I’m a little ashamed to say I’m VERY late to the YouTube party. Its like the 8th grade leg warmers scenario all over again. But fashion faux pas aside when it comes to discovering the best vegan YouTubers it’s definitely a case of better late than never.
I wont lie, most of the time when I should be working on a new blog post, I’m on YouTube. Creating delicious recipes, lets check out YouTube. On the toilet, quick YouTube session. You get the idea. It really is my new favourite way to procrastinate, not to mention it’s damn entertaining.
I’ve always been a total voyeur. I’d like to say it’s the photographer in me but I think I’m really just a nosey Nellie. YouTube definitely ticks all those boxes. From kitchen tours to what people ate in a day. Behind the scenes snippets to daily vlogs. Being invited into the homes and lives of real people has got me hooked.
I’m also in awe of the amount of hard work and dedication it must take to keep up to these channels day after day and in a lot of cases year after year. There is some seriously great free content out there for you to explore. There’s also a lot of crap which is where I feel its appropriate to make a little disclaimer.
I’m a ZERO drama kind of girl. Literally it’s a total turn off for me. It’s the reason I don’t watch reality tv. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend on YouTube towards trash talking and finger-pointing and it’s totally where I draw the line. Not only is most of the stuff I’ve had the misfortune to see glorified clickbait but its boring. Ain’t nobody got time for that shit.
That said there is still so much out there to enjoy. Here’s my pick of the best (drama free) vegan YouTubers.
Cooking up a storm
These are the channels I go to constantly for recipe inspiration, meal prep ideas and to get my foodie groove on. I’m known for being a bit of a feeder and I love watching people eat and enjoy food. I think you can blame the irish in me for that.
Hot For Food
Hands down my number 1 favourite channel. Lauren and John are so relaxed in front of the camera it makes you feel like you’re hanging out in their kitchen drinking wine. Their style of cooking is most in tune with the way I naturally cook and eat. They make vegan food look easy, delicious and “normal” which makes them a perfect introduction to the vegan lifestyle for new vegans and non-vegans alike.
She’s just so, well lovely. Using mostly whole, plant foods with a Mauritian twist. Teenuja shares delicious, comforting recipes and really takes you by the hand from start to finish with her thorough tips and instructions. She seriously has the most soothing voice on YouTube. I feel like I’m being handed down family recipes from somebody’s mama.
Sweet Potato Soul
Jenne is a breath of fresh air. Her wholesome, healthy recipes are delicious and nutritious. I love the behind the scenes style of her what I ate in a day videos and feel you get a real glimpse into her daily life. As a professional vegan chef and holistic nutritionist she’s got a lot of knowledge to bring to the table but does so in a friendly, easygoing way.
Hanging out with my (virtual) friends
These are all quite different people with very different channels but the one thing they all have in common is that I feel like in another life we could be friends.
I adore this girl. More than any other I feel like we’d hit it off over a plate of cookies. Her mostly vlog style diaries are honest, funny, heartwarming and sometimes raw. So far she holds the title of only YouTuber to make me cry. Her adorable fiancé Alex features heavily throughout her videos and their interactions and chemistry is lovely to watch.
I’m new to Colettes channel but she hooked me in with her gentle nature, understated style and lilting Irish voice. Colette is keeping it real, sticking to a budget and living life on her terms. Whats not to love about that.
So you might think this is cheating as Lauren is the force behind my number 1 favourite foodie channel hot for food but I literally cannot get enough of this girl. Her individual channel is just as entertaining with much a more behind the scenes look into what makes her tick. Think vlogs, what I ate in a day and Q&A’s all presented with her killer wit and charm.
Really saying something.
I know this is controversial but when it comes to animal advocacy and activism I find so many YouTubers a complete turn off. I choose carefully whose message I expose myself to, it’s an energy thing.
Bite Size Vegan
Emily is one of the few vegan activists I’ve come across that present themselves and their message with just the right amount of humility, compassion and humour to make me stop and take notice. I love her no frills style and dry sense of humour. She speaks passionately and eloquently and is a true advocate for the animals.
Colleen was one of the first vegan spokespeople I came across and her work was fundamental in my shift towards veganism. She’s one of those rare people who I feel attuned to as though she is voicing my own thoughts and opinions in a more articulate way than I ever could. The bulk of her work seems more focused on her podcast of which I’m an avid listener but her YouTube channel is a good place to start for snippets of much deeper topics.
Through the keyhole
Vegan Family TV
You have to admire these guys for their sheer commitment and volume of work. They post daily vlogs on all behind the scenes aspects of life in a young, vibrant vegan family. Their two children are adorable, intelligent YouTubers in their own right despite being only 5 and 11 years old. The energy and enthusiasm of this channel is infectious.
Jenny is in a league of her own when it comes to her aesthetics and style. Each episode feels like a mini scene from a uber trendy nordic film. She’s so cute to watch and posts a nice mix of lifestyle and recipes with a focus on minimalism.
Kitty is the cool big sister you wish you’d had whilst you were in high school. I’m drawn to her softly spoken, easy-going style and down to earth nature. I’m not usually a fan of lifestyle focused channels but something about Kitty makes me overlook that. I particularly enjoyed her vlogmas 2016 which felt like we were just hanging out.
Let me know your favourite YouTubers in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out.