I’ve seen a lot of concern lately from people wanting to go plant based or vegan but they are worried about get enough calories. Especially if you love vegetables, a lot of vegan foods are low in calories and this can be problematic for body builders, athletes or regular folks with fast metabolisms.
There are actually lots of vegan high calorie foods which can make vegan weight gain easy and delicious. High fat vegan foods tend to have the highest calorie density. Because of this, foods like dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, seeds, coconut cream, and avocados are extremely calorie dense.
If you know about how to get your high calorie vegan foods already and just want some high calorie vegan recipes, scroll down to see 20 amazing recipes.
High Calorie Vegan Foods to Keep on Hand
If you are concerned about not eating enough calories make sure to keep these on hand. You can add nuts, seeds and dried fruit into salads, smoothies, homemade trail mix for a snack on the go, protein bars and more.
You can also buy premade nut butters or make your own to spread onto crackers, toast, fruit or vegetables to boost the calorie count. I love this cashew based aioli which is amazing to spread onto everything and quite calorie dense as well.
Avocados make everything taste better and is easy to turn into guacamole, cream sauces or just eat straight. They are also a great way to turn regular dishes into high calorie vegan meals.
Being Prepared with High Calorie Vegan Meals
If you lead a busy life, I always recommend meal planning to make sure you always have food on hand so that you don’t end up eating junk or something you shouldn’t.
This delicious vegan bagel sandwich uses avocado, tofu smothered in BBQ sauce, creamy dill sauce and lots of veg to create the ultimate vegan bagel topping. This sandwich is a really easy way to pack in calories, proteins, healthy fats, and fresh vegetable.
Whether you are looking for a hearty vegan breakfast bagel or a delicious lunch, this sandwich will hit the spot. One bagel sandwich has 648 calories.
These vegan parfait cups are low on prep work and come together beautifully. The chia seed parfaits are decadent enough to feel like a lovely treat as a vegan brunch but they are also great for meal prep which makes them a great weekday meal as well!
They are healthy, pretty, delicious, plant based and best of all, there are 678 calories per serving!
This delicious vegan chickpea salad is quick and easy to pull together and uses bright, healthy ingredients to form a tasty, well rounded salad. Get a punch of protein, fats, and fresh vegetable in one yummy bowl.
Perfect as a summer chickpea salad, or to help detox heavy holiday foods, this salad will make you feel as good as it tastes! It's also great for budget eaters, as there are no fancy ingredients.
One serving of chickpea salad comes in at around 500 calories a serving.
This Korean seitan sandwich is packed with flavor! From the delicious combo of tastes in the seitan marinade, to the spicy kimchi, and delicious crusty bread, this is one vegan sandwich recipe you are not going to want to miss.
These seitan sandwiches can be made with homemade seitan or store bought and can be customized depending on your personal threshold for spiciness!
A serving of these sandwiches come in at over 900 calories.
Busting with flavors, textures, and colors, this delicious vegan sandwich is our take on a Mexican torta. Stuffed with amazing seitan, refried beans, avocado, salsa and more, this sandwich will satisfy any cravings for a filling, meaty sandwich.
Try out these vegan tortas and you'll definitely keep coming back for more! This is also a great sandwich to get creative with and try out different filling that you love. The torta has around 1000 calories per sandwich.
This spinach salad is a great way to pack in iron, protein, and more. Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse and when paired with dried cranberries and BBQ tofu it becomes even easier to absorb the nutrients and pack in the calories, at almost 500 calories per serving.
This pita sandwich is stuffed with tantalizing middle eastern flavors. Our vegan shawarma is based on oyster mushrooms seasoned with a whole array of delicious spices to give it that middle eastern feel!
It's also served with tzatziki to bring some creamy deliciousness to your meal. One shawarma sandwich served with tzatziki comes in at 746 calories.
This easy vegan egg salad sandwich recipe only takes five minuted to whip up, so it's perfect for even the busiest days. The black salt gives it that delicious egg flavor and silken tofu has a naturally eggy texture when you smash it up.
Make this egg salad sandwich as an easy packed lunch, it's great for meal prep! One sandwich has 494 calories.
This vegan portobello burger makes an amazing meal, whether you are throwing it on a grill, or pan cooking it to perfection for a healthy dinner. Paired with vegan pesto and a creamy sun dried tomato spread, this is a definite crowd pleaser. It also is heavy on calories with 800 calories per burger!
This Vegan Basil Cream Sauce recipe is packed with fresh basil flavor and a touch of garlic. We’ve served this delicious sauce on fresh gluten-free pasta and we love it with zoodles. This sauce is truly stand-alone fabulous, and works as a dressing too!
A portion made with zoodles is 466 cal, serve with regular noodles, soba noodles, or any other type for higher calorie count.
Load up on all the veggies with this amazing sweet potato bowl! It is filled with roasted sweet potatoes, garlic-y kale, and flavorful black beans. It is so delicious and perfect for a quick & easy dinner or meal prep.
One serving of these black bean bowls has 480 calories.
This Creamy Vegan Garlic Mushroom Fettuccini is the perfect comforting meal that is full of rich flavor and easy to prepare. It has a thick and luscious one-minute dairy-free cream sauce that is made in your blender and poured over the sautéed mushrooms.
This recipe is made with simple clean ingredients and is naturally gluten free, plant-based and soy free. It is one of my favorite quick and cozy recipes for busy weeknights, in-home date nights or entertaining a crowd.
This Apple Cinnamon Smoothie is the perfect way to start a busy morning. With ingredients like almond butter, hemp hearts, chia seeds and rolled oats, this smoothie is filled with protein and healthy fats!