Nutrient-Dense Recipes (Easy and Delicious)

These nutrient-dense recipes are easy to make and loaded with flavor. These simple meals, snacks, and desserts are totally satisfying and packed full of nutrients.

Nutrient-Dense Recipes

Whether you’re looking for dinner recipes, breakfast ideas, snacks, or desserts, this list of nutrient-dense recipes has got you covered.

1. Meatless Meatloaf

Vegetarian meatloaf on a white platter with two slices cut.
Meatless Meatloaf

This vegan meatloaf is juicy and loaded with flavor. It’s got plenty of nutrients from chickpeas, almond butter, veggies, and herbs. This yummy dish is a must try. It freezes well and is perfect for a make-ahead dinner. Meatless Meatloaf Recipe

2. Kale Pasta Sauce

Noodles smothered in a green kale pasta sauce.
Kale Pasta Sauce

This kale pasta sauce is packed with nutrients and has such a pretty, vibrant green color. It’s a delicious way to get your veggies in. Serve it with a nutritious variety of pasta (Kamut pasta is my current favorite but buckwheat pasta, spelt pasta, or quinoa pasta are all nutrient-dense options). Kale Pasta Sauce Recipe

3. Chocolate Black Bean Cake

A slice of frosted chocolate black bean cake.
Chocolate Black Bean Cake

This chocolate black bean cake is rich, fudgy, and delicious. It’s loaded with fiber and nutrients. This decadent cake is a must try for special occasions. It’s high on the list of my favorite nutrient-dense recipes. Chocolate Black Bean Cake Recipe

4. Flaxseed Crackers

Flaxseed crackers next to a dish of guacamole.
Flaxseed Crackers

These homemade flaxseed crackers are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. They’re easy to make and delicious. These crackers are a great alternative to store bought crackers. Flaxseed Crackers Recipe

5. Amaranth Cookies

Amaranth cookies on a white plate.
Amaranth Cookies

These amaranth cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious. They’re quick and easy to make too. These cookies are sweetened with the dates and don’t contain any added sugar. They’re also gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. Amaranth Cookies Recipe

6. Dark Chocolate Hummus

A bowl of dark chocolate hummus next to a pile of strawberries.
Dark Chocolate Hummus

This dark chocolate hummus is a tasty and nutritious treat. Serve it with fresh strawberries or any other fruit you like for dipping. It’s perfect for parties. Dark Chocolate Hummus Recipe

7. Chocolate Covered Dates

Six chocolate covered dates on a white plate.
Chocolate Covered Dates

These chocolate covered dates are a tasty addition to any dessert table. They’re made with dark chocolate and you can add any toppings you like. If you’re a fan of dates, definitely add these to your list of nutrient-dense recipes to try. They’re so quick and easy to make. Chocolate Covered Dates Recipe

8. Peanut Butter Date Cookies

Eight peanut butter date cookies on a white plate.
Peanut Butter Date Cookies

These peanut butter date cookies are sweetened only with dates. They’re refined sugar free and vegan. These yummy cookies are soft and chewy. Peanut Butter Date Cookies Recipe

9. Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Balsamic roasted asparagus spears on a white plate.
Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

This balsamic roasted asparagus is an easy and elegant side dish that’s full of nutrients. The spears are tender with crispy tips. This side dish pairs well with most main courses. Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Recipe

10. Butternut Squash With Rosemary

A bowl of roasted butternut squash with rosemary.
Butternut Squash With Rosemary

This butternut squash with rosemary is the perfect nutritious side dish for fall. It’s sweet and tender with slightly crispy edges. The combination of butternut squash and rosemary is so deliciously cozy. Butternut Squash with Rosemary Recipe

11. Dried Fig Cookies

Six fig cookies on a white plate.
Dried Fig Cookies

These dried fig cookies are soft, chewy, and totally satisfying. They’re made with dried figs and are perfect when you’re in the mood for a nutritious treat. These cookies are loaded with fiber and essential nutrients. Dried Fig Cookies Recipe

