The terms ‘vegan’ and ‘low carb’ aren’t often seen together. After all, plant-based foods are normally full of carbohydrates that come from fruits, vegetables, and starches. Low carb diets are very popular, as they have helped people lose weight and improve certain health issues.
You might have heard of some of these diets, like keto, but there’s a difference between the keto diet and a low-carb diet.
Keto involves keeping your total carb intake under 30 grams each day. Low carb diets aren’t as low in carbs. The carbohydrate intake varies from person to person, but in most cases, it’s kept to under 100 grams each day.
It may be difficult for vegans to follow a keto diet, but if you want to generally lower your carb intake, don’t worry! Several plant-based recipes can help vegans follow a basic low-carb diet.
If this interests you, you’re in the right place! We’ve listed 15 vegan low-carb recipes below. Whether you’re after something more filling or fancy something sweet, you’re sure to find a recipe you love below.
Bread is one of the foods people miss the most on a low-carb diet, but this recipe changes that! It’s low carb, keto-friendly, and of course, vegan. There’s no sugar, eggs, or dairy in sight. It swaps regular flour for almond and coconut flour.
Psyllium husk and ground flaxseeds help to bind the mixture together. Don’t skip these, as the bread will be crumbly and dry without them. You can also coat the bread with sunflower seeds for a crispy texture.
Spread some nut butter on a slice in the morning for breakfast, or fill two pieces with some hummus and tomatoes for a filling and delicious lunch. At just 7.4 grams of carbs a slice, this may just become one of your staple recipes.
When you’re trying to reduce your carb intake, finding foods that fulfill your nutrition requirements can get tricky. This dinner bowl is full of good foods that will support your body.
Healthy fats in the avocado and nut butter will keep you full, while tofu provides that necessary protein that vegans can sometimes lack in their diet. Broccoli, kale, and cabbage are packed with micronutrients that will keep your body in optimum condition.
The vegetables are coated with maple syrup, soy sauce, and sriracha for a tangy, yet sweet flavor.
This recipe will not only keep you full at dinner time, it’ll keep your tastebuds happy too.
Vegan’s can sometimes struggle to get protein into their diets, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible! Dal, or lentils, is a fiber-rich source of protein that’s full of flavor. This recipe uses lentils that have the skin on, increasing the amount of fiber content to reduce the carb content.
It also adds coconut milk to the mix, adding healthy fats along with a creamy consistency. Lots of spices are used in this one, but feel free to omit the chili powder if you’re not a spice fan!
If you’re missing pasta, this recipe may just soothe your cravings. Zucchini spaghetti is easy to prepare, super low in carbs, and vegan! Swapping pasta for vegetables drastically reduces the calorie count, making this a good choice if you’re dieting.
Mushrooms, pine units, and nutritional yeast all add tons of flavor and texture. You don’t need a spiralizer for this one either, just slice the zucchini into thin ribbons before cooking. Simple, easy, and truly delicious.
5. Strawberry Cream Pie Recipe Vegan Low Carb – Any Reason Vegans
This wouldn’t be a great recipe roundup without a decadent dessert, and this one ticks all the boxes. Coconut milk and almond flour are the star ingredients here. Coconut milk is a fantastic vegan substitute to cream, while almond flour makes a low-carb crust in place of regular flour.
This pie is filled with fresh strawberries and orange extract, adding just the right amount of zestiness to this dessert. It makes 9 slices, so share this with friends, family, or just yourself! You can always freeze some pieces for a later date.
If you’re on a low-carb diet, you don’t have to rely on celery sticks for a snack! These seed crackers are keto, nut-free, and 100% vegan. The crunch comes from a mix of tasty seeds, including sunflower, sesame, and flaxseed.
They mix with coconut cream and date sugar for a light sweetness. It takes under 15 minutes to make these, so you can tuck into these crackers whenever you fancy a little snack.
If you do want to store these for later, make sure they’ve cooled down completely beforehand, or they won’t remain crispy.
