45 No-Stress Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes For All Eaters
Here are over 30 non-vegan approved vegan Christmas dinner recipes that are easy and approachable to make yet sure to impress all eaters- even meat eaters!
Whether you’re vegan and plan on hosting your first Christmas dinner or Christmas Eve dinner, or maybe you have a vegan guest, look no further. This is the ultimate vegan Christmas dinner menu, from mains and sides to festive vegan Christmas desserts, cookies, and drinks!
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What can vegans eat for Christmas dinner?
Like hosting a vegan Thanksgiving, serving up an entirely vegan Christmas dinner, especially for your first time, can seem like a daunting process.
But don’t worry- it’s actually even easier than more a more traditional dinner! Skipping the meat and serving up these amazing plant based recipes are sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters.
In order to be considered vegan, the dish must not contain any:
- Milk or cream or any dairy
- Butter, cream cheese, sour cream, or any dairy
- Meat (poultry, red meat, etc.)
- Any animal products whatsoever
A good rule of thumb: If any part of the ingredients came from an animal, it’s not vegan.
But what does that leave you to serve? Actually the best parts of any dish: herbs, garlic, onions, delicious vegetables, beans and legumes, and of course, anything sweet!
And trust me- this doesn’t have to be hard. Making a vegan Christmas dinner can actually be easy because cooking vegan is actually really simple! You’ll find through these recipes below that you don’t need much to make a dish taste amazing.
Below, you’ll find a curated list of amazing vegan recipes that have all been carnivore approved. Classics, like Vegan Wellington and vegan lasagna, to festive pastas, and more. And to boot, all of these recipes can be made gluten free as well!
Amazing Vegan Main Dishes & Sides
Soft & Pillowy No-Egg Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Garlic Sage Sauce (Gluten Free + Dairy Free)
Soft, pillowy sweet potato gnocchi that are easy, and completely Paleo, gluten free, and vegan, yet you’d never know! Coated in a garlic sage sauce, these homemade gnocchi are incredibly easy to make and perfect for all eaters!
Buttery Herbed Vegan Wellington (Simple and Delicious!)
This tender and delicious vegan Wellington recipe is simple and easy to make, yet looks so elegant! With the perfect flaky puffy pastry crust, everyone will be wowed by this show-stopping yet secretly easy vegan dinner recipe!
9-Ingredient Vegan Lentil Loaf that even meat-eaters love! (Gluten free + Nut Free!)
Vegan hummus lentil loaf that’s perfect for all eaters! Easy to make and a great healthy main dish for the holidays!
25 Minute Vegan Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Beans (No Boiling!)
This deliciously cheesy quick and easy baked gnocchi recipe is ready in just 25 minutes, and you don’t even need to boil the gnocchi beforehand! Packed with protein and veggies, yet naturally vegan and vegetarian friendly, this baked gnocchi is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love.
30-Minute Grandma’s Style Lentil Meatballs (Vegan + GF)
Make these quick and easy flavor-packed vegan lentil meatballs with just 7 ingredients for a delicious vegan dinner ready in just 30 minutes! Based on my Italian grandma’s recipe- turned vegan and vegetarian friendly!
6 Ingredient No-Vodka Vegan Vodka Sauce
This 6 ingredient vegan vodka sauce is just as creamy and delicious as the classic penne a la vodka, but made without dairy and even without vodka if you want an alcohol free vodka sauce! Quick and easy for the perfect weeknight vegan pasta recipe.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach (Gluten Free)
This super simple and creamy vegan mushroom pasta with spinach is the perfect healthy pasta dinner recipe to have on rotation during the week. It’s made in just 30 minutes, packs in a lot of flavor and nutrients, and is naturally dairy free, gluten free, and nut free. Perfect for picky eaters!
How to make Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes in the Oven (EASY!)
These crispy roasted sweet potatoes are so easy and simple to make, you won’t want them any other way! Ready in just 30 minutes in the oven for the perfect flavorful side dish to any meal!
Best Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe (Gluten Free Option)
This is THE BEST vegan lasagna ever, and it’s just so easy to make. With layers of garlic rosemary lentils, marinara, gooey vegan cheese, and pasta noodles, this easy vegan lasagna has been fully approved by my Sicilian grandmother. A family favorite for dinner, protein packed and it’s easily made gluten-free!
Creamy Nut-Free Vegan Cacio e Pepe Recipe
This quick and easy vegan cacio e pepe is inspired by the classic Italian dish and is ready in just 15 minutes! Made with beans instead of cashews, this nut-free dairy free cacio e pepe is the perfect vegan pasta recipe for all eaters!
BEST Gluten Free Focaccia Bread Recipe (Vegan!)
