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Learn how to make easy and healthy vegan Eggplant Parmesan!  This oven baked recipe is so crispy and even gluten free.  It’s the best over whole grain pasta & marinara sauce.  This Italian dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday and is also oil free, so compliant for a whole food plant based diet. #eggplantparmesan #vegan #wfpb #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased #meatlessmonday

Do you love Italian food as much as I do?

It’s so comforting, warm, inviting….

And sometimes it can be pretty darn easy to make whole food plant based!

I’ve wanted to jazz up our weekly spaghetti marinara and decided to try making some Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Without the real Parmesan, obv.

I wasn’t sure what batter to use, but decided to start with a similar batter I use for my Tofu Marinara and it turned out PERFECT!

healthy vegan baked eggplant parmesan recipe

Healthy Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

This Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan is so tasty and crispy….and HEALTHY!

The almond flour & nutritional yeast give it a savory flavor similar to a parmesan.

Of course, if you are nut-free, then you can sub another whole grain flour like, oat flour, chickpea flour, or whole wheat flour. I like the chickpea flour and have used that instead of almond flour when I ran out one time – it’s a very neutral flavor.

Learn how to make easy and healthy vegan Eggplant Parmesan! This oven baked recipe is so crispy and even gluten free. It’s the best over whole grain pasta & marinara sauce. This Italian dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday and is also oil free, so compliant for a whole food plant based diet. #eggplantparmesan #vegan #wfpb #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased #meatlessmonday

Oil Free & Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan

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And no oil needed in this recipe whatsoever. Just use silicone baking mats or parchment paper on your baking sheet. It’s gluten free as well, using almond flour and yellow corn meal for the coating.

This recipe is really quick and easy, too. Only takes about 10 minutes to prep and then 30 minutes to bake.

While it’s baking you can make your whole grain spaghetti noodles (or zoodles for gluten free) and heat up your marinara sauce.

Learn how to make easy and healthy vegan Eggplant Parmesan! This oven baked recipe is so crispy and even gluten free. It’s the best over whole grain pasta & marinara sauce. This Italian dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday and is also oil free, so compliant for a whole food plant based diet. #eggplantparmesan #vegan #wfpb #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased #meatlessmonday

How to Make Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan (no oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup almond flour or any whole grain flour
  • 2 tablespoon yellow corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Slice off the ends of the eggplant. Then slice into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Pour marinara sauce in a medium bowl.
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a 2nd medium bowl.
  • Create an assembly line of eggplant, marinara sauce, almond flour mixture, and baking sheet.
assembly line for baked eggplant
  • Coat an eggplant slice in the marinara sauce, shaking off the excess (I use my left hand for this). Then coat eggplant slice in the almond flour mixture, shaking off the excess (I use my right hand for this). Place coated eggplant on the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the slices.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip the slices, then bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve over your favorite whole grain pasta or zoodles and marinara sauce!

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Learn how to make easy and healthy vegan Eggplant Parmesan! This oven baked recipe is so crispy and even gluten free. It’s the best over whole grain pasta & marinara sauce. This Italian dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday and is also oil free, so compliant for a whole food plant based diet. #eggplantparmesan #vegan #wfpb #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased #meatlessmonday

Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan (oil free)

Serve this Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan over whole grain noodles (or zoodles for gluten free) and marinara sauce for a filling & comforting meal! This recipe is oil free and gluten free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked eggplant parmesan, plant based eggplant parmesan, vegan eggplant parmesan
Servings: 6
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Slice off the ends of the eggplant. Then slice into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Pour marinara sauce in a medium bowl.
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a 2nd medium bowl.
  • Create an assembly line of eggplant, marinara sauce, almond flour mixture, and baking sheet.
  • Coat an eggplant slice in the marinara sauce, shaking off the excess (I use my left hand for this). Then coat eggplant slice in the almond flour mixture, shaking off the excess (I use my right hand for this). Place coated eggplant on the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the slices.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip the slices, then bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve over your favorite whole grain pasta or zoodles and marinara sauce!

Notes

For nut free, I like to use chickpea flour because it has a neutral taste.  You can also use oat flour or whole wheat flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
Learn how to make easy and healthy vegan Eggplant Parmesan! This oven baked recipe is so crispy and even gluten free. It’s the best over whole grain pasta & marinara sauce. This Italian dinner is perfect for Meatless Monday and is also oil free, so compliant for a whole food plant based diet. #eggplantparmesan #vegan #wfpb #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased #meatlessmonday

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