The 2014 Vegan Food Blog Guide

Discover the Best Vegan Blogs of the year

Welcome to the 2014 Vegan Food Blog Guide where the best blogs are rated and featured for your enjoyment and inspiration.

With so many new vegan blogs recommended by our community this year, the competition was exceptionally fierce. And so, after some debate, we decided that instead of one featured list like previous guides, this year we will have two!

The Top 10 Vegan Powerhouse Blogs (See below)

These top vegan blogs are not only inspiring and overflowing with great recipes, but have also been our go-to resources in the past few years to a decade!

Fresh and bubbly vegan blogs you might not have heard of yet, but definitely need to watch.

Congratulations to all the fantastic blogs that have been nominated and to the winning recommendations. A big thank you also goes to our team and wonderful judges: Vegan fitness coach and food enthusiast John Lewis (Aka. Bad Ass Vegan), Vegan Chef Avi Jean Levy (Vegan Food Artistry), and Vegan health and nutrition coach Emily Segal (Triumph Wellness) for rating and evaluating the multitude of recommendations we received.

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The Top 10 Vegan Powerhouse Blogs

***FIRST PLACE***

Olives for Dinner by Erin and Jeff Wysocarski

Gingerade Kombucha Vegan Caviar by Olives for Dinner
Gingerade Kombucha Vegan Caviar by Olives for Dinner

What our team says:

Nothing can prepare you for the bustling creativeness and innovation of Erin Wysocarski’s vegan food blog, Olives for Dinner. Erin (recipe creator) and her husband Jeff (photographer) created a blog that is a well-kept secret but should really be known to everyone.

Sophisticated and inspirational, with a long list of recipes stretching back over three years, this blog is all about innovative, aesthetically pleasing and elegant food that pushes the envelope and can inspire even the best of the gourmet restaurants.

Raw Berry Tarts for Valentine’s Day by Olives for Dinner
Raw Berry Tarts for Valentine’s Day by Olives for Dinner

What the judges say:

Chef Avi Jean Levy: Don’t let first impressions fool you. When I started browsing the website I did not expect to be ‘wowed’ in any way – but boy was I wrong. This food blog is filled with interesting and creative recipes alongside basic and informative how-to guides that can be very helpful for those who are starting on their vegan path.

The images are so beautiful and alluring – they make you want to jump right in and take a bite. The only thing I’d change about the blog would be including images of the preparation stages. But other than that, this blog is, without any doubt, going straight into my favorites list.

Emily Segal: Sweet Potato and Rosemary Beignets and Springtime Green Tea Noodle Salad: one look at those photos and you’ll understand why Olives for Dinner has won the top spot in this year’s competition. With eclectic and creative recipes, this blog is sure to please the more advanced gourmand.

Coconut, Pomegranate and Lime Kanten by Olives for Dinner
Coconut, Pomegranate and Lime Kanten by Olives for Dinner

But more than just recipes, Olives for Dinner presents a plethora of resources, from vegan cookbook samples to product reviews. There are also step-by-step tutorials, such as how to press tofu properly. Not for the health nut, Olives for Dinner celebrates decadent food and has no fear of fats and frying. Instead, it seeks to show that vegan food does not mean lack of flavor and fun.

What the recommenders say:

Leila Fortier: I have been following this blog religiously for a few years now. It is the only vegan blog that has never disappointed me. Erin’s recipes are like artistry and meditation in vegan cuisine. All dishes are beautifully photographed to compliment the rich and decadent flavors of the recipes. I actually feel guilty that I get this resource for free.


***SECOND PLACE***

Vegan Richa by Richa Hingle

Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers by Vegan Richa
Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers by Vegan Richa

What our team says:

From western food through to Indian food and fusion food, Vegan Richa manages to tick all the boxes year after year. The website offers a fantastic index with a wide variety of vegan recipes that are homely and delicious. Richa always tries to make her recipes accessible and enjoyable for her readers. This past year marked an amazing step for Richa’s blog with a new design and recipes that simply made us drool.

What the judges say:

Emily Segal: I’m a longtime reader and fan of Richa’s amazing blog. In fact, this is one of the few blogs I receive via email. Yes, some of the recipes on the blog can be complicated, but there is just something about them that gets me going. The way she combines flavors and textures, and even the names she gives her dishes, such as Red Lentil Cauliflower Burgers with Chipotle Habanero Mayo, and Onion Rings and Roasted Red Peppers, just put me on cloud nine.

