Top 30 Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites of 2017

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

Being able to find healthy, plant-based recipes is one of the cornerstones to succeeding on this lifestyle.

Over the past few years more plant-based recipe websites have appeared. At the same time, many established recipe bloggers have also begun creating more oil-free vegan recipes.

As the plant-based message continues to spread across the globe and demand grows for healthy plant-based options, we can expect to see even more resources.

The plant-based revolution is certainly making an impact. As a result, now more than ever people are searching for oil-free, plant-based recipes.

That is what this list is here for: to make your search easier.

Top 30 Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites of 2017

1) Forks Over Knives

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Forks Over Knives documentary is a must-see film about the importance of a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. The website affiliated with the film has become a reliable source for information where you’ll find articles by plant-based doctors along with real life stories of success. Forks Over Knives also features oil-free plant-based recipes from various chefs and recipe plant-based bloggers.

2) Happy Herbivore

A long-time plant-based recipe creator, Lindsay Nixon has established Happy Herbivore as a go-to place for oil-free vegan recipes and tips for healthy living. Now a days you can also sign up to receive plant-based meal plans to help simplify your life.

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

3) Fat Free Vegan

Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan has been making and sharing vegan recipes for over ten years. Over time, the website has transitioned to focusing on providing low fat, oil-free vegan recipes. The comments section of each recipe is also a good place to learn about what alterations and additions to the recipe other readers have tried. This is helpful in case you don’t have all of the ingredients on hand or you want to try more variations to the recipe!

4) Brand New Vegan

Over the past few years, Brand New Vegan has built up a dedicated fan-base. Chuck, the plant-based recipe blogger behind the website, follows the teachings of Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn, and Dr. Barnard. Focusing on creating oil-free vegan recipes of familiar comfort foods, some fan favourites include Cauliflower Tacos, Vegan Cheese Sauce, and Hearty Vegetable Stew.

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Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

5) Feasting On Fruit

Feasting On Fruit has understandably become a popular place to find oil-free vegan recipes. With many sweet, fruit-filled recipes, Natalie makes traditional “comfort foods” healthier without compromising on taste. The high quality photos that go with each recipe are just the cherry on top.

6) The Vegan 8

With a passion for baking and a fondness for chocolate, you’ll see lots of both on The Vegan 8. Using only 8 ingredients or less per recipe, you won’t be overwhelmed by a long list of items you need to buy. You can be assured these oil-free vegan recipes have been tried and tested before they’re posted. There’s a science to getting the flavour and texture just right, and Brandi has perfected it. Trust in the chef, her long-time followers are avid supporters for good reason!

7) Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center

There is a large collection of oil-free plant-based recipes on the Dr. McDougall website. You’ll find recipes for every occasion, including oil-free dressings and sauces that can help complete a meal. Under each section are alphabetised lists of plant-based recipes. The vast amount of options available will help ensure that you find something to suit your fancy.

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Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

8) Straight Up Food

Cathy of Straight Up Food shares whole food, plant based recipes that are salt, oil, and sugar-free. A culinary instructor at the McDougall Program and TrueNorth Health, Cathy has the experience and expertise in healthy, plant-based cuisine. Consequently, the recipes on Straight Up Food can be enjoyed as is, without the need to make substitutions or adjustments to make them healthier. They prove that there’s no need for added salt, oil, or sugar to make great tasting food; whole plant foods are all you need.

9) Plant Powered Kitchen

Dreena Burton of Plant Powered Kitchen shares family and kid-approved recipes along with tips for raising plant-based kids. With years of experience with oil-free vegan cooking, there are plenty of snack and lunch ideas that kids will love. Plant Powered Kitchen is full of healthy dinner meals and baking recipes that you can enjoy as a family.

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

10) Ceara’s Kitchen

Ceara’s Kitchen provides a wide range of oil-free vegan recipes. With recipes for vegan ice creams, pastas, salads, and gluten-free bread, you’ll find something to suit your mood. The oil-free recipes are conveniently located under the “oil-free” tab in the recipes section.

11) Cooking With Plants

Anja shares oil-free plant-based recipes in video form on YouTube. Follow along as she takes you through the cooking process. On Cooking With Plants you won’t run out of oil-free vegan cheeses, dips, or kid-friendly recipes. You’ll find all the recipes you need to keep you and your family going!

12) My Plant-Based Family

After experiencing her own health revival through the power of whole plant foods, Holly now shares her family’s journey with plant-based eating. Along with recipes, on My Plant-Based Family you’ll also find tips and advice for raising plant-based kids, including foods and recipes they like to eat.

13) Nutriplanet

Baking, breakfast, and dinner recipes, are Nele’s specialty on Nutriplanet. A plant-based nutrition certificate graduate, Nele takes a healthy plant-based approach to making oil-free vegan recipes. Having seen the benefits of a whole food, plant-based approach first-hand, Nele is committed to sharing nutrition and health advice with others.

