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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Looking for some vegan deliciousness for your feast? This amazing collection of over 80(!) vegan Thanksgiving recipes has everything you need for an amazing plant-based holiday meal.

Collage Showing 6 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Vegan Gravy, Sweet Potato Pie, Sweet Potato Casserole, Vegan Cheeseball, Savory Hand Pies, and Chickpea Ragout Pot Pie

It’s time to start planning! Every year since I started blogging I’ve put together one of these little collections of Vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Usually I slack off and post it right before the holiday.

This year I got my act together and I’m here with plenty of time to spare with all the vegan Thanksgiving deliciousness you can handle.

I’ve got more Thanksgiving recipes on the way, and I’ll continue to add them as the holiday approaches, so check back from time to time as you put your menu together.

And to make this list easy to navigate, here’s an index! Click on any of the headings in the index to jump right to that section of the round-up.

And on to the list!

Appetizers

It wouldn’t be a party without some pre-dinner snacks! Keep your guests happy before the big meal with any of these vegan dips, cheeses and finger foods.

Vegan Dips & Cheeses

Dips are always a crowd-pleaser! Keep it simple with some hummus, or go adventurous with a vegan cheese and some crackers or bread.

Maple Dijon Vegan Cheese Ball

Maple Dijon Vegan Cheese Ball on a Plate with Crackers and Rosemary

Caramelized Onion Hummus

Vegan Swiss Cheese Fondue

Cashew Camembert

Sweet, Smoky and Savory Butternut Squash Hummus

Finger Foods

These little nibbles are just as cute as they are delicious.

Vegan Spinach Puffs

Vegan Spinach Puffs in a Muffin Tin

Tempeh Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Vegan Mini Spinach Quiches

Mushroom Crostini with Herbed Cashew Cheese

Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiked Apple Sauce

Soups

A warm and cozy bowl of soup is the perfect way to start a meal when it’s cold outside. Go traditional with a squash or veggie based soup, or really impress your guests with one of the super-decadent creamy soups lower down on the list.

Squash Soups

Squash soups get their very own category when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes.

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup with Curry Croutons

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup with Curry Croutons in a Bowl with Pot and Water Glass in the Background

Miso Kabocha Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Walnuts

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Bisque with Maple Cinnamon Tempeh Croutons

Veggie Soups

I really like starting my Thanksgiving dinner with a veggie-packed soup. It helps to get something nutritious into my belly and prevents me from overdoing it later on when the main meal is served.

Quinoa & Lentil Cabbage Roll Soup

Vegan Cabbage Roll Soup in a Pot with Serving Spoon

Rosemary, Red Bean & Kale Soup

Chai-Spiced Apple Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Soups

Since Thanksgiving is in fact a once a year meal, it’s totally understandable that you may want to indulge in a thick and creamy bowl of soup. The good news is that all of these are made without dairy! Most are cashew-based, but if you’re looking for a nut-free soup try the Creamy Mushroom & Wild Rice or the Roasted Garlic Potato Leek Soup.

Creamy Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Mushroom Wild Rice Soup in a Bowl with Water Glass and Spoon

Creamy Kale Soup with Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Creamy Vegan Mushroom & Barley Soup

Roasted Garlic Potato Leek Soup

Vegan Cheddar Beer Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Vegan Potato Soup with Kale and Smoked Almonds

Smoky White Bean Cauliflower Chowder

Blackened Cauliflower Soup

Main Dishes

Savory Pies

What’s the best way to ensure zero complaints about serving a meatless main dish? Put it in a pie! Seriously, have you ever heard anyone complain about having to eat pie? I didn’t think so!

Savory Lentil Mushroom Vegan Hand Pies

Lentil Mushroom Hand Pies on a Plate with Rosemary and Gravy Bowl in the Background

Whiskey Lentil Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan French Onion Pot Pie

Creamy Cauliflower Cobbler

Chickpea Ragout Pot Pie

Spinach & Mushroom Vegan Puff Pastry Quiches

Vegan Chicken Pot Pie

Vegan Potato Leek Quiche

Vegan Loaves

I only have a few loaf recipes (so far), but they’re all pretty killer. For something traditional(ish) try the (Almost) Classic Chickpea Meatloaf. The Mushroom Dill Red Lentil Roast is perfect if you’d like something adventurous.

(Almost) Classic Chickpea Vegan Meatloaf

Overhead View of a Partially Sliced Vegan Chickpea Meatloaf

Mushroom Dill Red Lentil Roast

Italian-Style Vegan Meatloaf Muffins

Holiday-Worthy Pastas

What makes a pasta dish holiday-worthy? It has to be super hearty, with cheesy (vegan) filling or creamy sauce, and bold flavors. All of these pastas fit the bill!

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff in a Skillet with Serving Spoon

Vegan Stuffed Shells Florentine

Pea Pesto Stuffed Shells

Vegan Manicotti with Blush Sauce and Kale

Vegan Gnocchi with Creamy Lemon Garlic Sauce

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Walnuts & Kale

Vegan Lasagna Primavera with Pesto Cashew Cream Sauce

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta

Stews

Stews aren’t exactly traditional as Thanksgiving main dishes, but then again, neither is just about anything vegan. It just so happens that savory stews make perfect holiday main dishes.