Lentil Cauliflower Burger by Vegan Richa
Lentil Cauliflower Burger by Vegan Richa

Many of the recipes are Indian cuisine inspired, which also differentiates Vegan Richa from the oodles of other vegan food blogs out there. Richa was one of the first to show us the chickpea flour pancake, and her pizza-themed Vegan Month of Food (Mofo) was the greatest bit of food blogging ever. (I totally love this blog in case you couldn’t tell!).

What the recommenders say:

Sarah Christofferson: I love this blog! Not only are the recipes fun and imaginative, they are also absolutely delicious. I have tried making several dishes from the blog and I have never been disappointed.  Her mixture of fusion recipes as well as vegan adaptations of traditional Indian recipes provide a great variety for people with all sorts of tastes. 

Brown Rice hot cereal Pudding Parfait by Vegan Richa.

Best of all, Richa truly values her readers, and on several occasions she has commented on Instagrams and Facebook posts that I have tagged her in of some of her recipes I have made. There is always something new and exciting to try on her blog. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether you’re vegan or not.

Alley May: Vegan Richa is where I go when I can’t think of what to make for dinner. Every single recipe I have ever made from her site is amazingly delicious. I love how her recipes are generally fairly easy and don’t require a million ingredients. She also often suggests ways to make them gluten free or gives options to substitute other ingredients.


***THIRD PLACE***

Maple Spice by Debbie Walsh

What our team says:

Baby Spinach Salad with Sage Roasted Sweet Potato, Walnuts and Almond Feta by Maple Spice
Baby Spinach Salad with Sage Roasted Sweet Potato, Walnuts and Almond Feta by Maple Spice

This is the third year in a row on the top 5 vegan food blogs list for Maple Spice. Debbie’s blog keeps delivering inspirational and innovative food for the skillful cook alongside simple and down-to-earth dishes that everyone can make and enjoy. Search this blog for delicious dishes and how-to guides (especially for vegan cheese).

What the judges say:

Emily Segal: Although she doesn’t blog as much as she used to, Maple Spice posts are well worth waiting for. This is the kind of blog I actually cook from. A few of her recipes are family favorites here – the Singapore Noodles and Mushroom Fried Rice come to mind.

Maple Spice has a clean, clear interface, listing recipes that are simple and use easy to find ingredients. Blogger Debbie’s real talent shines in the incredible cakes she makes for her son’s birthdays. Her legendary Minecraft cake from last year made me feel a little bad about myself as a mom, and this year’s Spaghetti and Meatball Cake (see photo) didn’t disappoint either. 

Spaghetti and Meatball Cake by Maple Spice
Spaghetti and Meatball Cake by Maple Spice

Chef Avi Jean Levy: This blog served as a source of inspiration for me when I first went vegan. Debbie’s blog is pleasant and offers an impressive number of recipes; I like how she illustrates the preparation stages with images.

I also specifically enjoy Debbie’s creativity and impressive technical thoughtfulness as shown every year through her son’s birthday cake (The Veggie Burger Cake, Minecraft Cake and The Spaghetti and Meatball Cake), and her unique Halloween creations.

Singapore Noodles by Maple Spice
Singapore Noodles by Maple Spice

What the recommenders say:

Kristen Scott: This blog has a wide variety of recipes: from things for tasty but quick and simple weekday dinners, to gourmet stuff to impress guests – and most of it is fairly healthy, too. It’s well laid out and organized into different categories to make it easy for readers to search for ideas. The photos are also beautiful.


*** FOURTH PLACE***

Healthy. Happy. Life. by Kathy Patalsky

What our team says:

Farmer’s Market Cobb Salad by Healthy Happy Life.
Farmer’s Market Cobb Salad by Healthy Happy Life.

A true powerhouse in every sense of the word: this vegan food blog was established by Kathy in 2008 and continues to deliver fantastic recipes year after year, with top notch photography, which without a doubt has inspired many bloggers. Turn to this blog for almost every type of vegan food you can think of!

What the judges say:

Emily Segal: Healthy. Happy. Life. was one of the first and remains one of the best vegan food blogs. How blogger Kathy Patalsky can keep her recipes fresh and interesting after so many years is a complete mystery to me. I blog myself and really understand the time it takes to create recipes, test, cook and photograph. Healthy. Happy. Life. just keeps delivering incredible content day after day, year after year.

