Free-from baking will fill you with joy and virtue this Christmas. We've picked our favourite vegan desserts for entertaining over the festive season.
'Tis the season to indulge and we've got recipes for everyone's dietary needs. Vegans need not miss out on seasonal classics, because we've got recipes for plant-based mince pies bursting with fruit, a festive torte and superbly spiced gingerbread people.
Packed with traditional flavours like ginger nuts, dried cranberries and pistachios, these chocolatey squares are moreish seasonal treats. With just six ingredients and 15 minutes prep, these easy sweet bites are great for passing round during party season.
Making some clever swaps, you can create dairy-free gingerbread biscuits. Simply switch the butter for coconut oil and the eggs for aquafaba (that's the water from a can of chickpeas). You can freeze the dough, too, if you want to get ahead. Then, simply cut out the shapes, bake and enjoy your biccies with a cup of creamy vegan eggnog.
Grab a mug of your favourite mulled tipple and one of our vegan mince pies, generously filled with cherries and hazelnuts. We also use a secret boozy ingredient in the pastry to ensure it's beautifully flaky and the cherries in kirsch make the filling juicy and zingy. Pair with a nutmeg & orange Christmas coffee for an after-dinner treat.
A lighter version of traditional sticky toffee pudding, this rich, spiced dessert is an easy win. Using dates, plenty of seasonal spices and poached pears, it's a gloriously squidgy pud that screams Christmas! Put it in pride of place on your dining table and serve alongside our vegan ice cream if you like.
With a splash of brandy, plenty of sour cherries and an irresistible sorbet to cut through the sweetness, this divine chocolate torte is the height of chocolatey, free-from indulgence. If you're looking for an impressive, crowd-pleasing centrepiece for entertaining at Christmas, this is the dessert for you.
To end a no-fuss meal full of seasonal treats, you'll want to consider these poached plums flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla. A bowlful provides the perfect contrast to a stodgy plate of carbs with just enough tartness to balance the sweetness. Serve them in all their ruby red glory with a dollop of vegan ice cream.
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