It’s time to warm up your cockles and dust off your decorations, for the Christmas season is here. For many of us, this year is extra special as it may be the first time in a long time that we can gather with loved ones at this festive time. And how better to do that than with all the best vegan Christmas food?
However you celebrate, Christmas for many of us is centralized around food. And for 2021, the festive vegan options are some of the best we’ve seen yet.
Feast your eyes (and bellies) on our top vegan food launches this season…
1. Aldi unveils ‘best ever’ vegan Christmas range
Top discounted supermarket Aldi has unveiled a mega Christmas range this year.
Among the belters on offer is a soy-based No Turkey Crown complete with a cranberry and chestnut stuffing, wrapped in vegan bacon.
This is part of the Plant Menu range, including Vegan Gravy, No Pigs In Blankets, and a butternut squash and rosemary Vegan Festive Wreath.
There are goodies for the sweet tooths out there too, including a Vegan Cheezecake, and Specially Selected Chocolate Tort Slices.
Customers can shop the products from December 19.
2. M&S debuts ‘biggest’ plant-based festive range yet
Marks & Spencer has announced its largest vegan Christmas food range to date. It comes, the retailer says, as more consumers are looking for sustainable and flexitarian options.
Moreover, the range includes more than 25 brand new dishes. It includes Plant Kitchen’s Vegan Duck Croquettes, made with shredded soya and a cherry hoisin sauce. Additionally, there are Mini Battered No Fishcakes, Mini No Chicken Kievs, and No Pork BBQ Bon Bons.
At £25, the retailer is also selling a Vegan Selection Box. This includes “all the trimmings you need for your vegan Christmas dinner,” such as triple cooked potatoes, vegan pigs in blankets, a leek bake, and apple and cranberry stuffing balls.
From December 1, the new pea-based Plant Kitchen Vegan Turkey Rolled Roast will be in store, with other options reaching supermarket shelves on December 18.
3. Violife rolls out vegan cheese selection box
Leading vegan cheesemakers, Violife, are helping vegans unite around cheeseboards this Christmas.
The new Festive Selection box contains four cheeses, including a brand new Mozzarella Flavour With Cranberries.
Additionally, it comes complete with the renowned EPIC Mature Cheddar Flavour, Smoky Cheddar Flavour, and Crumbly Greek White.
The box is currently available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco at £5.00.
4. Sheese adorns Melting Sheesy Bake
Elsewhere in the lands of vegan cheese, Sheese is bringing its answer to dairy-free camembert with its new Sheese Melting Sheesey Bake with Spring Onion & Garlic.
New this year, the 150g dish can be put in the oven and served as a magic dip for whatever bread you like. They can also be used as a pasta sauce, with an added liquid.
The bakes are currently available in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Ocaco’s, and specialist retailers.
5. Morrisons expands vegan offerings
With multiple release dates, Morrisons is drip-feeding us some tantalizing vegan treats this year.
In the party food realm, it’s offering Vegan Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese and Vegan Chilli No-Cheese Bites.
For mains, the range includes a Vegan Roast Joint with Herb and Onion Stuffing, and a Vegan Vegetable Wellington.
Lots of the vegan canapes, such as a new recipe of its No Duck Spring Rolls, as well as Beetroot and Hazelnut Bites, are already available in-store and online.
Other vegan Christmas food goods will be revealed in December, with some as late as December 21 – though Morrisons is yet to confirm an exact date on all products.
6. Greggs unveils vegan festive bake
Our favorite bakery chain (Greggs, obviously) has just launched its Vegan Festive Bake inspired by its famous non-vegan original.
It features a Quorn filling, flakey vegan pastry, stuffing balls, and a vegan bacon crumb. And it’s all topped up with a sage and cranberry sauce!
The snack launched on November 22 nationwide, where it’s available at £1.60.
For the mighty Greggs fans out there, you can even get yourself a Christmas-themed jumper. The product is available from notjustclothing for £34.99.
7. Christmas dinner? I want mine on a pizza.
Vegan pizza company, One Planet Pizza has dared to go where few have gone before. It’s combined a nut roast with a pizza, in partnership with plant-based pioneer, THIS.
The base features potato chunks, brussel sprouts, THIS Isn’t Bacon lardons, THIS Isn’t Stuffing, THIS Isn’t Pork Cocktail Sausages and cranberry sauce. Additionally, it comes served with a side of gravy.
THIS co-founder Andy Shovel said: “THIS is the pizza you never knew you needed. Our hyper-realistic sausages, lardons, and stuffing combined with One Planet Pizza’s signature dough and family recipe sauce tastes lush.”
8. Ombar debuts festive chocolate flavor
Sustainable vegan chocolate company, Ombar, has debuted a new Christmas-inspired flavor. The Spiced Orange and Hazelnut Truffle is limited edition, but also comes with an added festive element.
And that’s because with every bar sold, the company donates 50p to charity partners in Ecuador.
Here, Fundación Jocotoco is part of reforesting works, right by the source of Ombar’s cacao.
9. Green Chef to deliver Christmas recipes
An arm of Hello Fresh, Green Fresh offers low-carb, keto, and plant-based recipe box services.
The company recently debuted its vegan Christmas food menu, featuring Spicy Glazed Tofu with Braised Cabbage and Roast Potatoes and Nutt Portobello Mushrooms and Rosemary Potatoes, Cavolo Nero, and Brussel Sprouts.
Available from December 17, you can order a two-person box containing three meals for £36.69. Alternatively, there are larger boxes available ranging in price from £48.69 to £79.19.
10.You can even make your porridge Christmassy this year
It’s not all about the Christmas dinner or chocolate boxes. The Great British Porridge Co. understands this, and thus, has brought out a new festive flavor.
The company’s Apple & Cinnamon is limited edition, dubbed to “get you in the mood for Christmas.”
Moreover, it is made from natural ingredients, with a good source of fiber, and contains no added sugar.