50 Vegan African Recipes

Here is a sneak peek of the numerous vegan dishes that are influenced by African cuisine and others that originate from Africa.

50 Vegan African Recipes

Introduction

Africa is the most diverse continent globally, but sadly, many don’t see its many faces. Some think of the great African safari with lions, zebras, and cheetahs. Others remember Egyptian pyramids and pharaohs. In recent years, the Black Panther movie series paints a high-tech image of Africa with Wakanda, a fictional country with advanced technology and customs that incorporate traditional African cultural elements.

Unfortunately, most associate Africa with poverty due to many humanitarian commercials with malnourished children having bloated bellies (kwashiorkor). Their advertisements exclusively focus on the food and economic disparities of some regions, which is often the only view of Africa that people outside of the continent see.

In reality, Africa comprises over fifty countries ranging in wealth and resources. This continent is the home of over a billion people who speak thousands of languages.

In honor of Kwanzaa, I wanted to highlight some African dishes.

The first half covers American cuisines with an African influence in honor of the American descendants of slavery.

  • Creole
  • Southern United States
  • Soul Food
  • Afro-Caribbean
  • South American

The other half is traditional African dishes for American immigrants from all African countries.

  • Northern Africa
  • East Africa
  • Central Africa
  • Southern Africa (Southern Africa is a region of Africa. South Africa is a country in Southern Africa.)
  • West Africa

Try these vegan African recipes today.


5 Vegan Creole Recipes

If you go down to New Orleans, Louisiana, you could visit the world-famous Creole restaurant called Dooky Chase’s. Despite their lack of vegan options, it is historic for playing a significant role in the civil rights movement, and it was the inspiration behind the 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog.

If I understand correctly, Louisiana Creoles are people from a mixed racial background, a combination of African (Western African), European (French and Spanish), and Native American descent. If you want to learn more about Louisiana Creole culture, I recommend visiting New Orleans.

Try these vegan Creole recipes today.


1. Mushroom Jambalaya

I bet the most well-known Creole dish is jambalaya. Have some mushroom jambalaya from Sweet Potato Soul.

Vegan Mushroom Jambalaya - Sweet Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne
This vegan mushroom jambalaya is the perfect combination of comfort, nutrition, and flavor. Made with shiitake and oyster mushrooms, and vegan sausage.

2. Dirty Rice

One classic Louisiana rice dish is dirty rice. Make vegan dirty rice with the help of Domestic Dee.

Vegan Dirty Rice - Domestic Dee
Vegan Dirty Rice- A flavorful easy vegan dirty rice recipe that cooks up in no time. It’s bursting with plenty of flavor you will forget it’s meatless. Plant-based ground protein, seasonings, vegetables, and leftover rice makes this classic Southern comfort dish a recipe that you need to try! This post contains affiliate links. See the disclaimer here.

3. Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy

If you want to taste Creole food, go to a po’ boy shop while visiting New Orleans because they are filled with Creole dishes. Here’s a vegan po’ boy from Vegan With Curves.

Vegan Po’ Boy (with Fried Oyster Mushrooms!)
If you love fried oyster mushrooms, you’re going to LOVE this Vegan Po Boy Sandwich! Topped with a vegan remoulade sauce giving you a traditional taste!

4. Red Beans and Rice

Many believe that a vegan diet is super expensive, but my response is if they ever heard of basic pantry staples like beans and rice. Try red beans and rice from From The Comfort Of My Bowl.

Vegan Red Beans And Rice - From The Comfort Of My Bowl
This Louisiana-style vegan red beans and rice features hearty kidney beans and vegan sausages in a rich stew flavored with Cajun spices. Delicious and perfect for family dinners!

5. File Okra Gumbo

Some ingredients found in Creole gumbo include file powder, okra, tomatoes, and shellfish. For a vegan version, have file okra gumbo, a recipe by Kenneth Temple.

