Feeling puffy and overstuffed during the holidays isn’t the jolliest of experiences. Enjoying a good time with loved ones while feeling comfortable in your body sounds more like a win-win to us – which is why we’d love to share our favorite simple and healthy vegan Christmas recipes with you this year.
Yes, it’s a stressful time for everyone and indulgences are totally on the agenda. But how about making some steps towards healthier plant-based versions of traditional Christmas recipes?
Maybe even try a simple vegan Christmas side to share with everyone?
“Spread love and spread health too”, is our attitude. And trust us, our families have been grateful that we basically took over and now make a healthy vegan Christmas dinner for everyone – it’s our loving and non-material gift to them, so to say.111+ Unique Vegan Gift Ideas →
If you’re a new vegan, we totally get that you might be particularly nervous about this time of year. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas often feature dead animals as the centerpiece of the table which can be a bummer.
But there are actually some typical dishes that are served around Christmas which are either often already vegan or can easily be veganized by making a few swaps – using margarine or oil instead of butter, plant-based milk instead of dairy milk or vegetable stock instead of chicken or beef stock.
For a helpful list of non-vegan ingredients to look out for as well as classic holiday recipes that are already super vegan-friendly, check out our vegan holiday survival guide!
Back to our delicious and healthy Christmas recipes: everything on this following hand-picked list is entirely plant-based and made with real-food ingredients that are typically easy to find.
No matter if you’re more of a traditional person (vegan wellington, anyone?) or would love to experiment with entirely new ideas, we’re positive the following vegan Christmas recipes will inspire you to get into the kitchen.Best Vegan Christmas Breakfast Recipes →
Healthy Vegan Christmas Sides
Some of the following side dishes will seem familiar to you which perfectly exemplifies how easy it is to recreate classic Christmas recipes in a healthy and vegan way!
You’ll find all things pumpkin, baked and cozy in this section. Most will be perfect to bring to someone else’s house, too!
Creamy Scalloped PotatoesRecipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen →
Using a mix of regular white potatoes and sweet potatoes, this classic side dish offers more than just a vegan twist! We love the simplicity of the recipe and the ingredients which are very wholesome and easy to find.
The creamy cashew sauce is sure to make everyone quickly get over the dairy-free part of this delicious dish.
Quick Savory Pumpkin TartRecipe by Vegan Family Recipes →
Let’s keep the pumpkin theme rolling for a little longer, okay? You’re probably already very familiar with this holiday staple, but we’re sure you haven’t experienced the nearly endless possibilities this delicious squash variety has to offer – for example, a savory pumpkin tart.
Yes, pumpkin is fantastic on its own, but pairing it with some puff pastry and garlicky cashew sauce? Uhm, yes, please! Certainly a pretty and unusual side dish you need to try. Our favorite part is that it only takes 10 minutes of prep time!
Easy Festive Vegan StuffingRecipe by Pickled Plum →
This delicious herby stuffing is appreciated by vegans and non-vegans alike and can be made one or two days ahead of time to take some of the stress out of Christmas.
We love that the ingredients are rather easy to find and that the stuffing will keep in the fridge for up to a week – if it’ll even survive the first outing on the dinner table, that is.
Spicy Roasted Potatoes & Brussels SproutsRecipe by Occasionally Eggs →
This healthy vegan Christmas side is a must! Roasted new potatoes and Brussels sprouts mixed with pomegranate, roasted garlic and lots of spices, make for a beautiful holiday recipe with festive colors.
Serve hot with a plant-based protein-rich centerpiece (hello, lentil loaf) for a great plant-based dinner menu!
Fluffy Gluten-Free Vegan CornbreadRecipe by Nutriciously →
The perfect allergy-friendly comforting side for this occasion! Our simple and gluten-free vegan cornbread recipe can be enjoyed sweet or savory and should definitely be served almost straight out of the oven.
The moist inside and crunchy top make for a comforting holiday meal addition that you can use to dip, spread or snack. Completely oil-free and sugar-free but definitely not taste-free!
Green Bean Casserole & Garlic MushroomsRecipe by Jar of Lemons →
This easy and healthy version of one of the season’s most famous side dishes is unbelievably creamy — and you can put it together in just 10 minutes of hands-on time.
With whole food plant-based ingredients such as whole wheat flour, almond milk, cashew butter and lots of vegetables, you can go back for seconds or thirds without having a food hangover the next day! Win-win.
Air Fryer Butternut SquashRecipe by Crumb Top Baking →
Have you jumped on board with one of the latest trends? Air Fryers are fantastic kitchen tools that make crunchy and healthy low-fat meals.
