10 Healthy Vegan Christmas Cake Recipes

A roundup of 10 Healthy Vegan Christmas Cake Recipes from the abundant vegan food blogs on the internet. Whether you’re looking for a classic Christmas fruit cake or a sweet chocolate yule log, this list of easy vegan cake recipes has you covered.

If you’re looking for delicious, easy and healthy vegan cakes for the festive period, then this post is for you. It is possible to make vegan cakes that look and taste yummy, check out 10 Healthy Vegan Cake Recipes for some incredible vegan cakes!

Below is a list of 10 healthy vegan Christmas cake recipes that I’m sure you’ll love!

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1. Vegan Christmas Cake

Vegan Christmas Cake

This vegan Christmas fruit cake from Domestic Gothess is deliciously divine! I love Christmas cake and have used this recipe for a few years. It’s perfect for the festive season!

vegan christmas cake

This vegan Christmas fruit cake is one of my go-to favourite Christmas cake recipes. It is simple to make, packed with delicious fruity plant-based ingredients and tastes divine! Use a springform cake tin.

I love fruit cake and Christmas cake is absolutely heaven in the mouth! I’m always baffled when some people don’t like it…ermmm more for me then!!! When I became vegan years ago I knew I had to find a vegan recipe and used a few for the first few years, however, one year I found this vegan Christmas cake recipe from Domestic Gothess and have made it every year since. It’s simply perfect.

I adapt the recipe with the dried fruits used and go alcohol-free using orange or apple juice. As there is no alcohol used I make this cake when ready to be eaten or a few days before. Also, I don’t ice the cake as I prefer it plain – cake only thank you!

2. Chocolate Gingerbread Cake (Vegan)

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake (Vegan)

This delicious, rich, sticky, spicy cake is a wonderful marriage between chocolate cake and gingerbread. Here is another vegan cake recipe from Domestic Gothess!

This chocolate gingerbread vegan cake is a simple cake that is perfect for something a little different for vegan dessert over the festive period.

Check out: Vegan Diet for Beginners: Easy Tips to Get Started

3. Vegan Woodland Animal Ginger Cake

Vegan Woodland Animal Ginger Cake

Another Domestic Gothess creation. If you’re looking for something a bit fancy or want a project cake to make with the children, then this vegan woodland animal ginger cake would be great fun!

Vegan Woodland Animal Ginger Cake
Vegan Woodland Animal Ginger Cake

This vegan woodland animal ginger cake looks fun and delicious. Set aside some time for a fun project cake with the kids and enjoy baking this delicious Christmas cake. Get these Christmas cookie cutters.

4. Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

A delicious vegan banana bread from BBC Good Food. Use up your ripe bananas to make easy vegan banana bread – perfect for a snack, dessert or even breakfast!

I adore banana bread and have followed many recipes over the years. I have loved all the versions, and they’ve all been slightly different. This one from BBC Good Food creates a light flavour-packed and easy-to-make vegan banana bread. It’s great on its own, with jam and/or peanut butter.

5. Vegan Fig Almond Cake

Vegan Fig Almond Cake

This vegan fig almond cake from Cook with Kushi is a great option for a different fruit cake. It is a soft and moist, light and delicate, delicious cake perfect for the festive season!

This vegan fig almond cake is a great twist on a fruit cake. Use fresh or dried figs to create a deliciously sweet fruit cake.

6. Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake (Vegan)

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake (Vegan)

Chocolate orange bundt cake from Domestic Gothess – this delicious vegan cake is soft, moist, budget-friendly and so easy to make!

vegan bundt cake

This chocolate orange bundt cake looks heavenly. I have yet to make a cake this way, however, I can attest to Domestic Gothess vegan recipes being deliciously divine so I have faith that this will be utterly incredible.

Use this bundt cake tin! (or this silicone cake mould)

7. Vegan Red Velvet Cake

Vegan Red Velvet Cake

This vegan red velvet cake from Rainbow Nourishments is soft, fluffy and moist! It comes together in one bowl and is easy to make using common pantry ingredients.

vegan red velvet cake
healthy vegan cake recipe

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how pretty and delicious this cake looks. If I could take a slice from the screen I would indulge in a (big) piece right now. Ahhh that is a frosting of dreams!!!

8. Vegan Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Vegan Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

This vegan blood orange upside down cake from Rainbow Nourishments is soft, moist and deliciously fresh with the oranges.

I have made this cake using standard oranges, not blood oranges, and it was delicious and highly recommend it with any oranges you can get your hands on. It is best eaten on the day it is baked due to the fresh oranges on top of the cake, but it still tastes fantastic the next day.

