From recipes to health to parenting to community gossip, vegan YouTube is alive and kicking and growing in popularity.
There's some amazing channels out there, and not all the best ones have the most subscribers. In this ‘best vegan YouTube channel' list, we showcase 20 of the finest from across the plant-based spectrum.
1. Shine With Plants
Subscriber Count: 288K
Main topic: Vegan parenting and nutrition
Shine With Plants is a YouTube channel created by a young mom in Chicago named Fabiola. Her family ,which includes herself, her husband and their one-year-old daughter, are mostly raw vegan and super focussed on healthy living.
If you're an expecting vegan mom or struggling to find ways to get your kids to eat more greens, you'll love Fabiola's channel. Watch out for her “What I Eat In A Day” vlogs along with recipe and meal ideas. How cute is her kid?!
2. Earthling Ed
Subscriber Count: 151K
Main Topic: Activism, debate
Earthling Ed has become a prominent face of vegan activism. His channel follows his personal activism, including visits to dairy farms, street education and “change my mind debates” that deliver compelling interactions with ardent meat eaters.
Ed is a relentless figurehead in the quest for creating mass awareness of unnecessary animal cruelty, and his videos have proved helped for countless vegans who find it difficult to express their opinions when challenged in debate.
3. Hot For Food
Subscriber Count: 411K
Main topic: Food and recipes
Hot For Food is a YouTube channel run by Lauren Toyota and it is one of the best vegan recipe channels on YouTube.
Some of Lauren's most popular recipe videos include cauliflower wings, tacos, pizzas, and nacho cheese. Lauren proves that taste is not one of the sacrifices you have to make when you go vegan.
Lauren's book, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face, is a must have for your kitchen.
4. Think About This
Subscriber Count: 14K
Main topic: destroying idiocy
Think About This would be one of greatest vegan YouTubers ever, if he posted more regularly than once every 3-6 months. But clearly he has a real life too.
Seriously, his videos are worth their wait in gold (see what I did there?). Subscribe now, grab a hot toddy and watch the entire back catalogue. Awesome.
5. Bite Size Vegan
Subscriber Count: 178K
Main topic: Everything vegan
Bite Size Vegan aims to simplify veganism. The “vegan nuggets” (videos) provide answers to commonly asked questions, helping you with everything from understanding usually complicated nutritional matters to unravelling challenging ethical issues.
Emily's humble and good-humored approach has attracted a huge “nugget army”. If you have a question about veganism, there's a pretty good chance you'll find the answer somewhere on this YouTube channel.
6. Tofu Goddess
Subscriber Count: 9K
Main topic: Vegan life (politics, hypocrisy, reality)
Widely considered one of the most attractive vegans on YouTube, the Tofu Goddess covers everything from pet ownership to freeganism and the recent trend of ex-vegans turning on the community (think all those “I quit vegan because…” declarations).
TG eloquently cuts her way through the stupidity and provides a dose of much needed realism away from the usual vegan-You-Tube-drama found on way too many other channels.
Definitely worth a subscribe.
Subscriber Count: 450K
Main topic: Science-based health
Hosted by author of How Not To Die, Dr. Gregor, this nonprofit channel breaks down over 2,000 different health topics, including videos on the biggest killers like cancer and heart disease, and the most important nutrition subjects like omega 3, B12, iron, and vitamin D.
But there's more…Dr Gregor reads and deciphers the studies you can't understand, and conducts exposées on industry-funded and flawed studies that seek to promote unhealthy foods.
Subscriber Count: 255K
Main topic: Cycling, health, drama
At one time Durianrider was one of the most popular vegan YouTubers, but one too many scandals have seen views wane in recent times.
He remains a divisive figure, but one can't talk about vegan YouTube history without mentioning his name. Indeed, he put a number of other vegan YouTubers on the map.
Neither can one question his athletic ability. A seasoned cyclist who'd give some pros a run for their money, he also runs back to back 16-minute 5ks, at 41 years old.
From Chiang Mai living to cycling and dubious advice on eating copious amounts of processed sugar, Harley is capable of going from “fitness expert” to agony aunt to troll in one 5-minute video.
Subscriber Count: 455K
Main topic: Everything animal rights
Often maligned by vegans for conflicting opinions and questionable marketing tactics, the PETA channel is a worthy addition to this list.
Here you'll find videos exposing the industries that exploit animals for profit, videos documenting PETA rescue campaigns, and compelling short videos that are well worth sharing. Informational, educational, controversial, there's so much here to digest!
