Gluten-free Vegan Christmas Recipes

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on December 20, 2012


The song doesn’t lie, it most certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. We have so much to be appreciative for, so many things to look forward to and people in our lives that love us unconditionally. Nothing brings the Christmas magic to life quite like preparing a delicious meal for friends and family and staying up late drinking cider and sharing stories.

Here are some of my favorite gluten-free and vegan Christmas recipes that I’ve turned to time and time again that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit regardless of your allergies or dietary preferences.



Superfoods Apple Cider (12)

Hot Apple Cider with Superfoods

Easy apple cider recipe packed with superfoods that will benefit your health, one sip at a time!


Gluten-free Gingerbread House

Our Christmas eve tradition is to stay up really, really late and build a gigantic gingerbread house. After 4 years of the tradition, I can say that this vegan and gluten-free gingerbread recipe is solid. Literally. You can build any type of gingerbread house you can dream of, even if it includes blueprints as ours did last year.


Gingerbread Protein Pancakes (2)

Gingerbread Protein Pancakes

Frying these grain-free protein pancakes will infuse your home with the smell of gingerbread all morning long and keep your belly full until lunchtime.


Sweet Almond Spread (5)

Sweet Almond Spread

Easily my favorite recipe on the blog. Use it as a cracker or vegetable dip on your festive spread and I can just about guarantee that it will change the way you look at almonds.


Tofu Miso Balls with Tomato Dipping Sauce

Serve warm alongside tomato dipping sauce and never crave a meatball again!

Have you committed to making a turkey even though you don’t eat meat? Oh, I’ve been there! Check out my step by step guide on how to roast a turkey if you’re totally clueless as I was the first time. And if you’re looking for an appetizer to serve to the meat eating folks of the family, you have to make these bacon wrapped figs.


Paleo Stuffing Cranberry Flax (124)

Paleo Cranberry Flax Stuffing

*vegan option*

A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo stuffing recipe that’s perfect for the holidays. Made up of homemade flax bread, cranberries, apple juice and a hint of ginger, it’ll surprise you in all the right ways!


Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil “Meat” Loaf

There are a lot of great flavors happening with this lentil loaf created by Beth from Tasty Yummies. It’s hearty and satisfying and almost even a little “meaty”.

Grain-free Cranberry Pecan Pilaf (114)

Grain-free Cranberry Pecan Pilaf

Grain-free “rice” mixed with roasted butternut squash and dried cranberries. Perfect as a side dish to any meal or make it the main event by adding grilled chicken, chickpeas or smoked tofu.


Gluten-free Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing

This gluten-free rice stuffing is a perfect, healthier version of traditional stuffing. The mushrooms and thyme combine so nicely, and the wild rice gives the dish a perfect stuffing-like texture.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts (20)

Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Tender roasted garlic Brussels sprouts roasted to perfection and would go great with a side of mashed potatoes!

Maple Turnip and Carrot Mash

A lighter alternative to mashed potatoes.



No bake Vegan Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

Dairy-free, gluten-free cheesecake made with homemade vegan cream cheese layered between a grain-free base cookie base and a homemade cranberry orange sauce.

The cranberry orange sauce can also be made on it’s own and used as the cranberry sauce for your Christmas dinner table!


Sugar-free Coconut Almond Bark

Go primal this Christmas with a hearty bark made with simple, sugar-free, whole food ingredients. The bark also makes for a fabulous last-minute gift!

coconut snow cookie

Coconut Snow Cookies

Creamy and just the right amount of sweetness. These cookies are packed with fiber and loaded with nutrients to strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, and nourish your skin.

Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars (6)

Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars

Sinfully delicious raw + vegan nanaimo bars made with coconut oil, almond butter, and loads of fresh vanilla bean.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies (11)

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

These healthy, vegan, grain-free, linzer cookies have a coconut flour base, converting this otherwise heavy dessert into a light and sinfully delicious raspberry cookie sandwich!

Tender Gingersnap Cookies (1)

Gluten-free + Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

These gingersnaps are full of flavor. They’re tender, chewy, moist, and have a crackly top, as any gingersnap should. If you don’t like your gingersnaps chewy, no worries, just bake them a bit longer and they’ll crisp up perfectly!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Now i want to stay home all day and cook/bake! (Actually, when do I NOT want to stay home all day and do this?!) I actually just made some gingerbread protein pancakes this weekend – great minds think alike! I think I’m going to make your gingersnap cookie recipe for my mum for Christmas – she’s a huge gingerbread-a-holic, especially when they have chewy middles!


Alissa N

Love this round up!! Everything looks so delicious, your photos are always so beautiful!! :) I can’t believe Christmas is almost here!!!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Alissa! Yes, I can’t believe it either… I still haven’t done ANY Christmas baking! AH!


Alissa N

If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t either!!! AH indeed!!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh good, it does. My plan? Make everything on the 23rd. Solid plan if you ask me.


Suzanne @ RollWithIt

These are all great ideas! I love your version of Nanaimo Bars. I made some this season too but they were not raw (vegan & gluten-free though) and I made them peppermint in a cashew cream…so great and a classic Canadian square!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, I’ve always wanted to make a peppermint version of these Nanaimo bars! Great idea using cashews for the middle layer, I’ll have to give that a shot.



I love you blog!
Can I use regular butter instead of coconut butter for Sugar-free Coconut Almond Bark?


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thank you :) I’m not sure butter would work as it would just be butter holding the nuts together. You could try something like this recipe that has nut butter (you can do peanut, almond or whatever you have on hand):



The little Raspberry Linzer Cookies look so beautiful and tasty!!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Kathy! The dough also makes fabulous shortbread, too!



Such an array of delicious eats! Who ever says being a vegan means restricting what you eat and not being able to indulge in incredible food needs to see this compilation :)


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Stephen! You’re right, no matter what dietary preference you have or allergy you have to adjust for, absolutely everyone can enjoy the holidays!


Melissa darr

What a wonderful array of recipes. Yum yum yum. So love the dairy free cranberry cheesecake recipe. On my to do list to make.


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Melissa! It’s been hard for me to choose which ones to make. Happy Holidays ;)



Making the cranberry “cheesecake” squares right now… I’m 100% certain they’re going to be a hit! We got a Vitamix earlier this year, and I tell ya — it makes all the difference when making super smooth nut-based “cheeses.”

Thanks for all the great recipes, Leanne!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I hope they turned out well for you! Definitely worth the wait, right? Yes, I don’t think I could function without my Vita-mix!


The Healthy Apple

LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these recipes Leanne! Hope you are well and Happy New Year. oxoxo Sending you huge hugs!


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Why thank you, Amie :)



I love your Christmas recipes, I love it so much that I didn’t know which ones to pin to I pinned them all.
Keep up the good work Leanne.



Leanne! I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE! Thank you for sharing your recipes! I tried your ginger snap cookie recipe and it was phenomenal! I too (#Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat) want to stay home all day. I am looking forward to trying all your gluten free + vegan recipes! Thank you for this wonderfulness!


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