Plant-powered Christmas: 10 vegan alternatives to all your favourite festive food

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Want to have a plant powered Christmas? Never fear, it’s never been easier to stick to a vegan diet over the festive season. 

We take a look at some amazing plant-based alternatives to the Christmas classics and some essential cupboard staples that will make catering for vegans easy peasy.

Georgina Wilson-Powell 30 November 2018

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it's never been easier to make your Christmas dinner vegan this year. Here are our 10 easy ready-made swaps that are delicious so you can put your feet up and enjoy the festivities.

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Vegan Christmas Food - Liberation nuts

Liberation Nuts

It's Christmas, so you're going to need snacks. Liberation Nuts is the UK’s only fair Trade, farmer-owned nut company. Pep up your aperitif time with the Chilli & Lime Cashew Nuts with Peanuts and Roasted Corn option, which is vegan-friendly, palm oil free and has just the right amount of kick.


Vegan Christmas Food St Peters beer

St Peter's Without Beer

Christmas doesn't have to be the booze fest we all love and fear. Suffolk brewery St Peter's have an organic, vegan-friendly,alcohol-free beer which can be bought as an eight-pack or 24 bottle crate.


Vegan Christmas Food Gosh lentil bites

Gosh! Lentil Bites

It's always useful to have a few plant-powered snacks in the fridge over the festive season. These Moroccan Spiced Falafel with Red Pepper and Apricot from Gosh! are endlessly versatile - from throwing in salads and wraps to making the basis of finger-lickin' canapes.


Vegan Christmas Food - vegan mayo

Rubies in the Rubble Vegan Mayo

Surplus food condiment brand Rubies in the Rubble has stepped things up a notch this Christmas with a vegan-friendly mayonnaise that's made from water enriched with protein after cooking chickpeas - otherwise known as aquafaba. It's egg and gluten free but is still a creamy, tangy addition to any sandwich or salad.


Riverford vegan dinner in a box

Riverford Vegan Christmas Dinner Box

For those who don't want to tackle a vegan Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (we're not judging!), Riverford have it all. The box includes a nut roast, vegan-friendly gravy, Christmas pudding, mince pies, cranberry sauce, organic veggies and clementines - and it feeds two-three people. Order in and put your feet up.


Vegan cheese board

Violife Cheese Board​

Ah vegan cheese, often the downfall of transitioning vegans. While once it was resolutely rubbish, nut-based 'cheese' has come on leaps and bounds. Holland & Barrett might not be your first thought for cheese, but the Violife Cheese Board has three delicious, creamy and indulgent cheeses for just over a fiver.


vegan friendly ice cream from Jude's

Jude's Ice Cream

Award-winning British ice cream brand Jude's has launched a vegan-friendly chocolate ice cream, exclusively with Sainsbury's. There's no added sugar, it uses coconut milk rather than dairy and weighs in at only 320 calories a tub. Hello Boxing Day sofa-thon.


vegan friendly mince pies

Holland & Barrett Mince Pies

Vegans don't need to miss out on the mince pie action. Holland & Barrett have these short-crust pastry vegan-friendly mince pies that are also gluten free as well.


Vegan friendly soups from Bol

BOL soup

No one wants to whizz up multiple meals from scratch on Boxing Day so Bol's range of vegan-friendly soups are soup-urb things to have in the fridge. We know soup is easy to make and easy to keep vegan but sometimes having it ready made makes all the difference. We're loving this Carrot, Butternut & Ginger one for an extra immune boost.


Vegan Christmas Food sausages

Heck sausages

That bit between Christmas and New Year needs easy meals that can accommodate last minute guests. Packs of sausages are endlessly useful but don't panic there's no animal in sight here. We've fallen for Heck's new plant-based range and these Bollywood Bangers are vegan-friendly. Packed with cauliflower, green lentils, seeds, chilli, ginger and turmeric, these sausages are proper winners. 


Vegan Christmas Food - Liberation nuts

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Liberation Nuts

It's Christmas, so you're going to need snacks. Liberation Nuts is the UK’s only fair Trade, farmer-owned nut company. Pep up your aperitif time with the Chilli & Lime Cashew Nuts with Peanuts and Roasted Corn option, which is vegan-friendly, palm oil free and has just the right amount of kick.


Vegan Christmas Food St Peters beer

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St Peter's Without Beer

Christmas doesn't have to be the booze fest we all love and fear. Suffolk brewery St Peter's have an organic, vegan-friendly,alcohol-free beer which can be bought as an eight-pack or 24 bottle crate.


Vegan Christmas Food Gosh lentil bites

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Gosh! Lentil Bites

It's always useful to have a few plant-powered snacks in the fridge over the festive season. These Moroccan Spiced Falafel with Red Pepper and Apricot from Gosh! are endlessly versatile - from throwing in salads and wraps to making the basis of finger-lickin' canapes.


Vegan Christmas Food - vegan mayo

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Rubies in the Rubble Vegan Mayo

Surplus food condiment brand Rubies in the Rubble has stepped things up a notch this Christmas with a vegan-friendly mayonnaise that's made from water enriched with protein after cooking chickpeas - otherwise known as aquafaba. It's egg and gluten free but is still a creamy, tangy addition to any sandwich or salad.


Riverford vegan dinner in a box

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Riverford Vegan Christmas Dinner Box

For those who don't want to tackle a vegan Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (we're not judging!), Riverford have it all. The box includes a nut roast, vegan-friendly gravy, Christmas pudding, mince pies, cranberry sauce, organic veggies and clementines - and it feeds two-three people. Order in and put your feet up.


Vegan cheese board

6 / 10

Violife Cheese Board​

Ah vegan cheese, often the downfall of transitioning vegans. While once it was resolutely rubbish, nut-based 'cheese' has come on leaps and bounds. Holland & Barrett might not be your first thought for cheese, but the Violife Cheese Board has three delicious, creamy and indulgent cheeses for just over a fiver.


vegan friendly ice cream from Jude's

7 / 10

Jude's Ice Cream

Award-winning British ice cream brand Jude's has launched a vegan-friendly chocolate ice cream, exclusively with Sainsbury's. There's no added sugar, it uses coconut milk rather than dairy and weighs in at only 320 calories a tub. Hello Boxing Day sofa-thon.


vegan friendly mince pies

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Holland & Barrett Mince Pies

Vegans don't need to miss out on the mince pie action. Holland & Barrett have these short-crust pastry vegan-friendly mince pies that are also gluten free as well.


Vegan friendly soups from Bol

9 / 10

BOL soup

No one wants to whizz up multiple meals from scratch on Boxing Day so Bol's range of vegan-friendly soups are soup-urb things to have in the fridge. We know soup is easy to make and easy to keep vegan but sometimes having it ready made makes all the difference. We're loving this Carrot, Butternut & Ginger one for an extra immune boost.


Vegan Christmas Food sausages

10 / 10

Heck sausages

That bit between Christmas and New Year needs easy meals that can accommodate last minute guests. Packs of sausages are endlessly useful but don't panic there's no animal in sight here. We've fallen for Heck's new plant-based range and these Bollywood Bangers are vegan-friendly. Packed with cauliflower, green lentils, seeds, chilli, ginger and turmeric, these sausages are proper winners. 


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