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45 Vegan Thanksgiving recipes perfect for pulling together the ultimate meat-free, vegan thanksgiving table. From appetizers to mains and simple vegetarian/vegan thanksgiving desserts – this list contains everything you need for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner to impress meat-eaters and non-meat eaters alike!

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We’ve spoken on this subject several times when it comes to pulling together the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dinner. Along with this list of resources (podcasts and recipes included) on how to have an easy vegan thanksgiving – which includes our top 5 tips for surviving the holidays. We’ve also shared how to pull together a delicious veggie turkey platter appetizer (loaded with crudités and guac!) and a vegan charcuterie board. Now, it’s the time to wrap everything up nice and neatly with this list of vegetarian/ vegan thanksgiving recipes!

If you’re vegan, the holidays can become a bit of a stressful time. When enjoying the holidays with family, there’s the worry of not having enough vegan options. If you’re hosting yourself, there’s the need to pull together an entire menu that supports your lifestyle while simultaneously impressing your guests… So much that they don’t even miss the meat! Luckily, this list of vegan thanksgiving ideas is a helping hand to reduce some of the stress.

This list of the best Thanksgiving recipes includes everything you need for a successful vegan thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re looking for a quick appetizer, vegan sides for Thanksgiving, hearty mains, or even desserts (with even more ideas on this list of 20 vegan fall desserts) for the ultimate vegan thanksgiving feast – there’s something for all!

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The Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers and Soups

Stuffed Mushrooms

Not only are these well-spiced stuffed mushrooms an excellent appetizer for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner, but you can even prepare them the day before. That way, they’re ready to bake when needed! Meal prep is a savior during the holiday. But, of course, it helps that these tasty morsels are so worth the effort, too!

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Easy Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

4.98 from 48 votes
These 8-ingredient vegan stuffed mushrooms are so easy to pull together and adapt in dozens of ways, then bake or air fry to perfection as a simple dairy-free, meat-free, optionally gluten-free appetizer or side for dinner parties, holidays, and more!
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French Onion Dip

This classic sweet, sour, creamy dip is a must-have at game-day celebrations and other parties, Thanksgiving included! Load up a dish with the dip and various crudites/crackers and place it on the table with the other appetizers.

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Vegan French Onion Dip

4.94 from 32 votes
Perfect for game day, this from-scratch vegan french onion dip is just as good as the one we've all had at parties over the years. It’s usually made with sour cream and boxed onion soup mix, but we’re using the healthy power of cashews for an extra creamy texutre.
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Easy Mushroom Pate

A bit like regular pate, this mushroom pate is a bit of a ‘you either love it or hate it’. But, as far as we can tell, it continues to impress at any special event – vegan Thanksgiving dinner included! Serve it up with some crackers as part of an appetizer spread and watch it disappear!

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Mushroom Pâté

4.96 from 21 votes
This savory dip is a delicious and quick recipe that’s great for any get-together. Whether you’re hosting a book club, need an appetizer for a dinner party, or are looking for a truly tasty snack, this vegan mushroom pâte is an absolute winner.
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2-Ingredient Pumpkin soup

You can prepare this simple pumpkin soup with as little as two ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Or jazz it up with extra herbs and spices – either way, this frugal soup is a delicious Thanksgiving starter and perfect for enjoying with buttered dinner rolls!

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin Soup

5 from 75 votes
This is seriously the easiest 30-minute fall soup recipe ever! Made with only FOUR ingredients, vegan pumpkin soup goes together in a flash! It’s the perfect easy pumpkin soup to enjoy during the chilly months of autumn.
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Delicata Squash Sweet Potato Soup

This cozy squash and sweet potato soup takes advantage of the bounty of Fall squashes available. The result is a hearty, flavorful soup – no dairy required! Also, swap out the squash based on what’s available to you for a versatile, easy vegan thanksgiving recipe.

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Roasted Delicata Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

4.93 from 68 votes
Super simple, satisfying, and comforting roasted sweet potato and delicata squash soup (or the winter squash of your choosing) in under an hour. This roasted squash soup is packed with fall flavors, a perfect balance of sweet and savory, and 100% dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, whole30, and vegan!
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Broccoli Soup

There’s never a bad time for a warming bowl of broccoli soup. We love it so much that we’ve shared further recipes for cream of broccoli soup and broccoli and potato soup. However, this simple broccoli soup relies on simple aromatics and potatoes and chickpeas for a hearty, warming vegan Thanksgiving appetizer!