12. Kale Cookies

Kale cookies on a white plate.
Kale Cookies

These kale cookies are a tasty way to incorporate more veggies into a treat. They’re soft, chewy, and sweet. They hardly taste like kale which makes them great for picky eaters. Kale Cookies Recipe

13. Dark Chocolate Covered Figs

Chocolate covered figs sprinkled with chopped pecans on a white plate.
Chocolate Covered Figs

These chocolate covered figs are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and essential nutrients. They’re quick and easy to make. These delicious treats are perfect for gifting and make a great addition to any dessert table. Chocolate Covered Figs Recipe

14. Buckwheat Cookies

Buckwheat cookies on a white plate with a bite missing from one of them.
Buckwheat Cookies

These buckwheat cookies are sweet and chocolaty with crispy edges. They’re made with buckwheat flour and are gluten free and vegan. If you haven’t tried baking with buckwheat flour yet, these yummy cookies are a must try. Buckwheat Cookies Recipe

15. Spelt Flour Cake

A slice of spelt flour cake on a white plate.
Spelt Flour Cake

This spelt flour cake is naturally sweetened with dates. This refined sugar-free cake is moist and delicious. It’s made with almond butter and has a caramel-like flavor. Spelt Flour Cake Recipe

16. Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A single vegan stuffed portobello mushroom on a white plate against a white tile background.
Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms are a tasty, plant-based dinner. This recipe calls for oat flour instead of the traditional breadcrumbs. This dish is perfect for entertaining and can be prepared in advance. Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Recipe

17. Beet Pasta Sauce

A dish of noodles covered in a pink beet pasta sauce.
Beet Pasta Sauce

This beet pasta sauce is perfect when you’re in the mood for something a little different. It’s creamy, filling, and flavorful. Serve it with a nutritious variety of pasta such as spelt pasta, kamut pasta, or any other whole-grain pasta or grain-free pasta you like. Beet Pasta Sauce Recipe

18. Baked Okra

Baked okra piled in a bowl.
Baked Okra

This baked okra is perfect when you’re tired of the same old veggie side dishes. It’s perfectly tender and flavorful. This nutrient-dense side dish pairs well with a wide variety of main courses. Baked Okra Recipe

19. Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

Seven vegan almond butter cookies on a white plate.
Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

These vegan almond butter cookies are easy to make and so delicious. They’re made with whole wheat flour for an extra boost of fiber and nutrients. They’re sweetened with coconut sugar and are dairy free and egg free. Vegan Almond Butter Cookies Recipe

20. Dark Chocolate Dipped Oranges

Chocolate covered orange segments sprinkled with orange zest on a white plate.
Chocolate Dipped Oranges

These chocolate dipped oranges are an easy and nutrient-dense addition to any dessert table. They’re sweet, juicy, and bursting with flavor from fresh orange zest. These are perfect for the holidays or whenever you’re in the mood for a fruity treat. Chocolate Dipped Oranges Recipe

21. Dark Chocolate Covered Pecans

Chocolate pecans on a white plate.
Dark Chocolate Covered Pecans

These dark chocolate covered pecans are an easy and nutritious treat. Dark chocolate combined with toasted pecans balances richness and crunch. They’re subtly sweet and totally satisfying. These are one of my favorite easy nutrient-dense recipes when I’m craving something sweet. Dark Chocolate Covered Pecans Recipe

22. Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Pumpkin chocolates on a white plate.
Pumpkin Spice Truffles

These pumpkin spice truffles are perfect if you’re in the mood for fall flavors. They taste so decadent but are made with nutrient-dense ingredients like dark chocolate and pure pumpkin puree. These yummy truffles are a must try. Pumpkin Spice Truffles Recipe

