Here we have 50 recipes ideal for a vegan Thanksgiving. We have everything from desserts, snacks and the main event! All the dishes are easy to make with everyday ingredients you can easily source.
If this wasn’t enough, check out our write-up on the very best plant-based recipes we found. There are 101 of them, so even though it isn’t dedicated to any holiday, you’re bound to find it’s a great source of inspiration, too.
For now, get stuck into these recipes dedicated to Thanksgiving. Have fun and enjoy your friends and family.
Table of Contents
Feast-Worthy Thanksgiving Recipes
- Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- Pumpkin Streusel Bread
- Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Mushroom Gravy with Onion and Garlic
- Vegan Meatloaf with Gravy
- Portabella Mushroom Gravy with Nutritional Yeast and Chickpea Miso
- Homemade Apple Cider
- Wild Rice Delicata Squash Kale Salad
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Pecan Pie
- Vegetable Hand Rolls
- Sweet Potato and Rosemary Beignets
- Vegan Asian Chicken Salad
- Easy Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots
- Maple-Cinnamon Butternut Squash
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette
- Little Lentil Loaf with Mushrooms and Sage
- Stuffed Honeynut Squash with Quinoa and Pear Filling
- Vanilla Bean Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Oat Topping
- Creamed Corn Casserole
- Vegetarian Cincinnati Chili
- Easy Roasted Root Vegetables
- Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
- 10-Minute Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Cornbread Dressing Stuffed Squash
- Protein Packed Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Simple Vegan Eggnog
- Southern Ambrosia Smoothie
- Raw Golden Milk Cheesecake
- Pear Cranberry Crisp
- Brussels Sprouts with Mushroom "Bacon"
- Kale and Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Plum and Chestnut Cake
- Pumpkin Apple Tart
- Lentil Meatloaf Cups
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Unstuffing
- Butternut Squash with Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing
- Fall Harvest Sandwich
- Cinnamon and Mandarin Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Cupcakes
- Petite Jalapeño Cornbread Loaves
- Vegan Tiramisu That Totes Doesn’t Taste Vegan
- Beet Wellington
- Raw Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
- Mushroom Gravy with Sage and Thyme
- Boozy Noodles with Warm Brussels Slaw
- “Greeny Green” Collard Greens and Okra Salad
- Wrapping Up
Feast-Worthy Thanksgiving Recipes
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
For the ultimate healthy snack. So easy to make and perfect to have on the table for Thanksgiving.
These are crisp, salty and outright addicting once you get started.
You’re looking at just five ingredients, and that includes the seasoning!
Slice up the sweet potato and combined with the other ingredients and then bake for around 10 to 12 minutes. Perfect!
Pumpkin Streusel Bread
This bread is perfect for the holidays!
Just look down the list of ingredients and you’ll see incredible flavors such as ginger, vanilla, allspice and so much more.
If this wasn’t enough, there’s a fantastic streusel topping which is the perfect accompaniment. The bread is soft, moist and extremely flavorful. It will go in a snap!
Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are normally an accompaniment that we don’t give much thought to. They get boiled and that’s about it.
Change things up a bit with this delicious recipe! This will be the one-time people ask for more. The sprouts are initially cooked in a little water and then pan-fried with garlic, onion and more!
The end-result is a savoury and colorful dish loaded with flavor and different textures. Delicious!
Mushroom Gravy with Onion and Garlic
So, you have the vegan Thanksgiving meal all planned and ready to go, what about the gravy?
This mushroom gravy is creamy, rich and the ultimate complement for Thanksgiving dinner. It has just a handful of ingredients such as smashed garlic cloves, onion and more.
You’re looking at just 20 minutes to bring this to the table and that includes prep and cooking time. Guaranteed to be loved by vegans and meat-eaters!
Vegan Meatloaf with Gravy
Whether you’re making Thanksgiving for yourself or a guest, here you pretty much have the perfect meal.
Incredibly easy to make, it will definitely be a hit with its great flavors and hearty texture. The ingredients are extremely straight-forward, and I imagine you have most of them in the kitchen already.
