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Oil can be useful when you want to achieve perfect nonstick cooking, but it’s not so great for you. Ditching the oil in cooking sounds daunting, but trust us, it’s definitely possible, even when following a plant-based diet. The following recipes cover all your needs, from dressings to desserts. Don’t forget to check out these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!

1. Oil-Free Salad Dressing 3 Ways

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Three easy and delicious homemade epic dressings! Have fun creating and enjoying them. Good things happen when you start eating more ‘live’ foods. These dressings come in handy when you want a salad, but don’t want to dump an oily dressing on your fresh greens. Having these Oil-Free Salad Dressing 3 Ways by Nikki and Zuzana will have you enjoying your greens and veggies again.

2. Green Bean Casserole

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A very festive dish, this green bean casserole is made oil-free! Enjoy it with your loved ones for an awesome entree or side that you’ll be going back for seconds for. This recipes isn’t just for holidays. Feel free to enjoy this Green Bean Casserole by Molly Patrick alongside your favorite savory meal.

3. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Dip


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You have to try this Salted Caramel Pumpkin Dip by Larice Feuerstein. It’s like every happy autumn day was whirled and blended into the dreamiest, creamiest dip imaginable. The best part? It’s completely plant-based; made without any oil, refined sweeteners, or dairy. Just 4 common, healthy ingredients blended with a few spices and vanilla extract and you’re on the highway to caramel pumpkin heaven.

4. Cinnamon Crunch Granola

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You are searching for a sugar- and oil-free granola recipe that does not have an overwhelming list of ingredients? Then stop right there! This easy and tasty Cinnamon Crunch Granola by Melanie Jacobs is much better (and healthier) than all those boxed varieties from the store.

5. BBQ Cauliflower Wings


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Praised for its health benefits and versatility, cauliflower is popping up in a ton of special diet communities. These wings are sticky, sweet, with just enough spice. If you’ve been missing wings, but want a healthier alternative, check out these BBQ Cauliflower Wings by Danielle Dewar.

6. Sugar and Oil Free Mango Lime Pancakes with Ginger and Coconut

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These vegan Sugar and Oil Free Mango Lime Pancakes with Ginger and Coconut by Annie Oliverio are absolutely delicious by themselves – and perfect for someone who loves to load pancakes with nut butter, slices of banana, and hemp seeds.

7. Red Bean Curry

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This Red Bean Curry by Molly Patrick is totally delicious, and it’s also a lot easier to clean up because there is no oil coating your dishes. The part that takes the longest is chopping the veggies! This dish makes a filling dinner, or even works well to have over rice for lunch the next day.

8. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The best part about these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Larice Feuerstein is that the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just 8 everyday ingredients, one bowl, and 20 minutes is all you need to whip up a batch of these easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies. We hope you love them as much as we do!

9. Teriyaki Patties

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These Teriyaki Patties by The Vegan 8 are the most delicious burgers – they are flavored with teriyaki sauce, sweet caramelized onions, toasted sesame seeds, and garlic. They are so hearty and chewy, and they don’t fall apart. Be sure to use quick-cooking oats (not old-fashioned)—they are crucial to the texture and binding. For a spicier burger patty, add in the red pepper flakes. If not, increase the black pepper to 3⁄4 teaspoon.

10. Smoky White Bean and Potato Stew

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This Smoky White Bean and Potato Stew by The Vegan 8 has it all. It has an incredibly thick and hearty texture and is smoky, filling, protein-packed, and full of flavor. This is a blog recipe that’s gotten a makeover: It’s quicker and more flavorful. Make sure to toss the seeds out when slicing the poblano peppers or they will be really hot!

11. Oil-Free Instant Pot Paella

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This completely oil-free paella is fresh, filling, smoky, and the perfect meal for a warm day! This dish is full of flavor, and it comes together without much effort. Feel free to bring this Oil-Free Instant Pot Paella by Molly Patrick to your next dinner party, or feel free to enjoy it all to yourself.

12. Sweet Potato Bean Hash

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Fuel your gorgeous body with a bowl of nutrients from the Hash recipe below! This Sweet Potato Bean Hash by Molly Patrick makes a perfect meal to take for lunch, or, if you’re feeling brave, add it to a tortilla or pita pocket with more of your favorite veggies!

13. Eggplant Parmesan

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More than being vegan, this dish is also stacked – you will layer all the vegan eggplant parmesan layers on top of one another instead of how they are usually presented. This Eggplant Parmesan by Marina Yanay-Triner is a lot more fun to eat that way! This dish also makes a great appetizer.

14. Oil-Free Avocado Pesto Pasta

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Avocadoes are magic. The combination of the fatty avocado, acidic tomatoes, and garlic make for a yummy and savory dish! This Oil-Free Avocado Pesto Pasta by Laura Grosch tastes so fresh with the lemon juice and arugula.

15. Foolproof Crispy Baked Tofu

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This Foolproof Crispy Baked Tofu by Angie Li is an easy recipe that shows you how to make your tofu deliciously crispy! It’s very simply, requires only two ingredients, and not much work involved! No oil required.

Oil-free doesn’t mean making food that lacks flavor and unenjoyable. These delicious recipes prove that oil-free can be not only delicious, but you can still make your favorite dishes. If you’re interested in more about oil-free living, check out these 5 Healthy Ways to Get Enough Fats on an Oil-Free Diet.

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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