Being vegan during this time of year can be hard, which is why I wanted to compile this list of easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes! While most people get to enjoy delicious holiday treats like honey roasted ham, pies, and deviled eggs, vegans are often left scrambling at the dinner table trying to figure out what to eat! So many holiday recipes involve animal products either directly (turkey, ham, etc.) or indirectly (mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, pies, etc.), so you can see why this time of year is not the easiest for a vegan.
I myself was once vegan and while I did enjoy the experience, it was a difficult lifestyle to adapt permanently while being a broke college student. I particularly remember how difficult it was to enjoy family dinners, being the only vegan at the table! If you have vegan friends and/or family members or perhaps want to make some healthier choices this holiday season, then I highly recommend incorporating some of these recipes into your holiday gatherings! The vegans at your table will thank you.
This list is broken down by the 4 major courses associated with your typical holiday dinner: appetizers, side dishes, entree, and dessert! So whether you’re trying to create a holiday meal that is entirely vegan, or simply offer a vegan option or two, this list will help guide you!
Let me know in the comments which of these easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes sound the most appealing to you and/or if you have your own easy vegan thanksgiving recipes you swear by!
This warm and creamy crowd pleasing appetizer goes vegan with help of raw cashews and elimination of fattening dairy! This dish will look beautiful on any table and surely have your guests impressed with how healthy something seemingly fattening can be!
If you want a recipe that comes together quick with no hassle but tastes fancy, this tapenade is for you! Tapenade is a type of olive paste that is delicious on crackers and breads, and pairs wonderfully with cheese and fruit platters! This tapenade is no fuss and requires a few simple ingredients, coming together in under 30 minutes! My favorite ingredient? The sauvignon blanc of course!
No seriously, you read that title correctly! This recipe not only replicates the look of a deviled egg but also the taste and texture! Mind blown. Although this recipe requires some unique ingredients like kale namak (an Indian black salt that has an egg-like taste to it) and agar agar powder (helps give the “whites” an egg-like rubbery consistency), it is pretty damn easy to pull off an has very fee steps to it. Gives this recipe a go if you’re looking to surprise the skeptics and impress the vegans this holiday season!
Whether spinach dip isn’t really your thing or your family is dip-crazy, this recipe is for you! Full of Vitamin A and C, this creamy dip is super healthy but tastes like a cheat treat. And with squash in season, what could be more of an appropriate holiday appetizer? But perhaps the best part of this recipe is just how quick and easy everything comes together! Simply throw all your ingredients in a food processor and BAM! Good to go.
Freshly sliced French baguettes are topped with wild mushrooms and seasoned with olive oil, garlic, onion, thyme, and sherry (naturally!) in this recipe, giving you the ultimate little bite sized comfort food! The mushrooms truly shine here, as their rich and earthy flavor is apparent in every bite!
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How can you celebrate Thanksgiving without biscuits?! Whether you’re having them in the morning with jam or as a side for dinner, they’re such a holiday staple. This recipe is a game changer because it doesn’t require any crazy vegan ingredients! Simply swap out butter and milk for non-dairy butter (which FYI tastes pretty much exactly like the real deal) and plain almond milk!
If you’re someone who loves smothering gravy all over your mashed potatoes, biscuits, and/or turkey then you’re definitely going to want to give this recipe a hand! This recipe is fairly simple with the most obscure ingredient being miso paste. Also, don’t feel obligated to use the brand of flour listed, any kind will do fine!
I don’t think you’ve properly celebrated Thanksgiving if you don’t have mashed potatoes! This recipe puts a new spin on an old classic by incorporating saffron and coconut milk! Also, make sure to get dairy free margarine or butter! This warm yellow dish will look beautiful on any table!
Green beans are another holiday staple that accompany any side side or main dish perfectly! This recipe is a great way to add a little something extra to your veggie dish, while still keeping it healthy and vegan friendly! None of the ingredient are obscure and this recipe comes together in under half an hour. Score!
In need of something sweet yet ultra healthy for your side dish? Check out these delicate and elegantly sliced sweet potatoes! And fret not if you don’t own a mandolin, these potatoes are equally beautiful when cut into thicker coin or cube sized bites! This recipe perfectly innovates your more traditional holiday fare with a modern touch of lime!
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Who doesn’t love a nice, hearty bowl of homemade chili during the colder months of the year? This recipe is a sure crowd pleaser and super healthy to boot! Using tons of veggies and spices, this recipe makes the perfect main dish for a dinner entree.
In need of a vegan entree dish? Give this tempeh dish a try! This dish has flavors that practically scream “Autumn” and is jam packed with protein, making it a great turkey replacement option. This dish is perfectly balanced with Brussel sprouts and acorn squash as your choice veggies and let’s not forget the sweet and spicy maple sauce!
Few entrees are more comforting during this time of year than a pot pie! Filled with veggies (fresh or frozen), a warm cream of mushroom sauce, and toped with a flaky crust, this veggie pot pie will hit the spot with vegans and vegetarians alike! And perhaps the best part? It’s super easy to make!
Looking to do it up vegan in a big way this holiday season? Consider this seitan dish! Seitan is a popular meat alternative amongst vegans that is made from wheat, yet tastes and feels like meat! This dish has all the fixings of a great holiday entree, a flavor that’s savory yet sweet, filled with stuffing, and baked in an oven! Don’t sleep on this one.
With hearty lentils, sweet apples, crunchy celery, and shredded carrots, this loaf is healthy comfort food at it’s finest! The loaf is topped off with a delicious balsamic apple glaze that adds a nice sweet flair. This loaf does well refrigerated and can even be thrown atop a bed of pasta or stuffed in a wrap!
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Could this really be a list of the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes if I didn’t include a pumpkin pie alternative?! With 3 simple steps (blend, pour, bake), it’s no wonder this recipes is called easy! Many who have tried this recipe consider it better than it’s traditional counterpart! Count me in!
This recipe is courtesy of Sam who runs itdoesnttastelikechicken.com and can be found here!
What could be more indulgent than a piece of homemade fudge during the holidays?! This recipe simply requires mixing all ingredients together and then freezing! Seriously, it’s that easy! Once done, this fudge will melt in your mouth and leave everyone else struggling to stop after one piece!
While it seems like pumpkins reign supreme during the holidays, apples aren’t too far behind. Apple pies, tarts, and other apple desserts are the perfect mix of sugary yet humble and are likely to be a favorite of at least one person at your table this holiday season! You can show support for both your vegan and gluten intolerant friends with this recipe that has all the magic of a traditional apple crisp!
Cookies are such a staple treat during the holidays, so naturally they make a great vegan option to include. These double-ginger cookies are the quintessential holiday cookie with their humble yet satisfying flavor! Make this easy recipe for any ginger cookie lover and they’ll be sure to beg for the recipe. Just be sure you don’t leave out the crystallized ginger for that added zing!
If you’re a sucker for the classics, this recipe is for you! This recipe actually calls for silken tofu due to the absence of eggs, but you’d never know after one bite! This pie tastes every bit as amazing as the original and will look stunning on any table with it’s pecan patterned top!
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I hope this list of easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes takes away some of the stress of trying to decide how to incorporate vegan recipes into your holiday dinners! Let me know in the comments if you plan on making anything vegan this holiday season!
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