Social gathering are not always easy when you’re vegan (or you follow a particular diet) but they can still be enjoyable and the food can taste amazing. Planning in advance is always a good idea; if no option will be available, best thing is to bring some food that you can enjoy and share with others. Hopefully these recipe ideas will make it a little easier for anyone wanting to survive the holidays with good plant-based food.
In this post, I’m sharing various desserts ideas. Check out these posts for:
I tried to make simple recipes that everybody at the table would enjoy. Happy Holidays!
Cranberry Pastry Rolls (or Pop Tarts!)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 cup frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
Place all the ingredients in a medium pot, heat over medium-high and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 mins until the cranberries are soft and the mixture thickens.
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/4 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance or vegan margarine)
- 5-6 Tbsp cold water
Mix the flour and the sugar. Add the shortening and butter in pieces in the flour and mix until It resembles a crumble texture. Add water a few tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. Shape into a disk and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
After an hour, heat the oven to 350F. Flour a clean surface and roll out the dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut 3 inch x 3 inch squares and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place them sideways, resembling a diamond. Put one tablespoon of the cranberry sauce one side of the dough and fold the other half over. Pinch the two corners.
Bake for 25-30 mins. Remove and let cool.
Alternative: Make cute mini pop tarts!
Aren’t these so cute?! Simply cut smaller squares or rectangles and use a fork to press all four sides. Bake at 350F for 25 mins until the sides are golden.
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp nut milk
- 1/2 Tbsp egg replacer (can be replaced with cornstarch)
Mix the ingredients together until fully mixed. Because of the egg replacer, the mixture should be a thick consistency.
Drizzle on cooled pastry.
Rose Baked Apples
Gluten-free. Serves 6
- 2 medium apples, cut in thin slices
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup pecan, chopped
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Once the apples are sliced, put in a bowl with water covering the apples. Heat in the microwave for 3 mins until the apples are soft.
Over medium heat, add all the sauce ingredients and simmer for 10 mins.
Preheat the oven at 350F and grease a muffin pan with oil. Place a sliced apples on the bottom, layering as many as needed to cover the entire area. Place a bit of the sauce over the first layer (about 1-2 Tbsp). Place the sliced apples sideways in a circular motion to resemble a rose.
Bake for 35-40 mins until lightly golden.