These festive vegan Christmas Dinner recipes will make the most wonderful holiday menu! Find your new favorite main dishes, roasts, side dishes, appetizers, desserts, cookies and drinks that the whole family will LOVE!
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Vegan Christmas Recipes
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What do vegans eat for Christmas dinner?
Good question! You can veganize any and all traditional holiday meals. Here are a few examples of what vegans eat for Christmas:
- Holiday roasts made from seitan, nuts, legumes, tofu…etc. You can buy storebought roasts from vegan meat companies.
- Side dishes made from veggies and legumes, without cheese, butter (and any other animal derived products).
- Vegan desserts and cookies that are dairy-, egg-, and honey-free (and any other animal derived products).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks made with vegan alcohol (check on Barnivore.com!), fruit juices and syrups. Most fruit juices and syrups are vegan, but always check the ingredients. Some sugar brands are NOT vegan! Be careful.
If you want to plan your menu or get inspired, check out these amazing fully vegan recipes below!
Vegan Christmas Main Dishes & Sides
It’s not the holidays without a gorgeous roast on the table. Carve into this seitan-based beauty and the scent of the steaming sourdough stuffing and will make your guests’ mouths water in anticipation.
Who’s up for a savory bowl of French onion soup? It can’t be vegan, you say? Wrong! Anything is possible with vegan mozzarella and a whole lot of caramelized onions.
Attention weary holiday cooks! Here’s a festive red and green side dish that takes less than 15 minutes to throw together! Roasted green beans and peppers add a light freshness to any celebration.
There’s no better way to feed a crowd, than to whip up a big ole pan of lasagna. This one’s made with butternut squash and kale, so go ahead and have another helping!
Opa! Smell that garlic, lemon and rosemary? This Greek-style “lamb” roast has all of the old-world flavors but is made modern with healthy vegan ingredients.
At this point, there’s no excuse for unhealthy coleslaw. It’s cabbage and carrots, for goodness’ sakes, both superfoods! This recipe skips the sugar and adds vegan mayo, sacrificing none of the flavor.
Look at these laudable little lentil loaves! They’re likable legume lovelies that may not be lavish but most likely won’t leave any leftovers to languish in your larder.
We should all eat more red cabbage. It’s gorgeous to look at, incredibly healthy and tastes fantastic, especially when braised with red wine and holiday spices.
Ever order cauliflower mashed potatoes and then discover there’s no potatoes? The lies! This recipe says what it means—mashed potatoes and cauliflower—together—topped with a chunky Portobello mushroom gravy.
Brussels sprouts — often sadly maligned and misunderstood. When combined with potatoes, roasted garlic and pomegranates, however, suddenly everyone can’t get enough of those quirky veggies “from Belgium”.
Ready for some truth? If there’s a creamy and bubbling baked pasta on the table, one with a breadcrumb topping, it’s about to be everybody’s first choice.
Warm fall flavors, gorgeous colors — this stuffed butternut squash has it all. Serve it as a side or as a main dish and just wait for the compliments.
Who amongst us doesn’t adore a croquette? These little potato and veggie darlings can be baked or fried and make the perfect receptacle for any sauce.
Sometimes you crave those comfort food flavors of childhood. I present, vegan southern-style meatloaf — crafted out of chickpeas, black beans and oats. It’s got all the love without any of the meat!
Sharpen up that knife, it’s hasselback potato time! These are deceptive — the kind of recipe that looks incredibly impressive on the table but was really easy to make.
What if you could enjoy the flavor of an entire Thanksgiving dinner in a burger? Turn those leftover holiday ingredients into a smart and delicious meal.
After considering this recipe, I’m not sure why all cranberry sauce doesn’t have brandy in it. Or holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Like, what were we all thinking?
When you cut into the pastry of this gorgeous Mushroom Wellington, the aroma will knock your socks off. Get ready, the meat-eaters at the table will fight you for it.
You know that certain kind of homemade bread that’s fragrant and herby and has a lovely crusty bottom? That’s exactly what this garlic and rosemary skillet bread is like.
