Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes – An All-Out Festive Feast

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

Christmas | 5th December 2018 | By

When it comes to food, Christmas is all about indulgence. We want a meal to remember and one that will impress family and friends. It can be hard trying to come up with an interesting and delicoius vegetarian or vegan festive feast if you’re not used to it. Or you could just be looking for new ideas. Here’s a bountiful basket of over seventy vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes that should take some of the stress out of your yuletide decision making.

Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or just looking for some non-meat alternatives, you’ll find plenty of ideas in this comprehensive festive recipe guide. Start with homemade mincemeat and finish with leftovers and a ‘cheese’ board on Boxing Day. Wake up to cinnamon rolls for breakfast, enjoy a drink with some festive canapés then tuck in to the main event. I hope you find something to inspire you in these vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes. If not, head to my Vegetarian Christmas board on Pinterest. You’ll find even more recipes there. May your festivities be merry and go with a swing.

Mincemeat Recipes

Before you get too stuck into all these vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes, do try and make some mincemeat. It’s such useful stuff. Don’t be limited to mince pies alone, although they can be delicious. It can be used as an ingredient for all sorts of things, including a last minute Christmas cake (see Christmas cake section for a recipe). I have several recipes for mincemeat on Tin and Thyme; I’ve included two of them here. The earlier you prepare it the better it will taste.

Lemon & Ginger Mincemeat

chilli & chocolate mincemeat (vegan)via Tin and Thyme

lemon & ginger mincemeat (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

mince pies via Recipes Made Easy

The ultimate vegan mince pies (vegan) via The Veg Space

chocolate mincemeat flapjacks via Tin and Thyme

chilli & chocolate mincemeat slice via Tin and Thyme

Recipes for Christmas Cookies

Christmas is a time for giving and cookies make an excellent gift. You’ll find heaps of biscuit recipes here on Tin and Thyme, but I’ve extracted the ones I thought were the most festive. A Scottish shortbread recipe is also a must.

Christmas Chilli Shortbread

chilli Christmas shortbread biscuits via Tin and Thyme

boussou la tmssou (Algerian shortbread cookies) (vegan) via Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey 

coconut shortbread stars (vegan) via The Vegan Larder

wholemeal clotted cream shortbread via Tin and Thyme

chocolate orange Scottish shortbread via Farmersgirl Kitchen

cinnamon & honey Christmas stars via Tin and Thyme

gingerbread cookies (vegan + gluten-free) via Rhian’s Recipes

chocolate pistachio biscotti with orange & cardamom via Tin and Thyme

matcha, chocolate & vanilla butter biscuits via Tin and Thyme

pistachio biscuits with rose & almonds via Tin and Thyme

Breakfast Recipes

My favourite Christmas breakfast is a bowl of frumenty. It’s an old fashioned recipe, but so good. It’s best cooked overnight in a slow cooker, or, as my mother does, in the bottom of the Aga. It consists of whole wheat grains such as spelt or kamut with raisins, orange zest, spices and double cream – mmm! I still haven’t managed to get the recipe onto the blog, but I will some day. Alternatively, porridge with a slug of whisky and a big dollop of clotted cream is rather good. If that doesn’t float your festive boat, here’s a few other ideas.

Strasbourg Kouglof with Coffee

cheat’s stollen croissants via Fab Food 4 All

cranberry nut rolls (vegan option) via Green Gourmet Giraffe

Danish pastry cinnamon rolls via Apply to Face Blog

gingerbread fluffy pancakes (vegan) via Veggie Desserts

mincemeat buns via Tin and Thyme

Strasbourg kouglof via Tin and Thyme

Canapés

It’s nice to have something other than posh crisps to nibble on whilst you’re waiting for dinner. I usually try and make something a bit special. Sadly, I don’t seem to have documented many of my recipes here on the blog. Luckily, I’ve found a few to include in this guide to vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes.

Christmas Tree Bruschetta

bruschetta Christmas trees (vegan) via Thinly Spread

chocolate mushroom vol au vents via Tin and Thyme

onion & butternut squash bhajis (vegan) via Gingey Bites

Vegetarian and Vegan Mains

Call me old fashioned, but I do enjoy a good nut roast. Please don’t think nut roast has to be boring, dry or tasteless; it can be a real star. I always find meat eaters dig into my nut roast with gusto, so there must be something to it. If we’re having Christmas at my mother’s, she always makes me a mock goose and that’s pretty good too. I have no recipe for mock goose here, but you’ll find a few nut roasts and a couple of alternative recipes. Most of those below are vegan or have vegan options, which makes them suitable for pretty much everyone.