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Broccoli Soup

5 from 9 votes
If you are looking for a super easy weekday dinner then you are in luck! This broccoli potato soup is quick, healthy and delicious!

Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

Start your vegan Thanksgiving menu with a bang with this spiced butternut squash lentil soup. The combination of ingredients makes for an easy appetizer packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients. Plus, you can adjust the amount of spice to personal preference!

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Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

5 from 7 votes
We all love a good pumpkin soup! This Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup is hearty and very comforting! Give it a try!
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Spicy Carrot Soup

Carrots are one of our favorite ingredients here at plant-based on a budget (so much so, we wrote an entire guide to carrots!). They’re wonderfully frugal, with a sweet/savory flavor that makes for a delicate soup that will fill you up without weighing you down. That’s exactly what’s needed at your vegan Thanksgiving dinner!

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Creamy Curried Carrot Ginger Soup

5 from 57 votes
Vegan carrot ginger soup with a curry twist—this sweet and spicy, healthy curried carrot soup is warm, creamy, comforting, cozy, and perfect for warming you up from the inside all year long! Even better, it’s loaded with nutrients and requires just one pot on the stove or in an Instant Pot!
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Thanksgiving Veggie Side Dishes

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Do you remember that Friends episode where Monica has to prepare three types of potatoes to please everyone at Thanksgiving? Well, whether you want your potatoes with lumps, studded with peas and onions, or more – it’s always good to have the base recipe sorted. And this simple vegan mashed potato recipe is perfect for that – it’s creamy, fluffy, and just buttery enough to feel decadent while remaining healthy. Plus, topped with your herb of choice like scallions or rosemary. Feel free to add more- we won’t judge!

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completed vegan mashed potatoes plated against white surface

The BEST Vegan Mashed Potatoes (+ Variations!)

5 from 47 votes
Comfort food at it’s finest. This base for Vegan Mashed Potatoes is the perfect budget-friendly side dish to compliment your favorite meals!
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Mashed Cauliflower

For a lower-carb version of this classic thanksgiving side, why not try creamy mashed cauliflower?! It’s super creamy and flavorful (especially with rosemary and optionally garlic) but much healthier (and lower-calorie) than the original!

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Vegan Mashed Cauliflower (Keto| Low-Carb)

5 from 34 votes
This delicious cauliflower mash tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy. Serve with thyme for an earthy zest and for a low calorie side dish that will fill you up!
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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

As much as we love mashed potatoes (and don’t you worry, they’re on this list too), there’s something so amazing, comforting, cozy, and wonderfully creamy about these vegan scalloped potatoes. Plus, you can never have too many spud dishes at Thanksgiving. Luckily, this lightened-up version satisfies without weighing you down.

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

4.73 from 139 votes
Enjoy these creamy, 'cheesy', and comforting vegan scalloped potatoes for the holidays or year-round! They’re easy to make with minimal ingredients and are always an instant hit with family and friends.
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Green Bean Casserole

Is it even Thanksgiving if there isn’t a massive casserole dish of green bean casserole in the middle of the table? Luckily, this vegan dish captures all the deliciousness of the original, but minus all the dairy! Here at PBOAB, we love this Thanksgiving casserole recipe so much, we’ve even shared a second recipe (nut-free), too!

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Green Bean Casserole

4.41 from 10 votes
If you have been dreaming of your favorite creamy thanksgiving side dish, then it is time to rejoice! This Green Bean Casserole recipe is it!

Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots are another must-have for any holiday table. They’re simple, inexpensive, and packed with a sweet and savory flavor that takes the humble carrot to new levels of deliciousness.

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How To Make Glazed Carrots [+ Flavor Variations]

5 from 65 votes
Here's a simple guide to making easy sugar or maple glazed carrots on the stovetop (or oven/air fryer) in under 15 minutes with just a handful of ingredients and several flavor variations – perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas!
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Brussels Sprout Slaw

Who knew that by avoiding stinky ‘boiling’ methods and a delicious pairing with lemon poppyseed dressing, you could turn this divisive ingredient into a delicious, fresh, raw side dish that even the most avid sprout hater could enjoy? Well, now you know – we recommend keeping the main ingredient a secret until after it’s entirely devoured!