As well as the meatloaf, you also get another great recipe on how to make the gravy that goes with it.
I really love the recipe page, not only does it give great instructions and photos, you also get wonderful ideas on what to serve with this plate of deliciousness!
Portabella Mushroom Gravy with Nutritional Yeast and Chickpea Miso
This recipe is supreme!
Looking at the ingredients immediately tells you the quality of this gravy. Imagine this on mashed potatoes or your favorite plant-based ‘meatloaf’.
Gravy is often thought of as just an accompaniment and not much attention goes to the recipe, we just use what we know and never change it much.
Such a first-class recipe, if you ever needed convincing how amazing gravy can be, this is it!
Homemade Apple Cider
What an amazing drink this is, the taste of holidays in every sip!
You can make this yourself at home so easily. Full of different types of apples, oranges and more. This recipe is designed for a slow cooker so bear that in mind.
The page has great photos helping you through each step of the way. It costs next to nothing to make a huge batch, who can argue with that?
Wild Rice Delicata Squash Kale Salad
This is the perfect side-salad either for yourself or for a family member or guest over Thanksgiving if they’re really into health foods.
I think I heard recently that Kale is one of the most nutritionally dense foods around.
Some great roasted squash and wild rice adds to the dish giving you an array of colours and textures. If this wasn’t enough the Maple Dijon dressing is amazing!
Crispy Smashed Potatoes
If you want something that will leave your guests speechless over the holidays, this is it.
Partly due to the fact potatoes are a staple and rarely something people get extremely excited over!
This recipe has a Mediterranean twist and uses olive oil along with some herbs to turn potatoes into something extra special.
The recipe calls for garlic powder but if you don’t have any, feel free to use fresh garlic instead! Awesome dish!
This is a no-bake recipe! The ‘cook’ time illustrated in the recipe details refers to the cheesecake being in the freezer.
An amazing crust of dates (use medjool), pecans and just a couple of other ingredients; whizz everything up in the food processor and you’re good to go.
The filling is all about coconut, puréed pumpkin, cashews (must be soaked overnight beforehand) and more!
Place in the freezer and defrost for about 20 minutes before serving. Stunningly delicious!
This gluten-free pie tastes like heaven.
The filling is made from just a few ingredients including cashew milk, pitted dates (definitely use medjool) and just a couple of other things.
Please note the author has included a ‘splash’ of brandy so you may want to omit this. Once finished you end up with a crispy, flaky pie that tastes like caramel!
Vegetable Hand Rolls
I immediately noticed the incredible presentation in these hand rolls. They look wonderful and just encourage you to pick them up and eat!
These would be perfect for a Thanksgiving party or when you’re looking for something to snack on in the evening.
If you have guests, they will definitely ask you for the recipe! As you may imagine, what you fill the rolls with is entirely up to you.
Following the recipe will guarantee a winner although you could also get creative and use any leftovers. Either way, you win!
Sweet Potato and Rosemary Beignets
When you have leftover sweet potato, you absolutely must make these!
As you may imagine, these need to be fried and we can’t get away from that. As a special treat for something you eat rarely, if you don’t mind fried food, these are definitely a hit!
They taste savoury and the rosemary is in every bite.
The amounts listed in the ingredients make for up to 24 beignets so adjust as necessary, I recommend double!
Vegan Asian Chicken Salad
This recipe is everything you wanted to be, quick, easy and bursting with flavor.
The ‘chicken’ is made from a brand name product, if you are unable to find it in your local store, use another variety or you could even have tofu, seitan, or even cauliflower pieces!
Then you have all sorts of things for the salad, this is quite flexible so perfect for using up leftovers. The pièce de résistance is the dressing which you simply must try!
Throw everything together and you have an amazing meal. Perfect for a starter or an evening snack over Thanksgiving.
Easy Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots
Carrots are one of those vegetables that everybody expects yet nobody gives much thought to.
Brighten up those orange vegetables with this incredible recipe. This is so easy to make you’ll be doing it all the time from now on.
