From hearty soups and mouthwatering pies to savoury roasts and luscious puddings, having a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to leave out classic holiday favourites. Christmas, after all, is the perfect time to indulge in delectable dishes with all their festive trimmings. Whether you’re looking for veggie starters, meat-free mains, or dairy-free desserts, you will undoubtedly find delicious treats to enjoy this season with our top picks of vegan Christmas recipes. Start planning your vegan Christmas menu now with this handy source of inspiration!
Vegan Sides, Soups, and Starters
Prep your palette with these traditional appetisers, soups and fixings with a vegan twist.
Sizzled Sprouts with Pistachios and Pomegranate
This deliciously unique side dish consists of pan-fried Brussels sprouts and roughly chopped pistachios, then topped with a generous heap of pomegranate seeds. For a hint of sweetness, drizzle with pomegranate molasses.
Photo by BBC Good Food
Butternut Squash Fries with Avocado Aioli
Fries for Christmas? Why not? Check out this low-calorie, healthy alternative to chips. The rich avocado aioli sauce takes this side dish to the next level, making it perfect for your Christmas dinner.
Crockpot Wild Rice Stuffing
Made with wild rice, mushrooms, cranberries and almonds, this hearty and savory stuffing makes an excellent pair for a range of entrées. And it’s so quick and easy to make.
Photo by Well Plated
Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, and Green Beans
The go-to side dish, this delicious blend of roasted carrots, green beans, garlic, and potatoes seasoned with fresh herb pairs well with almost anything.
Photo by Cooking Classy
Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers
Add extra crunch to your Christmas dinner with this bitesize goodness. This starter, made of garbanzo beans and cilantro stuffed into mini peppers, is as tasty as pita chips but minus the calories.
Photo by Taste of Home
Vegan Skillet Chik’n Con Queso
Indulge in creamy yumminess with this unsweetened jackfruit and plant-based white cheese mixed with chilies, jalapeños, and salsa.
Rice Paper Dumpling
Serve something new and unique this Christmas. These tasty dumplings consist of shredded carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, garlic and glass noodles seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup
This heart-warming smooth vegan soup consists of wild mushrooms, fresh watercress, chives, and soya cream, perfect for a chilly winter night.
Photo by Vegan Food and Living
Vegetable Gnocchi Soup
Imagine pillowy gnocchi combined with carrots, celery, broccoli, spinach, onions, and garlic cooked in vegetable broth and plant milk. Truly something to keep you warm and cozy on your Christmas dinner.
Roasted Garlic and Leek Soup
Despite its name, there’s more to this creamy soup than garlic and leek. You get crushed tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and spices aplenty.
Photo by Lauren Caris Cooks
Vegan Main Dishes
From wellingtons to roasts to pies, these hearty vegan Christmas recipes are all you need for a lavish dinner.
Vegan Christmas Pie
A sumptuous pie stuffed with beans, mushrooms, cranberries, various nuts and veggies galore, this vegan classic makes a spectacular centrepiece on your Christmas table.
Photo by Vegan Food and Living
Vegan Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna
A true holiday feast, this hearty lasagna features roasted butternut squash and kale layered with cashew ricotta.
Photo by Making Thyme for Health
Vegan Christmas Roast
No holiday is complete without the classic holiday roast, and this meat-free, plant-based version will make your Christmas dinner the envy of everyone. Think white mushrooms, cranberries, hazelnuts, spinach wrapped in vegan pastry. This recipe by @eatmoreplants.no is easy for anyone to make, and sure to be a hit at your holiday gathering.
This vegan Christmas recipe is simple but bursting with flavours – fresh handmade ravioli filled with onions, plum, and tofu cooked in a smooth butter walnut sauce.
Vegan Greek-Style Roast
A Mediterranean Christmas classic, this Greek-style roast evokes rustic flavours – garlic, lemon, and rosemary - with a modern vegan spin.
Photo by Mouthwatering Vegan
Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf
If you’re feeling nostalgic for childhood comfort food, check out this southern-style meatloaf made of black beans, chickpeas, cornmeal, oats, and onions. The rich mixture of spices takes the flavor to the next level.
