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21 Vegan Holiday Recipes | Oil-Free

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends and feasting on delicious food.

20 Vegan Holiday Recipes

Whether the festivities are at your house, or you are looking for amazing dishes to take to gatherings, we’ve got you covered with these 21 oil-free Vegan Holiday Recipes from some of your favorite plant-based bloggers.

We have it all–appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts. Everything from a vegan cheese ball for an appetizer, to no-meat loaf for a main dish, all the way to pumpkin pie for dessert. Believe it or not, it’s all oil-free!

Check out the amazing recipes from these categories:

  • Healthy Holiday Appetizers (5)
  • Vegan Main Course Recipes (4)
  • Holiday Side Dishes (8)
  • Decadent Holiday Desserts (4)

Just click each recipe picture or title to see the full ingredient list and instructions.

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

1.  Crockpot Carrots: BBQ Lil Smokies are simmered in tangy bbq sauce and are mouthwateringly delicious. They are perfect for holidays, game days, birthday parties, and even family dinners. Be forewarned, they’re super addictive!

bbq carrot appetizer in stainless bowl

2.  Bruschetta Cheese Ball is tangy, creamy, full of flavor and dairy-free! You won’t believe how these healthy ingredients come together to make a bruschetta flavored vegan cheese ball.

Vegan Bruschetta Cheese Ball
This Bruschetta Cheese Ball is from Sophia with Veggies Don’t Bite. Click to view full recipe.

3.  Cheddar Broccoli Soup was one dish I missed after going dairy-free, so I worked hard to come up with this deliciously satisfying vegan version that is loaded with flavor by the spoonful.

vegan broccoli cheese soup in bread bowl being spooned out
Broccoli Cheddar Soup is from Terri with EatPlant-Based. Click to view full recipe.

4.  Garlic Chive Dinner Muffins are perfect for any soup, chili or even to go with a lentil loaf. These muffins are so incredibly moist and soft and 100% oil-free, as well as being low-fat.

Garlic Chive Dinner Muffins
Garlic Chive Dinner Muffins are from Brandi with The Vegan 8. Click to view full recipe.

Vegan Main Course Recipes

5.  No-Meatloaf is always my first go-to when we are going to a family gathering and need to take a dish. One of the great things is the texture. It’s even more delicious when served with my Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy.

vegan meatloaf on silver plate with mashed potatoes and gravy

6.  Perfect Vegan Roast is a tender seitan-based vegan roast that is surprisingly simple to make and perfect for dinner and even special occasions like parties and holiday meals.

vegan roast with roasted potatoes and carrots in cast iron baking dish
Perfect Vegan Roast is from EatPlant-Based. Click photo to see the full recipe.

7. Barbecue Lentil Loaf is oat-free, sturdy, hearty and not mushy. This loaf is bursting with barbecue flavor! The homemade BBQ sauce is baked into the loaf, on top of the loaf and used as a dipping sauce after it is baked.

Barbecue Lentil Loaf
Barbecue Lentil Loaf is from Brandi with The Vegan 8. Click to view full recipe.

8. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is packed with chunky vegetables, savory sauce, and fluffy mashed potatoes. Believe me, it’s going to be a hit!

serving of vegan lentil shepherd's pie on white plate
Hearty Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is from EatPlant-Based. Click to view full recipe.

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Vegan Holiday Side Dishes

9.  Fluffy Buttermilk Vegan Mashed Potatoes are so creamy, rich and full of fantastic flavor. These have a buttery taste and a subtle tang from the apple cider vinegar. They will become a staple in your home and a great side to any meal, especially the holidays.

Fluffy Buttermilk Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Fluffy Buttermilk Vegan Mashed Potatoes are from Brandi with The Vegan 8. Click to view full recipe.

10.  Easy Vegan Brown Gravy in 10-Minutes– Making gravy doesn’t get any simpler than this  Ladle it over mashed potatoes, mushroom roast, pasta, biscuits, and on everything else you can think of.

brown gravy being poured over mashed potatoes close up
Easy 10-Minute Brown Gravy is from Terri with

11.  Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower is creamy, filling, comforting food without all the added saturated fat and bloated feeling! This vegan dish needs to be on your holiday list!

Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower
Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower is from Sophia with Veggies Don’t Bite. Click to view full recipe.

12. Stuffed Acorn Squash – I made this recipe for a Food for Life class I was teaching, and it was a huge hit! One participant said they would be perfect for an upscale dining restaurant. Not only beautiful and delicious but very nutritious as well.

Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffed Acorn Squash is from Terri with EatPlant-Based. Click to view full recipe.

13. Creamy Broccoli Salad is so creamy and light, even broccoli haters will like it. Broccoli slaw salad lovers will never realize it has a fraction of the fat and calories of the traditional recipe they are used to.

broccoli salad in white bowl on yellow napkin

14.  Thanksgiving Stuffing – Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, perfectly flavored and full of protein! This vegan Thanksgiving stuffing is a flavor bomb like no other!

Thanksgiving Stuffing
Thanksgiving Stuffing is from Sophia with Veggies Don’t Bite. Click to view full recipe.

15. Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of the year. It’s made with whole food plant-based ingredients and sweetened perfectly with pure maple syrup or date paste.

serving of sweet potato casserole on colorful plate with coffee cup in background

16. Broccoli Rice Casserole was inspired by a recipe I came across a few years ago from Susan Voisin with Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen. Since I have my own Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce, I used it and tweaked a few of the spices to make this delicious, broccoli rice recipe that keeps my whole family happy.

vegan broccoli casserole serving on colorful plate with casserole dish in background
Broccoli Rice Casserole is from Terri with EatPlant-Based. Click to view full recipe.

17.  911 Vegan Gravy  is practically not a recipe, just a proportion of ingredients: 9 stands for 9 parts liquid, 1 stands for 1 part brown rice flour, and the other 1 stands for 1 teaspoon of seasoning (or 1 tablespoon if you’re really into seasonings.) This basic gravy is endlessly adaptable. The only limit is your imagination.

911 Vegan Gravy
911 Vegan Gravy is from Susan with Fat-Free Vegan. Click to view full recipe.

Decadent Vegan Holiday Desserts

18.  Ultimate Raw Cookie Dough Chocolate Fudge Cake is just 8 ingredients (+ salt)! It will amaze you and your family. It is creamy, yet dairy-free and oil-free and full of chocolate richness, cookie dough bits and a nice texture from the coconut butter.

Ultimate Raw Cookie Dough Chocolate Fudge Cake
Ultimate Raw Cookie Dough Chocolate Fudge Cake is from Brandi with The Vegan 8. Click to view full recipe.

19 Vegan Irish Cream Cheesecake is a decedent rich dessert. Though not health food, I consider it a party food, something you make for celebrating with friends and family once a year. So amazingly delicious!

Vegan Irish Cream Cheesecake
Vegan Irish Cream Cheesecake is from Susan with Fat-Free Vegan. Click to view full recipe.

20. Incredibly moist and packed with grated carrots, this secretly healthier version of Vegan Carrot Cake guarantees you will never miss the extra calories.

vegan carrot cake loaf with 3 pieces sliced carrots and milk in background
Best Vegan Carrot Cake is from Terri with EatPlant-Based.

21.  Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Pie is made with just 8 ingredients, is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and oil-free!

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Pie
Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Pie is from Brandi with The Vegan 8. Click to view full recipe.

BONUS RECIPE: Impossible Vegan Pumpkin Pie – This gluten-free, vegan pumpkin pie forms its own crust as it bakes. Delicious and addictive–and low-fat and only 153 calories per serving!

Impossible Vegan Pumpkin Pie from FatFreeVegan
Impossible Vegan Pumpkin Pie is from Susan with Fat-Free Vegan. Click to view full recipe.

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Also, be sure to check out my Holiday Recipes page for more great recipe ideas!

These 46 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes can provide even more holiday cooking inspiration.

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Kathy Grant

Saturday 3rd of November 2018

Thank you so much for sharing this. How great to have all these recipes in one place!

Sunday 4th of November 2018

You're welcome! I think these are some of the best holiday recipes too. So glad it's helpful.


Friday 2nd of November 2018

Love to have these recipe's

Friday 2nd of November 2018

That's what I was hoping for! Making the holidays more enjoyable for us all. :)