Whether you’re deeply entrenched in the light academia lifestyle and have a collection of old books and cable-knit sweaters to match, or you’ve never heard the term before and clicked on this out of sheer curiosity, these vegan light academia recipes will impress you. They’re cozy, delicious, and perfect for munching on while writing a poem or handwritten letter.

For those who aren’t sure what this all means, light academia refers to an aesthetic that involves all things art, culture, education, and enjoyment of the small things in life. Think of old architecture, secondhand bookshops, dimly lit cafés, freshly baked bread, and romantic liminal spaces. The aesthetic is somewhat in-between cottagecore and dark academia.

Grab your favorite 18th-century novel and pull on a cozy beige turtleneck, these vegan light academia recipes taste just as great as they look!

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1. Almond Croissant

Vegan Almond Croissant with sugar and almond topping

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Almond croissants are very hard to find in shops and cafés which is such a shame. So here is an easy recipe to make your own! All ingredients can be found in your supermarket and making the recipe is very easy as well. This Almond Croissant by Philipp Ertl is perfect for breakfast on the weekend!

2. Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam

Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam

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A warm, sweet, and savory sandwich that you will never forget. The title is a mouthful, as are all of the flavors you get in every bite. Some bites are sweeter from the cranberry jam while others are more savory and crunchy from the cashew cheese. Either way, you’re in for a treat! This Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam by Jennifer Harmon is amazing!

3. Cardamom Rose Latte

Cardamom Rose Latte

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This Cardamom Rose Latte by Teri Macovei is everything you need! The cardamom powder cuts down a bit on the sweetness and brings in spicy cinnamony, and a bit peppery notes. It creates the right balance that’ll give you an enjoyable experience of drinking a floral tea latte.

4. Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

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These Lemon Poppyseed Scones by Kristen Genton are everything you could ever want in a scone. The flavor is light for spring/summer and they look oh so pretty. Leaving scones in a circle shape is great because it’s 1) less work to form them and 2) they have more nooks and cranny’s for the glaze! Try them out — and then try not to eat them all at once.

5. Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Dalgona Whipped Coffee

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Vegan dalgona coffee is rich, fluffy, liquid gold. Whipped coffee has been trending on the internet for good reason; it’s classy af! You have to try this Dalgona Whipped Coffee by Alexandra/Eian Kelly!

6. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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This easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal by Nicole Dunai will transform your morning bowl of oats! Filled with dried apples, spicy cinnamon and studded with chia seeds, this wholesome breakfast is way better than any store bought packet of oatmeal!

7. Herbed Cashew Cheese

Herbed Cashew Cheese

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Cashews make a fantastic base for many raw food recipes, like this Herbed Cashew Cheese by Judy Moosmueller. In addition to zinc from nutritional yeast and cashews, it contains apple cider vinegar and fresh herbs, which are alkalizing. Goji berries add sweetness, but you can swap it out for your favorite dried berry, eat it plain, or add sun-dried tomatoes to make it savory.

8. Puff Pastry Straws

Puff Pastry Straws

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These Puff Pastry Straws by Petra Vogel are so simple to make and so delicious! Give them a go!

9. French Baguettes

vegan baguette

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Do you like eating French baguettes, but always wondered how to make them? Give this recipe for French Baguettes by Nadia Petrova a try to make the perfect French bread.

10. Chai Cake

Chai Cake

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This Chai Cake by Jessica Bose is perfect to make for any special occasion!

11. Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles

Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles

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Without a doubt, waffles always make a perfect breakfast, brunch, or dinner. These fluffy Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles by Gemma Gonzalez are made with quinoa and buckwheat flours, making them gluten-free and they’re also free from refined sugar, save the topping. Serve these delicious multi-grain waffles with a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar, fresh berries, and plenty of maple syrup.

12. Cruffins: Croissant Muffins

Vegan cruffins: croissant muffins

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Surprise your family on the weekend and they will be begging for these Cruffins: Croissant Muffins by Mireille Aikman every weekend. You can change it up in so many ways with the filling. Everybody will love them. Are you ready to learn how to make cruffins? Let’s get started!

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Vegan Pumpkin Strudel

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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