These are the easiest vegan recipes you will ever find! But don’t worry, they’re also incredibly delicious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make them sooner! Minimal prep, minimal kitchen time—truly low-effort lazy vegan recipes!

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What makes these vegan recipes lazy

If you can’t be bothered or don’t have the time to cook a filling, balanced vegan meal it can be tempting to just make a bowl of pasta with some marinara sauce. Been there!

But if you want to mix it up without much effort, these recipes are for you!

Many can be made without little effort, no chopping, and less than 30 minutes.

Maybe you’re not in the mood to cook, or don’t have the mental energy after a long day, these recipes come together in minutes so that you can have more time for the things you do want to do.

Some of these recipes are perfect for batch cooking and meal prep. Others are quick and make one or a couple servings. I’ve designated what each recipe is great for in the highlights.

Lazy vegan staple ingredients to have on hand

These are my recommendations to have on hand so you can make these simple recipes whenever the mood strikes!

If you’ve been cooking vegan for a while, you probably already have these staple ingredients.

If you’re brand new to eating vegan or plant-based, these are staples that you’ll definitely want to keep on hand. When your pantry is stocked with these basic ingredients you’ll be able to throw together a lazy vegan meal in a moments notice!

Beans and legumes

Any of your favorite canned beans will do. Many are interchangeable in recipes. I like to have black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, and kidney beans on hand. Canned is best for beans but lentils cook quickly so if you only have dried lentils that’s fine too!


I’m sure you already have salt and black pepper but don’t forget some of these others! I like onion powder and garlic powder because it’s easier to add these to a dish than to chop an onion and mince garlic. Cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and Italian seasonings are also common ones to keep on hand.

Frozen vegetables

A bag of frozen mixed vegetables is almost always in our freezer. Frozen veg can quickly be added to soups, stews, curries, and stir fries. Honestly, anything that requires veggies can have frozen veggies subbed in. It takes all the prep work out, making lazy vegan meals truly possible!

Whole grains

Dried vegan pasta of any shape is a must. Pasta noodles are so easy to prepare and can make a dish heartier. Spaghetti, ramen, udon, penne, whatever your heart desires! Quinoa or rice is also great to have on hand. Both are easy to cook up and help to round out a dish. Oh, and you can’t forget rolled oats—they’re great for adding to breakfasts, snacks or desserts!

This isn’t an exhaustive list but this will get you started in making some lazy vegan recipes. Check out the following recipes and make a note of which ones you want to make and what ingredients you need. Stock up on those ingredients so you can make these recipes on those lazy days!

Lazy Vegan Breakfasts

Here you’ll find recipes when you need something on-the-go or just don’t have the time to prepare a breakfast in the morning. These lazy vegan breakfasts take hardly any time to prepare and also make great snacks or even a healthier dessert option!

Baked Oats without Bananas

Recipe highlights: Meal prep, blender-friendly

A baking dish of baked oats without banana cut into slices.

You can throw the ingredients in a blender to make the batter in seconds, then add your mix-ins, transfer it to a baking dish, place it in the oven, and in 20 minutes, have a delicious and filling breakfast or snack!

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake

Your favorite candy bar turned into a healthy and delicious breakfast! Made with mostly whole food ingredients to recreate the delicious combination of coconut, almonds and chocolate that make up Almond Joys. Make your morning more joyful! #almondjoy #overnightoats #porridge #plantbasedmealprep #veganbreakfast

If you love the candy bar, you’ll love these overnight oats! They’re incredibly easy to throw together the night before. No more rushed mornings trying to figure out what to eat!

3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe highlights: One bowl, 20 minutes, 3-ingredients

Cookie with a bit taken out of it.

Cookies for breakfast? Heck yes! These cookies only require 3 ingredients and come together in no time. They make a great on-the-go breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, 2-ingredients, 3 minutes with pressure cooker

Photo credit: Vegan Doll House

This steel cut oatmeal recipe is a healthy and easy breakfast idea for anyone with an instant pot. Just 2 main ingredients but the optional mix-ins are delicious and easy to add as well!

3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes

Recipe highlights: 3-ingredients, 20 minutes, one bowl

Plate with 4 pancakes on it and hands reaching towards it.
Photo credit: My Vegan Minimalist

These pancakes are so simple and made in less than 20 minutes! Add whatever toppings you have on hand for a truly lazy breakfast!

Breakfast Mug Muffin

Recipe highlights: Single serving, 5 minutes

Single serving muffin in a mug.
Photo credit: My Quiet Kitchen

This healthy oat flour mug muffin is a great breakfast or snack when you’re craving a muffin but only need one! It’s also ready in 5 minutes.

Lazy Vegan Snacks

When hunger strikes and you need a quick snack—these are the answers! Here are the best quick and lazy vegan snacks.

5-Ingredient No-Bake Granola Bars

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 5-ingredients

Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again. They are very filling, boasting 9g of protein using only whole food ingredients, and are vegan and gluten free! #granolabar #vegansnack #easysnack #vegan #glutenfree #healthysnack

Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you’ll never buy store-bought granola bars again! They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Tajin Cucumbers

Recipe highlights: 5 minutes, minimal prep

Sliced cucumber in a bowl sprinkles with lime juice and Tajin seasoning.

