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Vegan Broccoli Casserole – Easy cheezy!

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A birds eye view of the cooked vegan broccoli casserole, with portion served on a plate beside the dish | Hurry The Food Up

Winter is dragging on and I think we’re all still in need of hearty, warming dinners like this vegan broccoli casserole, to tide us over until spring has sprung once more!

This is comfort food, but at its healthiest – a vegan casserole recipe that will fill your belly with wholesome yummy goodness.

Vegan broccoli casserole: our latest and greatest casserole recipe

Not wishing to brag or anything but we think our vegan broccoli casserole is pretty much the best vegan casserole out there.

We were super proud of our vegetarian broccoli casserole, and our green bean casserole… but now we’ve trumped them all with this absolutely smashing vegan version!

Aside from being DELICIOUS, we are also proud to say that this is a very healthy broccoli casserole. The nutritional data speaks for itself.

1 serving contains: 23g protein and 16g fibre, only 7g sugar and 15g fat. All in a neat 516 calorie package, the perfect amount of calories for a light but filling meal!

With nutritional content like that, this casserole would fit perfectly into one of our FREE vegan meal plans!

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A birds eye view of the vegan broccoli casserole prepared in its dish, uncooked ready to go in the oven | Hurry The Food Up

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What tastes like cheese, but isn’t cheese? Find out now!

What do we replace cream and cheese with in our easy broccoli casserole you ask? The answer is as simple as the dish: nutritional yeast and low fat coconut milk!

If you haven’t met nutritional yeast yet, then you’re in for a treat. It’s a vegan’s BEST friend!

Nutritional yeast (or nooch, as it is sometimes affectionately known as) is made of deactivated yeast flakes with a cheesy nutty flavour. It is basically pure nutrients with a delicious flavour and next to no calories or fat.

The cooked broccoli casserole is served in a casserole dish. One portion has been scooped onto a plate. | Hurry The Food Up

Keen on quinoa

Another key play in this healthy broccoli bake recipe is quinoa (healthy vegetarian quinoa recipes are to die for!). Quinoa is a vegan’s OTHER best friend, as it is a plant-based source of complete protein, among many other health benefits.

A broccoli and quinoa casserole like this one wouldn’t be the same without it, as quinoa is what provides the bulk of those 15g protein!

A bird’s eye view of the cooked vegan broccoli casserole in its casserole dish, on top of a tea towel. | Hurry The Food Up
Vegan Broccoli Casserole
5 from 5 votes
Looking for healthy comfort food options? This vegan broccoli casserole is hearty, filling & surprisingly light! Try it now!
Cuisine:American, British
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings:2 servings
Calories:516kcal
Author: Abril Macías

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • In a medium sized casserole dish add coconut milk, cornstarch, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, chilli flakes, salt, black pepper and stir until incorporated. Add uncooked quinoa, broccoli florets and cooked chickpeas. Mix and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
    1 ½ cup low fat coconut milk, 2 tbsp cornstarch, 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp chili flakes, Salt and pepper to taste, 3 tbsp quinoa, 9 oz broccoli, 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
    A birds eye view of the vegan broccoli casserole prepared in its dish, uncooked ready to go in the oven | Hurry The Food Up
  • Take the casserole out of the oven after 15 minutes of baking and mix everything together, distributing the ingredients homogeneously. It's likely the quinoa grains might be all in the bottom of the dish, we want to incorporate them to the rest of the casserole now that the liquid has thickened. Top the surface with panko and bake again for 10 minutes, or until the quinoa is fully cooked and the panko is golden brown.
    ⅓ cup panko
    The cooked broccoli casserole is served in a casserole dish. One portion has been scooped onto a plate. | Hurry The Food Up
  • Serve casserole.

NOTES

Big on broccoli? Try some more yummy broccoli recipes!
Thick and Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup
Mediterranean Style Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower
High Protein Low Carb Vegan Broccoli Salad
Creamy and Delicious Broccoli Pasta
Simple Salad Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Broccoli Casserole
Amount per Serving
Calories
516
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
11
g
69
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
253
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
1105
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
72
g
24
%
Fiber
 
16
g
67
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
894
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
115
mg
139
%
Calcium
 
132
mg
13
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Vegan and one pot – what’s not to love! – plus two of my fav ingredients (broccoli and chickpeas) to hide the other one that I don’t like much (quinoa) but know is good for me.
    I forgot about the Aus tbsp being larger than the UK version so it wasn’t as saucy as I would have liked and I can’t buy panko where I live so had to use breadcrumbs. However, it was still delicious and will definitely be making this again.
    One question: with the first 15-20 mins in the oven, is that with lid on or off?
    Many thanks. 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! I didn’t realize the Aus tbsp is larger than the UK version!
      Glad it turned out tasty. Breadcrumbs are absolutely fine as well. Good question reg the first 15-20 min: lid off works (that’s how I do it). But could be a good idea to use a lid, if you have. Keeps moisture in and cooks more quickly. 🙂

  2. Why does it look like there is rice in the picture but not listed in the ingredients? Is 3 tablespoons of quinoa really enough for 2 servings?

    1. Hi Cheri! Good question. Over time the recipe evolved and we changed some ingredients. Rice is no longer a part of the recipe (and sorry for any confusion). Yep the quinoa is enough for two servings as part of our weight loss meal plans. You could certainly add more quinoa and it won’t harm the dish, no worries there! Hope that helps 🙂

      1. Thanks for the reply. I had already started making it so since it didn’t look like enough quinoa, I added a cup of cooked rice. It came out a little heavy and could have used more moisture, so I’ll try it again the way it was intended.

        1. I agree, a cup of cooked rice would make this quite heavy. Rather on the side 🙂

  3. Hi! This may be a silly question, to bake this dish, is the temperature 350 F or 350 C. I live in the US and I wanted to make sure. Thank you!

    1. Hi Ashley, 350F which is roughly 180C 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Quick, easy and delicious. I opt for light coconut milk, and use chickpeas to boost the protein content

    1. Ah, so good to read you liked the recipe, Elly!!