37 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes To Try This Year

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A vegan Thanksgiving roundup that brings together delicious recipes with a seasonal twist. These recipes come together to create the perfect vegan Thanksgiving menu.

This post goes out to anyone who has ever sat at the dinner table on Thanksgiving and felt like you were on the outside looking in. This time of year is special because it gives us the opportunity to share delicious food with the people we love, but that can’t happen if you’re pushing around some measly side items while watching everyone else savor their meals.

We know the struggle here at EBF, which is why we’ve put together a vegan Thanksgiving roundup with tons of options ranging from appetizers, sides, salads, mains and of course; desserts.

In the hopes of arming you with the necessary defense to ward off the “so what are you going to eat” question this holiday season, this post proves the fact that just because you choose to be vegan does not mean you have to limit the amount of flavor or variety that surrounds your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy these recipes, friends!

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

Keep everyone from getting hangry before the main event by serving up some festive appetizers.

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

4 from 2 votes
Turn your Thanksgiving veggie tray into a turkey for a fun and healthy Thanksgiving app. 
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Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.

Vegan Stuffed Mushroom

Cremini mushrooms are stuffed with a savory mixture of walnuts, dried cranberries, and holiday-inspired herbs. Then, they’re topped with vegan “parmesan” and roasted to perfection.
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Stuffed mushrooms on parchment.

Creamy Hummus

3.6 from 32 votes
Here's how to make perfectly smooth and creamy hummus at home! It's super easy to whip up — no peeling of chickpeas required. Serve with fresh veggies and pita for a delicious appetizer or snack.
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Creamy hummus with olive and spices on top in a black serving bowl with celery and chopped veggies displayed around the bowl.

Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

For many vegans, sides are the main attraction at Thanksgiving! Keep everyone at the table happy and pile plates high with these delicious vegan sides.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

4.12 from 18 votes
The best vegan mac and cheese made with cashews, potatoes and nutritional yeast! It’s easy to make, creamy, cheesy and so delicious. This comfort food classic turned plant-based is guaranteed to be a new family favorite.
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Roasted Root Vegetables

4.31 from 26 votes
These caramelized roasted root vegetables with sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips are such an easy and healthy side dish. Great for the holidays or everyday meals.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Brussels Sprouts

3.5 from 44 votes
These apple cider vinegar brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish for just about any occasion. You'll love the savory, sweet apple cider vinegar sauce that the sprouts are roasted in! 
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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

3.68 from 31 votes
This vibrant roasted butternut squash salad features kale, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts in an easy balsamic dressing.
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Quinoa Stuffing

4.67 from 9 votes
This quinoa stuffing is loaded with butternut squash, mushrooms and herbs. It’s a healthy, savory gluten-free side dish to add to your Thanksgiving table.
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Bowl and wooden spoon with quinoa stuffing made with cranberries and butternut squash.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Sweet Cherries

4.6 from 5 votes
Your family will love this healthy wild rice stuffing with butternut squash and sweet cherries. Dried sweet cherries and roasted butternut squash add a hint of sweetness to this savory wild rice stuffing. Vegan + Gluten-free. 
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Bowl of wild rice stuffing with butternut squash and sweet cherries topped with thyme.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

4.32 from 35 votes
Healthy green bean casserole made with a creamy mushroom cashew sauce and homemade crispy baked onions.
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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

4 from 104 votes
This healthy sweet potato casserole is lower in sugar, dairy-free and made with a crunchy oatmeal pecan topping. Vegan + gluten-free.
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Roasted Vegetable Salad

4.59 from 17 votes
This roasted vegetable salad features Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and cauliflower with a zesty horseradish dressing.
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Bowl with roasted vegetable salad with kale and beans.

Green Bean Salad

3.71 from 27 votes
This light and refreshing green bean salad combines fresh green beans, dried cranberries, toasted nuts and fried shallots all tossed in an apple cider vinegar dressing. It comes together quickly and is such a tasty side dish!
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Roasted Acorn Squash

5 from 2 votes
This savory roasted acorn is seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and fresh thyme and roasted to perfection. It makes a lovely side for just about any main dish.
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Sautéed Beet Greens with Roasted Beets

4.67 from 12 votes
Never waste beet greens again! Sautéed beet greens combine with sweet roasted beets for a simple and nutritious side dish.
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Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

4.47 from 13 votes
These pumpkin cornbread muffins are slightly sweet and moist from the pumpkin! They're the perfect side to a big bowl of cozy soup or chili. Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free and made with whole grains. 
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Vegan Cornbread

4 from 22 votes
This vegan cornbread is fluffy, moist and has just the right amount of sweetness. It comes together quickly and is the perfect comforting side to a big bowl of soup or chili.
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How to Make Sourdough Bread

3.19 from 58 votes
A beginner's guide to making artisan sourdough bread at home! This simple, no-knead recipe is easy to make with your sourdough starter. Just let the dough rise overnight and bake in the morning!
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Cranberry Sauce

3.74 from 69 votes
Skip the canned version and make this healthy cranberry sauce instead! It's naturally sweetened and the perfect addition to your holiday menu. Plus, it comes together in under 20 minutes with just 5 simple ingredients!
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10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

4.67 from 15 votes
A quick pumpkin butter recipe made in the microwave or on the stove top. Only 8 ingredients and a perfect spread for fall! Vegan + Gluten-Free.
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Healthy Apple Butter

4.6 from 27 votes
This healthy homemade apple butter is made in the slow cooker without any added sugar. Enjoy as a spread on toast or stir into a warm bowl of oatmeal.
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Main Dishes

Who says you have to serve turkey at Thanksgiving? Impress your guests with an amazing vegan dish as your centerpiece! The lentil loaf is a definite crowd-pleaser.

