23 Wonderful Vegan Hanukkah Recipes

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Hanukkah is a beautiful time of year full of celebration, tradition, and family. Fill your home with gorgeous recipes like homemade gelt, matzo ball soup, brisket, and more.

Food brings people together, and what better way to spend time with your loved ones than with wholesome recipes that taste great!

With eight days of celebration, enjoy this round-up of holiday-inspired vegan Hanukkah recipes to guide you in a plant-based festival of lights. Enjoy, dear Jewish friends!

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Vegan Hanukkah Recipes

Easy Homemade Hanukkah Gelt
Get into the holiday spirit with this wholesome Hanukkah gelt recipe. A fun recipe to make with kids, this candy is made from simple ingredients and can be customized with your favorite toppings!
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Hanukkah Gelt
Vegan Challah Bread
Challah bread is a classic recipe, this egg and dairy-free version is even better! Beautifully braided, it's ideal for ceremonies and makes excellent French toast – so versatile.
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Vegan Smoked Salmon
Add some smear to your bagel and top it with a few slices of vegan smoked salmon! This innovative recipe will certainly WOW your guests. A nori marinate gives the carrots a distinct seafood taste while the natural orange hue mimics salmon flawlessly. You might even fool a few people!
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Vegan Chopped Liver
Enjoy this entirely plant-based copycat recipe of your grandmother's chopped liver! Made from mushrooms and walnuts, this spread is delicious on bread, apples, and vegetables.
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Vegan Matzo Ball Soup
Enjoy the comfort of a warm bowl of matzo ball soup with this simple and homey recipe. A delicate plant-based broth bathes individual balls made from staple-friendly ingredients, including matzo meal, potato, and olive oil – so delicious!
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Vegan Chocolate Rugelach
This crescent-shaped chocolate-filled pastry will be a beautiful addition to your Hanukkah celebration. Delicate layers are rolled into miniature cookies and baked until golden brown. The sweet, dense cookie is perfect for enjoying or gifting to loved ones!
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Vegan Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Jelly Donuts)
These spongy fried donuts are a Hanukkah must. A taste of tradition that is humbly plant-based. The soft donut is flavored with fresh orange zest and then fried until golden brown. Once cooled, an injection of jelly and a dusting of powdered sugar completes the glorious treat!
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Hanukkah Donuts
Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage is the perfect recipe for a chilly evening. Filled with rice, spices, and vegetables, this complete meal will make you smile from the inside out!
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Plant Based Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Hearty Vegan Lentil Mushroom Loaf
Preheat the oven and bake a savory lentil and mushroom loaf. This umami-rich meatloaf alternative is packed with protein and is an ideal main dish for the holiday table – enjoy it with a tangy tomato glaze!
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hearty vegan lentil loaf with red glaze on some parchment paper on a wooden chopping board
Vegan Latkes
Crispy potato latkes are a crowd-favorite! Fried pancakes made from grated potato and onion are an irresistible main or side dish. Perfect for enjoying on Hanukkah.
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Vegan Brisket
Brisket that will fall off your fork, this slow-roasted seitan is the ideal main dish to feature on your holiday table. An umami-rich roast that's both meaty and filling. Something that everyone will enjoy!
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Vegan BBQ Brisket
Vegan Apple Cake
Made from seven wholesome ingredients, this lovely apple cake is a perfect addition to your dessert table. A celebration of apples cascades the top, while fluffy, sweet batter bakes until golden brown – so delicious!
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Vegan Chanukah Star Spelt Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth spelt flour star cookies will put you in the holiday spirit! Whole-grain, these nutrient-packed cookies are drizzled with a touch of rich chocolate. A cookie so yummy, you'll ask for seconds.
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Chanukah Star Spelt Cookies
Vegan Potato Kugel
This potato kugel is a fantastic one-pan casserole to make during the holidays. Similar in flavor to latkes, this potato and onion bake will win the hearts of everyone! Best make a double batch.
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Potato kugel
Sweet Potato & Carrot Tzimmes
A flavorful medley of roasted vegetables and dried fruit, this carrot and sweet potato tzimmes is the perfect cold-weather dish. A genius balance of sweet and earthy flavors, this dish goes great alongside hearty mains!
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Vegan Tzimmes
Vegan Pastrami
Enjoy a slice or two of vegan pastrami on your hot sandwich. This setian-based deli meat is a show-stopping recipe thats delicious layered with sauerkraut on rye. A mock-meat recipe that will be your new go-to.
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The Best Vegan Blintz
Enjoy a holiday brunch with this blintz recipe. Thin crepe-like pancakes are perfectly cooked and filled with vegan cream cheese and raspberry compote. It is a tangy and sweet meal that can also be enjoyed as breakfast or dessert!
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Vegan Blintz Recipe
Hearty Vegan Schnitzel
Perfectly golden, pan-fried schnitzel is warmly welcomed at the dinner table. This seitan battered recipe is packed with protein and has a satisfying umami flavor and tender texture – great for family meals!
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Vegan Chocolate Babka
Chocolate and bread lovers unite! This baked chocolate babka is crave-worthy. Swirled layers of brioche pastry laced with rich chocolate and a finish of sweet syrup, is an outrageous combination! A chocolate treat you will love.
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Vegan Appetizer Platter
Hosting a Hanukkah party? Set out a grazing table full of exciting nibbles like hummus, dips, crackers, and cut vegetables. So fresh and tasty!
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colorfully loaded board with crackers, fall produce, 3 types of hummus and nut cheese
Vegan Shakshuka
Get your fresh baked bread ready for a dip into this homemade shakshuka! Stewed tomatoes, olives, and protein-rich tofu bubbles in a hot pan with olive oil and spices – so good!
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Dreidel Shaped Snacks
Spin the dreidel with this holiday-themed snack. Shaped apples, Lara bars, dates, and pretzels are a few of the delicious snack items that can be transformed into interactive dreidels – so much fun!
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Dreidel Snacks
Warm Kale Salad
Cold winter doesn't mean you can't enjoy a salad! This hearty winter salad is a requested dish at the holiday table. Loaded with kale, roasted vegetables, grains, and pomegranate, it's a salad that celebrates winter!
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23 Wonderful Vegan Hanukkah Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Hanukkah is a beautiful time of year full of celebration, tradition, and family. Fill your home with gorgeous recipes like homemade gelt, matzo ball soup, brisket, and more.
Serves 6


Vegan Noodle Kugel

  • 12 oz dry egg-free noodles 240 g
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • cup sugar
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup vegan butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter melted


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the noodles. Cook according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Combine applesauce, sugar, raisins, melted vegan butter, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and the cooked noodles in a large bowl.
  • Mix well and add some lemon zest for a twist if wanted!
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  • Prepare the topping in small bowl by combining the breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp of melted butter, and a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the noodle mixture.
  • Please in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
  • Allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


  • You can use currents instead of raisins.
  • Once cooled, noodle kugel can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • Find 20+ more vegan Hanukkah recipes in the article above!
Course: Special Occasions
Cuisine: Jewish
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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