50 Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes

As we get closer to celebrating the Christmas holidays, I decided to put together a collection of my favorites Take your Christmas dinner to the next level with these tasty Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes that will be a huge hit!

Get ready to make your festive season deliciously plant-based with our ’50 Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes’ blog post! Dive into a world where traditional flavors meet vegan innovation, featuring mouth-watering dishes like savory Lentil Meatballs, the perfect Vegan and Gluten-Free Tofu Turkey, and a hearty Vegan Lentil Loaf.

Discover the comfort of a Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie and end your feast on a sweet note with our delectable Vegan Snickerdoodles and Soft, Chewy Vegan Molasses Cookies.

These recipes are designed to impress both vegan and non-vegan guests alike, ensuring your Christmas dinner is not just compassionate but also irresistibly tasty.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan cook or trying out plant-based options for the first time, this collection is your ultimate guide to a festive feast that everyone will remember!

These delicious recipes are my family’s favorites that I have served over and over again. They are tried and tested and have my yummy ticket of approval.  They are made from scratch and they are pretty easy to prepare. 

Make Christmas dinner vegan this holiday, and make your table extra special by including these recipes!

Originally published on December 16th, 2017.

What Do Vegans Eat For Christmas Dinner?

Vegans eat a wide array of dishes, mostly based on their cultural preferences, for an instance, if the traditional vegan favorite recipe is meatloaf, then vegans may include a plant-based meatloaf version. Other dishes are tofu turkey, Lentil shepherd’s pie, vegan mashed potatoes, and vegan Christmas cake.

Vegan Main Dishes

Lentil Meatballs (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These flavorful Lentil Meatballs smothered in a creamy cashew gravy will surely be a big hit at your table this holiday!

vegan lentil meatballs on a stainless steel saucepan on a white background

Tofu Turkey

This is the best Vegan and Gluten-Free Tofu Turkey! It is so flavorful; tofu is seasoned with herbs and spices, stuffed with cornbread stuffing, marinated, and baked to perfection.

tofu turkey with cranberry and green bean

Vegan Lentil Loaf 

This Vegan Lentil Loaf is simply amazing! This is the perfect main dish for your holiday menu, it is hearty, flavorful, and topped with a delicious homemade ketchup glaze!

vegan lentil loaf on a wooden cutting board

Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie 

A flavorful twist on traditional Shepherd’s Pie that is full of flavor, this chickpea shepherd’s pie tastes so hearty and comforting. Savory chickpeas, topped with creamy mashed potatoes, are the perfect holiday treat!

Chickpeas shepherd's pie close up in a white casserole

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

This easy, eye-catching Whole Roasted Cauliflower is full of all the flavors of traditional Thanksgiving roast turkey, minus the meat.  Seasoned whole roast cauliflower with herby potatoes and carrots smothered with indulgent gravy is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. 

Whole roasted cauliflower


Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

There is no better appetizer in the slow cooker than these Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs, they are among the best appetizers since they only require three ingredients.

grape jelly meatballs

Smothered Vegan Fried Chicken (Tofu)

Smothered Vegan Fried Chicken (Tofu) has me coming back for more. It is the ultimate Southern comfort dish, made with crispy, seasoned tofu cubes, lightly fried or baked, then smothered in a flavorful homemade gravy.

smothered tofu chicken

Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs

Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs in a white plate


Most of us have had this classic dish as children or still today. I am sharing my favorite vegan spaghetti with meatballs as a new healthy twist! These are perfect to make for the holidays, especially if children will be at your dinner. You can’t go wrong!

Vegan Baked Ziti

Enjoy my Vegan Baked Ziti recipe, it is easy to prepare, the perfect weeknight dinner. Oven-baked pasta with marinara, plant-based ground meat, and vegan cheese is baked until bubbly. The perfect comfort dish that’s flavorful and hearty

vegan baked ziti

Vegan Side Dishes

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love deliciously creamy potatoes? These Red Skin Mashed Potatoes will be no exception, with wonderful flavor and nutrients from the red skin potatoes.

red skinned mashed potatoes

Vegan Baked Candied Yams

These melt-in-your-mouth Vegan Baked Candied Yams are full of flavors, and they are sweetened with a blend of maple syrup and organic brown sugar, fresh ginger, orange zest, and vanilla with spices!