Tajin Cucumbers are a refreshing and flavorful snack that combines the crispness of fresh cucumbers with the zesty kick of Tajin seasoning.

Polenta Fries

Recipe highlights: minimal prep, 30 minutes, 2-ingredients

Dipping a single polenta fry into a small bowl filled with marinara sauce.

Polenta fries, or polenta frita, are crispy on the outside, and creamy and salty on the inside. Simply slice, bake or air fry, and they’re ready for dipping in less than 30 minutes!

Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Recipe highlights: 5 minutes, 5 ingredients

Blackberry strawberry banana smoothie in mason jar topped with fresh berries.

It’s nourishing, delicious, and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a quick afternoon snack! This vibrant smoothie is quick to make and full of nutrients to fuel your day!

Lazy Vegan Lunch and Dinners

These recipes come together easily and don’t require many ingredients or chopping! Perfect for busy weeknights or fast meal prep on the weekends. We’ve got dump and bake style, one-pot or one-bowl and fast or no cooking necessary recipes!

Tomato and Tofu Pasta Casserole

Recipe highlights: Dump and bake, minimal chopping, meal prep

A serving of baked vegan pasta on a plate.

If you’re the kind of person that likes an easy dump and bake recipe—this one is for you! This casserole takes hardly any time to prepare—simply mix your ingredients together, dump them into your baking dish, and bake. It couldn’t get easier!

Creamy Coconut Milk Pasta

Recipe highlights: meal prep, no chopping

Pasta added to the dutch oven with the coconut milk pasta sauce.

This pasta sauce is what dreams are made of! It’s velvety and flavorful and is easy to make in less than 25 minutes.

Chili Burrito

Recipe highlights: 20 minutes, 5 ingredients

A stack of chili cheese burritos on a plate.

This is a great way to use up leftover chili, or use canned chili to make it even easier! Great for lunch or dinner!

One-Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

Recipe highlights: meal prep, one-pot, no chopping

Bowl of curry with rice and cashews.

This recipe is already incredibly easy, but if you’re feeling truly lazy, skip the minced garlic and add a teaspoon of garlic powder instead. Throw everything in the pot at once and let simmer for 30 minutes. BAM—now you have yourself a lazy vegan dinner!

Pink Beet Pasta

Recipe highlights: meal prep, 30 minutes, 9 ingredients

A white plate filled with beet pasta topped with vegan feta cheese, basil , and crushed pistachios.

This easy beet pasta is a healthy yet totally scrumptious pasta dish that will have you wanting it on repeat! It’s great for meal prep or even as a quick weeknight dinner when you want something creamy, savory, and packed with flavor!

Tofu Ground Beef

Recipe highlights: meal prep, 10 minutes of active prep, 9 ingredients

A close-up photo of a vegan tacos stuffed with tofu ground beef, avocado and vegan cheese.

These crispy tofu crumbles are meaty, smoky, and delicious! They’re the perfect meat substitute to easily add to tacos, stews, salads, pasta, and more. Just 10 minutes of active prep is needed, then let your oven take care of the rest!

Teriyaki Noodles

Recipe highlights: Meal prep, 4-ingredients, 15 minutes with pressure cooker

Fork full of teriyaki noodles.
Photo credit: The Belly Rules the Mind

Teriyaki noodles are a simple but delicious Asian-inspired dish perfect for any weeknight. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have this dinner ready in less than 20 minutes with almost no prep work needed and just 4 basic ingredients. Perfect for feeding your hungry family on busy nights!

One-Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese

Recipe highlights: One-pot, no chopping, 10 minutes

Bowl filled with vegan mac n cheese.
Photo credit: Strength and Sunshine

Easy one-pot vegan mac & cheese that’s gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free! The perfect quick, healthy, protein-packed dinner recipe, ready in less than 10 minutes, making it one weeknight family favorite where moms and kids approve!

5 Minute Sweet Potato

Recipe highlights: Single serving, 5 minutes

A microwaved sweet potato on a plate, sliced in half and topped with butter.

Cook a sweet potato in minutes and top it with some canned black beans, salsa and avocado for a full meal! This cooking hack makes preparing potatoes so easy!

Pea of Broccoli Soup

Recipe highlights: meal prep, one pot, no chopping

Photo credit: World of Vegan

Ready to try the easiest vegan soup you’ll ever make? Just dump everything in a pot, boil for ten minutes, blend, and enjoy this flavorful bowl of yummy goodness! Use frozen or pre-cut broccoli to make it even faster!

Yes-You-Can Vegan Black Bean Chili

Recipe highlights: 3-ingredients, 15 minutes, no chopping

Photo credit: Eat Plant-Based

No meat? No problem! This vegan Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili recipe has all the tastes of hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less. The convenience of a three-ingredient recipe without any greasy pans to clean.