Golden Crunch Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Bars by Healthy Happy Life.
Golden Crunch Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Bars by Healthy Happy Life.

Again, these are the sorts of recipes I turn to in order to actually prepare food, not just to admire it. Great photography, clear simple instructions, family-friendly flavor combinations, and great writing set this blog on top of the heap. Now Kathy is adding in some video blogging as well, which is a fresh new twist. 

Chef Avi Jean Levy: This food blog is filled with vegan goodness. The pictures are great and the dishes are welcoming and inviting. Browsing through the website, I was inspired by countless recipes (especially in the sweet corner), which made me want to go into the kitchen and start creating.

Sugar Plum Citrus-Cranberry Sparkle Muffins by Maple Spice.
Sugar Plum Citrus-Cranberry Sparkle Muffins by Maple Spice.

The blog is simple to navigate and the recipe index is easy to use despite the large quantity of recipes the blog offers.

What the recommenders say:

Shanna H: Beautiful pictures. Beautiful author. Kathy is very warm and welcoming in her writing. She’s very honest. I’ve made a lot of recipes from her blog and all of them turned out perfectly, just like she said, and they were all delicious. I make her quickie tomato soup all the time.


***FIFTH PLACE***

This Rawsome Vegan Life by Emily von Euw

What our team says:

Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna by This Rawsome Vegan Life
Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna by This Rawsome Vegan Life

Last year’s number one winner has made it to the top five yet again! This raw vegan food blog will dazzle you like no other raw food blog around. Emily’s recipes and presentation are so creative that each recipe is a feast for the senses. Who thought raw food could be this amazing?

Also, congratulations to Emily whose debut book, Rawsome Vegan Baking, has been published this year. A review will be posted on The Vegan Woman site soon.

What the judges say:

Emily Segal: Amazing raw food dessert recipes using simple, cheap ingredients, with fast and simple preparation methods really set This Rawsome Vegan Life apart from all the other ‘it will take you three days and two internet specialty-food orders in order to make this one cake’ food blogs.

Vanilla Raspberry and Peppermint Cream Cake with Cacao Truffles by This Rawsome Vegan Life
Vanilla Raspberry and Peppermint Cream Cake with Cacao Truffles by This Rawsome Vegan Life

I really admire Emily’s food creativity and stunning photos. Now that she seems to have adopted the 80-10-10 dietary dogma, I’m afraid she is going to lose the sense of food freedom that made her blog so special. Still, it’s a great blog to read when craving a sweet treat that won’t hurt your health or pocketbook.

What the recommenders say:

Kristy Thomason: After finding this wonderful food blog, I noticed that my life changed in so many ways. I am now eating more raw and mainly vegetarian or vegan, and I am on a journey to eventually becoming vegan. I have found many delicious recipes on this food blog, and now my life is so much more vibrant and beautiful. I can have yummy smoothies, natural nut butters, nut milks, mouth-watering chutneys… I’m making so many brilliant things and the best bit is that it’s so easy.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Milkshake by This Rawsome Vegan Life
Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Milkshake by This Rawsome Vegan Life

Khali Feuerstake: There are so many reasons to love this blog. Emily writes about her day-to-day life, her outlook on veganism and the impact of a plant-based diet. She shares amazing photographs and seriously delicious, healthy food ideas. Her recipes are very easy to follow, and she encourages you to play around with them, which I really appreciate.

She is vibrant and her enthusiasm contagious. I find that reading her blog has helped me to add much more raw vegan food to my daily life – heck, while I’m writing I’m eating something I made from her recipes. This rawsome vegan life rawks!


*** SIXTH PLACE***

Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

Big vegan bowl by Oh She Glows

What our team says:

Angela has had a very busy year with the recent publication of her wonderful debut cookbook, and somehow she still managed to keep posting her wonderful recipes and sharing her vegan glow with us all.

This vegan blog is filled to the brim with wonderful and inspiring recipes, which will motivate you to get into the kitchen and enjoy her beautiful creations whether you’re feeling healthy or decadent.

What the recommenders say:

Raw almond butter cups by Oh She Glows
Raw almond butter cups by Oh She Glows

Chris Robinson: A fabulous blog full of inspiration, humor and great food. Angela has such amazing recipes, which are simply delicious and nutritious. They make being vegan and healthy so easy and enjoyable. It’s the best vegan/vegetarian blog I’ve come across.

