My Favourite Christmas Recipes

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As we get closer to Christmas I’m sure you’re all thinking about what you’re going to cook over the holidays, so I wanted to put together a list of my favourite festive, wintery recipes to give you some inspiration. I absolutely agree that Christmas is all about indulgence – not just in terms of what you eat but indulging in things that make you happy. There is nothing more special than spending time with friends and family, sharing food, games and stories to bring the year to an end. The difficulty is for a lot of people though is that indulgence with food can lead to feeling full, bloated and tired which takes out some of the fun, so instead let’s indulge in some healthier versions of your favourite recipes. I hope that some of these recipes will make you really happy and help you enjoy all your festivities!
My favourite thing this year has got to be these mince pies. I posted the recipe a couple of weeks ago and I hope lots of you have had a chance to make them already. If you haven’t then I would highly recommend that you do! My whole family are obsessed and are ditching the regular mince pies this year. Of course there are lots of other sweet recipes that are great at this time of year too. I’ve always loved snuggling up with a big mug of hot chocolate. I really thought that is was something I was going to have to miss out on when I stopped drinking milk but this version is just like the real thing, only richer, more chocolatey and good for you! How awesome is that! If you have lots of friends coming over then crumble is always a great option, as are homemade raw cacao and walnut trufflespecan pie and of course gingerbread men! My new recipe for candied pecan chocolate is perfect for the holiday period too. It is definitely one of my favourite things at the moment and it is so quick and easy to make.
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 Of course Christmas isn’t just about sweet food, there are also lots of delicious savoury recipes that you can make too! I always make sweet potato wedges on Christmas day as they’re a real family favourite and they go so well with everything else. I roast them with cinnamon, paprika and rosemary to add lots of flavour! If you’re  looking for a total plant-based Christmas menu, check out my Christmas special, as t includes all of my favourite Christmas recipes, including a delicious chocolate cake topped with coconut frosting! There’s also an amazing recipe for roasted brussel sprouts with potatoes, hazelnuts, pomegranates and maple syrup coming this weekend, which I think you’ll all love. For the days around Christmas I make lots of big, nourishing, warming meals like my winter curry, delicious soups (my favourites are the turmeric and lentil soup or the carrot, ginger and coconut soup) and sweet potato cakes with roasted veggies!
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For breakfast on Christmas day I love making my baked blueberry and banana oatmeal or a big bowl of my creamy coconut porridge, both are just so delicious! To make it feel festive I top them with lots of chopped up medjool dates and roasted nuts, which is amazing. My stewed apples with cinnamon and ginger are also great for breakfast, as they’re so warming. I also try to keep some of my superfood bread in the freezer so that I can enjoy it for breakfast on the days that I’m after something savoury – if you’re family are making a full english breakfast on Christmas day then try having the superfood bread with mashed avocado, sautéed tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach instead, it will look similar and taste so good! If you have a real sweet tooth thought my pancakes are always such a hit and they feel like such a treat, I love drizzling lots of maple syrup, almond butter, berries and banana over them for an indulgent breakfast!
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  • Collette

    Ella
    I love your blog so much
    I’ve cooked quite a few of your receipts with great success! Love the mince pies!!
    Just wondered where your orange bracelet is from – the one your wearing in the wAitrose vid
    Colette
    Xo

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Colette,
      I’m so pleased you love the mince pies.
      The bracelet is Hermes xx

  • http://www.carolinezwick.com zwickc

    Just LOVE your blog:) everything looks so delicious and beautiful. I have gained tons of inspiration. Thank you & happy holidays.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy giving some of the recipes a try x

      • http://www.carolinezwick.com zwickc

        I have… my husband and I loved the ginger-carrot soup with mushroom and pumpkin seeds. So delicious. xo

  • Danielle Williams

    I think I may have finally found the perfect website for my son who is allergic to milk, egg, wheat, soy and oats! We also don’t eat meat so it’s been a challenge, but it looks like most of your recipes don’t contain any of these – even the oats (although I realise some do) I get so fedup with people telling me he needs to eat meat just because he’s allergic to all of these things and I’ve been muddling along but generally struggle with yummy meals to suit the whole family – these look like heaven, I’m so excited to start trying these – have a huge list for the health food shop now :) Thanks Ella!

    • ellawoodward

      I really hope you find lots of things that he loves xx

  • Danielle Williams

    PS i’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, you look amazingly healthy and glowy so you’re doing something right!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you!! x

  • BollywoodBlonde

    Beautiful, inspiring and guilt-free! Love it SO much! Thanks Ella! Can’t wait for the book to arrive!

    • ellawoodward

      So happy you love the post. x

  • http://www.avondaleretreat.com Helen

    Your mince pies are absolutely amazing better than any I’ve ever tasted. Can’t believe I made them at home!! Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so happy you loved them x

  • http://purecottongrass.com/ Inge

    It all looks so delicious! Especially the breakfast recipes sound mouthwatering! :)

  • http://www.emiliacking.blogspot.co.uk Emilia

    These all look SO good! I’m definitely going to be trying them!!

  • Yoojin Lee

    i love all your recipes SO much :)
    i can’t wait to make a bunch of them for this holiday! thank you ella <3

  • http://lovealwayserica.tumblr.com lovealwayserica

    Hi Ella – all these recipes are absolutely fabulous! You’re a wizard.

  • ellawoodward

    Thank you so much for such a lovely message. I am so pleased you love the kale. My bracelets were all gifts so I am not too sure, sorry! x

  • ellawoodward

    Thank you! I am so happy you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Cristina,
    I use the Vitamix but there is a great Magimix one on the store section of the blog which has a glass jar x

  • Mariam Ayaz

    Thank you for this post! It has given me perfect ideas on what to make!
    I think I am obsessed with all the recipes I have tried! This will be a yummy and healthy winter for me, hopefully! :)x

    • ellawoodward

      I am so happy you like the recipes and hope you enjoy lots of healthy food! x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hannah,
    I am so pleased to hear that you are feeling healthier and happier – it really is so amazing to hear that you have been able to change how you think of food and get yourself feeling good again.
    xx

  • Emma

    I’m feeling so poorly with pcos, I’ve been along some of your recipes for a while but I have decided that I’m just going to completely follow your fabulous way of life and hope so much that I will feel better soon. Thanks so much for all your recipes and posts :-) xx

    • ellawoodward

      I really hope it helps you feel better soon xx

  • ellawoodward

    Best of luck Becky. Happy new year x

  • ellawoodward

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas x

    • http://www.curiouslyconscious.com/ Besma

      Thanks Ella, I really hope you did too! x