These Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes will make planning your vegan Thanksgiving menu SO much easier! With recipes for everything you’ll want on the table, this Thanksgiving menu is going to simplify your holidays.
I’m so excited to share my Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Menu with you!! I’ve been making variations on these recipes for about four years now, and my whole family loves them – the gluten-free vegans who eat like me (hi, sister!), and the “regular” eaters alike.
Being vegan (AND gluten-free, in my case) on Thanksgiving may feel like a difficult time, and some folks may feel left out – we NEVER want that to be the goal, and with these recipes, you won’t be missing out at all. This collection of vegan thanksgiving recipes includes appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, sauces, and of course – lots of healthier desserts that are perfect for celebrating!
My goal on Thanksgiving is always to make the day as enjoyable as possible, and that usually means prepping a lot of the dishes ahead of time – at least as much as I can manage. Most of these recipes provide make-ahead options so you can just bake and serve on Thanksgiving day. I hope you have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!!
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- Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes
- Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
- Thanksgiving Sauces
- Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes
1. Autumn Harvest Kale Salad
This Autumn Kale Harvest Salad brings together the best of fall’s produce into a beautiful salad. It’s made with thinly sliced kale, pomegranate seeds, Honey crisp apple slices, candied almond slices, and tossed in a lusciously sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette.
2. Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
This Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Gluten-Free Pecan Crumble recipe is the best sweet potato casserole ever! It’s made with fresh yams and coconut sugar for subtle sweetness. With a crispy gluten-free pecan crumble topping, you’ll definitely be serving yourself seconds.
3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate & Pecans
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate & Pecans are a healthy, flavorful, and colorful side dish that will brighten up your table and turn anyone into a brussels sprouts lover!
4. Vegan Mushroom Stuffing
This Vegan Mushroom Stuffing is loaded with wild mushrooms, onions, sage, and thyme, for a fantastic holiday side dish that your whole family will love. This easy stuffing recipe can easily be made into a gluten-free stuffing, as well.
5. Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes
These Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes are made with plant-based butter, fresh garlic, and simple, healthy ingredients. They’re so easy to make and perfect served with homemade gravy for Thanksgiving dinner!
6. Vegan + Paleo Broccoli Gratin
This Vegan Broccoli Gratin has a deliciously rich and “cheesy” sauce and is baked until golden brown on top. It’s the perfect gluten-free and paleo side dish to serve with your Thanksgiving feast, or to enjoy any night of the week.
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
1. Mushroom & Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
This Mushroom & Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash is filled with caramelized onions, cauliflower florets, spinach, dried cranberries, and pecans. It’s served with a drizzle of lemon tahini sauce. This comforting and colorful dish has a variety of texture, tons of flavor, and makes the perfect hearty dinner or side dish.
2. Vegan Mac and Cheese
Simple and quick to make, this Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! It’s made with just 8 whole ingredients – no processed vegan cheeses here. This recipe comes together quickly for an easy dinner and is easily made gluten-free.
3. Vegetable Pot Pie (Gluten-Free + Paleo)
This Vegan Pot Pie has a scrumptious flaky gluten-free & paleo crust and the creamy filling is absolutely loaded with vegetables! This is a hearty, filling vegan dinner that is perfect for chilly days and freezes well.
Vegan Thanksgiving Sauce Recipes
1. Healthy Paleo Cranberry Sauce
This Healthy Paleo Cranberry Sauce is simple to make, delicious, and sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar-free. Orange zest and warm spices give this cranberry sauce incredible flavor, and it’s done in 15 minutes.
2. Vegan Mushroom Gravy
This Vegan Mushroom Gravy is quick and simple to make. It’s the perfect pairing for your mashed potatoes, or to pour over your holiday meal! This gravy is also gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
1. Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp
This Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp will make you want seconds! With a luscious caramel apple filling and oatmeal crumble topping, this vegan holiday dessert is irresistible.
2. Butternut Squash Pie from The Bakerita Cookbook!
This Butternut Squash Pie with Oat Crust is from my cookbook, on page 127. It’s too good not to include, and absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving festivities. The butternut squash is a lovely change from the traditional pumpkin.
3. 20 Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts!
These 20+ Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts will be a hit with the whole family! These delicious holiday dessert recipes are my family’s holiday favorites.
The BEST Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole to serve for Thanksgiving! Plus, lots of Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to make planning your vegan Thanksgiving menu SO much easier! With recipes for everything you’ll want on the table, this Thanksgiving menu is going to simplify your holidays.
For the Sweet Potato Mash
- About 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 flax eggs (see Notes)
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Pecan Topping
For the Sweet Potato Mash
- Add your sweet potatoes to a large pot and just barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until fork-tender, about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of your cut potatoes.
- Once they’re tender, drain the potatoes and add them into a large mixing bowl.
- Let cool slightly, and then mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
- Add in the flax eggs, coconut sugar, vegan butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until well combined, mashed to your liking, and the butter has fully melted and incorporated.
- Spread the sweet potato mash into a lightly greased casserole dish. Mine was around 8″x11″, but anything around that size will work well. Set aside while you prepare the pecan crumble topping.
For the Pecan Topping
- In a mixing bowl, combine the pecans, flour, coconut sugar, vegan butter, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together until well combined and crumbly.
- If it doesn’t seem crumbly enough, place it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to firm up the butter.
- Sprinkle evenly on top of the sweet potato mash.
- Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes until the top is crispy and browned.
For the flax eggs: combine two tablespoons flax meal with ⅓ cup water. Whisk together and let gel for 5 to 10 minutes until thickened before using.
To make ahead: Prepare the dish right up until baking, and then cover with foil and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to bake, remove the foil and bake as directed above. It’s perfect to make ahead of time to reduce stress on Thanksgiving!
To store leftovers: Keep tightly wrapped in foil in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Category: Thanksgiving
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: thanksgiving, vegan thanksgiving, gluten-free thanksgiving, sweet potato casserole, healthy thanksgiving, dairy-free