For me, the best part of Christmas is the food and I don’t think that having dietary requirements means you should miss out on delicious festive treats. Here on my website I have plenty of easy yet indulgent recipes that are perfect to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. From side dishes to truffles to show stopping savoury centrepieces, there is something for everyone here!
I thought it might be helpful if I compiled a guide featuring all of my favourite festive starters, mains, sides and desserts so that all of my Christmas recipes are in the same place! Each recipe comes complete with a direct link so you can find them easily!
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Soups & Starters
‘Cheesy’ Broccoli Soup
A deliciously creamy soup that tastes indulgent despite being packed full of plant based goodness. The subtle flavours balance each other out perfectly and the nutty, cheesy flavour from the nutritional yeast gives a nod to the classic Broccoli and Stilton soup. The full recipe for this starter can be found here.
Creamy Carrot & Ginger Soup
This is a lovely light soup perfect for those cold winter months. The ginger really packs a punch in this recipe and works perfectly with the subtle sweetness of the carrots. This soup is a really cost effective starter and a great way to use up any carrots that didn’t make the cut on your Christmas dinner. The full recipe can be found here.
Orange, Fennel & Pomegranate Salad
This plant based dish makes a lovely, refreshing starter and is perfect for those who don’t want to spend an age cooking. Packed full of contrasting flavours and textures this is a prime example of salads not being boring. Even though this is ideal all year round, the orange segments in this add a lovely festive twist making it perfect for Christmas day! Get the full recipe here.
Roasted Chestnut & Cauliflower Soup
This delicious soup is a firm favourite of mine! The chestnuts and cauliflower in this are really subtle and, paired with the vegan cream, result in such a lovely creamy soup. This soup is so indulgent despite being a plant based recipe, making it the perfect starter for Christmas day. Click here for the full recipe.
Vegan ‘Salmon’ Lox
A plant based spin on a classic breakfast! Smoked salmon used to be my go to breakfast on Christmas day and I know it is considered a festive staple by many others. This substitute is weirdly close to the real thing in taste and will make you question whether you actually need to buy salmon lox or smoked salmon again. Find the full recipe here.
This plant based alternative to the cosy winter classic might not be what springs to mind when you think about a traditional Christmas dinner but it makes a great addition for those looking for a meat free alternative and don’t want a loaf or wellington. It is also a lovely hearty meal to make in the aftermath of Christmas if you have any leftovers that need using up. The full recipe is here.
Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash
This delicious recipe makes a perfect plant based centre piece on the big day. A whole roasted butternut squash stuffed with a delicious homemade Sausage & Apple Stuffing that is just bursting with fresh herbs and fruit. The apples, cranberry and sage work so well with the sausage and squash to create a truly festive meal. Get the recipe here.
Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington
This delicious wellington is the perfect meat free alternative to have with your Christmas dinner. It is my favourite addition to a roast as it is packed full of flavour and has quite a ‘meaty’ texture. Although time consuming, this recipe is easy to follow and can be prepared in advance to save time on the day. Find the full recipe here.
Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes
These delicious Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes are simple to make but so delicious! You only need a few ingredients to create these making them a fairly low maintenance alternative to roast potatoes and mash if you fancy trying something different this year! Get the recipe for these delicious potatoes here.
Buttery Garlic & Thyme Roast Potatoes
These delicious roast potatoes are the real star of the show in any meal and make the perfect addition to any Christmas dinner. They are perfectly crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. The flavours of the butter, thyme and garlic work together perfectly in this recipe creating a side dish that works wonderfully alongside any traditional dinner. The full recipe can be found here.
Sausage & Apple Stuffing
This delicious homemade stuffing recipe is simple to make and absolutely bursting with delicious festive flavours. The combination of sausage, sage, apple and cranberry work together perfectly making this the only stuffing recipe you need! Get the recipe here.
Pistachio Topped Maple Glazed Carrots
A delicious vegan take on the classic honey roasted carrots. The maple syrup complements the sweetness of the carrots perfectly and a touch of sea salt takes these to the next level. The crushed pistachios are optional but add great texture. Get the recipe here.
Buttery Sprouts with ‘Bacon‘
A delicious way to jazz up humble brussels sprout that even the most ardent of sprout haters will enjoy! A simple combination of butter, garlic, bacon and seasoning create a delicious side dish that makes the perfect addition to your Christmas dinner. Get the recipe here.
Sprouts with Cranberries & Pistachios
The humble brussel sprout has had a makeover! This recipe is a great way to jazz up brussel sprouts to make them a little bit more special on Christmas day. The pistachios and cranberries in this add such lovely flavours and texture to the sprouts and make them unrecognisable. The full recipe can be found here.
Vegan Red Onion Gravy
This homemade gravy is quick and easy to make and makes a great addition to any dinner! It is packed full of flavour and is lovely and rich despite being completely vegan. You can make this recipe with red or white onion depending on preference and omit the red wine if needed.
No Bake Desserts
Cheat’s Gingerbread Peanut Butter Fudge
This delicious no bake treat is the perfect nutrient dense snack to whip up if you are short on time. Despite its name, this isn’t actually ‘fudge’ but don’t let you put this off! This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a favourite of mine! You can find the full recipe here.
Double Chocolate & Raspberry Bites
These delicious no bake treats are easy to throw together and make the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with a glass of champagne or post dinner coffee. The rich cocoa, sweet white chocolate and tart raspberry pieces compliment each other so well! They make a great option for those who aren’t the biggest fans of traditional ‘Christmassy’ flavours. Find the full recipe here.
Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
The perfect vegan and gluten free substitute to those who loved Ferrero Rocher style chocolates but can no longer eat them due to dietary requirements. These decadent truffles make the perfect homemade gift or a light dessert with coffee following a dinner! You can find the full recipe here. For a more nutrient dense version of these truffles you might prefer my 5 Ingredient Healthy Hazelnut Truffle recipe.
Coconut & Amaretto Truffles
These delicious Coconut & Amaretto Truffles are easy to put together and make a great boozy dessert with a festive feel. The flavours work so well together and they have a lovely texture. There is also an option to make these alcohol free! Get the recipe here.
White Chocolate Pistachio Truffles
These decadent White Chocolate Pistachio Truffles are a foolproof, more traditional truffle that have a fugdy centre and a decadent feel. They are easy to whip up and make a great homemade gift for a loved one this Christmas. Get the recipe here.
Mince Pie Freezer Fudge
This delicious Mince Pie Freezer Fudge is so easy to make and requires just a handful of ingredients! The perfect no bake dessert when you are short on time but need your mince pie fix. Get the recipe here.
No Bake Gingerbread Bites
These delicious gingerbread no bake bites are perfect to make if you want the full gingerbread experience without having to put in much effort. The combination of ginger and chocolate in these work so well together but you could make them even simpler by omitting the chocolate. Click here for the full recipe.
White Chocolate, Cranberry & Ginger Tiffin
This is a lovely dessert that is really quick and easy to whip up! It is packed full of ginger, pistachios and cranberries that work so well with the white chocolate. They really do just taste like christmas in your mouth! If white chocolate is not your thing, they also work really well with a dairy free milk or dark chocolate. They are also really versatile as you can add any biscuits or filling you have to hand making them ideal to help reduce foor waste. Find the full recipe here.
Double Chocolate Christmas Cookies
These double chocolate cookies are packed full of too many flavours to list, hence why I simply settled for ‘Christmas Cookies.’ They are full of flavours I always associate with the festive season such as ginger, cranberries, white chocolate, orange and a hint of cinnamon. None of the flavours are too overpowering meaning that these just work despite there being so much going on! Find the full recipe here.
My gingerbread brownies are one of my all time favourite desserts! My gooey chocolate brownie recipe gets a festive upgrade as ginger and cinnamon gets added to the batter. the combination of these flavours with the rich chocolate makes for such an indulgent bake. These are especially good when topped with my gingerbread men – the recipe for these are conveniently below! Find the full recipe for my gingerbread brownies here.
The classic Christmas biscuit has had a gluten free and vegan makeover! My gingerbread men are full of flavour and deliciously chewy, just as good gingerbread people should be! These are a favourite of mine, especially when dipped in dark chocolate! Find the full recipe here.
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
My Soft Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect festive bake bursting with flavour when you are looking for a healthier recipe. I absolutely love desserts flavoured with ginger and these gorgeous soft centred cookies tick all of my boxes, perfect for those who prefer a soft centred cookie as opposed to a hard crunchy biscuit, (as above). Get the recipe here.
Gooey Orange Chocolate Brownies
My gooey chocolate brownies are one of my most popular recipes and I have given them a little festive twist in this recipe. I think chocolate orange is a really lovely combination and would happily eat it all year round however, I know many associate it with Christmas which is why it has made the list! Find the full recipe here.
Orange & Amaretto Mince Pies
The Christmas classic has had a gluten free and vegan makeover! I use zesty orange and a boozy kick along with traditional spices to create these lovely treats. They are fairly easy to make, however, there is an option to use shopbought mincemeat too if you don’t fancy making your own! The full recipe can be found here.
Orange & Cranberry Loaf
This is a lovely fluffy bake that is packed with festive fruity flavours like orange and cranberry but is still light enough to enjoy any time of the year. This is the perfect dessert for those who would prefer to avoid the chocolate and caramel flavours that seem to dominate Christmas. Click here for the full recipe.
Spiced Plum & Gin Crumble
This delicious Plum & Gin Crumble is the ultimate comforting dessert when the weather drops cooler! Alhough it is spiked and spiced you can easily make this alcohol free if you are not a drinker! The ginger and cinnamon make this a lovely warming dessert and, although not traditionally a Christmas recipe, the boozy kick gives this a festive nod. Get the recipe here.
Orange, Cranberry & Chocolate Oat Cookies
My delicious Orange, Cranberry & Chocolate Oat Cookies are packed full of lovely Christmassy flavours making them the perfect healthier dessert or snack during the festive period. I use a mixture of white chocolate chunks, cranberry and orange zest to flavour these soft centred cookies and this combination results in a lovely light sweet and zesty bake. Get the recipe here.
Gooey Mince Pie Chocolate Brownies
My delicious Mince Pie Brownies are decadent, rich and packed full of flavour! This festive recipes merges two classic bakes together – what’s not to love? This is a great way to use up any mince pies that need eating making it ideal to make to reduce waste after Christmas. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate & Cranberry Almond Flour Blondies
These delicious Chocolate & Cranberry Blondies are super fudgy in consistency and are bursting with lovely flavours. The combination of chocolate, cranberry and optional orange zest in these tasty blondies make them the perfect bake all year round, but especially in the run up to Christmas! Get the recipe here.
Prosecco & Raspberry Loaf
This delicious Prosecco & Raspberry Loaf is the perfect light dessert when you want something a little bit special.I consider this to be something of a celebration cake and I think it would make a great dessert to enjoy on New Year’s Eve if you wanted a break from chocolate! Get the recipe here.