Vegan Christmas Recipes

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Food plays a central role in Christmas celebrations: It represents our favourite traditions and home comforts, and definitely makes the best gifts! We are often so bound to our traditions that we forget to see what fresh and exciting alternatives are out there. Whether you have a vegan guest joining for dinner, looking to update your existing traditions, or you’re thinking of trying something new, we are confident these recipes will rival some of your tried and trusted seasonal favourites.

Appetisers

Every event can be elevated to a celebration with Vegan Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese from The Happy Pear. ‘How can smoked salmon be vegan?’ we hear you ask. Well, really it’s baked carrots marinated in a smoky marine-esque flavouring. And the ‘cream cheese’ is made by straining soya yogurt to leave a thick and creamy spread for the base. A pretty crafty alternative to the original.

Find the recipe and video here.

Starters

Not your conventional starter, but we can assure you this Mushroom Hot Pot is a real treat for your tastebuds. The aromatic flavours of star anise and lemongrass will spice up your kitchen better than any scented candle. Find the recipe from Post Punk Kitchen here

If a hot pot doesn’t take your fancy, we have an alternative mushroom delight (apologies to any mushroom haters). These Creamy Garlic Thyme Mushrooms from Deliciously Ella would be the perfect start to your Christmas dinner.

Main Course

This Christmas Stuffed Squash from Avant-Garde Vegan is a real show stopper: Gloriously caramelised and packed full of veggies, it deserves to be at the center of every dinner table. Layers of flavour come courtesy of tart cranberry sauce, roasted peppers, and sweet buttery squash.

Nut roast is always a winner for Christmas Day. This Nut Roast recipe has a bit Christmas sparkle with the addition of cranberries and chestnuts. Best thing about it – you can prepare it up to 3 days in advance and store it in the fridge until the big day.

What would Christmas be without the humble carrot? If you think its time to upgrade your favourite orange veggie, this recipe from Little Green Spoon will not disappoint. Introducing Maple Glazed Carrots with toasted pecans.

A fresh take on an old classic, Little Green Spoon has done it again with this Quinoa Stuffing. Expect lots of hidden gems in the form of pine nuts, pecans, and cranberries.

Dessert

What better way to finish off the most indulgent meal of the year than with a decadent Chocolate Cake from Jamie Oliver. This gluten free, dairy free, vegan friendly masterpiece is extra special as it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Gifts

Caramel Squares are a definite crowd pleaser. What’s not to love about the combination of crunch, caramel, and chocolate. This recipe from The Happy Pear is a wholesome take on millionaire’s shortbread. Wrap these up in some brown paper and a ribbon for the most perfect present.

Giving the gift of chocolate is something that will always be appreciated. This homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread from Deliciously Ella is a much healthier version than the original, but still delicious spread on toast or drizzled over a bowl of berries and bananas. For bonus Christmas points, add some orange zest to the recipe and secure a homemade label with twine around the jar.