Just a handful of ingredients and if you cook at least occasionally, you’ll probably have nearly everything in your kitchen already.
The only way to eat carrots with a roast dinner!
Maple-Cinnamon Butternut Squash
Most people expect to see butternut squash over the holidays on the Thanksgiving table.
Nobody will expect to see it like this! Here’s the real surprise, this is not only gluten-free, it’s oil-free as well! Make this and you’ll be guaranteed no leftovers whatsoever!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette
Our faithful Brussels sprouts, usually just thought of as an accompaniment, usually boiled and usually ignored!
Make this and they will be the main talking point at the dinner table when you bring everything out.
Cooked with squash and dried cranberries, this will quickly become a hit.
If that wasn’t enough, wait until you try the Dijon vinaigrette!
Little Lentil Loaf with Mushrooms and Sage
If you’re having a huge Thanksgiving filled with friends and family, this will be perfect for anyone not wanting to eat the dead animal!
There is one danger, it truly is so delicious that everybody will want to try some. So easy to make and bursting with flavor.
If you made this for Thanksgiving, I guarantee you’ll be making it for Christmas as well!
Stuffed Honeynut Squash with Quinoa and Pear Filling
With so much to do over Thanksgiving, it can be almost impossible to create something fancy.
Prepare to be amazed on how simple this recipe is. Grab your honey squash, quinoa and a handful of easy to source ingredients.
The author has done an amazing job of creating a video that walks you through everything step-by-step. Simply superb, on all accounts!
Vanilla Bean Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Pecan Oat Topping
I’ve seen so many sweet potato casserole recipes! Adding another in one to our roundups meant that it had to be good, this is more than that!
You can pretty much guarantee your guests will ask you for the recipe.
With ingredients such as vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, coconut oil and so much more, you know you can’t go wrong.
You’re looking at about 15 minutes prep time and the rest is in the oven. Perfect!
Creamed Corn Casserole
If you’re plant-based, life can be a little challenging at times when it comes to eating out, and it’s the same for the holidays. Standard dishes that are naturally vegan aren’t always very inspiring. This recipe changes everything!
This corn casserole has a silky texture and a wonderful onion and cheesy flavor thanks to the nutritional yeast.
There’s a little prep time and then you cook for about an hour. The end product is so good it’s almost a meal in itself!
Vegetarian Cincinnati Chili
Another wonderful dish made by Florian from Contentedness Cooking.
Rather than a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we know some people just want something different during the holidays.
Easy Roasted Root Vegetables
Spice up your holiday vegetables with this easy recipe perfect for pretty much everybody regardless of dietary requirements.
Give your Thanksgiving vegetables a Mediterranean twist with this super easy recipe. Prepare, bake and serve!
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
This is a great way to have sweet potato!
Everybody’s going to love you when you serve this fantastic casserole. Sweet potatoes mixed with garlic and a whole bunch of herbs and spices.
The topping contains rolled oats, walnuts, coconut sugar and more!
Put everything together and everybody will be asking you for the recipe so make sure you have plenty of copies to go around!
10-Minute Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal
The perfect Thanksgiving breakfast! Gluten-free and made with rolled oats on the stovetop!
Do note that the recipe calls for 2 cups of ‘milk’ and, as the author states in the introduction on the recipe page, just use your favorite plant-based milk to make this vegan.
Comes together in about five minutes and is the perfect start to those chilly November mornings!
Cornbread Dressing Stuffed Squash
Whether it’s you that follows a plant-based diet, or it’s one of your guests coming over for Thanksgiving, this recipe will hit the spot.
This is one of those recipes I love, it uses everyday ingredients to create something extra special.
I imagine you’ll have most of ingredients already. Squash will never be the same again!
Protein Packed Thanksgiving Stuffing
What’s the definition of a great stuffing for the holidays? Something full of flavor, has a little crunch and crucially, not mushy under the top layer. This is what you’re looking for.
With just 15 minutes prep time you can make one of the best stuffings ever!
Throw it all in the oven and carry on with your day preparing for Thanksgiving while this beautiful dish cooks. The aroma will leave you speechless.
