40 Fantastic Vegan Christmas Recipes

A roundup of 40 delicious vegan Christmas recipes from around the plant-based internet.

Whether you’re looking for holiday classics like mac and cheese, fun baked goods like Gingerbread Cake or Cookies, or modern and unique recipes with a twist, this list is packed with comforting side dishes, starters, main dishes, and desserts that the whole family will love!

The Christmas season can be tough for vegans, between the dairy- and meat-rich holiday spreads and persistent family members who insist you try just one piece of ham! But fear not, there’s actually a HUGE variety of vegan recipes that are perfect for your Christmas dinner.

Here, you’ll find a mix of classic Christmas dishes with a vegan twist, along with creative and inventive dishes that would be perfect on any holiday table.

Below I’ve rounded up 40 of the best vegan Christmas recipes, including some of my own recipes and lots of fabulous Christmas recipes around the plant-based internet. Whether you’re looking to a vegan roast or creamy casserole, this list has you covered!

Table of Contents:
1. Soups & Salads
2. Side Dishes
3. Main Dishes
4. Desserts
5. Drinks

Soups & Salads

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Featuring crispy and chewy roasted butternut squash and cabbage, kale and carrot ribbons, chickpeas, a tangy vinaigrette, and a sweet-and-spicy almond crunch, my Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad is the comforting salad of your dreams! Hearty yet refreshing, it’s perfect for entertaining.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Easy Vegan French Onion Soup

This Vegan French Onion Soup by Julie of The Simple Veganista features caramelized onions and savory thyme broth served with warm and crusty sliced baguette and gooey cheese overtop for a delicious entree or starter soup!
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Easy Vegan French Onion Soup

Vegan Sweet Potato Bisque with Crispy White Beans

Creamy silky and dreamy, this sweet potato bisque by Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul is perfect for cold days and the holidays. Top with crispy rosemary white beans to complete the dish!
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Vegan Sweet Potato Bisque with Crispy White Beans

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad

This is my favorite salad recipe, and I make it every holiday season. Even my salad-hating family members (I’m looking at you, mom) devour this salad. There’s a little bit of everything in this salad – crunchy, creamy, tart, and sweet.
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Kale and Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad

Creamy Chestnut Soup

This creamy, nutty, warming chestnut soup by Rosa of This Healthy Kitchen is the perfect starter for your Christmas dinner. It’s sweet, with earthy flavour and simple to prepare.
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Creamy Chestnut Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

My Creamy Cauliflower Soup is unbelievably creamy yet dairy-free and vegan, thanks to cashews and cannellini beans. It’s easy and quick to make, freezes great, and is satisfying enough for a main meal.
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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Side Dishes

Seven Secrets for the Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and rich yet fluffy and light vegan mashed potatoes are possible! It’s the two types of potatoes you use and my addition of miso butter that make them just as good as the classic version loaded with dairy.
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Seven Secrets for the Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

My Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. An incredibly creamy (and easy) vegan cheese sauce gets paired with elbow macaroni, covered in a crispy and buttery breadcrumb, and then baked in the oven.
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Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

These sweet and savory Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts by Sarah of My Darling Vegan are the perfect side dish for your next holiday dinner. They are perfectly tender roasted and tossed together with roasted hazelnuts and rosemary.
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Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter

My Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter are a crowd pleasing indulgent side dish! Includes tips on how to cook Japanese sweet potatoes, where to buy Japanese sweet potatoes, and the differences between Japanese Sweet Potatoes vs Sweet Potatoes.
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Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter

Vegan Baked Candied Yams

These delicious Vegan Baked Candied Yams by Michelle of Healthier Steps are the ultimate flavorful recipe that you are looking for! They will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table!
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Vegan Baked Candied Yams

Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing

This Vegan Stuffing will wow your holiday guests with its taste and presentation! Like traditional stuffing, this Wild Mushroom Stuffing is tender and moist yet a little crunchy! Bake it in a traditional pan or turn it into a festive Stuffing Wreath for a unique holiday centerpiece.
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Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Cheesy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

My scalloped potatoes taste like creamy, cheesy layers of potato pillows melting in your mouth! Unlike standard scalloped potatoes (bland and dairy-laden), these are packed with so much flavor and don’t weigh you down!
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slice of vegan scalloped potatoes topped with chives on green plate

Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach

The best healthy vegan creamed spinach recipe by Florentina of Veggie Society is ready in just a few minutes but delivers in flavor like a boss. It definitely has to show up on your Christmas dinner table!
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Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach

Vegan Brown Butter Sweet Potato Casserole

My Vegan Brown Butter Sweet Potato Casserole is a cold weather comfort food and a must-make holiday side dish! Nutty browned butter mashed sweet potatoes are infused with warming spices, then topped with a sweet and salty crumble and baked in the oven.
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Vegan Brown Butter Sweet Potato Casserole

