How to do Christmas as a vegan: FEMAIL shares the best roasts, delicious desserts and bubbles for a cruelty-free festive spread

12 December 2017

Christmas in Australia is a time of presents, beach swims and of course, the never ending spread of food. But not everyone wants a slice of ham. 

Australia is now the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world, according to Euromonitor International.  

FEMAIL has rounded up the best food options that people can bring to the table to satisfy the vegans in their life.

The roast is often the centrepiece at the Christmas lunch or dinner table and those who have chosen to follow the vegan lifestyle don't have to miss out.

There are a variety of companies who provide ready-to-go roasts that simply need to be thrown into the oven, one player in the game is the roast from Creatureless Comforts which is being sold at Sydney cafe, MAKER.

You have the option of purchasing the stuffed turk'y or the herbed chick'n roasts and one feeds six to eight people, depending on how hungry they all are.

'Team with: all of the roasted veggies you can handle, gravy, cranberry sauce and an empty tummy!' the folks behind MAKER suggest. 

However, the 'roast', which is made up of water, besan, nutritional yeast, oil, liquid smoke, onion, corn flour, herb seasoning, salt and white pepper will set you back $70. 

Beloved vegan brand Gardein are also selling their own roast in freezer aisles of supermarkets or online.

It has cranberry wild rice stuffing with homestyle gravy that can serve up to eight people.

The Cruelty Free Shop which is located in Sydney,  Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and online are selling two varieties. 

The first is the Field Roast's Celebration Roast, which starts with a rich and savory sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain meat, fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and apples and seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. 

They then surround the stuffing with grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice.

Frys is another brand that is loved by vegans everywhere and the Cruelty Free Shop stock their Soy and Quinoa Country Roast which is seasoned with with fresh Italian parsley and rosemary. 

There are so many options to choose from and people will, without a doubt, be coming back for more.


Another important component of a Christmas lunch is dessert - after stuffing yourself silly with savoury food it is time to satisfy that sweet tooth.

These days there are plenty of vegan dessert options out there, you just need to know where to look.

One company that is pulling together decadent delights is Treat Dreams, who have a variety of stockists for their treats and can be purchased all over Australia.

During the Christmas season they are making Rudy the red nosed reindeer tarts, which are made of layers of chocolate ganache and vegan caramel as well as fruit mince tarts.  

If you want to get your hands on mouth-watering chocolate, cruelty-free companies like The Chocolate Yogi are selling their delicious creations online, where there is a variety of flavours to choose from.

If it's a box of chocolates you're after, The Cruelty Free Shop is selling a variety, such as chocolate truffles with chewy, gooey sea salted caramel and roasted almonds. They are also selling candy canes.

When it comes to supermarket shopping, the Coles Matured Christmas Pudding is vegan and so are the Woolworths Chocolate Rum Balls. 


What's a Christmas lunch without a glass or two of champagne? But when you're vegan it can be difficult identifying brands that work with your values.

Unfortunately it is quite common for champagne to be processed using fining agents that include egg whites, milk protein, and gelatin during the production process.

Since they aren't technically included in the recipe, they aren't normally included in the ingredient listing, which makes it difficult differentiating between those that are vegan friendly and those that are not. 

Little do people know there are a variety of mainstream champagne brands are vegan friendly, as they don't use animal products at any point in the production process. 

Dom Pérignon champagne is produced using the best grapes grown each year and every bottle is vegan-friendly. 

Moët and Chandon has been the world's most-loved champagne for almost 270 years, and the brand has confirmed that none of its champagnes are made using animal or egg products.

If you prefer champagne with a sweet, fruity taste, a bottle from Champagne Lanson will suit you perfectly. The brand has confirmed that no animal products — including eggs and dairy — are used in the production of their champagnes.

Other cruelty-free brands include Taittinger Brut Réserve, Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne and Cattier Brut Champagne.    

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