If you need delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to cook and bake the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for your family and friends, stop right here. It is not another list of 100 different recipes to get you overwhelmed and frustrated in deciding which one to choose. This is the list of our FAVORITE Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes.
What vegans eat on Thanksgiving?
Nothing out of the ordinary. They eat an appetizer, a main dish, sides, and some dessert. Just, joking…
…but you’ll see that you can have an absolutely delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner without eating the traditional turkey-based and dairy-based dishes.
If you “Jump to the Recipe” to the bottom, you will see our
FAVORITE Vegan and Gluten-free Thanksgiving Dinner Menu.
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List of Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
As I said before it is not an overwhelmingly long list of hundred different options, it is our FAVORITE Vegan and Gluten-free Thanksgiving Menu. Why?
Because of all of the dishes
- are vegan and gluten-free
- are easy to make
- have a shortlist of simple ingredients
- have no processed ingredients
- are made from scratch
- can be made ahead time
- keep well in the fridge
the most important thing is that all dishes are absolutely D – E – L – I – C – I – O – U – S!
We think that Thanksgiving is about being with family and friends, having a good time, sharing a good laugh and spending quality time together. Therefore, we usually don’t opt for a restaurant-style 8-course menu to be exhausted right before the holidays. We make our favorite delicious recipes and then enjoying having family and friends over.
Are you ready for the list of our FAVORITE Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes? Here we go.
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizer
Our favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizer is these gorgeous and delicious Cream Cheese Veggie Pinwheels. They are such an easy and stunning appetizer that they are the FIRST things to go every time. Veggie loaded and quick to make. What else do you need?
If you can’t eat soy or don’t like tofu, don’t worry, make this 5-minute Oil-free Hummus instead. We love them both and usually make 2 batches, one with cream cheese, one with hummus as our daughter prefers the one with hummus. Who knew… 🙂
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish
We have many great main dish recipes like Vegan Pot Pie, Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, or Vegan Beef Stew to make as the main attraction. However, since this is our FAVORITE list of Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, we must encourage you to make our JUICY Vegan Lentil Loaf with Maple Tomato Glaze.
We hate when a lentil loaf is dry and crumbly, so we made sure – after lots of vigorous testing – that this recipe is the Best Vegan Lentil Loaf. It is deliciously rich, moist and juicy, and easy to make. See for yourself in the below image.
Vegan Thanksgiving Side
BUT not just any kind of mashed potatoes. Have you tried adding other veggies to it? If not, then you are in for a treat. They make your mashed potatoes so unique that your guests will wonder: Why does your version taste more flavorful than their usual recipe?
This recipe is our Classic Vegan Mashed Potato recipe with CELERY ROOT. We only add as much as not to deviate from the potato taste, but to get an extra zing at the end.
Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert
Most people would say that the main attraction of the Thanksgiving dinner is the main course, but for me, the dessert is always the one I am looking forward to the most.
Our show stopper dessert is definitely this Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe with Gingerbread Pie Crust. The texture is how I remember cheesecake should be and the crust smells like gingerbread. It is baked, it is oil-free and I used only SIX whole foods ingredients to make the filling. A truly festive and decadent dessert for any Thanksgiving dinner.
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Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Cream Cheese Pinwheels
- If you make our 5-minute Tofu Cream Cheese, you can definitely make it 3-4 days in advance as it keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container.
- If you don't like soy or can't have any, we recommend using a store-bought cream cheese or our 5-minute Hummus recipe, which you can make ahead 4-5 days in advance.
- You can use store-bought tortilla, but if you make our Flourless tortilla recipe, we recommend making them 1 day in advance and filling them immediately. We recommend cutting them into pinwheels right before serving.
Vegan Lentil Loaf
- This keeps well in the fridge wrapped in cling or tin foil. You can bake it in advance 2-3 days.
- You can add the Maple Tomato Glaze also in advance, but for easier storage, we recommend adding the glaze right before serving even if you make it in advance.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- This keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container. You can make it in advance 2-3 days.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
- This keeps well in the fridge and you can bake in in advance 2-3 days. However, we recommend that you add any topping (whipped cream, caramel sauce in particular) right before serving.