Top 15 Healthy, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

In order so that you don’t need to spend hours trying to sift through websites in an attempt to find a few oil-free recipes, this is a list of some of the top sites to find healthy, oil-free, plant-based, vegan recipes. Occasional recipes will use oil, but there will often be an oil-free option you can use instead. And many, but not all of their recipes are low-fat too.




They’re free from: honey, dairy (including milk, cheese, butter, etc), eggs, meat, fish, poultry, any other animal products, and oils. Instead, focusing on healthy, plant-based creations, their recipes will help set you on your way to better health. They’re good for you, the animals, and the planet!

You’ll find some of their recipes in various plant-based cookbooks. But, the recipes on their website are available for everyone to access.

There are a number of good plant-based sites out there, but these 15 websites are more dedicated to providing healthy, oil-free, vegan recipes.

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#1. Forks Over Knives

If you haven’t yet seen the film, you should. It’s a documentary about the importance of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle, primarily from a health perspective. The website associated with the film features a collection of recipes from a number of different plant-based chefs including Del Sroufe, Darshana Thacker, Chef AJ, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Lindsay Nixon (of Happy Herbivore), among others. There is also a Forks Over Knives cookbook featuring many of the same recipe creators.

#2. Happy Herbivore

Lindsay Nixon is the recipe creator and chef of Happy Herbivore. The site has grown over the years and shares weekly testimonials, dubbed “Herbies of the Week,” that come from individuals who have improved their health with a plant-based diet. Happy Herbivore also now has weekly recipe meal plans to help make meal planning less stressful. There’s quite a supply of recipes to keep you going, like these lovely Lasagna Rolls, or make your own homemade Vegan Worcestershire sauce.

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#3. Straight Up Food

Straight Up Food is run by Cathy Fisher, whose recipes also feature on Forks Over Knives. Cathy is a whole plant foods, vegan chef, and a culinary instructor at TrueNorth Health and the McDougall Program, who has some excellent tips for cooking without oil. Find plenty of delicious and healthy recipes like oil-free hash browns and great ideas like Tu-no Casserole. Straight Up Food is also a good place to find plant-based holiday dishes.

#4. Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Since late 2005, Susan has provided the Fat Free Vegan blog as a reliable site for people to find low-fat, vegan recipes. The blog has grown to be quite a large database of low-fat recipes including soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, gravies, and more. You’ll likely find something that you’re looking for!

#5. Fat Free Vegan Recipes

Fat Free Vegan also has a website set up as a place where readers can submit their own no added oil, vegan recipes. Have a look through the recipe index, of over 1200 recipes, to see if anything inspires you.



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#6. Oh She Glows

There is a large section of oil-free recipes on Oh She Glows. They are listed under “Allergies” in the Recipes section. Just scroll down and click on “oil free.” And in that section, you’ll find Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, along with many other tasty recipes.

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#7. The Vegan 8

Since the fall of 2013, Brandi, who previously ran another healthy recipe blog, started up The Vegan 8 (where you can now find all of those previous recipes). The site is based around easy and simple recipes, with an emphasis on only using 8 ingredients per recipe. Try the Roasted Broccoli & Rice Bowl with Chipotle Red Pepper Sauce, a Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce (pictured above), or some Low-Fat Unfried Rice.

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#8. The Engine 2 Diet

The Engine 2 movement is headed by Rip Esselstyn, a former triathlete and firefighter, and son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease). Including a bit more fat than Dr. Esselstyn’s diet, the Engine 2 approach is more one of prevention. The movement is aimed at motivating others to make healthy habits a part of their lifestyle earlier, changing the way the next generation approaches their food choices. The Engine 2 site has a number of recipes like Raise the Roof Sweet Potato Lasagna (pictured), with one of the most notorious recipes being Rip’s Big Bowl.

Additionally, in the US, you can find Engine 2 brand products at Whole Foods stores, making healthy, oil-free meal prep just that much easier. There are also a few Engine 2 books about the plant-based lifestyle.

Learn more with these healthy, plant-based lifestyle books:
Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue Diet
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health edited by Gene Stone
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

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#9. Plant Powered Kitchen

A best-selling author with a number of cookbooks, Plant Powered Kitchen with Dreena Burton is a site that has recipes for the whole family. In particular, there are a lot of great snack options to choose from. If a recipe does happen to include oil, there will often be an oil-free option. You’ll find other recipes like the scrumptious Pumpkin Chickpea Cauliflower Curry with Cashew Cream Sauce (pictured above). Dreena Burton has authored a number of healthy vegan cookbooks over the years including Plant Powered Families.

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#10. Potato Strong

Potato Strong is run by Will, and, along with his wife Bonnie, they provide high-carb, low-fat recipes that are easy to prepare. Will is an avid follower of Dr. McDougall and the Starch Solution, focusing meals around healthy starches. As the name suggests, you’ll find lots of potato recipes, along with other rice and bean dishes. Find a few of your favourites, like Cabbage Soup (pictured above), and make them your go to recipes. Get started on your own plant-based healthy journey by getting your copy of the Potato Strong Recipe Guide.

