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Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. These are some of the first things most people think about when they hear the word “thanksgiving”.
Sure, these foods are classics around the holiday season, but they don’t exactly fit into the vegan or plant-based lifestyle.
That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun this season. It’s quite the opposite actually.
There are lots of amazing plant-based recipes you can enjoy this thanksgiving, and they’re sure to make even meat-lovers jealous.
In this post, you’ll discover 40 super delicious vegan thanksgiving recipes that are just so good, you won’t be able to resist.
From main dishes, to sides, appetizers, desserts and more, these delicious vegan thanksgiving recipes are sure to make your holidays a swell one.
Let’s get cooking.
40 Amazing Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
Main and Side Dishes
1) Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
This incredible vegan leftover casserole takes all the yummy things we love about the holidays, and packs it all into one tasty and soul-warming dish.
With delights like cranberry sauce, vegan stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more, all combined into one delicious meal, there’s not a soul who could resist this.
2) Vegan Holiday Roast
This delicious vegan holiday roast will give your traditional meat roast a run for its money.
It’s made with a properly seasoned mix of seitan, cannellini beans and tomato sauce, and then wrapped in rice paper and baked to yummy perfection.
Don’t worry. This plant-based roast is surprisingly easy to make, and comes together easily in under an hour. Top it all off with some vegan gravy, and serve with a side of your favorite veggies and enjoy.
3) Vegan Meatballs
If you’re wondering what comfort food looks like at its finest, this is it. These plant-based meatballs are just what you need to turn everyone at the dinner table into ardent plate-lickers.
Made with a mix of black beans, sunflower seeds and oats, and then blessed with all the good spices our dear lord created, these vegan meatballs are really worth every hype.
They’re nice and crispy on the outside, but perfectly tender on the inside. Plus they’re also super nutritious and pretty high in protein as well. Your tastes buds will thank you afterwards.
4) Vegan Stuffing
Your traditional stuffing may call for ingredients like eggs, butter, broth, and so on.
This version swaps all those out for a couple of vegan-friendly options, and turns out just as tasty, if not even better. You’d hardly even be able to tell the difference.
5) Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese
And of course you know we can’t leave out our beloved mac and cheese. Rich, creamy, delicious and blessed with seasonal favorites like butternut squash, this vegan mac and cheese is a must-try this thanksgiving.
It takes just 10 simple ingredients to get this done, and it comes together easily in under 30 minutes too. Consider your cravings satisfied.
6) Impossible Burger Meatloaf
When it comes to plant-based meat substitutes, it’s hard to ignore all the amazing options like impossible and beyond meat. This impossible burger meatloaf is just as good as your regular meatloaf, and is super easy to prepare too.
Whether your guests are meat-lovers or not, they’re sure to go crazy over this. And it comes together in under 30 minutes from scratch too.
7) Thanksgiving Power Bowl
If enjoying a nice, yummy and nutritious bowl packed with seasonal favorites is something you’re looking forward to this holiday season, then these power bowls are a must-try.
With favorites like sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, combined with lentils, rice, tasty veggies and more, these bowls are as tasty as they are healthy. You’d be making this on repeat.
8) Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing
Here’s another amazing stuffing recipe to try out. This one takes things to the next level by throwing in some meatless sausages, as well as seasonal favorites like cranberries and apples. And the result is nothing short of amazing.
9) Green Bean Casserole
Here’s another classic for you to enjoy this holiday season. This vegan green bean casserole is every bit as amazing, from the nice creamy mushroom soup base, to the perfectly crispy fried onion topping. Truly irresistible.
10) Vegan Thanksgiving Holiday Roast
Wondering what delicacies you could conjure up with the leftovers lying around? This delicious thanksgiving roast is just the thing to make.
It combines all the things we love about the holiday season. A nice and creamy mushroom and lentil soup, mashed potatoes, and of course, apple cranberry sauce to make everything better. All wrapped up in some good old puff pastry and baked to perfection.
It’s just about the best thing you could create with your thanksgiving leftovers. You could also make it from scratch if you want. Totally worth it if you ask me.