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Shaved Brussel Sprout Slaw with Apples

5 from 46 votes
This 15-minute shaved Brussel sprout salad/slaw with apples in a sweet & tangy lemon poppy seed dressing is a bright, crisp, crunchy, delicious year-round and holiday side dish!
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Cranberry Brussels Sprouts 

Yes, two Brussels sprouts recipes in a row! If you’ve never tried roasted sprouts, you’re truly missing out. Rather than soggy and limp, roasted sprouts are tender yet lightly caramelized. Combine that with cranberries (or pomegranate seeds), and this simple thanksgiving side recipe is the perfect addition to your vegan thanksgiving meal!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

5 from 54 votes
Roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries are the perfect holiday side dish, bringing out the deliciously nutty, caramelized flavors in the sprouts with bursts of sweetness and vibrancy from the cranberries. Low effort, just 5 ingredients, super adaptable, and ready to become a new favorite!
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Crispy No-Fuss Cauliflower

This simple baked cauliflower dish is a great way to enjoy this veggie as part of your vegan Thanksgiving dinner! The seasonings are simple yet pack in flavor. There’s just enough not to detract from the rest of the meal while remaining markedly NOT boring (yay!) We doubt you’ll have any leftovers!

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Crispy No Fuss Cauliflower

5 from 13 votes
If you are a cauliflower detractor then this recipe might surprise you! A no-fuss Crispy Cauliflower full of flavor and nutrients!
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Red Cabbage with Apples

When you have a vegan Thanksgiving menu loaded with carbs, and heavy, savory dishes, lighter sweet and sour, slightly acidic pairings like this red cabbage with apples can be perfect for cutting through the heaviness.

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Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples

4.90 from 46 votes
This German inspired Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples is the the perfect side dish for a plant-based roast or vegan pot pie!
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Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Casserole

This simple savory sweet potato and cauliflower casserole is a great savory way to enjoy sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving table. It’s creamy, rich, and flavorful and tastes wonderful when drenched in vegan gravy!

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Healthy Vegan Cauliflower Casserole

4.99 from 50 votes
Nothing is quite as comforting as a freshly baked, warm healthy cauliflower casserole made from scratch. Made with easy ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and a delightful red pepper cashew cream sauce, this vegan cauliflower casserole is sure to please.
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Other Vegan Sides for Thanksgiving

Skillet Cornbread

Any time there is gravy involved, we have to have some cornbread to help mop it up. Even better, you can cook this version on the stovetop to help save precious oven space! Though, we have a baked buttery cornbread version, too, if preferred! Best of all, no one would guess that it’s vegan making it a perfect addition to ANY thanksgiving table, vegan or not!

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Vegan Cornbread Recipe Cast Iron Skillet

5 from 86 votes
This old-fashioned cornbread in an iron skillet is soft, delicious, and easy to make! You'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can make this vegan cornbread recipe. 
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

With a combination of sweet potato (easily swappable with butternut squash or pumpkin), quinoa, and raisins, this simple side dish is packed with fall flavors and perfect for a veggie thanksgiving offering!

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Sweet potato quinoa bowl with roasted veggies is a healthy, hearty, nutrient-dense, meat-free meal you can enjoy in under 45 minutes either warm or as a salad!
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Any excuse to eat more creamy mac and cheese works for us! In fact, along with this fall-flavored butternut squash mac and cheese, we also love serving baked potato mac and cheese as a vegan side for Thanksgiving, too! It’s frugal but filling – perfect!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

5 from 33 votes
Indulge in creamy, 'cheesy', comforting vegan butternut squash mac and cheese free from dairy, nuts, and soy, in under an hour! An easy, crowd-pleasing fall comfort food!
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Simple Vegan Gravy

No Thanksgiving table would be complete without an ‘almost overflowing’ gravy boat (or three) of gravy, and this vegan brown gravy is the perfect all-purpose option for your vegan Thanksgiving meal. Plus, it contains just 5 ingredients and is ready in under 10 minutes!

