20 vegan and gluten-free meal ideas the whole family will love

Author: Victoria Smith

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These 20 vegan and gluten-free recipes are perfect for all the family, and will fool your sceptical friends! We've included a mix of both sweet and savoury so there's definitely something for everyone.


If you’re already vegan and have recently been told you need to avoid gluten in your diet, this can be a daunting prospect! Many vegan alternatives contain wheat/gluten which can make being a gluten-free vegan feel like navigating a minefield.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 20 delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes for both savoury meals and sweet cravings.

Can you eat a vegan and gluten-free diet?

It is entirely possible to thrive on a vegan and gluten-free diet. There is an abundance of both accidentally and specially created gluten-free foods that are suitable for a vegan lifestyle.

Moreover, by following a vegan and gluten-free diet you will be focusing on colourful fruits and veg, whole grains, nuts, seeds, healthy fats and beans and pulses which can provide a great number of benefits:

  • Higher intakes of fruits and vegetables can be protective against certain cancers.
  • An array of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that help protect you against disease.
  • Lower in saturated fat, which can benefit heart health.
  • Plenty of fibre for a healthy gut and better blood sugar balance.
  • Antioxidants to fight inflammation and reduce risks of disease.

Something as simple as a jacket potato with baked beans and vegan cheese can be a delicious and comforting gluten-free meal. Serve it with an anti-oxidant packed side salad and you’ve got yourself a nutritional powerhouse!

But for something a bit more exciting, keep reading to find out all the delicious meals and sweet treats you can be eating as a gluten-free vegan!

Savoury vegan and gluten-free recipes

1. Gluten-Free Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Winter comfort food doesn’t get much better than this scrumptious gluten-free and vegan butternut squash mac and cheese!

The sauce is a creamy blend of butternut squash, vegan cheese, nutritional yeast and your favourite plant milk, making it slightly healthier than traditional mac n cheese. But it’s still just as indulgent!

Plus, it also features peas and spinach for a pop of colour and an extra boost of nutrition. We’ve used gluten-free macaroni here, but you can use your favourite legume or rice-based pasta.

Gluten-Free Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

2. Caramelised Onion Dahl

This accidentally vegan and gluten-free recipe is perfect for warming up on chilly weeknights.

It’s packed with nutritious red lentils and a mildly spicy kick to fight off any lingering coughs and colds.

Serve it up with rice and poppadums or a gluten-free naan if you can find one for a delicious curry night in. Just make sure your vegetable stock is free from wheat and gluten.

Caramelised Onion Dahl

3. Miso Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

This creamy, comforting risotto is infused with delicious pumpkin and topped with crispy sage. It’s a satisfying, gluten-free and vegan side or main meal made with just 9 ingredients!

The richness of the pumpkin negates the need for lashings of vegan butter and cheese, instead using plant-based whole food ingredients to make it traditionally creamy.

Give it a go for your next dinner party or Italian-inspired date night.

Miso Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

4. The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Burger

This ultimate vegan burger is not only gluten-free, soy-free, and magically bean-free but is also deliciously vegan.

There are just 10 ingredients required for this umami-packed, MEGA satisfying burger that your friends and family won’t know is actually meat-free!

Serve the patties in gluten-free buns with ketchup, vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and your favourite dairy-free cheese slices for a much-needed weeknight pick-me-up. And don’t forget the fries!

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Burger - vegan gluten-free recipes

5. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Celeriac Mash

This celeriac shepherd’s pie features a silky smooth and creamy celeriac layer that hides away a beautiful, umami-rich vegan ‘mince’. It’s packed with deliciously savoury mushrooms, roasted walnuts, miso, mushroom stock and tomatoes and bulked it up with hearty and protein-rich lentils. It’s delicious, full of texture and filling.

What else could you want on a cold winter’s evening?

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Celeriac Mash - vegan gluten-free recipes


6. Easy Pad Thai with Vegan ‘Egg’ Scramble

This Vegan Pad Thai recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. It’s also gluten-free, oil-free, and comes together in less than 30 minutes!

Packed with vibrant crunchy veggies, a punchy sweet and savoury sauce and a tofu ‘egg’ scramble, Thai food doesn’t really get better than this.

It may have a few more ingredients than most of our other savoury recipes, but trust us it’s worth it!

Easy Pad Thai with Vegan ‘Egg’ Scramble

7. Gluten-Free and Vegan Quiche

This deliciously gluten-free quiche is made with silken tofu and chickpea flour to replicate an eggy filling and is flavoured with fresh spinach and basil, cherry tomatoes and sundried tomatoes.

Making vegan and gluten-free pastry can be hard, but this recipe is foolproof! Give it a go this weekend.

Gluten-free and Vegan Quiche - vegan gluten-free recipes

8. Creamy Cashew Carbonara

This cashew-based creamy carbonara is the perfect meal to share with loved ones. It’s rich, decadent, and is definitely filling!

Serve it up as it is with gluten-free spaghetti, or make crispy vegan bacon for a more authentic carbonara experience.

Creamy Cashew Carbonara

9. Ultimate Vegan Moussaka

This vegan twist on the Greek classic uses lentils instead of lamb to make a meaty tomato sauce, and ditches eggs and dairy for plant-based alternatives. All whilst being gluten-free!