11) Vegan Pot Pie
Chickpeas are the new chicken! This vegan chickpea pot pie is all you need to satisfy your comfort food cravings this season. Creamy, delicious, and packed with all the good flavors of your traditional pot pie. You just can’t resist.
12) Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche
When it comes to the best holiday sides, it’s really impossible to go wrong with a good bunch of well-roasted veggies.
This stunning delicacy combines roasted carrots, alongside chickpeas, farro and pumpkin seeds all properly cooked and seasoned to perfection.
You can make it completely vegan by swapping out the crème fraiche for a vegan-friendly sauce of your choice. Either ways, it’s super easy to make, healthy and incredibly tasty.
13) Stuffed Acorn Squash
Turkey isn’t the only thing that deserves to get stuffed this thanksgiving. This tasty acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms, tempeh, walnuts and cranberries is every bit as dreamy.
Super easy to make and loaded with flavor, it’s sure to be a hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike.
14) Ultimate Vegan Wellington
Another classic holiday delight made vegan. Thanks to chickpeas, mushrooms and an array of tasty veggies all mixed together and seasoned to greatness, this vegan wellington comes out just as good as its traditional counterpart.
And don’t let the looks fool you. This recipe is surprisingly easy to make and comes together easily in under an hour from scratch. You’ll thanks yourself after trying this.
15) Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussel sprouts are another popular member at the holiday table. Whether you’re a fan of them or not, this recipe will make you want to add them to your plate.
They’re roasted alongside some garlic and onions, combined with hazelnuts and blessed with a nice maple and balsamic drizzle. There’s no better combination if you ask me.
16) Vegan Gravy
Who says you need meat to make gravy? This vegan gravy recipe is thick, creamy, just as delicious, and also surprisingly healthier than its meat-derived counterpart.
Toss this over your impossible meatloaf, mashed potatoes, or whatever tasty holiday delicacy you desire.
17) Sweet Potato Casserole
You can’t spell thanksgiving without the “S”, which stands for “sweet potato casserole”.
Thanks to a couple of brilliant swaps used here, this version of the sweet potato casserole isn’t just super delicious, but it’s also healthier than the traditional version. And with its nice maple pecan topping, I’d say pretty irresistible too.
18) Mushroom Gravy Pie
With a creamy mushroom gravy base, and a nice kale and mashed potato topping, this mushroom gravy pie is the definition of comfort food. It is 100% plant based, and even your meat-loving friends will no doubt gobble this up in seconds.
19) Quinoa “Stuffing”
Whether you’re looking for a jaw-dropping salad to enjoy this thanksgiving, or want to try something different from the traditional holiday stuffing we’re all used to, this quinoa “stuffing” recipe is just the thing for you.
It combines perfectly cooked quinoa with seasonal favorites like butternut squash, cranberries, and pistachios, alongside other amazing ingredients, into one big delicious bowl of awesomeness.
Super easy to make, super tasty, healthy, and honestly addictive. I don’t see a downside to this.
20) Creamy Vegetable Soup
No better way to fight the chilly weather of the holiday season, than with a creamy, delicious and soul-warming soup like this one.
It features an array of tasty veggies, cashews, chickpeas, and other amazing ingredients, all perfectly cooked to creamy and yummy perfection. Comfort food never looked better.
21) Sweet Potato and Avocado Bites
When it comes to simple, delicious and crows pleasing appetizers, it doesn’t get much better than this.
This recipe features perfectly roasted sweet potato slices, topped with guacamole, tomatoes and radish sprouts. It comes together in a jiffy, and is sure to leave your guests smiling.
22) Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
You can always count on a good stuffed mushroom treat to save the day, regardless of the occasion. These stuffed mushrooms use a mashed potato and spinach filling, and are topped off with some bread crumbs for the big finish.
You only need about 10 minutes to prep this, a couple more in the oven and you’re good to go.
23) Vegan Spinach Dip
You don’t even need to be vegan to fall in love with this tasty spinach dip.
It uses a mix of tofu, cashews, and water chestnuts, among other things to recreate a tasty, perfectly creamy and healthier version of the classic spinach dip. And all in a couple of minutes.
24) Easy Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
Trust me when I say this is as easy as easy can get. From the tasty plant-based sausages to the crescent rolls, these pigs in a blanket are sure to satisfy your cravings, and in the least stressful way possible.