These butternut squash fries can be made entirely without oil (your choice) and are seasoned with oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika and some maple syrup. You won’t be able to get your hands off this sweet and spicy side!
White Bean Mashed PotatoesRecipe by Cotter Crunch →
Did you assume we’d include some traditional mashed potatoes in here? Think again. These creamy mashed potatoes have been upgraded with a bunch of protein-rich and satiating white beans as well as some garlic and fresh herbs.
Add some more creaminess by using extra coconut milk if you like and this sage-infused mashed magic will be yours!
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & ApplesRecipe by Jessica in the Kitchen →
One thing’s for sure: every decent holiday spread needs some roasted Brussels sprouts. How about adding some apple, pecans, thyme and red onion into the mix this year?
Let the roasting bring out the amazing caramelized flavor and crispy texture of this tasty vegan side dish. No regrets, pure deliciousness.
Festive Holiday HummusRecipe by Well and Full →
Now, what would a proper vegan meal be without the holy hummus? This basic plant-protein-rich side doesn’t just call for chickpeas but also features carrots, rosemary and parsley.
Garnished with pomegranate seeds, it makes for a pretty and unobtrusive addition to the table, perfect for spreading, dipping or just enjoying by the spoonful.
Rosemary Stuffed MushroomsRecipe by Wholly Plants →
Finger food is the best food! And what better time to make all things oven-baked? This crowd-pleasing whole food plant-based recipe is completely-oil free and likely to be devoured within minutes.
The creamy cashew and spinach filling is wonderfully herb-infused and will have every kitchen smelling like a dream.
Flavorful Coconut Pumpkin SoupRecipe by Ve Eat Cook Bake →
We warned you that there would be a bunch of pumpkin recipes, right? Whereas the holiday time is usually an excuse to feel uncomfortably stuffed and then stuck in a food coma for days, offering this light and flavorful pumpkin soup makes for a different food experience.
Not only can you load up on delicious creamy soup, but your body will feel amazing post-holidays! Another plus is that you really won’t be able to mess up this simple yet fantastic recipe.
Easy Festive Chestnut BitesRecipe by The Hungry Herbivores →
One of our favorite childhood memories revolves around looking for chestnuts in our local forest. So, this ingredient is a must for a cozy and complete winter menu in our books!
These chestnut bites are a perfect “nibble of Christmas” – featuring onion, garlic and cozy winter spices as well as a crispy cornmeal coating. Try pairing them with some cranberry sauce!
Pistachio-Crusted Cheese BallRecipe By Jessica in the Kitchen →
Every festive spread calls for some delectable cheese – nut cheese, that is. Not only is this version cruelty-free and full of healthy fiber instead of being just a blob of fat, but your tummy will also be much happier digesting this nutty goodness!
Complete with a pistachio crust, this white wine and herb-infused ball of nut cheese is a hit at every party. Highly recommended!
Hummus + Cheese Veggie PlatterRecipe By Nutriciously →
Would you believe that this colorful fall-themed appetizer platter isn’t just fully vegan but can also be put together within half an hour, tops?
Choose from beautiful seasonal produce, creamy spreads and your favorite dippable bread when following along our guide to creating the ultimate hummus and nut cheese platter for the holidays.
Easy Winter Kale SaladRecipe by From My Bowl →
Let’s not forget to include some crunchy greens here! This easy everyday kale salad looks stunning and features straight-forward plant-based ingredients that you’re very likely to already have at home.
Not only can you make it up to 3 days in advance, but it is also budget-friendly and easily customizable.
Easy Vegan Christmas Dinner Ideas
Getting to the main part of a delicious Christmas feast, we’ve hand-selected satiating and beautiful healthy vegan recipes such as Shepherd’s pie, vegan lentil loaf, stuffed acorn squash (of course) and a beautiful vegetable Wellington.
There are also simple one-bowl options for those of you who aren’t planning a fancy party!
Curried Sweet Potato Shepherd’s PieRecipe by The Endless Meal →
This beautiful Christmas dinner option isn’t just your usual Shepherd’s Pie. Offering tons of flavor thanks to curry spices and caramelized tomato paste, this recipe takes a classic dish to the next level.
This satiating family-friendly meal comes with a good load of veggies, lentils and chickpeas and is topped with creamy coconut mashed sweet potatoes.
