This is the second in a series of articles showcasing the top blogs in various niches. This article lists the top vegan blogs, according to Alexa Rank, which is a measure of website popularity.
So what is veganism?
Wikipedia defines veganism in the following terms:
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.
People have different reasons for becoming vegan: for some it's for health reasons, for others it's for ethical reasons, and for others it's for environmental reasons.
Veganism is a fast-growing movement. According to Global Data, veganism in the US grew by 600% between 2014 and 2017.
Here are the 30 top vegan blogs:
01 - The Minimalist Baker
The Minimalist Baker, founded in 2012, celebrates simple cooking by sharing recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. The main force behind Minimalist Baker is Dana, recipe developer, content creator, and food photographer. She has been blogging in some form since 2010 and developed a deep love for recipe experimentation and food photography.
Some recipes from The Minimalist Baker:
02 - A Couple Cooks
A Couple of Cooks is the creation of Sonja & Alex Overhiser, authors of the book Pretty Simple Cooking, which was named a best vegetarian cookbook by Epicurious and Food & Wine.
Shortly after they married, Sonja and Alex went from eating fast and frozen food to a home-cooked, plant-based whole food diet. The positive changes they experienced inspired them to start A Couple Cooks in 2010. Today the bog receives millions of visitors every month and connects people all over the world to their healthy plant-based recipes.
Some recipes from A Couple of Cooks:
03 - Chocolate-Covered Katie
Katie has been described as “The queen of healthy desserts” (Glamour Magazine) and “the next Nigella Lawson” (Women’s Health Magazine).
Katie started her blog just for fun, but it quickly took off, becoming the #1 source for healthy desserts and comfort food recipes. Recently ranked as one of the top 25 cooking websites on the internet, Chocolate-Covered Katie gets up to 8 million viewers each month.
Some recipes from Chocolate-Covered Katie:
04 - Vegan in the Freezer
Vegan in the Freezer is another of the top vegan blogs. It's the creation of Ginny, recipe developer, photographer, and blogger.
She’s been featured on Huffington Post, Shape, MSN, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, Healthline, MindBodyGreen, and Healthy Magazine.
Ginny lives in Southern California with her husband. Their favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, and being in nature.
Ginny has written two books, The Make Ahead Vegan and The High-Protein Vegan, both available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Some recipes from Vegan in the Freezer:
05 - Connoisseurus Veg
Alissa started Connoisseurus Veg in February of 2013 as a way to share some of her favorite vegan recipes and inspire herself and others to create new ones.
Alissa trained and practised as an intellectual property lawyer and began the blog as a hobby. But she gradually got hooked by blogging and was eventually able to turn it into a full time business.
The recipes on Connoisseurus Veg are 100% vegan and developed with taste in mind. Some are healthy, others are more indulgent. Some are gluten-free, and a few qualify as plant-based (having no oil or refined ingredients).
On Alissa’s blog, you’ll find recipes with tofu, tempeh, and seitan. You’ll also find plenty of comfort food and recipes that veganize old favorites.
Some recipes from Connoisseurus Veg:
06 - Loving It Vegan
Loving It Vegan is the product of a husband and wife team, with Alison Andrews as the voice and cook and her husband Jaye taking care of the photos and videos.
Loving It Vegan began in 2015 and has since grown to be a popular vegan recipe blog. Their recipes are viewed by millions of people worldwide each month.
Alison and Jaye’s approach to vegan food is to make foods that anyone will enjoy. For example, if they’re making a vegan chocolate cake, they’re not trying to make a ‘healthy’ chocolate cake, but a chocolate cake that no one will even know is vegan. They want it to be as good as any cake you could ever eat.
Their blog won the 2020 Vegan Food Blogger Awards (the second year in a row).
Some recipes from Loving It Vegan:
07 - Holy Cow!
Holy Cow! is the creation of Vaishali who shares her recipes from her Washington, D.C. kitchen. The blog began as a hobby in November 2007 but now reaches millions of readers.
Vaishali was born in India but now lives in the US with her husband, who does the photography for the site.Vaishali always loved animals, and always loved food, and went vegan when she realized she didn’t want to mix the two anymore.
The recipes on Holy Cow! are easy, quick, healthy, and hassle-free. Vaishali is a busy mom and these are the recipes they use in their home every day. It’s food you can cook whether you are a novice or an expert.
Some recipes from Holy Cow!:
08 - It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
The creative genius behind It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken is Sam Turnbull, who grew up in a family of chefs, butchers, and hunters. The family freezers were stocked full of meat. Steaks were cooked rare, and there were real animal heads decorating the walls.
So no one was more surprised than Sam herself when she became a vegan. In 2012 she watched two documentaries that set her on the road to veganism.
