11 comforting vegan Christmas recipes so you don’t have to miss out this year
With so many people now leading a plant-based diet, Christmas can be a little restricting. It means no potatoes roasted in goose fat, no pigs in blankets and no Christmas pudding. Or does it? According to a recent study by Waitrose, the top Christmas dishes that vegans will miss are roast turkey, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and…chocolate.
But choosing to be plant-based shouldn’t – no, doesn’t – mean you need to skimp on those comforting winter favourites. With a pinch of know-how, vegan cooking can be just as flavoursome and decadent as a cream-filled chocolate roulade. Sorry, a coconut cream-filled chocolate roulade.
We’ve put together 11 of our favourite vegan recipes to see you through the colder months. Get ready for puddings, pies and mac ‘n’ cheese…
Over half of vegans going to another person’s home for Christmas day will be taking their own food with them. Don’t give anyone the chance to make sarcastic comments, and especially don’t feed vegans beans on toast! Wow them with your magnificent sausage plait or super roasties.
Looking for a recipe for vegan roast potatoes that won’t let you down? Our garlic and bay roast potatoes are crisp and golden with soft fluffy insides.
If it’s a vegan Christmas starter recipe you’re after, our curried parsnip soup is sure to deliver. This gently spiced soup recipe is made with cumin, coriander, turmeric and ginger. This really is a heart-warming bowl of goodness that the whole table will enjoy!
Clodagh McKenna’s nut roast balls with rich onion gravy and greens makes a fantastic vegan alternative to roast dinner or a simple Christmas lunch.
If you’re looking for something a little different to serve with your Christmas dinner, try this balsamic roast carrot and parsnip recipe – it’s bursting with sweet flavours.
Stir-fried red cabbage with pear and five-spice is a quick and versatile side dish. Serve it alongside your Christmas main course – it’s suitable for all!
For a vegan centrepiece this Christmas, try our sausage wellington. The sausage plait is made with stuffing mix, soya mince and amped up with soy and Marmite for extra punchiness. Meat eaters will be after some too.
Caramelised beetroot in a rich sauce encased in flaky pastry… does it get any better than this?! Try this for a superb vegan main course that’ll leave everyone satisfied.
Perfect if you’re hosting friends for Christmas drinks! This beautifully colourful spread is full of diverse, fresh and earthy flavours and is oh-so eye-catching.
A crumbly mix of marzipan, pecans and oats top our vegan mince pies, before they’re topped with maple syrup and edible gold shimmer for extra Christmas pizazz.
Try our vegan bounty cheesecake for a vegan alternative to Christmas dessert. A coconut biscuit base is topped with coconut cream and smothered in dark chocolate.
It’s guaranteed to be love at first bite when you try this chocolate date fudge. Chewy, rich and studded with hazelnuts – it’s perfect with a strong coffee, and great to have in for visiting guests at Christmas.
Looking for more? Dig into all of our vegan Christmas recipes here!
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