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!

The Top 20 Vegan Blogs to Watch – Click here

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.


The Top 10 Vegan Powerhouse Blogs




Olives for dinner

Olives for Dinner by Erin and Jeff Wysocarski


What our team says:

Gingerade Kombucha Caviar
Gingerade Kombucha Vegan Caviar by Olives for Dinner

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
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
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.



Vegan Richa

Vegan Richa by Richa Hingle


Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers
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
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
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.



Maple Spice

Maple Spice by Debbie Walsh


What our team says:

Baby Spinach Salad with Sage Roasted Sweet Potato, Walnuts and Almond Feta
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
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
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.



Healthy Happy Life

Healthy. Happy. Life. by Kathy Patalsky


What our team says:

Farmer's Market Cobb Salad
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
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
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.



This rawsome vegan life

This Rawsome Vegan Life by Emily von Euw


What our team says:

Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna
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
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
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!






Oh She Glows

Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon


Big vegan bowl
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
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).



post punk kitchen

Post Punk Kitchen by Isa Chandra Moskowitz


What our team says:

New England Glam Chowder
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
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.



Fat free Vegan kitchen

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen by Susan Voisin


What our team says:

Black and Red Lentil Chili
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
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.



Fork and Beans

Fork and Beans by Cara Reed


Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies
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!




VegKitchen by Nava Atlas


What our team says:

Creole Eggplant Soup
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.



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