Here comes a list of our favorite, plant-based holiday recipes, which we update every year. This blog is turning 10 in 2020, so we were able to accumulate quite a few delicious and festive recipes throughout the years. We’ve got you covered on mains and hearty sides, as well as lighter sides, soups, salads, dessert, and drinks. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season :)
v = vegan, gf = gluten-free, veg = vegetarian, vo = vegan option
Mains and Hearty Sides
There’s something so grand and ritualistic about a holiday table centerpiece that took time, care and anticipation. Since most such centerpieces involve meat, one can feel a little left out during the peak of a celebratory meal if meat is not their jam. In this recipe, we applied this grand, ceremonious approach to braising a head of cauliflower. Someone even made a video outlining the entire braising process.
Baked Latkes (v, gf)
Latkes are my ultimate weakness, but I’ve always dreaded the long and smoky process of frying them. My love for latkes is so strong though, that I had to come up with an easier path to that crispy, golden potato goodness. These baked latkes are SO much easier to make than the traditional fried kind, since the oven does all the main work for you. The flavor and texture are not compromised one bit, I promise. The recipe also includes a beet salad with an avocado mayo, which is to die for.
This whole meal comes together in one oven, all at the same time. The veggies are roasted in a mustard-miso sauce for extra savoriness and crispiness, which goes so well with the tart and sweet cranberry sauce.
This beautiful, cozy, one-pan dish can act as a main or hearty side. It’s packed with various root vegetables and Brussels sprouts, making it very easy to fulfill the veggie quota on an otherwise protein-centric holiday table.
This pie features caramelized cauliflower and leeks, smothered in a ‘cheesy’ potato and carrot sauce, and baked in an incredibly savory onion crust. It could definitely act as the main event, paired with a salad or some vegetable sides, or it could be a side as well, depending on what you’re cooking!
This healthful but hearty lasagna employs spaghetti squash in place lasagna noodles. There’s mushrooms, mung beans, kale, carrots, tomato sauce, and an easy almond ‘cheese’ as well.
If you’ve never tried braising leeks, you are in for a serious surprise. They are amazing, especially served over a hearty cauliflower and white bean mash. If leeks are not your thing, consider making the mash alone and serve it as a side, to up your holiday mash game :)
I can’t say enough about this gratin comprised of layers of sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onions, showered with spices and coconut milk. It’s easy to make but so beautiful and satisfying at the same time.
This will forever be my favorite fall/winter salad. It’s all about the contrast of flavors: aromatic black rice, nourishing spiced cauliflower, juicy grapes, and a slightly spicy miso dressing full of umami. Sprinkle in some pomegranate seeds for an extra festive look.
Sorghum Beet Risotto (v, gf)
This vibrant risotto would make for an excellent side dish at a holiday table, especially if you don’t know what to do with that forgotten bag of sorghum in the back of your pantry :)
Another alternative (aka riceless) risotto option. This one uses riced kabocha squash in place of actual rice. It’s luxuriously creamy, warming, and overall impressive.
This vegan quiche comes together quite magically, with no crust, eggs or cream to speak of. Chickpea flour acts similarly to the egg-cream foundation of traditional quiche and solidifies into a sort of custard when baked at a high temperature. Add a studding of silky root vegetables and greens to that, and you’ve got yourself the perfect, healthful and delicious fall/winter quiche.
Soups and Sides
No-Recipe Creamy Soup (v, gf)
There’s a fool-proof formula for making really great, pureed soups, and this post lays it out for you. You might even have all the ingredients on hand for a stunning, creamy soup right now, since these soups tend to magically come together with odds and ends from the crisper.
This is butternut squash soup elevated. The addition of cranberries and pear is as delicious as it is unexpected. There’s a special ingredient that will help aid digestion during a big meal, too.
A soup that’s both grounding and fortifying, and good enough to serve as an unexpected, colorful starter at the holiday table.
Another stunning, colorful soup option.
Next Level Lemon Miso Potatoes (v, gf)
These potatoes are one of our most popular recipes from 2019! They are extra in every way. They take extra ingredients, extra work, and come out extra flavorful as a result.
We love mashed potatoes, but we also love pairing a bowl of mashed potatoes with another, more interesting mash made with underutilized root vegetables. Both celeriac and parsnips are so uniquely flavored and healthful, it’s no wonder that they make for some delicious mash. Serve it with the Braised Holiday Cauliflower for the ultimate plant-based holiday meal.
In this recipe, thinly mandolined potatoes get layered with silky kale, then baked in a miso-pine nut sauce, until golden and crispy on top and soft and creamy inside. The result is pure coziness.
This salad is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, since you can never go wrong with roasted potatoes and a super savory miso vinaigrette.
A healthful take on nachos, with crispy sweet potatoes taking the place of tortilla chips. Great for self-serve style, snack-heavy parties. If you don’t want to go through the intricate process of making sweet potato chips, roasted sweet potatoes will work perfectly in their place.
Pretty much any finely shredded greens and raw veg will taste amazing when slathered in this orange-tahini dressing.
This salad is simple but effective: visually stunning, healthful and delicious. Plus, you’ll want to sprinkle that almond cheese on everything!
