From hearty main dishes to scrumptious sides and decadent desserts, these are some of the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes! This year, I’ve curated a collection of our favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes that will not only impress your guests but also make sure everyone at your Thanksgiving table has something delicious to eat.
🍂 The Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes 🍂
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, family, friends, and of course… fantastic food! While traditional recipes are often centered around meat or dairy, there are plenty of plant-based options that are just as satisfying and flavor-packed.
Below you’ll find the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes for the following categories. If you’d like to skip to a section, use the buttons below!
- Sides & Snacks: Below you’ll find a mix of flavorful and creative vegan sides and snacks, from traditional favorites to innovative new takes that will elevate your holiday feast.
- Main Courses: Explore our selection of vibrant vegan and vegetarian mains dishes, each offering a unique and hearty centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
- Decadent Desserts: No Thanksgiving is complete without a few decadent vegan desserts. Below you’ll find classic Thanksgiving favorites and tasty new ideas.
- Morning Treats & Your Coffee Fix: Begin your Thanksgiving day with our festive and comforting morning treats and coffee ideas… perfect for energizing you for a day of joyful cooking and celebration!
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes & snacks
Our side dishes are where the true magic of Thanksgiving lies – and to be honest, they’re my favorite part of the meal. There’s something special about being able to taste four to five different dishes in one sitting, each bursting with fall flavors and textures. They include comforting classics like sweet potato casserole and vegan mac & cheese, to new vegan recipes meant to shake up your menu.
Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
These sweet and savory roasted Brussel sprouts are baked (or air fried) until crispy, charred and caramelized. The combination of balsamic vinegar with sweet maple syrup creates a tangy yet balanced marinade.
Vegan Miso Mushroom Gravy
This vegan gravy has a thick, velvety, creamy texture, a beautiful golden brown color, and a rich, savory, umami flavor. Use it to top mashed potatoes, vegan seitan, Tofurky, or roasted vegetables!
Classic Herbed Vegan Stuffing Casserole
This vegan and vegetarian stuffing casserole has rustic bread cubes tossed in salty vegan butter, mixed with aromatic veggies and fresh herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
This charcuterie board is a fan favorite in my house and a great way to have a light appetizer before dinner. It’s full of sweet fruits, savory vegan meats (some homemade & some storebought!), and creamy plant-based cheeses.
Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese
This is the BEST vegan mac and cheese without any cashews, hands down. The nut-free and dairy-free sauce is beyond creamy, dreamy, and cheezy!
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup
This recipe doubles as a homemade cream of mushroom soup perfect for making vegan green bean casserole.
Buttery Vegan Cornbread
This easy homemade vegan cornbread is super moist, perfectly sweet, incredibly buttery, and slices beautifully.
Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
This savory soup is blended to perfection and has an incredibly creamy and velvety texture.
Vegan Brioche Rolls
These slightly sweet, rich, yeasted vegan brioche buns are super soft, fluffy, and ultra buttery. They’re perfect for soaking up extra gravy and mashed potatoes.
Vegan Cream of Chicken Soup
The broth of this recipe is mixed together with lots of herbs and a super-easy cashew cream for a rich, velvety comforting soup.
Classic Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
This classic vegan sweet potato casserole is silky smooth with golden brown toasted marshmallows and crunchy candied pecans on top.
Maple Glazed Rainbow Carrots
These Roasted Maple Tahini Rainbow Carrots are savory and slightly sweet. This hearty and filling veggie side dish is coated in a maple butter tahini glaze.
Vegan Baked Mac & Cheese with Hidden Veggies
This is the best, creamiest vegan baked mac and cheese with a crispy cracker topping. It’s made with almond milk, vegan cheddar cheese, and sweet potato for an insanely creamy, thick, dairy-free cheese sauce.
Flaky Pumpkin Biscuits with Maple Butter
These vegan biscuits are flaky, puffy, and buttery with a subtle fall-inspired pumpkin flavor.
vegan thanksgiving Main courses
Below are some of our favorite vegan main courses, a delightful change from the typical store-bought vegan turkey roast. Don’t get me wrong… I do love a good Tofurky roast but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up. From the rustic charm of wild rice stuffed acorn squash to the rich flavors of a homemade vegan seitan roast, these dishes are crafted to be the showstoppers of your vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
The roasted squash is filled with savory wild rice that’s been infused with sage and thyme. Everything is topped with crunchy walnuts, in-season apples, and juicy pomegranate seeds.
Vegan Beyond Meat Meatloaf
A reader favorite, this vegan meatloaf is topped with a tangy, homemade BBQ sauce that’s sweet yet savory. It will be a hit with both vegans and omnivores!
Vegan Roast Dinner with Root Veggies
This epic vegan roast is complete with chewy and savory seitan, marinated tender root vegetables, and a creamy mushroom gravy.
Savory Root Vegetable Galette
This hearty savory vegan galette is filled with a flavorful rosemary-infused cream sauce and layered with in-season root vegetables like beets, sweet potato, and Yukon Gold potatoes.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Creamy Mashed Potatoes
This tasty, simple recipe uses lentils as the base instead of the traditional ground beef found in non-veg recipes. This pie has the best fluffy potatoes on top of hearty lentils cooked to perfection with fresh-cut vegetables,
Glazed Vegan Ham
This vegan ham recipe features a sweet and tangy caramelized marmalade and brown sugar glaze, giving the seitan a beautiful golden-brown color and a deliciously sticky finish.