Lentil and Brazil Nut Roast with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Red Wine Gravy

lentil & Brazil nut roast with sage & onion stuffing (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

cauliflower & porcini mushroom Wellington via Food to Glow

chestnut & cashew nut roast (vegan) via Thinly Spread

chestnut & cranberry nut roast via Veggielicious

kale lovers Christmas pie (vegan) via The Veg Space

layered nut roast (vegan option) via Green Gourmet Giraffe 

mushroom, lentil & nut Wellington (vegan) via Tinned Tomatoes

Christmas Sides

Much as I love my nut roast or my mum’s mock goose, it’s always the Christmas side dishes that I really look forward to. Jerusalem artichokes in lemon sauce, parsnips in orange sauce, sticky red cabbage, never mind the roast potatoes, parsnips & onions. Even Brussels sprouts when cooked well can be delicious. So, you’ll find a good selection of sides included in these vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes.

Braised Red Cabbage

perfect roast potatoes (vegan) via Amuse Your Bouche

rosemary roast potatoes (vegan) via Veggielicious

roast parsnips with honey & thyme (vegan) via Easy Peasy Foodie

fennel & maple roasted carrots (vegan) via Food to Glow

maple balsamic roasted carrots and parsnips (vegan) via Sneaky Veg

braised red cabbage (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

stir-fried Brussels sprouts with leeks, ginger, garlic & chilli (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

roasted balsamic Brussels sprouts via Veggielicious

creamed kale (vegan & vegetarian versions) via Food to Glow

Stuffing Recipes

Just because we vegetarians and vegans don’t want to eat a bird, it doesn’t mean we don’t want a bit of stuffing.

Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing

cornbread stuffing (gluten-free & vegan) via Healthier Steps

mushroom & chestnut stuffing (vegan) via Amuse Your Bouche

quick vegetarian Christmas stuffing via Everyday Healthy Recipes

sage & onion stuffing (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

Sauces & Gravy

No guide to vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes would be complete without some bread sauce and gravy. Cranberry sauce is always good too. I make a mean cranberry sauce, so I usually make some to take along to whoever’s hosting on the big day – sometimes that’s us.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Port

red wine gravy (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

easy bread sauce via Amuse Your Bouche

cranberry sauce with orange & Port (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

Christmas Pudding

Perhaps I would say this, but my mother makes the best Christmas puddings. Even CT likes them and he hates fruit cakes, mince pies and Christmas pudding. It’s a bit of a tradition now that she makes them for family members and many of her friends too. I’ve never made one in my life and don’t have the recipe. I guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet some day. Meanwhile, it’s my job to provide an alternative pud for the big day. I’ve tried all sorts over the years, but the favourites are always trifle and my cheesecake surprise.

Vegan Christmas Pudding

cavalo nero Christmas pudding via Veggie Desserts

ultimate vegan Christmas pudding (vegan) via A Virtual Vegan

no-churn Christmas pudding ice cream via Recipes Made Easy

family-size festive sweet mince pie (vegan) via A Bit of the Good Stuff

chocolate & lime cheesecake surprise via Tin and Thyme

cranberry & white chocolate trifle via Tin and Thyme

pomegranate & kiwi crown pavlova via Baking Queen 74

spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto via Tin and Thyme

magical gingerbread mousse (vegan) via The Healthy Tart

Drinks

We tend to stick to the tried and tested when it comes to drinks. We’ll have a glass of mulled cider or mulled wine before the main meal, some fizz to go with the meal itself and maybe some sort of Irish cream drink in the evening. But in case you want something a bit different, here are a few Christmas drink recipes you might like.

Mulled Gin Cocktail

mulled gin cocktail with mulled wine ice cubes via Veggie Desserts

Apple Mac cocktail via Tin and Thyme

mulled cider or mulled apple juice via Tin and Thyme

mulled gin & ginger beer winter warmer via Foodie Quine

mulled wine spritzer via Veggie Desserts

Christmas Cake

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas cake, even if it doesn’t actually get sliced until Boxing Day. If traditional Christmas cake isn’t your thing, there’s lots of enticing alternatives that can be made just a day or two before needed. Personally, I find Christmas cake a bit too rich and heavy, although I love the marzipan. I infinitely prefer lighter fruit cakes that don’t need to be made weeks in advance. Or how about a roulade filled with all sorts of deliciousness?

Fig Almond Christmas Cake

figgy almond & whisky Christmas cake via Tin and Thyme

Amaretto Christmas cake via Something Sweet, Something Savoury

classic Christmas cake via Farmersgirl Kitchen

Earl Grey fruit cake with orange icing via Tin and Thyme

fig & mincemeat Christmas cake via Tin and Thyme

naked Christmas cake with glazed nuts & cherries via Supper in the Suburbs

ultimate Christmas cake (vegan) via The Veg Space

chocolate chestnut roulade via Tin and Thyme

Homemade Chocolates

You can’t have Christmas without chocolate. It starts with the Christmas stocking and goes on for the rest of the day. Or it does in CT’s case anyway. Homemade chocolates and fudge are generally much nicer than commercial offerings. They don’t need to be nearly as sweet and sickly, they’re not full of e-numbers and you can add all sorts of interesting flavours and touches. I tend not to make fudge as we always get a pack of homemade Bailey’s fudge from one of my aunts, but there are lots of delicious recipes out there. I do, however, usually knock up a box or ten of chocolates. Plus what would you have with your post Christmas dinner coffee, if you didn’t have chocolate?

