The holidays are such a fun-filled time of year with plenty of so many warm, cozy, delicious recipes. There are about 75 million vegans in the world and roughly 9.6 million Americans following plant-based diets as of 2020. So veganizing some traditional holiday favorites is a must! Thankfully a ton of holiday items, especially sides, are already vegan, or can be made vegan simply by subbing dairy milk or butter for plant milk or butter. Think mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, mushroom gravy, roasted carrots and parsnips, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. Yum, we’re getting hungry now. We wanted to share some super easy, SUPER tasty recipes to veganize other holiday staples that might take a bit more tweaking and creativity than just a quick milk swap. Believe us, they’re worth it.
Our first veganized holiday treat is none other than eggnog! Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without it. Head over to our friends at the The Minimalist Baker to check out their 6 ingredient vegan eggnog that couldn’t be any easier. All you need are some nut milks, holiday spices, maple syrup and we highly suggest not skipping on the bourbon!
Next up: French onion soup. We don’t know about you but a hot bowl of ooey gooey delicious french onion with some sourdough bread is a non-negotiable. Check out this recipe from Vegan Huggs for their vegan version of this holiday staple.
If you’re struggling to come up with a main dish to make for your plant based holiday dinner, there are a ton of loaves and roasts to choose from but we really like this one from Nora Cooks. It’s really simple (as many of her recipes are, that’s why we love her!) but it packs a serious flavor punch! Don’t mind us while we drool just thinking about it.
Last but definitely not least: dessert! Where do we start? How do we pick? As we mentioned in the introduction a classic pumpkin pie can easily be veganized but what says Christmas like gingerbread cookies? I mean come on! Vegan Richa gingerbread cookie recipe is not only vegan but also gluten free and grain free, as many of her recipes are. We highly suggest pinning her page, her recipes never disappoint.
We hope you give some of these recipes a shot and have a happy & healthy plant-based holiday season!