50 Easy Vegan Christmas Recipes

December 21, 2019

Holiday

By: Chris Petrellese 


We are back with a 2019 edition of our Christmas Recipe round-up. Below you will find our favorite Christmas recipes that we’ve cooked up over the years. We’ve got you covered with everything from Appetizers, sides, breakfasts, entrees, and even DIY gift ideas!

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Appetizers:

Herbed Skillet Pull-Apart Bread w/ French Onion Dip

Get ready to roll up to your family gatherings and holiday parties in style this year! We’ve got you covered with this herbed skillet pull apart bread recipe that is sure to blow everyone’s minds.

Christmas Recipe - Herbed Skillet Pull Apart Bread w/ French Onion Dip https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/pull-apart-bread-french-onion-dip/

Baked Almond Cheese Ball (Vegan + Gluten-free)

Looking for a vegan appetizer for this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck! This Baked Almond Cheese Ball makes the perfect addition to any holiday platter and made with only 7 simple ingredients. 

Vegan Baked Almond Cheese Ball Party Platter

Creamy Baked Onion Dip (Vegan + 9-Ingredients)

The ultimate party appetizer that is perfect for the holiday season. This creamy baked onion dip requires just 9 plant-based ingredients, is ready in about an hour and is great for vegans and nonvegans alike. Get ready for a melt-in-your-mouth good recipe.

Christmas Recipe - Creamy Baked Onion Dip with Crackers

Vegan Oyster Mushroom Calamari

Growing up in an Italian family, every Christmas Eve we would have a gigantic feast consisting primarily of seafood and pasta. The one dish that stood out to me the most was fried calamari. 

Christmas Recipe - Vegan Oyster Mushroom Calamari - MUST MAKE Holiday Appetizer https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/vegan-oyster-mushroom-calamari/

How To Make The Perfect Vegan Holiday Party Platter

It’s that time of year again! The Holiday season is among us, and as vegans, it’s our responsibility to get creative and impress all of our omnivore friends and family with really really yummy foods. Today we will be sharing some ideas on how to make the perfect holiday party platter to bring to all of your upcoming holiday parties and events.

Christmas Recipe -  How To Make The Perfect Vegan Holiday Party Platter on https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/perfect-holiday-party-platter/

Lentil & Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms (Oil-free)

Healthy, hearty and easy to make — these lentil and vegetable stuffed mushrooms are a MUST make appetizer for your next holiday party!

Christmas Recipe - Easy Vegan Lentil & Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms {healthy + oil-free}https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/lentil-vegetable-stuffed-mushrooms/

Sides:

Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits (Flaky + Fluffy)

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, warm and flaky biscuit, especially when it’s made completely plant-based! Learn how to make the BEST tall, fluffy, and tender vegan buttermilk biscuits! They require only 8 simple ingredients and will be ready in about an hour! Plus, they’re great for the holidays! 

Christmas Recipe - a basket of flaky and fluffy vegan buttermilk biscuits by sweet simple vegan

Vegan Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing

Christmas is almost here, and we are coming at you with this epic vegan buttermilk biscuit stuffing. That’s right, buttermilk biscuit stuffing. Easy to make, ready in under an hour, THE side dish that your family will be raving about over the holidays.

Closeup shot of a buttermilk biscuit thanjsgiving stuffing with vegetables and herbs by sweetsimplevegan

Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Baked Onions

Nothing says “the holidays” quite like a creamy green bean casserole. This essential holiday side dish is traditionally loaded with dairy, but we are bringing you a version that is not only delicious, but 100% dairy-free and vegan!

 an overhead shot of a vegan green bean casserole with oven baked onions and vegan parmesan cheese

Brussels​ Sprouts Caesar Salad (Easy & Vegan)

Chances are you’ve had a caesar said before, but have you had a Brussels​ Sprouts Caesar Salad? It’s full of flavor, nutritious, and will make the perfect addition to any of your holiday meals.

Christmas Recipe - over head of brussels sprouts caesar salad in large wooden bowl

Shepherd’s Pie Potato Boats {vegan and gluten-free}

The holidays are upon us and we are coming at you with another tasty recipe for you to make and share with your friends and family this season. I am sure most of you have had a traditional shepherd’s pie before, right? But, have you had a shepherd’s pie inside of a potato? 

