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Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These 18 Vegan Hanukkah Recipes

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It’s Chanukah time … or Hanukkah … however, you spell it, it is a time for festivities and delicious food! Hanukkah is the holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is a holiday of miracles, when a tiny quantity of oil that should have only lasted one day burned for eight days.

To commemorate this miracle, it is traditional to eat fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts). It’s also a time for family gatherings and dinners filled with delicious foods. Check out 8 Ways to Make Your Hanukkah Miraculously Delicious and 8 Tips for Having a Healthier Hanukkah. Then celebrate the Festival of Lights with these 18 vegan recipes that will definitely light up your holiday.

1. Vegan Matzoh Ball Soup

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Holidays, family, and memories – they go together like “chicken” soup and vegan matzo balls. This Vegan Matzoh Ball Soup may not be exactly the same as the traditional version but sometimes it’s good to break from tradition a bit.

2. 5 Vegan Latke Recipes Just in Time for Hanukkah

Greek Spinach, Potato and Feta Latkes with Tzatziki Sauce

Travel the globe with these 5 Vegan Latke Recipes. There are Italian, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, and Greek latkes, each with its own special dipping sauce. You could have a latke party and wow people with the unexpected. Let’s get started and celebrate Chanukah with these global latkes.

3. Mushroom Walnut Paté

Mushroom Walnut Pâté [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This ain’t no chopped liver. This Mushroom and Walnut Pâté is rich, creamy, earthy, and surprisingly easy to make! Enjoy it on sandwiches, toast, or as a dip for vegetable crudités – but however you choose to spread it around, this pâté will instantly make your meal more memorable.

4. Vegan and Gluten-Free Banana Beignets

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It is tradition to eat sufganiyot on Hanukkah. Instead of doughnuts, try these Banana Beignets. They are fried dough filled with banana. They’re vegan, gluten-free and really easy to make. And while you can certainly have them for dessert, they are perfect for breakfast or brunch as well.

5. Vegan Matzoh Ball Vegetable Soup with a Gluten-Free Option

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Making vegan matzoh balls is one thing and making them gluten-free is a whole other thing. This Vegan Matzoh Ball Vegetable Soup can be made either way. Quinoa makes the matzoh balls gluten-free but still fluffy and delicious.

6. Potato and Onion Kugel with Sautéed Apples

Potato and Onion Kugel with Sauteed Apples [Vegan]

Kugel is like a giant latke pie! It’s certainly easier to make and healthier than frying up a bunch of latkes. This Potato and Onion Kugel is topped with sauteed apples instead of the usual apple sauce, but you can serve it with vegan sour cream as well. Bake this in muffin tins for individual servings.

7. Not Your Mama’s Seitan Pot Roast

Not Your Mama's Seitan Pot Roast [Vegan]

This is Not Your Mama’s Seitan Pot Roast. In lieu of meat, it has tender homemade seitan in a lip-smacking vegetable stew.  Plus, the pot roast is made in a slow cooker, so you can just throw everything in, go about your day, and come home to a warm, comforting meal.

8. Sweet Potato Latkes with Chutney Sour Cream and Curried Onion-Apple-White Bean Topping

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Latkes get all fancied up with these Sweet Potato Latkes with Chutney Sour Cream and Curried Onion Apple White Bean Topping. These are golden, delicious, filling, and festive with bold flavors that make them extra-special.

9. Strawberry Cheese Blintzes with Strawberry Basil Compote

Strawberry Cheese Blintzes With Strawberry Basil Compote [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Blintzes can be savory or they can be sweet like these Strawberry Cheese Blintzes. The filling is vegan ricotta with a sweet side. It gets a pink tinge from strawberry cream cheese. Topped with a strawberry basil compote, this is a sweet dish that’s perfect for brunch.

10. Vegan Latkes (Gluten-Free and Baked Variations)

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You only need one tried-and-true recipe for Latkes. These have oatmeal in place of eggs to hold them together. For a gluten-free version, quinoa flakes work splendidly. A bit of grated carrot adds extra color and flavor.

11. Harvest Latkes

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Theses Harvest Latkes are a crisp and spicy take on traditional potato pancakes. They’re made with potato and rutabaga with a touch of caraway seeds. They’re crispy and delicious.

12. Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Traditionally speaking, Babka is a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake made mainly in Eastern Europe. This version is not only vegan and gluten-free, but also light and chocolate-y. It’s perfect next to a hot cup of coffee or tea.

13. Bœuf Bourguignon Végétalien

Bœuf Bourguignon Végétalien [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This is not a pale imitation of the beloved traditional French dish and deserves all the respect and admiration that the original dish gets. This Bœuf Bourguignon Végétalien, made with tofu and mushrooms, is rich, hearty, and delicious. Julia Child would be proud!

14. Jewish Bimuelos (Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs) – Regular and Gluten-Free

Jewish Bimuelos (Fried 'Honey' Puffs) – Regular and Gluten-Free

These treats are called Jewish Bimuelos but they’re also called Italian struffoli. Whatever you call them, we call them little puffs of heaven. Fried dough doused in vegan honey and covered with sprinkles, these are pretty and delicious.

15. Vegan and Gluten-Free Potato Blintzes

Vegan and Gluten-Free Potato Blintzes

These Potato Blintzes are made with gluten-free crepes and filled with caramelized onions folded into mashed potatoes. Fry up the blintzes and enjoy them with vegan sour cream for a delicious and comforting treat.

16. Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach

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These vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach are tender, crunchy, and delicious. And the chocolate hazelnut filling inside is incredible. The rugelach is so pretty and yummy; they would make a perfect gift for friends and neighbors.

17. Instant Raw Apple Sauce

Instant Raw Applesauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You have to have apple sauce to dip your latkes in. Instead of buying jars, make your own Raw Apple Sauce. It’s fast, easy and you can flavor it any way you want. This one has a pinch of warm cinnamon. Yum!

18. Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts

Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You can’t beat the crunch of super sweet vanilla glaze over a warm fried doughnut, fresh from the frying oil. These Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts are perfect for celebrating a holiday that’s all about oil and fried noms.

Who doesn’t love a holiday that celebrates fried food? Even if you go the healthier route and bake your latkes and doughnuts, your Hanukkah will still be sweet and delicious.

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49 comments on “Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These 18 Vegan Hanukkah Recipes”

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Rita Benson Richter Thomas
1 Years Ago

Looks great


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Sophia Hedy Michael
1 Years Ago

Lena Kim Dawn Ravine


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Eden Whitlock
1 Years Ago

Laura Libling ❤


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Elodie Eckersley
1 Years Ago

Travers Lucas some of these look pretty delish


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Travers Lucas
06 Dec 2015

Yeah they look great xx

Alle Sundari
1 Years Ago

Bader Decipher


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Connie Purinton
1 Years Ago

Beth Edelstein yum


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Rusti Yankowsky
1 Years Ago

The "holidays" belong to everyone


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Anna Jukova
1 Years Ago

LJ Jones


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LJ Jones
06 Dec 2015

Yum

Ludwig Van Schtupp
1 Years Ago

Frank Farruggia


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Mallory Milam
1 Years Ago

Jess Meltzer I know I tagged you in this last year but oh well :)


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