If you found your way here intentionally, then you likely already know all there is to know about the Daniel Fast.
However, if you simply clicked on this list of Daniel Fast recipes out of curiosity, you might need a bit more information.
What Is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a Bible-based fast that’s quite popular, especially among Protestant Christians.
It stems from the book of Daniel, chapter 10, verses 2 and 3:
“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. / I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
Most Christians take this to mean that Daniel followed a strictly vegan-based diet for three weeks as a way of gaining spiritual clarity and wisdom.
People who undertake the Daniel Fast follow the same diet, foregoing meat, leavened breads, and alcohol.
The veggies, too, must be free of additives and sugars.
If you’re starting the Daniel Fast, you might want to check out these 20 recipes to help keep your meals from becoming monotonous.
I wanted to start with this chili because I feel like the sheer number of ingredients it has is a testament to how versatile the Daniel Fast really is.
It’s not nearly as restrictive as it seems.
For this delicious, hearty chili, you’ll use quinoa, onions, garlic, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, celery, beans, chiles, soy sauce, chili powder, and more!
You can even top it with vegan sour cream, hot sauce, scallions, vegan cheese, or other ingredients if you like.
Besides whatever meat you usually use, this chili is almost the same as any other homemade chili you’d whip up when the weather turns cool.
Before we go any further, let me share this recipe for taco seasoning with you, as it will be an absolute staple in your Daniel Fast arsenal.
It’s insanely flavorful, and it takes mere moments to pull together. You won’t exactly dump your entire spice rack into a bowl and mix, but it’s pretty close!
Stuffed peppers are always a hit, and despite what meat lovers think, it’s not always because of the shredded chicken or beef.
You’ll stuff each of these tender peppers with rice, black beans, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and turmeric.
Then, you’ll top them with a fantastic avocado topping for extra yumminess.
There’s something so delightful about crunchy cabbage rolls packed with earthy, umami flavor and fresh veggies.
I don’t even have to adjust the recipe much to enjoy these, as I like my cabbage rolls sans meat, anyway.
You can make these with ease as long as you have cabbage, brown rice, and your favorite herbs and veggies.
It takes less than an hour to make enough for six people.
That’s pretty hard to beat.
These spectacular vegan tacos are so packed with deliciousness that you’ll never even miss the meat. The quinoa and canned beans deliver your protein.
The peppers, tomatoes, avocado, corn, and everything else bring scrumptiousness.
And don’t forget to pile them high with salsa, as that makes everything taste better.
Sometimes, you have to do a lot of tweaking to make your recipes fit the Daniel Fast guidelines. Then again, some recipes work almost effortlessly.
That’s the case with Cajun red beans and rice. As long as you use brown rice and homemade Creole seasoning (so you’re sure of the ingredients), you can make it pretty much as usual.
It’s spicy and full of robust flavors, and it takes only 5 minutes of hands-on preparation, which is always a good thing.
These four-ingredient Daniel Fast granola bars take only 30 minutes to make and use nothing more than quick oats, walnuts, raisins, and bananas.
They’re probably crunchier and less sweet than the granola bars you’re used to buying in the store, but they’re much healthier for you and have a light sweetness, thanks to the bananas.
The raisins add chewiness, and the walnuts add a wonderfully nutty flavor that rounds the bars out nicely.
Berry blast smoothies are a healthy, tart way to start your day, and all you’ll need to make them are bananas, mixed berries, and unsweetened almond milk.
They’re massively fruity and not too sweet, and they’re the perfect wake-up call on those draggy mornings when you really need a pick-me-up.
Daniel Fast-approved garden vegetable soup may be a bit thinner than you’re used to, but it’s every bit as yummy, and it has even more veggies than some traditional veggie soups.
You’ll still have the potatoes, green beans, chopped tomatoes, and carrots, but there are also leeks, corn, parsley, lemon juice, and more.
You certainly won’t be lacking in flavor or heartiness with this phenomenal soup.