Simple Vegan Eggnog
Eggnog and vegan are two words not normally associated together. This simple recipe is so tasty that everybody will just adore it.
The only preparation you should consider is to soak the cashews overnight before making this.
Just six ingredients is all you need, blend everything together, chill for at least an hour and it’s good to serve.
Cinnamon, nutmeg and a slight hint of maple syrup with every sip. Perfect!
Southern Ambrosia Smoothie
Not everything for Thanksgiving has to be about sweet potato and pumpkin!
This smoothie is thick and creamy and will be a hit to kickstart the holidays!
A lot of people make smoothies by throwing in random things into a blender in the hope the end-product will be nice!
That’s not the way to do it, a good recipe always wins the day and that’s just what you have here. Make sure you add the optional toppings!
Raw Golden Milk Cheesecake
Golden milk is a thing! It has been used for decades and it is an amazing anti-inflammatory recipe.
This recipe goes one step further and makes a cheesecake from the infamous ingredients.
I totally recommend getting medjool dates for the Almond Date Crust, I never buy any other kind of dates.
Not only is this good for you, it looks great and tastes even better!
Pear Cranberry Crisp
What a wonderful recipe this is.
The ingredients are divided into two sections, the peach layer and the topping. Both have just a handful of ingredients and you’ll quickly see how easy this is to make.
The recipe page is super useful with all sorts of notes and FAQs. A great dessert for Thanksgiving!
Brussels Sprouts with Mushroom “Bacon”
A great recipe for Brussels sprouts! Brighten up this winter vegetable with a massive shot of flavor!
This gluten-free recipe adds just a handful of ingredients to make some ‘bacon’ made from white cup mushrooms.
If you want to add color, just use beetroot juice as suggested by the author.
This really brightens up Brussels sprouts in terms of presentation and taste. Delicious!
Kale and Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash
When you want something different as a side dish on the table for Thanksgiving, check this out.
Not traditional although made with traditional ingredients, you’ll not have any problems sourcing anything. Bake for about 40 minutes and these will be ready to serve. Make sure you make enough as they’ll go quick!
Plum and Chestnut Cake
Chestnuts seem to be getting forgotten nowadays and that’s a huge shame as they’re delicious.
This recipe uses them (in the form of purée and flour) with a whole bunch of wonderful ingredients such as applesauce, coconut sugar and more.
What really brings this cake to life is the plum topping that uses real chestnuts.
There is a little prep time but I can assure you that once you taste it, you probably won’t want to share!
Pumpkin Apple Tart
A wonderful gluten-free pie, perfect for Thanksgiving.
Just 25 minute prep time and the same for cooking, this pumpkin apple tart will be a favorite in no time.
Make sure you get the best quality apples you can as it will make all the difference. Totally delicious!
Lentil Meatloaf Cups
Making a lentil meatloaf is great, what’s even better is dividing it into cups. It reduces the leftovers, makes them look great and everybody will want to try one.
If you’ve never made anything like this before, this recipe would be a great way to start.
Super easy and the ingredients are nothing but wholesome and delicious.
Bake for 45 minutes and you’ll be good to go. As an added bonus, this is naturally gluten-free!
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
This is one of those dishes that is ridiculously simple to make.
Once you’ve made potatoes like this, you’ll probably never make them any other way again. You don’t need to peel them or even boil beforehand!
Other than the potatoes, you’re looking at just four ingredients. Mix well and bake and you’ll never look back!
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
If you’re not sure about having pumpkin in a smoothie, let me reassure you it works and is a must-try!
Grab a can of pumpkin purée (you don’t need the whole can) and a handful of ingredients.
Blend together and simply taste the holidays! The perfect way to start Thanksgiving.
Sweet Potato Unstuffing
Unstuffing? You bet!
This recipe is naturally gluten-free and will be a hit with everybody.
I think the ingredients are absolutely perfect although there is honestly some flexibility so perfect for using up any leftovers you may have lying around.
Combine everything as instructed and bake for 40 minutes. Serve immediately and it will be gone, immediately!
