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by Justina Huddleston
Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...
These classic holiday dishes are surprisingly not vegan — but luckily they can be.
It's de-li-cious, but all those marshmallows? Nope. Gelatin is made from protein of animal byproducts.
Try this streusel-topped vegan sweet potato casserole instead.
Spectacular holiday cookies decorated with royal icing contain meringue powder made of dried egg whites.
A vegan icing made from powdered sugar and aquafaba (chickpea brine) will work just like the real thing.
Cozy stuffing seems like just bread and veggies, but it's usually made with poultry stock, butter and eggs.
Luckily it's super easy to make a totally delicious vegan stuffing.
Mincemeat pies scream Christmas but often contain suet and even chunks of meat.
Anyone can enjoy these vegan, gluten-free mincemeat pies.
Tamales are truly amazing, but even those filled with veggies often have dough made with lard.
You can still enjoy hearty tamales — just swap the lard for vegan shortening, margarine or oil.
Commerical candy canes are a favorite, but some can contain carmine, a dye made from beetles.
Make your own! Use vegan sugar and food coloring, and enjoy the minty sweet fruit of your labor.
From butter to whey to cheese, crispy crackers often contain non-vegan ingredients.
All you really need for totally vegan crackers is flour, olive oil and seasoning.
Unlike other booze that use artificial flavoring, Irish cream liqueur, like Baileys, actually contains dairy.
You don't have to miss out on the luxurious taste of Irish cream liqueur thanks to this vegan recipe.
Even if you don't add it to a mug of warm milk, dry hot cocoa mix often contains powdered milk.
Nix the powdered milk, and opt for this simple but still decadent vegan cocoa mix instead.
Chewy caramels flaked with salt are an essential holiday sweet — but are usually made with cream and butter.
Thank goodness for coconut milk — it makes these vegan caramels just as creamy-delicious as the originals.
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