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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. These meals are simple and cheap, so you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to enjoy being plant-based!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 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. Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Vegan Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

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Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins. These Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins by Caroline Doucet are sweetened with bananas and jelly and are made with whole wheat flour for a nutritious snack!

2. Lentil Mushroom Bolognese 

Vegan Lentil Mushroom Bolognese

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If you’re lucky enough to find canned lentils at the grocery store, this Lentil Mushroom Bolognese by Sarah Ottino recipe will be easy-peasy. If you have to use dried lentils, be sure to soak them according to the instructions on the packaging before cooking this dish. This lentil mushroom bolognese is easy on the wallet, and turns out flavorful, hearty, and chunky.

3. Sweet Potato Deluxe

Vegan Sweet Potato Deluxe

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This Sweet Potato Deluxe by Lena Novak is an impressive-looking dish, yet simple and cost effective. Not to mention flavorful and highly nutritious. It’s also enjoyable at anytime of the year!

4. Cranberry Tea Cakes

Vegan Cranberry Tea Cakes

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These Cranberry Tea Cakes by Aaron Calder are amazingly delicious and good for you. Although they take a while from start to finish you can get on with other things while they are rising. Using spelt instead of white flower increases the fiber and nutrients and cranberries give them a unique taste rather than the traditional sultana version.

5. Easy Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

Vegan Easy Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

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These Easy Cinnamon Pecan Cookies by Hayley Canning are chewy on the outside, soft on the inside. Who doesn’t love a buttery, gluten-free pecan cookie.

6. Crunchy Thai-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Vegan Crunchy Thai-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

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This Crunchy Thai-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing by Molly Thompson is packed with flavor (hello, red chile paste!), vibrant colors, and plenty of vitamins and nutrients to help fight inflammation. We love to make this on a Sunday and throw several portions in meal prep containers to take for lunch throughout the week. You can add fresh herbs to brighten it up—my favorites are cilantro and Thai basil.

7. Fruit-Sweetened Cardamom Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Fruit-Sweetened Cardamom Blueberry Muffins

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Does anyone else hate making their lunch for work or school? Get ready for back to school season with these fruit-sweetened cardamom blueberry muffins! This little treat is sweetened with bananas only, making it a perfectly healthy breakfast or snack. These Fruit-Sweetened Cardamom Blueberry Muffins by Caroline Doucet would be a great addition to any lunch box – For kids or adults! They also have a few possible substitutions for a gluten-free and nut-free version.

8. Pineapple Tepache

Vegan Pineapple Tepache

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Pineapple tepache is a naturally fermented drink originating in Mexico. This Pineapple Tepache by Jamie Raftery is an easy-to-make recipe and produces a delicious refreshing homebrew.

9. Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls

Vegan Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls

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These Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls by Lena Ropp are the perfect way to detox after a long weekend. Fresh, and full of vegetables. Beautiful, colorful, and super crunchy. These are super fun to make. The spring rolls are paired with a spicy curry sauce that requires only 6 ingredients.

10. Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal

Vegan Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal

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This Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal by Lauren Smith is a nice and easy recipe (it can technically be made with just five ingredients!), but it also tastes much more decadent than it really is, thanks to the creamy coconut milk and the fluffy banana bread-like texture.

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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