23. Chickpea Flour Crackers

Chickpea flour crackers and dip on a white plate.
Chickpea Flour Crackers

Chickpea flour crackers are a delicious grain-free snack. Serve them with hummus or any other dip you like. They’re crispy and satisfying. Chickpea Flour Crackers Recipe

24. Roasted Zucchini Slices

Roasted zucchini slices on a white plate.
Roasted Zucchini Slices

These roasted zucchini slices are perfect during zucchini season in the summertime. This dish is simple yet so tasty. This makes a great addition to sandwiches, salads, or pasta dishes. Roasted Zucchini Slices Recipe

25. Date Paste: A Nutrient-Dense Sweetener

Date paste in a glass dish.
Date Paste

Date paste is a natural sweetener that’s packed with nutrients. It has a yummy, caramel-like flavor and works well in cakes, muffins, cookies, and other treats. It’s quick and easy to make too. Date Paste Recipe

26. Amaranth Crackers

Amaranth crackers on a white plate.
Amaranth Crackers

These amaranth crackers are crispy and flavorful. They’re vegan and gluten free. These yummy crackers are nutrient dense and easy to make. Amaranth Crackers Recipe

27. Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

Five vegan sweet potato muffins on a white plate.
Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These vegan sweet potato muffins are fluffy and moist. They’re nutritious and easy to make. These muffins are perfect for a nutrient-dense breakfast on busy mornings. You can make them in advance and freeze them, then defrost as many as you need the night before so breakfast is ready to go. Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

28. Maple Sweetened Banana Muffins

Maple sweetened banana muffins piled in a basket lined with a linen napkin.
Maple Sweetened Banana Muffins

Maple sweetened banana muffins are moist and delicious. They’re sweetened only with maple syrup and bananas. These muffins are made with whole wheat flour and are egg free and dairy free. Maple Sweetened Banana Muffins Recipe

29. Spelt Crackers

Spelt crackers on a white plate.
Spelt Crackers

These spelt crackers are so easy to make they’ll make you question buying store-bought crackers. if you’ve never made crackers at home before, this is a good nutrient-dense recipe to start with. Spelt Crackers Recipe

30. Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes

Three vegan whole wheat pancakes on a plate with fruit and syrup.
Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes

Vegan whole wheat pancakes are perfect for breakfast on the weekends. They’re filling, flavorful, and delicious. I like to serve them with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Add these yummy pancakes to your list of must-try nutrient-dense recipes. Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

31. Spelt Muffins

Five spelt muffins on a white plate.
Spelt Muffins

Spelt muffins are subtly sweet, moist, and delicious. They’re made with whole-grain spelt flour and are dairy free, egg free, and refined sugar free. These muffins can be prepared in advance and freeze well. Spelt Muffins Recipe

32. Vegan Frittata

A slice of vegan frittata on a white plate.
Vegan Frittata

This vegan frittata recipe is packed with protein and nutrients. It’s easy to make, filling, and delicious. This plant-based breakfast recipe is a must try. Vegan Frittata Recipe

33. Chickpea Flour Tortillas

Chickpea flour tortillas displayed on a plate.
Chickpea Flour Tortillas

Chickpea flour tortillas are quick and easy to make. They’re vegan, gluten free, and so delicious. Stuff them with roasted veggies, hummus, or fresh greens. Definitely add these to your list of nutrient-dense recipes to try. Chickpea Flour Tortillas Recipe

34. Tempeh Chips

Triangle shaped tempeh chips on a white plate.
Tempeh Chips

These tempeh chips are a delicious high-protein, plant-based snack. They’re delicious served with salsa, hummus, or any kind of dip you like. These chips are totally satisfying. Tempeh Chips Recipe

35. Date Muffins

Seven date muffins on a white plate.
Date Muffins

These yummy date muffins are sweetened only with dates and don’t contain any added sugar. They’re dairy free, egg free, oil free, and vegan. They’re perfect for a nutritious snack or breakfast. These are one of my favorite nutrient-dense recipes. Date Muffins Recipe

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