This recipe sticks to the basic tenets of classic potato salad but modernizes it with plant-based mayonnaise. The result is an updated take on a comfort food favorite.
Coming up with the ultimate holiday menu is a stress you seriously don’t need. Stop the madness! Here is a whole holiday feast on a single, festive plate. You’re welcome.
22. Beet Wellington
Beet Wellington? That name alone is everything. And OMG, it’s gorgeous! Guarantee, if you put this gem on your holiday table, no one will ever stop talking about it.
Don’t be mislead by the name — there’s more to this soup than garlic and leeks. Think sweet potatoes, tomatoes and spice galore. All create the perfect depth of holiday flavor.
This is one of those recipes that turns Brussels Sprouts skeptics into believers! Earthy and crispy with a nice tahini tang, its super easy to make and pairs well with anything.
This dish is a candidate for the “no one knew it was vegan” award. Plus, it’s got all of the cozy goodness you expect from stuffing.
Conjuring up a seitan holiday roast could seem intimidating but this recipe makes it easy for even the most inexperienced home cooks. Plus, how good does this thing look?
This dish is a celebration of how glorious a vegan main can actually be. Make a holiday entrance carrying this colorful puff pastry tart with hasselback heritage carrots and parsnips.
Not only will this stuffed butternut squash roast show your guests you care about their health, it’ll also prove how gosh darn clever you are.
This dish checks all of the holiday boxes — it’s colorful, flavorful and easy. It’s so user-friendly that it’s destined to become a weekly menu staple.
30. Lentil Loaf
It’s a vegan triumph! This hearty lentil loaf is stuffed with healthy ingredients and successfully delivers those childhood memories of family dinners and simpler times.
At holiday time, when oven space is at a premium, dust off that crock pot! This rice-based stuffing just cooks away in the corner while the oven is packed with other goodies.
Carrots are a go-to holiday veggie but what about the lesser known and under-appreciated parsnip? In this tasty side dish duo, the carrots share their spotlight and the results are delicious.
This recipe is so easy, so healthy and so accessible, it should be in everyone’s vegetable side dish rotation. There, I said it. Someone had to.
Eggless Yorkshire Pudding sounds like an impossibility. These, however, get their eggy lift from baking soda. Up the ante with savory gravy and minty peas, and the great vegan Yorkshire swap-out is complete.
Vegan Christmas Desserts
If you make a holiday dessert that contains both pumpkin and gingerbread, you’ve effectively killed two birds with one stone. The filling comes together in a blender—it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Festive fun and deliciousness await! These fluffy coconut snowballs are made with only healthy ingredients but don’t skimp on the taste! They are also alcohol-free (thank you rum extract!), so all ages can enjoy it.
The dessert casserole has finally arrived, just in time for the holidays. Rich white chocolate mousse, vanilla cake and tart cranberries make for the perfect ending to a festive meal.
Even if everyone’s patting their middles after the holiday feast, they’ll still snatch up a gingerbread trifle. Gingerbread cake, cinnamon-maple custard and butterscotch sauce — too much yumminess to resist.
“But I couldn’t eat another bite!” Oh yeah? How about an eggnog cheesecake bite? Granola and date crust, holiday-spiced filling topped with coconut cream? “On second thought, don’t mind if I do.”
Take three simple ingredients — almonds, coconut and maple syrup. Then, do some simple, behind the scenes culinary magic and you have a dessert everyone will adore.
Need something for holiday gift giving? Everyone loves chocolate and mint, and this recipe makes a huge batch that can be easily cut into perfect little squares.
What could be more decadent and celebration-worthy than a chocolate and hazelnut tart? Chocolate lovers unite and demand satisfaction — accept nothing less on your dessert plate.
If someone offered you a piece of marshmallow fluff cake, the only reasonable answer would be a resounding yes. Aquafaba is the secret ingredient that makes this vegan dream come true.
