15 easy vegan air fryer ideas for healthy vegan dinners

Author: Victoria Smith

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These 15 vegan air fryer recipes will be on your weekly meal rotation in no time!


Air fryers have significantly increased in popularity over the past few years, attracting praise for their ability to cook and crisp up food with little to no oil.

We’ve collated the best vegan air fryer recipes for you to try at home, including everything from savoury veggie staples to indulgent desserts. Which one will you be trying first?

What is an air fryer?

If you’re unsure what an air fryer is, or simply want to know more about them before buying one, keep reading!

Air fryers are worktop appliances that work similarly to an oven. However, the main difference is its heating elements are only located on the top and are accompanied by a large, powerful fan.

This means that, unlike some ovens, air fryers heat up very quickly and cook food fast and more importantly, evenly.

Moreover, air fryers can make healthier meals, as the taste and texture are comparable to the results of a deep fryer without the copious amount of oil required for the latter.

Let’s get into the recipes!

1. Vegan Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

These ultra-crispy cauliflower wings are seasoned with plenty of hot sauce, nutritional yeast and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. Vegan mayo for dipping is optional but highly recommended!

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2. Vegan Cheesy Potato Wedges Air Fryer Recipe

These Vegan Cheesy Potato Wedges are a perfect snack when you’re craving something cheesy and comforting. However, they are made with just one teaspoon of oil while still being the perfect crispy treat.

Top with the cashew-based cheese sauce and INDULGE!

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3. Healthy Vegan Onion Rings Air Fryer Recipe

These 6-ingredient healthy vegan onion rings are crispy, golden brown, and absolutely delicious. And the best part is that they are completely oil-free! Covered in moreish panko breadcrumbs, they are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite movie or sports event.

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4. Vegan Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos Air Fryer Recipe

These tasty tacos are made by frying cauliflower florets and chickpeas in the air fryer for a quick roast – bringing out their intense, nutty flavour. Piled into corn tortillas with avocado, red cabbage and coconut yoghurt, they make the perfect Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday dinner.

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5. Air Fryer Vegan Kale Chips

Ok, we know vegans don’t just eat salads and kale. But have you tried kale chips? These crispy florets are ready in just 15 minutes and can be seasoned in multiple different ways for any occasion. Give them a go!

6. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme

A vegan crunchwrap in an air fryer? That’s right! This epic vegan Taco Bell inspired recipe cooks in just 8 minutes in your air fryer. What’s not to love?

Packed with refried beans, vegan meat crumbles, vegan queso, avocado and salsa, you won’t be disappointed in this lower-fat version of the original!

7. Vegan Bow-Tie Pasta Crisps Air Fryer Recipe

We aren’t one to miss out on a vegan-friendly food trend! These pasta crisps have exploded across TikTok and Instagram in the past couple of weeks.

Simply boil some pasta (bow-tie shape is our recommendation) and chuck it in your air fryer with some oil and seasoning and BAM, you’ve got yourself some pasta crisps!

If you love both pasta and crisps as much as we do, you’ll adore this recipe.


8. Vegan Air-Fried Falafel Recipe

It’s the vegan staple food, and it surprisingly tastes even better in an air-fryer!

Unlike traditional falafels which are deep-fried in plenty of oil, these falafels are completely oil-free, making them the perfect lower fat option.

With just a handful of common ingredients such as chickpeas, herbs and garlic, you’ll be making these on a weekly basis in no time.

9. Simple Vegan Black Bean Burger Cooked In An Air Fryer

Consisting of just eight simple ingredients, these gorgeous black bean burgers can be on your plate in just 30 minutes.

The light chipotle spice in the patties means they are totally versatile and will go with whatever condiments you prefer. Mustard, ketchup, mayo or smashed avocado – we aren’t judging!

Moreover, they’ll go perfectly with a tray of air-fried potato fries and a simple salad.

10. Vegan Buttermilk Battered Air Fried Tofu

This epic battered tofu makes the perfect weekend lunch, sandwiched between two vegan brioche buns. In this recipe, the sandwich is piled high with gherkins, red cabbage and sambal mayo. But you can stuff it with all your favourite sandwich fillings – go wild!

The tofu itself is coated in a gorgeous buttermilk style batter and seasoned with paprika, cayenne and hot sauce for a bit of spice. Is anyone else suddenly really hungry?

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11. Easy Vegan Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Unlike some of the other recipes in this round-up, these cinnamon rolls are not healthy. But do they taste great? Hell yes!

And whilst they are easy to make, they do take a long time to rise and cook, so this is your official warning not to start making them while hungry.

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12. Vegan Air Fryer Blueberry and Apple Crumble Recipe

Yes, you read that right! You can make a delicious crumble dessert in your air fryer!

With just six ingredients, this dessert will soon become a staple in your household. What’s not to love?

13. Vegan Strawberry Lemonade Pop-Tarts Air Fryer Recipe

You wouldn’t know that this healthier version of the American breakfast snack is made in an air-fryer!

The crispy pastry cases are filled with a homemade strawberry chia jam and topped with a sweet lemon glaze and vegan-friendly sprinkles. Who said healthy had to be boring?

14. Vegan Toasted Coconut French Toast Air Fryer Recipe

This unconventional French Toast has just four ingredients and can easily be made gluten-free using your favourite gluten-free bread.

It is gloriously coconutty, and delicious topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh berries. Treat yourself this weekend!

15. Vegan Air Fryer Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot cake… in an air fryer? It can be done, folks!

This recipe might take longer than a microwave mug cake, but it has all the taste and texture of being oven-cooked, without all the faff.

It’s packed with subtle spices and juicy raisins and tastes even better with a dollop of vegan cream cheese frosting for the ultimate indulgence.

We hope you enjoyed these vegan air fryer recipes! 

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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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