Easy Vegan Chocolate Rum Truffles

These chocolate rum truffles are super easy and completely delicious.

Chocolate Rum Truffles Ingredients

chocolate rum truffle
  • Some left over cake, crumbled – about 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons of Apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons of rum (or rum flavouring)
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa
  • 50g./2oz (half a large bar) of vegan chocolate, melted
  • Coating of choice – cocoa, chopped nuts, coconut etc.
  • Optional: you can coat them in more melted chocolate if you like!

Method

Mix everything together and then squeeze into balls (about 5 cm. diameter) and roll in the coating. Place in petit four cases (or on a festive napkin as in slightly bizarre picture).

If you liked these chocolate rum truffles you might like more of our festive recipes here

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‘Vegetarian Christmas’ by Rose Elliot. Not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily ‘veganisable’. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is one of many included here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen – a firm favourite.

Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply from both UK and USA Amazons below and has lots of lovely photos throughout 🙂 We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!
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Vegan Christmas Jewel Biscuits or Cookies

snowy scene: recipe is Christmas jewel biscuits

Vegan Christmas Jewel Biscuits are delicious, sparkly and colourful. The ‘jewels’ are optional but very bright and special – makes about 25 medium (3 inch/9cm) biscuits.

Christmas jewel biscuits ingredients

  • 150g/5oz/three quarter cup caster sugar
  • 150g/5 oz/three quarter cup vegan margarine
  • 5 tablespoons of plant based milk
  • 300g/10 oz/1and a half cups of plain flour
  • teaspoon vanilla extract (or according to pack instructions)
  • boiled sweets – different colours are good

Method

Preheat oven to 200C/400F and grease baking sheets. Cream together the sugar and marg. Mix in the soya milk and vanilla and then the flour. The mixing of the flour is best done with your hands. You should have a workable dough (add more flour if it’s too wet or more soya milk if too dry and doesn’t hold together well).

Roll out on a floured board (to just under 1 cm thick) and cut into shapes – cutters in festive shaped such as stars, trees and angels are lovely but plain round ones are effective too – you can use a drinking glass if you don’t have cutters. Lay on baking sheets. Make a hole in the middle of each biscuit – plain round, diamonds, stars – whatever you like, as long as it is big enough for your sweet! Place a sweet in each hole.

Bake for about 10 minutes for soft bake cookies or a little longer for dryer, crunchy ones. The sweets will melt down and fill the hole in the oven and then reset once cool.

f you want these for tree decoration ONLY you can prolong their life by replacing the sugar in the recipe with salt and adding a couple of tablespoons of PVA glue to the mix (do not eat after doing this option!!) Prior to baking make a small hole in the top with a drinking straw – once cooked and cooled you can thread ribbons through for hanging.

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Chocolate Yule Log Cakes: Big and Small

Large Chocolate Yule Log Cake

Chocolate Yule log cakes for people who can’t do swiss roll.

  • 1 chocolate cake baked in a loaf tin – basic chocolate cake recipe here  or gluten free one here. Or 1 chocolate swiss roll if you can do it!!
  • 1 batch of vegan chocolate ‘butter’ icing: Beat together half a cup/130g/4oz vegan margarine with 1 and a third cups/210g/7 oz sifted icing sugar and one tablespoon of cocoa (also sifted to avoid lumps). Beat in a few drops of natural vanilla extract.
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar for dusting
  • 1 festive cake board or large plate and decorations of your choice (fake flowers or berries, holly leaves, small baubles etc.)
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Cake Assembly

Cut the corner off one end of the cake and turn it round to look like a branch (excuse rough drawing!) – arrange on the cake board or plate.
Secure the branch with some of the icing.

With a knife smooth off the corners of the log to make it rounded.
Cover the entire cake with the rest of the icing, then use a fork to make lines and knots like a log 🙂
Dust with icing sugar.
Decorate to your hearts content.

Little Chocolate logs

Ingredients

mini Yule logs for Vegan Christmas
  • 1 chocolate cake prepared in a large square tin so it will not be too deep ( visit the chocolate page if you need a recipe for this)
  • vegan marzipan
  • A bar of dark vegan chocolate
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • glace cherries and crystallised angelica for decoration or children might prefer D&D chocolate beans or other sweets – in the picture weve used pecan nuts

Cut the cake into small rectangles ( 10 cm. X 4 cm. and 2 or 3 cm. deep). Cut thin pieces of marzipan and place on top of the cakes. Pour melted chocolate over the top of each log, decorate to your hearts content and then dust with the icing sugar (snow!).

Also see a gluten free and ‘fudgey’ version of this recipe here


Spinach Tofu Manicotti for Christmas or Yule

vegan spinach tofu manicotti recipe

This Spinach Tofu Manicotti recipe is by Secular Pagan

Not exactly a traditional Yule/ Christmas dish, but it’s red, white, and green, so it fits.

