VEGAN CHRISTMAS FOOD GUIDE

It goes without saying that vegan food is miles away from what it once was. Even my first few Christmasses as a vegetarian were a bit of a struggle, with a dry Quorn roast and not a whole lot else to offer. What I actually find these days is that there are so many vegan options I get a bit overwhelmed because I’m insistent on trying them all. I never would have eaten pigs in blankets before, but vegan ones? Sign me up. I hate mince pies, but vegan ones? It’s Christmas, might as well buy them!
I thought I’d compile a list of all the readily available vegan goodies you can try out this Christmas, because it’ll make me feel better if everyone else is overestimating their appetites too.

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Some of our Christmas bits this year!

 

Turkey Replacement

Butternut Squash & Quinoa Roast – £3

From the Co-op! This sounds like the opposite of what I want to be eating on Christmas Day, but I’m aware some people don’t like fake meat type stuff, so here ya go.

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Fry’s Festive Wellington

This has just been announced on a vegan Instagram page and I actually can’t find much info for it – it seems it’s very last minute and exclusive, however if you’re interested it is apparently in very limited stocks at Sainsbury’s – go go go!

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Cheatin’ Celebration Roast – £5.89

A roast that comes complete with pigs in blankets and gravy! Bangin.

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Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Parcels – £2.50

I think this is what we’re going to have with our Christmas dinner! I just really like pastry and mushrooms so these seem perfect (let me know if you’ve had them and hated them though because there’s still time!)

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Cauliflower Bake – £3ish?

This looks like more of a Cauliflower Cheese situation, but I think it could make a nice turkey replacement because cauliflower really works as a main! From M&S. Waitrose also do one but apparently it tastes crap and this one is getting really good reviews!

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Festive Parsnip & Mulled Red Onion Roast – £4

If you dare to brave an M&S Food Hall in December, then this one is for you.

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Tofurky Roast – £13

Is this the one everyone hates? It looks okay. Comes with stuffing and gravy, and is available on Ocado.

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Dessert

Extra Special Chocolate Torte – £4

Hopefully you can find this in the frozen section at ASDA, if it isn’t sold out. I’m pretty sure every household containing a vegan in England has bought this for Christmas.

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Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pots – £2.50

Oh my goodness, I didn’t know these existed until about 3 minutes ago and I’ve spent the past 3 minutes staring at them online. These look incredible. Why isn’t everyone shouting about these?

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Wicked Red Velvet Brownie – £4.50

Still not tried this, still desperate to try it. If you can find it in Tesco then I’d advise heating it up with some Alpro cream and having the absolute best time.

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Chocolate & Raspberry Dome

This is Brand New Information, so I don’t have a price but it’s available at ASDA and looks bloody delightful.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Churros – £2

I got these from Tesco for my first Christmas as a vegan and I remember being shocked at how good they are. Divine. Although they used to come with glitter in?? Downgrade.

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Wicked Pineapple Dream Cake – £4

I hate fruit with dessert so this one is a no-go for me but literally everyone I know who’s tried it thinks it’s the best cake ever so I’d say give it a go!

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Salted Caramel Vodka & Dark Chocolate Christmas Pudding – £15

This is from Hotel Chocolat and it sounds kind of horrific and amazing.
Alternatively, ASDA, Aldi & Tesco all do regular Christmas puddings that are accidentally vegan and tons cheaper.

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Iced Fruit Cake – £7.50

If that kinda thing is your jam, then Waitrose is the place for you!

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Buffet – Savoury

Violife Cheese Board – £5.50

Do people put cheese boards on buffet tables? I have no bloody clue, but we’re putting this one on ours. Picked it up in Sainsburys, one is herb flavour, one is smoked, and I think one is cranberry? Or just regular. Who knows.

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Sausage Rolls – £1.50 – £2.50

So many supermarkets sell frozen bags of vegan sausage rolls now but off the top of my head you can definitely pick some up in Sainsbury’s, Farmfoods and Tesco. Perfect for the buffet table!

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Indian Starter Pack – £3

Depends what you’re into, but Iceland do a giant frozen Indian starter set filled with bhajis, samosas etc. Pretty sure most supermarkets do at least some version of this as well (Tesco definitely do), and I think these are really good to pick at, and so cheap! Not the most traditional Christmas food though.

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Veggies In Blankets – £2.50

Morrisons version of your pigs in blankets fave, except it’s vegetables in vegetables because that’s all vegans eat, right? Nah, I genuinely think it’s a good effort though, as it can be nice to try and replicate what everyone else is eating!

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Turkey & Stuffing Crisps – £1

There’s actually a million different crisps options if you have a little Google search, but the Turkey & Stuffing crisps from Poundland just seem a bit more festive.

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Vegetable Tartlets – £2.50

Sweet potato, red pepper, and spring onion with a red thai curry sauce! Not bad, Morrisons. I was about to include some delicious looking tarte tatins from Waitrose til I realised it was £6 for 12, so I went for this nice cheap idea instead. Shame on u, Waitrose.

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Roasted Parsnips Paté – £1.20

I’ve never actually had paté but it seems like such a Christmas thing so I’m popping it in the list.

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Buffet – Sweet

Biscuits – £ Super Cheap £

This one goes without saying but just in case there are any new vegans here, you can get tons of “regular” biscuits that are accidentally vegan, such as Oreos, Biscoff, Party Rings, a lot of own brand Bourbons – just have a little peek for milk powder but you should be good!

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Chocolate Tiffin Selection Box – £5

Morrisons and Sainsburys both do different versions of this – I have word that the Morrisons one is pretty excellent, but feel free to take a tiny gamble with Sainsburys if that’s your local.

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Strawberry & Orange Cremes – £1

Available at Tesco! I think these are like those ones in Quality Street which are the absolute best, so I am going to try my best to hunt them down. Aldi are also doing some fondant-filled chocolates at the moment, think they also have Rose and Violet as flavours? I tried their orange ones and they’re pretty decent for the price.

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Mince Pies – £1

ASDA own mince pies are vegan and they’re also selling vegan whipped cream so might as well get them both at the same time and have a bloody party.

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Iced Donuts – £1

Co-op’s Christmas donuts (the blue ones with white stars) are vegan! And pretty.

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Mini Gingerbread Men – £1

Tesco 🙂 I’ve mentioned previously that other supermarkets might also do these things, but I don’t want to report anything that isn’t definitely vegan! You can check yourself though, if you aren’t local to a Tesco.

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Chocolate Coins – £1

It wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate coins! It just tastes better with foil on, for some reason. ASDA and Co-op do some vegan ones in the Free From section.

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Candy Kittens – £1

Obviously there’s loads of vegan sweets, even the accidentally vegan stuff like Starburst and Skittles, but if you want to treat yourself then Candy Kittens are currently on offer for £1 in Superdrug and they are bloody amazing so I would definitely recommend picking up a packet.

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Truffle Selection – £3

These would be great for the evening when you want to indulge in loads of chocolate, because I feel like a lot of vegan chocolate is still quite plain-tasting, whereas when you go for truffle or caramel type options, it tends to be a lot more satisfying.

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Millionaire Shortcake Squares – £2

Another ASDA one! They’re smashing it.

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I’ve probably missed out loads of stuff so I’ll be adding to this daily during the countdown to Christmas! Just wanted to pop what I’d already thought of down before it was too late and you’d all bought your festive food already.

Just as a little disclaimer, all these photos are either from Facebook groups, or from @vegan_food_uk or @accidentallyveganuk on Instagram. The only ones I took myself were the Violife Cheese Board, the Mushroom & Spinach Parcels, and the Feature Photo of all my Christmas snacks!

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