48 vegan Christmas recipe ideas for the perfect vegan Christmas dinner

Author: Rachel Smith

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From gingerbread men, mince pies and chocolate yule logs to shepherds pie and Brussels sprouts, you’re sure to find the perfect treat to indulge in this holiday with our pick of the 45 best vegan Christmas recipes

Christmas is a time for indulgence, a time for scoffing mince pies, Christmas cake’s and puddings, and lots of chocolate too!

But eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite seasonal sweet and savoury dishes so we’ve rounded up our pick of the most scrumptious vegan Christmas dinner recipes to help you enjoy a compassionate Christmas with all the trimmings.

From vegan roasts to scrumptious desserts and festive vegan starters, the only thing missing from your plate this Christmas will be cruelty!

In this round-up of vegan Christmas dinner recipes you will find:

Vegan Christmas Starters & Sides

Start your vegan Christmas dinner in style with these traditional trimmings with a vegan twist.

1. Vegan Dauphinoise Potatoes

Few sides dishes are quite as delicious as dauphinoise potatoes. Slices of potato are cooked in a creamy dairy-free cheese sauce with a little mustard until they’re tender and irresistibly crispy on top.

Vegan dauphinoise potatoes

2. Vegan Pigs in Maple Parsnip Blankets

The UK’s most popular Christmas dinner trimming is now meat-free thanks to this ingenious recipe! Maple parsnips make the perfect replacement for bacon and you won’t be able to stop yourself from nibbling them.

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3. Walnut Pâté

This silky smooth walnut pate would make for an elegant starter or a great addition to your festive vegan cheeseboard.

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4. Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup With Truffle Oil

This creamy mushroom soup is so delicious and flavoursome that you’ll have to make sure you leave yourself room for your main course! A drizzle of vegan-friendly truffle oil elevates this classic soup flavour into something truly special.

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5. Festive Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls with Mince & Cranberry

Everyone’s favourite comfort food can now be enjoyed as a festive nibble with this creative spin on vegan macaroni and cheese.

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6. Vegan Parsnip & Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Take your cauliflower cheese to the next level with the addition of parsnip. The sweet flavour combined with the creamy sauce and crunchy baked cheese topping makes this side dish the star of the show.

Vegan Parsnip & Cauliflower Cheese Bake

7. Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potato Mash

If you normally push your Brussels sprouts to the edge of your plate then we urge you to given them another chance with this maple-glaze sprouts recipe. The maple glaze gives them a gorgeous caramelisation that makes them so delicious you’ll wonder why you didn’t like them before!

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potato Mash

8. Cheesy Toasts With Caramelised Balsamic Onions

Cheese on toast has never looked so good! This vegan cheese sauce browns beautifully and makes for a crowd-pleasing started served on crunchy toast topped with caramelised onions.

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9. Chestnut & Mushroom Bonbons with Cherry Sauce

Surprise and delight your guests with your culinary skills by serving them up these chestnut and mushroom bonbons with a tart yet sweet cherry sauce.

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Vegan Christmas Roasts & Mains

These vegan Christmas dinner recipe ideas will make you wonder why anyone eats meat! From vegetarian roasts to plant-based wellingtons, there’s something for everyone.

10. Butternut Squash Wellington

This whole roasted butternut squash stuffed with spiced sausage meat, orange, nutmeg, almonds, cranberries and kale is the most popular recipe on our website for a good reason!

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11. Festive Vegan Vegetable Pie

This rainbow-coloured vegan vegetable pie is a spectacular festive centrepiece that will take pride of place on your table this Christmas. It’s filled with rosemary-roasted potatoes, peppers, and garlic mushrooms for a tasty vegan dinner.

12. Sage & Onion Sausage with Kale Colcannon Savoury Wreath

This magnificent festive vegetarian main might sound like it’s tricky to make, but you’d be surprised! Using store-bought pastry, it’s filled with the most delicious blend of homemade mushroom sausage mix and butternut colcannon.

13. Vegan Nut Roast with Onion Gravy

This hearty nut-roast is loaded with good stuff, and the onion gravy is brimming over with flavour. A must-try recipe this Christmas!