Sam’s favorite vegan ingredients are nutritional yeast, miso paste, and chia seeds. Her recipes include pasta, burgers, burritos, soups, cookies, cupcakes, and other delicious and familiar things.
To begin with, Sam started to document her recipes so she could make them again. She would take quick snaps on her phone and jot down the ingredients.
But one thing led to another and that’s how It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken was born.
Helping to show people that a plant-based diet can be delicious, easy, doable, good for you, and not at all weird is now her full-time career.
Some recipes from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken:
09 - Nora Cooks
This blog is the inspiration of Nora who lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. Nora went vegan in 2010 and began to explore and experiment with the endless possibilities of vegan cooking and baking.
She launched Nora Cooks in 2016 as a place to share the tried and true recipes that her own family and friends love. Her mission is to create vegan recipes that everyone will love, from meat-eaters to picky kids.
Some recipes from Nora Cooks:
10 - The Simple Veganista
The person behind Simple Veganista is Julie, who began a vegan lifestyle in early 2011. She started her vegan food blog in July 2012 as a way to share a celebration of foods that are clean, nutrient-dense, and take the focus off animal products and processed foods.
Julie is passionate about creating healthy vegan recipes and sharing them in the hopes of inspiring others.
She believes vegan food doesn't have to be boring, complicated, or expensive. She wants to share with you the simple, beautiful plant foods there are to eat and the different and great-tasting ways you can put them together.
Some recipes from Simple Veganista:
11 - Vegan Richa
Vegan Richa is the brainchild of Richa, an award winning recipe developer, blogger, and photographer. Richa lives in Seattle and has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Glamour, Babble, VegNews.com, Rediff.com, TheKitchn, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed. She is also the author of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, about easy and delicious Indian vegan recipes, which is in bookstores and is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
Richa loves to show people how easy it is to cook vegan Indian and other cuisines. Her instructions are easy to follow, with step-by-step photographs, and are designed to welcome the uninitiated into vegan cooking.
Some recipes from Vegan Richa:
12 - Pick Up Limes
Pick Up Limes is the inspiration of Sadia, a Canadian foodie and Dietetics graduate currently living in the Netherlands.
Sadia’s focus is simple: to live a vibrant and uncomplicated life fuelled by plant-based foods. She created Pick Up Limes as a medium for sharing uncomplicated vegan recipes that are nutritious, delicious, and visually appealing.
On this site, you’ll find uncomplicated nutrition articles, informative videos, as well as simple and delicious vegan recipes (many are also gluten-free) made with natural ingredients, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, whole-food and healthy fat sources, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.
Some recipes from Pick Up Limes:
13 - Simple Vegan Blog
The creator of Simple Vegan Blog is Losune, who lives in Spain with her husband who is the blog photographer.
Simple Vegan Blog offers hundreds of nutritious and delicious vegan recipes that will help you stay healthy and happy. Most of the recipes are gluten-free and ready in 20 to 30 minutes. They are easy to follow and include veganized versions of classic recipes and tasty dishes from around the world.
Simple Vegan Blog has been featured on BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Delish, Country Living, MSN, and other trusted sites.
Some recipes from Simple Vegan Blog:
14 - Oh She Glows
The creative mind behind Oh She Glows is Angela, who started the blog in October 2008. She used the blog to document her recovery from an eating disorder, her journey to health, and the amazing transformation that food can make in our lives.
Today, Oh She Glows is an award-winning recipe blog featuring over 500 healthy recipes and has over 1 million unique readers each month. Angela is also the author of The Oh She Glows Cookbook, a New York Times Bestseller which has over 300,000 copies in print.
On Oh She Glows, Angela shares energizing, plant-based recipes that her family enjoys on a daily basis. Most of her recipes are gluten-free and free of soy and processed foods. Many of her recipes are also allergy-friendly.
Some recipes from Oh She Glows:
15 - From My Bowl
The photographer, videographer, and recipe developer behind From My Bowl is Caitlin, who makes wholesome, easy-to-follow, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten, oil, and refined sugar-free.
Caitlin was raised as a vegetarian and adopted a totally plant-based diet in 2015. She quickly found that online vegan recipes were either (1) way too complicated, (2) required ingredients that were too expensive, or (3) weren’t really practical for everyday meals.
So she decided to create her own recipes instead. And that’s how From My Bowl was born.
The blog caters to young adults, working professionals, and busy parents. It shows you how to create delicious, accessible, and plant-forward foods that will leave you feeling full, nourished, and satisfied.
Some recipes from From My Bowl:
16 - Running on Real Food
The inspiration behind Running on Real Food is Deryn, who lives in Vancouver, BC, and does all the writing, recipe development, and photography.
