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50+ Vegan Buffet Food Recipes For Your Next Party

Party season is well and truly upon us. And that means one thing… FOOD! But finding vegan finger foods can be tricky sometimes. So, with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I thought it would be a nice idea to share some vegan buffet food recipes to help you all out.

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I’ve teamed up with some other vegan bloggers for this post. Together we’re bringing you the ultimate list of ideas for vegetarian and vegan buffet food recipes. We have over 50 savoury and sweet recipes that include vegan starters and appetizers, canapes, truffles, cakes, and all other kinds of delicious nibbles. Be sure to show these amazing bloggers some love!

First up, we have our incredible looking savoury vegan buffet foods. From dips and “wings” to dairy-free cheese- we’ve got it all! But don’t worry, it’s not just vegan appetizers, there’s more tasty bites like mac and cheese and fried “chicken”.

If you’re anything like me and you prefer the sweet stuff, you can scroll straight to the sweet vegan buffet food recipes. There you’ll find more vegan nibbles such as fudge, popcorn and brownies.


Savoury Vegan buffet food

First I thought it’d be a good idea to start with the savoury snacks since that’s how it usually goes down at a party! If you prefer, you can skip straight to the sweets.

1. Baked dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese

Vegan macaroni cheese

This mac ‘n’ cheese by Healthy Happy Life doesn’t actually contain any cheese! At least, not the traditional kind. Instead, it uses a mix of vegan cheese, cashews and nutritional yeast to create a creamy sauce that’s perfectly cheesy without the dairy!

2. Tropical chickpea salad

Bowl of chickpea salad

This tropical salad by Veggies Save The Day makes a fresh, healthy additional to any vegan buffet. Enjoy it on its own or as a tasty side.

3. Mini sausage pies

Platter of mini sausage pies

A fancy twist on sausage rolls, but without the meat! When it comes to vegan starters, you just can’t beat a mini pie! This version by Spa Bettie looks fabulous.

4. Sushi cups

Sushi cups on a tray

These sushi cups by Rhian’s Recipes are such an easy vegan or vegetarian party snack. They’re fuss-free, with no rolling involved, and you can stuff them with all of your favourite fillings!

5. Tomato tartlets

Tomato tartlets on a plate

These mini tomato tarts by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen look like the perfect vegan canapes for sharing. Stuffed with pesto and dairy-free ricotta, these tartlets are sure to impress!

6. Smoky pepperoni

Board containing crackers, cheese and vegan pepperoni

How delicious does this meat-free pepperoni by Vegan Huggs look? It makes the perfect vegan starter alongside some crackers and dairy-free cheese!

7. Stuffed mushrooms

Close up of stuffed mushroom with cheese on top

These stuffed mushrooms by This Healthy Kitchen look phenomenal. They’re filled with cranberry risotto and topped with dairy-free parmesan and best served warm.

8. Pasta salad

Overhead shot of pasta salad

Of course, no vegan party foods list would be complete without a pasta salad. This oil-free one by Sarah’s Vegan Guide looks super fresh and delicious.

9. Buffalo cauliflower bites

Buffalo cauliflower bites with celery and dipping sauces

These cauliflower bites by Nut Free Vegan make a delicious, cruelty-free alternative to buffalo chicken wings. A tasty veggie appetizer that’s great for sharing!

10. Mac and cheese bites

Hand dipping mac and cheese bite into tomato sauce

Don’t want a whole batch of mac ‘n’ cheese? Try these gluten-free and vegan mac ‘n’ cheese bites by Strength and Sunshine instead!

11. Jalapeno poppers

Jalapeno poppers on plate

Jalapeno poppers were one of my favourite vegetarian party snacks before I cut out dairy and I’ve missed them a lot. But thanks to Strength and Sunshine, we can all enjoy a tasty dairy-free version. They’re free from the top 8 allergens and are oil-free too!

12. Southern fried “chicken”

Fried soy curls in a bowl, close up

This fried chicken recipe by Healthy Slow Cooking uses soy curls to create the perfect replica for fried chicken!

13. Potato salad

Overhead shot of potato salad on a table

This dairy-free potato salad by Cadry’s Kitchen is another dish that’s perfect as a side to your favourite vegan starter!

14. Chickpea avocado cucumber bites

Overhead shot of cucumber bites beside sliced baby tomatoes

Quick and easy, these spicy cucumber bites by Yup It’s Vegan make a refreshing alternative to the more basic veggie appetizers.

15. Quiche lorraine

Overhead shot of quiche with slice cut out of it

Looking for a quiche without eggs? Seven Roses has just the recipe! This one uses tofu and dairy-free cream as the base, and looks even better than the eggy version.

16. Instant pot tamales

Close up of tamale with another in the background

Plant-Based Instant Pot’s tamales are another oil-free party snack for this list. As the name suggests, they are made in an instant-pot, and are filled with delicious pumpkin puree.

