Let’s clear one thing up, I’m not a millennial, not even close. This is the reason why in 2015 when I embarked on my Veganuary journey the only thing I’d seen on YouTube was the odd cat video. I had no idea a tribe of vegans, activists, filmmakers, recipe developers and content creators from around the globe were just waiting for me to discover them, and discover them I did.
Ever since then I’ve learned and absorbed from this wealth of information and inspiration, connecting with some of the finest creatives around. I’ve curated this list of best vegan YouTubers to watch in Veganuary so you can turn off the cat videos, fire up the stove and get started.
Best Vegan YouTubers to Watch in Veganuary
This British duo is a vegan force to be reckoned with. Although fairly new to the YouTube scene in just the first year on Facebook their videos have had over a billion views and millions of likes. With stats like these, it’s safe to say they are doing something right. I love their no-nonsense approach and clear, simple style. The majority of their daily recipe videos are a minute long, so there’s really no excuse to be stuck for meal inspiration this Veganuary and beyond.
Cheap Lazy Vegan
A.K.A Rose is a bubbly ball of take me as you find me vegan energy. Her vlog style videos are fuss-free and she’s the queen of keeping it real. As the name suggests Rose prides herself on cheap, lazy recipes and meal preps. Her food feels achievable for every budget and cooking skill set. Although she uses a lot of branded foods not available in the U.K her style is loose enough to encourage you to experiment and get creative with what you have to hand.
Anarchist Kitchen is a channel like no other. The majority of these videos are accompanied by the rambled, everyday conversations of our hosts who it seems sometimes forget that the mic is on. I often get halfway through their videos and have to rewind. I get so engrossed in the conversation I forget to follow the recipe. The food is quick and cheap and the recipes are free and easy leaving lots of room to play. It’s basically the online equivalent of cooking and drinking beer with “that friend.” You know the one, the foul-mouthed, grungy hippy that doesn’t give a shit but never fails to make you smile.
Gaz Oakley is the cheeky Welsh chappie behind Avant-Garde Vegan. He’s one of the most down to earth YouTubers I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch. This guy knocks Jamie Oliver out of the water with his friendly, easy-going way and wicked skill in the kitchen. The production value of his videos is nothing less than superb. Whilst his delicious recipes may take a little more skill and planning they are absolutely worth the effort. There’s plenty of variety and inventive reworking of classically good grub to impress vegans and non-vegans alike.
Hot for Food
Yes, for the 2nd year in a row Hot for Food features in my pick of top vegan YouTube channels and for very good reason. Lauren is the ultimate star of the show and her relaxed and chatty style. The spectacular comfort food she cooks makes Hot for Food my go-to resource time after time. This channel has tons of variety in terms of both content and recipes. Her popular “Recipe!?” features are my favourite. Mainly because they are the closest thing to my style of cooking I’ve ever seen outside of my kitchen. If you’re interested in who else made the 2017 list you can check it out here.
Let me know what you think of my selection and add your favourite vegan YouTube channel in the comments below.