Sisley Killam: I love Angela’s healthy recipes because they are so incredibly delicious, simple and affordable. She always posts gluten-free and nut-free versions so that all her readers can benefit. I make her recipes weekly and just purchased her first cookbook ‘The Oh She Glows Cookbook’. She has made me fall in love with food and enabled me to share these recipes with my friends and family (who aren’t vegan).


***SEVENTH PLACE***

Post Punk Kitchen by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

What our team says:

New England Glam Chowder by Post Punk Kitchen. Photo by Vanessa Rees.
New England Glam Chowder by Post Punk Kitchen. Photo by Vanessa Rees.

The veteran blog on the block: Isa Chandra’s Post Punk Kitchen has been supplying us with great recipes and inspiration for a whole decade. This is indeed a true vegan powerhouse with its own forum and countless recipes on offer.

This pioneering blog is well organized, clear, and easy to search, with video tutorials and plenty of cookbooks on offer as well.

What the recommenders say:

Deborah Reek: Isa’s blog is colorful, exciting to look at and shows tremendous artistic talent. The recipes and meals are ‘sassy’ enough to tempt any palate – and there is so much variety! I can follow them ever so easily and Isa has already become an Internet ‘friend’. Her recipes are written so they’re very easy for me to understand and do not contain hard-to-find ingredients.

Beany Chilli and Corn Muffins by Post Punk Kitchen
Beany Chilli and Corn Muffins by Post Punk Kitchen

I’ve already purchased a couple of her books and am absolutely thrilled. They are the treasure and centerpiece of my bookshelf.

Sheila Ackerman: I love this blog the most because it is an infinite resource for vegan food ideas.  It has really helped me to switch to a totally vegan way of eating. The blog is also very well organized and easy to navigate. I never cease to be amazed at the creations and I love showing them off.


***EIGHTH PLACE***

***AUDIENCE CHOICE*** 

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen by Susan Voisin

What our team says:

Black and Red Lentil Chili by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Black and Red Lentil Chili by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Another true vegan pioneer: Susan started Fat Free Vegan Kitchen in 2006, and has been inspiring many people across the globe with her fat-free/low-fat, straightforward, and delicious recipes ever since!

Susan’s warm personality and special connection with her audience have won her a loyal and loving following. No wonder then that Susan got the most nominations in the 2014 Vegan Food Blog guide – which also makes her this year’s Audience Favorite – well deserved!

What the recommenders say:

Julia Hatch: This blog is great, because it is not only vegan but healthy, too. Susan focuses on recipes with no/low oil, low salt and sugar (there are exceptions), and she also gives nutritional information. The recipes are anywhere from simple and ‘everyday’ to exotic and creatively involved. And the flavor of the recipes? Yummy! What I really like is that you can have your own ‘Recipe Box’ where you save your favorite recipes. You can also search by ingredient. It is my go-to site when I need ideas for a meal made with ingredients I have on hand.

Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Sharon Carrizales: It is in a great part due to Susan’s blog and her recipes that my husband and I have not only stuck to a vegan diet for the past three years but also actually enjoyed it. I can always count on her recipes to be healthy and delicious – even when I’m suspicious about the look of it halfway through. Her photos are beautiful, and her stories brief, informative and encouraging. I find myself going back to her blog and recipes over and over, and I can always rely on her expertise.

Cara O’Sullivan: Susan Voisin is very generous with her time and talent. She answers questions from readers and members of her Facebook group consistently. Her recipes are generally easy to make with readily available ingredients. I have tried a number of vegan cookbooks, some with recipes developed by professional chefs; I’d take Susan’s recipes any day over many of these. I have yet to try a recipe of hers that I didn’t like. Even my meat-eating spouse enjoys her dishes. Finding Susan’s website and recipes has helped me transition to a healthy, vegan lifestyle. Many of us are encouraging Susan to do a cookbook. Perhaps if she wins this prize for her blog she would be encouraged to take that step.


***NINTH PLACE***

Fork and Beans by Cara Reed

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies by Fork and Beans
Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies by Fork and Beans

What our team says:

Cara’s blogs is motivated by the notion that plant-based foods that are suitable for vegans and people with dietary restrictions can and should be delicious, fun and creative.

This blog is new to our guide, and has landed straight in at sixth place thanks to Cara’s awesome creativeness, presentation and skills, which make her recipes super appealing and alluring (Owl sugar cookies, anyone?)

What the recommenders say:

Britt Kelsea: I am gluten-free and vegan and her blog speaks to me. I love her recipes and find myself recommending her to everyone!