If you love sweet breakfasts, this one’s for you! These pancakes aren’t just vegan, they’re low carb too. You’ll need a little regular flour for this one, but you can use more or less depending on your desired carb intake.
The recipe also suggests a flaxseed water mixture as an egg substitute, but you can use any alternative that you prefer. These pancakes are sweet, fruity, and moist, thanks to the banana within.
Golden syrup, berries, and coconut cream are all tasty vegan toppings, but feel free to add any ones that you wish!
Protein cookies – a sweet treat that supports your gym goals. Yes, it’s possible! These cookies are packed with vegan protein powder, almond butter, and raw cacao powder, adding protein and healthy fats to the dough.
They only need 15 minutes in the oven, so you won’t have to wait a long time before tucking in. Top with extra nut butter or drizzle some melted vegan chocolate over to finish. You’ll end up with cookies that look as fantastic as they taste.
Tortillas make preparing dinner quick and easy, but they’re not exactly low carb. These swap regular flour for a mix of almond and coconut flour. It’s best not to leave coconut flour out, as it adds a specific level of moisture to the tortillas.
Also, be sure that you don’t roll the dough too thin, or it might crack in the pan. These tortillas are easy to make and can be refrigerated for up to four days.
Chickpeas, eggplant, and spinach all make tasty fillings, but there are still countless others to choose from! Just make sure that you consider your carb intake before adding them to your tortilla.
Chocolate milk is one of life’s comfort foods, but the sugar and milk within add carbs and dairy that may not be suitable for your diet. This recipe uses coconut milk, cacao, and plant-based chocolate powder to make this shake vegan and low carb.
Cacao nibs give a chocolate flavor without the actual chocolate, but they also add a nice crunch to the drink. With 20g of protein, this is great to have after a workout, but it works just as well as a refreshing treat too.
Portobello mushrooms are often used as a meat substitute, but they also work well to replace bread too. They are soft on the inside, yet have enough bite on the outside. This panini is full of flavor, thanks to the olives, onion, and vinaigrette dressing.
You’ll need a panini press to toast the mushrooms as you would do with bread, but make sure you pull the press down slowly to avoid splitting the mushrooms. There’s under 1g of carbs within this recipe, so you can enjoy this one to your heart’s content.
A vegan cheese sauce – we’re not kidding. This sauce melts nutritional yeast, hemp hearts, and spices to make a condiment that’s packed with flavor. Nutritional yeast is also full of protein and B vitamins, so you’re doing your body some good too.
Drizzle this on your sandwiches, stir it into some zucchini pasta, or just dip some veggies into it! The choices are endless, though at 47 calories a serving, we won’t blame you if you just want to eat it with a spoon.
Fat bombs are a common snack on low-carb diets, especially keto. These chocolate treats will help you increase your fat intake without doing the same for your blood sugar. Cocoa butter and cocoa powder give a creamy chocolate flavor.
Vanilla and sweeteners combine to keep the fat bombs sweet without the sugar. You can also add other ingredients to the mix, like nuts, dried fruits, or nut butter. These are great if you’re having a chocolate craving, and at just 1g of carbs in each fat bomb, you can enjoy these guilt-free!
Shepherd’s Pie is a dish that warms both the stomach and the heart at the same time. This version swaps the potatoes for cauliflower mash to lower the carb count, which also adds micronutrients like potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.
You’ll also get enough protein from the vegan beef substitute, keeping you full and satiated for longer. This recipe is full of vegetables and spices, adding tons of flavor to this simple, yet satisfying dish. Even non-vegans will love this one!
Fudge is traditionally made with sugar, butter, and milk, all things that aren’t suitable for low-carb vegans. This recipe replaces those ingredients with coconut milk, coconut oil, and cocoa powder, creating fudge that’s sweet, creamy, chocolatey.
The coconut oil also binds the fudge together, though you will need to let it set in the fridge, as the oil will melt at room temperature. These treats are hard to put down, but with only 2 grams of carbs per serving, these won’t be bad for your diet.