17. Salsa de aguacate

Overhead shot of salsa beside some garnishes

There is no better vegan party food than dips in my opinion! I love them all. This Salsa de Aguacate by Nut Free Vegan would make the perfect companion to veggie dippers or tortillas. It’s naturally vegan, and made with tomatillos and avocado for a refreshing alternative to guacamole.

18. Tofu ricotta puffs

Hand grabbing a ricotta puff from plate

These tofu ricotta puffs by Glue and Glitter are packed with flavours from sun-dried tomatoes and basil. They’re nut-free and can be made with just 7 ingredients!

19. Vegan rillettes

Lentil and walnut dip in an open jar with white background

This vegan rillettes by Seven Roses is made from lentils and walnuts. Serve it alone, on bread or with crackers.

20. Parsley and pistachio cheese log

Cheese log topped with pistachios, beside some olives, oatcakes and grapes

I think this cheese log by Tinned Tomatoes would make the perfect vegan buffet snack served with meat-free pepperoni and crackers!

21. Baked cauliflower spinach pakoras

Two pakoras on counter beside a spoonful of spice

These cauliflower pakoras by Veggie Desserts can be made with just 6 ingredients and made within 25 minutes!

22. Scalloped potatoes

Scalloped potatoes in a baking dish

Shane and Simple’s creamy scalloped potatoes make a great hot vegan buffet food that can be enjoyed alone or served as a side.

23. Ratatouille

Bowl of ratatouille beside tray of ratatouille

Another healthy and hot vegan buffet addition, this ratatouille by Happy Kitchen is a great gluten-free option with lots of added nutrients!

Sweet vegan buffet food

Now, time for the best part… dessert! You can’t call it vegan party food if there are no desserts! These delicious recipes are sure to sweeten up any buffet table, no matter the occasion!

24. Biscoff Tiffin

Thumbnail Of Vegan Biscoff Tiffin Slices

Crunchy, chocolate-y tiffin filled with Lotus Biscoff and dairy-free white chocolate. This tiffin is the perfect sharing dessert that requires no-baking!

25. Chocolate yule log

Vegan Yule Log On A White Cake Stand

A beautiful show-stopping dessert that has to make an appearance at the sweet side of the vegan buffet snacks table! Chocolate cake rolled with vanilla buttercream and coated in creamy chocolate ganache. It’s more of a festive dessert, but I wrote this round-up with Christmas and New Year’s Eve in mind so I think it’s perfect!

26. Rocky road

3 slices of Vegan Rocky Road stacked on top of one another

Another no-bake chocolate treat, this rocky road is quick to whip up and great for sharing! A great, gelatine-free, veggie alternative to traditional rocky road.

27. Mini lemon drizzle loaves

Pile Of Vegan Mini Loaf Cakes

Love lemon drizzle cake? Then you’ll also love these cute mini lemon loaves! Bite-sized, fluffy lemon cakes topped with a lemon drizzle icing.

28. Oreo cheesecake truffles

Pile Of Oreo Truffles On A Plate

With just 3 ingredients, these dairy-free Oreo balls are perfect for kids to help with. There’s no baking required either!

29. Vanilla cheesecake

Slice Vegan Vanilla Cheesecake On A White Plate

If you like your desserts plain and simple, this dairy-free cheesecake is sure to be a win. It’s a no-bake recipe, meaning you can whip it up in minutes and let your fridge do the rest of the work! And don’t worry, there are NO cashews in this recipe!

30. 2-Ingredient Biscoff fudge

Pile Of Biscoff Fudge On A Plate

Yep, just 2 ingredients! I love little vegan nibbles like this Biscoff fudge, that you can keep snacking on when you don’t have room for a full dessert. With dairy-free white chocolate and Lotus Biscoff spread, you can make this easy fudge in just 5 minutes.

31. Eggless pavlova

vegan pavlova with berries, whipped cream and a sprig of mint on top

The ultimate show-stopper vegan dessert for a buffet! It’s made with aqua faba instead of eggs but this pavlova tastes just like the real deal.

32. Strawberry trifle

Vegan Trifle

With layers of egg-free custard, sponge cake, jam and fresh strawberries, this strawberry trifle makes an impressive buffet dessert for sharing.

33. Vanilla sprinkle cake

squares of vegan vanilla cake stacked on top of one another

A vegan version of the classic school dinner cake. It’s perfect for all kinds of special occasions and would make a great sweet addition to a buffet.

34. No-bake chocolate tart

Slice Of Vegan Chocolate Tart

Flaky chocolate shortcrust pastry crust with a smooth, silky chocolate ganache filling. This chocolate tart looks elegant and impressive but it’s so easy to make!

35. Gluten-free macadamia cookies

Thumbnail Image Of Stack Of Gluten Free Macadamia Cookies

You can’t beat some classic macadamia and white chocolate cookies! These are gluten-free, which are perfect for anyone at the party with gluten allergies.

36. Biscoff traybake cake

Biscoff Traybake

A super tasty, shareable Biscoff traybake (a.k.a. sheet cake) covered with creamy speculoos frosting.