*** TENTH PLACE***

VegKitchen by Nava Atlas

What our team says:

Creole Eggplant Soup by VegKitchen
Creole Eggplant Soup by VegKitchen

Nava Atlas and various other contributors to this blog make this website a fantastic go-to resource with a well-developed index of recipes.

What the recommender says:

Jermisha Taylor: There are a lot of easy-to-prepare recipes available for free on this website. They are healthy, tasty and budget friendly. There are so many recipes to choose from, such as salads, smoothies, pasta dishes, rice and quinoa dishes, sandwiches, soups, burgers, desserts and so much more. The recipes featured on VegKitchen don’t rely on processed foods and instead utilize wholefoods. The added bonus is that the recipes can be easily adapted to fit your own dietary needs.

The Top 20 Vegan Blogs to Watch

***FIRST PLACE***

Keepin’ it Kind by Kristy Turner and Chris Miller

What our team says:

Mango Lemonade Smoothie Parfait by Keepin’ it Kind
Mango Lemonade Smoothie Parfait by Keepin’ it Kind

Established only two years ago, this vegan food blog by Kristy (recipe creator) and husband Chris (photography) is not only creative and aesthetically enjoyable, but also well organized and easy to navigate – which  makes the search for the right recipe to dive into – a real pleasure.

This blog made it to the 15th place in last year’s guide and has been developing in leaps and bounds since! We can’t wait to see what Kristy is planning for us next – and this is what makes this blog a true top vegan food blog to watch! Congratulations Chris and Kristy.

What the judges say:

Emily Segal: I really think this blog stands to be the next Oh She Glows.  With a similar friendly, approachable style, beautiful photography, original recipes ideas and quality writing, Keepin’ It Kind makes you feel glad you visited.

Sweet potato black bean summer rolls by Keepin’ it Kind
Sweet potato black bean summer rolls by Keepin’ it Kind

I also like how blogger, Kristy, shares the spotlight with other vegans and vegan bloggers through frequent interviews and recipe swaps.  The Vegan Cookie Part Swap made me gain a few kgs just by reading, but it was worth it.

What the recommenders say:

Emily Hawkes: Kristy is an amazing advocate for a vegan lifestyle – you can tell she truly cares for animals and IS the change she wants to see in the world.  Her recipes are innovative, but easy to follow, and I have introduced a number of new recipes into my repertoire that I have seen on Keepin’ it Kind.  She also writes beautifully – it’s like getting a letter from a friend every time she posts.

Jackie Bacardi: The recipes are amazing- I’ve tried several and they’re always big winners with my family. The photography is gorgeous too. What I love most, though, is Kristy’s down-to-earth, approachable personality, her sense of humor, and the stories she tells. She makes living compassionately easy and fun.


***SECOND PLACE***

Coconut and Berries by Emma Potts

What our team says:

Polenta Olive Tapenade Bites by Coconut and Berries
Polenta Olive Tapenade Bites by Coconut and Berries

There was a fierce competition this year for the second place, and Emma Potts’ vegan blog, Coconut and Berries, has pulled through, winning our judges hearts! Coconut and Berries showcases beautiful food that is simple to make and which uses easy to find ingredients.

Established only one year ago, we think this blog is one to keep a keen eye on for years to come.

What the judges say:

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Jam Thumbprints by Coconut and Berries
Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Jam Thumbprints by Coconut and Berries

Emily Segal: How did I not know of this blog before today?  I just went through pinning almost all of Emma’s recipes!  I love the font and the clean design of the page. The photos are drool-inspiring.  The original recipes are simple to prepare and use commonly available ingredients.  

A lot of the recipes have both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair which is my personal favorite way to eat, so I will definitely be making lots of these recipes.

John Lewis: Inviting website that just feels like a cousin invited to their home to try some great dishes that they have been working on.  The pictures are so warm and inviting that they make you hungry at the look of them.  The selection of foods divided into categories that make it easy to find allows the visitor to really enjoy the site and not get lost in all the commotion that a lot of other sites have.

What the recommenders say:

Paul Morran: Personal and kind. Beautiful photography, and generous in recognizing other sources (i.e. other vegan bloggers).


***THIRD PLACE***

One Ingredient Chef by Andrew Olson

What our team says:

The World’s Best 7 Layer Dip by One Ingredient Chef
The World’s Best 7 Layer Dip by One Ingredient Chef

This blog took our judges by storm! The one ingredient chef aka. Andrew Olson features beautiful photography and dishes centered on whole, unprocessed ingredients, which will ignite your senses and keep you coming back for more!