Sometimes, alone at night, I hear the wind whisper…biscoff. This no-bake tart has a biscoff crust and a gooey, biscoff-white chocolate filling. I’m here to say, biscoff cookie fantasies can come true.
Here’s a riddle — what’s made from chocolate, avocados and Irish whiskey? Only one of the tastiest desserts you’ll ever try and it’s vegan and gluten-free.
Ah, the classic flavors of mint and chocolate. This vegan grasshopper pie is a cool and creamy delight and is a snap to make.
47. Apple Bundt Cake
This apple bundt cake has the best of both worlds — homemade applesauce and chunks of apple. Add on that coconut caramel and it’s officially out of this world.
This dessert is just too pretty, Y’all. The red cranberry sweetness layered with white chocolate cream, all in crumbly crisp crust. So gorgeous you won’t believe you made it.
What could be more festive than a fudgy chocolate cake with peppermint frosting? Anyone at the table can enjoy it because it’s vegan AND gluten-free!
For the most wonderful time of the year is an equally wonderful treat. With a cinnamon-walnut crust, this eggnog cheesecake tart is so light and creamy, it’s the perfect last bite in a holiday feast.
The warm spices of the gingerbread cake coupled with the rich creaminess of eggnog frosting make these cupcakes irresistible. Add on some festive sprinkles and you are holiday ready.
Orange and cranberries have always been good friends but when orange introduced gingerbread to cranberries, they became an unstoppable trio of flavor. This cheesecake looks great and tastes even better.
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Vegan Christmas Cookies
Help! I’m running and running as fast as I can but there’s an old lady with oven mitts and an apron yelling something about me being delicious. You’ll save me, right?
No holiday cookie plate is complete without Linzer cookies. That cutout showing off the bright red raspberry jam makes them just too tempting for words.
Pour a steaming cup of coffee and grab a piece of gingerbread biscotti. Ah, it smells like holiday joy, with the cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
Invited to a holiday cookie swap but you’re at a loss as to what to bring? These are a great option. Festive, colorful and they pack a surprising peppermint punch.
Shortbread cookies — they’re a back-to-the-basics treat that must be in your repertoire. Easy to make with that old fashioned taste. Don’t ever change, Shortbread. We love you just the way you are.
Talk about unique! Linzer cookies with the refreshing citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit. They’re gluten-free — so come one come all, cookie lovers, and enjoy.
The dangerous thing about these pumpkin spice chocolate chip bite-sized cookies is that you before you know it, you’ve downed several handfuls. Aww, but are so adorable and tasty, who’d even notice?
These chocolate-dipped red velvet cookies are pillow-soft like cupcakes but are much easier to eat. So easy to eat, in fact, that you might need to make two batches!
Much has been written about the dangers of cookie addiction. There’s no question that these delightfully simple vanilla crescents are a gateway cookie, one that will surely lead down a path to more baking.
Talk about a Dutch treat! Speculaas cookies are sweet and spicy and taste like the holidays. They’re perfect for gift giving, if you manage not to eat them all yourself.
Delicate, dainty and delicious, these chocolate and peanut butter madeleines are lovely to behold and will tempt any holiday guest — so make a bunch!
This recipe takes a yummy shortbread cookie and gussies it up by adding orange, cranberry and crunchy almonds. Voila! A shortbread triumph fit for your next holiday gathering.
Got a vegan and gluten-free pal coming over? In less than 20 minutes, you can have a batch of white chocolate, cranberry and pistachio cookies hot from the oven, ready to serve.
Has the world gone mad? How can something that’s gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and vegan be so doggone good? These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies do so much with so little.
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Vegan Christmas Appetizers
Want jaws to drop this holiday season? Present your guests with a show-stopping homemade herbed star bread. It’s a riff on a Swedish celebratory bread and is all about tearing and sharing.
Colorful, festive and healthy; this Christmas fruit salad can be a great starter to your menu. There’s no need to fill up your guests’ bellies too much before the main meal! It also works great as a light dessert.
For an adorable holiday hors d’oeuvre, swap out the pigs and make carrots in a blanket. You’ll be so glad those little piggies stayed home.