Eggplant Bourguignon

Eggplant Bourguignon in a Bowl with Water Glass and Spoon

Wild Mushroom Ragu with Creamy Polenta

Vegan Rosemary Chicklins & Dumplings Stew

Portobello Mushroom Beef Stew

Veggie-Based Mains

The trick to creating a perfect holiday main dish around vegetables? Use super hearty veggies like portobello mushrooms, winter squash, eggplant and cauliflower!

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash on a Plate with Brussels Sprouts and Cranberry Sauce

Whiskey Peppercorn Portobello Steaks

Walnut and Wild Rice Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Five Spice Roasted Apple and Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash

Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Vegan Eggplant Moussaka

Garlic & Herb Crusted Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes That Defy Categorization

I have a few dishes that just don’t fit in any of the main dish categories I listed above, but I couldn’t possibly leave them out.

Vegan Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Vegan Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Crispy Tofu Steaks with Caramelized Onion Gravy

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

Vegan Vegetable Wellington

Butternut Squash Risotto

Sides

Sides are where it’s at. I could create a vegan Thanksgiving dinner from sides alone (and for years I did just that).

Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

No holiday feast would be complete without spuds, and these dishes prove that you don’t need dairy to create a scrumptious and decadent potato-based side dish!

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes on a Plate with Fork

Cheesy Vegan Cornflake Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble Topping

Vegan Roasted Garlic & Dill Mashed Red Potatoes

Marshmallow Topped Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Brûléed Sweet Potatoes

Vegan Gravy

For years I ate naked mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, and that’s just wrong. Especially since vegan gravy is so easy to make! I’ve just got two recipes at this point, but both are easy and scrumptious enough to please vegans and omnivores alike.

Super Simple Vegan Gravy

Plate of Mashed Potatoes and Vegan Gravy with a Fork

Whiskey Mushroom Gravy

Veggies

You’ve got to at least include some veggies in your feast. Serve the Dijon Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and they just might be the first thing on the table to disappear.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Skillet of Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Wooden Serving Spoon and Napkin

Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Coconut Bacon

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Apple Cider Tahini Slaw

Creamy Vegan Kale

Cranberries

It’s time to ditch the canned cranberry sauce. These vegan cranberry dishes are easy and a thousand times more delicious.

Orange Cranberry Crisp

Orange Cranberry Crisp on a Plate with Fork, Spoon and Water Glass

Spicy Cranberry Apple Sauce

Spiced Wine Cranberry Sauce

Other Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Stuffing, muffins, biscuits, bread, and rice! If your meal still doesn’t seem complete, round it out with one or two of these.

Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms & Pecans

A Bowl of Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms and Pecans with Serving Spoon

Butternut Squash Jeweled Rice

Tempeh Sausage & Kale Stuffing

Vegan Cornbread

Rosemary Pumpkin Biscuits

The Best Vegan Stuffing

Vegan Corny Corn Muffins

Desserts

Dessert is my favorite course to wow everyone with. There so many vegan sweets that are super decadent and nobody would ever guess they were made without eggs or dairy! For a traditional feast, choose one of the pie recipes, or for something different serve up some Thanksgiving doughnuts.

Vegan Pies

Everyone craves pie on Thanksgiving, so I highly recommend putting at least one of these on the menu. I even have a homemade vegan pie crust recipe that works with any of these pies.

Chai-Spiced Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Chai-Spiced Vegan Sweet Potato Pie on a Plate with Fork and Coconut Whipped Cream

Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie

Vegan Apple Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Festive (and Delicious!) Vegan Cakes

If pie is the number one traditional Thanksgiving dessert, cake has to come in a close second. These are a few of my most festive cake recipes on the blog, so they’re perfect for holiday celebrations.

Vegan Mocha Layer Cake

Hand With Fork Scooping out a Bit of Vegan Mocha Layer Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Spice Cake

Mulled Wine Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Ganache Frosting

Rosemary Lemon Vegan Pound Cake

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Cheesecakes

Dairy-free cheesecake is a thing, and I’ve used it to fool many non-vegans. These vegan cheesecakes will have everyone at your table asking for the recipe.

Vegan Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Two Slices of Vegan Mocha Swirl Cheesecake on Plates with a Coffee Cup

Caramel Apple Vegan No-Bake Cheesecake

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts

Doughnuts

Yup, I made a doughnuts category on my Thanksgiving page! I realized I was accumulating quite a few fall-inspired doughnut recipes that work perfectly for the holiday meal.

Vegan Apple Crumble Doughnuts

Stack of Vegan Apple Crumble Doughnuts with Coffee Cup and Apples in the Background

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts

Salted Caramel Glazed Doughnuts

Vegan Gingerbread Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze

Other Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

I couldn’t leave out the Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies or the Pumpkin Gingersnap Tiramisu, so I gave them their own category. I’ll keep adding a new oddball vegan Thanksgiving desserts to this one as they come up.

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Stack of Three Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Topped with a Scoop of Ice Cream

Vegan Pumpkin Gingersnap Tiramisu

Leftovers

With all that vegan food you just cooked, you’re bound to have more leftovers than you know what to do with. Hopefully this will help!

Hot Open-Faced Vegan Turkey & Gravy Sandwich on a Plate with Fork and Water Glass

Hot Open-Faced Vegan Turkey Sandwiches

Cheesy Vegan Mashed Potato Pancakes

Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Video!

Check out my video showing you how to prepare my Maple Dijon Vegan Cheese Ball, Vegan Chickpea Meatloaf, Whiskey Mushroom Gravy, and Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie!

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