Whisky Truffles with Dark Chocolate and Fresh Cream

whisky truffles via Tin and Thyme

candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate via Tin and Thyme

chocolate coated caramel Brazils via Tin and Thyme

Christmas bliss balls – cranberry, pistachio, coconut & salted caramel (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

ginger chocolates via Tin and Thyme

glitzy chocolate mendiants via Tin and Thyme

peppermint cracknel & coconut chocolate via Tin and Thyme

raw chocolates with a boosted cashew cream filling (raw & vegan) via Tin and Thyme

rosemary chocolate truffles via Tin and Thyme

Boxing Day

Eating all the leftovers on Boxing Day is definitely one of life’s pleasures. My stepfather used to throw a selection into the frying pan for Boxing Day breakfast, including any leftover Christmas pudding. Cheese and crackers, however, are de rigueur. I use the term loosely, as I basically mean anything that goes with crackers. A cheeseboard with some chutney, juicy ripe fruit, dried figs,  nuts and anything else that grabs your fancy is great, but so is homemade pâté. We never seem to have room on Christmas day itself for cheese and crackers; we’re always completely stuffed from the main event, so I look forward to this treat with great anticipation.

Spiced Apple Chutney

spiced apple chutney (vegan) via Tin and Thyme

festive baked camembert via Supper in the Suburbs

mushroom & chestnut pâté (vegan option) via Tinned Tomatoes 

sesame & chia seed crackers (vegan option) via The Baking Explorer

Your Favourite Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Recipes

So after sifting through this lot, the big question is, what have I left out? What are your favourite vegetarian or vegan Christmas recipes? Do tell by commenting below. I really enjoy reading about what people are preparing and eating over Christmas and I’m always up for new ideas.

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      A pleasure Becca, your potatoes look so good, I come away starving every time I look at them.

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    Mandy
    5th December 2018

    What a fabulous selection of vegan and veggie Christmas recipes! Can’t wait to try some of these and thank you so much for including some of my recipes.

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      As you said Mandy, you had quite a few recipes to choose from – I think I chose most of them 😀

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    manda
    5th December 2018

    Can we have the recipes for frumenty and mock goose next year please?

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      Thanks, I reckon I shall just keep adding to it. I’m sure there’s a few crucial things I’ve left out.

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    johanna @ green gourmet giraffe
    5th December 2018

    What a great collection. I love how we can see what you love to post – bikkies, mincewmeat and chocolates 🙂 I love how you cover all courses – though I still don’t get these stuffing recipes because the stuffing we had as kids was like nut roasts – which I think is why I love nut roasts so much. I am glad to see your cinnamon and honey stars included – I often remember them at Christmas but have still never made them! Enjoyed reading about your traditions at Christmas – hope you have a great festive feast this year

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      Aw, thanks Johanna. My savoury offerings are a bit sparse I know, but I have a lot of catching up to do after years of posting just chocolate recipes. The stuffings I’ve always had rarely have nuts in them, unless it’s they’re chestnuts, but I know what you mean. Basically the Christmas meal is all about various flavours of stodge – love it 😀

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    Michelle Blackwood
    5th December 2018

    Wow, so many great recipes to choose from. Thank you for sharing!

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      Thanks Michelle and thanks also for contributing your cornbread stuffing. It’s great to have a gluten-free alternative.

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    Anna | Once Upon A Food Blog
    5th December 2018

    What a great collection of recipes. You have even tempted me ( a stalwart carnivore ) you try your nut roast! I love the fact that you have covered so many meals and all the sides!

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      Thanks Anna. No carnivore has yet tasted my nut roast and not wanted more – though I could just be saying that 😉

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    Camilla Hawkins
    5th December 2018

    So many delicious veggie Christmas dishes here, I literally want to try them all. Thanks for linking to my recipe:-)

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      These sort of posts are terrible for making us want to do more than is ever possible.

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    Mary
    5th December 2018

    Thanks for the plethora of fabulous recipes. Just proves that you don’t have to eat meat to have a luscious meal!!

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      Choclette
      5th December 2018

      Indeed Mary. I always enjoy my Christmas food. Hope you’ve garnered some inspiration.

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    Janice Pattie
    5th December 2018

    Looks like you have everything covered there. Thanks for including my shortbread recipe.

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    Lucy
    9th December 2018

    Loving all these veggie and vegan ideas for a Christmas. I want to have a main veggie option this year for those that want it so I am bound to find the right recipe here! Thanks for including my pud.

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      Choclette
      11th December 2018

      It’s always nice to have a choice and everyone always seems to want what I’m having – as well rather than instead of though 😉

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      Choclette
      11th December 2018

      Thanks Monika. It’s quite nice to have one place to go for ideas sometimes.

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