Vegan Birthday Party Recipes and Gifts Guide
Is this your first time throwing a vegan birthday party? Are you planning to go to a vegan friend’s birthday party and have no idea what to bring? Don’t worry, we have you covered! You can listen to our podcast episode discussing our recipe picks HERE or simply continue reading below for our favorite party foods!
Chips and Dip
What is a party without some awesome chips and dip?! Here are a few of our absolute favs!
The Vegan Zombie’s Nacho Cheese Sauce
This is a delicious vegan nacho cheese made out of cashews! I love this dip….and Michelle is obsessed! I found the recipe on YouTube by a guy who calls himself the Vegan Zombie (hence the title). You can watch the video (it’s pretty funny) HERE or just read below for the ingredients and instructions.
- 1.5 cups cashews
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper
- 1 – 1.5 cups water
- 0.5 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp turmeric
- If you do not have a high powered blender, soak cashews in water for 30 minutes.
- If you have a gas stove, fire roast the bell pepper. If you have an electric stovetop preheat to 400 F (232 C). Roast bell pepper on a cookie sheet once oven is ready for about 30 minutes, rotating the bell pepper at least once during this time period, until bell pepper skin begins to blister.
- Once bell pepper is ready, remove from oven and place it into a bowl and place a lid on top to allow the steam to stay and heat the bell pepper.
- In the blender place cashews (If you had to soak them drain them first) and water, starting off with just one cup and using more if needed.
- Add nutritional yeast, salt, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, and turmeric in blender.
- Remove bell pepper from bowl and carefully cut open the bell pepper, pouring out the pepper juice into the blender, and then remove the seeds and the skin.
- Add bell pepper pieces into blender and blend all ingredients together
- Serve with chips or veggies to dip and enjoy!
Michelle’s One Minute Chip Dip
Short on time? Then this dip recipe is for you! Super easy and super yummy!
- 2 cups vegan sour cream
- 1 packet simply organic French onion dip
- ¼ cup fresh chopped scallions optional
- Mix the contents of the packet with the sour cream
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Garnish with scallions and enjoy!
Alicia Silverstone’s Five-Layer Dip
This recipe was one of the ones I tried out and served at my first vegan birthday party. It was soooo yummy, and none of my friends (all non-vegans) could notice it was a totally vegan dip! You can get her book The Kind Diet and explore more of her delicious recipes or find some of her recipes on her website HERE.
- 1 (16 – ounce) can refried beans
- 3 avocados
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 (8-ounce) containers nondairy sour cream
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 0.5 cup diced mild green chilies, drained
- 0.5 cup sliced black olives
- 5 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups shredded vegan cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven 350 F.
- Spread a layer of refried beans on the bottom of an eight by eight quart glass baking dish.
- Pit and peel the avocados, place them in a bowl, mash them with the lime juice, and then spread over the refried beans.
- Stir together the sour cream and taco seasoning and spread over the avocados.
- Sprinkle the chilies over the sour cream and top with a layer of black olives.
- Add the tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
- Heat the dip for 15 to 30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is a bit melted.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Vegan Finger Foods
A party is not complete with out some delicious finger foods. Check out the recipes we like to make for our guests.
Vegan Cheese Plate:
Go to your local health food store and buy some vegan cheeses and place them on a plate or serving board with some fruit and crackers! One vegan cheese company that Michelle and I obsess over is Miyoko’s. If you haven’t tried their cheese yet, you MUST!
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings:
Michelle was a buffalo wing fanatic before her vegan days. She was so happy to discover the recipe below, which she goes to now instead to satisfy her wings cravings.
- 1 large head cauliflower (about 5 cups)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour (see notes for substitutions)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
- In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic and onion powder, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, and tap off the excess a few times on the side of the bowl. Place on the prepared baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other, or they will all get stuck together as they bake.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for 10 more minutes, until golden brown.
- While the cauliflower are baking, prepare the hot sauce/butter mixture. Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Once melted, add the hot sauce and stir. Set aside.
- Add the cauliflower pieces to a large bowl, and pour the hot sauce/butter mixture on top. Toss gently to coat. Put them back in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove, and serve with Vegan Ranch dressing and celery, if desired.
Alicia Silverstone’s Croquettes:
These croquettes are the perfect balance between sweet and savory! Also from Alica Silverstone’s awesome book The Kind Diet. This recipe makes 12 medium-size croquettes and serves 4, so plan accordingly!
- 2 cups black-eyed peas, soaked overnight in water to cover (**do not cook them**)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon shoyu
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups safflower oil for frying
- Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup barley malt syrup or rice syrup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Drain the soaked un-cooked beans and transfer to a food processor. Add the parsley or cilantro, salt, shoyu, and cumin. Blend until the beans are chopped to fine shreds, but don’t blend them to a pulp. The mixture will be slightly wet but should hold together. Form the bean mixture into something between football and UFO shaped croquettes in the palms of your hands.
- Heat 1″ of oil in a cast-iron skillet to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To test the oil, drop a tiny amount of croquette mixture. If it bubbles furiously and rises to the top, the oil is ready. Do no let the oil get so hot that it smokes. You may need to make little adjustments to the heat under the oil throughout the cooking process to avoid burning croquettes.
- Place 4 croquettes in the oil and fry for about 4 minutes on each side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried croquettes to a plate lined with paper towels or a paper grocery bag to drain.
- To make the dipping sauce, stir together the barley malt syrup and mustard in a small saucepan. Warm the sauce over low heat until it bubbles.
- Serve the croquettes while still hot. Drizzle with the dipping sauce or serve it alongside the croquettes in individual dipping bowls.
In case you didn’t know, not all alcohol is vegan! You can check different brands of beer, wine, and liquor on a website called Barnivore. Remember, drink responsibly!
Vegan Birthday Gifts
If you’re planning to buy any beauty products for your vegan friend, family member, or significant other you need to keep in mind two things: (1) They have not been tested on animals and (2) they do not contain any animal products in them. To make sure they haven’t been tested on animals, it’s best to look for the jumping bunny label! Stick to products that have this label on them to be safe. It’s a little tricker to find out if the ingredients are vegan – this may require some research. Sometimes some products will also have a label stating that they are vegan, which takes the guessing work out of the picture!
If you’re totally at a loss or don’t have time to do the research Michelle really likes the brand Pacifica because they are vegan and very accessible – they can be found in Targets everywhere! This brand has beauty products ranging from nail polishes, make-up, to perfumes.
Clothes and Accessories:
Avoid buying merchandise that contains products obtained from animals like leather, wool, silk, down, cashmere, etc. Opt for vegan brands if you can or simply check the label or ask the store associates about the product before purchasing. One of my favorite luxury vegan brands is Gunas. They have the cutest handbags and shoes!
Other gift ideas:
- Inspirational quote cards
- Board or card games
Hope you found this helpful! Let us know if you give any of these recipes of gift ideas a try! We’d love to hear how the recipe turned out or how your vegan gift shopping experience went.