Vegan Recipes for the Holidays

Pull out your favourite apron. For those who like whipping up festive meals for the vacations, you’ll be delighted with the wealth of recipes for plant-based indulgences. Silky soups. Decadent desserts. Delicious sides.

It’s doable to thrill and impress your loved ones and mates with scrumptious dishes that don’t require eggs, butter, meat, and milk. With vegan fare, your vacation feasts — and snacks — are elevated with components which might be preferable for environmental sustainability and animal welfare.

To encourage your vacation ventures within the kitchen, vegan lovers and vegan manufacturers provide a few of their favourite vacation recipes and kitchen suggestions.

Perky Fruit Pies

Gretchen Dossa of Fats Badger Bakery is a fan of fruit pies for vacation dinners.

Her busy mother suggestions embrace:

  • Use crushed cookies for a no-bake pie crust
  • High pies with items of dough minimize into festive shapes with cookie cutters.

“I’ve tried apple, peach, blueberry, pumpkin, mango, blackberry, strawberry, fruit cream pies. Tart flavors like blackberry or cranberry I prefer to mood with a extra ‘impartial’ fruit like pear … I’m a fan of including a bit of excellent vanilla to my pies. I could have a heavy hand with spice, however pies are one thing you may actually alter flavors to your liking with out ruining the dessert. Change up the nuts should you don’t like pecan pie. Add peanuts and chocolate (if it) is what you want.”

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Nisha Vora of Rainbow Plant Life and Rainbow Plant Life on YouTube described her wild mushroom stuffing recipe as an elegant-looking dish that’s simple to organize and delights vegans and non-vegans.

“This wild mushroom stuffing is tender and moist but slightly crunchy. It’s filled with vacation flavors and ideal on your Christmas or Thanksgiving desk,” Vora mentioned. “You can also make this in a 13×9-inch or 3-quart baking dish, however I like to recommend utilizing a bundt pan if in case you have one mendacity round. It would flip this stuffing into a ravishing wreath form that’s so festive.”

Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Wild mushroom stuffing from Nisha Vora


Vora provided a number of different suggestions:

  • If doable, use a mixture of mushrooms. For those who solely use button mushrooms, the stuffing could also be slightly watery.
  • This recipe requires recent sage, thyme, and rosemary, however I’ve additionally made it with thyme and oregano. Each combos are nice, however no matter selection you select, don’t skimp on the herbs as a result of they infuse the stuffing with quite a lot of savory, Thanksgiving-y flavors.
  • I like to make use of a hearty rustic bread on this dish, akin to a good-quality baguette, French bread, or a ciabatta. Don’t use sandwich bread — it simply received’t maintain up on this recipe.
  • To maintain this recipe soy-free, omit the miso paste or use chickpea miso. For those who omit the miso paste, you would possibly need to add only a smidgen extra salt.
  • Use extra olive oil should you don’t need to use vegan butter


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (I exploit Nation Crock Plant Butter)
  • 1 pound wild mushrooms (robust stems eliminated and minimize into 1-inch items)
  • ½ pound button or cremini mushrooms, robust minimize into 1-inch items
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • freshly cracked black pepper to style
  • 2 massive leeks (white and lightweight inexperienced elements solely, diced)
  • 4 massive garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped recent sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 1 flax egg (see Step #2)
  • 1 massive baguette or loaf of French bread (about 16 ounces, or 8 to 10 cups cubed)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped recent parsley
  • 1 to 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan (non-obligatory)

If that sounds attractive, observe the instructions for the stuffing on Rainbow Plant Life.

A number of different vegan vacation favorites from Vora:

Candy Potatoes as Entrée or Dessert

Denise Zheng, who assists with organizing Richmond VegFest, is delighted with a candy potato recipe she picked out on-line. The dish includes a maple pecan topping.  Zheng likes the layers of texture, the flavour, and the flexibility of the recipe. “It suits the season with pumpkin spice seasonings. I like how it may be served as an entrée and as a dessert,” she mentioned.

Soup’s On

Tammy Haldren, an educator with the Expanded Food and Diet Training Program at West Virginia State College, is a fan of Cookie + Kate’s lentil soup recipe she makes use of professionally and for her household. Even choosy eaters prefer it, she says. “This recipe is really easy and made with principally pantry staples. I at all times add kale, quite than spinach or different greens; nonetheless, one can actually add their favourite.”

Nisha Vora of Rainbow Plant Life additionally recommends her Vegan Cauliflower Soup.

For extra vegan soup recipes, learn Plant-Based mostly Soups – Tremendous for You & the Planet.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Casserole

Food for Life shares a recipe for Gingerbread Pumpkin casserole, which options Ezekiel 4:9 Almond Sprouted Entire Grain Cereal.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Casserole
Gingerbread pumpkin casserole from Food for Life


  • 4 cups pureed pumpkin or winter squash or 3 (15-ounce) cans unsweetened pumpkin or candy potato puree
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup minced candied ginger, non-obligatory
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-inch piece recent ginger, peeled and minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon floor ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fantastic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon floor allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon floor cloves

Elements for topping


  1. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a skinny, clear kitchen towel, and place over a bowl. Scrape pumpkin into strainer, fold edges of towel over the pumpkin, and weight with a small plate or bowl and a heavy can for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Flippantly oil a 9 or 10” sq. baking dish.
  3. In a big bowl stir collectively pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut milk, oil, non-obligatory candied ginger, flour, recent and floor ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, allspice, and cloves. Pour into baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl stir collectively cereal, ginger, coconut, and coconut oil. Sprinkle on prime of casserole. Bake till browned, about 40 minutes.

Extra Candy Vegan Recipes for the Holidays

Oatley vegan brownies
Vegan brownies from Oatly

For extra vegan desert recipes, learn Yum! Whip Up Delicious & Straightforward Vegan Desserts in a Snap.

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