Easter Chestnut Recipes

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  • Serves 8

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (plus 2 hours set time in fridge)

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

hestnuts are the perfect ingredient for many plant-based dessert, not only because their subtle sweetness tastes amazing, when blitzed they act as a creamy thickener and a healthy alternative to diary products. This delicious chocolate and chestnut tart is a great example of how chestnuts can simply transform your desserts into plant-based.

  • Serves 9

  • 1 hour + rising time

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

The perfect plant-based, sticky, delicious treat! Perfect for Easter to Mothers day to afternoon tea. A real showstopper for sure, […]

  • Serves 8

  • 35 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Full of herby flavour, these tasty stuffing balls are so simple to make, but play a key supporting role in any plant-based roast dinner.

  • Serves 12

  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

Chestnuts are the perfect ingredient for many vegan desserts for so many reasons! I’ve used them in my caramel as they’re naturally sweet and creamy so work well as a dairy replacement when blitzed, plus they are a wonderful binding ingredient so I’ve also added them to the biscuit base so they add rich flavour and texture.

  • Serves 15

  • 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

Chestnuts are the perfect plant-based pie filling, adding depth and flavour and paring perfectly with the earthiness of mushrooms. This recipe can easily be the star of roast dinners, a simple pie and mash set-up or served simply with a chestnut gravy. Delicious!

  • Serves 4

  • 25 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Pure plant-based comfort food at it’s best! This recipe really takes food on toast to the next level! It can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and is so quick and simple to make – comfort food on toast has never tasted so good. 

  • Serves 10

  • 45 Minutes (set overnight)

  • 5 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it? With chestnut puree, you can eat your cake diary free (and a small slice of guilt free!)  in many plant-based scenarios. This chestnut and ginger cheesecake is a real showstopper, with the punchy ginger pairing perfectly with the creaminess of the chestnuts.

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 20 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

There’s nothing better than a roast dinner that is full of plant-based goodness and this delicious stuffed roasted squash recipe is packed with flavour. It’s simple to make, but guaranteed to stand out on a plate of roast dinner!

  • Serves 4

  • 2 hours 10 muinutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

For when you need something sweet, healthy and really easy! If you like the sound of banoffee pie combined with a Snickers bar, then this one’s for you.

  • Serves 20

  • 20 Minutes prep - 2 hours in fridge

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

These chocolate tiffins are the perfect melt in the mouth treat alongside a cuppa. Wrap in baking paper and tie with string for a thoughtful Christmas gift, or share with friends and family on a cosy winter afternoon.

  • Serves 24

  • 120 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This quick cheat’s fudge is fool proof – no sugar thermometers needed here! It’s deliciously rich and fudgy, with the perfect crunch from the chopped chestnuts. The perfect post dinner treat.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

What a joyful tart to make, figs and chestnuts are a marriage from the magnificent month of September when they cross paths in Provence.

  • Serves 24

  • 20 Minutes Prep - 1 Hour to set

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These chestnut chocolate truffles are seriously decadent and yet really easy to make. Roll in cocoa powder, or get creative with your toppings, coating in white chocolate, or rolling in some Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnut pieces.

  • Serves 12

  • 30 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This warming and indulgent pear and chestnut cake is packed with hidden spice and perfect with a hearty dollop of ice cream on a cosy night in. Share with friends or slice and pop in the freezer if you’d rather keep it all to yourself!

  • Serves 6

  • 40 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

This chestnut and mushroom gravy is a fantastic vegan alternative to the traditional Christmas gravy. Flavoured with fresh thyme and paprika, it’s a hearty and delicious accompaniment to roast potatoes, a nut roast and a bowlful of sprouts! For a seamless Christmas Day, make ahead and freeze for one month, or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Serves 10

  • 75-90 Minutes

  • 5 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This special Wellington is the perfect centre piece for a plant-based Christmas it tastes spectacular and looks absolutely stunning! By @thelittleplantation

  • Serves 6

  • 10 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A chestnut custard for Christmas, one that will happily serve everyone at your festive table including those on plant-based and dairy free diets

  • Serves 6

  • 25 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The ultimate festive side, full of the warming and familiar wintery flavours of Christmas

  • Serves 6

  • 45 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Chestnuts and vanilla are the perfect Christmas paring, a combo that makes this festive plant-based cake the ultimate show stopping […]

  • Serves 12

  • 1 Hour 40 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These sticky salted caramel meringues are a real crowd pleaser! The salted caramel pairs perfectly with the chestnut cream, especially when sandwiched between two crunchy meringues! A great vegan alternative to the traditional meringue.

  • Serves 3

  • 35 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

These chocolate chestnut doughnuts are really fun to make and are ideal alongside a cup of coffee. The light and fluffy texture and silky chocolate ganache pairs perfectly with the crunchy chestnut brittle.

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a magical soup, the creamiest you will ever taste, but it doesn’t have any cream added

  • Serves 2

  • 15 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The combination of lentils, mushrooms and chestnuts with a delicate whiff of truffle is my kind of comfort food

  • Serves 20

  • 2 hours

  • 3 pans

  • Expert

Suitable for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

These candied chestnuts are quite a commitment, as doing them properly means spreading the work across 4 days. Don’t be put off though – each day requires only 5 minutes, and the end result is absolutely delicious!

  • Serves 20

  • 5 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

Chestnut butter is totally vegan and totally delicious whether you are vegan or not. It is delicious spread on toasted baguette or baked sweet potatoes, great to stir into soups, pasta sauces, risottos and glorious in combination with chutney and cheese on crackers

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A fresh, fruity, spicy and deeply satisfying autumnal delight

  • Serves 6

  • 60 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

In summer, Ratatouille encapsulates this philosophy in a brightly coloured carnival of tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and peppers

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is the quickest route I know to the satisfaction of comfort food. The saucy lentils and Parmesan or chestnut puree create the type of texture associated with risotto and the taste associated with Bolognaise sauce, but they do it in 6 minutes rather than 20

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This is a really simple recipe to make. The porcini mushrooms give the soup a fantastic flavour.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

A tasty plant-based take on meatballs and comfort food bliss!

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A wonderfully vibrant, fresh pea and spinach soup, topped with crispy chestnut croutons. Perfect for a light lunch, or a snazzy starter.

  • Serves 6

  • 60 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A hearty filling dish for those dark cosy evenings in.

  • Serves 2

  • 50 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A filling, festive salad with roasted carrots and chestnuts.

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The perfect veggie main for your Christmas lunch, full of flavour with an incredible “meaty” texture made with the addition of chestnuts

  • Serves 2

  • 10 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A deliciously simple dip with a luxuriously smooth texture that a chickpea could only dream of!