37. Rice Krispie Treats

Thumbnail Image Of Vegan Rice Krispie Squares

Another one for the list of vegetarian party food sweets! Usually, Rice Krispie treats are made with gelatine, meaning they’re not even veggie. But this chewy, gooey vegan version is sure to be loved by all.

38. Vanilla fairy cakes

fairy cakes on a white cake stand

Fairy cakes were a classic vegan buffet sweet snack at every family party when I was growing up. They’re simple, bite-sized vanilla cupcakes topped with water icing and colourful sprinkles. Children will love them!

39. Chocolate fudge cake

Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake On A White Cake Stand With 1 Slice Missing

Who doesn’t love chocolate fudge cake?! Two thick layers of chocolate sponge sandwiched and topped with a fudgy buttercream icing.

40. Banoffee pie

Close Up of Banoffee Pie

A delicious, no-bake banana and toffee pie with a Digestive biscuit base. A British classic that’s perfect for all occasions.

41. Dutch apple pie

spoon cutting into a slice of vegan apple crumble pie on a plate

If you’re not familiar with Dutch apple pie, it’s sort of a cross between an apple pie and an apple crumble. If you want a buffet dessert that’s sure to WOW your guests, this is it!

42. Chocolate covered strawberries

vegan chocolate coated strawberries on a wooden board

Chocolate strawberries are one of the best vegan finger foods out there! They’re super simple and easy to prepare too.

43. French macarons

thumbnail image of 2 white macarons on top of one another

This is probably the most tricky recipe on the list but with some patience and practice, you can use aqua faba to make beautiful egg-free macarons!

44. Chilli mocha truffles

six chocolate truffles on a board

These truffles by Champagne Tastes are something a little different to your traditional chocolate truffles. Just 6 ingredients and no baking required!

45. Chocolate chip biscotti

piece of biscotti being dipped into chocolate sauce

This chocolate biscotti by Veganosity is a dairy-free, eggless twist on traditional Italian biscotti. Perfect for a buffet table with some sweet spreads or dips.

46. Chocolate hazelnut bars

Slices of chocolate hazelnut bars on a board with hazelnuts scattered around

These chocolate hazelnut bars by Sarah’s Vegan Guide look phenomenal! They consist of a cookie-like base, a layer of apricot jam, the hazelnut filling and a chocolate topping.

47. Blender brownies

Stack of chocolate chip brownies

These brownies by Veg Annie can be made in a blender! They’re gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free and low carb, meaning they are perfect for those who have gluten allergies or are watching their weight.

48. Nanaimo bars

Stack of nanaimo bars

A blend of cookies, coconut, custard and chocolate, these Nanaimo bars by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken are the perfect vegan twist on the popular Canadian dessert.

49. Chocolate orange hazelnut truffles

Small pot filled with truffles

If you love chocolate orange, check out these truffles by Unconventional Baker. They have a hazelnut centre and can be whipped up with just a handful of ingredients.

50. Chocolate cherry nut bark

4 pieces of bark stacked on top of one another

This chocolate cherry bark by Tasting Page is refined-sugar-free and only requires 5 ingredients!

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I hope you enjoy this round-up of my favourite vegan and vegetarian party food recipes. If you make any of these tasty vegan nibbles yourself, please leave me a comment below to let me know what you made! xo

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50+ Vegan Buffet Food Recipes – Chocolate Cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes with dairy-free chocolate buttercream.

Course vegan
Cuisine dessert
Keyword vegan buffet dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 425 kcal


  • 280 ml Unsweetened soy milk (1 cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 200 g Self-raising flour (1+½ cups)
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking soda
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 200 g Caster sugar (1 cup)
  • 2 Teaspoons Cold black coffee (or vanilla extract)
  • 6 Tablespoons Vegetable oil

Chocolate buttercream:

  • 180 g Vegan margarine (¾ cup)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cold coffee (or vanilla extract)
  • 80 g Cocoa powder (¾ cup)
  • 300 g Icing sugar (approx 2 + ½ cups)
  • ~7 Tablespoons Unsweetened soy milk (as needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (or 160°C/325°F if you're using a fan or convection oven). Line a cupcake tray with 12 cases.

  2. Mix the soy milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside. This will act as your buttermilk.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and sugar.

  4. Now add in your buttermilk along with the oil and cold coffee. Mix well to make a smooth cake batter.

  5. Divide the batter between your 12 cases and bake for 18-20 minutes. You'll know they're ready when a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate buttercream:

  1. Gently mix the margarine until it’s slightly soft. Add in the icing sugar and cocoa powder, a little at a time, mixing as you go.

  2. Use as much soy milk as you need to help loosen it to your desired consistency. Add it in slowly as you might not need it all.

  3. Stir in the cold coffee.

  4. Pipe the buttercream onto your cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
50+ Vegan Buffet Food Recipes – Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake with buttercream)
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 3g6%
* All values are an estimate only and will vary depending on the food brands used.
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Such a fun round-up; thanks for including some of my recipes! xo


Saturday 29th of December 2018

You're so welcome Rebecca, thanks for contributing :) xo

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