Deryn began the blog in January of 2013 so she could share her experiences in healthy eating and fitness and motivate and inspire others to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Running on Real Food has grown since then and it’s now her full-time job. Deryn loves what she does and begins each day eager to continue sharing her plant-based recipes and information.
The recipes on Running on Real Food are all plant-based. Deryn tries to keep her recipes as simple as possible by using everyday, easy-to-find ingredients.
She believes that healthy eating should be realistic and doable for everyone. Her aim with Running on Real Food is to help anyone wanting to improve their health to find the resources they need.
The blog also contains a wealth of free workouts and articles on health, wellness, and nutrition.
Some recipes from Running on Real Food:
17 - Vegan Heaven
The blogger behind Vegan Heaven is Sina, who does the recipe development, photography, and writing. Sina fell in love with plant-based food and has been vegan since 2012. She started the blog in 2014 to share her recipes and experiences of the vegan lifestyle.
Sina trained as a high school teacher but Vegan Heaven is now her full-time job. As a mother of young boys, she loves to create and share delicious plant-based food that the whole family loves!
The recipes on Vegan Heaven are all vegan. Sina tries to use easy-to-find and affordable ingredients, so everyone can make her recipes. Most of the recipes on Vegan Heaven are savory, lunch, and dinner recipes. But there are also delicious vegan breakfast and vegan dessert recipes as well.
Some recipes from Vegan Heaven:
18 - Yup, It's Vegan
Shannon is a vegan cooking enthusiast who started exploring vegan food in 2011. She wanted to know if she would feel better on a plant-based diet.
The results were dramatic - she felt better than ever. And so over time she swapped out almost her entire Standard American Diet for a whole foods-based, vegan diet.
The changes in the way she felt were so beneficial and so striking that she wanted to help others discover a plant-based diet. And that’s how Yup, It’s Vegan was born.
A computer scientist by training, Shannon lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a lifelong runner and exercise junkie. Outside of work and food, she’s often training for marathons or ultramarathons. So if you’re concerned that a vegan diet won’t give you the nutrients to support an energetic lifestyle - no need to worry!
Through her blog, Shannon aims to show that a regular person – who never had culinary training, and simply stumbled upon this way of life one day – can eat a delicious plant-based diet and make food that won’t make you wonder if it’s vegan or not – it will just taste amazing. In other words: “Yup, it’s vegan”.
Some recipes from Yup, It’s Vegan:
19 - Lazy Cat Kitchen
Lazy Cat Kitchen is run by Ania, who lives in Bristol, England. Ania decided to go vegan on the Greek island of Paros, where she lived for four years, and where she met her husband, and adopted numerous stray cats.
For Ania, adopting a plant-based diet was the best decision she ever made. It inspired her to start this blog and show others that creating delicious plant-based food isn't hard at all.
Lazy Cat Kitchen has a Polish language version as well as English.
Some recipes from Lazy Cat Kitchen:
20 - Oh My Veggies
Oh My Veggies (Meatless Made Easy) is a popular vegan blog run by Alissa.
The recipes are organized into Entrees, Appetizers, Breakfast, Sides, Desserts, Snacks, Drinks, Sauces and Condiments, Vegetarian Recipes, Vegan Recipes, and Holiday Recipes.
The site also offers a range of tips and hints as well as e-cookbooks.
Some recipes from Oh My Veggies:
21 - My Darling Vegan
My Darling Vegan is run by Sarah, a vegan for more than 14 years and a 5th generation Oregonian. She’s also a professionally trained photographer and culinary school graduate.
Sarah decided to go vegan in 2006 and started the blog in 2012. As a new mother, she began using her free time to make up recipes, take photos, and put them up on the internet.
Vegan food blogging is now her full-time job. In the past 8 years, My Darling Vegan has been featured multiple times on Buzzfeed, VegNews, Huffington Post, Care2, Food and Wine, Healthline, LifeHack and FOX News.
The recipes are inspired by various cuisines, including: Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian.
The blog also offers special diet recipes including gluten-free, Low-Carb/Keto, Raw, and 30-Day Cleanse.
Some recipes from My Darling Vegan:
22 - Deliciously Ella
The force behind this blog is Ella who launched Deliciously Ella in 2012, whilst still at university. In 2011 Ella had been diagnosed with a number of conditions that left her chronically tired and struggling with digestive issues. She was prescribed a cocktail of medications, but Ella turned instead to a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
She began creating recipes and quickly found a deep passion for plant-based living. She documented and photographed her recipe creations, purely for her own records. But after some persuasion, she started sharing them online with friends and family. And so was born Deliciously Ella. Over the next few years, the site went on to amass 130 million visits.