Filling Ingredients (stuffs about ten manicotti tubes)

  • 1 pound/450g firm tofu, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10-oz/300g box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • A Tbsp. Italian seasoning (blend of oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, basil, sage)
  • 3 green onions (scallions), including green part, sliced thinly
  • 8 ounces/230g (more or less) white button mushrooms, chopped in big chunks
  • PASTA: 1 package large manicotti tubes
  • SAUCE:  About 28 ounces/750g of your favorite pasta sauce, homemade or prepackaged.

Method

Plop tofu into a medium-sized mixing bowl and mash/crumble with your hands. Add spinach and fold into tofu with a fork, using fork to break up strands of spinach and mix evenly with the crumbled tofu. Stir in Italian seasoning, onions, and mushrooms.

Boil about 10 manicotti tubes just shy of al dente (they won’t fall apart this way when you’re stuffing them) and drain. Use your fingers to push clumps of filling into the manicotti tubes till each one is plump and full. Lay them in a covered casserole dish (more than one layer is O.K.) and pour your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce (homemade or bottled) over the whole thing. Cover and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour, maybe a little less (say, 45 minutes) if you have the manicotti spread out in a single layer. Remove from oven and give it a few minutes to cool off before attempting to eat.

Note: I have to keep my sodium intake low, so I don’t add salt to anything I make from scratch (except some baked goods), so some of you might prefer to add a. 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the filling.

If you liked this spinach tofu manicotti try some of our other festive recipes

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Puff: roast dinner

mushroom puff

Mushrooms in a rich creamy sauce topped with flaky puff pastry. This Mushroom Puff is perfect for Christmas or just about anytime at all!

Mushroom Puff Ingredients

  • A third of a cup/60g/2oz of vegan margarine
  • 4 tablespoons of plain white flour
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely chopped (this can be reduced or left out if desired)
  • 3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • half a litre/500ml of soya milk
  • 1 glass of white wine (or stock)
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • approx. 500g/18oz of frozen puff pastry (this even comes ready-rolled now for extra laziness!!!)

Method

Melt the margarine and cook the onion and garlic in it for a few minutes and then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes more. Add the flour and stir well. Gradually add the soya milk stirring all the time and then the wine and keep stirring on a low heat until the sauce thickens. Once thick remove from the heat and add your seasoning and the parsley.

Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry. Roll out into 2 wide rectangular shapes reserving some pastry for decoration. Place one sheet of pastry on a greased baking tray. Heap the slightly cooled sauce onto it leaving a space round the edges. Place the top sheet on and seal up the edges with some soya milk or water (fold over if needed). Make some small slits on the top of the puff and let your artistic side shine with the reserved pastry! I usually make holly leaves to place on the top but do whatever you like. Glaze with soya milk and then bake in a medium hot oven for about half an hour or until the pastry seems cooked (no soggy bits and nicely puffed up!)

Nice served with gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing, vegan sausages, cranberry sauce and vegetables of your choice – a feast!

See all our vegan Christmas recipes here

Or go the easy route and get a turkey style roast from vegan supermarket GreenBay or other health food shops.

ready made Vegan Christmas

GreenBay sell a variety of other gourmet vegan products that would be great for Christmas treats such as cheeses (including Camembert), steak and bacon etc.

Camembert for Vegan Christmas
Vegan herbes de Provence cheese for Vegan Christmas

The Best Vegan Nut Roast Recipe

Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and Onion stuffing

Vegan Christmas dinner: cashew nut roast

A totally gorgeous vegan nut roast this one, and one of the first on the internet back in 1998! Great for Christmas or just Sunday dinner.

Ingredients

  • A sixth of a cup/30g/1oz of vegan margarine
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • a medium leek, finely chopped
  • 1 and a half cups of hot water
  • a teaspoon of yeast extract  or our favourite Vecon Stock
  • 3 cups/550g/16oz of ground cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice – almonds work well too)
  • 2 Tablespoons of soya flour
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs – winter savoury is great (if using dried 1 teaspoon)
  • 3 cups/160g/6oz of white bread crumbs. Orgran Rice Crumbs are an excellent substitute for a gluten free version, easier too, we use them all the time.
  • seasalt and pepper to taste
  • sage and onion stuffing (see recipe here or use a packet one)

Method

Melt the margarine in a large pan for mixing and cook the celery and leek in it for a few minutes. Mix the yeast extract into the hot water (alternatively you could use any stock you like) and add this to the leek and celery. Stir in the soya flour, nuts, herbs, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper and mix well. Allow to cool slightly while you grease a loaf tin.

Place half the nut roast mixture in the tin and press down well, then add the sage and onion stuffing (pressing down well again) and place the rest of the nut roast mixture on top. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180/360 then turn out of the tin and slice. Nice served with all the traditional trimmings for a perfect vegan Christmas.


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Variations: you can substitute wine (red or white) or soya milk for the water and yeast extract. The sage and onion stuffing is optional – it works just as well without it and might actually slice up easier! A layer of sliced mushrooms and garlic is an alternative to the stuffing.

