I always love combining both raw food and cooked food in a hearty recipe – that way you are getting the awesome benefits of those. And this vegan eggplant parmesan is perfect in this sense. The scrumptious oil-free baked eggplant, the fresh tomato, and of course, the raw vegan parmesan. Oh yum! 

The secret to any delicious main dish is always in the sauce. Don’t you agree? In the case of this vegan eggplant parmesan, the sauce is in pate form – crumbly and perfectly crunchy. The raw vegan parmesan sprinkled on top of our dish, and also between its delectable layers, makes the whole thing come together beautifully.

Vegan Oil-Free Sauces for the Perfect Vegan Meals

Be sure to download the raw vegan parmesan recipe here. It’s actually part of a brand new course that is going to come out this March. In the course, I am teaching you all about oil-free salad dressings, dips, sauces and pates for improved digestion. Oh and flavor! 

Becuase no vegetable dish could ever taste as amazing as when it is immersed in the mouth-watering sauce!

And if you are an eggplant lover like me, be sure to make these mini eggplant pizzas. There was a time when all I ever wanted for dinner were these. And we ate them none stop! A crowd pleaser for sure.

And now, let’s get into our vegan eggplant parmesan recipe.

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan, Stacked 

This dish is a bit different than the traditional vegan eggplant parmesan. Ok, ok, I know that saying “traditional” and “vegan” in one sentence can be silly. But to me, vegan is now traditional!

More than being vegan, this dish is also stacked – you will layer all the vegan eggplant parmesan layers on top of one another instead of how they are usually presented. This is a lot more fun to eat, because it becomes an appetizer. 

As you can see in the video recipe, I was not able to put an entire stack in my mouth. If you’d like to be able to do that, be sure to make them shorter than I did.  

While many vegan eggplant parmesan recipes are very high in oil and fat, this one is higher in vegetables. It includes eggplant, tomatoes, and even cauliflower, in the sneaky cauliflower parmesan cheese. It also includes basil, an extremely healthy herb that has made one of the top spots in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s ANDI score of healthiest foods!  

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Stacks Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For the stacks

  • 2 eggplants
  • A few pinches of your favorite Italian herbs optional
  • 2 roma tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • A few pinches of smoked paprika optional

For the Parmesan Cheese

  • Recipe here: http://soulintheraw.com/oil-free-vegan-sauces/


For the eggplant

  • Cut the eggplants into medium-size rounds, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle your Italian herbs on top of each round - this is optional.
  • Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until the eggplant is very soft. Use a fork to pierce it and make sure it's soft enough.

Putting it all together

  • Chop the tomatoes into round disks, like the eggplant. Tear a few leaves of basil and put them off to the side.
  • Take the oil-free baked eggplant out of the oven, and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Then, create your stacks by layering the base of eggplant, tomatoes, a leaf of basil, and 1-2 tablespoons of your prepared Parmesan. You can make as many "floors" as you like. Lastly, sprinkle with smoked paprika if you'd like. Top with a beautiful fresh leaf of basil.


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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.