37 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes



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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.

Cute turkey thanksgiving veggies tray. Veggies formed to look like a cute turkey as a veggie tray, with a bowl of guacamole.
4 from 2 votes

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray

Turn your Thanksgiving veggie tray into a turkey for a fun and healthy Thanksgiving app. 
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Stuffed mushrooms on parchment.

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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Creamy hummus with olive and spices on top in a black serving bowl with celery and chopped veggies displayed around the bowl.
3.75 from 36 votes

Creamy Hummus

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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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.

A spoonful of vegan mac and cheese being held overtop of a bowl filled with vegan mac and cheese.
4.28 from 22 votes

Vegan Mac and Cheese

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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A bowl of vegan butternut squash mac and cheese topped with fresh pepper and chives. A fork rests in the bowl.
5 from 12 votes

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This vegan butternut squash mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food recipe made healthier and comes together in just 30 minutes. It's so creamy and delicious, no one will ever guess it's packed with veggies!
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Roasted root vegetables in a bowl.
4.44 from 32 votes

Roasted Root Vegetables

These roasted root vegetables are such an easy and healthy side dish for any meal. Sweet potatoes, carrots and onion are tossed with oil and herbs and roasted until tender and caramelized.
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An overhead photo looking down on a plate of apple cider vinegar roasted Brussels sprouts. A silver spoon is laying next to the plate.
3.74 from 52 votes

Apple Cider Vinegar Brussels Sprouts

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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Oval serving tray with kale and butternut salad. Wood salad tongs are beside the plate.
3.87 from 36 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

This vibrant roasted butternut squash salad features kale, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts in an easy balsamic dressing.
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Sourdough stuffing in a serving dish with a serving spoon.
5 from 4 votes

Sourdough Stuffing

The best sourdough stuffing made with sautéed vegetables and tons of fresh herbs. It's vegan, flavorful, comes together quickly and is the perfect savory side dish to add to your holiday menu.
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Bowl and wooden spoon with quinoa stuffing made with cranberries and butternut squash.
4.73 from 11 votes

Quinoa Stuffing

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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Wild rice stuffing in a serving bowl.
4.72 from 7 votes

Wild Rice Stuffing

This wild rice stuffing is packed with butternut squash, dried cherries and fresh herbs. It's a delicious gluten-free and vegan alternative to traditional stuffing and is the perfect addition to your holiday table.
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Healthy green bean casserole in a baking dish.
4.42 from 41 votes

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Healthy green bean casserole made with a creamy mushroom cashew sauce and homemade crispy baked onions.
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A serving spoon resting in a white baking dish containing sweet potato casserole.
4.29 from 146 votes

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

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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Bowl with roasted vegetable salad with kale and beans.
4.71 from 24 votes

Roasted Vegetable Salad

This roasted vegetable salad features Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and cauliflower with a zesty horseradish dressing.
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A serving bowl containing raw collard greens salad with salad servers.
4.74 from 30 votes

Raw Collard Greens Salad

This simple raw collard green salad is made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, onion and garlic. It comes together quickly and is the perfect side salad for fall and winter.
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An overhead photo looking down onto a serving dish containing green bean salad topped with fried shallots. A fork is resting next to the serving dish, as well as a blue linen dishcloth.
3.75 from 28 votes

Green Bean Salad

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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Slices of roasted acorn squash on a plate and seasoned with spices.
5 from 3 votes

Roasted Acorn Squash

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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Two plates with beets and greens and a small ramekin of red pepper flakes.
4.70 from 13 votes

Sautéed Beet Greens with Roasted Beets

Never waste beet greens again! Sautéed beet greens combine with sweet roasted beets for a simple and nutritious side dish.
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Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffin sliced and laying on a muffin liner and spread with ghee.
4.57 from 16 votes

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

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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A closeup photo of two pieces of vegan cornbread stacked on top of each other drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a pat of vegan butter.
4.05 from 23 votes

Vegan Cornbread

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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A loaf of sourdough bread on a wooden cutting board with a second loaf that has been cut in a half angled and resting on top of the other loaf. There is a bread knife to the left of the loaves on the cutting board.
3.36 from 64 votes

How to Make Sourdough Bread

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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A serving dish containing cranberry sauce. A spoon rests at the top of the bowl and there are whole cranberries scattered around the bowl.
3.81 from 73 votes

Cranberry Sauce

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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Pumpkin butter in a glass cup with a pumpkin behind it.
4.73 from 18 votes

10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

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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Apple butter in a jar with a twine bow tied around the jar.
4.74 from 42 votes

Healthy Apple Butter

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.

An overhead shot of a cutting board with a partially sliced lentil loaf on parchment paper. A knife lays on the cutting board perpendicular to the loaf.
4.51 from 207 votes

Vegan Lentil Loaf

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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Marinated tempeh finished cooking in a large skillet.
4.94 from 30 votes

Easy Marinated Tempeh

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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A close up of a Torfurky Roast surrounded by vegetables.

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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Vegan shepard's pie in a baking dish, with two servings removed. The servings are on plates next to the baking dish.

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 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.

A slice of vegan chocolate pie with whipped topping on a plate.
4.70 from 13 votes

Vegan Chocolate Pie

This easy vegan chocolate pie is made with tofu instead of dairy or eggs. Made with just 4 simple ingredients the filling is rich, creamy and absolutely delicious.
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Mini raw apple pies on a plate. A napkin and apple slices are also on the table.
4.84 from 6 votes

Mini Raw Apple Pies

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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Slices of coffee cake on parchment paper. a teaspoon of cinnamon and bowl fo pecans are on the table too.
4.20 from 21 votes

Vegan Coffee Cake

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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Raw apple pie filling a glass jar.
3.53 from 23 votes

Vegan Apple Pie Filling

This healthy apple pie filling is vegan, naturally sweetened with dates and perfectly spiced with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Pumpkin pie bar with a bite taken out of it on a white plate.
3.97 from 28 votes

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

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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Slice of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. A bite is taken out of the pie.
4.75 from 20 votes

Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

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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An overhead shot of a baked apple sliced in half with a scoop of ice cream and a caramel drizzle in a shallow bowl with a silver spoon.
3.69 from 47 votes

Baked Apples

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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Slice of vegan pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream.
4.44 from 46 votes

Vegan Tofu Pumpkin Pie

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 on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.
4.71 from 37 votes

Sweet Potato Brownies

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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A healthy apple crisp topped with three scoops of ice cream.
4.75 from 108 votes

Healthy Apple Crisp

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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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.

A large pot containing mulled wine with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise floating in the wine.
4 from 5 votes

Mulled Wine

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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Two tall glasses of apple cider mimosas with a cinnamon sugar rim and an apple slice for garnish.
4.75 from 4 votes

Apple Cider Mimosas

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 glasses filled with vodka cranberry over ice. Each has been topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.
4.05 from 61 votes

Vodka Cranberry

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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37 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

You will love this vegan sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. It's lower in sugar and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.



Serving: 1/16 of recipe | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan thanksgiving recipes
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  1. The lentil loaf was requested again this year. My family won’t let me come to Thanksgiving without making it! It’s delicious!

  2. 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!