It’s definitely a winter warmer and can be made in a big batch to reheat throughout the week for easy dinners.

Ultimate Vegan Moussaka - vegan gluten-free recipes

10. Chilli Non-Carne

This rich and mildly spicy vegan chilli recipe is accidentally gluten-free, and couldn’t be simpler to make. It’s also perfect for batch cooking as it makes delicious leftovers.

Plus, you won’t miss the meat in this Chilli Non-Carne either as it uses soya mince to give it an authentically meaty texture. Try it out on your family and friends and see if they can tell the difference!

Serve up this beautiful chilli with fluffy rice, dairy-free plain yoghurt or smashed avocado and a scattering of fresh coriander.

Chilli Non-Carne

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Sweet vegan and gluten-free recipes

11. Vegan And Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

This spectacular gluten-free vegan red velvet cake recipe owes its rich, red colour to beetroot, but tastes of raspberries and strawberries.

Beetroot is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and even though you won’t taste it, the beetroot does more than add colour. The body converts nitric-rich beetroot into nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering overall blood pressure. Who would have thought such a beautiful cake could be so good for you?

Why not give it a go this weekend!

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake - vegan gluten-free recipes

12. Gluten-Free Almond and Amaretto Cake

A gluten-free, vegan cake that is moist and tasty, and it also makes a delicious gluten-free and vegan dessert, served with a scoop of vegan ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Our almond and amaretto cake is decadent vegan and gluten-free baking at its best!

It’s also a simple recipe, which is why you will want to make it again and again.

If you love almonds and sultanas, this is the cake for you!

Gluten-Free Almond and Amaretto Cake

13. Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Perfect for a mid-morning snack or even for breakfast, these vegan and gluten-free blueberry muffins couldn’t be easier to make. In fact, you may already have everything you need to make them in your store cupboard!

They’re bursting with antioxidant-rich fresh blueberries and magnesium from the ground almonds, making them a nutritional powerhouse in disguise.

Treat the whole family to a batch this weekend!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

14. Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Pie

This classic dessert gets a vegan makeover thanks to a very special ingredient, the miraculous aquafaba! And as an added bonus, not only is this tasty pie vegan, it’s also gluten-free too!

If you like sweet meringue and zingy lemon then you’ll love this dessert that is perfect for any family gathering or special occasion dinner.

Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Pie

15. Gluten-Free Banana & Strawberry Pancakes

Make like Jack Johnson and pretend like it’s the weekend now with these vegan and gluten-free banana pancakes.

Strawberries and bananas are a winning combo in a smoothie, but that’s not the only breakfast food they’re great in. Blend them with oats and you’ve got yourself a delicious pancake batter!

Plus, they’re safe for our gluten-free friends by using gluten-free oats and baking powder. Give them a go one morning for a mid-week pick me up.

Gluten-Free Banana & Strawberry Pancakes


16. Fudgey Vegan And Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

You’ll wonder why anyone uses eggs or dairy to bake a cake once you’ve tried a slice of this delectably moist and chocolatey vegan and gluten-free chocolate cake!

And we bet you won’t be able to guess the secret healthy ingredient. Here’s a hint… it’s green and you usually have it on toast…

Our lips are sealed!

Fudgey Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

17. Upside Down Apple Cake

This classic cinnamon-spiced apple cake with a mesmerising swirl of apples on top is such a perfect treat for a mid-morning pick me up with a cup of tea or oat milk latte.

It uses applesauce in place of eggs for a vegan twist and swaps in gluten-free flour to make it wheat allergy-friendly.

And it looks fantastic when you miraculously flip it upside down to reveal the caramelised apples on top!

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Upside Down Cake

18. Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread

These vegan, chocolatey treats with chewy caramel and buttery shortbread are just as sticky and moreish as the original Millionaire’s shortbreads – but gluten-free!

Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread - vegan gluten-free recipes

19. Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

These deliciously rich, vegan and gluten-free double chocolate cookies make the perfect snack, dessert or lunchbox staple. What’s more, they’re actually slightly healthier than traditional cookies – every little helps!

Using flax eggs for binding, blended gluten-free oats for flour and melted coconut oil for richness, your friends and family won’t be able to tell the difference between these and regular chocolate cookies.

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies - vegan gluten-free recipes

20. Gluten-Free and Vegan Vanilla Cake 

This simple yet surprisingly moreish gluten-free and vegan vanilla cake is the ideal dessert for any occasion as it can be enjoyed plain or dressed up.

Everyone loves vanilla, and it works with so many other flavours such as strawberry, raspberry, chocolate and coffee. This means that you can easily elevate the basic recipe and experiment with it. Go crazy!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Vanilla Cake

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Written by

Victoria Smith

Vic is a freelance writer and content creator, passionate about ethical and environmental issues. When she’s not busy scribbling away she can be found visiting the best vegan restaurants in the UK and making delicious dairy-free coffees at a café in Essex. Her favourite animals are dogs, cows and pigs and her lifelong dream is to open an animal sanctuary with an onsite vegan café. You can find Vic on Instagram @vicsveganeats

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