Easy Pita Pizzas

Recipe highlights: 15 minutes, 7-ingredients or less

three pita pizzas with various toppings

This easy dinner will quickly become a favorite in your weekly rotation. Try these three different varieties or customize your own with the veggies you have on hand and make a healthy and delicious dinner in no time!

Vegan Bean Burrito

Recipe highlights: 25 minutes, minimal chopping, one-bowl option

Bean burritos sliced in half to show the inside.
Photo credit: Nutriciously

These healthy and filling bean burritos are assembled within minutes by using leftover cooked rice, canned beans, salsa and a few chopped veggies of your choice! They are portable, crowd-pleasing and so tasty! Keep store-bought tortillas on hand to make this even lazier or throw everything together for a burrito bowl!

Fiesta Veggie Tater Tot Casserole

Recipe highlights: Meal prep, 8-ingredients, minimal chopping

Photo credit: The Fresh Fig

This Fiesta Veggie Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect quick dinner for when life gets hectic. Use an oven-safe skillet to make this one-pot delicious dinner and get it on the table quick!

Chickpea Spinach Salad

Recipe highlights: 15 minutes, minimal chopping, 6-ingredients

Large bowl of salad with chickpeas and olives.
Photo credit: Veggies Save the Day

Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Salad is a Greek-inspired vegan recipe featuring carrots and Kalamata olives in a light dressing. This colorful flavorful dish is easy to make with only 6 ingredients in about 15 minutes!

Vegan Macaroni Salad

Recipe highlights: meal prep, 20 minutes, no chopping

Large bowl of macaroni salad with a couple forks and sliced cucumber.
Photo credit: Veggie Inspired

This easy Vegan Macaroni Salad tastes just like the classic creamy pasta salad, but this one is all vegan. Easily made gluten free and no chopping required! Ready in less than 30 minutes!

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Recipe highlights: 5-ingredients, 15 minutes, minimal chopping

Bowl with fettuccine pasta covered in green sauces sprinkled with yellow flakes and a pair of basil leaves.
Photo credit: My Pure Plants

Grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves and turn them into a delicious creamy pasta sauce in 15 minutes!

Bazella (Vegan Lebanese Stewed Peas & Carrots)

Recipe highlights: 8-ingredients, 25 minutes, minimal chopping

Pot of stew with spoon.
Photo credit: Plant Based Folk

This easy stew with peas and carrots in a tomato base comes together quickly! Use frozen peas and carrots to reduce chopping time and have a delicious stew ready in 25 minutes!

Lazy Vegan Desserts

If you want dessert but don’t want to make anything complicated—these recipes are for you! Satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes with no-bake recipes, minimal ingredients, but maximum deliciousness!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 3-ingredients

Dates stuffed with peanut butter and covered with chocolate sitting on a serving board with a couple dates cut in half.

These chocolate covered peanut butter stuffed dates taste like a Snickers candy bar! They come together quickly and make for a delicious treat when you have a sweet tooth!

Banana Nice Cream

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 1-ingredient

Scoops of banana nice cream mixed with chocolate chips in a bowl.

Enjoy a frozen treat without the fuss of using an ice cream maker. Customize it with additional add-ins to make the ultimate cold vegan soft serve.

Vegan Yogurt Bark

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 4-ingredients

yogurt bark pieces close up

This yogurt bark is an easy and delicious treat requiring only 4 main ingredients and topping it with whatever you like!

Recipe highlights: single serving, 5 minutes, one bowl

Ramekin with one serving of a chocolate chip cookie.
Photo credit: My Plantiful Cooking

Chewy, sweet and soft, this vegan chocolate chip mug cookie will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings! All you need is a few simple ingredients and 5 mins to make this amazing treat.

Chocolate Dessert Hummus

Recipe highlights: No-bake, 10 minutes, 6-ingredients

Chocolate hummus in a small bowl.
Photo credit: A Sweet Alternative

This mouth-watering chocolate dessert hummus is quick and easy to make. Just toss the ingredients in a blender or food processor, then serve with some fresh fruit or cookies for dipping.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Black Beans

Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 6-ingredients

Photo credit: The Vegan Larder

Simple, healthier dessert and totally yummy. This vegan black bean mousse is ready in minutes and can be made in bulk and frozen!

Recipe highlights: 7 minutes, 6-ingredients, 1-2 servings

Jar full of cookie dough with sprinkles.
Photo credit: The Cookie Dough Diaries

This vegan edible sugar cookie dough is a quick and easy treat that is safe to eat and so delicious! It’s the perfect portion for one or two but can easily be doubled or tripled for more people! All you need are 6 simple pantry ingredients!

More Easy Vegan Recipes

Looking for more easy vegan recipes? These easy meal prep recipes can all be made in 30 minutes or less! Or if you’re looking to make familiar and comforting recipes, try these Meatless Monday options! For something cozy, these Vegan Stew Recipes are a must!

If you tried any of these recipes, please rate them and comment below which ones you liked best. Or let us know which ones you plan to try!

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