Like Coconut and Berries, this excellent vegan blog has only been around a little over a year and we can’t wait to see what great dishes and lovely vegan foods are in store for us! A definite blog to watch…

What the judges say:

John Lewis: I really like the layout of this vegan blog, and how it offers simple recipes for people who are just starting their cooking journey.  The website is easy to navigate and you are able to look at a list of different foods from Main Dish, Dessert, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sides & Snacks, Breakfast and Beverages.

Creamy Tofu Tortilla Soup by One Ingredient Chef
Creamy Tofu Tortilla Soup by One Ingredient Chef

Like I stated before I love the simplicity of the recipes but I have to say that the biggest advantage of this blog for me has to be the educational piece that is provided by the website to explain why he uses this way of cooking.  I honestly can’t wait to stay tuned to this website to see more of what Olsen has planned for us.

Emily Segal: I am totally down with the concept behind the one ingredient diet, which promotes the notion that all ingredients in a recipe should be a natural, whole food, rather than things that have long, chemically-filled ingredient lists.

What the recommenders say:

Anne Gubbins: One Ingredient Chef features healthy, whole foods. The recipes are not fussy and most can be made with ingredients you already have on hand. Delicious ideas abound!


***FOURTH PLACE***

Homemade Levity by Sara Hohn

What our team says:

Kabocha Scallion Gyoza Dumplings by Homemade Levity
Kabocha Scallion Gyoza Dumplings by Homemade Levity

At first glance this delightful blog by Sara Hohn might confuse you as it is not a straight-up food blog but more of a support website for those interested in making the transition to a plant based diet.

But be fooled not! This blog offers a beautiful and rich section of recipes (accessed via the sidebar on the right hand side of the site) that are absolutely delightful and simple to make.

What the judges say:

John Lewis: I really love the concept behind the website.  Sara did a great job with not only providing awesome recipes but also providing great resources for transitioning vegans. It seems very user friendly and inviting to those looking to transition to a plant based lifestyle.

Silky Strawberry Lime Pie by Homemade Levity
Silky Strawberry Lime Pie by Homemade Levity

 

The pictures of the food are quite amazing.  The educational portions of her site make this a “go to” resource for those who are interested in becoming vegan, and visitors will not feel intimidated at all. 

Emily Segal: Less of a food blog (although there ARE plenty of recipes) and more of a vegan how-to, Homemade Levity has an open, non-judgemental, approachable vibe with articles to help new vegans make the transition. 

What the recommenders say:

Shasha Luvsmore: Educational, great spirit, dedicated to helping us make a great transition and eat healthy. Awesome blog!


***FIFTH PLACE***

The Vegan 8 by Brandi Doming

What our team says:

Creamy Sweet ‘n’ Gold Potato Soup by The Vegan 8
Creamy Sweet ‘n’ Gold Potato Soup by The Vegan 8

Brandi’s vegan blog, formerly known as The Healthy Flavor, features great vegan dishes that stay in the realms of 8 ingredients or less.

In addition, Brandy is committed to recipes that are not only vegan and delicious, but are also gluten-free and oil-free! What more can one ask?

What the judges say:

John Lewis: This website has some great looking tasty recipes and I like the way Brandi shows how easily recipes can be veganized. The Kid friendly options are a huge bonus which will appeal to families that are transitioning to a plant based way of life. I can’t wait to try some of the delicious looking dishes that are displayed on this wonderful website. 

What the recommenders say:

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Spice “Cheesecake” Tart by The Vegan 8

Marjorie: I love this blog, not only because all the recipes are 8 ingredients or less and super simple to make; but also the commentary that is used in the recipes is just purely delightful and upbeat.  The photography is exceptional.  It entices you to make the recipes or try and climb inside your computer to eat them!

Chassity Basquez: The recipes are fantastic – and at 8 ingredients or less, they’re time-saving, cost-effective, and…DELICIOUS!!!  For someone like me who is transitioning into veganism, her recipes are great because the recipes are so well thought out… Its familiar food that’s amazing, without being “bad”. There’s a positive vibe to the blog, and much motivation to cook healthy…my favorite, by far!


