Vegan Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe

The classic potato has been providing delicious and satisfying meals to us for years. Baked potatoes are favored by many and for good reason; they're comfort food at its finest, and they can be stuffed with so many delicious fillings like sour cream, chives, and bacon. This soup packs everything great about baked potatoes into a bowl of creamy deliciousness, and you'll love this vegan version whether you follow a plant-based diet or not. It has all the fixings of a standard bowl of baked potato soup but with a vegan twist that rivals the real thing. 

Recipe developer Miriam Hahn says, "In this recipe, I'm using blended cashews for the creaminess and seasoned coconut for the bacon. You just have to try it to believe how good these vegan substitutions are." 

Gather the ingredients for vegan loaded baked potato soup

To make this recipe you'll start by picking up some russet potatoes and while you're in the produce aisle grab an onion and some garlic as well. For the creaminess factor, you'll need some raw cashews, plant-based milk, and vegan butter. "Make sure to look for raw cashews that haven't been roasted or salted. This type will become nice and creamy when blended," Hahn says. 

For the coconut bacon, pick up some coconut flakes, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Opt for Coconut flakes as they replicate the size and texture of bacon bits better than shredded coconut. Finally, you'll need vegetable broth, nutritional yeast (which adds some cheesy flavor), salt, thyme, smoked paprika, and pepper. 

Soak and blend the cashews

To soften up the cashews for blending add them to a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them sit for 20 minutes or more. When they are done, drain them and add them to a blender along with the milk. Blend for about two minutes until the cashews are fully broken down. If you want to prepare this step in advance, you can soak them in room temperature water overnight.

Add ingredients to a soup pot

You're going to be cooking the coconut bacon in the oven so go ahead and get it preheated to 350 F. Then add the butter to a large soup pot and bring the heat to medium-high. Add in the onion and garlic and cook for five minutes while stirring frequently. When the onion and garlic are soft add the potatoes, broth, nutritional yeast, salt, thyme, some smoked paprika, pepper, and some of the liquid smoke. 

"I am a huge soup fan because there's nothing simpler than dumping everything into one pot, smelling the aroma as it cooks, and then enjoying the soup all week long," Hahn shares.

Make the coconut bacon

Pull out a small bowl and add the coconut flakes, soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Stir the mixture then spread this out on a baking sheet. At this point, the coconut will be fairly light in color, but it will darken as it bakes in the oven. 

Pop the baking sheet into the oven and bake. Stay close by and check your oven often. Because of the delicate nature of the coconut flakes, they can burn rather quickly. When they are done, they should be dark brown and resemble the color of cooked bacon. Let them cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes so they can crisp up then break them apart with your hands and set aside.

Blend the soup, add toppings, and serve

By now the potatoes should be tender but check to make sure by inserting a fork into one to see if it comes out easily. If they are tender, transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. "You may have to work in batches here or if you have an immersion blender you can use that instead," Hahn shares. 

Return the blended soup to the pot and add the cashew and milk mixture. Top with the coconut bacon. Chives and vegan sour cream can be added here, if you like. The soup pairs nicely with a fresh green salad and crusty bread for dipping and should last for up to five days in the fridge. 

"The soup will thicken a bit while it's in the fridge so you can add a little broth or water when reheating if you prefer it thinner," Hahn explains. This hearty soup will be a hit and now that you know how to make coconut bacon you just might want to add it to your next cobb salad or tofu scramble!

Vegan Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
This vegan loaded baked potato soup has all the fixings of baked potato soup, including vegan bacon bits. You'll love it whether you follow a vegan diet or not.
Prep Time
Cook Time
bowl of soup with bread
Total time: 50 minutes
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon liquid smoke, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Optional Ingredients
  • Chives
  • Vegan sour cream
  1. Put the raw cashews in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them sit for 20 minutes, then drain and add to a blender with the plant-based milk. Blend until smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  3. Add the butter to a large soup pot and bring the heat to medium-high. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently. When the onion and garlic are soft, add the potatoes, broth, nutritional yeast, salt, thyme, ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika, pepper, and ½ teaspoon liquid smoke. Bring to a boil, then lower to low heat and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the coconut flakes to a small bowl. Then add the soy sauce, maple syrup, the remaining liquid smoke and the remaining smoked paprika. Stir to combine, then lay the coconut flakes on to a baking sheet and bake for 5–8 minutes until they are brown and crispy. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. When the potatoes are tender, blend the soup in a blender and return to the pot. Add the blended cashews. Top with the coconut bacon and add optional chives and vegan sour cream.
Calories per Serving 379
Total Fat 17.3 g
Saturated Fat 11.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 50.4 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Total Sugars 5.9 g
Sodium 605.8 mg
Protein 10.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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