Vegan Christmas baking
Are you getting ready to do a load of Christmas baking? We've got some tasty recipes you might enjoy, and they're all vegan! Whether you follow a vegan diet, know someone who does, or are just trying to cut back on dairy and eggs in your baking - there are lots of great vegan recipes or ingredient substitutions - making vegan baked goods easier than ever to bake!
Read on as we take you through Vegan versions of some of our favourite Christmas treats!
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. Just looking at the photos makes us hungry!
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 thinks 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.
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 some amazing vegan recipes that are also wheat and sugar free. Her Mince Pie recipe is delightful.
If you've got Christmas carollers outside your door demanding you bring them some Figgy Pudding, and bring it right now, then having a good Figgy Pudding recipe in your back pocket is a great plan. Many recipes for this holiday dessert include cream, eggs, and butter - but don't worry - a vegan figgy pudding is easy enough to make! This recipe from Plantaful makes a delicious, moist treat to enjoy this holiday season!
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 2017.