Exciting plant-based recipes for festive mains, sides, stuffing, gravies, desserts and tipples! Everything you need for the perfect vegan Christmas lunch.
According to a study by The Vegan Society in 2020, there was an estimated whopping 5 million Brits having their first plant-based Christmas dinners last year.
That number is only set to increase in 2021.
And when it comes to choice, we are absolutely spoiled this year with supermarket options, making it easier than ever. However, if you’re all about homemade cooking, especially at Christmas, then
I’ve compiled a list of the best vegan Christmas dinner recipes you will find. This guide includes mains, trimmings, gravy and drinks. Everything you need for a traditional-style Christmas lunch!
🍽️ Meat-Free Mains
Whether you’re looking for something familiar and traditional, exciting and different or maybe something a bit healthier for your Christmas main, I’ve got you covered with these 7 delicious recipes.
Including nut roasts, lentil loafs, seitan faux meats and vegetable mains.
Easy Lentil Loaf
This is my go-to for Sunday roasts and the past few Christmas dinners. It’s an easy foolproof option that can be prepared in advance and is naturally gluten-free too!
Flavourful mushroom mixture in a golden puff pastry, a plant-based twist on the classic Wellington. Something for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans to all enjoy.
If you’re looking for something closer to a meat-y substitute, this Seitan roast looks very convincing and is packed with plant-based protein.
A good nut roast is always a winner. This easy-to-make nut roast is shaped into a wreath to make it the perfect Christmas dinner centrepiece.
Who knew the humble cauliflower could make such a stand-out main dish? Stuffed with herbs, chestnuts, breadcrumbs and veggies for a festive flavour.
This smoky and sweet vegan “ham” is moist, packed with flavour, has a meaty texture.
Stuffed Pumpkin with Mushroom Rice and Cranberries
Roasted pumpkin stuffed with a mixture of basmati and wild rice, onions, mushrooms, cranberries, pecans and fresh herbs for a flavourful and stunning centrepiece dish.
🎄 All The Trimmings
What are “the trimmings”?
These are the extras that make Christmas dinner so special!
This section includes all the sides, such as roast potatoes, cabbage, sprouts, mash and stuffing.
Roast Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary
Crispy vegan roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary. Easy to make, and prepare in advance, with perfect results every time!
Maple Roast Carrots & Parsnips
Carrots and parsnips roasted with maple syrup to bring out their natural sweetness.
Brussels Sprouts with Mushroom “Bacon”
Mushrooms are used to make a vegan “bacon” substitute in this classic Brussels sprouts side dish. The flavours here are smoky and moreish.
Vegan Cauliflower Cheese
My favourite side dish! Roasted cauliflower smothered in a rich vegan cheese sauce, topped with breadcrumbs and baked until golden and delicious.
Braised Red Cabbage
An easy, tasty and traditional side dish of cabbage, apples, and spices all mingled together in this vibrant recipe.
Swede & Carrot Mash with Garlic Butter
An easy carrot and swede mash with vegan garlic butter, for a lighter alternative to mashed potato.
Easy Vegan Tempeh Sausage Stuffing
Inspired by traditional pork stuffing balls, this tasty tempeh version is a vegan meaty festive alternative!
Grandma’s Easy Vegan Stuffing
A wholesome stuffing recipe passed down from Victoria’s grandmother, with simple easy-to-find ingredients.
🥣 Gravies & Sauces
For moisture and a bit of extra flavour, a good gravy is very important.
As well as gravy, a bit of traditional cranberry sauce and bread sauce make wonderful additions.
Balsamic Onion Gravy
My favourite vegan gravy option. It’s easy to make and packed with a rich flavour that compliments whatever you choose to serve it with!
Red Wine Gravy
This rich vegan gravy is infused with sweet vegetable & fresh herb flavour, perfect for the Christmas dinner table.
A homemade sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, which tastes so much better than store-bought and takes just 15 minutes to make!
You’ll need only 3 ingredients to make this Christmas classic.
Vegan Bread Sauce
A plant-based twist on the classic British recipe for bread sauce.
🍮 Christmas Desserts
If you have any room left after Christmas lunch, these desserts will surely tempt you.
Including a twist on the traditional Christmas Pudding and an exciting festive trifle.
Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding
This steamed vegan pudding has been known to convert Christmas Pudding haters! Maybe it’s something to do with it being filled with chocolate-y goodness…
Vegan Gingerbread Trifle
A stunning Christmas trifle with Gingerbread men! Filled with fruit, dairy-free cream and crunchy gingerbread biscuits.
Starry Mince Pie Tart
Mince pie in the form of a beautiful tart with shortcrust pastry filled with vegan friendly mincemeat and topped with cinnamon shortbread stars.
Sticky Toffee Gingerbread Pudding
The classic sticky toffee pudding but with a gingerbread twist! A great alternative for those who aren’t a fan of Christmas Pudding.
Vegan “Baileys” Ice Cream
A boozy but refreshing dairy-free ice cream that tastes just like Irish Cream! With coconut milk, whiskey and coffee, for the perfect post-Christmas dinner pick-me-up.
🍷 Festive Tipples
And to finish things off, a selection of boozy as well as non-alcoholic drinks for the festive celebrations!
Ginger Beer Mimosas
Ginger Beer Mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice, vodka, cardamom, ground ginger and ginger beer.
Red Christmas Vodka Cocktail
A festive red cocktail with cranberry juice, vodka, and sparkling grape juice.
Sober Santa Christmas Punch
A non-alcoholic punch with just 2 ingredients! Perfect choice if you’re skipping the alcohol this Holiday season, but still want a grown-up drink.
Creamy Vegan Eggnog
A dairy-free recipe for this classic Christmassy beverage, using coconut and festive spice.
What recipes will you be trying out this Christmas?