14. Festive Shiitake Stuffed Seitan Wellington

This impressive vegan seitan Christmas recipe is sure to wow your guests this Christmas! Bursting with an irresistible umami flavour, this pastry plait is a great recipe for vegans and meat-eaters alike.

15. Leftover Vegetable Christmas Pie

Now you can enjoy your vegan Christmas dinner the next day too! This simple Leftover Vegetable Christmas Pie makes use of any leftover vegetables from your roast dinner, making sure no food goes to waste.

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16. Leftover Vegetable Christmas Pie

This flavour-packed whole roasted cauliflower with broccoli and walnut stuffing is a great alternative to a traditional roast and perfect for those who favour veggies over mock-meats.

17. Vegan Christmas Pie

Looking for the perfect dish to take pride of place on your Christmas table this year? Well, look no further than this sumptuous vegan Christmas pie that’s stuffed with beans, cranberries, nuts and veggies! This is one of the most popular vegan Christmas recipes on our site for a good reason.

18. Squash, Chestnut & Hazelnut Nut Roast Wreath

You only need to glance at the ingredients to know that this beautiful festive nut roast wreath tastes as good as it looks! The butternut squash adds a little sweetness to the dish whilst hazelnuts, chestnuts, veggies and seeds add a wonderful flavour and crunchy texture.

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19. Vegan Wensleydale & Cranberry Filo Parcels

This crisp parcel is packed with very good things indeed, like veggies, nuts, seeds, wine and even vegan cheese! Fabulously festive!

20. Baked Squash With Mushroom Nut Roast Stuffing

Wondering what to cook for that special festive dinner? When it comes to striking centrepieces, vegan baked butternut squash with stuffing is both simple to make and pleasing to the eyes and the belly!

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21. Christmas Roast With Roast Potatoes & Wild Mushroom Gravy

Leaving turkey off your plate doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas dinner as vegetables are the real star of the show.

Enjoy a spectacular festive feast with this vegan Christmas roast and pile your plate high with roast potatoes and parsnips, sherry braised red cabbage and a meat-free roast made from tofu all served with lashings of wild mushroom gravy.

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22. Vegan Seitan Kleftiko

This marvellous meat-free roast will certainly get your family talking with it’s realistic appearance! The seitan-based vegan roast is marinated marinated in lemon, garlic, and oregano to ensure each bite is full of flavour.

Vegan Seitan Kleftiko

23. Chestnut, Mushroom & Caramelised Onion Tart

The name of this festive vegan pie alone is enough to make our mouths water! Packed full of chestnuts, mushrooms and caramelised onions for flavour, you won’t be able to resist that second slice!

Chestnut, Mushroom & Caramelised Onion Tart

24. Nut Roast with Pearl Barley, Wild Mushrooms, Pistachios and Cranberries

Studded with jewel-like pistachios and cranberries, this is a nut roast recipe for people who are tired of nut roasts and need to be shown just how tasty they really can be!

Vegan Christmas Desserts

Have you left yourself room for dessert? You’ll want to ensure you do when you feast your eyes on these delicious vegan Christmas desserts that are the perfect way to round off your spectacular vegan Christmas dinner in style.

25. Vegan Gingerbread Christmas Trifle

With layer upon layer of delicious festive flavours, this vegan trifle recipe is pure indulgence for the holiday season. This is one of our favourite vegan Christmas recipes to make because it just tastes so good!

vegan trifle

26. Spiced Orange Vegan Christmas Pudding

Christmas dinner is not complete without a large helping of Christmas pudding with rum-soaked fruit. You can make this a month before the big day to save you rushing around making everything at the last minute.

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27. Vegan Gingerbread Cheesecake

The vegan cheesecake is flavoured with tempting spices such as ginger and cinnamon and is a great nut-free dessert for the whole family.

vegan Christmas dessert

28. Chestnut, Chocolate Almond Cake With Spiced Pears

If you’re not a fan of Christmas pudding but want something sweet to finish off your festive feast then this superbly tasty festive vegan chestnut cake with chocolate, almond and spiced pears is guaranteed to delight your guests.

