9 Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Detox Recipes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 29, 2013


If you’re anything like me, you might be on the hunt for some kick-butt, plant-powered recipes to start off 2014 on the right foot. Here are 9 favourite healthy recipes from the past year. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

1. Easy Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad

vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free option, no bake

I think this almond “tuna” salad tastes even better than the real thing. The base of this salad is made with plump soaked almonds which are processed until “flaked” in texture. To bulk up the flaked almonds, I added celery, garlic, and green onion for more flavour and crunch. Finally some oil-based mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon juice brought everything together. The end result is creamy, crunchy, a bit tangy, and seriously, seriously hard to resist. I couldn’t stop eating it straight from the bowl! Try it on top of a salad, in cucumber cups, lettuce wraps, on toasted sprouted-grain bread.


2. The Best Shredded Kale Salad

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free

Want in on a little secret? A Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player said this is the best kale salad he’s ever had (and apparently they eat a lot of kale!). My life is now complete. And I might pee my pants.


3. Detox Tabbouleh

Vegan. gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, no bake, nut-free

With a base of cauliflower rice, this non-traditional version of tabbouleh is grain-free while still tasting incredible thanks to the heart-healthy red wine and flax dressing. Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune, inflammatory, hormonal, detoxification, and antioxidant systems in the body. One more reason to dig in! I especially love this tabbouleh served with hummus and crackers. A fun snack or light lunch.


4. Pink Power Detox Smoothie

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free

Beet, strawberries, avocado, and lemon unite to create one kick-butt, surprisingly delicious, creamy, bright pink smoothie! It’s not super sweet, so if you like your smoothies on the sweeter side I suggest adding an apple to compliment the other flavours.



5. Chia Fresca 

vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, oil-free, no bake, refined sugar-free, nut-free

I like to call this my all-natural energy drink! Chia Fresca has been a popular drink in Mexico and Central America for many years. It’s made up of water, chia seeds, lemon or lime juice, and sweetener. Thanks to the chia seeds, it’s packed with nutrition and the lemon or lime juice aids in detoxifying the body. Drink it after a wild night (such as NYE!) or anytime you need a boost. I know I’m going to have a bottle ready for New Year’s Day…


6. Back on Track Green Monster

vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, no bake, nut-free, soy-free

This Green Monster is great for getting your healthy eating back on track after a series of indulgences. I’ll take 8 please! It sets your day on the right tone and instantly makes you feel great. For the banana haters out there, you’ll be pleased to know that this one is banana-free. As with any smoothie, feel free to play around with the ingredients to suit your own taste buds. You might like more or less lemon, ginger, apple, etc. Add to taste and you can’t go wrong.


7. Italian Bean Balls with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free

Delightful Italian bean balls filled with basil, oregano, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes round out this fresh & light meal of spaghetti squash "pasta" and tomato sauce. It’s a light meal, but it totally feels gourmet.


8. Jumbo Chickpea Pancake 

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free, sugar-free

This dense and filling savoury chickpea pancake is packed with protein and fibre and it makes a great breakfast, lunch, or quick dinner. Feel free to change up the mix-ins and toppings based on what you have in your fridge. It’s super versatile! I love it topped with hummus, avocado, salsa, and a sprinkle of Herbamare.


9. Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Larabars’

vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake, oil-free, soy-free option (use Enjoy Life chips or omit)

Because we all need something sweet now and then! This recipe is just like the store-bought bars, only homemade in your own kitchen in a matter of minutes.


Contest Winners:

Congrats to Meredith Bessey for winning the $100 Whole Foods Gift Card and the subscription to Chickpea Magazine! I’ve sent you an email this morning to collect your info.

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Congrats ladies! Thanks to everyone who participated.

Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous, healthy, and fun New Year! I’m so grateful that you take the time out of your day to visit my blog; you enrich my life in so many ways. All the best to you in 2014! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year.

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Julia January 2, 2014 at 12:06 am

My meat and dairy loving boyfriend and I (a vegan) made and loved your detox tabouli tonight. It’s such a great variation on what is a traditional dish for my family. I processed everything except the tomatoes in my food processor and it couldnt have been easier. Tomorrow night the spaghetti and bean balls are up! Thanks for the roundup and always reliable recipes.


Michelle January 2, 2014 at 3:35 am

Hi Angela.Happy New year !
I was wondering what is the size of that Ball mason jar where green monster is ?

Thank you :)


Rebecca Rip January 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

That green monster looks delish — thanks for all your great recipes!


Samantha January 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

Happy New Year! Thanks for gathering these awesome recipes, I plan to try all of them.

I have a silly question- do you peel your apples in your smoothies or chop them with the peel? I never know so thought I’d ask a smoothie expert ;)



Patrick January 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

Happy New Year to you. I have a question. What are your thoughts on juice cleanses and detoxing?


Vegan Grammie Annie January 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

Kale is one of my new favorite foods. I will definitely try this recipe first.


P January 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Hi Angela, I especially liked the Chia Fresca and Bean Balls can’t wait to try them either! However, can I get the exact recipe cause they look amaZing! Pleeeeeze!


Janet January 7, 2014 at 4:25 am

I was watching a program on TV last night about doing a detox and there was a scientist that said your body does it naturally and anything you buy labelled “detox” does not have that much health value. Looking at this food I have to say I don’t care I still want to eat it :-)

The Jumbo Chickpea Pancake looks great, I love avocado.


alee Davis January 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’m going to the store to buy all the ingredients for all these detox foods, so pumped up!!
Want to feel better!!! Recently I went to this doctor and he said I was prediabetic, my hormones were imbalanced, and I have bad cholesterol. And I consider myself a a healthy person, go figure! So excited, Angela, you are my inspiration, love your fresh and innovative ideas!You are such a blessing to me and so many, thank you! God bless YOU!!!!


Healthy Workouts January 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

Chickpea has recently become one of my favorite ingredients and your “Jumbo Chickpea Pancake” looks fantastic! But where can I buy chickpea flour?
Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes and all of them are now added to my MUST-TRY list :-D


Melanie Narin February 23, 2016 at 3:59 am

Nice recipes. Will definitely try some! I also love chickpeas and have many recipes on my blog where I use them. We’re also in the middle of a vegan-detox-program. See: http://taste.narin.com/our-12-day-vegan-detox-program/2694. So far we feel great.


Tammy April 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

I just found your website. I was looking for healthy, vegan, no sugar, no gluten recipes for an elderly woman. I love your website address-Oh she GLOWS. What woman doesn’t want that? Your recipes look amazing, thank you for all the hard work making them up.


Angela Liddon April 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Hi Tammy, I’m so glad you’ve found my blog! I hope you love whatever recipes you decide to try first. :)


Gini June 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Help!!!!!! I need your news letter!!


Angela Liddon June 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

Hey Gini, You can sign up here! (And see some back issues, including the most recent one!)


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