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

14) The Plant Philosophy

Margaret has been creating plant-based recipes for her website for years. With loads of variety, The Plant Philosophy is a good source for gluten-free and oil-free vegan recipes. Over the years the site has evolved, but high quality recipes have always been the focus. You’ll find that many of the recipes are oil-free or have an oil-free option.

15) Sharan India

Intent on sharing the message of health and compassion, Sharan India shares healthy, sugar and oil-free vegan recipes. In contrast to many Western plant-based recipes, a number of the Indian dishes are made with ingredients that can be more readily found in India. There are also recipes inspired by cuisine from around the world as well as breakfast recipes, sauces, desserts, and more.

16) Nutrition Studies

Nutrition Studies showcases a collection of oil-free recipes from various plant-based recipe bloggers. Consequently, not only is it a good place to find healthy recipes, you can also become familiar with others working to spread the plant-based message.

17) Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too!!!

This is the place to go for family friendly recipes that are fairly straight forward to prepare. On Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too, you’ll find recipes that are salt, oil, and sugar-free. A long running blog, Sandy sure knows how to make great tasting and healthy plant-based meals.

18) Raw Till Whenever

The whole food, oil-free vegan recipes on Raw Till Whenever are courtesy of Hannah and Derek. Both Hannah and Derek are established YouTubers with a passion for healthy, minimalist living. Raw Till Whenever is designed to help people begin a healthy, plant-based diet. With a handful of SOS-free (salt, oil, sugar) recipes to get you started, you can become familiar with how to prepare healthy meals.

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Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

19) Rise Shine Cook

Ashley Madden has an array of experience with health, nutrition, and plant-based cooking. Rise Shine Cook has oil-free vegan recipes for breakfast, dinner, sweet snacks, and appetizers. Using whole plant foods, there are plenty of meal ideas to keep plant-based eating interesting. Plus, the recipes are also gluten-free.

20) Plants Rule

The recipes on Plants Rule are created by plant-based Chef Katie Simmons. All oil-free and whole food, plant-based, the recipes are influenced by various ethnic backgrounds such as Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Western cuisine. Keep it fairly simple or try something a bit more complex, either way you won’t be disappointed with these recipes!

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

21) Sweet Simple Vegan

Starting as a hobby blog in 2013, Sweet Simple Vegan has grown over the years. Jasmine and her partner Chris share vegan recipes and cooking tips. Not all of the recipes are oil-free, but many of the newer ones are and others can be made without oil easily enough. Through their website you’ll find a number of creative oil-free vegan recipes and meal ideas.

22) The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show

If you’re looking for healthy recipes for your family, The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show is a good place to find them. Following the Nutritarian style of eating recommended by Dr. Fuhrman, many of Jill’s recipes are salt, oil, and sugar-free. The recipes are provided in video format, so you can see just how the recipe is prepared.

23) Potato Strong

Potato Strong is a great place to get oil-free vegan recipes that are made with simple ingredients. Avoiding overly involved preparation, the meals can easily become your go-to breakfast, lunch, or dinners. But the simplicity certainly doesn’t mean that taste is at all compromised!

24) Eat Plant-Based

Eat Plant-Based is a website full of oil-free plant-based recipes for all occasions. Terri Edwards teaches nutrition and cooking classes, helping people to regain their health with a plant-based diet. Terri is also a Food for Life instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, so you know health is a priority when creating recipes to share with others.

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

25) Veggie Inspired

Although not all of the recipes on Veggie Inspired are oil-free, many of them are and others can be prepared without oil. Some of the oil-free vegan recipes include mac and cheese, cookies, soups, and burgers. Under the recipes tab there is even an handy “oil-free” section to help you with your search.

26) Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Along with featured holiday recipes, each month on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website there are a handful of featured plant-based recipes. Most, although not all of the featured recipes are oil-free. However, as with many recipes you can often make a few adjustments to make it oil-free.

Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites

27) Engine 2

The Engine 2 website has a selection of tried-and-tested oil-free plant-based recipes following the recommendations of the Engine 2 Diet books. The author, Rip Esselstyn is the son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and has years of experience as a plant-based athlete. The Engine 2 Diet largely follows the guidelines of Dr. Esselstyn’s program, although as it is a preventative approach (rather than attempting to reverse disease) there is a bit more leniency around fat content (as long as it’s from whole plant foods).

28) Simple Daily Recipes

A fan of the Instant Pot, on Simple Daily Recipes you will find lots of pressure cooker recipes. Jill McKeever shares plant-based recipes on YouTube with an upbeat, positive energy. Many of the recipes are oil-free, however, some recipes have the addition of vegan faux meats and the like that you may wish to leave out or find a substitute for.

