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Perfectly creamy and extra “cheesy” vegan spinach and artichoke dip! Perfect for entertaining, bring this easy vegan recipe to your next party or potluck. A handful of simple ingredients, a blender, a baking dish, and 30 minutes is all you’ll need!

Overhead image of vegan spinach artichoke dip in a skillet with chips on the side.

What You’ll Need To Make This Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Cashews – Raw and unsalted cashews are the base of this hearty plant-based dip. You’ll start by soaking them in boiling for water for about 10 minutes, this’ll soften them and help them blend. I love using cashews in this recipe for not only their buttery flavor, but for how nutritionally dense they are! This vegan spinach artichoke dip is so much healthier than the classic kind, and higher in protein.

Nutritional Yeast – I know what you’re thinking …nutritional what? Just hear me out. Nutritional yeast is a totally natural, plant-based ingredient with a nutty, “cheesy” flavor. I use and love this Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast for all of my savory vegan recipes. It’s surprisingly versatile and tastes delicious sprinkled over popcorn, pasta, potatoes, and in this recipe. Though if you’re not vegan and/or have no interest in getting yourself some nutritional yeast (you’re missing out), you can easily replace the two tablespoons of nutritional yeast with two tablespoons of powdered parmesan cheese.

Lemon Juice – A touch of lemon juice mimics the tanginess found in most dairy products. And because this vegan spinach artichoke dip is completely dairy-free, the lemon juice is necessary. Though if you don’t have any fresh lemon juice on-hand, you can use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar instead.

Artichoke Hearts – Arguably the best part, one whole can of drained artichoke hearts give this side dish its signature hearty texture. They key here is using a can of artichokes packed in water, not oil!

A tortilla chip being dipped into vegan spinach artichoke dip.

Tips and Tricks

  • This vegan spinach artichoke dip tastes best straight out of the oven! When making for guests, I recommend blending and prepping this dish ahead of time, then popping it in the oven right before your guests arrive. This’ll guarantee the dip is bubbling hot, and tastes its best for friends and family.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. To reheat, you can either microwave on high for 45 seconds, or bake at 425° Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve this plant-based dip however you’d like! I enjoyed mine with a side of crispy corn tortilla chips. Though you can even serve it with a side of fresh veggies for a super healthy, vegan snack.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Nut-Free: For a nut-free version of this recipe, use raw and unsalted sunflower seeds in place of the cashews!

Add Cheese: If not vegan or dairy-free, go ahead and top this spinach artichoke dip off with some shredded parmesan and/or mozzarella right before baking.

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Recipe by Samantha Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Perfectly creamy and extra “cheesy” vegan spinach and artichoke dip! Perfect for entertaining, bring this easy vegan recipe to your next party or potluck. A handful of simple ingredients, a blender, a baking dish, and 30 minutes is all you’ll need!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, unsalted

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk, I used almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained

  • 4 cups fresh spinach, or 2 cups frozen spinach

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  • Soak cashews in a heat-safe bowl with boiling water for 5-10 minutes, then drain.
  • Add soaked and drained cashews to blender along with the non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Blend until super smooth and no lumps remains.
  • Add drained artichoke hearts and fresh or frozen spinach to blender and pulse 2-3 times to finely chop the veggies.
  • Transfer to an oven-safe dish or skillet and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and bubbly.

Recipe Video

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This vegan baked mac and cheese recipe is made with a dairy-free “cheese” sauce and topped with a delicious panko breadcrumb topping that is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner.

MMM, mac and cheese is one of my favorite comfort meals. Even though this isn’t the classic Kraft mac and cheese dish you might have had growing up, it sure is healthier and tastes even better! If you’re searching for last-minute dinner inspiration, this vegan mac and cheese dish is a perfect option.

MAIN Ingredients Needed TO MAKE This Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • Macaroni – Make sure to get 12 ounces. If you’re following this vegan recipe, use gluten-free noodles.

