Let’s get real - the best part of Game Day is the snacking! But when you’re new to a plant-based lifestyle, it can feel like all your favorite snacks are off the table.
Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth! There are plenty of healthy and delicious vegan Game Day recipes that’ll have everyone in your living room reaching for seconds. From vegan nachos and pulled jackfruit sliders to the world’s best veggie burgers (seriously!) and black bean brownies, we’ve got something for everyone on your couch.
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We’ve put together a list of our favorite plant-based Game Day dishes so you don’t have to go hungry while you root on your team. Not a fan of prepping in the kitchen all day? No worries, we’ve also included ready-made dishes from MamaSezz that perfectly translate to game day grub. Just heat and eat! How easy is that? Check out our plant-based menu ideas (ranging from easy to involved) at the bottom of this post.
15 Whole Food Plant-Based Game Day Recipes
Whole Food Plant-Based Game Day Appetizers:
This messy finger food that has game day written all over it and the can be whipped up with potatoes (nacho fries!) or oil-free corn chips.
This spinach artichoke dip is so darn good no one will believe it’s dairy-free!
Ditch the potato chips and pretzels and try roasting (or air frying) your own oil-free roasted chickpeas instead. You’ll get the savory crunch you crave, without the artery-clogging oil. Feeling experimental? Explore the endless possibilities of salt-free spice seasonings.
Can you even watch the game without taco dip? This classic app gets a plant-based makeover and you won’t believe how creamy this dish is! Proving once and for all, you do not need dairy to have creamy, dreamy dishes. Soaked cashews for the win!
The crowd-pleasing appetizer originating in Belgium (not France) is always a hit. Our version is super easy and better yet, oil-free. A touchdown for everyone.
Dairy-Free Queso Dip
We don’t want to brag but we think we've perfected the dairy-free cheese sauce. Seriously, our Mama's Mac Sauce is so dang good. Turn it into a queso dip by warming it up and mixing in your favorite Mexican spices and fresh jalapenos. It also tastes amazing mixed with your favorite green salsa. Dip away!
Next, what we’re all here for the main event!
Whole Food Plant-Based Game Day Entrees
The obvious classic that never fails to disappoint, our Mama's Burger comes to your door already prepared, is 100% plant-based, and best of all, grillable. (Yep a grillable veggie burger). Even your most adamant meat eaters will ask for seconds. Pro tip - dollop some of our dairy-free cheesy Mama's Mac Sauce on top.
Hearty and flavorful our whole food plant-based Millie's Chili doesn’t get any easier; just heat, pour in your favorite bowl and enjoy the game. No prep for the win. It also doubles as a delicious meat-free dip for tortilla chips.
Dairy-Free Creamy Macaroni
Can't give up mac and cheese? Our dairy-free macaroni may have you whistling a different tune. Our Mama’s Mac is creamy, non-dairy, and kid-approved! Add some 100% whole food bread crumbs to the top and bake.
Combine Chef Caroline’s oil-free buffalo sauce with cauliflower bites to make out of this world vegan wings.
How to make vegan wings (recipe adapted from PETA):
1 cup water (or plant-based milk)
1 cup whole wheat flour or gluten-free rice flour (or really any flower)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup of this Creamy Buffalo Sauce
Combine in a bowl until well mixed…
Whole wheat flour
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (great for oil-free baking).
- Bake for 18 minutes at 450 degrees.
- Take wings out and coat with hot sauce.
- Put back in the oven for 5-8 minutes and voilà -- dig in!
P.S. These taste pretty good in the queso dip described above.
Yes, you can use fruit to make delicious sliders! Jackfruit is a versatile tropical giant that has a similar texture as pulled pork when cooked (seriously, it does!). Try our favorite toppings or mix it up and use your own!
Now, we’ve saved the best for last...
Whole Food Plant-Based Game Day Desserts
Why bother baking cookies when we all know the cookie dough is the best part? Plus, without the threat of salmonella, this vegan chickpea cookie dough is better (and safer!) than the original. For an over-the-top detail, you could put this dough inside these Sweet Potato Brownies.
These Black Bean Brownies have the same texture and chewiness of the ones from your childhood but are completely whole food plant-based. Plus they’re gluten-free and refined sugar-free, but nobody will be able to tell.
This gluten-free cookies recipe has just three ingredients making it the perfect last-minute game day dessert! And for you trivia buffs - did you know that around 950 BC South American Incas were grinding peanuts into a paste (peanut butter lovers, unite)!
Looking for a lighter dessert? These vegan coconut bites are for you. Easy to grab as you walk by the food table, they’ll be gone by halftime. For an added twist throw in some lemon and coconut flakes!
A lunch box staple with a plant-based twist? Yes, please! Chef Caroline’s refined sugar-free chocolate pudding can be eaten at room temperature, cooled, or frozen!
Whole Food Plant-Based Game Day Meal Plans
Rather just have us plan your entire Game Day menu? No problem! We’ve got you with these three menu suggestions, ranging from how much time (and skill) you have for Game Day prep.
Quick and easy (Beginner):
Appetizer: Oil-Free Roasted Chickpeas
Diving In (Beginner-Intermediate):
Dessert: Black Bean Brownies
You can plan a whole food plant-based Game Day menu that’ll please even the omnivores on your couch! Whip up:
- Vegan Nachos
- Dairy-Free Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Roasted Chickpeas
- 5-Layer Taco Dip
- Oil-Free Home Fries
- The World’s Best Veggie Burger
- Hearty Vegan Chili
- Dairy-Free Mama’s Mac
- Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”
- BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders
- Raw Vegan Chickpea Cookie Dough
- Black Bean Brownies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- No-Bake Coconut Balls
- Refined Sugar-Free Chocolate Pudding
Now, go team!