New Orleans Vegan Gumbo with Okra - Kenneth Temple
My Vegan Okra Gumbo captures the essence of the classic New Orleans gumbo flavors, free from roux, meats, or shellfish. And yes, it’s gluten-free! Here

5 Vegan Southern Recipes

If you want to learn more about African American history and culture, I recommend visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. That was my favorite part of my last trip to Washington, DC, and it has free admission because it’s a Smithsonian institution.

Because of slavery, numerous Black individuals reside in the Southern United States. Some moved with the Great Northward Migration, but many stayed in states like Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. Black Southerners play a considerable role in Southern cuisine.

Try these vegan Southern recipes today.


6. Vegan Chicken and Waffles

I tried chicken and waffles once and didn’t like it. I probably would like this vegan chicken and waffles dish better from Sweet Potato Soul.

Vegan Chicken and Waffles made w Oyster Mushrooms | Recipe & Video
This vegan chicken and waffles dish is crispy on the outside, juicy inside, and full of flavor in every bite. You won’t believe it’s made with mushrooms!

7. Skillet Cornbread

If you’re not familiar with Southern cornbread, it is made in a cast iron skillet instead of a baking pan. Try vegan skillet cornbread from From The Comfort Of My Bowl.

Here are more corn recipes.

Vegan Skillet Cornbread (Video) - From The Comfort Of My Bowl
This vegan skillet cornbread recipe makes a moist bread with a crispy crust. It’s a delicious Southern side dish for Thanksgiving or year-round.

8. Southern Collard Greens

I’m from the Midwest, so I’m used to corn and green beans as my veggie side dishes. In the South, you would often have a side of collard greens, like the recipe from I Can You Can Vegan.

Try these collard green recipes.

Easy Slow Cooker Southern Collard Greens with Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Meat-Free!)
Collard greens have grown to be one of my favorite vegetables to make! When made correctly, they’re absolutely delicious. I could seriously eat an entire batch of these southern collard greens with fire roasted tomatoes!

9. Vegan Chicken and Dumplings

If you like chicken, here’s the recipe for you. Try vegan chicken and dumplings from Healthier Steps.

Instant Pot Vegan Chicken And Dumplings - Healthier Steps
This amazing Instant Pot Vegan Chicken And Dumplings is so easy to prepare, full of flavor with, soft fluffy gluten-free dumplings, in a delicious broth.

10. Peach Cobbler

Georgia is known for its peaches. Have some peach cobbler from Make It Dairy Free.

Here are additional peach recipes.

Vegan Peach Cobbler
This is the absolute best vegan peach cobbler recipe you will ever have! This completely from scratch dairy free peach cobbler needs just 11 ingredients and is super easy to throw together.

5 Vegan Soul Food Recipes

If you get what Southern food is, you can guess what soul food is. Not all Southern food can be classified as soul food, but all soul food is technically Southern food. Millie Peartree from Delish explains that soul food is an ethnic cuisine made and eaten by African Americans in the South. Also, soul food’s flavors are more intense than Southern food, similar to Cajun cuisine.

Fortunately for vegans, it’s a lot easier to find vegan soul food dishes at restaurants and recipes online because it’s very vegetable-based.

Try these vegan soul food recipes today.


11. Mac and Cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is mac and cheese. Have baked mac and cheese from Jessica in the Kitchen.

Here are more vegan mac and cheese recipes.

Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese (Creamy, Cheesy, and Easy!)
This is the best vegan mac and cheese ever! Cashews, carrots, and a few other simple ingredients whip up into a rich, velvety plant-based cheese sauce for tossing with elbow noodles. So good!

12. Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is an excellent alternative to pumpkin pie. Try vegan sweet potato pie from Orchids + Sweet Tea.

You may be interested in my blog posts on vegan sweet potato recipes and vegan pie recipes.