  • For the “Cheese” Sauce – you’ll need to grab a whole bunch of different ingredients to create a “cheese-like” sauce:
    • Olive oil
    • Yellow Onion
    • Russet Potatoes – make sure you peel and chop them!
    • Carrots
    • Garlic Cloves
    • Onion Powder
    • Vegetable Broth
    • Milk (non-dairy) – Use any plant based milk variety of your choice.
    • Nutritional Yeast (see tips) – This is an amazing ingredient for adding a cheesy flavor to the sauce!
    • Dijon Mustard
    • Lemon Juice
  • Breadcrumbs – My usual go-to is Panko breadcrumbs.

TIPS ON MAKING Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese

  • If you are not dairy-free, you can sub ½ cup of cheddar cheese (or any cheese you’d like) in place of nutritional yeast for a lightened up/veggie-packed mac & cheese. If using cheese, do not incorporate in the blender, instead add it into a pot with the sauce over low heat until the cheese melts, turn off the heat and add in your cooked pasta.

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese (Gluten-Free)

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Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

This vegan baked mac and cheese recipe is made with a dairy-free “cheese” sauce and topped with a delicious panko breadcrumb topping that is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces Macaroni, I used gluten-free

  • For the “cheese” sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion, diced

  • 1 Cup Russet Potatoes, peeled & chopped

  • 1 Cup Carrots, chopped

  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder

  • ½ Cup Vegetable Broth

  • ½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

  • ½ Cup Nutritional Yeast, see Notes

  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (about ½ lemon)

  • For the breadcrumb topping:
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs, I used gluten-free

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit and cook macaroni in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente, then drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add in the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the potatoes, carrots, garlic, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder – cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add in the vegetable broth, cover with a lid, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Once cooked, remove from the heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a blender along with the dairy-free milk, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Blend everything until completely smooth.
  • Toss vegan “cheese” sauce with pasta then transfer to a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Mix together breadcrumbs and olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle over top of pasta and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Nutritional Yeast: If you are not dairy-free, you can sub ½ cup of cheddar cheese (or any cheese you’d like) in place of nutritional yeast for a lightened up/veggie-packed mac & cheese. If using cheese, do not incorporate in the blender, instead add it into a pot with the sauce over low heat until the cheese melts, turn off the heat and add in your cooked pasta.

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MORE HEALTHY DINNER RECIPES

This vegan cashew queso dip recipe is super quick and easy to make, requiring just 9 ingredients, 5-10 minutes, and 1 blender. It’s comprised of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, and jalapenos blended to creamy perfection. This queso (along with your choice of crunchy tortilla chips) is a perfect appetizer dish for Mexican night with your friends or fam!

If you need a delicious dip for a Mexican dinner night, a party, or even just for yourself, look no further than this vegan cashew queso! It’s made with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand and is 100% healthy.

Although it differs from your traditional Mexican queso (excludes the cheese and meat), I promise you won’t even miss the cheese – the cashews and nutritional yeast take the place of it quite nicely! Super quick and easy to make, this queso is perfect for serving with nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!

MAIN INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE VEGAN CASHEW QUESO

  • Cashews – This dip gets its creaminess from raw cashews. Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, they’re also loaded with iron and magnesium.

  • Nutritional Yeast – This is a deactivated yeast that contains B-complex vitamins and provides a “cheesy” flavor to vegan dishes.

  • Lemon Juice – Juice the lemons yourself for the best flavor, or use bottled if that’s what you have at home.

  • Jalapenos – Bring on the spice!

ADJUST THIS VEGAN CASHEW QUESO RECIPE TO YOUR DIET

  • Dairy: Sub the almond milk for regular milk.

TIPS FOR MAKING VEGAN QUESO

  • To make this easy vegan cashew queso, all you really need is a blender. I recommend soaking your cashews ahead of time if you have a standard blender. However, if you have a high-speed one, you can even skip that for a faster dip.