Vegan Thanksgiving desserts
Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without a few indulgent desserts to round out the meal. From the seasonal favorites full of fall flavor like vegan pumpkin pie to unique ideas such as pear almond cake, these sweet treats will satisfy every sweet tooth and leave your guests ready to take a nap…in a good way! 🙂
Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pie
This easy dairy free, eggless and vegan pumpkin pie has a creamy spiced filling made with coconut milk.
Deep Dish Vegan Apple Pie
Can we all agree that apple pie is a fan favorite? This apple pie recipe is one of my family’s favorite desserts, and I completely understand why. It’s completely vegan but I promise you won’t even be able to tell!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Danishes
Love pumpkin pie but want an easier recipe? These pumpkin danishes are made with flaky pre-made puff pastry and have all the pumpkin pie flavor without the hassle.
Vegan Cinnamon Cupcakes
Looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Try these cinnamon cupcakes! They’re moist, light, and fluffy with a warm cinnamon sugar flavor reminiscent of snickerdoodle cookies.
Ginger Pear and Walnut Crumble
This easy pear crumble is packed with warm spices like cinnamon and ginger and features a sticky pear filling with a sweet, buttery, crunchy walnut topping.
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
This classic vegan sweet potato pie is super creamy, full of warm spices, and has a flaky, buttery crust. Top it off with coconut whipped cream!
Glazed Peach Pie (with Canned or Fresh Peaches!)
If you love fruit pie, then this easy recipe will be a new go to for you! It has a crispy crust and a filling made with tender, sweet, and lightly spiced peaches.
Air Fryer Pears with Caramelized Oat Topping
These easy air fryer pears are coated in cinnamon sugar, have a golden caramelized exterior, and are topped with a simple crisp oat crumble.
Sweet Potato Muffins with Pecan Streusel
These fluffy and moist sweet potato muffins are a delightful blend of cozy spices and sweet, earthy flavors, topped with a crunchy pecan crumble.
Vegan Pear Almond Cake
Want to switch it up from the usual pies? Make this pear and almond cake! It’s nutty with hints of warm cinnamon.
Baked Vegan Cheesecake
This vegan baked cheesecake has a sweet, crispy crust made from Golden Oreos and a creamy, dairy-free cheesecake filling. Top it off pre-made apple pie filling or cherry pie filling for a festive dessert!
No-Bake Vegan Mini Cheesecakes
Don’t want to make a whole cheesecake or mess with an oven? Make these easy vegan no-bake cheesecakes instead.
Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cake
This cake is chock full of in-season apples and lots of fall spices. It’s topped with a rich streusel crumble topping, thinly sliced apples, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Chewy Vegan Pumpkin Cookies
These thin and chewy vegan pumpkin spice sugar cookies have the perfect texture! They’re fudgy & soft on the inside, chewy on the outside, full of pumpkin flavor, and coated in cinnamon sugar.
Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Bread
This vegan pumpkin bread is packed with pumpkin flavor and is topped with a sweet cinnamon sugar topping that will have you wanting one more slice.
Bonus! Breakfast Ideas for Thanksgiving Morning
Start your Thanksgiving morning with these cozy and delicious vegan breakfast ideas from spiced maple coffee cake to pumpkin spice French toast. Plus… here are some creative coffee or tea recipes that will keep you energized while you cook and help set the perfect tone for the festive day ahead.
Vegan Maple Coffee Cake with Streusel
This moist vegan coffee cake is topped with a buttery, maple cinnamon streusel crumble. It makes for a cozy Thanksgiving breakfast!
Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai Latte
Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, this chai tea is the perfect cozy beverage for the holiday season, whether you prefer it hot or iced.
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cake
This apple oat cake is similar to baked oats but fluffier, with a cake-like texture that makes mornings feel like a treat.
Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte
This cozy iced pumpkin cream chai tea latte is the perfect blend of creamy oat milk, spiced chai tea concentrate, and homemade pumpkin sweet cream.
Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
These pancakes have a light and airy, fluffy texture that pairs perfectly with crunchy toasted pecans.
Cinnamon Puff Pastry Swirls
Need an easy but delicious breakfast? These Puff Pastry Cinnamon Swirls are buttery, packed with cinnamon sugar, and have the perfect soft yet crispy exterior.
Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Get your morning caffeine fix with this Starbucks inspired espresso! It’s made with a DIY apple syrup for some festive fall flavor.
Pumpkin Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
A reader favorite- this pumpkin spice flavored shaken espresso will have you feeling cozy all day.
Vegan Pumpkin Brioche French Toast
This pumpkin brioche french toast is warm, comforting, and flavored with pumpkin spice…this is your classic french toast recipe with a twist!
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Creating a Perfect Vegan Thanksgiving Menu: Top Tips
When it comes to crafting a vegan menu for this festive occasion, the key is to balance tradition with new recipes. Here are my top three tips for creating a Thanksgiving menu that will be a hit with vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegans alike:
1. Start with the Classics, Vegan-Style
Begin with what people know and love. Traditional dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie can easily be made vegan without losing their familiar charm. Use plant-based butters, creams, egg substitutes and veggie broth to veganize these favorites. This approach offers comfort and familiarity to guests who may be new to vegan cuisine.
2. Incorporate a Variety of Textures and Flavors
Pick vegan Thanksgiving recipes that include a range of textures and flavors. Pair creamy dishes like mashed sweet potatoes or creamy soups with something crunchy like roasted Brussels sprouts. Balance savory dishes with a hint of sweetness, like glazed carrots or a sweet and tart store-bought cranberry sauce.
3. Don’t Forget the Centerpiece
While traditional Thanksgiving focuses on turkey, a vegan dinner should also include a hearty centerpiece. Use a store-bought vegan turkey alternative or try a homemade recipe like our Vegan Meatloaf with Beyond Meat.
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