Best Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
When it comes to this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie, it is smooth, velvety, naturally sweetened, full of sweet potato flavor and a nice crust

13. Vegan Fried Chicken

My favorite food before I became vegan was fried chicken. I can still enjoy it by creating vegan fried chicken, like the recipe from So Vegan.

Vegan Fried ‘Chicken’ - SO VEGAN
Oyster mushrooms make a great substitute for chicken in our homage to this classic Southern American fast food.

14. Black-Eyed Peas

A classic Soul food side dish is black-eyed peas. Try prepping black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot with the help of Marisa Moore.

If you would rather be boring and have regular, old peas, feel free to make these pea recipes instead.

Vegan Black Eyed Peas {Instant Pot + Stovetop Options}
These vegan Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas are a delicious southern recipe. They are no soak, full of flavor, and meatless!

15. Air-Fried Okra

My next blog post will be on vegan okra recipes. One example is air-fried okra from Vegan With Curves.

Air Fried Okra
A soul food classic now made vegan and healthier! Air fried okra is great to eat as a filling side dish or as a quick appetizer!

5 Vegan Afro-Caribbean Recipes

When I visited Cuba a few years ago, I learned about some of the African influences in Cuba. We visited a museum in Trinidad that talked about the history of slavery in Cuba with the sugarcane industry. We saw a couple of Afro-Cuban music performances: one in the Palenque de Los Congos Reales in Trinidad and another in Cienfuegos with Santería music.

Try these vegan Afro-Caribbean recipes today.


16. Vegan Brown Stew Chicken

Brown stew chicken is very popular in Jamaica. Try vegan brown stew chicken from Healthier Steps.

Vegan Brown Stew Chicken - Healthier Steps
Vegan brown stew chicken is a vegan take on a delicious Jamaican dish. It is flavorful with a deep color and an umami flavor!

17. Trinidadian Tomato Choka

Trinidad is a Caribbean island and was one of the cities I visited in Cuba. However, this is referring to the Caribbean island. Have tomato choka from That Girl Cooks Healthy.

Trinidadian Tomato choka (Vegan, GF, low fat)
This super easy Tomato Choka recipe is a vegan aromatic Trinidadian breakfast dish consisting of garlic, onion, pepper combined with roasted tomato served with sada roti. A great way to use up some leftover tomatoes along with some accessible ingredients.

18. Vegan Caribbean Feast

If you would rather try an array of Caribbean foods, why not have a Caribbean feast? Make a vegan Caribbean feast with the help of Rachel Ama.

Vegan Caribbean Feast — rachel ama
Guaranteed to get the tastebuds dancing

19. Cassava Pone

A typical dessert eaten in the Caribbean is cassava pone. Try this vegan cassava pone recipe by That Girl Cooks Healthy.

Cassava Pone (Vegan, Gluten Free)
This delicious Caribbean sweet treat called Cassava Pone. A vegan dense pudding that is made from grated cassava, coconut/almond milk, pumpkin, sweetener and spices is whipped into a smooth batter before being baked until golden.

20. Ackee Cake

Ackee is one of the many foods introduced to the Caribbean due to slavery. One of Jamaica’s national dishes is ackee and saltfish, common for breakfast.

Have vegan ackee cake from Amazing Ackee. Then, bake more vegan cakes.

Easiest Ackee Cake Ever! {Vegan} - Amazing Ackee
The easiest ackee cake ever! Prepped in less than 10 minutes; it yields an “ackee-forward” cake with a beautiful, tender crumb. On top of that, it’s vegan!

5 Vegan South American Recipes

When I was in school, I made excuses to do reports on the Amazon rainforest because I wanted to visit there, which is partially in Brazil. In other parts of Brazil, millions of African slaves contributed to Brazil’s economy, especially in the sugarcane industry. Even though slavery was officially abolished in Brazil in 1888, many Brazilians still live in what would equate to modern slavery conditions today in industries like agriculture, logging, and textiles.

South America has a decent number of African descent people, especially in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. 

Try these vegan South American recipes today.