This amazingly super easy gluten free focaccia bread tastes just like classic focaccia! Soft and chewy, easy to make, no xanthan gum, and naturally vegan!
Best EVER Classic Vegan Dinner Rolls (easy!)
These are the absolute best ever classic vegan dinner rolls! No one can tell that they’re vegan; they’re just the most melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy, and tender pull apart dinner rolls ever, perfect for any occasion and only 5 ingredients!
Amazing Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Super Creamy & Fluffy!)
These vegan mashed potatoes are the epitome of fluffy, creamy, and velvety rich. Super easy to make, and absolutely no one will know they’re vegan and dairy free! A crowd pleasing side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner, vegan or not!
Garlic & Herb Vegan Dinner Rolls (Plush & Fluffy!)
These super soft and fluffy garlic and herb vegan dinner rolls only need 8 ingredients for the most flavorful, vibrant, and aromatic dinner rolls ever! These easy dinner rolls are a delight to make and eat, and perfect for all eaters, whether or not they’re vegan or dairy free! Gluten free option available!
Easy Soft & Fluffy Gluten Free Dinner Rolls (Vegan)
Pillowy soft & fluffy gluten free dinner rolls that are so easy to make. No bread machine, no xanthan gum, and vegan! Everyone loves these rolls, gluten free or not.
Best Ever Vegan Cornbread Recipe (Easy!)
This is the ultimate vegan cornbread recipe: super moist, soft, buttery, and just lightly sweet. You won’t be able to tell that this cornbread recipe is vegan, eggless, dairy free, and easily gluten free. A classic Thanksgiving side that everyone will love, vegan or not!
Easy Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Easy and simply roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts make for the best vegan Thanksgiving side for all eaters! Entirely dairy free, gluten free, vegan and easily made Whole30 friendly, this healthy side dish is ready in 30 minutes!
Buttery Herbed Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe (Vegan! No Eggs!)
This unbelievably delicious and buttery herbed gluten free stuffing tastes just like your grandma’s stuffing- and secretly vegan! So easy to make and full of flavor- you won’t bevieve it’s gluten free!
Unbelievably Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
This vegan sweet potato casserole is THE sweet potato casserole recipe to make. Made entirely dairy free, egg free, and gluten free, this vegan sweet potato casserole is so easy, only requires 10 minutes of prep work, and is an absolute crowd pleaser on Thanksgiving, whether you’re vegan or not!
Festive Vegan Christmas Desserts
Easy Homemade Vegan Tiramisu (No Cashews, No Tofu!)
Quite literally the best vegan tiramisu you will ever make, this easy dairy free tiramisu is layered with espresso soaked homemade ladyfingers, creamy and rich vegan mascarpone filling, and topped with a dusting of cocoa powder. Tastes just like the classic Italian “pick-me-up” layered dessert!
Vegan Christmas Yule Log Cake (Bûche De Noël)
This entirely vegan Christmas Yule log cake tastes just like the classic Bûche De Noël, only entirely dairy free, egg free and gluten free! With an easy vegan chocolate sponge, dairy free chocolate hazelnut buttercream, and vegan chocolate ganache, you won’t believe how simple this Yule log is to put together and how delicious it is to eat!
Styling inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Easy 4 Ingredient Vegan Panna Cotta (No Agar Agar Option!)
This super simple, yet creamy and elegant vegan Panna Cotta is made with just 4 ingredients, no refined sugar, no coconut cream, and there’s even an option for no agar agar powder! You’ll love this dairy free vegan twist on a classic Italian dessert!
Amazing Vegan Panettone Recipe
This amazing vegan panettone recipe is based off of my great grandpa’s recipe, adapted to be both eggless and dairy free. With a beautifully risen enriched dough speckled with candied raisins, cherries, and citron pieces, this vegan panettone recipe tastes just like the classic panettone and is perfect for all Christmas celebrations!
Amazing Vegan Cannoli Recipe (Baked)
These amazing vegan cannoli taste just like the classic Sicilian pastry! With a super flaky pastry formed into tubes and filled with a creamy dairy free ricotta filling, no one will know these cannoli are entirely vegan, eggless, and dairy free! Based on my great grandpa’s recipe!
The Ultimate Vegan White Chocolate Cake
The ultimate vegan white chocolate cake recipe that doesn’t taste vegan! It’s entirely dairy free with a fluffy vegan buttercream and easily decorated to be a fun and festive holiday cake!
Super Fudgy Vegan Peppermint Brownies with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
Fudgy and decadent vegan peppermint brownies are the perfect festive holiday treat! So easy to make, and topped with a lush white chocolate peppermint cream cheese frosting that’s mouthwatering! No one will know these peppermint brownies vegan and dairy free!