Rice & Tempeh Stuffed Acorn SquashRecipe by Emilie Eats →
Here comes the next round of winter squash! Go preheat the oven because this colorful and flavorful roasted goodness is a must this year during Christmas.
Stuffed with wild rice, tempeh (the most delicious way to eat soy!) and pomegranate as well as some fresh herbs, this easy recipe cannot go wrong. Oh, and don’t forget the generous drizzle of tahini before serving!
Vegan Vegetable WellingtonRecipe by Connoisseurus Veg →
How about this stunning flaky puff pastry beauty for your Christmas centerpiece? Nobody will miss the meat after having a taste of the sweet and savory mixture of mushrooms, butternut squash, pecans and rice.
We love that it’s easily customizable and if you end up with too much filling, you can enjoy it on its own. If you’re not super keen on the whiskey (keep in mind the alcohol will cook off), you can just leave it out.
Roast Pumpkin Feta SaladRecipe by Nutriciously →
Not every festive occasion calls for an extravagant menu. Maybe you want to just cook for yourself or your partner and keep things healthy and simple this year? This easy roasted pumpkin salad is perfect for that.
Loaded with flavorful seasonal ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes, this recipe works for either a side or a main dish! With a little bit of meal prep, you can put tit together in even less time — plus, this salad works wonderfully for any leftovers you may have!
Butternut Squash Kale LasagnaRecipe by Making Thyme for Health →
You cannot go wrong with seasonal produce made into comfort food during Christmas! Especially when you have picky eaters at the table, this creamy, flavorful and scrumptious pumpkin kale lasagna with a cashew cheese sauce will be a true win all around.
Serve with a side of green beans, any of the salads on our list and some freshly baked rolls.
Cranberry Stuffing Topped Festive Pot PiesRecipe by The Hungry Herbivores →
How about combining two festive classics – stuffing and pot pies – to make the ultimate healthy, delicious and surprisingly easy Christmas magic that is cranberry stuffing pot pies? We don’t see how you could go wrong with this.
Everyday staples like dried herbs, onions and veggie stock mixed with wintery ingredients such as butternut squash, parsnip and chestnuts, combined ino an oil-free and mouth-watering recipe. Everyone will be all over these in no time.
Spinach Almond Ricotta CannelloniRecipe by About That Food →
Pasta is the right choice for any day of the year, right? We’re usually not ones to get the casserole dish out of the cupboard for weeknight dinners but occasions like Christmas definitely call for a scrumptious lovingly prepared plant-strong main meal.
These cheesy, creamy spinach-filled almond ricotta cannelloni definitely make for a wonderful impression and are the perfect comfort meal for young and old alike.
Hearty Vegan Lentil LoafRecipe by Nutriciously →
As Christmas is all about love, why not swap the beautiful animals on the table for a much healthier, easier and cheaper version of a meatloaf?
Each serving of this lentil loaf offers 19 grams of plant-strong protein, 10 grams of fiber, double the omega-3 that you need for the whole day – and a whole lot of savory, chewy, flavorful goodness.
Roasted Squash Farro SaladRecipe by Running On Real Food →
This meal brings all of the delicious food groups of a plant-based diet together.
You’ve got the nutty whole grain (farro), the starchy vegetable (squash for the win!), sweet and sour fruit, crunchy leafy greens and some wholesome fats and proteins (yay for tahini).
This colorful bowl of joy is the perfect choice to bring to a Christmas party, can partially be made days in advance, and ensures you stay well-nourished during any celebration.
Sweet Potato & Kale Pot PieRecipe by My Quiet Kitchen →
Wanting to keep your vegan Christmas dinner really healthy? This sweet potato and kale pot pie is comfort food at its most wholesome.
Featuring a simple almond flour crust and a colorful veggie stuffing, it’s naturally oil-free, gluten-free and whole food plant-based. Don’t skip the meaty soy curls and mushrooms, which give the recipe a nice bite.
Plus, the well-rounded garlic, thyme, sage and smoked paprika seasoning will make every healthy meal taste like heaven.
Healthy Vegan Christmas Treats
Let’s round up this beautiful Christmas menu with some delicious and actually pretty healthy vegan treats.
From Christmas pudding to chocolates, different types of cookies, pies and cakes, these mouth-watering recipes will make vegans and non-vegans alike very prone to just a little overindulgence.
Skillet Cookie CakeRecipe by Nutriciously →
This delicious vegan cookie cake is the perfect combination of a moist cookie and scrumptious, slightly sweet cake that can be dressed up to your liking!
