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2020 Social Media Food Trends Made Vegan

Why not have some fun in the kitchen and try to make one of these social media food trends, made vegan?

By Lora O’Brien

Honestly, my social media feed has been going crazy with people creating and recreating viral food trends. From making adorable mini pancake cereals to whipping up easy peasy barista-style coffees, it seems people have been getting creative while at home.

I’ve also noticed that a lot of the viral food trends I’ve seen this year are super unhealthy! From cream, cheese and butter laden pasta al fredos to double deep fried chicken, covered in cheese no less, it seems the clean eating food movement has taken a step back. And that’s not good for our health, or for the animals!

Even the vegan food trends are getting sweeter and less healthy. Yep, I’m talking about disgusting, fake lab-grown ‘foods’ that are meant to imitate meat (erm, no thanks!)

But luckily, as with most things vegan, you can swap in stevia, agave syrup and other sweeteners for sugar, and make a lot of recipes gluten free with a bit of cleverness, too.

Below are some of my favourite social media food trends for 2020. I’ve been thrilled to discover these recipes and hacks, but I decided to present recipes to you here below that are relatively healthy. Because y’know: health is wealth, especially these days!

Prepare to have your mind blown, and your tummy tickled!

Image credit below: @sweetsandlifestyle 

2020 Vegan Social Media Food Trends

1. Dalgona Coffee

I kept seeing these foamy coffees popping up over social media, and desperately wanted to make one. It looks fancy, but it’s easy to do! Coffee is whipped with sugar until peaks form, and then topped onto ice cubes and cold plant-milk and stirred together to make a super creamy and yummy caffeinated beverage.

Get the recipe here.

2. Vegan Dalgona Matcha Latte

Intrigued by the above recipe, I soon set out to find other ways to make foamy drinks! While I love coffee, I really do need to cut back, and so I love this Dalgona ‘coffee’ – but using matcha instead. Typical Dalgona matcha latte recipes use egg whites to form the foam, which is obvs not vegan. Instead, this recipe uses aquafaba (the brine of chickpeas) instead and the results are fab!

Get the recipe here.

3. Ocean Smoothie Bowl

I saw loads of people making some utterly stunning smoothie bowls, and I got serious FOMO! Who doesn’t want to eat tasty food with such gorgeous hues? The blue shade isn’t from some weird E-number additive, oh no! It comes from adding blue majik spirulina powder. Prefer pink? Dragonfruit powder will give you a gorgeous fuchsia hue.

Get the recipe here.

4. Pancake Cereal

Who doesn’t love pancakes? I enjoy a stack of them every weekend drizzled with maple syrup and fresh berries. So, why not turn your love of pancakes into cereal? This is a super fun food trend that me and my toddler had much fun recreating. I say fun, the actual flipping of seriously small pancakes grew tedious BUT the end result was worth it. My toddler found them adorable, too.

Get the recipe here.

5. Mini Pop-Tarts

If you can make something vegan, why not also make it super small in size, too? After pancake cereal went viral, so did other videos of people making their own cereal. Mini cinnamon roll, mini doughnut and mini cookie cereals were just some of the videos I watched. This mini pop tart cereal gives me real nostalgia for my childhood when I LIVED on pop tarts!

Get the recipe here.

6. Cookie Cereal

C’mon, what’s not to love about cookie cereal? It’s small, it’s cute and it tastes great! Granted, you may not want to be feeding your family super unhealthy cereals on the daily, and so I found a recipe that not only veganises the cookie recipe but also makes it healthy. Yep, really! This is a crunchy vegan cookie cereal that will be the perfect start to any day.

Get the recipe here.

7. Vegan Boba Tea

I saw this quirky refreshment pop up all over the SM, and it got me super intrigued! Boba tea, otherwise known a bubble tea, is a Taiwanese drink made with tea, milk and tapioca pearls or bubbles. The tapioca pearls are actually chewy balls made of tapioca starch and are naturally gluten-free. Make it at home – it’s super easy to make vegan!

