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21 Vegan Hanukkah Recipes That Are Still Satisfying

The food during Hanukkah is delicious. And there’s something special about digging into a platter of fried foods and having it be meaningful, a symbol for the oil that burned for eight days or cheese to represent the Book of Judith apocryphal. What these foods don’t tend to be is vegan, which can be problematic for those that celebrate who also want to avoid animal products. Butter. Cheese. Meats. But fear not. We’ve got some options for you.

Whether you’re hosting this year and want to include some vegan-friendly options or you’re a vegan who wants to be able to eat something at dinner, these recipes should help you out. Or if you just want to try something new, we’ve got enough twists on the latke to satisfy basically every taste bud. There’s nothing quite like a “cheese”-filled blintz or a fresh jelly doughnut, and these recipes mean vegans can join in on the festivities too.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2015.

This matzah ball soup is totally delicious and entirely vegan.

Use a Star of David cookie cutter and vegan butter to make these cookies.

Chocolate or cinnamon-sugar? If you can't decide between these two vegan rugelach recipes, just make both!

Decadent apple fritters will really give you something to celebrate this Hanukkah.

Indian spices give these vegan latkes a bit of kick.

Sunchokes don't get used often enough, but this latke recipe is the perfect excuse to pick some up.

Mixed berries give these blintzes the perfect hint of sweetness.

Hearty and healthy, these vegan crispy lentil fritters make for a great party food.

Crispy sweet potato latkes make a pretty pair with some festive spiked applesauce.

It's easier than you think to give blueberry blintzes a vegan makeover — just see this recipe.

Forget the forks, and try out these fun vegan apple fries this Hanukkah.

Your favorite dessert just got a little healthier thanks to this vegan kugel recipe.

Parsnips give a slightly sweet flavor to these crispy vegan latkes

Who needs waxy, store-bought chocolate when these jeweled coins are so much better?

Ditch the jar — this homemade applesauce is so much better than anything premade.

Oozing with raspberry jam, these vegan rugelach are what you've got to make this year.

Flaky cronuts with blackberry cream cheese filling are so good you'd never guess they're vegan.

Spicy-sweet vegan chai sufganiyot are the perfect way to celebrate.