 ***SIXTH PLACE***

Vegan Sandra by Sandra Vungi

What our team says:

Basic vegan jelly cake by Vegan Sandra
Basic vegan jelly cake by Vegan Sandra

So simple, so clean and so captivating! Written from a log cabin somewhere in the Estonian country side, here you will find foods that everyone loves made vegan, and you will truly be able to sense Sandra’s passion for food and compassion.

What the recommenders say:

Camille Urban: I LOVE this blog because the recipes are easy to make, cost effective and I can find all the ingredients here in South Africa and they are super healthy too. Plus the photos of the food always look amazing, makes my mouth water just by looking at them.

Ireene Viktor: Very inspirational! Lots of cheap and easy recipes. There are very few vegan bloggers in Estonia and Sandra is definitely helping to spread the vegan word in this small country.


***SEVENTH PLACE***

Vegan Yack Attack by Jackie Sobon

What our team says:

Raw Vegan Mango Banana Cakes by Vegan Yack Attack
Raw Vegan Mango Banana Cakes by Vegan Yack Attack

How does Jackie manage to do it all? With so many vegan related photography projects at hand, she still manages to surprise us with great recipes on her vegan food blog Vegan Yack Attack, and we even found out that she has some eBooks with some fav recipes available as well! This blog is a definite favorite to keep on watching…

What the recommenders say:

Jane Bener: Beautiful photography, great recipe ideas and fun enjoyable writing. I love visiting this website for inspiration when guests come over as she has some lovely creative ideas that will help impress your non-vegan guests.


***EIGHTH PLACE***

Veggieful by Madison Butler and Jerome Partland

What our team says:

Vegan Tikka Masala by Veggieful
Vegan Tikka Masala by Veggieful

A few steps up from last year’s guide, Madison and Jerome’s Vegan Food Blog has made it to our top 10! This is by far one of the most aesthetically pleasing and creative blogs around. We also love the nutritional info presented at the end of each recipe which helps stay on tracks with calories, fats and other dietary info.

What the recommenders say:

Clare Parker: The site looks beautiful and easy to navigate and the recipes are easy and delicious.  Madison writes in such a friendly and accessible way and her recipes perfectly balance healthy options with decadent treats.  Jerome’s photos are stunning.  They also have reasonably priced eBooks available which are just as gorgeous to look at as the recipes within are delicious!


***NINTH PLACE***

Gluten Free Vegan Girl by Solveig Berg Vollan

What our team says:

Vegan Pizza with Spinach Pesto and Cashew “Mozzarella” Cheese by Gluten Free Vegan Girl
Vegan Pizza with Spinach Pesto and Cashew “Mozzarella” Cheese by Gluten Free Vegan Girl

This lovely vegan blog, featuring vegan and gluten-free simple and tasty looking recipes by Solveig, comes all the way from Norway. Here you will find a variety of dishes including gluten-free breads and bakes goods, snacks, dips and mains.

What the recommenders say:

Torre Washington: I love this blog because of her willingness to share such amazing, delicious, nutritious and simple foods that are pleasing to both the eye and taste buds. I have made some of her recipes and the response is amazing.


***TENTH PLACE***

***AUDIENCE CHOICE***

The Gourmet Vegan by Dan Waters

What our team says:

Portobello Mushroom, Hummus and Walnut Wellingtons served with a Red Wine Jus and Glazed Shallots by The Gourmet Vegan
Portobello Mushroom, Hummus and Walnut Wellingtons served with a Red Wine Jus and Glazed Shallots by The Gourmet Vegan

If you are looking for homely and hearty vegan food, you’ve come to the right place. Dan Waters, aka, The Gourmet Vegan, has that homely hearty touch that keeps us coming, especially around the holiday time when we are looking for that something that everyone will savor.

With his lovely personality and special attention to his followers, no wonder Dan also received the most audience votes within the top 10 Vegan Blogs to Watch! Congrats Dan! We are looking forward to seeing more of your work.

What the recommenders say:

Stephen Dickson: This blog has recipes for every occasion. Christmas was the best menu I’d ever put together and it was all taken from this site. Simply delicious food, easy to follow instructions and no crazy ingredients that you can’t find! Vegan perfection!

Fiona Lickorish: I chose this vegan food blog because all Dan’s recipes turn out just the way he says they will, which is brilliant for a new vegan like me. And you can ask him questions on Facebook – and he always replies.

Ann Croft: Danny has put together an amazing selection of vegan recipes. Every recipe we’ve tried has turned out great and he’s so enthusiastic about vegan food and is a great inspiration!