21. Moqueca

Moqueca is a seafood stew that originated from Bahia, Brazil but was influenced by Portuguese, indigenous, and African cuisines. Make some vegan moqueca with the help of LaVieBami.

Vegan Moqueca with Tofu (Brazilian Stew), with video - La Vie Bami - Food Blog
Hello there ! We’re back with a vegan recipe : Vegan Moqueca with Tofu! I had the chance to spend 9 months in Brazil on an exchange program back in 2016-2017. Brazil is a huge country with different culinary traditions: my favorite Brazilian cuisines are the ones from Minas Gerais; where I lived, and of course from…

22. Brazilian-Style Black Beans

Many Afro-Brazilians practice Candomblé, and they make a lot of black bean dishes for their Bonfim festival because that is their honored god’s (Oxalá’s) favorite food.

Here are Brazilian-style black beans from the Whinery.


23. Arroz Con Coco

In Cartagena, Colombia, you may come across a Colombian rice dish called arroz con coco, literally meaning coconut rice. Make arroz con coco with the help of That Girl Cooks Healthy.

Arroz Con Coco (Colombian Coconut Rice)
Bring a taste of Colombia to your dinner table with this Arroz Con Coco. This sweet savory rice is made from evaporated coconut that turns to caramelized shreds and cooked up with some raisins. The perfect side dish to pair with fish or any other type of seafood.

24. Venezuelan Arepas

Even though arepas originated from the Indigenous people of Venezuela and Colombia, Europeans and Africans greatly influenced this dish after colonization started. Have Venezuelan arepas from Healthier Steps.

Venezuelan Arepas - Healthier Steps
Learn how to make Venezuelan Arepas, delicious cornmeal pockets stuffed with favorite vegan filling such as jackfruit carnitas.

25. Fried Sweet Plantains

A typical side dish across Latin America and in some parts of Africa is fried sweet plantains, which is made with plantains, vegetable oil, and salt. Here are some fried sweet plantains from Immaculate Bites.

Fried Sweet Plantains
Fried Sweet Plantains make the perfect side dish for African and Latin meals or a fantastic snack all by itself. Crispy, tender, and so good

5 Vegan Northern African Recipes

Egypt is probably the first country most people think of in Northern Africa because of Cairo and its pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Northern Africa is the most distinctive region of Africa because Europe and the Middle East heavily influence it. For example, Spain and Morocco are major trade partners less than 10 miles apart by sea. Plus, most speak Arabic and practice Islam.

Try these vegan Northern African recipes today.


26. Fasolia

Fasolia is an Egyptian green bean stew. Make some vegan fasolia with the help of One Arab Vegan.

Egyptian Green Bean Stew

27. Couscous

In Maghreb (aka Northwest Africa), many enjoy having couscous that’s made with meat and/or veggies. Try this vegan couscous salad from Chenée Today.

Vegan Couscous Salad with Chickpeas
Bright vegan couscous salad with a fresh chili-lime vinaigrette! This vegan couscous bowl is one of the best easy vegan couscous recipes!

28. Shakshuka

Another famous Maghrebi dish is shakshuka, which is served at breakfast time. Try vegan shakshuka from Jessica in the Kitchen.

Here are more vegan breakfast ideas.

Vegan Shakshuka Recipe
This Vegan Shakshuka (or Shakshouka) is a quick and easy dish, less than 45 minutes and is a flavourful and delicious breakfast or brunch!

29. Doubara

A famous soup that you may come across in Algeria is doubara. Have some doubara from Keesha’s Kitchen.

Algerian Doubara (Vegan Fava Bean Stew)
The delicious Algerian Doubara is a great example of the various Mediterranean influences you can find in North African cuisine.

30. Tagine

Tagine has two meanings.

  1. the Moroccan pot used to make stews
  2. the Moroccan stew made with this same pot

Make vegan tagine with the help of Cuisinicity.