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Easy Vegan Gravy

4.95 from 58 votes
If you are looking for a homemade vegan gravy that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this Thanksgiving, then look no further! It’s quick and easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser for holidays, special occasions and even weeknight dinners!
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Easy Vegan Stuffing

If there is a ‘perfect vegan thanksgiving stuffing,’ then we’ve found it! After all, this stuffing is made with flavorful sourdough bread, packed with herbs, and perfectly blends sweet and savory flavors with added cranberries and even a hidden apple! Everyone will be asking for the recipe of this easy vegan side for Thanksgiving!

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The Best Vegan Stuffing

4.97 from 57 votes
The best vegan stuffing (GF optional) is moist inside and crispy on top, hearty, wholesome, satisfying, and flavorful – perfect for impressing the entire family over the holidays!
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Easy Cranberry Sauce

Depending on where you live, cranberry sauce is either a jar of condiment that makes it to all the holiday tables but is rarely touched or a much-loved homemade with love sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to all. We’re definitely on the side of the latter – especially when it’s so easy to prepare in under 20 minutes and tastes SO much better than the jarred stuff!

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

4.95 from 34 votes
We understand the temptation of just grabbing a store-bought cranberry sauce but if you give this homemade recipe a try, you'll love it! Its perfectly sweet, tarty, and delicoius!

Simple Dinner Rolls

We love to have some bread as part of our vegan Thanksgiving dinner, and these soft, fluffy dinner rolls will impress all (especially when warm from the oven!). Serve alongside a dish of your favorite vegan butter, and watch the rolls disappear!

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Easy Vegan Dinner Rolls

5 from 43 votes
Craving some plant-based fluffly dinner rolls? We have a super easy recipe for you! Get the vegan butter ready to do some spreading!
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Sweet Potato Biscuits

These sweet potato biscuits are light, fluffy, naturally sweet, and savory, making for a wonderful vegan side for thanksgiving. In fact, they’re so versatile you’ll often find us nibbling on them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy with lashings of vegan brown sugar cinnamon butter or alongside gravy – delicious!

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

5 from 39 votes
These moist, fluffy, and naturally sweet Southern-style vegan sweet potato biscuits are easy to make with simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes, making them the perfect addition to your weeknight dinners or Thanksgiving and Christmas menus!
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Rich Mushroom Gravy

We’ve already added a regular brown gravy to this list. Still, if you have families that are anything like ours, it’s always good to have a second option on your table, and umami-rich mushroom gravy is perfect for any veggie thanksgiving! It’s comforting, warming, and is made almost entirely of pantry staples!

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completed bowl of mushroom gravy against a white background

Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

This Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy is super simple to make and tastes amazing. The smell of it simmering will bring the entire family to the table.
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Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

With a filling that combines mushrooms, wild rice, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds, these vegan loaded sweet potatoes are a delicious fall/Thanksgiving main. Plus, drizzle with a homemade creamy tahini sauce for the ‘cherry on top’!

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Vegan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

These fall sweet potatoes are loaded with a wild rice blend, mushrooms, onions, dried cranberries, and top with pumpkin seeds and a homemade tahini sauce!
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Butternut Squash Casserole

This butternut squash casserole mixes sweet and savory with a combination of cranberries, raisins, wild rice, several spices, and butternut squash and sweet potato. Once baked, this healthy casserole is a great vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving dish.

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Butternut Squash Casserole

A healthy savory butternut squash casserole sweetened with dried fruits and sweet potatoes, complemented by earthiness of brown/wild rice and finished with sweet balsamic notes
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Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

This hearty cauliflower lentil loaf is hearty and satisfying enough for vegans and meat-eaters alike. With a combination of cauliflower, lentils, bell pepper, onion, and several spices, this loaf mimics traditional meatloaf. However, it is 100% meat-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free!

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vegan cauliflower loaf for thanksgiving with a slice cut out

Cauliflower lentil loaf

A hearty plant-based Thanksgiving entree idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!
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Vegan Wellington

A meat-free wellington is a wonderful ‘centerpiece’ for any vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving table. This version wraps up a veggie (mushroom, carrot, celery, spinach) and walnut filling in a puff pastry shell. It’s perfect for enjoying with plenty of vegan gravy!

