10 Fun & Healthy Vegan Recipes To Serve Up this Holiday Season

Posted: December 17, 2021 11:30 am

This holiday season, don’t feel guilty about not being able to cater to your meat-eating guests. These vegan recipes are simple enough for anyone to make over the holidays but flavorful and delicious enough to satisfy everyone’s needs!
The holidays are a time of festivities with family & friends, where good food is often accompanied by great conversation. Vegans who attend holiday dinners should be able to enjoy themselves just as much as their non-vegan counterparts. However, this can be difficult if the hosts of these gatherings do not try hard enough to accommodate everyone’s dietary preferences. While some vegans may be willing to prepare their meals separately from the rest of the partygoers, others may choose instead to bring a dish of their own to share.

No matter which route you decide to take, there are plenty of vegan recipes that will be perfect for your holiday gathering! Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Holiday Quinoa Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

This salad is festive, healthy, and delicious! Quinoa is high in protein and fiber, making it the perfect ingredient for a filling salad. The cranberries and pecans give this dish a touch of sweetness and crunch, while the dressing provides a zesty flavor that will leave you wanting more. You have to cook the quinoa, mix all the ingredients, and add the dressing!

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic & Red Pepper Flakes

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Brussels sprouts are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that many vegans lack, such as vitamin C and potassium, but they also taste amazing! This recipe is simple enough for even novice cooks to create in less than 30 minutes (prep time included). Enjoy these roasted brussels sprouts on their own, or pair them with your favorite protein dish at dinner. To make things even easier, buy pre-cut brussels sprouts to make cooking a breeze.

3. Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Everyone loves chocolate and peppermint together during the holiday season! This vegan recipe is perfect for everyone on your list: vegans and non-vegans alike! Plus, it’s super easy since all you have to do is melt the chocolate and mix in the other ingredients, then spread it into a pan and let it harden. For an added twist, top the chocolate with sliced almonds or crushed candy cane pieces before it cools!

4. Vegan Pumpkin Pie

What would the holidays be without pumpkin pie? This vegan version of the classic dessert is just as delicious as the original, but with a fraction of the guilt! The recipe is simple to follow and only requires a few ingredients, most of which you will likely have in your pantry. Serve this pumpkin pie at your next holiday gathering, and everyone will be asking for seconds!

5. Sweet & Sour Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is perfect for those who want something a little different than the traditional versions. The sweetness of the cranberries is offset by the tartness of the vinegar, creating a delicious balance that all guests will love. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make; mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, heat until it starts to simmer, then reduce the heat and let cook for 20 minutes. Try spicing things up by adding chili pepper flakes for an added twist!

6. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Filling

These vegan cinnamon rolls are perfect for Christmas morning! They take a bit more time (and patience) than most of these other recipes, but they’re worth it. To make this recipe slightly easier, use pre-made puff pastry dough instead of making your homemade dough, though we do not recommend using vegan store-bought dough as it does not taste very good. Once you’ve rolled out the dough and spread on the apples and spices, all that’s left to do is roll them up into delicious cinnamon rolls!

7. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is the perfect time for a hot bowl of soup, and what’s more fall-appropriate than butternut squash soup? This vegan recipe is as easy as it gets: chop up the ingredients and throw them into separate bowls; then pour everything into a large pot and simmer on low heat until ready to serve. If you’re feeling fancy, top off the soup with some hemp seeds or pepitas for an added crunch.

8. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks! Fortunately, this version tastes just as good (if not better) than the original, so you don’t have to wait in line to get your fix. Plus, it’s vegan and requires no special ingredients- blend all the ingredients and enjoy!

9. Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men are a classic Christmas cookie that everyone loves. This vegan recipe is simple to follow and only requires a few ingredients, most of which you will likely have in your pantry. These gingerbread cookies make a great gift for friends and family (or just for yourself)

10. Vegan Eggnog

This vegan eggnog recipe is perfect for enjoying a festive drink during the holidays but doesn’t want to drink dairy or eggs. It’s incredibly easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores. For an added twist, try spicing things up by adding peppermint extract or cocoa powder!

There you have it: 10 vegan recipes that will add some festive flair to your holiday celebrations! From appetizers to desserts, there is something for everyone in this roundup. So get cooking and enjoy some delicious (and healthy!) Christmas eats!

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