Christmas Recipe - Vegan Shepherd's Pie Potato Boats #holiday #easy #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #christmas #party #appetizer #entree #thanksgiving #shepherdspie

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Oil-Free + Just 5-Ingredients)

The BEST vegan mashed potatoes made with a secret ingredient that brings them to the next level! These require just 5 simple ingredients total, are so easy to make and will be ready in about 30 minutes. They are perfect for the holidays, family dinners or even date nights at home

Christmas Recipe - overhead shot of mashed potatoes food styled

Crispy Garlic and Herb Smashed Potatoes (7-Ingredients)

Calling all potato lovers, these crispy garlic and herb smashed potatoes are about to change your life. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these smashed potatoes are garlicky and down-right delicious.

garlic and herb smashed potatoes on a platter with ketchup by sweet simple vegan

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash (Easy + 5-Ingredients)

An easy side dish that is perfect for the holidays. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash requires just 5 simple ingredients and is ready in under an hour.

Christmas Recipe - Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Thanksgiving

Easy Cranberry Sauce (Ready in 10 Minutes)

You’ll never eat cranberry sauce out of a can again. This recipe is easy, requires just 5 ingredients and will be ready in 10 minutes!

Christmas Recipe - Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Easy

Easy Roasted Vegetables w/ Mustard (Oil-free)

These roasted vegetables make the perfect holiday side dish because not only are they healthy, but they also take almost no effort to make!

Christmas Recipe - Easy Roasted Vegetables w/ Mustard {oil-free} -- Perfect Holiday Side or Appetizer #holiday #appetizer #oilfree #glutenfree #christmas #vegan #healthy #side

Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls

The Holiday Season is all about family, friends, and most importantly, comfort foods! As you may well know, mashed potatoes are among my all-time favorite foods. To celebrate this year, I thought it would be fun to make these ultra-decadent stuffed mashed potato balls.

Christmas Recipe - Thanksgiving Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls {vegan}

Easy Mushroom Gravy (Vegan + Oil-Free)

A vegan mushroom gravy that is packed with flavor and perfect for the holidays! It is easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and will be ready in about 20 minutes.

Christmas Recipe - Mushroom Gravy on Mashed Potatoes Vegan

Quick & Easy Vegan Gravy (Gluten-free Option)

Who knew making your own vegan gravy at home could be so simple? With minimal ingredients and just 10 minutes of your time, you’ll have a rich and savory gravy to top all of your favorite foods with this Christmas.

vegan gravy in a white gravy boat with chives and mashed potatoes on the side

Breakfast:

Vegan Strata | Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfast Casserole

Ever since I was a little kid, we would enjoy a breakfast strata on Christmas morning. Not only is strata super delicious, it’s designed to be prepped the night before and popped in the oven for an hour in the morning (while we opened gifts) and then it’s ready to enjoy! Afterall, who really wants to prepare a huge breakfast on Christmas morning?  As you’ll see below, the batter for our vegan strata needs to soak into the bread for 8-12 hours to fully set, so it’s perfect to make on Christmas Eve. 

Christmas Recipe - Vegan Strata - Make Ahead Holiday Breakfast Casserole https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2017/12/vegan-strata/ #vegan #strata #holidaybreakfast #breakfast #makeahead #mealprep

Savory Corn Pancakes w/ Cilantro Dill Cream Sauce (Vegan + Oil Free)

Green chili’s mixed in with masa and fresh corn, these savory corn pancakes hold a flavor combo similar to that of tamales, but in flapjack form. Get ready for an epic savory breakfast experience unlike any other.

 Savory Corn Pancakes Sweet Simple Vegan #vegan #breakfast #pancakes #savory #corn

Fall Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole (Vegan & Gluten-Free Option)

Take your morning to the next level with this Fall Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole. Loaded with seasonal veggies, fall herbs, and both vegan sausage and cheese, this easy to make  breakfast casserole is the tastiest way to start your day. 

Christmas Recipe - Overhead shot of a cut vegan sweet potato breakfast casserole in a white dish by sweet simple vegan

Entrees:

Vegan White Lasagna w/ Mushrooms & Spinach

This vegan white lasagna with mushrooms and spinach is seriously DREAMY. It’s stuffed with a spinach ricotta cheese and sauteéd mushrooms, smothered in a homemade creamy vegan cheese sauce and bursting with flavor!

Christmas Recipe - overhead photo of white lasagna on wood background and piece missing

Easy Vegan Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Loaded with homemade tofu ricotta and spinach, and topped with vegan cheese and homemade marinara sauce, these Vegan Stuffed Shells are a Christmas recipe that everyone is going to love.

Christmas Recipe - a close up photo of stuffed shells with spoon

Easy Vegan Eggplant Rollatini (Gluten-Free with Oil-Free Option)

Learn how to make a vegan eggplant rollatini with this simple and delicious recipe. Thinly sliced eggplant is stuffed with homemade vegan ricotta cheese, smothered in a homemade marinara sauce. and topped with vegan mozzarella cheese.

