Many holiday recipes contain dairy, eggs, or meat (or all of the above). But what if you're not eating milk or eggs, or entertaining guests that aren't, or simply want a short respite during the holidays before diving back in again?
Below are 34 of our best vegan holiday recipes—but with no sacrifice in flavor, heartiness, nor coziness—all smartly constructed, rigorously tested, enjoyed, and shared by members of the community. There's nary a sketchily retrofitted recipe in sight, just vegan dishes that happen to be.
Cookbook author Anna Jones turns to these pancakes—hearty with oats, nuts, and fruit—when needing some space (but not too much) from sweets over the holiday season.
Christmas morning is not the time for an elaborate breakfast; it is time for opening gifts. Slathered with softened butter, fig jam, or softened cream cheese, this pumpkin loaf is the perfect fuel for opening gifts.
Serve these sweet, sour, and spiced bites in the snacky hours before the big meal, with yogurt for breakfast, or over ice cream for dessert.
Served alongside the Minted Pepper Salad below, this vegan pesto means you're halfway to a festive holiday board—just add crudités and bread.
Look at the peppers, so cozily tucked in.
Keep this one in your back pocket for when you're ready to make pie. The secret ingredient? Coconut oil.
Serve this tapenade as part of a spread, or spread on the bottom of a tart shell for a base of great flavor.
Everyone loves edible gifts. And if you're looking to gift something really special this year, turn to community member AntoniaJames' spice-brined pecans. "At first glance," co-founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs write, "they appear raw and untouched, but one bite betrays that they're actually perfectly salted and spiced from within, and dried to a crisp."
An endlessly riffable salad, starring a dairy (and anchovy!) free dressing.
And endlessly riffable sprouts! Try this recipe with walnuts and cherries, pine nuts and figs, or almonds and cranberries.
Cozy enough for pajama brunch, but elegant enough for a dinner party.
Mix panko with herbs, lemon, and garlic for a versatile crispy-crunchy topping.
Writer Priya Krishna thinks of these as her back-pocket cookies—just replace the whole milk with with oat, almond, or coconut.
For another wintry riff, try subbing the apples with pears and cranberries.
Get lost in these swirls.
Psst, there's pumpkin in here.
From the founders of Ovenly, come this "soft-bellied, chewy, caramelly-crisp-edged, rippled and ringed and puddled with melty chocolate, haunting, well-salted, incidentally vegan" cookie. Perfect for cookie swaps and packed lunches year-round.
Use half of the coconut milk can for these stunning edible gifts...
...and the other half for these stunning edible gifts!
Once you learn how to brittle, it's hard not to brittle everything (nuts, seeds, chocolate, puffed grains).
21. Magic Shell
Watch as the pourable chocolate hardens into a thin shell over ice cream. Really, truly magical.
A perfectly wintry way to round out your dinner party menu.
Enjoy them on ice cream, and in cocktails, cookies, and truffles.
Blogger, CozyDelicious, says "these bright gems look beautiful in a glass bowl, and are so easy for your guests to pop in their mouths any time of day."
For this Genius-approved ice cream, all you need is marzipan and coconut milk! (And spoons.)
Recipe developer EmilyC writes that roasting cherries for this sorbet works two-fold: It intensifies the flavor and sweetness of even not-so-stellar cherries, and makes the simple syrup right there on the sheet pan.
Author Caroline Wright admits the grocery list for this recipe is "kind of crazy." But she also wants you to know it's "full of anti-inflammatory ingredients—maca, carob, and chicory—which all offer a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants."
"No one wants ice cream with ice crystals in it," says recipe developer Ashley McLaughlin. And so resulted this creamy, crystal-free ice cream base, thanks to arrowroot starch, liquid sweetener, and vodka.
We're not messing around.
A stylish option for cocktail hour.
31. Vegan Egg Nog
Cookbook author Gena Hamshaw's version is made creamy with both cashew and coconut milk, and boozy with bourbon or rum.
From recipe developer ody: "The recipe is a combination of ideas I found on the internet, inspiration from ingredients I happened to have on hand (the pear: a real winner), and memories of studding oranges with cloves as a child." Keep a pot of this going, all winter long, on your back burner or in a slow-cooker.
And lastly, another mug of cozies from Amanda: "It's a revitalizing antidote post-snow-shoveling, or post-holiday-anything. By the time you reach the bottom of the mug, the cherries are plumped up and boozy. Drink and treat in one—cheers!"
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