Vegan Cashew Queso (Gluten-Free)

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Recipe by Samantha Course: AppetizersCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

This vegan cashew queso dip recipe is super quick and easy to make, requiring just 9 ingredients5 minutes, and 1 blender. It’s comprised of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, and jalapenos blended to creamy perfection. This queso (along with your choice of crunchy tortilla chips) is a perfect appetizer dish for Mexican night with your friends or fam!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes

  • ¾ cup almond milk or water

  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, finely chopped

Directions

  • Soak the raw cashews in boiling hot water for 5-10 minutes, then rinse cashews and add to a blender.
  • Add all other ingredients to the blender except diced tomatoes and pickled jalapenos. Blend mixture until completely smooth.
  • Transfer vegan queso to a small saucepan over medium-low heat then stir in the fire roasted diced tomatoes and pickled jalapenos. Once warm, remove from the heat and serve.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Storage: This can last up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Pair this with a spicy margarita to round out this delicious appetizer. (Link below!)

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OTHER VEGAN MEXICAN DISHES

This mouthwatering Vegan Eggplant Parmesan recipe is made with delicious vegan mozzarella, breadcrumbs and marinara sauce baked to bubbly perfection. Whip this super easy meal together for friends, family, or when you’re craving something comforting!

holding a baking dish with vegan eggplant parmesan inside

Mmm, who doesn’t love a good eggplant parm?! When you’re craving something plant-based and super hearty, this is the perfect meal to cook. This recipe also freezes easily, making it the perfect make-ahead dish. 

What You’ll Need To Make Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Panko Breadcrumbs – For a gluten-free option, Panko Breadcrumbs are my go-to. Panko crumbs are larger, crispier and lighter, so they coat without “packing” like regular bread crumbs, allowing foods to stay crispier longer. 

Cashews– Made from cashews, my recipe for the vegan-based mozzarella cheese is perfect wherever you would normally use mozzarella. This mozzarella spreads, melts, and has a mild flavor that makes it versatile and omnivore-approved.

Nutritional Yeast– Nutritional yeast has a natural sharp and cheesy flavor, so it’s an ideal substitute for vegan cheese or a perfect addition to any dish to make it a little more decadent.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Diet

Make it Paleo: Substitute the Panko breadcrumbs for 1 cup coconut flour.

Add Cheese: If not vegan or dairy-free, then use regular mozzarella and parmesan cheese in place of the vegan options.

Tips For Making Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

  • Soak the Cashews: Before making the vegan mozzarella, soak the cashews to get them nice and soft. This will ensure the mozzarella blends up super smooth and creamy!

  • Make it in Advance: If you don’t plan on eating this vegan eggplant parmesan recipe right away, no worries! It can be stored in the freezer before baking. Just make sure you put it in the fridge the night before to let it thaw out.

  • Shelf Life / Storage: Tightly seal any leftovers in the original baking dish, or transfer them to an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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Recipe by Samantha Course: MainDifficulty: Easy

This mouthwatering Vegan Eggplant Parmesan is made with delicious vegan mozzarella, breadcrumbs and marinara sauce baked to bubbly perfection. Whip this super easy meal together for friends, family, or when you’re craving something comforting!

Ingredients For eggplant

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into ½-inch thick slices

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 1/2 cup cassava flour

  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free)

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • INGREDIENTS FOR MOZZARELLA
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons tapioca starch

  • FOR THE DISH
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lay eggplant slices out on a dish towel and sprinkle with salt, let sit for 10 minutes then pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Mix together non-dairy milk and cassava flour in a bowl, then mix together breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and Italian seasoning in a separate bowl.
  • Dunk each eggplant slice into the milk and flour mixture, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Transfer coated eggplant to baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While eggplant bakes, add all vegan mozzarella ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer mozzarella mixture to a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat once smooth, thick, and stretchy.
  • Spread 1/3 of the marinara sauce into an even layer at the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Place an even layer of eggplant on top of marinara, then top eggplant with another 1/3 of marinara.
  • Dollop half of vegan mozzarella over the eggplant and marinara, then repeat those layers – remaining eggplant, marinara, and mozzarella.
  • Sprinkle vegan parmesan over top if using, then cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until lightly brown and bubbly.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • If you don’t have almond milk, any non-dairy milk (like oatmilk) will work just as well!
  • If you don’t have cassava flour, rice flour or all purpose flour will work in its place.

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