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29) Plant Based Recipe

Over the past year, Jen of Plant Based Recipe has created a selection of oil-free plant-based recipes that show just how tasty healthy eating can be. It won’t take long to find a few dishes or sauces that can easily become favourites in your house.

30) Plant Plate

A few years in the making, Plant Plate has built up a large oil-free vegan recipe resource that makes the search for healthy meal ideas a lot easier. Recipes for soups, sauces, rice bowls, and baking are all oil-free and low-fat. While focusing on using whole plant foods, Plant Plate has made healthier versions for many of your favourite meals and treats!

So that you don’t run out of meal ideas, these websites have enough oil-free vegan recipes to keep you well supplied!

Having a steady stream of healthy recipes will help ensure plant-based eating never gets boring.

Plus, trying out different recipes can introduce you to new plant foods or combinations you hadn’t thought of before.

And, you never know, they just might end up becoming your new favourites!

37 responses to “Top 30 Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites of 2017

  • Just a little correction here.
    When talking about the Instant Pot for the Simple Daily recipes, it said that we will find many slow cooker recipes. The Instant Pot is a Pressure Cooker. For those that are new to the plant way of eating, I hope this helps.

  • Thank you so much for featuring my blog! I’m honored.

  • Thank you so much for including my blog on this list of amazing, vegan food blogs!

  • Awww, my blog didn’t make the cut?

    • Deborah Andrews
      2 years ago

      You should have! I have made so many of your recipes that were so delicious.

  • Robinlee Garber
    2 years ago

    I’m surprise Julie Marie Christiansen’s Protective Diet didn’t make this list. For those of us who don’t eat nuts it’s amazing. If you’ve never heard of it, the site is Protective diet .com. Great videos and inspirational testimonies as well.

  • A great compilation and resource, thank you!

    All of the recipes on my website are also oil-free WFPB, as well as gluten-free for those of us living with celiac disease.

  • Wonderful job! These are all amazing sites!
    Do check out the Starch Queens! Lots of great resources here too!

  • Jennifer Shaw Miller
    2 years ago

    You should also include Clean Food Dirty Girl. Whole food plant based recipes with no oil.

  • Ground Leaf is a great one!

  • Thank you so much for the mention!! Really appreciate it 🙂 WFPBNO changed my life and so happy to get to share recipes with you all.

  • Don’t forget mine!

  • Thank you! I was so pleasantly surprised to find my blog listed here! Congrats to everyone else as well 🙂

  • Thank you for this terrific and informational site. This is so important for the future of our health, the environment and the safety and security of all living beings. Realizing there are many more awesome WFPBNO sites out there, this list of 30 is a good start! I’d like to see a more extensive list included at some point, and I’d be honored to be included. My site is and many of my recipes are unique and creative. I also teach plant-based cooking classes in my home in Asheville, NC!

  • Raw Is Sexy® is a great plant based website with awesome recipes!

  • Deborah
    2 years ago

    I am looking for a resource to educate me on ways to grow and cook with Herbs. Suggestions?

  • Consider adding Vegan Richa. Not all oil free but she is presenting more oil free and options for older recipes pre oil free thinking.

  • What about Chef AJ?

  • I didn’t know there were so many SOS-free recipe websites. Too bad they missed Chef Ramses Bravo, Alan Goldhamer’s True North Health Center, Chef AJ in Los Angeles and Katie Mae’s web pages. They need to update this list!

  • Mr Mrs Vegan have a lot, too, in their free guides and WSLF cookbook. I hate when some chefs think oil free means just replace oil with other high fat plants! Has to be low fat oil free.

  • Potato Strong
    Top marks for simplicity

  • Shanasy
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for this fantastic list!!!! I have a fb group of which many want oil free recipes only! I have passed this link off to them. I love to spread the word and help anyone out there with a site offering super quick (5-20 min. prep) WFPB recipes. Thank you again!

  • So honored to be included in this! Thanks so much from all of us at!

  • Thank you for this great resource! Please consider adding my website to your list the next time you update it. I have the Vegan Junction listed under “Resources” on my site.

  • moe burghart
    2 years ago

    what happened to Dr. Furhman’s site? he is for no oil plant based…..

  • Max Shepherd
    1 year ago

    Thanks for this great list! I would add MamaSezz They make and deliver WFPB meals with no oil in anything and they have recipes on the site that are terrific. I’m so glad you are sharing the information so more people can eat this way.

  • Helena Reese
    2 months ago

    Thank you for this great list!
    Sorry to have bothered you with a comment on the older post yesterday – I must have been tired 🙂
    Glad to see all my favourites.
    BTW Nele,, is giving her book away for free (till Oct 7th 2019).

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