21 Vegan Hanukkah Recipes That Are Still Satisfying

by Justina Huddleston
Dec 12, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. ET

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.

1 /24: Vegan matzah ball soup

1/24 :Vegan matzah ball soup

This matzah ball soup is totally delicious and entirely vegan.

2 /24: Vegan star cookies

2/24 :Vegan star cookies

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

3 /24: Vegan PB&J thumbprint cookies

3/24 :Vegan PB&J thumbprint cookies

These vegan PB&J thumbprint cookies are sure to delight.

4 /24: Rugelach two ways

4/24 :Rugelach two ways

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

5 /24: Apple fritters

5/24 :Apple fritters

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

6 /24: Bombay aloo vegan latkes

6/24 :Bombay aloo vegan latkes

Indian spices give these vegan latkes a bit of kick.

7 /24: Cheezy broccoli fritters

7/24 :Cheezy broccoli fritters

Broccoli and "cheese" fritters are the perfect finger food for your Hanukkah party.

8 /24: Sunchoke latkes

8/24 :Sunchoke latkes

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

9 /24: Mixed berry blintzes

9/24 :Mixed berry blintzes

Mixed berries give these blintzes the perfect hint of sweetness.

10 /24: Crispy lentil fritters

10/24 :Crispy lentil fritters

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

11 /24: Sugar and spice churros

11/24 :Sugar and spice churros

Fried churros dusted with cinnamon and sugar are made even better by chocolate sauce in this recipe.

12 /24: Sweet potato latkes with spiked applesauce

12/24 :Sweet potato latkes with spiked applesauce

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

13 /24: Blueberry blintzes

13/24 :Blueberry blintzes

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

14 /24: Apple fries

14/24 :Apple fries

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

15 /24: Crispy vegetable fritters with balsamic

15/24 :Crispy vegetable fritters with balsamic

Dip these crispy vegetable fritters in a tangy balsamic sauce.

16 /24: Noodle kugel

16/24 :Noodle kugel

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

17 /24: Potato and parsnip latkes

17/24 :Potato and parsnip latkes

Parsnips give a slightly sweet flavor to these crispy vegan latkes

18 /24: Pomegranate-pumpkin seed gelt

18/24 :Pomegranate-pumpkin seed gelt

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

19 /24: Cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins

19/24 :Cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins

They're not actually fried, but these vegan cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins are almost just like the real thing.

20 /24: Homemade applesauce

20/24 :Homemade applesauce

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

21 /24: Raspberry rugelach

21/24 :Raspberry rugelach

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

22 /24: Blackberry cronuts

22/24 :Blackberry cronuts

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

23 /24: Raspberry jelly doughnut holes

23/24 :Raspberry jelly doughnut holes

Raspberry jelly and fried dough — it doesn't get better than this.

24 /24: Chai sufganiyot

24/24 :Chai sufganiyot

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