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Pictured vegan nut roast is made with red onion and lots of fresh rosemary. Speaking of rosemary, an absolutely perfect accompaniment for any nut roast either hot or sliced up cold in sandwiches, is the rosemary and redcurrant jelly detailed here on the blog. If reading this in winter, sorry, it’s a bit late to go out and get redcurrants, but it’s a great one to make for next year. A jar of that would be a very nice vegan Christmas gift too.

See all our vegan Christmas recipes here

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Vegan Sage and Onion Stuffing

This vegan sage and onion stuffing is easy to make and completely delicious!

Ingredients

vegan sage and onion stuffing
  • 6 slices of wholemeal bread (Orgran Rice Crumbs or gluten free vegan bread can be subbed for a gluten free version)
  • half a cup/85g/3oz of vegan margarine
  • 4 teaspoons of dried sage or 8 of fresh, chopped sage
  • 1 finely chopped large onion
  • salt to taste

Method

Melt the margarine in a saucepan and then cook the onion in it until soft. Break up the wholemeal bread with your hands (into fairly small pieces) and mix into the onion and margarine with the sage and salt.

This can be pressed into an oven-proof bowl for baking, or if you like meat analogues it can be sandwiched between two Turkey Style Vegan Roasts (available from GreenBay Vegan Supermarket and health food shops), wrapped in foil and baked in the oven!

If you liked out vegan sage and onion stuffing, check out all our other festive recipes here

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‘Vegetarian Christmas’ by Rose Elliot. Not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily ‘veganisable’. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is one of many included here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen – a firm favourite. Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply from both UK and USA Amazons below and has lots of lovely photos throughout 🙂 We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!
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preserving: redcurrant jelly with rosemary

redcurrants ready for making redcurrant jelly

Ripe just now, redcurrants are great to preserve for winter, given that they’re so nutrient rich and have immune boosting properties.

What a bumper year it’s been for the currants, both red and black. We’re having berried up green smoothies daily; there are lots in freezer which will extend the berry smoothie season and it’s looking to be a very abundant bramble year too. Last year we gathered quite a lot of those for the freezer as well as smoothie-ing them fresh. At least I thought we’d gathered a lot until I met a man in the woods with 3 huge bucket loads of brambles. He must have spent all day picking. Maybe for jam? I really want to try preserving in different ways this year so we can eat the home grown stuff in winter too. So we made strawberry jam as mentioned, and then moved onto redcurrant and rosemary jelly for savoury things.

Here’s the basic method for the Redcurrant and Rosemary Jelly. It makes a cloudy jelly. If you want a sparkling clear one, other, more time consuming, recipes will come up on a Google search. This pairing of flavours is amazing; the rosemary gives the jelly a slightly savoury edge, making it perfectly suited as an accompaniment to roast dinners. Also great in a sausage sandwich!

We picked 1.5 lbs/0.75kg of redcurrants and put them in a pan, stalks and all, with a few sprigs of rosemary. Then we added 1lb/500g of sugar, half a cup of water and the juice of half a lemon.

Method

Bring to the boil, turn down and simmer for half an hour, stirring quite frequently. Allow the mixture to cool a little, though not until the jelly sets, and squash it through a sieve into a bowl. This is the hard work phase of the recipe! Press and rub it with a spoon until you’re left with mainly stalks and seeds in the sieve. Pour into jars of your choice. Cool completely before sealing/adding lids. Yum. This amount filled two medium jam jars, and should keep in the cupboard for months (if not years).

redcurrant and rosemary jelly

Cooking on the stove this morning is Apple and Ginger Chutney from the Cranks recipe book with the apples gathered on a bike ride, heavily supplemented with ones from our trees and our own onions too 🙂 Adapted recipe on the sauces page.

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Cauliflower Steaks and Blue Potato Poppies

cauliflower steaks

Really flavoursome and delicious, these cauliflower steaks are super easy to prepare.

We used two medium sized cauliflowers and cut them into thick ‘steaks’ (there will be lots of wee bits too). We then rubbed them with two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a dash of soy sauce. Roast in the oven at 200C/400F for about half an hour or until soft. Turn at least once during the cooking time and sort of squidge them around in the oil else they tend to dry out. YUM!

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Cauliflower steaks served with a simple meal of baked tatties and beans and salad.
blue poppy in the potato patch

Beautiful blue poppy (flies like it too obviously) growing in the potato patch. These were the result of throwing a bag of out of date blue poppy seeds into the compost! They’re popping up everywhere…

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Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 600 children and young people who were kidnapped from Aberdeen during the 1740s and sold into indentured servitude in the American Colonies. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s proper derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

From the Publisher’s press release here: “Fiery and forthright, Elizabeth isn’t someone to be argued with. Through her experiences, the reader sees her grow from a girl, into a woman with a powerful voice… a woman of her time, but very much of ours too.”

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We’re Davie, Lucy, Daniel and Charlotte, a vegan family living in Scotland. We’ve been vegan since 1997 and the Vegan Family House website has been online since 1998.

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