Christmas Recipe - overhead image of eggplant rollatini in baking dish being placed onto table

Easy Veggie Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)

Who knew you could make a meatloaf out of vegetables? This easy to make Veggie Meatloaf requires simple ingredients and just about an hour of your time. It’s free from gluten and added oil, and makes the perfect Christmas recipe.

Christmas Recipe - overhead image of veggie meatloaf on grey background

Vegan Holiday Roast with Squash and Mushroom Filling

In need a vegan entree for the holidays? Look no further! You can make this flavor-packed holiday roast from scratch! A vegan turkey seitan roast loaded up with a mushroom and squash filling, you can’t go wrong with this one!

Christmas Recipe - Homemade Vegan Holiday Seitan Roast

Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Vegan Scallops and Asparagus (Gluten-free)

Vegan scallops anyone? I know this might sound crazy, but trust us, they are so flavorful and delicious—we can’t wait for you try. Paired with a creamy Fettuccine Alfredo this is the perfect holiday recipe.

Christmas Recipe - Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Vegan Scallops and Asparagus {gluten-free} #scallops #vegan #veganholiday #pasta #alfredo #fettuccine #easy #party

Vegetable Wellington w/ Lentils & Mushrooms

This Vegetable Wellington is loaded with lentils, mushrooms, walnuts and more! A flaky puff pastry crust wrapped around the perfect savory and satisfying vegetable mixture. It is the perfect holiday entree for vegans and non-vegans alike!

Christmas Recipe - Cutting Vegan Wellington

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Steaks (Easy + Gluten-Free)

Tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth good vegan portobello mushroom steaks. This is an easy and gluten-free entree that is perfect for holiday dinners or date nights at home. The recipe is simple and will be ready in less than an hour!

Christmas Recipe over head portobello mushroom steaks

Oil-Free Vegan Tamales (Easy + Gluten-free)

‘Tis the season…for tamales! Learn how to make the BEST oil-free vegan tamales this holiday season. Not only is this recipe fairly easy, but it is also packed with flavor and will definitely impress your friends and family!

Christmas Recipe - Oil-free Vegan Tamales with Pico de Gallo and Bean Filling

How To Make the BEST Vegan Tamales – 2 Ways! Potato & Pinto Bean + Green Chili & Cheese

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make the BEST vegan tamales this holiday season. Not only are these fairly easy to make, but they are also packed with flavor and will definitely impress your friends and family! One of the best Christmas recipes we’ve made!

Christmas Recipe - How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili

Breaded Cauliflower Steaks (Oil-free)

Crispy cauliflower steaks that make the PERFECT vegan Christmas recipe!

Breaded Thanksgiving Cauliflower Steaks {oil-free} sweetsimplevegan.com

Desserts:

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies

These Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies will transform you back to your childhood and you wouldn’t even know that they are plant-based. They are made with just 8 simple ingredients and SO dang good!

Christmas Recipe - An overhead shot of colorful christmas cookies on a marble board; food photography

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

These are the BEST vegan gingerbread cookies you will get your hands on. They are easy to make, don’t require any funky ingredients and are SO DANG GOOD!

Christmas Recipe - An overhead shot of iced vegan gingerbread cookies on a white marble board

Classic Vegan Brownies

Looking for the PERFECT classic vegan brownie recipe? Then this recipe right here is for you! These vegan brownies are sweetened to perfection, a mix of both cake-y AND fudge-y, plus SO easy to make. They require simple ingredients and will be ready in less than an hour– so let’s get cookin’!

Christmas Recipe - vegan brownies with maldon salt on a marble platter by sweet simple vegan

Pecan Cranberry & Orange Shortbread Cookies

Chunks of naturally sweet & buttery pecans, pieces of tart and chewy cranberry PLUS a fresh kick of zested orange — are you ready for the ultimate holiday cookie? These Pecan Cranberry & Orange Shortbread cookies are going to be a new holiday staple!

Christmas Recipe - Overhead shot of pecan cranberry orange shortbread cookies with pecan garnishes on top on a white plate

Cinnamon Twist Christmas Cookies (8-Ingredients)

Nothing says Christmas quite like these Cinnamon Twist Cookies. They’re simple to make and require just 8-ingredients. Did I mention that they are incredibly delicious? Because these are about to blow your mind! Dip them in a cup of non-dairy milk and don’t forget to leave some out for Santa.

Cinnamon Twist Christmas Cookies

Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan + 8-Ingredients)

These gluten-free thumbprint cookies are easy to make and require just 8 ingredients. This buttery and perfectly sweet vegan cookie is filled with strawberry + apricot jam and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. They make the perfect Christmas cookies, your family and friends will love them!

