A festive round-up of 40+ delicious, healthy plant-based easy Christmas recipes & edible gift ideas. Including vegan & gluten-free options, to pull together wonderful Christmas gift baskets and holiday meals!
‘Tis the season to be jolly… and also enjoy a lot of delicious food, of course! I’ve been busy as an elf, cooking up a storm of plant-based easy Christmas recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. And, let’s not forget some delicious options for edible Christmas gifts.
From a gooey gluten-free chocolatey brownie mix in a jar (a great way to use a mason jar you have lying around) to healthy vegan no-bake protein balls (a healthier version to your favorite chocolate truffles) – there are Christmas food gifts for the health-conscious and those wanting a treat.
I’ve also included a variety of Festive recipes for the holiday season. These include a couple of delicious vegan Christmas main options that are a wonderful addition to your Christmas menu. These include a stuffed butternut squash roast or a crispy mushroom wellington.
Oh, and of course I had to include a majestic Gingerbread house in this list!
And for those wanting some lighter snacks for in-between all the indulgence on Christmas day, then you may just like my recipes for homemade yogurt bark (vegan option available) or some beautiful candy cane jars.
I’ve always loved the idea of DIY gifts and edible gifts. They can be customized to taste, show care, and are generally thoughtful. Not to mention that they’re an excellent option for anyone strapped for cash.
When buying pre-made Christmas gift baskets, I find that the price adds up very quickly. Also, there are always a few items that no-one likes. With a homemade holiday gift basket, you can pick and choose recipes catered towards the recipient’s dietary requirements and taste. You can also theme it towards the holiday or – well- anything.
What else could you add to Christmas Gift Baskets?
I’ve been blogging (and cooking!) for a long long time so I have quite a few options that I think could work for your next edible gift basket.
For example, if you’re wanting to create a basket including crackers and various spreads – I compiled an Ultimate Guide to homemade nut butters. These nut butter recipes are a wonderful clean-eating, preservative-free, oil-free option for friends and, within a nice labeled jar can look wonderful. However, they’re also so much more cost-effective than store-bought versions!
My next suggestion needs refrigeration but is a wonderful contribution to your family’s cheese board on boxing day. This vegan cashew-based wheel cheese looks like an artisan store-bought version and you can’t not have a cream cheese option. You can even customize it in various ways. I’ve also been a busy bee working on other homemade cheese options (dairy and non-dairy), so feel free to check them out!
Finally, if you’re wanting to pull together a handmade gift basket for a foodie you know (or to encourage someone to get in the kitchen more!) then you could pull together a collection of baking necessities. These include homemade vanilla powder, vanilla extract, rose water, rose extract, and even virgin coconut oil or DIY Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cold-pressed Coconut Oil)!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite edible gift idea is. Is it baked goods? Or possibly meal-kits? And would you like me to post more options for these various options?
The Healthy, Easy Christmas Recipes & DIY Edible gift options
Festive Appetizers & Party Food Treats
Who doesn’t love party food? I’ve already mentioned several idea above for homemade additions to your cheeseboard. Here are some additional options for those Christmas party food spreads. From stuffed cheese buns, to perfectly roasted chestnuts.
Whether you want something that’s classically festive or just something to keep you warm during the cold winter nights. Here are some of my favorite Christmas drinks.
Christmas Dinner Ideas (Mains & Sides)
With a collection of some of my favorite sides and main options, you’re sure to find something you like. Between the decadent, creamy mashed potatoes and delicious stuffed mushroom wellington, to the homemade cranberry sauce.
Christmas Dessert Ideas
From classic gingerbread, to homemade eclairs, and vegan chocolate peppermint cheesecakes, here are some of my favorite Christmas desserts to share with friends and family.
Edible Christmas Gifts
Edible Christmas gifts are a perfect way to show someone you care. Whether you want to share classic gingerbread cookies, dried homemade pasta, or even pickled and preserved foods – there are tons of ways to share edible gifts this Holiday season.
Pickles & Preserves
Pickled and preserved foods are perfect for a thoughtful, often low-budget edible gift for family and friends. While many of these options may need refrigeration, there are also ways to ‘can’/ ‘water bath’ many to make them shelf-stable!
If you try any of the recipes mentioned here, I’d love to know what you think. Also, feel free to tag me in your recreations @AlphaFoodie.