Vegan Lentil Loaf

4.41 from 168 votes
This hearty vegan lentil loaf is packed with flavor, loaded with plant-based protein and makes for a delicious vegetarian entree for a holiday meal.
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Easy Marinated Tempeh

4.78 from 9 votes
This easy marinated tempeh is my favorite way to cook tempeh. The maple balsamic sauce gives the tempeh so much flavor!
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Tofurky Roast

Tofurky roasts are a convenient vegan holiday staple. They’re easy to prepare and make a satisfying centerpiece to a vegan Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.
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1-Hour Vegan Shepard’s Pie

A hearty, 10-ingredient vegan shepherd’s pie that’s loaded with veggies and savory lentils and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. So flavorful and satisfying that you won’t miss the meat!
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Vegan shepard's pie in a baking dish, with two servings removed. The servings are on plates next to the baking dish.

Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Arguably the best part of Thanksgiving… dessert! While I have plenty of dessert recipes to choose from, here are a few that really shine this time of year.

Mini Raw Apple Pies

4.75 from 4 votes
These raw mini apple pies are made with all whole foods and no processed sugar, flour, dairy, etc. They're raw, vegan, gluten-free and packed with nutrients. These mini apple pies are perfect to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!
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Vegan Coffee Cake

5 from 6 votes
This vegan coffee cake is made with coconut milk yogurt, whole wheat flour and coconut sugar. It’s lightened up, but still absolutely delicious.
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Slices of coffee cake on parchment paper. a teaspoon of cinnamon and bowl fo pecans are on the table too.

Vegan Apple Pie Filling

3.12 from 18 votes
This healthy apple pie filling is vegan, naturally sweetened with dates and perfectly spiced with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
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No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

3.74 from 23 votes
These decadent no bake pumpkin pie bars pair a crunchy granola crust with a creamy, thick pumpkin filling with coconut oil and cashew butter. Vegan & gluten-free.
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Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

4.71 from 17 votes
This easy and healthy sweet potato pie is made with coconut sugar, coconut cream and fresh sweet potatoes. It’s dairy-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free as well.
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Baked Apples

3.63 from 45 votes
These cozy baked apples are filled with a buttery cinnamon sugar oat crumble and super easy to make. Enjoy warm with ice cream and a drizzle of date caramel sauce for the ultimate fall dessert!
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Vegan Tofu Pumpkin Pie

4.26 from 35 votes
For this delicious vegan pumpkin pie, silken tofu replaces the eggs and dairy and the filling is put into a flavorful and nutty oatmeal pecan crust.
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Sweet Potato Brownies

4.66 from 32 votes
You’ll never know there are vegetables hidden in these sweet potato brownies! Top with chocolate ganache for the ultimate sweet treat.
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Sweet potato brownies on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.

Healthy Apple Crisp

4.52 from 58 votes
This healthy apple crisp is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and features a crunchy oatmeal topping. This recipe is sure to be a fall family favorite!
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Round dish with an apple crisp topped with three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Two serving spoons are in the crisp.

Vegan Thanksgiving Cocktails + Drinks

Batch these festive cocktails that are perfect to serve alongside your Thanksgiving meal and enjoy celebrating and spending time with family and guests.

Mulled Wine

4 from 5 votes
A simple recipe for mulled wine that is loaded with notes of citrus and warming spices and can be made in your slow cooker or on the stove top. It's cozy, festive and perfect for the holiday season!
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A large pot containing mulled wine with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise floating in the wine.

Apple Cider Mimosas

4.75 from 4 votes
These tasty apple cider mimosas are made with just two simple ingredients: apple cider and sparkling wine. They are bubbly, festive and perfect for the holiday season.
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Two tall glasses of apple cider mimosas with a cinnamon sugar rim and an apple slice for garnish.

Vodka Cranberry

3.87 from 51 votes
A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.
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Two glasses filled with vodka cranberry over ice. Each has been topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole (& More Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes)

5 from 2 votes
You will love this vegan sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. It's lower in sugar and absolutely delicious.
Overhead shot of a white baking dish with sweet potato casserole with a gold spoon scooping out a portion.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 8 cups sweet potatoes, about 4 large potatoes
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk, light or regular
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg

Topping:

  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • cup oat flour or almond flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, in solid form

Instructions
 

  • Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into large chunks. Place the chunks in a large saucepan and cover with cold water, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Once done, drain well and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F and spray a little cooking spray on a 9×13 or 9×9 inch casserole dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the pecans, oats, oat flour, and brown sugar. Cut in coconut oil with a fork or knife until the mixture is sandy with pea-sized chunks of oil. Set aside.
  • Place sweet potatoes into a large bowl and mash them with fork before adding coconut milk, maple syrup, oil, flaxseed, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the bowl. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Spoon the sweet potato mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle on the brown sugar and pecan mixture. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the sweet potatoes are bubbling.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/16 of recipe Calories: 237kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 3g Fat: 10g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 18g
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan sweet potato casserole

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    4 comments
    1. Julia Baracewicz
      November 25, 2021 AT 7:45 pm

      5 stars
      i made this for thanksgiving this year with almond flour! I had all the ingredients already in my house and left out the flaxseed, still delicious! Everyone loved it, definitely will be a staple for future thanksgivings!

    2. Andrew
      December 2, 2018 AT 2:09 pm

      The lentil loaf was requested again this year. My family won’t let me come to Thanksgiving without making it! It’s delicious!

    3. Mia
      November 18, 2017 AT 11:52 am

      Although I am not vegan, I love trying out different recipes. These all look delicious!

      Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    4. Genie
      November 17, 2017 AT 5:36 pm

      Wonderful recipes! Thank you for the nice selection.

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