An important day is upon us. A day where we indulge in the most decadent of foods; satiate ourselves with richest of refreshments, feast upon luxury itself. National Junk Food Day is on July 21st and you won’t want to miss out.
Junk food is comforting, nostalgic, and often full of non-vegan ingredients. But that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in this glorious holiday. Finding veganized versions of your favorite foods is our specialty here at One Green Planet. We’ve compiled 15 vegan junk food recipes from our Food Monster App for you to try. From gooey cheeze and fried tempeh to melty chocolate and flaky pie, these junk food recipes are perfect for National Junk Food Day!
1. Cheeseburger Pizza
Source: Cheeseburger Pizza
This vegan Cheeseburger Pizza by Ashley Hankins combines the best of both junk foods! Ground beef made from textured vegetable protein is generously sprinkled over a ketchup and vegan mayonnaise based sauce. Top it all off with your favorite vegan cheese sauce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Sounds a bit bizarre, but tastes delicious!
2. Funfetti Doughnuts
Source: Funfetti Doughnuts
3. Copycat Crunchwrap Supreme
Source: Copycat Crunchwrap Supreme
Meet the fast food copycat of your dreams: these Copycat Crunchwrap Supremes by Ashley Hankins. They’re stuffed with meaty textured vegetable protein, crisp tostada shells, plenty of melty vegan cheese, and everything else you love about Taco Bell. These are a great recipe for weekend taco nights with the family. Or, you can show your kids or significant other new and exciting ways to recreate some of their favorite fast food meals.
4. Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae
It’s… unreal. It’s… perfection. It’s… heaven. As long as you have a life supply of this, everything is okay. One of the best parts of Emily von Euw‘s three ingredient recipe for Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae (besides the fact that it’s mouthgasmic and yes, has only three ingredients) is that it’s really good for you! The only ingredients – drum roll, please – are frozen bananas to make the ice cream, almond butter for the marzipan, and carob syrup for the butterscotch. The world is too good to us.
5. Cheesy 4-Ingredient Garlic Bread
Source: Cheesy 4-Ingredient Garlic Bread
Get ready for your kitchen to smell incredible. This ridiculous easy Cheesy 4-Ingredient Garlic Bread by Julia Papanek takes about 15 minutes including bake time to make and the result is oh-my-gosh good. Enjoy it right away or toss it in the freezer to heat up for future nights when your craving something to go along with your soup, salad, pasta, or all on it’s own.
6. Homemade Twinkies With Coconut Whipped Cream Filling
Don’t be intimidated by the length of the recipe, it’s pretty simple once all the components are ready. You’ll fall in love with these Homemade Twinkies With Coconut Whipped Cream Filling by Abby Thompson!
7. Buffalo Cauliflower
Source: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
8. The Perfect Apple Pie
Source: The Perfect Apple Pie
Although from a distance making a homemade pie sounds long and drawn out, it’s actually super easy! What’s fabulous about this recipe for The Perfect Apple Pie by Gabrielle St. Claire, is everything! It’s a handful of staple kitchen ingredients, packed with apples, can easily be made in bulk, pie crust can be chilled and saved for later use or other recipes.
9. Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Grilled Cheese
There’s no denying that a vegan grilled cheese sandwich tastes good, but this Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Grilled Cheese by Zsu Dever takes it to the next level. Smoky tempeh bacon, creamy smashed avocado, crisp lettuce, tomato, and melty vegan Swiss cheese are sandwiched between two crispy, buttery slices of grilled bread. Pair with your favorite tomato soup for the ultimate comfort food meal.
10. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies by Christina Bedetta are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, with just enough chocolate (two types!) to shine but not overpower the dough. You would never know that they are vegan (of course) and also free of gluten, refined sugar, and most common allergens. They are especially amazing served warm, fresh out of the oven for the ultimate gooey chocolaty experience, but the leftovers are also perfectly delicious at room temperature.
11. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips With Tartar Sauce
Kelp flakes and Old Bay seasoning bring back the flavors of the sea, and the results are delicious in this vegan Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips with Tartar Sauce by Rhea Parsons. The “fish” is crunchy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside. The chips are crispy and flavorful and the tartar sauce is perfect for dipping.
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
Source: Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
These wonderfully fudgy brownies are elevated by the decadent peanut butter swirl on top! But if you like to stay away from unhealthy desserts, have no fear. The brownies are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and oil-free! Amazing, we know. Avocado works wonders in this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies by Emma D’Alessandro and helps keep the brownies as fudgy as possible while dates and maple syrup naturally sweeten.
13. Mile High Nachos
Source: Mile High Nachos
These Mile High Nachos by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD are savory, hearty, loaded, and complete with everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. If it’s missing a favorite topping of yours––throw it on there and enjoy every bite!
14. Millionaire’s Cheesecake Bars
Source: Millionaire’s Cheesecake Bars
15. Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls
Source: Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls
These decadent Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls by Ashley Hankins are comfort food personified. The creamy, fiery jalapeño mac and cheese shaped into balls, coated in a flour and panko crust, and then fried until the balls become golden-brown orbs of deliciousness. Oh, and they are served with a zesty cheese sauce on the side.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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