Butternut Squash with Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing
If you’ve never had quinoa stuffing, now is the time to try.
This dish goes one further and uses butternut squash. With ingredients such as celery, onion and toasted pine nuts, it’s easy to see this will be a hit.
The recipe page is laid out beautifully with very clear steps for each stage. You can’t go wrong. Wait until you try it!
Fall Harvest Sandwich
Some of our loved ones have to work over Thanksgiving and will miss the family gathering.
Make sure they don’t miss out on the great food with this superb sandwich!
The burgers mentioned in the ingredients are a particular brand of kale veggie burgers. If you are unable to source them, simply use your favorite.
The cranberry-pear compote is the real secret that brings all the flavors together. Great recipe!
Cinnamon and Mandarin Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Cupcakes
Don’t these cupcakes look just delightful?
You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make. Decorate the tops with everything the author suggested or get creative and make them your own.
They will grab everyone’s attention straightaway!
Petite Jalapeño Cornbread Loaves
I just love these little loaves! Not only do they look good, but they taste wonderful.
A perfect snack to have on the Thanksgiving table for the evening. The ingredients are wholesome and make these really healthy.
As you can guess by the title, jalapeño peppers are a big part of this so adjust as necessary according to your heat preference. A family favorite for sure!
Vegan Tiramisu That Totes Doesn’t Taste Vegan
Traditional tiramisu is everything but vegan! This recipe will fool anyone, it’s that good in creaminess and flavor.
The ingredients are divided into different sections for each layer. You have everything from the coffee soaking syrup, the vegan mascarpone filling to name just a few.
Put everything together and… Oh my goodness! There is literally no need to use dairy again. Nobody will notice and everybody will love it. In baseball terms, this is a home run!
A truly delicious Thanksgiving recipe.
The presentation is outstanding, and everybody will want a taste. The ingredients are divided into four sections and the instructions could not be more simple.
If you think this will take hours to make, you’re looking at around 25 minutes prep time and the rest is baking. Tastes incredible!
Raw Cranberry Sauce
Sauces are all well and good and some taste great, but why not make one that not only tastes incredible, it’s also super healthy for you as well.
Just a handful of ingredients and a food processor is all you need. I recommend pulsing until you achieve the desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
This will taste fresh and be bursting with real flavor! This recipe does not contain any refined sugars. Delicious!
Cranberry Moscow Mule
Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas alike.
If you never had a Moscow Mule before, where have you been? Filled with great flavors such as ginger beer, cranberry juice and more.
This recipe does contain a shot of vodka although, as the author suggests, simply leave out the vodka then it will be suitable for all the family. Delicious!
Mushroom Gravy with Sage and Thyme
Gravy is usually just ‘okay’, people don’t normally go crazy for it. Time to change that!
You seriously need to try this, with ingredients such as onion, garlic mushrooms and even (vegan) soy sauce to name but a few.
Mashed potato will never taste the same again. As an added bonus, this freezes as well! What have you got to lose?
Boozy Noodles with Warm Brussels Slaw
Boozy? Don’t worry, nobody is going to consume any alcohol!
This dish does call for one and a half bottles of dry red wine, although this is used to cook the noodles and all the alcohol burns off at the beginning of the process.
This makes a wonderful side dish on the Thanksgiving table or as a great meal for someone who wants to try something different.
“Greeny Green” Collard Greens and Okra Salad
If you want something super easy and healthy to add to your Thanksgiving side dishes, this is what you’re looking for.
Surprise your guests with this vibrant looking side-dish nobody will be expecting.
The ingredients list may seem long although you can very easily save a lot of time by using your own vinaigrette dressing and using store-bought pickled celery.
I’m imagining this with a bowl of basmati rice and soy sauce!
We hope this collection of vegan Thanksgiving recipes has given you inspiration!
Included in this list are recipes with some traditional ingredients plus there are a few dishes for those of you who just want something different over the holidays. Why follow the crowd, right?
All of us at VegByte sincerely wish you and your families good health and happiness over the holiday season. Much love from all of us! xo