Vegan Ginger Cake with White Chocolate Frosting
Deliciously moist and sweet vegan ginger cake topped with a secretly vegan white chocolate buttercream frosting! Turn this tender and moist gingerbread cake into a Christmas snow globe cake for a fun holiday showstopper!
Creamy & Rich Vegan Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Recipe
This decadent caramel pecan cheesecake features a quick and easy creamy caramelized brown sugar cheesecake filling baked in a pecan graham cracker crust and topped with gooey caramel pecans! Absolutely no one will know these holiday cheesecake is vegan, dairy free, and contains no eggs!
Easy Vegan Eggnog Cake (Gluten Free!)
Deliciously creamy gluten free eggnog cake that’s full of holiday flavor! Naturally vegan and dairy free as well, this eggnog cake is perfect for the holidays!
Best Ever Vegan Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This rich and velvety vegan red velvet cake with dairy free cream cheese frosting is the ultimate vegan cake recipe! The perfect balance of cocoa and sweetness with a slight tang, this red velvet cake will be your favorite, vegan or not! Naturally dairy free and gluten free!
Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting
These festive and fun vegan gingerbread cupcakes are full of warming spice and super moist and fluffy! Topped with a dairy free cream cheese frosting and mini gingerbread cookies for fun Christmas cupcakes!
Creamy No Bake Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake (7 Ingredients!)
This no bake vegan Biscoff cheesecake is the easiest no bake cheesecake recipe! With a perfectly creamy and lush nut-free Biscoff cookie butter cheesecake filling and cookie crust, just 7 ingredients and perfect for any holiday table!
Secretly Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie
Gooey and rich vegan chocolate pecan pie that is secretly egg free, dairy free, corn syrup free, and can be gluten free! Plus, this chocolate pecan pie is SO easy, it’ll be the easiest recipe you make for your Thanksgiving dinner!
Best Vegan Christmas Cookies
For more fun vegan Christmas cookies, check out this vegan Christmas cookies round-up!
Best Ever Vegan Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)
These are the absolute best vegan sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted. It’s a really simple dough and the vegan royal icing is perfect for decorating classic Christmas cookies!
Super Easy Vegan Linzer Cookies (Gluten Free)
Vegan Linzer cookies made with a simple gluten free almond shortbread cookie and filled with a homemade raspberry jam! The most elegant and delicious healthy holiday cookie!
Easy Raspberry Vegan Thumbprint Cookies (Video!)
These raspberry vegan thumbprint cookies tastes identical to the classic holiday cookie yet are entirely vegan, dairy free, eggless, and can be gluten free! So easy and quick to make, these will be your new favorite Christmas cookie!
Easy Vegan Shortbread Cookies
These unbelievably vegan shortbread cookies taste just like the classic and use just 5 ingredients! Chewy, crisp, “buttery,” and sweet, this Christmas shortbread recipe is the perfect recipe for a cookie exchange!
Soft & Chewy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten Free)
These perfectly spiced vegan gingerbread cookies are crisp on the edge with a snap yet soft in the center for the most delicious vegan Christmas cookie! Only 7 ingredients and so easy to make!
Cute and Super Easy Reindeer Cookies with Video (Vegan!)
The cutest and super easy reindeer cookies that just so happen to be entirely vegan and gluten free! Decorated with all-natural candies, these reindeer cookies are the perfect cookie for Santa and his reindeer!
No Egg Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies (Vegan!)
Soft and rich naturally vegan red velvet cookies that are stuffed with a decadent and tangy cream cheese filling for the ultimate holiday cookie! Tastes like a slice of red velvet cake in cookie form!
Rich & Fudgy Hot Cocoa Cookies (No Eggs!)
These ultra decadent hot chocolate cookies are like a cup of hot cocoa and filled with molten chocolate and toasted gooey marshmallows! No eggs, and so easy to make!
Fun Holiday Cocktails & Drinks
Vegan White Russian Mocktail
This dairy-free twist on a classic White Russian cocktail is alcohol free and so deliciously creamy!
Easy Vegan Gingerbread Latte (Better Than Starbucks!)
This is the best homemade gingerbread latte I’ve ever had!! It’s secretly dairy free, ready in 5 minutes, and tastes even better than the classic! Make this vegan copycat Starbucks gingerbread latte for a cozy winter morning or holiday treat!
Secretly Vegan Eggnog Recipe (Dairy Free, Nut Free)
Truly the best vegan eggnog recipe I’ve ever had! This cashew free, dairy free, and egg free eggnog tastes identical to the Christmas classic nog and is super creamy, thick, sweet, and full of warming nutmeg!
Ultra Creamy 4-Ingredient Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
The ultimate healthy hot chocolate recipe that’s rich with flavor, thick like drinking chocolate, and naturally dairy free, vegan, Paleo, and an option for Keto!