Vegan Food Trends You Can’t Miss in 2021

Vegan foods have skyrocketed in popularity this year as more and more people recognise that consuming animals, their mammary secretions, and their eggs not only is cruel but also has apocalyptic consequences for our planet and health. 

Undoubtedly a tough year for all of us, 2020 has inspired many people to take action to make the world a better place for everyone on it. Businesses took note, and many of the UK’s top restaurants and takeaway venues introduced vegan options this year.

With this kind revolution, we know the vegan food boom will only grow in 2021.

Below are our top predictions for 2021’s vegan food trends.

Vegan Chicken

In 2020, KFC launched its hugely successful vegan chicken burger nationwide – and sold a million of them in January alone – and Nando’s followed with its own peri delicious vegan chicken. 

Other businesses are bound to follow suit, and we’re cluckin’ excited to try all the new offerings as soon as they’re introduced. In the meantime, try some of our favourite vegan chicken delights available right now:

Vegan Fast Food

Vegan fast-food places are popping up around the UK, and we predict there’ll be many more in the next year. From burgers topped with vegan cheese to kebabs made with seitan, vegan fast food means enjoying indulgent flavours guilt-free.

But it won’t just be vegan fast-food restaurants that increase in popularity – fast-food chains like Burger King are due to follow in KFC, Subway, and Leon’s footsteps by putting vegan on the menu.

Vegan Delivery Services

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than putting your feet up and chowing down on a delicious ready-made meal – and vegan delivery services are making it possible.

Industry leaders like Allplants and Vibrant Vegan have ready meals available for delivery, which you can pop in the oven or microwave. And many big chains and independent vegan businesses have their meals available to order on easy-to-use delivery apps. Watch this space – there’ll be more in 2021!

Vegan Seafood

Want to ditch fish and choose a kinder, animal-free option? There are loads of vegan fish products available in the UK that will give you that “fishy” taste without harming any animals.

Try some of our favourite vegan fish and chips or treat yourself to a homemade vegan salmon bagel – and prepare to see much more of this in supermarkets and restaurants next year.

Vegan Cheese

When La Fauxmagerie – the UK’s first vegan cheesemonger – opened its doors, people queued up to get their hands on vegan blue cheese, camembert, and more.

Vegans love cheese made with plant milks, not curdled cow secretions, so it’s great news that animal-friendly, dairy-free, and delicious cheesy goods are becoming increasingly mainstream. It’s even better news that this is just the beginning. In 2021, more and more people will choose cheeses made with nuts and soya instead of those made of an animal’s milk.

Vegan Eggs

In 2020, vegan meat and cheese options are readily available in supermarket, and vegan eggs are not far behind.

Vegan egg replacements for baking have been a thing for eons (can you say, “Banana”?), but, come 2021, you’ll have endless products to choose from to make scrambled eggs, omelets, quiches, and more, all without harming chickens. 

Vegan Patisserie

We’re confident that vegan croissants and macarons will soon become widely available at bakeries, supermarkets, and cafés across the country. A vegan Pastel de Nata? Yes, please!

In the meantime, you can get your hands on vegan French pastries in the UK at Ladurée, Pret A Manger, and Caffé Nero. Or, if you’re a fan of baking, why not make your own?

Vegan Fermented Foods

Foods rich in probiotics are a tasty way to add healthy bacteria to your diet – and vegan fermented food is taking over. From kombucha to vegan yoghurt drinks to tempeh, businesses are tapping into this booming trend, and exciting launches are likely to come in 2021.

Vegan Recipe Boxes

A lot of us have been cooking more this year, testing out new recipes and baking banana bread like it’s our job. Recipe boxes are a great service that allow more experimentation in the kitchen, and big brands like HelloFresh are sure to recognise a desire for more plant-based options.

If you’re whipping up something special, we volunteer as taste testers!

Why Eat Vegan?

The popularity of vegan living is growing at an astonishing rate as more and more people recognise that other animals have the same inherent desire to live as we do – and that eating vegan is better not only for animals but also for our planet and our own health. As a result, you’ll find delectable animal-friendly options almost anywhere you go to shop or eat.