The Best Vegan Cornbread You’ll Ever Eat

My crispy-crusted, buttery, and moist vegan cornbread is truly the best cornbread you’ll ever eat, thanks to 5 secret techniques. No one will know it’s vegan! Easy to make gluten-free.
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The Best Vegan Cornbread You’ll Ever Eat

The Best Vegan Gravy

My mushroom gravy is the most flavor-packed vegan gravy ever! It’s rich, creamy, and bursting with umami, thanks to seven secret ingredients and techniques.
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vegan gravy in a boat with mashed potatoes in the background

Main Dishes

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This is the best vegan shepherd’s pie you’ll try! A hearty, flavor-packed lentil and sticky onion filling meets fluffy mashed potatoes and cauliflower in my protein-rich, healthy plant based dinner recipe. It’s the perfect healthy comfort food for winter!
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Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Incredible Vegan Wellington

A savory vegan loaf gets wrapped in flaky golden pastry and makes for the best winter comfort food. My recipe yields truly the best Vegan Wellington you will ever try! Includes step-by-step photos and detailed instructions so you can nail this Vegan Mushroom Wellington and wow your holiday guests!
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Incredible Vegan Wellington

Herbed Vegan Vegetable Pot Pie

This hearty, healthy Herbed Vegetable Pot Pie by Lauren of Rabbit and Wolves is the perfect main dish for the Christmas table. It’s the comfort food you know and love with a vegan twist!
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Herbed Vegan Vegetable Pot Pie

Cashew Nut Roast

This Carrot and Cashew Nut Roast by Chris of Thinly Spread is a savory roast perfect for a vegan Christmas dinner. Shaped as a Christmas tree this cashew nut roast is a vegan showstopper!
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Cashew Nut Roast

The Best Vegan Mushroom Risotto

This is my recipe for the best vegan mushroom risotto you’ll ever try. It’s creamy and velvety and bursting with umami, just like classic risotto but it’s dairy-free and vegan. Plus, these tips will help you nail the perfect vegan risotto every time.
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The Best Vegan Mushroom Risotto

Vegan Tamales

A step-by-step guide by Jasmine & Chris of Sweet Simple Vegan on how to make the BEST vegan tamales this holiday season. Not only are these fairly easy to make, but they are also packed with flavor and will definitely impress your friends and family!
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Vegan Tamales

Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

My vegan, gluten-free Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake is the ultimate comfort food that makes for an excellent vegan main dish for any holiday gathering!
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Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

In my recipe for Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash, roasted butternut squash gets stuffed with the most flavorful, umami-packed lentil filling, then drizzled with a creamy sauce made from the scooped out butternut squash. A hearty and satisfying main course for any winter dinner, especially holiday meals!
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Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

Easy Vegan Seitan Roast Beef

This vegan Seitan Roast Beef by Carlo Cao is a perfect Christmas main course to serve with mashed potatoes and baked vegetables. Served the next day it becomes even more delicious as the texture becomes more “meaty”.
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Easy Vegan Seitan Roast Beef

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Here’s my recipe for the BEST vegan mushroom stroganoff you will ever try! It’s packed with umami, is super flavorful, and is so creamy you won’t believe it’s dairy-free and vegan. It’s the ultimate comfort food!
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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Desserts

At the end of this post, you’ll find a recipe for my incredibly FLUFFY Gingerbread Cake!

Vegan Fudge

You won’t believe how rich, creamy, and chocolatey my vegan fudge is! It tastes just like the beloved Ferrero Rocher candy but is dairy-free and vegan! It requires just 5 main ingredients and is super easy and quick.
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three squares of vegan fudge sitting on a pie tin

Fun & Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Easy and delicious vegan gingerbread cookies by Britt of The Banana Diaries that are crisp, lightly sweet, and packed with flavor! Naturally gluten free, these gingerbread man cookies make for one of the best healthy Christmas cookies for Santa!
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Fun & Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Ginger-Orange Vegan Cheesecake with Poached Pears

My Ginger-Orange Vegan Cheesecake is a crowd-pleasing holiday dessert. Rich and dense and creamy, just like traditional cheesecake, but dairy-free and vegan. Make it even more elegant by topping it with poached pears!
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Ginger-Orange Vegan Cheesecake with Poached Pears

Perfect Vegan Sugar Cookies

Here’s a recipe for easy to make cut-out cookies that taste great by Sam of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken! Perfect for any occasion: the holidays, Christmas, Valentines, or anytime you might want to decorate a cookie! A fun activity for kids.
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Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

The perfect last-minute holiday dessert! With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, my Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best but easiest desserts! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking.
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Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

My Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is soft and moist yet light and airy – the best of both worlds! With warm cinnamon apple flavors, it’s a perfect easy yet impressive cake for The Holidays!
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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Vegan Yule Log

This delicious and indulgent Yule Log by Holly of The Little Blog of Vegan consists of a rectangular sponge rolled into a log with a filling, coated in chocolate ganache or buttercream. It’s a traditional Christmas dessert especially popular in France, Switzerland, UK, Canada, and Belgium.
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Vegan Yule Log

