batter into the 8×8 inch baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. Makes about 20 brownies.
Broccoli “Cheese” Soup
2 cups broccoli,
chopped 4 cloves garlic,
minced 1 onion,
diced 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 cup water
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt & black pepper to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, add a splash of water or broth and sauté onions with a pinch of salt for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add garlic and sauté for one minute or until fragrant.
Turn the heat down to low, add in broccoli and cover with lid to allow it to steam 2-3 minutes (until bright green).
Transfer veggies to a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix), add water, cashews, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, salt & black pepper. Blend until smooth & creamy. Add salt & black pepper to taste if desired. Soup will thicken up once cooled so you can choose how thick you want your soup by adding more or less water while blending. Serve topped with hot sauce! Makes 4 servings
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil or vegan butter, plus more for greasing the pan if needed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled into measuring cups. Use an additional 1 tablespoon of flour if using any type of nut milk other than almond milk
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional)
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with oil. Set aside. Mash your bananas very well in a medium bowl so there are no lumps. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt (if using). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving. Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Makes about 12-16 cookies.
There are endless vegan recipes to choose from, and these are just a few of the most popular ones from 2021. With veganism on the rise, there’s no doubt that these recipes will continue to be popular in years to come. So whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just starting out, be sure to try some of these delicious recipes!