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These budget-friendly vegan recipes mean you don’t have to break the bank to have flavorful, healthy, seasonal meals that are 100% plant-based.

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 20,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Budget-Friendly Archives!

1. Blueberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Vegan Blueberry Banana Chia Smoothie

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This delicious smoothie is made with blueberries, banana, almond milk, and chia for a nutritional boost. This Blueberry Banana Chia Smoothie by Lena Ropp is topped with a sprinkle of sesame and pumpkin seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3. And how do you like these cute hearts simply made of strawberries and dates?

2. Baked Falafel Patties

Vegan Baked Falafel Patties

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These flavorsome Baked Falafel Patties are protein-packed and make for a satiating lunch or dinner when served in pitas, wraps, burgers, or atop a salad. The traditional chickpea falafel patties have their origins in the Middle East and are a favorite in the Mediterranean. However, these Baked Falafel Patties by Dominique Ebra get an even healthier twist by being baked instead of fried!

3. Layered No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Vegan Layered No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

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These Layered No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars by Kris Dee | Mostly Domestic are chewy, thick, decadent, and also happen to be vegan and gluten-free!

4. Sheet Pan Ratatouille

Vegan Sheet Pan Ratatouille

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This Sheet Pan Ratatouille by Toni Okamoto does take a while from start to finish, but because the ratatouille is in the oven for the majority of that time, I still consider this a quick and easy dish! Unlike some ratatouille recipes that have you layer thinly sliced vegetables in an ornate spiral design, here the veggies are simply diced and tossed together on a sheet pan—no need to worry about your design or stand stirring a pot on the stove. There’s so much to love about ratatouille, especially its versatility. Try it atop rice, a hollowed out roasted squash, or pasta, or spoon it over a thick slice of bread and top with your favorite vegan cheese. Excerpted from Plant-Based on a Budget: Quick and Easy (BenBella Books).

5. Galaxy Chia Pudding Stars

Vegan Chia Pudding

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This Galaxy Chia Pudding Stars by Lola Till is an easy breakfast to make so much fun to eat!

6. Spicy Sunset Curry

Vegan Spicy Sunset Curry

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This Spicy Sunset Curry by Lola Till makes a wonderful dinner or lunch!

7. Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Vegan Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Eating healthy treats couldn’t be easier. These Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Emily von Euw are so good and only ask for two ingredients: dark chocolate and peanut butter. How much easier could it get? Just pour melted chocolate in a mold, freeze, top with peanut butter and more melted chocolate, freeze, and enjoy!

8. Tater Tot Casserole

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater tots are great stand-ins for hash browns, making this casserole a hearty breakfast option for cold winter mornings, but I’m known to make it for dinner, too! This Tater Tot Casserole by Toni Okamoto is hearty, packed with protein, and deliciously satiating. Excerpted from Plant-Based on a Budget: Quick and Easy (BenBella Books).

9. Apple Slice Nachos

Vegan Apple Slice Nachos

Source: Apple Slice Nachos

If you’re looking for a fun and easy dessert that everyone in your family will enjoy, give this Apple Slice Nachos by Toni Okamoto a try. All of the children who tasted this during the recipe-testing process gave it a 10 / 10! Excerpted from Plant-Based on a Budget: Quick and Easy (BenBella Books).

10. French Toast Smoothie Bowl

Vegan French Toast Smoothie Bowl

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This French Toast Smoothie Bowl by Carol Clayton has all the decadent flavors of your favorite Sunday brunch in thick and creamy smoothie bowl form. It’s full of healthy ingredients like Japanese sweet potato and is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Perfect for cinnamon and breakfast lovers alike.

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Lead Image: French Toast Smoothie Bowl by Carol Clayton