Vegan Apple Pie

Turn those freshly-picked apples into this delicious Vegan Apple Pie brimming with a lusciously spiced homemade apple filling nestled in a flaky melt-in-your-mouth crust! This pie by David of Plant Based on a Budget is a classic, heartwarming comfort food ideal for holiday dinners!
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Vegan Apple Pie

The Absolute Best Vegan Brownies

You’ve never tasted vegan brownies like this before! My recipe yields supremely fudgy and chewy, intensely chocolatey brownies with a gorgeous shiny, crinkly top. Truly the best vegan brownie you’ll ever try!
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The Absolute Best Vegan Brownies

Drinks

Healthy Vegan Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

While hot cocoa is typically laden with dairy and refined sugar, my Vegan Gingerbread Hot Chocolate is a health food. Made with cacao powder and blackstrap molasses, it’s a hot chocolate you can feel good about. But thanks to a secret ingredient, it has a creamy, pudding-like texture!
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Healthy Vegan Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

The Best Christmas Punch (Boozy or Not)

This Christmas Punch by Rebecca of Sugar and Soul is an easy and delicious holiday party drink packed with fruits like cranberries, oranges, and pomegranates. Keep it non-alcoholic or add rum or vodka for extra holiday spirit!
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The Best Christmas Punch (Boozy or Not)

Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate

This Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate by Jess of Choosing Chia is packed with rich chocolate flavor, and made with all natural ingredients. Serve it topped with crushed candy canes for a festive holiday drink!
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Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Creamy Vegan Spiced Eggnog

My Creamy Vegan Spiced Eggnog is rich, sweet, and indulgent, just like a holiday beverage should be. Plus, it’s so simple to make and so satisfying that you’ll never go back to traditional eggnog.
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Creamy Vegan Spiced Eggnog

Want to start the holiday season with something gingerbread flavored? Try this Fluffy Gingerbread Cake!

Vegan Gingerbread Cake and 40 more Vegan Christmas Recipes

5 from 4 votes
This is the BEST vegan gingerbread cake you’ll try! It’s incredibly fluffy and tender, uses simple ingredients, and features a homemade gingerbread spice blend and vanilla cream sauce that take it over the top. A must make during the holiday season!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 10

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cake

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled or weighed (see “tips section”)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Gingerbread Spice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons (90 mL) aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) oat milk (or other unsweetened plant-based milk)
  • 7 tablespoons (105 mL) sunflower oil (or any neutral-flavored oil)
  • 2/3 cup packed (125g) organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (95 mL) unsulphured molasses (not blackstrap molasses)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) strongly brewed hot coffee

For serving

  • Vanilla Cream Sauce (recipe below)
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)

Vanilla Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup (60g) organic powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (56g) vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup (110g) coconut cream*
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

Gingerbread Cake Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C. Arrange a rack in the bottom third or middle of the oven. Line a 9×5-inch (23×13 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper, letting the excess hang over the long sides to form a sling.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Whisk well to ensure the baking soda is evenly mixed in.
  • Pour the aquafaba into a small bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer, whip the aquafaba on medium speed for 45-60 seconds, or until uniformly foamy.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the whipped aquafaba, oat milk sunflower oil, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Wipe out the bowl used for the aquafaba. Pour the molasses and hot coffee into the bowl, and whisk until well combined. Pour into the well with the liquid ingredients.
  • Using your electric mixer on slow speed, combine the dry and wet ingredients just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Stop mixing as soon as the batter comes together – do not overmix. It’s okay if there are some lumps.
  • Pour the cake batter into the lined loaf pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, until the cake is relatively firm and springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the top sides of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 10-15 minutes. Then, using the parchment paper handles, remove the bread from the pan and cool on the rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing. When ready to serve, drizzle the Vanilla Cream Sauce on top and scatter with pomegranate seeds, if using.

Vanilla Cream Sauce Directions

  • Add the powdered sugar, vegan butter and coconut cream to a small or medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted.
  • Bring to boil and keep at a boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before spooning over the cake.

Notes

* Coconut cream is the thick, solid white cream-like substance you’ll find in a can of full-fat coconut milk. You can also buy canned coconut cream.

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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6 comments on 40 Fantastic Vegan Christmas Recipes

  1. Angela

    5 stars
    These recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try some!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Enjoy, Angela!

  2. Karen

    Thanks so much for compiling this great list of traditional Christmas recipes!!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Of course, Karen! We’re glad you enjoy it.

  3. Janine Barclay

    Could I use gluten free all purpose flour ? Maybe add xanthan gum also?

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Janine, do you mean for the Gingerbread cake? If so, If you are allergic to gluten and still want to make this, here’s what we’ve heard from readers: (1) use an all-purpose 1:1 gluten-free flour (We like King Arthur’s measure-for-measure flour the best) or (2) use 50% all-purpose gluten-free flour and 50% almond flour. Hope that helped!

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