What goes well with baked potato? It's so important to have quick, simple and healthy meals you can throw together, and which your friends, family and kids will love. I'm also a big fan of making plant based food that's similar to food I ate before going vegan, so a vegan baked potato with a delicious topping is hearty, fun and nostalgic for me.
You may be thinking "what vegan toppings can I put on my baked potato?" Well, you're in for a treat as we have a range that are easy to make, filling and yummy!
☀️Why baked potatoes are good for you
Baked potatoes are a great choice for a meal! Not only do they sit in the oven while you can go and relax (or workout!), they have lots of health benefits:
- they give you slow release energy, so you'll be fuller for longer!
- they're a wholefood. This means they are not processed and have no preservatives.
- you can just bake them as they are with no extra oil or butter (if you want - but we have advice for the best vegan butter if you want to add some)
- they go really well with healthy, filling toppings such as beans, hummus and avocado dip!
🥔Our top 3 toppings!!
There's such a range of amazing vegan potato toppings to choose from, so we're going to talk about our top three here.
🐠Chickpea Salad of the Sea (vegan tuna)
This "vegan tuna" Chickpea Salad of the Sea topping is one of the most simple vegan "fish" recipes, which also goes very well in sandwiches too. It's made with chickpeas, mayo and some other "Of-the-Sea" flavours like seaweed and capers.
🧀Cream Cheese and Chives
An absolute classic for a vegan baked potato topping. You can either make your own cream cheese and add chives to it - we have this delicious and healthy vegan cashew cheese, that you can add extra vinegar to for a more runny sour cream, or leave nice and thick.
You can also buy vegan cream cheese with chives. We love Nush's almond version which has live cultures and is great for gut health. If you want to know the best vegan cheeses out there, check out this amazing vegan cheese board! For a cheese that melts (if you want a grilled cheese vegan baked potato), we love Applewood Vegan Cheese.
🌶️Red Pepper Hummus
Actually, any hummus would work here, but I've made a standard hummus and added roasted red peppers from a jar - just like my Sundried Tomato Hummus but with peppers instead of the tomatoes! This is a super-easy way of making red pepper hummus. We have loads of hummus recipes you can choose from such as beetroot, pumpkin and black bean!
🧈What to use instead of butter
If you use one of our lovely toppings above, then you probably won't miss the butter, as they give that delicious moisture to contrast with the vegan baked potato and crispy skin. If you want a great vegan butter, we would recommend Naturli Vegan Butter, which has that buttery taste you might be missing. A drizzle of olive oil also works. Do check your supermarket for vegan butter as it will be there, as well as online.
🥑Other delicous toppings
There are lots more vegan baked potato toppings you may love! Here are some of my recommendations.
A classic vegan baked potato topping is coleslaw, so here's a slaw we think you'll love. Mix in a melty vegan cheese like this Applewood Vegan Cheese, which is soooo good!