France constantly draws travelers in with its stunning scenery, unique culture, and rich cuisine. With its satisfying classic dishes, this alluring Mediterranean land offers a myriad of famous and traditional must-eat foods. Popular French dishes rely heavily on simple, flavor-enhancing ingredients, but are usually brimming with animal products like meat and butter.
Nowadays, there are vegan options for every culture and situation. Classic French dishes can easily be transformed into plant-based delicacies, lucky for us. So, never fear, we’ve studied and obsessed over these delicious plant-based French meals. While they’re suitable for vegans, they’re also still deeply inspired by French culture. Keep reading for 10 classic French options made entirely vegan from the Food Monster App. You don’t want to miss this.
Crepes are usually made with eggs, butter, and milk but they don’t have to be. These equally as delicious, if not more so! Classic French Crepes are filled with raw cashews, a vanilla bean paste, almond milk and coconut oil. These paper-thin, lightweight-but-filling breakfast treats have been delighting eaters for centuries and now vegans can enjoy them as well.
The French have a genius for cooking with vegetables. Ratatouille is a common vegetable stew that originated from southern France but this vegan version is grain-free. Filled with fresh vegetables like bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash and onion, this veggie Ratatouille will become the star of the dinner table, easily.
Bourguignon doesn’t require beef components to be a delightful meal. This Tempeh and Mushroom Bourguignon is a perfect example of a classic French dish gone vegan. It’s made from tempeh, mushrooms, carrots, and onion and then covered in a soy sauce-based marinade.
4. Raspberry Rose Macarons (With Aquafaba!)
Here’s an elegantly plant-based version of a traditional French macaron. Aquafaba, or the brine from a can of chickpeas, helps keep these Raspberry Rose Macarons (With Aquafaba!) light and fluffy, while raspberry rose buttercream brings out sweet and decadent flavors.
Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes, or, in the case of this Apple Marzipan Galette, a pancake made with buckwheat flour, coconut oil, almond meal and filled with savory marzipan or cinnamon dipped apples. You can make them as fancy as you like or keep them absolutely simple.
Crème brûlée, also known as burnt cream or Trinity cream, is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. This Banana Pudding Brûlée is a great vegan alternative; made from a creamy and thick banana pudding. It’s sprinkled with a generous serving of sugar, which is then caramelized to create a deep and rich caramel film.
There are some French dishes that never get to be eaten if you’re vegan. But classic French dishes have been transformed over time so that everyone, from all dietary boundaries and walks of life, can enjoy. This Champignon Au Vin: Mushrooms in Red Wine is a great rendition of a traditionally meat-heavy meal.
A quiche is a savory open tart or flan usually consisting of pastry crust filled with eggs, milk or cream, and cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables. This Potato Leek Quiche is filled with shredded potatoes, carrots, and leeks and then covered with a creamy, cheesy sauce made from chickpea flour! It doesn’t get much better than this.
A croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry named for its crescent shape. Well all know and adore a croissant but as a vegan, it can be hard to find one that isn’t made with butter. If created at home, it’s super easy. All the ingredients in this Almond Croissant can be found in your supermarket and the recipe is very simple to follow.
Pâté is French for “pie.” It is traditionally served baked in a crust or molded as a terrine. The crust was not actually intended to be eaten. The original purpose of the crust was actually to hold the pâté together. This White Truffle Forest Mushroom Pâté is made from tofu, vegan beef stock, mushrooms, pecans, truffle oil and melted vegan butter. You could also enjoy it as a pasta sauce – it’s so versatile, and the options are endless!
See? It’s not too difficult to enjoy classic French cuisine as a vegan. With all these plant-based alternatives, you’ll forget that any of these dishes ever had butter or meat in them in the first place. You can also download the Food Monster App, where you will find tons of other childhood favorites and comfort food recipes. It is available for both Android and iPhone. The App features 8000+ vegan, allergy-friendly recipes with at least 10 new recipes added daily!
Lead image source: Almond Croissant