Photo by Veganosity
The Ultimate Vegan Wellington
This heavenly vegan wellington is seriously mouth-watering but surprisingly easy to make. All you need are mushrooms and chickpeas mixed with sauteed vegetables and seasonings, then wrapped in puff pastry.
Photo by Vegan Huggs
Get yourself some tofu, smother it with soy sauce and paprika, bake, then glaze with a mixture of garlic, brown sugar, mustard, and salt. And voila, you have another excellent Christmas centrepiece.
Roasted Leftover Vegetables
Not sure what to do with your extra veggie roast? Try this creative recipe of veggie leftovers on a bed of couscous dotted with dollops of tahini yogurt, drizzled with cranberry sauce, and topped with chopped pine nuts.
Vegan Christmas Plate
This holiday feast includes steamed corn, brussels sprouts, baked yams, mushroom nut loaf smothered in orange cranberry sauce, and tahini ginger miso gravy – all on a single plate!
Photo by This Rawsome Vegan Life
Easy Vegan Turkey with Crispy Skin
Don’t worry this luscious turkey roast doesn’t actually have a real turkey. There is, however, lots of chickpeas, vegetable broth, and wheat gluten wrapped in rice paper (for that crisp) and glazed with maple syrup, dark soy sauce, sriracha, and smoked paprika.
Nut Roast Wreath
Savour a gorgeous blend of flavours – the sweetness of the butternut squash, the crunch of hazelnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, and sunflower seeds, and the earthiness of mushrooms and kale. This nutty roast wreath looks as good as it tastes.
By Vegan Food & Living
When celebrating the holidays, vegan desserts bring too much yumminess to resist, and there’s always room for one (or three) on Christmas dinner.
Biscoff Christmas Tree
There is nothing more festive than a Biscoff Christmas Tree! Our faves @bosh.tv have created a new, updated version of a recipe from one of our their cookbook classics to get us all well and truly in the festive spirit. This dessert is easy to make and bound to be a hit with everyone at the Christmas table. ❄️
Pecan Pumpkin Pastries
Every single person at the Christmas table will be wanting one of these pecan pumpkin pastries because how darn irresistible looking are they? The maple glaze really makes them stand out with that X factor!
Baked Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake Bites
As a vegan, you don’t get to enjoy cheesecake often, but these decadent individual bites are an exception. They’re purely plant-based, made of chopped dates, granola crust and cashews with vegan cream cheese filling, then topped with coconut cream.
Photo by The Wooden Skillet
Cherry Loaf Cake
You will not be able to refuse this extra fluffy and soft cake packed with lumps of dark chocolate and succulent cherries glazed with cherry yogurt frosting.
Vegan Gingerbread Christmas Trifle
This holiday dessert consists of spongy gingerbread cake, cinnamon-maple custard, a liberal drizzle of butterscotch sauce, and cute gingerbread cookie decorations. It is the perfect sweet to complete your Christmas dinner.
Photo by The Loopy Whisk
Pavlova is a traditional Christmas dessert, and this vegan version tastes exactly like, if not better, than the original. Sweet, light, and crunchy on the outside with a marshmallow-soft center, topped with dairy-free whipped cream and berries.
Photo by Baked by Cho
Cranberry Orange Banana Bread
This decadent combination of mashed bananas, cranberries, and orange juice is a scene stealer on your Christmas table. Cover the bread with buttercream frosting and top with dried cranberries and orange slices.
White Chocolate Cranberry Casserole
The search for the ultimate Christmas dessert is over. Layers of vanilla cake and white chocolate mousse topped with a tart cranberry compote is the ideal ending to an unforgettable holiday dinner.
Photo by Hot For Food
Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie
For something that tastes so good, this vegan ginger-spiced pumpkin pie does not take much work to make. The crust consists of crushed ginger snap cookies and coconut oil, while the filling is pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup, and a bit of molasses for that unique taste.
Photo by Making Thyme for Health
Sweet Potato Pecan Brownies
Who would have thought sweet potatoes and pecans go so well together? This healthy, lower-sugar brownie allows you to enjoy a fantastic dessert guilt-free.
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