Food takes a delicious, front row seat over the holiday season. A great thing for foodies, but a tricky thing for vegetarians and vegans who can’t indulge in a majority of what’s on the menu at most holiday get-togethers. Luckily, there is no shortage of vegan and vegetarian recipes available online, especially desserts. In fact, it’s easier than ever to swap dairy-heavy ingredients out for plant-based options that are not only more ethical but provide plenty of health benefits as well.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just simply hoping to cut out dairy and meat-based products from your diet for a while, here are some delicious holiday desserts for you.
1. Mini Vegan Pecan Pies
Pecan pie has long been a dessert staple around the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving. Luckily, you don’t have to kiss this delectable dish goodbye just because you’re vegan or vegetarian. This recipe is totally vegan and even naturally sweetened without corn syrup using good old maple syrup and coconut sugar. Instead of an egg base, this recipe calls for a roux base that bubbles into caramel goodness. Yum!
Get the recipe: Yummy Mummy Kitchen
2. Cinnamon Baked Pears
Believe it or not, this decadent dessert recipe calls for just three key ingredients and five altogether if you include toppings — pears, cinnamon, maple syrup, pumpkin spice granola and coconut cream. The best part? All ingredients are healthy(ish) so you can feel a little less guilty about indulging. It’s also super easy to make, taking all of 30 minutes from start to finish — perfect for when you’re tight on time.
Get the recipe: Jessica in the Kitchen
3. Chocolate Covered Peppermint Macaroons
Another recipe that calls for only a few ingredients, is this homemade peppermint patty in macaroon form. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free, so it counts as a healthy, whole food even though it’s a dessert. The prep time is five minutes and the bake time is the same, clocking in at a total of ten minutes to whip this dessert up for your holiday party.
Get the recipe: Eat the Grains
4. Vegan Apple Pie with Coconut Oil Crust
Just because you have a few dietary restrictions doesn’t mean you should have to skip out on some of the classic dessert recipes the holidays have to offer. Apple pie is certainly one of those. Luckily, you can have your apple pie and enjoy it vegan too. Instead of eggs, this recipe calls for lemon juice, almond milk and a mix of yummy spices including nutmeg and cinnamon for that classic apple pie flavor.
Get the recipe: Sweet Simple Vegan
5. Healthy Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie
If just the sound of this recipe has you salivating, you’re in good company. You don’t have to rely on your local Starbucks whipping you up an almond milk latte when you can make this delicious holiday-themed smoothie in the comfort of your home. Instead of eggs, this recipe calls for banana and rolled oats, a mouthwatering combination, especially when you add in seasonal spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ground ginger!
Get the recipe: Veganosity