Moroccan Tagine (Vegan) - Cuisinicity
A tagine is a Moroccan covered earthenware pot traditionally used to simmer stews slowly over coals. Of course, I have bypassed the coals, and, even the eartherware pot, but I kept the wonderful flavors and spices of Morocco just the same--cumin, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, lemon, garlic, green oliv

5 Vegan East African Recipes

In my intro to anthropology class, I learned that the first Homo sapiens originated in Ethiopia. All humans today are part of a subspecies called Homo sapiens sapiens. Technically, from an anthropological standpoint, all humans descended from Africa. Therefore, every human is African to some degree, but saying that from a cultural and racial standpoint is entirely inaccurate.

Try these vegan East African recipes today.


31. Swala

Swala is a traditional okra soup with kombo (salt) from South Sudan. Try vegan swala from Taste of South Sudan.

You may like these soup recipes.

African Okra Soup with Kombo – Swala - Taste of South Sudan
African Okra Soup with Kombo - Swala African Okra Soup with Kombo - Swala, also called “Swala”, or “Mula Kombo ta Bamia”, is a specialty of the Kakwa tribe from Yei, South Sudan. It is a vegetarian, low calorie soup free of gluten. So it is in fact a light soup to serve prior to

32. Injera

There are so many different breads across the world. One that you can find in Ethiopia is injera, which is a flatbread made out of teff flour and water.

Make injera with the help of Chef Lola's Kitchen. If you need any assistance eating injera properly, watch the video below.

INJERA—100% Gluten Free Teff Injera Recipe
Injera is a soft, thin pancake-like flatbread made from fermented teff batter. A staple food in Ethiopia/Eritrea usually used as a serving base for

33. Ugali

Ugali is a flour porridge that many East Africans eat, made out of cornmeal and water. Make this ugali recipe from Mayuri’s Jikoni.

Ugali
What is Ugali? Ugali is like a porridge but much more dense made from white maize meal or maize flour. It is the staple diet of the indigenous people of East Africa. Also known as Nsima it is gener…

34. Mukimo

Mukimo is a vegan mashed potatoes and greens dish, a Kikuyu staple in Central Kenya. Here’s some mukimo from Food For The Soul.

Mukimo, Kenyan Mashed Potatoes And Greens - Food For The Soul
Last month we took a road trip to Nairobi Kenya which is a 5 hour drive from where we are in Tanzania. While we were there we had probably the best mall food court meal ever! We were good and hungry and we couldn’t decide between the offerings so we…

35. Pilau

Pilau is a popular rice dish in East Africa, especially along the Swahili coast. Make vegan East African pilau from Immaculate Bites.

  • The recipe lets you choose between cooking oil, butter, and ghee to heat the pan before adding the cashews. Make sure you use a type of vegetable oil to keep the recipe vegan because butter and ghee aren’t vegan due to containing dairy.
  • This recipe calls for 4 cups (1 quart) of liquid, which could be broth, water, and/or coconut milk, as suggested by this recipe’s author. Use vegetable broth, water, or coconut milk to keep the recipe vegan. Avoid chicken and bone broth if you want this dish to be vegetarian or vegan.
East African Pilau Rice
Quick, easy, and aromatic one-pan East African Pilau Rice is packed with warm flavors. Guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palate!

5 Vegan Central African Recipes

When I started volunteering for my local YWCA for one of my Spanish classes, I met many Congolese American immigrants who spoke French. I wasn’t that familiar with their native country at the time, but I was surprised to learn that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populous French-speaking country, instead of France. French is also spoken in over half of the countries of Africa, so if you’re interested in doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa, you may want to learn some French.

Try these vegan Central African recipes today.


36. Puff Puffs

Puff puffs are traditional snacks made from deep-fried dough balls found in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Cameroon. Try vegan puff puffs from Recipes from a Pantry.

