Everyone celebrates the holiday season with different recipes. We found 10 plant-based, holiday desserts for you to make at home that are popular all over the world! Impress your guests with a traditional vegan treat using one of these recipes from the Food Monster App! Let’s get baking!
1. Greece: Baklava
Nothing says “fancy” like Baklava, a pastry normally made from layers of flaky filo pastry, walnuts, butter, and honey. Instead of the honey and butter, this easy recipe by Michael and Masa Ofei uses macadamia oil and a richly sweet syrup made from coconuts. The contrast between the flaky pastry, crunchy walnuts, and sticky-sweet syrup is simply amazing — and you can make the whole thing with only six ingredients!
2. Italy: Raw Tiramisu Mini Tarts
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Creamy and cool, with a hint of coffee flavor and the best of both chocolate and vanilla worlds, Logan Dunn and Lexus Osman‘s Raw Tiramisu Mini Tarts make for an indulgent evening treat that anyone will enjoy! Their creamy layers are made from cashews infused with coffee, vanilla, and rich flavors perched upon a chocolatey crust made from dates and nuts.
3. England: Banoffee Cream Pie
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The nut and seed crust in this recipe by Natalie Yonan is completely grain-free but will taste perfectly buttery and sweet just like a regular cookie crumb crust. The toffee/caramel is sweet and salty made from nut butter, tahini, and dates! Top your Banoffee Cream Pie with some sliced banana and whipped coconut cream and voilà! Dessert is ready!
4. France: Bûche de Noël
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Bûche de Noël is a classic French dessert that is similar in taste to a Swiss roll. What sets this cake apart is that it is constructed and decorated to resemble a yule log so it can be a festive way to celebrate Christmas. Travis Piper‘s vegan take on the dessert is creamy, chocolaty, and delicious with a lovely final texture in the ganache to really tie it all together.
5. Oceania: Pavlova With Saffron Berries, Passionfruit, and Pistachios
Source: Pavlova With Saffron Berries, Passionfruit, and Pistachios
This recipe by Rebekah Waters is an Australian/New Zealander classic made vegan using the magic of aquafaba (chickpea water). Crisp meringue embedded with pistachios, topped with pillowy vanilla whipped coconut cream, berries tossed with golden saffron sugar, crunchy-tart passionfruit, and an extra scattering of pistachios. This Pavlova With Saffron Berries, Passionfruit, and Pistachios is delish!
6. The Netherlands: Speculaas Cheesecake
Finally! A cake that tastes as good as a speculaas (also known as speculoos) tastes. If you’ve never had it before, speculaas is a type of shortbread biscuit that’s like Belgian and Netherlands version of gingerbread. It’s typically eaten on St. Nicholas Day, but it’s so popular that you can find packed cookies (and cookie butter) all year round. Peffe Stahl‘s Speculaas Cheesecake recipe reinvents the famous cookie as an easy-to-make cheesecake with a cookie crust — yum!
7. Israel: Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach
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If you are not familiar with what a rugelach cookie is, when you taste Gretchen Price‘s Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach, you will wonder what the back note of creaminess that is so surprising in a cookie! Yep, that’s the cream cheese. In this case, vegan cream cheese mixes with raspberry jam and melted chocolate chips for a creamy, chocolatey, tangy dessert you’ll love.
8. Spelt Linzer Cookies With Fruit Jam Center
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You might even have everything you need in your kitchen now to make Petra Vogel‘s super easy Spelt Linzer Cookies With Fruit Jam Center recipe. You’ll just need berry jam, spelt flour, sugar, vegan butter, icing sugar, lemon zest, vanilla sugar, egg-replacer, salt, and lemon zest. Easy-peasy!
9. Germany: German Plum Cake
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Get festive with Katharina Boden‘s beautifully presented German Plum Cake! Sweet and moist, you can either serve it with finely shredded dried coconuts or powdered sugar.
10. The United States: Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies
Source: Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies
The dream team combination of strawberry and rhubarb come together in these amazing vegan Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Pies! Delicious filling and simple coconut oil crust make this classic dessert irresistible!
We have vegan versions of your favorite holiday desserts on the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day!
Lead image source: Banoffee Cream Pie