30 Vegan Christmas Food Ideas

Posted in Blog on 14.12.2018

30 Vegan Christmas Food Ideas

30 Vegan Christmas Food Ideas – from breakfast to dinner with a different selection to the usual sides, decadent desserts and a few little extras!

If you’re the one in charge of all the planning, shopping, cooking for The Big Day (or even just one of those things) it can feel daunting.  Are you a new vegetarian/vegan this Christmas?  Or catering for someone that is?  Or maybe stuck in a rut with the same old tried and tested (but getting a little old) couple of favourites?  If so, here’s 30 Vegan Christmas Food Ideas I hope help make this already stressful enough season that little bit easier.

Side note – you probably shouldn’t read this while hungry or you’ll end up putting everything on your shopping list!

Let’s start with breakfast …

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GRANOLA

I think I associate oranges with Christmas from getting satsumas wrapped in foil in my stocking as a kid (is that still a thing or is it all iPhones and giant TV’s?)  Or maybe it’s only ever having a Terry’s Chocolate Orange at Christmas.  Either way, this granola brings back many happy flavour memories (and tastes blooming delicious!)

VEGAN EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

From Blissful Basil

I LOVE the idea of a big dish of something hot and creamy for breakfast – especially one that can be prepared in advance and baked fresh in the morning.  Pass me a bowl and a spoon please!

CRANBERRY GINGER CRUMBLE FRUIT BAKE

From Jar of Lemons

Oh my gosh doesn’t this look amazing?!  Dessert for breakfast is completely legit when it’s Christmas right?

GINGERBREAD BREAKFAST COOKIES

From Simply Quinoa

So many good things in these cookies .. and that schmear (technical term) of frosting *drool*.  It’s also not even remotely festive if you’re not eating a gingerbread something!

SPICED CHOCOLATE ORANGE TWISTS

We have all the flavours of Christmas in this soft yeast dough – warming spices, chocolate nut butter and sweet sticky orange.  These spiced chocolate orange twists are deliciously indulgent!

So, that’s got the day started off very nicely, let’s move on to the main event …

HUMMUS AND ROASTED VEGETABLE PIE

A super easy make ahead, a real favourite with our readers and the thing I’ll most likely be making for our own Christmas dinner (because it is SO easy!)

VEGAN HOLIDAY BURGERS

From I Love Vegan

Who said you can’t have burgers during the festivities?  Certainly not us and certainly not when they look like this!  Looks like the mix can also be made ahead and simply baked and assembled on the day!

TOMATO GNOCCHI BAKE WITH CHEESY OAT CRUMBLE

From Tinned Tomatoes

My oh my – this is something I’d eat all year round.  Tangy tomato sauce, soft pillows of gnocchi and a crumble topping. YUM!

LENTIL, HARICOT AND MUSHROOM ROAST

What looks like a nut roast but isn’t actually a nut anything?  Instead we’ve crammed in lentils, haricot beans and a tonne of veggies, herbs and even quinoa flakes for a delicious, easy to make non-nut nut roast loaf thingy!!

LENTIL AND POTATO STEW

From Occasionally Eggs

Oh look at that bowl of yumminess!  Talk about comfort food at its finest!  I can see roast potato dunking going with this!

ROAST SPROUTS WITH WALNUTS AND GRAPES

It really isn’t Christmas dinner without sprouts, even if it did take 20 years for me to accept a sprout anywhere near my mouth.  Now I love ’em.  Even when it’s not Christmas.

HERBED SCALLOPED POTATOES

From Vegan in the Freezer

Rich, creamy, herby – THE perfect side dish.  Supposed to serve 6.  Pretty sure I could finish this by myself.

MAPLE AND THYME WINTER VEG SALAD

Rich, meltingly soft roasted vegetables mixed with crisp leaves and some scattered baked bread and toasty seed crunch.  All married perfectly together with a light mustardy dressing.  Practically saintly on a day the average Brit consumes around 6000 calories!!

VEGAN MUSHROOM STUFFING

From Vegan in the Freezer

Stuffing sandwiches was one of the Boxing Day highlights as a kid.  Not sure this would go in a sandwich but looking at it there’s not likely to be much left!

MUSHROOM GRAVY

From Plant Based Cooking

I forgot the gravy one year.  Phil was not impressed.

This one sounds super easy and I love the addition of a little Tamari for depth of flavour.

For some, dessert is actually the main event.  And I’ve been guilty of looking at a restaurant’s dessert menu first when deciding what size of main course to order …

VEGAN BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING

Soft, seeded bread, chewy apricots, spiced vegan custard and tangy orange marmalade all cooked to gooey perfection.

ULTIMATE VEGAN CHRISTMAS PUDDING

From A Virtual Vegan

Packed with dried fruits, spices and a bit of alcohol, I love the addition of aquafaba to this recipe to give it a lightness rather than the overly dense versions I remember from my childhood

VEGAN STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

From The Little Blog of Vegan

I could eat sticky toffee pudding all year round.  Shouldn’t though, which is why, in the season of sheer indulgence, this is usually our dessert choice.  I mean just look at that toffee sauce!!

SO MUCH other vegan festive inspiration on this site too.

CHOCOLATE ORANGE NUTTY TRUFFLE TART

The decoration is actually more involved than making the entire tart!  But everything can be made ahead and easily assembled on the day.  And it’s Christmas so it’s worth that little extra dazzle 😉

VEGAN CHRISTMAS CAKE

From Domestic Gothess

Oh Christmas Cake

Oh Christmas Cake

How Much do I Love Thee

Literally drooling looking at this right now

So, breakfast is a fond distant memory, dinner has been cooked and consumed, the mountain of washing up done and put away, Christmas hats sit at jaunty angles, it’s time to settle down to a film, some treats and maybe a gentle snooze …

CHRISTMAS SPICE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own Christmas cake but love all the flavours then these are so for you!  Just 10 minutes to make, zero cooking time and very very easy to just keep pop pop popping in your mouth

VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

From Wallflower Kitchen

Another very very fond childhood memory was a tin of Danish butter cookies.  They usually came in a beautiful tin, sparkled with sugar and nestled in their own paper cups.   Aimee has recreated this to absolute perfection.

VEGAN MINCE PIES

Nothing screams Christmas to me more than mince pies.  It’s my yardstick for when Christmas actually starts.  I know that when I eat my first mince pie I can officially start getting excited about the season of all things sparkle and mince pies.

GINGER CAKE

Light, moist, vegan and gluten free Ginger Cake sponge spiced with all the flavours of Christmas! Topped off with sticky sweet icing and crystalised ginger.  Don’t be put off by using fava bean flour for this, the finished thing doesn’t taste even remotely of beans!  You can of course just sub with plain flour.

VEGAN EGGNOG

From My Darling Vegan

Homemade cashew milk, natural date sweetness, festive spices and a glug of bourbon all whizzed up to rich, creamy perfection.  THE perfect end to a magical (and hopefully as stress free as possible) day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this (looooong) list and found some inspiration to help you out this already busy enough time of year 🙂

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