Her cookbook (of the same name) was published in January 2015 and became the best-selling debut cookbook ever in the UK.
Some recipes from Deliciously Ella:
23 - The Full Helping
The person behind The Full Helping is Gena, whose goal is to help make vegan cooking accessible, rewarding, and fun.
In addition to vegan recipes focused on both pleasure and wellness, you can also find occasional musings on nutrition, self-care, and mindfulness. As well as being a food blogger, Gena is also a registered dietitian (RD) with nearly ten years of experience in nutrition counseling.
Gena is also the author of a number of books including Power Plates, Food52 Vegan, and Choosing Raw.
Some recipes from The Full Helping:
24 - The First Mess
The First Mess is the creation of Laura, who lives in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. The name of the blog is taken from M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets, and refers to the arrival of the first run (or mess) of peas in early spring.
The blog is about cooking with natural, plant-based foods, eating seasonally, and sharing wholesome meals with the people in your life. It’s about living simply, cooking, and staying connected to the earth.
Laura is also the author of a book The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons, available on Amazon and in bookstores.
Some recipes from The First Mess:
25 - I Love Vegan
I Love Vegan is a blog by Brittany and William. It offers over 180 delicious vegan recipes including homestyle comfort food, healthy recipes to help you feel your best, quick and easy meals for busy lives and beginner cooks, and affordable recipes that fit within a tight budget.
Brittany and William are a young married couple from Alberta, Canada and love sharing their mouthwatering vegan recipes and helping people lead more compassionate lives.
In addition to vegan recipes, the blog offers articles on topics such as ‘benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle’, Nutrition on a Vegan Diet’, and ‘Transitioning to Veganism’.
Some recipes from I Love Vegan:
26 - The Curious Chickpea
The face behind The Curious Chickpea is Eva who loves making food inspired by other cultures - from Ethiopian to Thai to Italian, and Indian. Eva has been vegetarian her whole life, ate mostly plant-based food since 2011, and has been fully vegan since 2012.
Some recipes from The Curious Chickpea:
27 - Sweet Simple Vegan
The creators of Sweet Simple Vegan are Jasmine and her partner, Chris. The blog launched in 2013 shortly after Jasmine, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science, went vegan. The recipes on Sweet Simple Vegan include breakfast foods, dips and sauces, raw vegan, salads, and snacks.
Some recipes from Sweet Simple Vegan:
28 - The Vegan 8
The creator of Vegan 8 is Brandi, who took up vegan cooking while trying to heal her husband’s gout. All her recipes are 8 ingredients or less (hence the name of the blog), not counting salt, pepper or water. Brandi is an expert on oil-free cooking!
Brandi is also the author of the Vegan 8 Cookbook: 100 Simple Delicious Recipes Made With 8 Ingredients Or Less.
Some recipes from The Vegan 8:
29 - Sweet Potato Soul
Sweet Potato Soul is the inspiration of Jenné, who is from Georgia but now lives in Los Angeles. Jenné discovered healthy eating in college and hasn't looked back since. Although she became vegan for ethical, rather than health reasons, she can attest to the health benefits of a vegan diet.
As well as being a food blogger, Jenné is a vegan chef, a health coach, and cooking instructor. She’s also the author of Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes (available on Amazon).
Some recipes from Sweet Potato Soul:
30 - Veganosity
The people behind Veganosity are Linda and Alex, a mother-daughter duo who love creating vegan comfort food to impress the masses. They offer a wide range of vegan recipes including savory, sweet, and gluten-free.
They are also the authors of The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, which contains over 600 recipes and is available on Amazon, and Great Vegan BBQ Without a Grill (also available on Amazon).
Some recipes from Veganosity:
If you're looking for vegan meal ideas, this list of top vegan blogs will give you a lifetime of recipes!
Here are again is a list of the thirty top vegan blogs, by Alexa Rank:
- Minimalist Baker
- A Couple of Cooks
- Chocolate-Covered Katie
- Vegan in the Freezer
- Connoisseurus Veg
- Loving It Vegan
- Holy Cow!
- It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
- Nora Cooks
- The Simple Veganista
- Vegan Richa
- Pick Up Limes
- Simple Vegan Blog
- Oh She Glows
- From My Bowl
- Running on Real Food
- Vegan Heaven
- Yup, It's Vegan
- Lazy Cat Kitchen
- Oh My Veggies
- My Darling Vegan
- Deliciously Ella
- The Full Helping
- The First Mess
- I Love Vegan
- The Curious Chickpea
- Sweet Simple Vegan
- The Vegan 8
- Sweet Potato Soul
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