5 Vegan Kids Cookbooks (Great for Picky Eaters Too!)
It can be hard enough to feed your child at the best of times, with the thought of sprouts or broccoli making them run for the hills.
But if you're moving your family into a vegan lifestyle then gone are the days of easy trips to the local fast food chain.
Also gone are the days of simple options at most restaurants.
So how can you feed your child a healthy vegan diet that they'll not only love but won't require a full time job to prepare?
Luckily we've found a few cookbooks that can keep your child happy but more importantly, keep you sane!
Below is a list of some of the best vegan cookbooks for even the pickiest of kids!
Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
by Dreena Burton
Plant Powered Families is written by Dreena Burton and offers 100 recipes which use whole foods to create dishes which are easy to make and will fuel the whole family.
The book aims to make vegan eating easy, and offers recipes such as:
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cinnamon French Toast
- No-Bake Granola Bars
- Creamy Fettuccine
- Sneaky Chickpea Burgers
- Apple Pie Chia Pudding
It is a perfect cookbook for any busy person who wants to stay healthy on a day-to-day basis.
Even for kids who aren’t so keen on trying vegan dishes, these recipes are so simple and tasty that they may not even notice the difference!
The book includes healthy school lunch ideas, to broaden your child’s palette and keep them healthy and strong.
Overall this is a great addition to any family kitchen, vegan or not.
130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!
by Jennifer McCann
This book aims to provide healthy, vegan alternatives to the normal children’s packed lunch of a sandwich, cookies, and an apple.
Vegan Lunch Box offers an array of meat and egg free recipes which are organized into menus to help for quicker lunch packing.
The cookbook also features tips for feeding the pickiest eaters and has an allergy index at the back.
The book has recipes which are for a rushed morning, the night before and for mornings where you have a little more time to hand.
Some of the Menus in this book include:
- Quick and easy menu: veggie burger, sweet potato fries, wheat-free apple crisp and Amazake to drink.
- Rise and Shine menu: coconut carrot rice pudding, black strap gingerbread with lemon sauce, applesauce and soy jerky
- Ready and Waiting: peanut butter and jelly muffins, frozen snack tube, popcorn, vegetable juice
Many of the meals in this book have multiple uses, making it an efficient use of ingredients and time.
The book includes dishes from all over the world, which is great for introducing your child to new cuisines.
Each shows clearly whether it is nut-free, gluten-free and soy-free- meaning for no bad reactions.
This is a unique cookbook and a great one to incorporate into your child’s daily meals.
Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family
by Andrea Duclos
This family-friendly cookbook was created by blogger Andrea Duclos (also known as Drea).
She believes that the good life is a natural, plant-based one.
She is a mom to one daughter, and in The Plantiful Table, she shows how to create easy, delicious vegan dishes that the whole family will love.
All of the dishes are quick and easy to make, so perfect for hectic families.
Some recipes in this boom include:
- Mac and Cheese
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Garam Masala Pancakes
- Bánh Mì Chay
- Pea Pesto, Mushrooms with Crispy Sage
This cookbook aims to prove that being vegan doesn’t mean that options for meals are taken off the table.
All the way through the book she adds in kid-friendly tips so that one meal can feed everyone in the family.
Vegan or not, this book is a great addition to any family kitchen.
60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth
by Ruby Roth
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids aims to teach kids about the value of eating healthy by involving them in the cooking process.
It includes 60 recipes for kids to make and is full of illustrations and color to keep their attention.
The recipes have fun names so that your kids will beg you to make them, some include:
- Hand-held snacks like Life Boats.
- Drinks like Tickled Pink.
- The always popular things-on-toast, like Leprechaun Footprints.
- Salads like Tiger Stripes.
- Soups like Tomato Tornado.
- Chocolaty Disappearing Dots!
This cookbook is beautifully written for children to make them feel involved with the entire cooking process.
This inspires them to want to make a lot of healthy dishes, which is never a bad thing :).
It even helps to teach them about the environment and how food affects our bodies.
The age range for the book is 6-12 Years.
This is a perfect cookbook for any child, whether they are interested in food or not
This vegan cookbook for kids will make them want to start cooking for themselves!
125 Recipes to Win Everyone Over (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
by Kristy Turner
But my Family would Never Eat Vegan! includes 125 recipes to win over even the fussiest of children.
It is aimed at families that struggle with the idea of becoming vegan and proves that vegan recipes easily fill the gap that meat and cheese leaves behind.
No longer will your child be begging for that burger.
Instead they will want to dive into these healthy, tasty treats.
With recipes such as:
- Quick Cauliflower Curry.
- Lazy Vegan Chile Relleno Casserole.
- BLT Spring Rolls with Avocado.
Kirsty Turner writes in a light-hearted and enthusiastic way which just pulls you in and makes you want to try all of the dishes.
This is a great vegan cookbook for any family who wants to start eating a little more healthily, and for any who are thinking top embark on a new vegan lifestyle with their children.
With great lunch recipes as well as dinner, it’s easier than ever to get your child eating healthy.
These great cookbooks all show that vegan food isn’t just for adults.
Kids can be very picky when it comes to food, but with a bit of involvement and a ton of great dishes, your child will be much happier and healthier.
They may even want to make their own food!
With nutritional ingredients and a huge variety of things to make, the possibilities are endless when it comes to vegan cooking.