How To Have a Cruelty-free Christmas

How To Have a Cruelty-free Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, and the amount of times I have been asked by my non-vegan friends what I can eat over Christmas is flabbergasting. I figured this could be a great opportunity to showcase the delicacies we vegans eat, as well as providing others with an opportunity to minimise their own impact this Christmas. So, before reading on, I would love for your participation in this post by commenting some of your favourite vegan Christmas products. Lets get a conversation going!

#1 Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Beef Roast with Red Wine & Shallot Glaze £3.50

Having only been released a couple of months ago, it’s safe to say this will be a Christmas favourite amongst many vegans in the UK.  I’ve already tried this product, and it’s a great if you’re looking for something that closely resembles meat – it’s thick, chewy and dense as expected. I did find it a little dry but thats due to the red wine glazing absorbing into the ‘meat’ during the cooking process. So this time, I’ll be wrapping the product in tin foil and adding additional sauce. Problem (hopefully) solved.

Notes: Look for lentil/nut roasts in most major UK shopping markets, or soy products such as Tofurky in Holland and Barrett.

#2 Violife Christmas Dairy Free Cheese Platter £5.50

Yaaaas. You heard it – there’s now a vegan cheese platter. Not that that didn’t stop us from making our own anyway with the endless selections of other vegan cheeses, but this just has that festive marketing. I genuinely love Violifes cheeses, especially the mature Cheddar, and have trialled their products on friends and family, who haven’t been able to tell much difference to the ‘real thing’. Personally, I won’t be buying this product because I’m not a fan of Blu cheese, but I will be forming my own cheese board through some of the options available at Sainsburys. That being said, this could be a great selection if you’re looking to venture out of your diary cave and try something a little more dair-ing. Sorry, I’ll leave the puns to the masters.

Notes: Sainsbury’s offer a great selection of individual vegan cheeses. Few options available in Asda and Tesco. Find more Violife products here


#3 Cadbury’s Original Hot Chocolate £1.50

Vegans are not exempt from being chocolate lovers. Repeat. Cadbury’s original hot chocolate powder is vegan, and a staple in my kitchen during the winter months. I swirl mine into soy milk but there are an endless variety of milk products out there for you to experiment with. I’ve heard almond milk is great, but I can’t provide much insight here! For Christmas, I may be tempted to up my game, and buy some soy whipped cream, marshmallows and black forest syrup. Tis the season to get very fat.

Notes: Available in majority of stores. Due to several Cadbury hot chocolate products, please check the ingredients to ensure they are dairy-free.

#4 Mr Kipling’s Treacle Tart £1.50 + more!

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I know, I couldn’t believe it either but Mr Kipling’s Treacle Tart is in fact, vegan. Topped with warm vegan custard and a sprinkling of cinnamon, and you have yourself a warming movie night treat… that’s if you can handle it after all that Christmas dinner. Not to worry if you’re not a treacle fan, there are  endless treat options available out there that it rakes my brain when people tell me how they could never be vegan. From Apple and Berry Strudels, to Ice-Cream…there’s just too many to mention. Perhaps this deserves an additional post?


Did any of these options surprise you? Do you have any Christmas products to shout about?

Let me know,



  1. December 21, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I have had two cruelty free Christmasses so far and they have been amazing! Will be making a cheese platter for sure this year as cheese on Christmas is always a must, and will also be on the lookout for that treacle because it has to be one of the best accidentally vegan things ever :’)

    • helloleaa
      December 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Yay! So this will be your third? This will be my second and it’s so exciting considering how vegan products have boomed this year! ❤️

  2. December 21, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    my simple question to all meat-eaters is, could you kill an animal to eat it? It really is that simple.

    • helloleaa
      December 21, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I read a comment earlier today on a youtube video, who justified eating meat by saying “Well I’m not the one killing the animal”. Don’t think they realise how money works…

      • December 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

        well that’s a completion abdication and rather pathetic isn’t it….The money game allows people to delegate their duties and conveniently package up their ethics and morality into a neat sized container, which can be called upon when needed…

  3. December 21, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    We should chat! Arbonne has all vegan products:)

  4. December 23, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Cheese? I’m not vegan, but didn’t know cheese was off limits to those who are. I learn something nee everyday on these blogging sites!

    • helloleaa
      December 23, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Haha you do learn something new everyday! Yeah, vegans don’t consume any animal product or by-product, including cheese and honey, wether its for health, environmental, or ethical reasons. I believe vegetarians still eat those products! 🙂

  5. December 24, 2017 / 2:41 am

    Great way to highlight conscious choices!! Always a big fan of spreading the good word of cruelty free any time of year, such a special touch to include options for the ‘traditional’ holiday favorites! Cheers x

  6. February 11, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I was vegetarian for about 12 years and about 6 months ago or maybe even longer now I became a vegan. It was the best decision of my life. I celebrated my first vegan Christmas last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I find vegan food much more interesting and tastier plus there is so much more choice than ever now. Cashew nut is lovely in hot chocolate as it is creamy and rich. Yes I like Violife too. We had a nut roast for Christmas which was lovely with all of the good stuff – the vegetables. Thanks for sharing. It is lovely to connect with you and to read your lovely blog

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