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Welcome to the Vegan Christmas Recipes series! Firstly, in part 1, we are making a delicious oil-free vegan cheeseball, and raw vegan, refined-sugar free chocolate pom-poms.

And we have a new guest here on the blog, who will be making this first part of the vegan Christmas recipes for you! And he is none other than my beloved partner, Tomer.

While you’ve probably already heard of him, you have never seen him in any of my videos. While it was a pretty big feat to get him to come on, I believe he did an awesome job, and he is sharing some of the most delicious foods my little mouth has ever tasted! 

Tomer is not an extrovert like I am, but you’ll be surprised to know he is quite a babbler when the two of us are alone (to my dismay, as I am a babbler myself and we find ourselves competing for talk time sometimes…)

I’m super stoked that he has chosen to share these two vegan Christmas recipes in his first guest appearance, because they represent exactly what he usually makes for me: cheese and dessert.

When I think about it, I am one lucky girl, because those are my two favorite things, and he is extremely skilled at making them. 

Although we have never celebrated Christmas (we are Jewish), you can be sure that we will be devouring these recipes throughout the year, and so should you! Because they are divine. easy to make, and relatively healthy (they are pretty fatty, so don’t go in and eat the whole thing by yourself, but at least they are refined sugar and oil-free!)

Next week, I will be sharing 4 more recipes for mains and drinks for our part 2 of the vegan Christmas recipes series, so be sure to check that out in a week! And now, let’s make our vegan cheese and chocolate pom-poms! 

Vegan Christmas Recipes: Raw Vegan Cheeseball Recipe

This raw vegan cheeseball recipe is probably my most favorite cheese that Tomer has ever made! (And that’s a lot to say, because he is truly a master cheese maker). I love it because most vegan cheese recipes require you to wait about 24 hours until they harden, while this one is ready in just a couple of hours! If you are a die-hard cheese fanatic like me, you are going to adore this recipe for sure.

Raw Vegan Cheeseball | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, like us, you are still definitely going to enjoy smothering this cheese on crackers, or putting pieces of it in your salads. But I do caution you – do not make this whole batch and intend to keep it in the fridge and eat a little at a time. This stuff is quite addicting, because it is so, so good. And unlike most of my other recipes, I don’t think you should eat this entire one in one go!

Raw Vegan Cheeseball | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

This cheese is creamy, rich, and packed with some good stuff too, like turmeric and black pepper in their raw, anti-inflammatory form! It’s perfect as an appetizer at a big party, which you can serve with veggie crackers, and it’s also perfect in lasagna, pasta, or in any other dish that uses cheese.

Raw Vegan Cheeseball | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

Raw Vegan Cheeseball | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw
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Raw Vegan Cheeseball

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Soak cashew overnight, covered with filtered water. Remove from soaking water, rinse and drain.
  • Add cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, lemon juice, sauerkraut juice, turmeric, black salt, coconut butter and black pepper to a food processor, and process until very smooth. You may need to stop mid-way and scrape the side with a spatula to get everything evenly processed. 
  • Take the mixture out of the food processor, and form into a ball-like shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect – we will form the final shape after it’s refrigerated. 
  • Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until the ball hardens somewhat. Take out of the fridge, and roll into a ball in your hands. It should be very easy to do so at this point.
  • Optional: grind up some seeds (we used sunflower and pumpkin) until pretty fine, but not a powder. We used a magic bullet to do this. Then, stick on the outside of the ball for decoration. 

Notes

Make your own sauerkraut with this recipe, and use the leftover liquid, or buy store-bought raw sauerkraut (I like WildBrine brand).

Vegan Christmas Recipes: Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom-Poms

Ok, this vegan Christmas recipe has the cutest name ever. But aside from that, it is also really delicious and easy to make too! Chocolate pom-poms are chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds. It’s really perfect for Christmas because of the beautiful red color of pomegranate, and because, well, it’s a perfect dessert!

Recently, Tomer and I have stopped buying artificial sweeteners. We will eat them occasionally, but we really try to make our food as whole as possible. Instead, we like to use dates. And I must say – I have been extremely surprised at how delicious vegan desserts taste with just the sweetness of dates! 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

I love how beautiful these pom-poms turned out, and how simple they are! With only a few ingredients, you can create such decadent raw vegan desserts, it’s crazy!

Plus, Tomer (after shopping at a few stores), found this really awesome silicone muffin pan that makes the process of creating these so much easier.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

It’s great because you just make a layer of blended chocolate, pomegranate seeds, and some more chocolate on top, put it in the freezer, and they pop out super easy! We had so many of these, oy vey… With just a couple of easy ingredients, they are divine! Did I mention they are refined-sugar free?!?! (Yes, I am super proud of that one!)

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

Eat these for Christmas dessert, or eat them for dessert any day of the week! If you’re not a big pomegranate fan, or if you’re too lazy to cut open one of these gorgeous and super healthy fruits, then just use anything else – berries, oranges, any other fruit, really!Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms | Vegan Christmas Recipes | Soul in the Raw
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Raw Vegan Chocolate Pom Poms

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Soak cashew overnight, covered with filtered water. Remove from soaking water, rinse and drain.
  • Add cashews, cacao, coconut butter, dates, lucuma, salt and water into a blender, and blend until completely smooth.
  • Use a silicone muffin pan (it will be so much easier to take out the pom-poms if you do), and place about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate in each muffin hole. Then, add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate aerials on top, followed by 1 more tablespoon of chocolate to seal the pom-poms.
  • Place in the freezer until chocolate hardens completely (1-2 hours). Easily snag each pomp pom out of the silicone pan.   

I hope you enjoyed this week’s recipes, and please look forward to next week for some more vegan Christmas recipes, made by yours truly, and a little competition of who did a better job (Tomer or I) ?

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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.
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