Use this ceramic non-stick round cake tin!

9. Vegan Almond Cake

Vegan Almond Cake

A soft and moist vegan almond cake with a crunchy sliced almond topping from Rainbow Nourishments. This cake comes together in one bowl and can be made gluten-free!

10. Vegan Yule Log

Vegan Yule Log

This chocolate vegan yule log from Baked by Clo is a real show-stopping Christmas dessert! It consists of a rolled chocolate sponge cake filled with vanilla buttercream and coated with creamy chocolate ganache.

vegan yule log

Frequently Asked Questions About Healthy Vegan Cake Recipes

Vegan cakes tend to be healthier as they are packed with plant-based ingredients which are generally healthier than commercialised animal products such as heavily industrialised milk, butter and eggs.

That being said eating a vegan cake which might have sugar and oil can easily add up in calories per slice, so just because it’s healthier in ingredients doesn’t mean you can eat all the cake and be healthy. If your body is full and you continue to eat the vegan cake then that is the opposite of eating healthy as you’re ignoring your body’s signals that it’s full.

Choose wisely, my friend. Eat vegan. Eat mindfully. Enjoy.

Most of the time, yes a vegan cake can be lower in calories. But this depends. It depends on the size of the slice you’re eating. What ingredients are being used – does it have oil, vegan butter, sugar, and/or flour in it? Or is the cake mainly oat flour, bananas, spices and oat milk?

Both of the cakes below are delicious and packed with awesome vegan ingredients. However, cake A will be lower in calories than cake B if it has the same size of a slice per cake.

Cake A: Healthy Banana Bread

Cake B: Vegan Victoria Sponge Cake

Typically yes. Homemade cakes you know the exact ingredients going into the cake and the portions of certain ingredients such as sugar and oil are generally lower in quantity compared to a store-bought cake. Store-bought cakes (vegan or not) typically have more sugar and fat added to boost the flavour and shelf life.

All of them 🙂 Make a new cake, follow a vegan cake recipe, or adapt a non-vegan cake recipe with an ingredient you know that will work as a substitute. There are so many cakes to be enjoyed vegan. Just ensure it is vegan!

Example vegan cakes:

To replace eggs in vegan cakes there are a few options. The most common is a flaxseed substitute. 1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 tbsp water.

Check out: 9 Best Vegan Egg Substitutes For Baking

Yes and no. It depends. If buying a cake with icing sugar on it, it could or could not be vegan icing on the cake. First, is the cake labelled vegan? Icing sugar on a cake is usually vegan, but some icing may have egg whites in it. If buying a vegan cake, check the ingredients of the cake. If making your own cake with icing sugar to ice the cake then you will know that the ingredients are vegan if using icing sugar.

Vegan baking is healthy for the mind and body. Baking is fun, enjoyable and truly satisfying to make your own cakes and desserts. Using wholesome plant-based ingredients makes the cake even better! And it depends on how you look at the term “healthy”.

Is a vegan cake packed with sugar, oil and flour healthy? Is a vegan cake made with oat flour, bananas, cinnamon and oat milk healthier?

Is feeling relaxed and enjoying making the cake with all the sugar, oil and flour and enjoying eating the cake going to feel better all-around? Being anxious about eating said cake and then eating more cake than your body can handle – is that healthy?

Is making the oat flour banana mix cake with joy and enjoying eating the cake going to be healthier? Or making the said cake but doing it because you fear the vegan sugar oil flour cake and then eating a small piece of the oat flour banana cake because of fear around cake going to be healthier?

It all depends. The best thing is to make the vegan cake you want to make and enjoy a piece, or two, or three, feeling good with each bite and eating to your body’s appetite, aka eat mindfully.

If buying a cake check it is labelled vegan and then check the ingredients list. If eating cake in a restaurant/cafe then ask if it is vegan. If there are any animal products in the cake, for example, eggs, butter, milk, or cream then it is not vegan.

easy healthy vegan christmas cake recipes

Need help with vegan nutrition? Check out this printable: Eat the Rainbow Vegan Nutrition Chart.

Or get the Vegan Meal Planner here.

10 Healthy Vegan Christmas Cake Recipes

Christmas is a great time to enjoy good food and desserts with our loved ones. Enjoy baking this festive time of year with a traditional fruit cake or something different like a simple banana bread or red velvet cake. All vegan!

If you give any of these vegan cake recipes a go, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Let’s share in the delicious vegan goodness this festive time of year!

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