Puff Puff (Deep Fried Dough Balls) {Vegan}
Guys, this Puff Puff recipe, (deep fried dough balls, vegan fried dough) is the BEST traditional African snack!! It is sweet, fluffy, golden brown and highly addictive. This is my tried and true method for making Nigerian Puff Puff. And I even include an EASY step-by-step tutorial!!!!!!

37. Pondu

Pondu is a Congolese cassava leaf stew. Have vegan pondu from The Canadian African.

Vegan Cassava Leaf Stew (Pondu) - The Canadian African
In this recipe, I will be sharing a quick and easy one-pot cassava leaf stew inspired by the Congolese Dish - Pondu (also known as Saka Saka).

38. Peanut Stew

Peanut stew is widespread in West Africa and Central Africa. Make vegan peanut stew from Sweet & Sorrel.

Groundnut Stew - Sweet & Sorrel
Groundnut Stew or Peanut Stew is hearty, comforting, and perfect for fall. This version is inspired by a recipe from Sierra Leone.

39. Miondo and Ndolé

Two typical Cameroonian dishes are miondo and ndolé. Learn how to make them with the help of Nathan-Josias on LIVEKINDLY.

2 African Recipes Made Vegan: Miondo and Ndolé
Nathan-Josias makes two meat-free, African recipes: Miondo and Ndolé. The vegan Cameroonian dishes are incredibly easy to make.

40. Matoke

Rwanda and parts of East Africa have a cooked banana dish that goes by various names depending on where you are. Make vegan matoke from eat well abi.

Try these banana recipes.

Matoke With Beans · eat well abi
Delicious, filling and comforting matoke with beans prepared with East African Highlands banana is quick and easy to prepare.

5 Vegan Southern African Recipes

When I was in high school, my best friend’s first cousin did presentations in school on what it was like to live in Zimbabwe. If you looked at her, you would have never guessed she was of African descent unless she said so, and most people who would hear that wouldn’t take her seriously. She was very white, had a slight, British-sounding accent, and talked about school in terms used in Harry Potter, like having dormitories.

The truth was her father was white and was born and raised in small-town Iowa. Meanwhile, her mother was born and raised in what we call Zimbabwe today, and if I remember correctly, she came from Southern Rhodesia, which is now a part of modern-day Zimbabwe.

Please remember that South Africa is a country while Southern Africa is an African region.

Try these vegan Southern African recipes today.


41. Bobotie

Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. Try vegan bobotie from My Burnt Orange.

Green Lentil Bobotie (Vegan Recipe) - My Burnt Orange
This green lentil bobotie (vegan recipe) is popular in the vegetarian category of African cuisine. Let South African food inspire you.

42. Chakalaka

Chakalaka is a South African vegetable relish. Here’s some vegan chakalaka from Recipes from a Pantry.

Chakalaka {South African Vegetable Relish – Vegan, Gluten Free}
Chakalaka is a traditional South African relish that is spicy, tangy, and oh-so-good. Baked beans, peppers, chopped tomatoes, fresh thyme, ginger, and other flavourful ingredients make this a dish to remember. Learn how to easily make Chakalaka here!

43. Kachumbari Salad

A great salad that you can find in the African Great Lakes region is kachumbari (a tomato and onion salad). Make a kachumbari salad with the help of Food For The Soul.

Kachumbari Salad - Food For The Soul
Kachumbari is a common salad here in the Tanzanian and Kenyan area. It’s an east Afrikan twist on salsa.

44. Lasary Legioma

Lasary legioma is a Malagasy tomato relish, similar to pico de gallo in Mexico. Try this lasary legioma recipe by Hawa Hassan.

Lasary Legioma (Tomato Relish)
Lasary Legioma is a tomato relish from Madagascar that is similar to pico de gallo in Mexican cuisines. Enjoy as pre-dinner snack with cheese and grilled bread or as an accompaniment to fish for dinner.

45. Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is a typical dessert found in South Africa. Here’s a vegan malva pudding recipe from Cape Town Vegan.