Vegan Wellington

This vegan Wellington is perfect for Thanksgiving! It makes an easy and impressive centerpiece for your holiday feast!
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Vegan Lentil Loaf

For another take on a vegan loaf, you might like this hearty, nutritious lentil loaf. It combines lentils, walnuts, and carrots with several spices. Then it’s topped with a homemade tomato glaze for a flavourful vegan Thanksgiving main dish. Plus, this recipe requires just 10 minutes of hands-on prep!

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Vegan Spiced Lentil Loaf

This scrumptious lentil loaf made with walnuts, carrots, and lots of savory spices is our favorite classic vegan Thanksgiving recipe! Made from accessible and wholesome ingredients, it’s crowd-pleasing and so easy to make.
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Pumpkin Tofu Curry

For the longest time, this hearty pumpkin curry was always my budget-friendly ‘offering’ to any Thanksgiving dinner I was invited to – and now it’s become a tradition at our table. It is warming, comforting, and packed with fall goodness!

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Pumpkin Curry

5 from 60 votes
This pumpkin curry made with curry, spices, and coconut milk is super comforting. All you need is one pot and 30 minutes to make this up for a busy weeknight! This wholesome curry recipe is sure to be a family favorite for meals to come!
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Pumpkin Sage Stuffed Shells

Technically this Fall-flavored pumpkin pasta dish can double up as a side or main; combining pasta shells with a pumpkin and tofu ricotta filling topped off with a creamy cashew sage sauce. Plus, since this pasta dish tastes even better on day two, it’s perfect for prepping in advance and just warming up on Thanksgiving!

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Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream

5 from 45 votes
It's Fall and time for pumpkin everything! This sweet and savory pumpkin stuffed shells dish is easier to make than you'd expect and tastes even better the next day.
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Cauliflower Steaks

If you’re one of those people that likes to try a new vegan thanksgiving main every year, just to discover it to be too ‘heavy’ and struggling not to waste it (especially if you’re the only one eating it!), then a lighter main like these cauliflower steaks would work perfectly. Plus, they taste amazing topped with vegan mushroom or brown gravy!

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The BEST Cauliflower Steaks [Multiple Methods + Toppings]

5 from 72 votes
How to make grilled, pan-fried, air-fried, or roasted cauliflower steaks until tender in the middle and super crispy and caramelized outside + the sauces and dishes to serve them with. A low-carb, vegan, gluten-free, paleo appetizer, side, or main!
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Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

Once we’ve eaten our fill of our vegan thanksgiving feast, unbuttoned our pants, and taken a few deep breaths, it’s time for something sweet. Nothing says vegan thanksgiving dessert quite like this vegan pumpkin pie with a chocolate twist. Fall flavors? Check! Chocolate? Check! A pumpkin pie? Check! What’s not to love?! Plus, serve it up alone or with a big scoop of ice cream for the perfect way to end the meal for vegans and non-vegans alike!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

5 from 64 votes
This decadent chocolate pumpkin pie will surprise everyone this holiday season with its creamy texture and the combination of the spices of pumpkin pie with chocolate! It’s truly a winner, a pie that is perfect for any level cook, goes together easily, and bakes up perfectly delightful!
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Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Another way to enjoy a pumpkin dessert as a vegan dessert for Thanksgiving is with this sweet vegan pumpkin bread. Since it requires several hours ‘chilling’ time, this is also a great prep-ahead vegan thanksgiving dessert!

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread

5 from 25 votes
Vegan Pumpkin Bread’s warming aroma and texture is an absolute dream.  This is a quick bread recipe that comes out incredibly moist and soft.
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Vegan Pumpkin Waffles

These pumpkin waffles are equally at home served as a Fall breakfast or vegan Thanksgiving dessert. Especially when topped with syrup and a big scoop of ice cream! Best of all, they’re oil-free, dairy-free, and eggless. Yet, they are still wonderfully tender and fluffy in the middle with a crisp outer shell.

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completed Vegan Pumpkin Waffles stacked on top of one another on a white plate with a pumpkin in the background

Vegan Pumpkin Waffles

5 from 21 votes
These oil-free, dairy-free, and eggless Vegan Pumpkin Waffles are a healthy and delicious way to infuse autumn flavors into your breakfast! Everyone is going to love these crispy, yet perfectly fluffy waffles!
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Apple Cake

For those who enjoy a fruity dessert after indulging, this vegan apple cake is the best of both worlds. Enjoy a slice alone for a healthier pick or load up with ice cream or vegan custard for a more decadent option! It also makes for an excellent choice for serving, along with a warm mug of coffee, tea, or even hot cocoa!