The Top 20 Vegan Blogs to Watch

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Vegan Mother Hubbard by Sandra Kohlmann

What the recommenders say:

Koren Helbig: Sandra Kohlmann is the brainchild behind Vegan Mother Hubbard and she’s really hit her stride as a blogger over the past year or so. Sandra shares her journey on raising her twins daughters vegan style with open-hearted honesty. She also has a range of fabulously delicious vegan recipes that are really simple to make from things you’d often have lying around the house. Hers is a blog to be inspired by.


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Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes by Miriam Sorrell

What the recommenders say:

Yael Parnes: I love how it gives vegan twists to non vegan food making it very easy to cook for friends and family. At the same time we see a lot of new and inventive dishes which are healthy, nutritious and don’t take 3 hours in the kitchen to prepare.

Apart from that Miriam uses mostly easy to find ingredients making life easy for everyone who is vegan/vegetarian or simply wants to eat less animal product. I love her blog so much that I even went ahead and bought her book.


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Hell Yea it’s Vegan! by Claryn

What the recommenders say:

Desiree Berg: I recently became a vegan and realized that I would have to start cooking my own food. I felt a bit lost, but Hell Yeah It’s Vegan taught me I can make almost anything vegan. After many years of eating fast food and delivery pizza, I’m now cooking and baking daily towards better health and a better world!


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Essential Vegan by Vanessa Almeida

What the recommenders say:

Jo Garrett: The food in this vegan blog is healthy, simple, and delicious. The author, Vanessa,  is passionate and kind!


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***AUDIENCE CHOICE***

The Kind Cook by Melanie Baker

What the recommenders say:

Karla Simon-Emery: Mel, “the kind cook” is always taking her cooking to the next level and out of her comfort zone. This is exciting for me as a reader to observe and then try and replicate her creations later. The results have always been satisfying, simple and delicious with easy to follow recipes and no intimidation. I have been reading Mel’s blog since its beginnings and it has held my interest steadily over the years.

Karolina Cipusev: Simply ADORE this food blog! The recipes are easy to follow and always turn out delicious. The site is inviting and easy to navigate. I leave inspired by the beautiful photos and keen to try something new all the time!  Most importantly, when I make something from this site – the whole family loves it! Which is the ultimate test in my book.

Sarah Addinsall: The kind cook is passionate about food and her joy for the art of cooking is evident when reading her blog. Her ingredients are simple, and if ever they are not, she explains where to buy things or what to substitute, and the instructions are never confusing.


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Raw Food for Life by Natalie & Stuart McIntosh

What the recommenders say:

Mel B.: Although I am not raw, I am in awe of this blog. Nat and Stuart’s passion for raw food, organic produce and good health is moving. They have made it their life’s work to share all they know. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Their passion is changing lives. Adore them.


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Vegangela by Angela Thompson

What the recommenders say:

Anna Johnson: Vegangela takes a very practical approach to being vegan but still manages to be creative and interesting. I have found many delicious and unusual recipes, plus tons of helpful tips, on this site. Whenever I am bored with what I’m eating, I go to Vegangela!


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Eating Whole by Elisa Rachel

What the recommenders say:

Ruthe Lea: I am not only a vegan but have multiple food allergies and Eating Whole provided amazing recipes of delicious foods that make me feel like I can eat again!


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Blacks Going Vegan by Deborrah Cooper

What the recommenders say:

Shelia Gulledge: This site gives flavorful, not run of the mill ideas and recipes, particularly geared to those of us steeped in flavorful and previously meaty dishes. She offers realistic and innovative ideas that anyone seeking healthier eating habits can emulate without over thinking and having to scrounge for stores to buy special concoctions. Well done!


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Flavourphotos by Chava Eichner

What the recommenders say:

Vicki Eastgate: Chava’s passion for vegan food jumps out from the pages of her blog!  Her imaginative and colourful photo’s provide much needed inspiration for myself and my family.


Almost made it to the Top 20 and deserve a warm mention:

Cadry’s Kitchen  Veganizzm  Veggie Nook  Healthing You  Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen Vegan Kitchen Table  The Comforting Vegan  My Blissful Journey  Jeeva


The chosen recommendations that have won prizes are….

Yael Parnes,  Sharon Carrizales and Shelia Gulledge!!

We will be in touch via email soon! Congrats!!

Thanks so much to all of you amazing people who voted and who are blogging, showing the world that great food doesn’t have to hurt any living being! Thank you for sharing the vegan love!

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