Malva Pudding - Cape Town Vegan
WHAT THE EVEN HECK!? I am NOT KIDDING when I tell you that THIS malva pudding IS THE SHIT! When I met Nina Esterhuysen from Vegilicious I knew she was one of (my very many) vegan soulmates when she mentioned that she makes the best the best Malva Pudding ever. My reaction was like, “Why don’t you put your oven gloves where your mouth is and prove it.” And she did. And I had to hold back the tears afterRead more

5 Vegan West African Recipes

When I was attending UNI, I took a non-Western culture course on Africa because I was the most clueless on that part of the world. My professor was from Ghana, and he taught us about the different countries and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the first things that confused me was he had the best English skills in the class with a vast and advanced English vocabulary.

In case you are unaware, Ghana’s official language is English, which made a lot more sense as to why my professor’s first name was John. He was taught English in school just like Americans usually do, except he also learned his parents’ mother tongues at home. Unfortunately, Ghana is one of the many African countries that speak European languages as its first language due to the Scramble for Africa.

Since I’m not a historian, you can find more information on the colonization of Africa on your own. I would rather share a few vegan West African recipes with you.


46. Akara

Akara is a dish of black-eyed pea fritters, which is West Africa’s equivalent of falafel. Make vegan akara thanks to The Vegan Nigerian.

Akara | Nigerian Bean Fritters
akara bean fritters recipe nigerian vegan

47. Accra Banana

You can find accra banana (banana fritters) in many West African homes. Make accra banana with the help of Immaculate Bites.

Accra Banana (Deep Fried Banana Fritters)
Accra Banana (Deep Fried Banana Fritters) – a good way to use overly ripe bananas as a breakfast accompaniment, late afternoon or night snack. It is best served hot with hot sauce on the side.Simply addictive! Accra Banana are deep- fried puffs which are made out of banana and some sort of flour, cornmeal, cassava , ... View More

48. Efo Riro

If you’re familiar with the Yoruba people who reside in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, you may have heard of a spinach stew called efo riro. Make vegan efo riro from The Vegan Nigerian.

EFO RIRO
A food blog for Nigerian recipes with a vegan twist.

49. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a popular rice side from West Africa. Make vegan jollof rice from Whisk It Real Gud.

Vegan Jollof rice
Jollof rice is staple dish in West Africa. This vegan meal is cooked in a flavorful tomatoes, onions and peppers stew. Even non vegans will love it!

50. Yassa Tofu

In Senegal, they have a grilled chicken dish called yassa. To make it vegan, have yassa tofu from The Canadian African.

Vegan Yassa Tofu (Senegalese - Inspired) - The Canadian African
Yassa is one of the most popular dishes in Senegal. This recipe is a vegan friendly version with the same classic flavours.

Conclusion

I feel weird for writing about vegan African recipes when I’m white and not celebrating Kwanzaa. My college speech coaches always reminded us never to be afraid to speak for the voiceless. Even with over a billion people living in Africa and hundreds of millions of people of African descent outside of Africa, there should be enough people to explain the significance of Africa to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, many people get caught up in what they’re used to and aren’t that willing to learn about different countries, cultures, and cuisines.

Too many believe that Africa is a single country instead of a continent containing various countries. Many don’t realize that Africa has more things going for it besides poverty, the Sahara desert, and the jungle. For example, Nigeria is prominent in the film industry with Nollywood. Plus, Egypt is known for tourism of its pyramids, the Nile, and mummies. Besides, where would we be without Madagascar’s lemurs? Zoboomafoo (old PBS show) and Madagascar (2005 movie) would never have been made without them.

If you’re interested in following more Black food bloggers, follow any recipe authors listed in this blog post. If you want to try other cuisines, I have past blog posts on vegan American recipes and vegan Mexican recipes, and I will write about vegan Chinese recipes, vegan Cajun recipes, and vegan Italian recipes.