It’s that time of year again. I feel like summer just ends and then it’s Thanksgiving (at least in Canada). If you are having a big feast but need some epic vegan options to ensure you have the best vegan Thanksgiving, then I’ve got you covered. Below are some appetizers, mains, sides and of course desserts to sink your teeth into. Some of these recipes are definitely non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas and know that no turkey doesn’t mean your meal won’t be FABULOUS. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be about the turkey, it’s about being with family, giving thanks and eating good food!
16 Vegan Fall Recipes For Your Thanksgiving
- Grapefruit Mimosas
- Vegan Pumpkin Bread
- Vegan Mushroom Soup
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- Brussel Sprout Salad with Pecans and Apples
- Gluten Free Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic
- Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
- Butternut Squash Risotto
- Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
- Mushroom Stroganoff
- Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- Vegan Pumpkin Mousse
- Vegan Apple Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Bars
Why You’ll Love these Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
- All of these vegan fall recipes are PACKED full of flavour. They are full of comfort and savoury goodness that you’ll be reaching for seconds!
- Some of these are non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes but don’t fret, they still will make any Thanksgiving table look and smell divine!
- There are so many options for a vegan Thanksgiving! Some recipes are easier than others to make and some are totally worth the labour. So depending what kind of cook you are- there are options. Find the cooking/ preparation times in the recipe card for each recipe once you click on their links.
Let’s start this vegan thanksgiving round-up with how you NEED to start your day. These Grapefruit Mimosas go down the hatch with no issues. Smooth, perfectly sweet, bubbly and a little tart. They are the real deal and will prepare you for the day of cooking ahead.
Vegan + Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
If you are a pumpkin-obsessed kind of person then you should start every morning this fall with this Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread. It’s healthy, perfectly sweet and has a really nice texture- none of that gluten-free nastiness that you sometimes find in baked goods. This healthy pumpkin dessert is loaded with spice and that creamy pumpkin puree. I call it a dessert, but it’s honestly healthy enough to enjoy for breaky every dang day. So start your vegan thanksgiving day off right.
Vegan Mushroom Soup
This vegan mushroom soup uses minimal ingredients and if you are a mushroom fan you will be blown away. Who thought mushrooms could make such a creamy soup. Start your vegan thanksgiving feast with this soup and top it with sautéed mushrooms and parsley to add some prettiness to a rather brown soup. But don’t judge a soup by its colour until you take your first spoonful.
Butternut Squash Soup
This Butternut Squash Soup isn’t just for Thanksgiving, it’s one of those vegan fall recipes that I come back to time and time again. Only 8 ingredients are needed for this dairy-free soup and the flavours sure do POP. This recipe can easily be made ahead of time for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner. You could even freeze it and then take it out the day before the big meal and just reheat it before dinner time.
Brussel Sprout Salad with Pecans and Apples
This brussel sprout salad will add greenery to your vegan Thanksgiving this year. It’s such a simple recipe, the main ingredients literally being brussel sprouts, pecans and apples. Everything is tossed in a simple vinaigrette that will have you smacking your lips together for more.
Gluten Free Stuffing
Your vegan Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without a big bowl of gluten-free stuffing. If you have a gluten intolerant person coming for dinner, they will be beyond thrilled when they find out you made gluten-free stuffing for them. Like it will actually mean the world to them. This gluten-free stuffing is full of earthy herbs, fall spices, and soft and crispy bread cubes. You can’t go wrong.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole coming in HOT. The silky smooth sweet potatoes topped with a sweet and crisp pecan crumble on top will have your drooling all vegan thanksgiving long. If you always had a non-vegan version of this dish in the part, don’t fret. This vegan version is just as delicious and no animals were hurt in the process!
Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic
Mashed Cauliflower LOADED with delicious roasted garlic- I’m drooling already. This is one of those non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas that makes you wonder why it isn’t on a traditional menu for Thanksgiving. It’s that good. And surprisingly easy to make with very minimal ingredients. Spruce up your vegan Thanksgiving menu this year with this little side dish.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
OK. No joke, this is one of my favourite vegan fall recipes EVER. The creamy vegan mashed potatoes are covered in the most dreamy gluten-free mushroom gravy. OMG, it’s amazing. My vegan Thanksgiving never goes without this dish since I first made this recipe. Non-vegans love it and don’t even notice that there is vegan butter in it and not dairy butter. That’s also in part thanks to Miyoko’s which is the best vegan butter in my opinion and so worth the price if you want creamy taters on your Thanksgiving table.
Butternut Squash Risotto
This Butternut Squash Risotto is another non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe idea that takes the cake. It’s so creamy and there is no cheese or butter in it. Mind-boggling. The creaminess is in part due to the butternut squash puree and the added nutritional yeast. This recipe tastes rich and decadent that it is only fitting to enjoy it during the holiday season.
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Hello, creamy mashed potatoes on top and vegan protein-packed filling. The flavours in this lentil shepherd’s pie scream fall with the thyme, rosemary, and garlic combination. The comfort of the potatoes and lentils sure hit the spot on a chilly fall day. And would make for an amazing main for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
Can you tell I love mushrooms yet? I love using mushrooms in cooking and especially in the chillier months when the vegetables that are in season aren’t super exciting. This fragrant mushroom stroganoff is completely gluten-free and vegan and isn’t just a boring old pasta recipe. It’s rich, creamy and loaded with yummy herbs. Don’t need a turkey when you have this delicious non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe in your back pocket.
Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes
The best part of vegan fall recipes are obviously the desserts. Not everything has to be pumpkin. These vegan carrot cake cupcakes are honestly one of the best dessert recipes I think I’ve ever made!!! So fluffy, so moist, and topped with the most epic vegan cream cheese icing. THE BEST. You need to have these this fall and as an option for non-pumpkin lovers on your vegan Thanksgiving table.
Healthy Pumpkin Mousse
This healthy pumpkin dessert is for the pumpkin lovers out there who are a little lazy in the kitchen. For the people that don’t want to prepare a pie crust or bake anything in the oven, this Pumpkin Mousse is the perfect recipe for you this vegan Thanksgiving. No one will know that this recipe tastes no time at all to make. It’s basically the filling of a pumpkin pie (which is the best part anyway).
Gluten Free Apple Cake
Vegan fall recipes include apples too! So if pumpkin desserts and carrot cake aren’t your favourites, this fluffy apple cake will be. It totally has a coffee cake vibe to it but with an apple twist. It is sweet, cinnamony and absolutely mouthwatering. Your vegan Thanksgiving guests will thank you big time when this apple cake makes it to the table.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Bars
To end this vegan Thanksgiving dinner round-up off are these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars. Another healthy pumpkin dessert that doesn’t involve a pie crust, and you won’t miss it! Such a creamy filling and a nutty and crumbly base. It’s truly hard to stop after one bar. You’ll need at least two or three on your plate.
I don’t know about you, but after scrolling through this list of delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes, I am ready to create the most epic feast and no one will miss not having a turkey. All these vegan fall recipes are full of flavour, gluten-free and are crowd-pleasers. Most recipes have been tested on meat-eaters and gluten-plus people and they have all been pleasantly surprised! I hope you enjoy your day of thanks and perhaps you will enjoy a few of these non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes!
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