Get the recipe here.

8. 2 Ingredient Bagels

When I saw people whipping up these 2-ingredient bagels on TikTok I was shook! TWO ingredients only?? I always figured bagels took a load of time and effort to make, but nope: combine (subbed-in vegan) yogurt and self-raising flour and you can be snacking on a bagel for lunch in no time. Made from scratch, these have no yeast and you don’t need any fancy gadgets to make them.

Get the recipe here.

9. Sour Candy Grapes

As a kid, I lived for sour candy. The more sour, the better! And so when I saw people making their own sour patch frozen grapes, from actual fruit no less, I knew I had to jump on this trend!

Using grapes instead of sugary candy makes them super healthy, and this is a fun way to turn your childhood love of sweets into a snack. I kid you not: these grapes taste identical to Sour Patch Kids!

Get the recipe here.

10. Strawberry Milk

Another trend I was obsessed with during lockdown was watching people making their own thick-shakes from home. And one milkshake that people seemed obsessed with recreating was McDonald’s Strawberry Milkshake.

As a kid, and before going vegan, I used to love ordering one of these. It was thick, creamy and felt super indulgent! This recipe has everything that we love from a Maccy D’s shake. But this time, it’s made vegan and comes with a healthier, protein-packed twist. It’s perfect for kids to enjoy, too.

Get the recipe here.

11. Carrot Bacon

Tabitha Brown is the Queen of the social media food trends, and the food influencer went viral for her super fun vegan cooking videos. And one video that had all the vegan foodies in the world obsessed was her carrot bacon recipe. ‘Do you see carrot or bacon? I’m about to make carrot bacon!’ she said.

Made using marinated strips of carrot and then frying them using an air-fryer, the crunchy meat-free bacon had everyone talking. As did Tabitha’s hilarious way of talking, with people reusing her catchphrases. Now go make it: like so, like that – because that’s your business! as she would say.

Get the recipe here.

12. Vegan Ice Cream Bread

This ice cream bread recipe is fool-proof and one of the easiest social media food trends to make. It literally only needs a handful of ingredients: a decent vegan ice cream, all-purpose flour, baking powder and vegan-friendly sprinkles. And if you wanted to make it even easier you could skip the flour and baking powder and simply use self-raising flour.

Just make it and bake it and you’ve got a naturally sweetened bread to eat within the hour!

Get the recipe here.

13. Avocado Flowers

Not only does the world of social media open our eyes to fun ways to cook, but it also teaches us super cool food hacks. My personal favourite? Avocado flowers! Why eat smashed avocado when you can eat it in a prettier fashion? The perfect insta-worthy way of presenting avocado to your feed, the below link teaches you exactly how to make it and it’s SUPER easy!

Get the recipe here.

14. Easy Cookies & Cream Fudge

I’ve come across SO many videos of people using Oreos to make yummy treats. From deep-fried Oreos to chocolate Oreo brownies, Oreos are the versatile (and accidentally vegan) biscuit that can be used to make a multitude of desserts.

I thought I’d find a recipe that is not only vegan but super tasty, and my mouth watered when I found this cookies and cream fudge. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

15. Vegan Cotton Candy Ice Cream

Another of the social media food trends that’s sweet an innovative: candy floss ice cream. While the gorgeous pastel hue was aesthetically pleasing, the high sugar count wasn’t! So I found this healthier vegan version of making the popular dessert.

Get the recipe here.

16. Vegan S’Mores Dip

Hot, gooey and sweet, S’mores have been a campfire staple for generations. If you have a crowd over and really want to have some shared fun, why not whip up this vegan S’mores dip? Just grab a graham cracker and scoop away!

Get the recipe here.

17. Vegan Slutty Brownies

Slut shaming? Oh heck no! We’re slut praising these totally vegan brownies! They may not be the healthiest thing on the face of the planet, but if you’re looking to indulge, like, REALLY indulge, this is one of the best vegan social media food trends for doing just that!

Get the recipe here.

Lora O'Brien

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