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29. Spiced Apple, Ginger Cake with a Pecan Crumb Topping

The combination of apples, sweet spices and a crunchy pecan crumble topping make this vegan spiced apple, ginger cake a delicious alternative to Christmas cake.

30. Vegan Christmas Cake

Keep it classic with this perfectly moist, rich and dense vegan Christmas cake, topped with a light and fluffy vegan meringue, and crystallised cranberries.

31. Festive Vegan Tiffin

A Christmas tiffin requires no baking and is probably one of the easiest sweet treats to make. It’s a timeless favourite that would make a lovely homemade gift too.

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32. Chocolate Orange Ganache Pots

Forget Terry’s Chocolate Orange, these lovely ganache pots are creamy, deeply chocolatey with a lovely zesty orange flavour. They’re quick to make and perfect for making ahead for dinner parties.

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33. Mini Christmas Chocolate Almond Fruit Cakes

Small but perfectly formed, these super chocolatey vegan chocolate fruit cakes are a delicious festive indulgence.

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34. Mince Pies

Perfectly flakey vodka pastry, filled with spiced fruit mince – you’ll not find a more delicious vegan mince pie recipe anywhere!

35. Chocolate Cherry Fudge Truffles

No one should miss out on Christmas treats this year with these delicious, vegan Chocolate Cherry Truffles. Beautiful and impressive to serve at home or wonderful as heartfelt, homemade gifts.

36. Chocolate Truffles

These melt-in-the-mouth vegan chocolate truffles could not be simpler to make and you can adjust the recipe to your taste by playing with different spices, dried fruits and nuts to create delicious flavours.

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37. Vegan Filo Mince Pie Parcels

Put a new twist on the classic recipe with these crisp pastry parcels filled with mince pie filling. They make fantastic vegan canapés too!

Vegan Filo Mince Pie Parcels

38. Vegan Panforte

Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert made with fruits, nuts and spices with a texture somewhere between a fruitcake and a candy bar. The flavour is sweet, festive and completely addictive!

39. Gingerbread Brownies

Brownies for dessert is never a bad idea if you ask us! Especially when they’re infused with festive flavours and topped with whipped dairy-free cream.

40. Vegan Gingerbread Men

Did you even celebrate Christmas if you didn’t have a bit of gingerbread?! These spiced biscuits combine all of the best-loved flavours of the festive season into a delicious cookie that’s as fun to decorate as it is to eat.

41. Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding

Even Christmas pudding-haters will love this Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding. How can anyone not love this combination?

42. Candy Cane Snowballs

We may not be lucky enough to enjoy a white Christmas this year, but we can certainly enjoy these edible candy cane snowballs

43. Old Fashioned Peppermint Fudge

This deeply rich chocolate fudge melts in your mouth leaving you with the cool and refreshing flavour of mint. You’ll find it hard to have just one square!

44. Amaretto Snowballs

There are only 4 all-natural gluten-free and vegan ingredients in these delicious treats. Enjoy these delectable Amaretto Snowballs with a mug of hot chocolate for pure winter bliss.

45. Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Why should Santa be the only one who gets cookies at Christmas? You deserve a big batch of these oh-so-chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies!

Vegan Christmas Drinks

It’s Christmas and that gives you a great excuse to enjoy something boozy like a warm glass of vegan mulled wine or a cosy mug of hot chocolate. These are our favourite vegan Christmas drinks we’ll be enjoying this festive season.

46. Vegan Egg Nog

Eggnog is the essence of Christmas captured in a single glass. The only problem is that the traditional recipe is a cupful of calories and animal products, so this vegan version makes a brilliant guilt-free alternative. Serve hot or chilled and leave the rum out for the kids!

47. Mandarin Mulled Wine

You cannot beat a hot mug of mulled wine at this time of year, and this wonderfully spiced mandarin mulled wine is so good you’ll want to drink it all year round!

48. Peppermint Mocha

Both refreshing and chocolatey at the same time, this peppermint mocha is a hug in a mug that is a gorgeous treat for chilly hands on a cold day.

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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