The whole thing comes together in under 10 minutes from scratch. Do you need more reasons?
25) Turkey Veggie Tray
There’s no written rule that says your thanksgiving turkey has to be made of, well, turkey. This turkey veggie tray is a brilliant way to enjoy your favorite veggies this season. Plus it’s also super healthy.
26) Deviled Potatoes
These devilled potatoes are going to give the regular devilled eggs a run for their money. For this tasty thanksgiving appetizer, the eggs are being swapped out for small potatoes, and filled with a creamy hummus mustard filling.
You can also experiment with your preferred vegan filling. Either ways, it comes out absolutely amazing.
27) Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this yummy vegan cheese ball. And there’s not a soul at your party/gathering that won’t go crazy over this.
28) Sweet Potato Casserole Bites
I mean, who wouldn’t want to try a bite-sized version of one of the best holiday recipes? These yummy bites feature sweet potato slices, topped with a nice pecan crumble, and some marshmallows.
It takes just 10 minutes to prep the ingredients, and once it’s ready, you won’t just be able to get enough.
29) Mushroom Crostini
For this delight, perfectly crunchy bread is topped with vegan cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and a nice balsamic Dijon dressing. Super quick and easy to put together, and bound to impress.
30) Vegan Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing Balls
You’d have never even guessed that these were 100% plant-based. It takes just 4 simple ingredients to make these, and they are sure to keep you coming back for more.
31) Layered Pumpkin Dessert
If this doesn’t make you drool, then I know what will. This simple but incredibly tasty pumpkin dessert features up to 5 layers of yummy goodness.
From a nice cookie base, to layers of pumpkin filling, caramel pumpkin, crushed pecans, and a nice vegan whipped cream. There’s not a soul who could resist this.
32) Chocolate Pecan Pie
The holiday celebrations just aren’t complete without a nice slice of pie. And this chocolate pecan pie, is all you need to satisfy those cravings this thanksgiving. You’d have never even guessed that it was vegan.
33) Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies
Every celebration is better with cookies. There’s no debating that. And these rich, soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies are just the thing for this occasion.
By using brilliant substitutes like almond butter and flax egg, they keep things 100% vegan-friendly, while delivering all the yumminess you crave this season.
34) Low-carb Thanksgiving Pumpkin Brownie
Just because you’re trying to keep the carbs on the low side, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the holiday fun. These tasty brownies are both low carb, and vegan-friendly.
And it takes just 5 simple ingredients to make these lovely brownies, and they’re still every bit as delicious. Top with a nice pumpkin icing and a little more chocolate and you have yourself a delectable treat you’ll want to keep trying on repeat.
35) Pumpkin Cheesecake
Every bit as yummy as its traditional counterpart. And making it couldn’t possibly be any easier.
36) Vegan Pumpkin Tarts
You don’t need to turn on your oven for this one. These delicious no-bake pumpkin tarts use a nice tasty walnut crust, and a creamy date pumpkin filling to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. And it takes less than 20 minutes to put it all together.
37) Vegan Pumpkin Pie
And of course we can’t possibly forget the well-loved holiday favorite: the pumpkin pie. This vegan pumpkin pie is just as tasty as the traditional version, and your guests honestly wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference.
38) Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread
Your favorite fall treats made vegan. This sugar pumpkin bread is surprisingly easy to make, and just so good.
39) Whole Wheat Apple Pie
Apples are another seasonal favorite you don’t want to be missing out on this holiday season. And what better way to enjoy them, then with some good old apple pie.
From the tasty whole wheat crust, to your juicy apple pie filling, this perfectly baked apple pie is sure to leave mouths watering. And it only requires a handful of ingredients to get the job done.
40) Vegan Pumpkin Mousse
Easy, delicious, and filled with all the good flavors of your favorite fall dessert. Topped with a nice maple nut brittle, it’ll take your vegan thanksgiving dessert game to a whole new level.
Being on a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the fun and yummy goodness this holiday season.
These 40 incredible vegan thanksgiving recipes will more than satisfy your cravings. Even your non-vegan friends are sure to love these. So go ahead and dig in.