Vegan Christmas baking

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Brynna Gabrielson

Mince Pies

Is Christmas baking on your to-do list this holiday season? It's certainly on ours! We love trying out new recipes and putting a new spin on some of our favourite classics. That's why we love this list of Vegan baking ideas. Whether you're a vegan yourself, baking for another vegan, or are just looking to cut back on eggs and diary - these recipes are a real treat!

Gingerbread
A staple of the holiday season, gingerbread isn't just tasty - it's great for making gingerbread men and women, and building houses (of the small Christmas variety of course). Many traditional gingerbread recipes have one non-vegan ingredient - butter. Butter is actually one of the simpler ingredients to substitute as you can purchase or make your own vegan butter.

However, if you want to try a recipe that is specifically vegan then we recommend this one from The Minimalist Baker. And it's also Gluten Free for anyone that's a concern for! Just looking at the photos makes us hungry!

Shortbread
Shortbread is a curious recipe to turn vegan. After all - it's only made of three ingredients and butter is a big player! The good news is that, once again, vegan butter is an easy swap! You can also add a touch of vanilla to boost the flavour.  The end result may differ slightly in taste from shortbread made with real butter, but we think it's still absolutely delicious. You can also use coconut oil instead of butter, which gives it a nice taste.

For some tasty vegan shortbread you'll need:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g vegan butter or coconut oil (softened)
  • 65g confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Slowly add the flour until well combined. You should be left with a soft dough that's thick enough to roll into small balls.

Bake at 165C for 20 minutes, until the tops are golden.

Mince Pies
Traditional Mincemeat uses suet, which is definitely not a vegan ingredient. And pastry is a buttery haven. But that didn't put us off! In fact finding a great Vegan Mince Pie recipe wasn't hard at all. You've probably heard of Deliciously Ella who makes amazing vegan recipes that are also wheat and sugar free. Her Mince Pie recipe is delicious.  

Christmas Pudding
Whether you're a fan or not, Christmas really isn't Christmas without at least one slice of Christmas Pudding on your plate! Luckily this largely fruit based dessert isn't too difficult to make Vegan. In fact it's pretty easy. There are plenty of recipes out there if you do a quick search, however we're a fan of this recipe from BBC as it's a bit simpler to pull together!

Crunchy chocolate peppermint bark

The type of chocolate you use in this recipe depends on what you prefer. Most dark chocolate is made without animal products - however some brands make their dark chocolate in the same factories as milk chocolate, so there is a chance of cross contamination.

For a simple yet tasty bark you'll need

  • 24 Biscoff lotus biscuits
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 4 Candy canes, crushed

Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper and line it with the biscuits. In a saucepan slowly melt the chocolate. Once smooth, add the coconut oil. Pour the mixture over the biscuits until well covered - use a spatula to smooth it. Now sprinkle in candy cane pieces and freeze or refrigerate until solid!  Break into pieces and serve.  For some extra mintyness you can also add a touch of peppermint extract to the chocolate!

Originally published December 2016. Updated November 2018.

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