Featuring accessible staple ingredients, it’s fiber-rich, high in protein and such a crowd-pleaser. Serve with vegan frosting or a dollop of homemade ice cream!
Cardamom Cranberry CookiesRecipe by Nutri Planet →
These one-bowl grab-and-go cookies offer all the warming delicious Christmas spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cranberries but without any added sugar or oil!
Sweetened with whole dates and some liquid stevia drops, they are a healthy and easy Christmas treat. Plus, they are made with oat flour and nut butter which makes them gluten-free and super chewy at the same time!
Chocolate Sweet Potato MuffinsRecipe by Resplendent Kitchen →
More oil-free and gluten-free vegan goodness to devour! These beautiful and decadent chocolate sweet potato muffins don’t taste “healthy” at all and make for a wonderful indulgence during Christmas time.
The combination of pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder, sweet potato and tahini (yes!!) is really something else!
Chocolate Coconut TrufflesRecipe by Nutriciously →
These little snowballs require only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation time to make! They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, low in sugar and make for great edible gifts.
You need to try these rich and intensely coconutty little treats!
Nutty Cinnamon BunsRecipe by Nutriciously →
Can you imagine a better smell filling your kitchen than some warm, fluffy and nutty vegan cinnamon rolls? Our easy and wholesome recipe has only 8 basic ingredients plus all the wintery spices you want.
No milk, oil, dairy or refined sugar required for these sweet holiday-friendly buns.
Gluten-Free Vegan Pecan PieRecipe by From My Bowl →
From just looking at this scrumptious vegan pecan pie, you wouldn’t think that it’s actually grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free and refined sugar-free!
Only 8 delicious and healthy plant-based ingredients such as coconut milk or white sweet potatoes and 15 minutes prep time are needed to make this nutrient- and flavor-dense Christmas treat happen.
Cozy Vegan Apple CrumbleRecipe by Nutriciously →
If you’re in for a humble and incredibly healthy Christmas dessert this year, look no further than this sugar-free banana apple crumble.
Naturally sweetened with fruit only, it comes with a cinnamon oat topping that gets baked to crispy perfection and leaves your kitchen smell fantastic. Works for meal prep or breakfast, too!
Healthy Chocolate Mousse CakeRecipe by Nutriciously →
Our rich and chocolatey mousse cake is the perfect balance between decadent yet not too heavy or overly sweet! Secretly high in protein, it features a cookie crust and sugar-free vegan mousse that just needs refrigeration for an hour until it’s ready to serve.
Decorate with more chocolate, coconut flakes, fruit or nuts!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesRecipe by Nutriciously →
Looking for a whole food plant-based cookie recipe that’s very healthy for you and still deliciously chewy and crumbly? These gluten-free vegan oatmeal chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies tick all the boxes.
You can customize them to your liking, using a different nut butter or add-ins such as raisins, cranberries or coconut flakes.
Festive Chocolate Peppermint TartRecipe by Evergreen Kitchen →
A creamy chocolate filling set in a simple crust and topped with whipped coconut cream and crushed candy cranes – what could spread more holiday cheer than this delectable vegan and gluten-free chocolate peppermint tart?
Perfectly showcasing that you can still eat awesome food when living a vegan lifestyle, this creamy and decadent tart is great to feed any crowd.
Creamy Almond & Cashew NogRecipe by The Simple Green →
Get really cozy this Christmas with a creamy, nutty vegan nog! This delicious drink shouldn’t be skipped during the holidays and can totally be made as a plant-based and guilt-free version.
With warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, the delicious creamy nog makes for a great holiday experience everyone will love.
Vegan Christmas Sugar CookiesRecipe by Sweet Vegan Sara →
With just 5 healthy whole food plant-based ingredients, you can whip up the softest vegan Christmas sugar cookies ever in under 30 minutes total.
Naturally gluten-free, oil-free and sweetened only with whole fruit, these delicious Christmas treats definitely take your cookie game to the next level.
Plus, you can customize this recipe and have all your favorite add-ins such as melted chocolate or sprinkles!
Vegan Christmas ChocolatesRecipe by Monkey And Me Kitchen Adventures →
Super easy to make and actually good for you, these chocolate peanut butter Christmas treats are a great pick-me-up during the busy holidays.
Completely whole food plant-based, no oil or gluten, and slowly melting in your mouth… kids and grown-ups alike will love them! Another great dessert nobody will notice is actually vegan.
Vegan Christmas PuddingRecipe by My Goodness Kitchen →
This gorgeous and fuss-free vegan Christmas pudding is made with all the delicious winter fruit – Medjool dates, golden sultanas, dried cranberries and pears.