Baked candied yams in white casserole pan

Vegan Southern Collard Greens

Authentic vegan collard greens, cooked in the Southern tradition of low and slow. This dish contains simple everyday ingredients that are transformed into arguably the best way to cook vegan collard greens

vegan southern collard greens in white bowl

Gluten-Free French Fried Onions

These crunchy and flavorful gluten-free French fried onions are so easy to prepare that they are great to add to your green bean casserole for Christmas. 

gluten free french fried onions on white plate

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac And Cheese is incredibly delicious; this recipe is the only one you will need. When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, my creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese is just the answer!

vegan mac and cheese

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

This easy Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot) version is creamy, fluffy, and flavorful.  Rich and creamy  Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are vegan, gluten-free, and deliciously served with gravy.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot)

Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

This Southern Green Beans and Potatoes recipe is a flavorful vegan version of the classic southern dish, perfect as a side dish or even as a main!

 Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes


Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

These are the best Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes, baby potatoes halved and tossed with olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika. 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

These maple-roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes are the perfect colorful side dish for your holiday table; they are so pretty! This classic Christmas side dish will be a tasty addition to your Christmas menu.


Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Jamaican Rice And Peas Recipe

This easy-to-prepare and delicious Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe is a must-try! It has long-grain brown rice and it is cooked in seasoned coconut milk for a true taste of the island.

jamaican rice and peas

Jamaican Rice and Pigeon Peas

Jamaican Pigeon Peas and Rice is a very tasty and popular Jamaican one-pot side. It is made with pigeon peas, also known as gungo peas in Jamaica, and cooked in seasoned coconut milk.

Jamaican rice and pigeon peas in white bowl

Jamaican Callaloo

Callaloo is a popular Jamaican staple green vegetable, cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper. It is the perfect healthy side dish for a tropical breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Jamaican callaloo in saucepan

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage is a popular side dish in Jamaica. It is easy to prepare and very flavorful. Shredded cabbage and carrots are cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper, and thyme.

Jamaican steamed cabbage in white bowl


Air Fried Carrots

Air-fried carrots are crispy, flavorful, healthy, and super easy to make. These are a perfect snack or a side to your main dish. Either way, it is a healthy and tasteful choice.

air fried carrots

Crispy Roast Potatoes

These crispy roast potatoes are delicious, combined with the fragrance of thyme, oregano, and rosemary. It makes the crispy roast potatoes even more perfect, flavorful, tasty, and aromatic, and it will stand out as a side dish on a holiday table.  

overlay crispy roasted potatoes

Cornbread Stuffing 

This fabulous Cornbread Stuffing is not only flavorful, but it’s gluten-free and vegan. If you have never tried cornbread stuffing, then you should; you are in for a pleasant treat!

Cranberry Blueberry Sauce

Thanksgiving isn’t the same without this recipe! It is so easy to prepare with fresh cranberries and it only takes a few minutes to cook.

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Spruce up your holiday menu with these delicious caramelized mashed potatoes. These fluffy mashed potatoes will keep your guests coming for more!

Vegan Gravies

Gluten-Free Vegan Gravy

My flavorful and easy to make Vegan Gravy Recipe, made with aromatic herbs and spices, is perfect for your Christmas table

Gluten free vegan gravy on a beige plate on a wooden background

Vegan Sausage Gravy

This vegan sausage gravy is so easy to prepare and delicious, made with simple ingredients, perfect to serve for breakfast or brunch.

vegan sausage breakfast in a white bowl

Gluten-Free Vegan Brown Gravy

A nice savory brown gravy is so delicious on mashed potatoes, vegan meatloaf, and so many more dishes. Learn how to make Vegan Brown Gravy now!

Gluten-Free Vegan White Gravy

This Gluten-Free Vegan White Gravy is so flavorful and creamy and made with aromatic herbs and spices, perfect for your holiday table!

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows is an amazing recipe for Christmas, made with fluffy baked sweet potatoes, mixed with spices, and topped with pillowy soft mini marshmallows and crunchy pecans.

Gluten-Free Cornbread

This cornbread is so moist and delicious, it makes the perfect side dish and will steal the show on your holiday table.

Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese

When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, my creamy Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese is just the answer!

Vegan Brussels Sprouts Gratin

These yummy Brussels sprouts are baked in a cheesy creamy vegan sauce, one of the easiest dishes you will prepare!

