30 Easy and Oil free Vegan Recipes to get you through January

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Happy New Year!

It's a new year. A blank canvas. A clean slate...  Well, you get the point. 

January is always a nice time to clean up our act, break up some old habits, and set forth some new resolutions, goals and intentions for the months to come. 

If you have decided to go vegan this year, or maybe you're just trying 'Meatless Mondays' or 'Veganuary'...

or perhaps you have been on a vegan diet for years but are now looking for cleaner ingredients, less oil and simpler meals...

Then you're going to love this recipe round up post! 

All of the recipes featured on this list are vegan / plant-based, oil free, and refined sugar free. That's 30 recipes that are guilt free and will help you better plan your meals for the month of January. I've included recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and of course, desserts!

Thank you to all of the food bloggers all around the web (and the world!) that submitted their recipes and images for this round up! 

Happy Eating ... and Happy 2018!

30 Easy and Oil Free Vegan Recipes To get you through January

1. Vegan and Oil free Garbanzo Bean Soup by Sprouting Zen

This garbanzo bean soup has been a huge hit on the blog. A perfect filling soup for cold winter nights. Learn how to make it using an instant pot or stove top! Oil free and vegan. 

Vegan Garbanzo Bean Soup | SproutingZen.com
Vegan Garbanzo Bean Soup | SproutingZen.com

2. Oil Free Pistachio, Spinach + Basil Pesto by CupfulOfKale

Pesto is delicious but most recipes call for a ton of oil to be used, however, Tamsin from Cupful Of Kale created an amazing oil free version that won't make you feel guilty afterwards! Go check it out, Now!

vegan oil free pesto
vegan oil free pesto

3. One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff  by FromMyBowl 

A creamy noodle dish that is sure to warm up your chilly winter nights. Only 10 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. This recipe also comes with a video! 

One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

4. Butternut Squash Chili From SavoryTooth

If you are a fan of butternut squash and chili, this recipe is calling your name! 

Vegan Butternut Squash Chili
Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

5. Vegan Jambalaya by The Stingy Vegan

This jambalaya is going to have you licking the plate. Full of spices and flavors and only takes ONE pot to make!  YUM! 


6. Thai Buddha Bowl With Tofu by WhatSheAte

In the mood for Thai? No problem. This recipe will fix that in under an hour. Try your hand at buddha bowl making with these easy steps. Don't like tofu? Leave it out and just add more sweet potatoes! 😉 


7. Chickpea Stir Fry by VeggiesSaveTheDay

A super tasty stir fry that leaves the tofu out! Perfect for those who want to avoid or limit soy intake. Ready in 30 minutes. 

Vegan Chickpea Stir Fry
Vegan Chickpea Stir Fry

8. 20 Minute Vegan Alfredo by The Vegan 8

O.M.G. Talk about comfort food! Everyone always needs a go-to creamy vegan Alfredo sauce recipe on hand. This recipe only requires 8 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time! Plus, Brandi from The Vegan 8 has always been a favorite food blogger of mine - all of her recipes only require 8 (or less) ingredients and are all oil free! This recipe has a VIDEO too!

20 minute vegan Alfredo sauce
20 minute vegan Alfredo sauce

9. Vegan Sushi by Beautiful Ingredient 

Calling ALL sushi lovers!!! Just because you go vegan does *not* mean you have to say good-bye to sushi. Here is a super easy recipe that teaches you how to make vegan sushi plus step-by-step guidance on how to roll the perfect sushi roll. 

vegan sushi
vegan sushi

10. Vegan Chickpea Nuggets from Strength And Sunshine

A super simple alternative to chicken nuggets. This meatless nugget recipe is ready in under 25 minutes and is perfect for kids (and adults!). Learn how to make 'Panko' crumbs out of chickpeas! 

Chickpea Nuggets In Food Processor
Chickpea Nuggets

11. The Best Kidney Bean Burger by Vegganie

A straightforward bean burger recipe with only 6 ingredients and it's gluten - free too! 

vegan gluten free kidney bean burger

12. Vegan Salad Spring Rolls by PassMeSomeTasty

If you're anything like me, and have always wanted to learn how to make these super-cool-looking rice paper spring rolls, then this recipe is for YOU! Fresh ingredients come together in 5 minutes for a light and hearty lunch, snack or dinner! You choose. 

Vegan Salad Spring Rolls
Vegan Salad Spring Rolls

13. Easy Vegan Overnight Oats by VeganVigilanteBlog

The name says it all. This recipe is quick and easy. Plus, it makes for a great breakfast that you can take with you on the go! 

vegan overnight oats
easy vegan overnight oats

14. Okra, Zucchini And Chickpea Vegan Gumbo from SippingOnSoy

A vegan twist on a traditional Louisiana favorite dish. 