10. Vegan Lasagna
If you’ve ever been disappointed by vegan lasagna and were hoping for more, give this recipe a try.
It features red lentil marinara sauce, fresh spinach, and tofu-cashew ricotta.
There’s even a recipe for vegan mozzarella cheese, which makes the lasagna super creamy and cheesy and will almost make you feel like you’re eating the real thing.
Here’s another super simple Daniel Fast recipe that requires only three ingredients (bananas, instant oats, and your favorite plant-based milk).
They’re scrumptious banana-flavored pancakes, and though they aren’t as light and fluffy as traditional pancakes, they’re even more filling.
Plus, you can have half a dozen ready in just 20 minutes.
12. Moroccan Stew
If you’re looking for something warm, comforting, and extremely filling, this Moroccan stew might be the Daniel Fast recipe for you.
With butternut squash, red potatoes, chickpeas, couscous, crushed tomatoes, onions, and vegetable broth, it has enough substance to warm your belly on a cold night.
The garlic, cinnamon, cumin, and other herbs and spices give it plenty of flavor, as well.
This banana bread won’t be nearly as sweet as the banana bread you’re probably used to eating, but it’s an excellent substitute for “the real thing” if you’re Daniel fasting.
It has a bright burst of banana yumminess, the nuttiness of almond flour and pecans, and the warm, rich flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg.
It isn’t sweet, but it is moist, filling, and tasty.
First of all, I understand that this isn’t the most appealing-looking soup on the list, but it has a ton of protein and fiber, and it tastes much better than it looks.
It’s garlicky and herby, and there’s a tremendous amount of spice and yumminess in every bite.
It’s a little high in carbs, but it takes only 20 minutes to prepare.
Then, you simply add it to your Crockpot and let it do all of the work for you.
15. Vegan Haluski
Vegan haluski is a mixture between buttered noodles, sauerkraut, and hot coleslaw, and yes, it tastes just as interesting and hard to describe as it sounds like it would.
There’s a bright tanginess to this dish that some people don’t enjoy, but if you like unique flavors and trying new things, this may be right up your alley.
I like to call this salad my “cheat” dish. That’s not because it isn’t Daniel Fast-compliant.
It’s just that I actually prefer this Caesar salad to the original. I don’t even feel like I’m fasting when I eat it.
It just has so much good stuff in it: kale, peppers, onions, chickpeas, soy parmesan cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, and tomatoes.
What Caesar salad do you know that has so many tasty ingredients?
And the homemade dressing is incredible. It’s rich and zesty, and you’ll want to put it on everything.
Make a large plate of this and have it by itself, or serve a smaller portion with soup. Either way, you’ll love it.
Again, this is another one of those “I’m fasting, but I’m not really fasting” recipes. After all, it’s just fruit salad.
If you like strawberries, kiwi, oranges, grapes, and pineapple, then you’ll love this recipe because that’s literally all it is.
Hey, fruit is 100% okay on the Daniel Fast. You’re welcome!
No matter how good you’re trying to be, sometimes you just want something sweet, and while these breakfast bars may not be coconut cake sweet, they’re certainly sweet enough to satisfy.
They’re the perfect mixture between crunchy and chewy, and they’re unbelievably filling for breakfast bars.
Best of all, you can make them ahead of time and enjoy them as grab-n-go breakfasts on the days when you’re running behind.
This soup is creamy and light, but it has just enough garlic and onion to give it a bit of a kick and make it taste good.
Serve it with the Caesar salad above or with your favorite Daniel Fast-compliant flatbread.
You can always add a few nuts or seeds if you like a bit of extra crunch.
You probably didn’t think you could have Indian food on the Daniel Fast, but as long as you use chickpeas instead of chicken, you’re all set for a delicious curry.
It takes only 30 minutes to make, requires simple pantry staples, and is overflowing with warm curry flavor. Everyone in your house will love it.
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