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finished apple cake with two apples and measuring tools against a white background

Vegan Apple Cake

4.86 from 62 votes
This moist and delicious Vegan Apple Cake is the best way to enjoy those sweet and juicy fall produce! A delightfully spiced cake crammed with crisp apple chunks that you can make using one bowl in just 45 minutes. Enjoy is as a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite hot drink or as a dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.   
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Apple Pie

Alternatively, swap out the cake above for a crisp apple pie (or apple pear pie – which is quite the showstopper). Then, serve it warm from the oven with some custard, cream, or ice cream for a frugal yet flavorful dessert!

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Vegan Apple Pie

4.98 from 38 votes
Turn those freshly-picked apples into this delicious Vegan Apple Pie brimming with a lusciously spiced homemade apple filling nestled in a flaky melt-in-your-mouth crust! A classic, heartwarming comfort food ideal for holiday dinners, special occasions, or whenever you're craving a sweet treat.
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Cinnamon Apple Bread

You may have sensed a theme here – but apples really do make for frugal yet tasty vegan desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Therefore, here’s another apple vegan thanksgiving dessert – this time, in the form of this apple cinnamon bread. It’s loaded with raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips for a great end to your vegan thanksgiving meal. You can’t even tell it’s vegan!

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

5 from 58 votes
Treat yourself to a fluffy slice of this vegan apple cinnamon bread! This easy vegan quick bread recipe is perfectly cozy, tart, and sweet thanks to the juicy apples and warm cinnamon in every bite. Easy to customize and always a hit during fall, it’s the perfect treat to enjoy when the leaves start to change color.
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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Combine the sweet and tart flavors of apple and cranberry in this quick and simple apple cranberry crisp. Best of all, you can prep this dessert in advance and just warm it up before serving. Then, enjoy a portion alone with vegan cream, custard, or a scoop of ice cream!

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

5 from 58 votes
This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the class apple crisp dessert. This recipe will easily become your go-to favorite dessert recipe (and definitely a crowd pleaser).
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Baked Pears

For a lighter dessert, ditch the pastry and cake for a simple baked fruit. These baked pears (or stuffed baked apples) are stuffed with a warming filling of walnuts, pecans, dried fruit, and a maple drizzle and baked! Then serve alone or with a scoop of ice-cream for a hearty yet healthy vegan Thanksgiving dessert.

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Easy Baked Pears [Stuffed with Nuts and Fruit]

4.96 from 73 votes
5-ingredient baked pears with nuts, dried fruit, and maple syrup are easy to throw together as a quick & simple yet elegant breakfast or dessert! + Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

There’s never a wrong time for brownies – and at Thanksgiving, you have a choice of salted caramel brownies, sweet potato brownies, and these pumpkin chocolate brownies. Therefore, vegans and non-vegans alike will be clambering for seconds of this decadent vegan Thanksgiving dessert!

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Easy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

4.98 from 71 votes
All during fall, I eat as many pumpkin-flavored things as I can! These amazing pumpkin brownies are one of them! Super simple to make and so delicious! I guarantee you that no one will even notice these moist and chocolatey brownies are vegan!
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Chocolate Crazy Cake

Last but not least, this chocolate ‘crazy’ cake requires minimal ingredients, fuss, cleaning, and time. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to include a choccie-based vegan thanksgiving dessert as part of any thanksgiving table (vegan or not!) – no one can turn down chocolate!

completed chocolate crazy cake on a cutting board with two slices cut out
completed EASY Chocolate Depression Cake [Wacky Cake] sliced against a white surface

EASY Chocolate Depression Cake [Wacky Cake]

This chocolate depression cake/Wacky cake is naturally vegan, containing no eggs, butter, or milk, yet still rich, moist, and chocolatey. It’s also mixed directly in the cake pan for the EASIEST vegan chocolate cake ever!
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Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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  1. You’ve given me so many ideas for Thanksgiving dishes- thanks! Those pumpkin brownies definitely need to be on the menu!

  2. I tried your stuffed mushrooms and pumpkin soup. They knocked me off my feet, delicious, can`t wait to try them all, thanks!