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 a great long list of 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 …
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!)
Get the kettle on and the tea cosies out because this spiced fruit loaf makes a wonderful breakfast or afternoon treat, slathered in butter and enjoyed fresh and warm or toasted the next day!
Made in a blender, these gingerbread pancakes are easy to whip up, making them the perfect breakfast during this festive season!
An impressive but simple to make Christmas mincemeat wreath filled with festive flavours! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy with a hot beverage, mulled wine or a dollop of cream or custard!
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 …
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!)
These individual pies are so versatile and a great way to use up any leftover veg! They can also be made ahead and warmed up when needed with a big pile of roast potatoes and good slosh of gravy.
Made with oat flour and almonds and studded with apples, sultanas and veggies this stuffing is both sweet and savoury but totally delicious! The perfect accompaniment to a Sunday roast or Christmas feast!
What looks like a nut roast but isn’t actually a nut anything! Instead I’ve crammed in lentils, haricot beans and a tonne of veggies, herbs and even quinoa flakes (or oats) for a delicious, easy to make non-nut nut roast loaf!
A super simple make ahead vegan sprout gratin brimming with flavour. The perfect seasonal side dish of creamy sprouts, chestnuts and vegan ham and a crispy herb breadcrumb topping
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.
Layers of leek and potato with a rich garlic, rosemary and mustard cream sauce takes these vegan dauphinoise from delicious to extraordinary! So simple to make and so satisfying to eat!
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!!
Creamy vegan winter slaw made with red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, red onion, crunchy walnuts, jewel like sultanas and a homemade vegan mustard mayonnaise!
Vegan honey flavouring, caramelised lemon slices and fresh thyme give these roasted root veggies a delicious zesty tang! Top with crunchy pecans and vegan feta cheese and this dish becomes so much more than just a side!
For some, dessert is actually the main event. And I’ve definitely been guilty of looking at a restaurant’s dessert menu first when deciding what size of main course to order …
Soft, seeded bread, chewy apricots, spiced vegan custard and tangy orange marmalade all cooked to gooey perfection.
This vegan tiramisu is the perfect dessert for coffee lovers! It combines fluffy vegan chocolate cake spiked with coffee essence, a creamy cashew ‘mascarpone’ all topped off with a generous dusting of cacao powder. It’s rich, creamy and utterly delicious!
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 😉
This decadent no bake chocolate tart really does taste as good as it looks! It has a nutty base and a rich smooth filling, all with a vegan protein boost!
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The only way to improve Christmas cake right? This recipe actually came about from a blog reader’s request and I’m so glad she did because this cake is absolutely sublime!
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.
Perfect treats to get you in the festive mood. OR 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 …
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
These Christmas Pudding Muffins are the perfect festive treat topped with fluffy Irish cream frosting – easy, sticky and delicious!
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.
Making your own mincemeat couldn’t be easier or taste better! Packed with fruits and spices and naturally sweet this is guaranteed to get your kitchen feeling festive! It’s also perfect for a number of recipes below (or even as a gift if you’re feeling festively generous!)
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.
Filled with sticky homemade mincemeat, these rich, buttery vegan Viennese Whirl Mince Pies are always requested by friends and family for our Christmas gatherings!
Soft and spicy gingerbread on top of fruity homemade mincemeat make these gingerbread mince pies a deliciously festive treat!
These deliciously soft cookies are packed full of sparkling pieces of crystalised ginger. They’re gluten free too!
These sweet, spiced orange palmiers (or elephant’s ears!) are SO easy to make and need just a few ingredients. They’re light, crispy and so so moreish!
Vegan slice and bake chocolate orange shortbread cookies are perfect little bitesize pieces of nutty, spicy cookie heaven! So simple to make, no rolling and just a few ingredients!
These mince pie flapjacks are a super simple twist on a classic flapjack – all the golden syrup flavour with a spicy, fruity kick! A truly scrumptious festive treat!
A thoroughly rich, festive and warming drink. The perfect way to celebrate Christmas (and autumn!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this (looooong) list and found some inspiration to help you out this already busy enough time of year 🙂