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The cuisine of New England is as varied as the geography of the six states that comprise it as well as the history of that region. The older English methods of cooking such as steaming and boiling are combined with ingredients familiar to Native Americans such as game, fish, shellfish, potatoes, corn, cornmeal, cranberries and maple syrup. Steeped in tradition, recipes are passed down from generation to generation.

Sometimes, however, tradition needs to keep up with the changing times. With more and more people choosing to eat plant-based diets, it’s become necessary to veganize lots of New England classics. So if the thought of clambakes, crab cakes, and lobster rolls just makes you sad because you don’t eat fish, cheer up. Now you can enjoy vegan versions of your favorite classic New England dishes. Check out Make Vegan Crab Cakes This Summer With These Recipes and then get ready for 10 more classic New England dishes made vegan.

1. Hearts of Palm Lobster Rolls

Hearts of Palm Lobster Rolls [Vegan]

Lobster rolls are classic New England sandwiches, but no one with a heart would want to put a live lobster into boiling water. Instead, make these Hearts of Palm Lobster Rolls. It’s a summertime favorite with all the traditional flavors and textures but none of the cruelty.

2. Creamy Vegan Not Clam Chowder


New England clam chowder warms people up on those cold nights by the sea. This Creamy Vegan Not Clam Chowder can warm you up just as good and even better. This vegan, smoky mushroom clam chowder is ultra-creamy and super thick making it very rich and hearty.

3. Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes

Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes [Vegan]

Maryland crab cakes are traditionally oversized and these Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes are as well. They are made with hearts of palm and traditional seasonings. Pair them with a garlicky dill aioli and you’ll be transported to Baltimore.

4. Easy, Healthy, Homemade Baked Beans

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Baked Beans [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Boston baked beans are navy beans baked slowly with molasses and pork. In Colonial times, they were served on Saturday nights, the Puritan Sabbath, after being baked in brick ovens. These Easy, Healthy, Homemade Baked Beans have tomatoes in the recipe to sweeten the dish with no additional sweeteners and of course, no pork.

5. Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes With Cranberry Maple Syrup


Cranberries grow wild and are also cultivated in huge, sandy bogs in New England. In late winter, the maple forests of northern New England gives lots of maple syrup. These two delicious tastes come together in these Pumpkin Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup. The pumpkin pancakes are moist, fluffy and bursting with fall flavors. When drizzled with a cranberry maple syrup, they make a perfect fall breakfast any New Englander would love.

6. ‘Crab’ Cakes

Vegan "Crab" Cakes [Vegan]

Whenever you want to mimic the flavors of seafood, just use seaweed, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon. These flavors are reminiscent of the sea. These ‘Crab’ Cakes mimic the original version but uses hearts of palm. They’re baked so they are healthy as well as delicious.

7. Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes With Blueberry Sauce

Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes With Blueberry Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Another New England classic dish is johnnycakes. Johnnycakes are a type of cornmeal pancake introduced to the settlers of New England by the Native Americans. These Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce are vegan, gluten-free, lightly sweetened and crispy from the cornmeal. Blueberries, which grow wild in Maine, make the sauce which pairs perfectly with the corn flavor of the pancakes.

8. Vegan Chocolate Banana Cream Pie


Boston cream pie is a custard pie usually made with chocolate. This Vegan Chocolate Banana Cream Pie is made with fresh ripe bananas, almond milk, and vanilla pudding. Then you have the option of adding either dark chocolate or coconut whipped cream or both! This pie may not hail from Boston, but it’s so amazing, you won’t care.

9. Homemade Whole Wheat Maple Oatmeal Bread


Brown bread is a New England classic that is made with lots of whole-grain flour, usually wheat, and ingredients such as molasses to give it a dark look and sweet flavor. This Homemade Whole Wheat Maple Oatmeal Bread is light and fluffy. Instead of molasses, it has the lighter sweetness of maple syrup. Try not to gobble this all down in one sitting; it’s that good.

10. Apple Loaf Cake

Apple Loaf Cake [Vegan]

New England is apple country. They grow abundantly in mostly family-owned orchards which, along with farm stands, sell lots of homemade apple butter, applesauce, pies, and other apple-y goodness. This Apple Loaf Cake is sweet and moist and also full of apple goodness. It has apple butter in it so it should meet New England standards and probably, surpass them.

These classic recipes from New England will not only satisfy any cravings you have but while you’re eating them, you’ll probably smell the salty sea and feel like you’re dining on the harbor.

Lead image source: Hearts of Palm Lobster Rolls

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