Christmas Recipe - Vegan Gluten-free Thumbprint Cookies with Apricot and Strawberry Jam

Peppermint Meltaway Christmas Cookies

The holiday season is here, and we’ve been cooking up a storm to bring you some amazing Christmas recipes including these peppermint meltaway cookies. If you aren’t familiar with what a peppermint melt away is, just think—carefully dusted minty morsels that literally melt in your mouth—sounds magical, doesn’t it?

Christmas Recipe - FESTIVE Vegan Peppermint Meltaway Christmas Cookies Sweet Simple Vegan #dessert #holiday #christmas #cookie #christmascookie #vegan #peppermint

Vegan Pecan Tarts (8-Ingredients)

These vegan pecan tarts are to die for and are one of our favorite Christmas recipes. They require just 8 ingredients and are ready in less than an hour.

Christmas Recipe - Vegan Pecan Tarts Tassies Overhead

Vegan Braided Cream Cheese & Jam Danish

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, this Vegan Braided Cream Cheese & Jam Danish shared below are calling for a spot at your table.

Christmas Recipe - overhead of braided cream cheese & jam danish

Fluffy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

Light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet, these pumpkin cinnamon rolls are THE dessert to cozy up with this holiday season. We promise you are going to fall in love with these (pun intended).

Christmas Recipe - Close up shot of vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a white dish with cream cheese icing drizzle by sweet simple vegan

Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Easy)

Nothing says the holidays quite like a big ‘ol pumpkin pie, right? With that being said, we decided to veganize this classic recipe and man oh man, it’s incredible! This vegan pumpkin pie requires just 10 ingredients, 10 minutes to prepare and 1 hour to bake!

overhead of vegan pumpkin pie with whipped cream the perfect christmas recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

This fall twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie will be your new favorite seasonal dessert! These Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are  soft and perfectly sweet with a kick of pumpkin pie spice, and easy to make. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan!

a stack of cookies; vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Easy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Sweet, soft, and spiced to absolute perfection, these easy pumpkin snickerdoodles are the perfect dessert to indulge in this autumn. Not only are they vegan, but also gluten-free and refined sugar-free! They also take only 15 minutes to make, so let’s get baking!

vegan gluten free pumpkin snickerdoodles on a plate with a cooling rack and almond milk

Homemade Chai Tea Latte (Date-Sweetened)

Learn how to make a delicious vegan chai latte at home. Frothy, flavor-packed and sweetened with dates. It’s so easy to make and is definitely a must try!

Learn how to make a delicious vegan chai latte at home. Frothy, flavor packed and sweetened with dates, it is a must try! #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #chailatte #chai #cinnamon #anise #cloves #cardamom #easy #homemade #beverage #latte #veganlatte #medjoolLearn how to make a delicious vegan chai latte at home. Frothy, flavor packed and sweetened with dates, it is a must try! #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #chailatte #chai #cinnamon #anise #cloves #cardamom #easy #homemade #beverage #latte #veganlatte #medjoolLearn how to make a delicious vegan chai latte at home. Frothy, flavor packed and sweetened with dates, it is a must try! #vegan #sweetsimplevegan #chailatte #chai #cinnamon #anise #cloves #cardamom #easy #homemade #beverage #latte #veganlatte #medjool

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (Gluten and Oil-Free)

A vegan twist on a fall classic, this apple crisp recipe is both delicious and simple to make. Nothing beats the smell of ooey-gooey baked apples smothered in cinnamon sugar…except for maybe the taste

A tray of baked vegan apple crisp with two serving bowls and vanilla ice cream

Last Minute DIY Holiday Gifts

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

An easy to make vegan hot chocolate mix that is not only delicious and easy to make, but that is also the perfect DIY gift for the holidays!

cups of vegan hot cocoa on a wooden board with whipped cream, peppermint and cinnamon sticks by sweet simple vegan

Lentil & Split Pea Soup (DIY Christmas Gift in a Jar)

This Lentil & Split Pea Soup is the perfect budget-friendly DIY holiday gift for anyone on your list this year. It’s delicious, simple to make, and adds a personal touch that you can’t find in a store-bought gift. Plus, it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free so the whole family can enjoy it!

An overhead shot of a vegan lentil and split pea soup in a white bowl on a dark background by sweet simple vegan

Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Learn how to make the best chocolate chip cookies that just so happen to be vegan. They’re perfectly chocolatey, soft & chewy, easy to make and don’t require any funky ingredients.

Christmas Recipe - DIY vegan chocolate chip cookie mix in a jar for a holiday christmas gift by sweet simple vegan

We hope you enjoy these Christmas Recipes as much as we do! If you make any of these Christmas recipes, make sure to tag us at @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris on Instagram. we love to see your creations! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday!

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