10. Happy Healthy Vegan
Subscriber Count: 209K
Main topic: Food, news, ignorance bashing
Happy Healthy Vegan is run by plant-based couple Anji and Ryan. In addition to posting regular videos about their vegan lifestyle, they do a fair bit of myth busting along the way, and deliver a healthy dose of response to general ignorance that comes their way.
A creative couple at heart, these folks are a joy to watch.
11. Vegan Gains
Subscriber Count: 347K
Main topic: Debunking and debating
Heated live debates, calling out steroid-laden bodybuilders, and getting banned from YouTube (twice), Vegan Gains is unapologetic to his adversaries and holds little sympathy for carnists. He gives it out, but he can take take it, too, and openly invites anyone to a debate.
His approach naturally attracts a backlash, and unfairly his girlfriend Jasmine has taken the brunt of this too. But there are signs VG has softened of late, particularly after nearly getting his channel banned for good.
While some may not agree with his approach to the non-vegan world, his channel is certainly entertaining.
12. Mic The Vegan
Subscriber Count: 290K
Main topic: Nutrition and general health
Mic the Vegan is a vegan science writer who covers a variety of topics from the health effects of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation.
Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors – all with a drop of humor. Currently studying a Masters in Public Health, this channel will arm you with a ton of easy to digest and actionable nutritional information
13. Ellen Fisher
Subscriber Count: 650K
Main topic: vegan parenting
If you have or plan on having a vegan family, Ellen Fisher’s may well be an inspiration for you. A Hawaii mom who Vlogs her pregnancies and everyday life, Ellen is raw vegan and an experienced water birther.
Find out what her kids eat in a day, what she eats as a pregnant woman and breastfeeding mom, and how to throw a vegan kids party. Definitely one for the parents out there.
14. The Vegan View
Subscriber Count: 31K
Main topic: Vegan lifestyle
Topics Covered: Lifestyle (food and fashion)
The vegan view is a weekly talk show covering food and fashion in the plant based community.
Hang out with the view crew every Monday morning as they taste test different vegan foods like dairy-free cheeses and ice cream, review new products and lifestyle accessories, and engage in healthy discussion on everything vegan lifestyle.
15. Gary Yourofsky
Subscriber Count: 113K
Main topic: The most famous vegan speech, ever!
You won't find new content on this channel because Gary has essentially retired from the movement, but he has a rite of passage to this list.
Having been the guy who inspired the movement we have today, and arguably has influenced the most people to go vegan out of any other person alive, you should certainly go back and watch his famous lectures.
Gary has given a total of 2,660 speeches to over 60,000 people at 186 different schools. His most popular lecture has over 10 million views and has been translated to 30 different languages.
16. Mr. & Mrs.Vegan
Subscriber Count: 93K
Main topic: Vegan family life
Mr and Mrs Vegan (not their real name) are a plant-based couple with over 25 combined years vegan-living experience.
From what we eat in a day videos to testing vegan baby snacks and cooking oil-free recipes, this is another great vegan YouTube lifestyle channel to watch.
Subscriber Count: 48K
Topics Covered: Vegan nutrition and lifestyle
Bananiac is the creation of Tino, a nutritionist with a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a Master’s degree in nutrition. Tino is the author of Bananiac’s Simple Vegan Recipes book, and the creator of some pretty cool vegan caps (check out his merch).
A down to earth and all-round nice chap, Tino's channel has some great interviews, including one with Dr Gregor of Nutritionfacts.org, and vegan Skateboarder John Hill.
18. Cheap Lazy Vegan
Subscriber Count: 546K
Main topic: Eating vegan on a budget, easy vegan meals
Cheap Lazy Vegan is the go-to place to source vegan meals that cost $3 or less, vegan meals from the dollar store, and recipes that require minimal effort.
This channel is perfect for college kids and those on a budget, or just as the channel suggests, vegans who enjoy cheap and lazy meals.
Extremely helpful when it comes to vegan meal planning on a budget, who says plant-based has to break the bank!
19. Plant Based News
Subscriber Count: 257K
Main topic: vegan news
In just a few years, PBN has grown from an amateur news outlet into a mini plant-based media empire. The hard work has paid off and they're doing a sterling job of reporting on, documenting and promoting all things plant-based.
Vegan activism, films, documentaries, and interviews, it's the go-to channel for staying abreast of news in the plant-based world. It's worth your sub, for sure.
20. Goji Man
Subscriber Count: 28K
Main topic: Science-based health
Goji Man not only has an awesome name but is currently studying for an MSc in Food, Nutrition & Health. Having lost both parents and a sister to chronic diseases, Goji developed an interest in disease prevention and began studying like a madman.
He has spent the last 5 years of his life reading every nutritional publication known to man and found one truth: The science is clear, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers can can be prevented and reversed with diet. This guy knows his stuff!