Mushrooms…what can’t they do? In this recipe they’re the earthy vessel filled with a delectable herby cheese stuffing. So easy to make and great as an appetizer.
Need an attractive and simple appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast? These little sweet potato guacamole bites are a flavor combination you never knew you needed.
Don’t be modest. Even though this wreath appetizer looks complicated, you’ll know deep down it was actually really easy to make. What your guests don’t know won’t hurt them!
Vegan Christmas Cocktails & Drinks
73. Cranberry Mimosa
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Cranberry Mimosa! She’s a tart little number, bubbly and sweet, and will help ensure everyone has a most merry holiday.
If someone told you that a drink existed with cinnamon, whiskey and chai, you’d search high and low for it. Here it is and it’s just as good as you knew it would be.
One of the best things about adulthood is being able to turn candy bars into mixed drinks. This Almond Joy Martini is dairy-free and grownup approved.
Festive, fun and appropriate for all ages, these caramel apple mocktails taste like heaven in a glass and will liven up any gathering of merry-makers.
If you want your whole house to smell like the holidays, put a batch of mulled apple cider on the stove. Spike some with bourbon, pour it in a glass and get the party started.
In my holiday finest, whilst under the mistletoe, casually sipping my Christmas punch, twinkling lights all aglow. Six ounces of rum provides the fun but whoops that was for 10, not only one.
You don’t need to wait until after the meal to have this version of pumpkin pie. In five minutes you can be toasting the holidays while the feast is still in the oven.
This’ll cure what ails you. It’s like mulled wine, only with cranberry juice. Warm winter spices and a splash of bourbon make this a perfect brew for sipping in front of the holiday fire.
Being dairy-free doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun holiday cocktail. This gingerbread martini tastes like the most wonderful time of the year and is incredibly easy to make.
This vegan version of the classic White Russian is nothing but fun. Coconut milk works great and the chocolate rim with crushed candy canes is genius.
By swapping out the raw eggs and dairy, it’s easy to make a vegan Coquito, that luscious Puerto Rican eggnog. This version is fragrant and light, perfect for a holiday celebration.
84. Vegan Butterbeer
Put your wands away, you won’t need them to conjure this vegan version of butterbeer! It can be made with or without whisky, in case any littler wizards want a sip.
The perfect way to end a perfect day. Before bed, treat yourself to this wonderfully festive hot cocoa. Sweet dreams; see you next year.
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What are your favorite Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes?
Let me know in the comments!
- mushroom seitan roast
- roasted Brussels sprouts
- Christmas fruit salad
- gingerbread pumpkin pie
- coconut rum snowballs
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- Happy cooking and Merry Christmas!
Vegan Christmas FAQ
Vegans can choose to eat meat and dairy-free versions of traditional Christmas dinners like roasts, casseroles, potatoes, and roasted vegetables. Try veganizing your family’s Christmas recipes using plant-based ingredients in place of meat, dairy, and eggs.
For vegans looking for a traditional main dish centerpiece for Christmas, homemade seitan or roast, vegan Wellington, or a store-bought vegan roast (like Tofurky) are great alternatives to turkey. For a more vegetable-forward dish, try a veggie casserole, lentil loaf, or whole-roasted cauliflower.
Serving 12 meatless dishes on Christmas Eve is a Ukrainian tradition to symbolize the 12 Apostles. Families fast during the day, then after sundown partake in small portions of each of the 12 dishes like borscht, cabbage buns, mushrooms, gravy, and pudding.
Not many traditional Christmas dishes and desserts are vegan, but vegans can enjoy meat, dairy, and egg-free versions of these dishes made with vegan recipes, order ready-made meals from vegan restaurants, or purchase store-bought treats like Christmas cookies and chocolates.
Some good vegan Christmas side dishes include mashed potatoes made with plant milk and vegan butter, roasted winter vegetables like squash and onions, and vegan versions of your favorite family recipes. Christmas dishes vary by location and cultural background too.