Roasted Parsnip and Pomelo Salad (v, gf)
Earthy, nourishing parsnips go so well with juicy, bittersweet citrus. The combination is especially irresistible when sprinkled with spiced and toasted walnuts and raisins. Use grapefruit if you can’t find pomelo.
This is three favorite Thanksgiving pies in one: apple, pecan and pumpkin. It’s decadent and impressive, and a definite crowd-pleaser. (Also pictured in slice form at the beginning of this post).
Upside Down Orange Polenta Cake (v, gf)
This cake looks so impressive and cheerful, but it’s actually incredibly easy to put together. The slight bitterness of the orange peel and the aromatic orange flavor go so well with the fluffy polenta cake. Recipe is in our new ebook.
In this recipe, a delicious, spelt flour olive oil loaf is topped with a stunning, electric pink icing that’s surprisingly easy to make. It’s a great, fuss-free dessert for post-holiday meal coffee/tea time.
Concord Grape Fruit and Nut Cake (v, gf)
Slices of this fruit and nut cake make for a great accompaniment to a cheese plate, as well as an awesome gift basket component.
The super-festive appearance of this decadent, frozen fudge basically speaks for itself.
Banana Cream Pie (v, gf)
Even if you’re not a fan of bananas on their own (like us!), you will still most likely love this pie. The bananas present themselves in a totally new and unexpected light when combined with cream, chocolate, and a buttery crust. Recipe is in our new ebook.
The universally loved combination of rum and raisins is elevated by a sweet and subtly salty orange and miso glaze in this vegan bundt recipe we developed for Food & Wine.
This is a great, chocolatey option for those looking to keep dessert time as easy and low-key as possible. The adaptogenic mushroom powders can be added for an additional boost, but they can also be left out completely.
Sweet Potato Caramel Nougat (v, gf)
Oh man, this nougat! Not as sticky or sweet as traditional nougat, this one has a caramel-like complexity from our trademark sweet potato caramel. There is a studding of toasted nuts and cookie crumble throughout each slice, too. Great for homemade gifts or party platters.
Pecan Pie (v, gf)
Toasted pecans are baked in a gooey coconut caramel in this recipe, and the result is so delicious. Recipe is in our new ebook.
These elegant, black and white chocolate pudding cups are easy to put together, but very impressive and full of whole food ingredients.
If you are looking for a grand and fun cake project, but still want something wholesome and not too sugary, look no further than this stunner of a cake.
Chunky Monkey Cookies (v, gf)
If chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and banana bread all (somehow?) had a love child, these gluten-free, vegan, and date-sweetened Chunky Monkey Cookies would be it. They are as healthful as cookies can be, but also so SO satisfying.
In this recipe, we’ve updated the old school treat with the use of healthful ingredients, and the beautiful, floral flavors of hibiscus and orange blossom. Serve these Turkish delights alongside tiny tongs at a holiday party for the ultimate, fancy dessert experience :)
Zucchini contributes moistness and whole food power to this bread, but you don’t taste it otherwise. What you do taste is an incredibly decadent dessert, with an extra lush pine nut frosting. Recipe is in our new ebook.
All the components of this dessert can be made ahead of time, and assembled later. The cashew cream is not your average cashew cream, either – it’s extra-fluffy with the help of a special ingredient.
Pumpkinseed Butter Goji Cookies (v, gf)
These cookies are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and incredibly buttery throughout. Their unexpected green coloring looks beautiful, contrasted by the red topping of goji berries.
Miso Caramel Popcorn (v, gf)
It’s entirely possible to make really good caramel popcorn at home! This popcorn is sweet, salty, and incredibly addicting – you’ve been warned :)
Lemon Meringue Pie (v, gf)
This pie is all about the complementary flavors of the subtly tart lemon filling, sweet, fluffy (and very stable!) vegan meringue, and the buttery gluten-free crust. Recipe is in our new ebook.
Baked apples might seem like a boring holiday dessert option, but these are not – they are stuffed with a sweet, poppyseed dukkah and topped with dreamy coconut caramel.
Find more vegan and gluten-free desserts recipes for all your holiday needs in our new ebook! It’s filled with all of our favorite sweet treats – every recipe is truly unique and was developed with a ton of intention. We are so proud to have it out in the world. You can see the full recipe index and buy your ebook by following this link.
Rosemary Hot White Chocolate (v, gf)
This hot white chocolate is both cozy and decadent, with unexpected, warming notes from rosemary and a perfectly smooth, frothy consistency.
Quick Persimmon Eggnog (v, gf)
This is eggnog for both the adventurous and the health-conscious. Much lighter than the original, but still perfectly creamy and satisfying.
Spiced Kombucha Moscow Mules (v, gf)
This is the perfect winter cocktail for those of us who don’t drink alcohol, but still want to participate in the celebratory ritual of clinking glasses and toasting with something special and delicious.
Pear Cranberry Chai (v, gf)
This cozy chai is brewed with the addition of pears and cranberries, which takes the flavor to the next level. Simply put, it’s the best chai we’ve ever had.
Tahini Hot Chocolate (v, gf)
This hot chocolate is probably the most comforting drink you can make this holiday season, and it comes together in a flash.
H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S ! ! !