Vegan Chickpea Gumbo
Vegan Chickpea Gumbo

15. Fiesta Rice by Simply VeganLicious

A flavorful take on traditional rice and beans, this dish comes together easily and only takes about 20 to 25 minutes. Ingredients include rice, beans, tomatoes, avocados, and fresh cilantro. Amazing!

Vegan Mexican Fiesta Rice

16. Hearty Vegan Potato Corn Chowder by WhereYouGetYourProtein

A hearty chunky soup filled with veggies that will keep you warm throughout winter. 

vegan potato corn chowder
vegan potato corn chowder

17. Rustic Mung Bean Shepherd's Pie by StrengthAndSunshine

An easy and super tasty vegan version of a traditional Irish dish. Ready to serve in under 35 minutes. 

Vegan Rustic Mung Bean Shepherds Pie
Vegan Rustic Mung Bean Shepherds Pie

18. Healthy Oil Free Hummus by BadToTheBowl

You can enjoy a tasty creamy hummus without any oil, and this recipe is the proof of that! 

oil free vegan hummus

19. One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles by VeganRicha

Make these easy noodles only using one pot and 20 minutes of your time! Sounds like a YES!

vegan one pot peanut sauce noodles
vegan one pot peanut sauce noodles

20. Mushroom Millet Burgers from WhatSheAte

Only 9 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) make up these delicious burgers that you can freeze up and save for later!

Mushroom Millet Burger
Mushroom Millet Burger

21. Orange Cauliflower by VeggieInspired

A simple roasted cauliflower recipe that's ready in 30 minutes and gluten free!

Orange Cauliflower Vegan and Gluten Free
Orange Cauliflower Vegan and Gluten Free

22. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Garlic Tahini Dressing by DelightfulVegans

Sweet potatoes never disappoint and topped with this garlic tahini sauce ... Amazing! These are perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

vegan stuffed sweet potatoes with garlic tahini dressing
vegan stuffed sweet potatoes with garlic tahini dressing

23. Warm Winter Kale Salad by APaigeOfHealth

A super tasty kale salad topped with crispy Asian tofu. 

Vegan Kale Salad

24. Pizza Crackers by VeganDollhouse

If you are a fan of making your own almond milk - then this recipe is the perfect way to use up all of that almond pulp you always have left over! Don't throw it out, make pizza crackers instead! 

vegan pizza crackers

25. Easy Peanut Butter And Jam Cookies by RainbowNourishments 

Cookies can be healthy, too! These peanut butter cookies topped with homemade berry jam are a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ready in 20 minutes. 

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jam cookies
Vegan Peanut Butter and Jam cookies

26. Simple Vegan Red Lentil Curry by PlantBasedStride

Five ingredients and 20 minutes of your time is all it takes to make this tasty red lentil curry! A perfect dinner dish with left overs that store well for lunch!

vegan red lentil curry
vegan red lentil curry

27. Chocolate Covered Creamy Peanut Butter Balls by PlantBasedRecipe

Another dessert makes the list, because... there is no such thing as too many vegan dessert recipes! Right? This recipe is quick and easy and tasty and yummy. Only 25 minutes and 5 ingredients! Plus, chocolate and peanut butter is theee perfect combination, ever!

vegan peanut butter balls
vegan peanut butter balls

28. The Creamiest Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo by HappyKitchen.Rocks

This cauliflower cashew based sauce topped all over fettuccine pasta is a delicious lunch or dinner that can be served to vegans and non vegans alike! Only 10 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. 

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

29. Basil Alfredo Zoodles by RainbowNourishments 

If you are looking for a lighter alternative to pasta, try ZOODLES! Noodles made out of, guess what, Zucchinis! Ps. If you don't have a spiralizer at home but you still want to try this recipe check out your local natural grocery store (like whole foods) as many places are now carrying spiralized zucchini. 

vegan zoodles

30. Roasted Beet Hummus by SproutingZen

And last but not least, ending this recipe round up with another recipe of our own, beet hummus! This hummus is perfect to eat as a dip with fresh veggies such as carrots or to spread on top of crackers or bread.  

Roasted Beet Hummus Recipe Oil free | Sproutingzen.com
Roasted Beet Hummus made using beets and chickpeas. Oil free. | www.sproutingzen.com

That's all folks! 30 easy, oil-free, vegan recipes to get you through January.

If you liked this list, and want to see more recipe round ups like this one, leave a smiley face in the comments  ↓  below. 

Wishing you all a happy 2018! And don't forget to share this handy guide with your friends and family all over social media. 🙂 

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  1. Nicole @What She Ate on January 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    So many great recipes! Thanks for including me! Pinning this!

    • Jen on January 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole!!! This was super fun to put together. Thanks for contributing.

  2. Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day on January 3, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Everything looks amazing! I look forward to trying your soup. Thank you for including my Chickpea Stir Fry!