Vegan Lasagna

This is my family’s favorite Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna Recipe. It is so easy to prepare and a go-to recipe for company! This yummy lasagna is the best vegan lasagna recipe you will make. It has creamy tofu ricotta, pasta sauce, and cashew cream layered with gluten-free lasagna sheets!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

This dish is effortless, super easy to make, and jam-packed with flavors, texture, and creamy goodness.

Jamaican Lentil Patties

Make mini versions of these and serve them as appetizers at your holiday gathering!

Jamaican Lentil Patties

Vegan Christmas Desserts

What’s dinner or Christmas without a little something sweet?

Vegan Carrot Cake

This vegan carrot cake is the greatest you’ve ever had! It’s delicious and creamy, with tart lemon buttercream icing and crumbled walnuts on top. It is topped with vegan cream cheese icing and walnuts (or maple-sweetened coconut whipped cream).

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

This flavorful recipe tastes just like the classic Southern sweet potato pie but without dairy or gluten!

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

This is the most amazing recipe ever! This pie is made with juicy, sweet Pink Ladies and tart Granny Smith apples covered with a yummy almond crumb topping that is both vegan and gluten-free.

Vegan Pound Cake

Are you looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? A Vegan Pound Cake so rich and delicious that no one will believe it’s vegan. It’s covered with a delicious vanilla glaze and makes a delectable dessert, sweet breakfast, or noon snack.

Thumbprint Cookies

Look no further than this delightful, soft, and jam-filled thumbprint biscuit. These vegan thumbprint cookies are very tasty, and only five simple ingredients are needed to complete the recipe! 

Gluten-Free Vegan Cake

This delicious and soft gluten-free vegan cake topped with vegan frosting is easy yet wonderful! It’s a one-bowl recipe that’s easy to customize.  This cake is perfect for Christmas

gluten free vegan cake

Vegan Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Shortbread Cookies are buttery, crunchy, and great when served with a cup of hot tea or coffee. You only need four ingredients, making them ideal for Christmas or any time of year.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake


It’s hard to think of a better dessert than a Hummingbird Bundt Cake for springtime or holiday gatherings. It’s vibrant, sweet, tropical, and oh-so-delicious! So whether you’re shivering in the cold or basking in the sun, this is a wonderful burst of sunshine!

Pecan Pie

For Christmas dinner, desserts are undoubtedly the most essential and memorable component since they provide a delicious ending to the meal.


Vegan snickerdoodles! Vegan snickerdoodles that are soft and pillowy! These fluffy and delectable cinnamon-sugary snacks are so quick and easy to make that you’ll want to make them every other day! 

Blueberry Cheesecake

It would be impossible to tell that this vegan blueberry cheesecake is dairy-free since it is so rich and creamy. 

Vegan Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding 

This is the vegan version of this popular dessert enjoyed in Jamaica and the Caribbean throughout the year. It is very moist, rich, and indulgent!

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Molasses Cookies

Crinkly, soft, and chewy vegan molasses cookies are bursting with holiday flavor: caramel and cashew-butter-flavored perfection. If you make one cookie recipe this holiday season, these chewy vegan sweets are a must.

Vegan Jamaican Christmas Cake

Jamaican fruit cake on white platter

Vegan Christmas Drinks

With all this food, you may be wondering what to serve as a drink. Look no further!

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog is creamy, rich, dairy-free, and egg-free version of the traditional eggnog. Made from simple plant-based ingredients and heartwarming spices, this vegan eggnog recipe gets ready in minutes and is worth trying!

Vegan Coquito

Coquito, sometimes known as “Puerto Rican Eggnog,” is a tasty, thick coconut beverage ideal for the holidays. This dairy-free vegan Coquito has all of the typical flavors and texture. Just how similar is this to the standard version? You’ll be amazed!

Jamaican Sorrel Drink

Enjoy this popular drink that is served during the holidays in the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa!

Jamaican Sorrel Drink


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  1. Hello and Happy Holidays!
    I am excited to have found vegan recipies by a Black woman.
    I made the Stamped Almond cookies (minus the stamps) for my Dad. This recipe is very simple; the cookies are delicious. I’m going to mody this recipe to make rugelach and kolachki/bow ties.
    I used this recipe as an excuse to increase my supply of cookie stamps by…100%. ?
    Looking forward to trying more of your recipies.
    Thank you abd Happy New year!

    1. Happy Holidays to you and your dad Tonya, I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies, it is one of my favorite and I miss eating rugelach so I will have to make some too. Thank you for your inspiration!

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