Very easily customizable, you can add your favorite Christmas fixings to this recipe, such as prunes, orange zest or cherries. It does take quite a bit of cooking time and a hefty swig of brandy but the result will be so worth it.
Baked Gingerbread DoughnutsRecipe by Strength and Sunshine →
Oil-free doughnuts? Yup, these babies are oven-baked and feature only healthy ingredients.
Naturally gluten-free due to the plantain and arrowroot starch, it comes with all the winter spices (of course!) as well as sugar-free alternatives to sweeten the Christmassy vegan doughnuts. Pretty easy to make and definitely kid-friendly!
Chocolate Amaretti CookiesRecipe by Gathering Dreams →
These cookies are a serious childhood throwback, so they had to make our list of the best vegan Christmas recipes.
Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, they taste so nutty and chocolatey while not overwhelming you with sweetness.
The recipe calls for mostly wholesome and very basic ingredients – plus, after just 20 minutes, the cookies are ready to be devoured!
Healthy Gingerbread Bliss BallsRecipe by Veggiekins Blog →
Looking for a truly easy and healthy vegan Christmas recipe? Then these gingerbread bliss balls will be for you.
You can make them within just 10 minutes or less (depending on your rolling skills) and they are so easy to customize to your taste or dietary preferences.
Not just a mindful and wholesome Christmas treat but perfect for snacking throughout the day or prepping in advance.
Easy Vegan Pumpkin MousseRecipe by Running On Real Food →
Let’s round up this list with one final pumpkin recipe, because this seasonal veg is just the best!
This healthy and easy vegan pumpkin mousse only requires 4 simple ingredients plus a few spices like cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg.
It uses a coconut cream and pumpkin (that one was obvious) base and tastes amazing on its own – or you can go crazy with toppings, such as nuts, pecan crumble, granola or coconut whipped cream!
We hope you enjoyed our hand-selected list of the best simple and healthy vegan Christmas recipes! Which of these are you going to try this year? Any great ones we’ve missed? Share with us in the comments below or Pin the recipes for later.
Make the Cornbread
- Preheat your oven to 400° F (200 °C) and line a 8-9 inches baking pan as well as two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Get the seven basic ingredients for the gluten-free vegan cornbread and mix thoroughly until a homogenous batter is formed. Pour it in your prepared baking pan.
Roast the Vegetables
- Slice pumpkin, pears and onions for the roasted winter salad as well as other seasonal produce you want to add to your appetizer platter.
- Arrange in single layers on your prepared baking sheet, then put alongside the baking pan with the cornbread in the oven for around 20 minutes.
- Check in from time to time to make sure everything is baked evenly and nothing burns.
Prepare the Appetizer Platter
- Get your favorite seasonal fruit, veggies, fresh herbs, leafy greens and a few dips and spreads which you can beautifully arrange on your appetizer platter. We like to go for some hummus, chutney, garlic yogurt dip and homemade nut cheese.
- Add some sliced bread, sticks, chips or other dippers. Decorate with nuts and dried fruit, then add the roasted pumpkin once it’s done baking.
Make the Lentil Loaf
- Combine cooked lentils with oats, walnuts, shredded carrot, onion, garlic and some herbs and spices. Mix with a spoon, then transfer everything into a loaf pan and spread with tomato glaze.
- Reduce the temperature of the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and remove all of the vegetables and the baked cornbread. Place your pan with the lentil walnut mixture into the oven and set a timer to 45 minutes.
Make the Roast Pumpkin Salad
- Add fresh spinach and arugula into a large bowl and whisk together a quick 3-minute vegan honey mustard dressing in another small bowl.
- Top your greens with the roasted pumpkin, onion and pears from the oven, add some homemade vegan feta cheese, pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Drizzle with the dressing just before serving!
Make the Skillet Cookie Cake
- Put dates, almond butter and vanilla into a food processor and create a smooth puree. Add cooked chickpeas, almond flour, oat flour and baking powder. Process to obtain a creamy batter.
- Fold in chocolate chips, then transfer your cookie cake batter into a round baking pan or cast iron skillet which you put into the oven once the lentil loaf is done baking.
- Remove the hearty loaf, then set a timer for 20 minutes to be able to serve your cookie cake still warm topped with some coconut whipped cream or vegan ice cream.
- Nutritional information was automatically calculated without the appetizer platter. Servings may vary depending on the person and their nutritional needs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 653Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 16gSugar: 32gProtein: 22g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!