    • Jen on January 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you for contributing Amy! Your recipes look delicious and your pictures are so pretty and vibrant! 🙂

  3. Robin on January 3, 2018 at 12:55 am

    What a perfect time to share all these recipes! Thanks so much for including my pizza crackers. <3

    • Jen on January 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Your pizza crackers are lovely. Next time that I make some almond milk I’ll be saving the pulp to make them!!! <3

  4. Tamsin on January 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    LOVE this list Jen! Easy meals are so perfect for weeknights! I am now starving and wondering which one to make first! And thank you for including me, I’m honoured!!

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Haha! Thanks girl! No problem, your recipes and your pictures are amazing, how could I not!

  5. yvonne on January 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Amazing post! I eat high fat, low carb so this isn’t for me but I will keep this handy for when I have vegan guests.

  6. Michelle - Hold the Moo on January 4, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Cool. I am most interested to try the oil free hummus and the pesto also sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade on January 4, 2018 at 8:41 am

    These all look tasty, especially the jambalaya and spring rolls! Adding these to my must-make list

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      I know!! Those two are on my “must try” list! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. Elle on January 4, 2018 at 9:05 am

    You have outdone yourself with this list! These recipes look incredible! Pinning several to add to our menu.

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Yayy let me know which ones you try and how they turned out! 🙂

  9. Elizabeth | The Recipe Revival on January 4, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This is a fantastic list! Such different, yet delicious recipes!

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. Really appreciate your comment. 🙂

  10. Catherine on January 4, 2018 at 11:36 am

    What am awesome collection! I’m definitely going to be trying some of these. I’ve been working on more oil-free plant-based recipes myself. 😉 and KUDOS on making roasted beet hummus that’s NOT pink!! 🙂

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Haha thanks Catherine! And I know!! My beet hummus was super deep red.. I think it’s because it’s roasted.. I tried it with boiled beets once but it was much lighter and more pinkish.

  11. Samantha H. on January 4, 2018 at 11:55 am

    So many of these recipes look great! Vegan food tends not to jive with my dietary needs because I have Celiac Disease, but several of these recipes look like they would work great! I’ll have to bookmark them for the next time my Vegan friends come to visit :).

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Hey Samantha! That sounds fantastic! I’m sure your vegan friends would be excited to have you cook something yummy for them!

  12. Rezel on January 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I am loving all these vegan options that you have rounded up. Esp the oil free pesto! Must give that a try!

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  13. Sarah on January 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I am definitely going to keep this post handy! Hubby and I are trying to eat healthier and there are some great options here!

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Yay Sarah that makes me so happy to hear!! There is a ton of delicious stuff on here and sometimes you can’t even tell it’s “healthy” haha

  14. Tiffany Alexandria on January 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Amazing collection. There’s a little bit of everything! I really want to try the alfredo!

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you Tiffany, let me know if you do!

  15. Lathiya on January 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Amazing collections..will surely try some for sure..

    • Jen on January 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you! Let me know if you do!

  16. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on January 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    What a great collection of recipes! Definitely going to have to try some of these.

  17. Stephanie on January 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    These all look so good – where to begin?? That chili looks especially yummy 🙂

  18. Sara [Real Balanced] on January 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    These all look SO DELICIOUS! That roasted beet hummus had my mouth WATERING! Thanks for sharing this awesome round-up!!

  19. Alecia on January 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I love how bright and colorful those dishes are! The beet hummus really has my attention, I’ve never met a beet I didn’t like

    • Jen on January 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Beet hummus is my most recent discovery and now I am hooked! Not a bad thing though haha, great way to sneak in beets into your diet.

  20. Carmen on January 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Wow! What a great resource for some new recipes to try. That hummus is first on my list!

  21. April on January 5, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Wow, so many healthy and yummy choices! I love the sound of all of them and I’m not even vegan but I do enjoy meatless meals every now and then!

    • Jen on January 5, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Thank you April! Totally agree with ya, some of these meals are perfect for those who aren’t vegan! They’re so yummy looking.

  22. Sarah Newman, Vegan Chickpea on January 5, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Ahhh I’m SO EXCITED about this collection! Love oil free (and vegan of course) recipes!! YAY YAY YAY

    • Jen on January 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Haha YAYYY! Your comment makes me so happy!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. <3

  23. Jennifer on January 5, 2018 at 10:01 am

    All of these recipes look wonderful! I have a good friend who is transitioning to a plant based diet, I’ll pass this collection on to her =)

    • Jen on January 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Sounds great Jennifer! I am sure they will appreciate it! 🙂

  24. jenna on January 5, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I want everything but especially that One Pot vegan mushroom stroganoff! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jen on January 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      I’ve got my eyes on that one too Jenna! Yum.

  25. Kicki on August 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Love this awesome list! Have some clients who can not eat oil and constantly trying to come up with new things to cook for them.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Jen on August 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Oh that’s so great to hear! I’m so glad this list is helpful for you, and your clients!! If you are looking for oil free recipe ideas, keep coming back! I have so many oil free recipes yet to post (so little time!) but I will be adding new ones each week. 🙂

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