#11. Plant Based Katie

Another very health-focused site is Plant Based Katie. Katie Mae provides recipes on the Forks Over Knives website and also teaches at both the TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center. With an emphasis on plant-based, gluten-free, and free of salt, oil, and sugar (S-O-S), Katie Mae’s recipes can be found on the blog as well as in themed recipe eBooks. And she has started to offer plant-based courses, through Plantz St and Plantz Culinary Bootcamp (a “culinary gym”), with guest chefs such as Chef AJ and Cathy Fisher (of Straight Up Food), in order to help you transition to healthy, plant-based living and meal prep.

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#12. Feasting on Fruit

Centred around high-carb, low-fat, vegan recipes, with lots of fruit infused dishes, you’ll find a great selection of sweets made with a creative and healthy twist. A lot of the recipes don’t take long to make either. Feasting on Fruit is your go-to place to get unique fruity and sweet recipes that taste so much better than more traditional treats. Get the recipe for the Coconut Raspberry Oatscream (Ice Cream Oatmeal) recipe (pictured above).



#13. Vegan Runner Eats

With a focus on plant-based eating and exercise, from running to weight lifting, Alina shares her experience and many of the recipes she’s created along the way. Vegan Runner Eats has a great selection of plant-based pancakes, along with tips for plant-based eating and fueling for athletics. Of course, there are some cute sock monkeys too!

#14. Cooking with Plants

Recipes on Cooking with Plants are provided in video and written form, so go with whatever you prefer. Anja and her family have all switched to a healthy, vegan diet, so you can find lots of kid-friendly recipes, such as Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

#15. The Plant Philosophy

And last, but certainly not least, there are a lot of optional oil and oil-free recipes on The Plant Philosophy, as well as a great selection of homemade sauce recipes. Some oil-free sauces to try out are the Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce or a 3-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce.

So, when you’re next looking to expand your healthy, plant-based recipe repertoire, be sure to stop by these websites and have a look around.

You can find other oil-free, vegan recipes at:
McDougall Recipes (Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center)
NutritionStudies.org – Recipes (T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies)
Plant Based Dietitian – Recipes

You will often see recipes from these and other sites featured in the Vegan Recipes section here on TheVeganJunction.

Learn More About Health on a Vegan Diet:

13 Plant Foods High in Iron
10 Plant Foods High in Omega-3 and How to Add Them to Your Diet
9 Oil-Free Plant-Based Recipe E-Books to Check Out
15 Vegan Protein Sources

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46 Replies to “Top 15 Healthy, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

  1. Wow, that’s a great list of websites, including a few I haven’t heard of before! Thank you for putting this list together, and thank you for including my blog!

  2. What about the Protective Diet page by Julie Marie? It’s become my daily go-to and a great supportive community (of which I have none locally).

  3. I love VEGAN RICHA. Her recipes have an Indian slant, though not always. And they are totally dependable. Nothing wasted. And her story is so inspiring.

    1. Hi Ruth,

      FatFreeVegan is on the list (both the website and blog actually). Although the other two sites have many oil-free options, this list was mainly focused on dedicated oil-free vegan recipe websites. But we’re a fan of HolyCowVegan and VeganRicha, so you’ll likely see them featured in other lists to come! Thanks!

  4. Hi! It´s great that you put such a great list together! I do follow all those blogs and they are all amazing. I myself am a vegan blogger too and I share plant-based, oil-free recipes as well. I started blogging to help my dad because he suffered from high cholesterol, tryglicerides and sugar. He only speaks spanish and there are no plant-based and oil-free spanish blogs. Once he started eating according to the guidelines of Dr.Caldwell Esselstyn, John McDougall and Neal Barnard, within 28 days, all his numbers were normal! As I said, I have been blogging for a short period of time, but I would love if you considered adding me to the list. Maybe it will help other spanish speaking folks 🙂 (my blog is in both languages though, English and Spanish!) (www.thebrightbird.com) Thank you and keep up the amazing work you do 🙂

  5. Thanks for the list. However, you overlooked my absolute favorite, Brand New Vegan. Chuck Underwood takes all our old favorite recipes and turns them into awesome, low fat, plant based meals that are simple and delicious. This is one site you want to take a look at!

  6. I am familiar with quite of few of these sites and will check out the other ones. I would suggest BrandNewVegan.com. He shares really delicious WFPB no oils recipes.

  7. Thanks for the list. There are a few I’m NOT familiar with–plus some new ones listed in the comments! I would like to add BrandNewVegan.com.

  8. Hi! I love that you’re showcasing oil free plant based foodies! I’d love to add in my own if I may?! I’m a pharmacist, holistic nutritionist and plant based chef. My recipes are also oil free, vegan and gluten free.

    I started cooking this way for my own health and realized it was important for all our health! You can find me at
    http://riseshinecook.ca/blog/
    Thanks!

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