Vegan food reigns supreme, and in 2020, this was no exception. With more and more people opting for plant-based fare, vegan cooking (and vegan quarantine baking!) were on the rise. So in honor of the year marked by more at-home vegan cooking than we could ever imagine, we’ve compiled the 20 most popular recipes on that kept you fed and satisfied all lockdown-long. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu in 2021!

1. VegNews Vegan Magic Cookie Bars
There’s a reason these magic cookie bars went viral in 2020. With layers of graham cracker, walnuts, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut, these sweet and crunchy bars are nothing short of magical.

2. VegNews Best Ever Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
When creamy, luscious cashew-potato-carrot cheese sauce is in the mix, your mac and cheese is guaranteed to be a hit. And VegNews readers prove it! It’s no surprise our most popular recipe (of all time!) earned a spot on this list.

3. Spicy Oven Fried Tofu
Tender and flavorful on the inside, supremely crispy on the outside—standard tofu gets a fiery kick thanks to a little hot sauce, a touch of sweetness from agave syrup, and a satisfying crunch from cornflakes. Who says you need chicken for nuggets?

4. Vegan Sweet Potato Latkes

Simple and savory, these latkes are delicious served with a dollop of applesauce or your favorite vegan sour cream. Do like we do and create a DIY toppings bar for the ultimate Hanukkah side dish—any time of year! 

Vegan Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy
This fragrant, fiery soup is the perfect bowl of cozy. And with immune-boosting ginger and garlic, VegNews readers turned to this nourishing, comforting dish all year long.

6. Vegan Scampi in Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce
Its umami-rich take on vegan scallops (the secret? Hearts of palm!), plus a mouthwatering garlic wine sauce, made this elegant Italian recipe a go-to for all of 2020’s date nights at home.

7. Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Melt-in-your-mouth, soft, cakey cookies with a generous slathering of buttercream frosting kept VegNews readers whipping up this decadent dessert time and time again for a taste of true bliss.

8. Vegan Tiramisu
Layers upon layers of delicious, coffee-soaked spongy cake filled with cashew mascarpone and lots of cacao powder will have everyone flocking to the kitchen for dessert time.

Vegan Chocolate Eclairs 
You can’t go wrong with this decadent chocolate-covered, cream-stuffed éclair recipe from vegan chef Miyoko Schinner herself! Can you say Parisian-pastry perfection?!

Disney’s Famous Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Fries
VegNews readers (and staff!) recreated the magic of Disney from home with a little help from the Orlando resort’s famous chocolate chip cookie fries. Mickey, you’re always welcome in our kitchen.

Vegan Lobster Mushroom Mac and Cheese
This classic comfort food dish is elevated with a roasted garlic cashew cheese sauce and meaty mushrooms for a cheesy seafood fakeout you’re guaranteed to keep thinking about long after it’s gone.

12. Vegan Salted Caramel Cookies

Could there be a tastier pairing than sea salt and caramel? We swear by this dynamic duo after tasting the soft, gooey center and temptingly crisp edges of these award-winning cookies.

13. Vegan Boozy Holiday Profiteroles
These golden-fried desserts were already show-stopping enough, but once you elevate them with fluffy Baileys Almande-spiked whipped cream? Trust us, you won’t be able to keep your hands off these boozy, bite-sized treats.

Vegan Dill-Roasted Chickpea and Lemony Potato Buddha Bowls
Golden, lemony potatoes, al dente Brussels, and savory chickpeas prove that healthy is anything but boring.

15. Vegan Key Lime Pie Bars
The luscious, zesty, custard-like filling and graham cracker crust in these Southern dessert-inspired bars make eating a whole pie easier than ever.

16. Vegan Salted Vanilla Bean and Cashew Butter Fudge
Thick and creamy cashew butter, a splash of maple syrup, and a kiss of vanilla bean make this no-bake, sweet-and-salty fudge a no-brainer when a sweet tooth-craving kicks in. 

Vegan Lemon Rosemary Chickpea Pasta Casserole
For a comforting meal full of satiating carbs and plant-powered protein, VegNews readers turned to this zesty, hearty winter casserole. Between fragrant rosemary and lemony pasta, we guarantee you’ll be going back for seconds.

18. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Layers of cashew-coconut-pumpkin cream give this holiday classic an indulgent, no-bake twist for healthy, end-of-year fun (or if your pumpkin cravings follow you into the new year). It’s dessert season all year long!

19. Beefy Vegan Beet Burgers
With vegan beefy burgers here to stay, VegNews readers flocked to the grill to recreate their own “bleeding” burgers for a cookout-worthy summer handheld. The star ingredient? Beets!

20. Vegan Chocolate Chip Oat Milk Banana Ice Cream
2020 was the year of oats—and this creamy, chocolaty, banana-oat milk nice cream proves it. And with mix-ins like crushed cookies, peanut butter, and melted chocolate, this dessert was made for sweet customization.

Want more vegan recipes? Head to for more! Curious about the top stories of the year? Check out The Top 20 Vegan Stories of 2020.

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