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These 20 Gluten-Free & Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes are perfect for planning your holiday feast. Whether you are hosting or visiting family or friends, you’re sure to find some gluten-free, vegan ideas for your Thanksgiving celebration.
Thanksgiving. It’s not your typical vegan holiday.
I mean, the entire day revolves around a giant bird taking up oven space for a ridiculous amount of hours to be served as the centerpiece of a massive feast. In fact, the holiday’s nickname is “Turkey Day” for goodness sake!
People spend countless hours researching how to properly cook a turkey.
Grocery stores go crazy with special offers like giving away a free turkey for spending a certain amount of money.
Side dishes like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole are loaded with dairy products. Some even have other meats like sausage stuffing. And of course, the gravy is made of turkey drippings.
On top of all this, if you’re gluten-free too, many of the dishes are filled with wheat!
So, what’s a gluten-free vegan to do on Thanksgiving? Check out these Gluten-Free & Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, that’s what!
Snacks & Starters
1. Maple Pecans
These oven-roasted pecans are great for snacking on while watching TV and waiting for that big meal. The recipe can be doubled, and they can be made in advance to free up that coveted oven space.
2. Pumpkin Hummus
This sweet hummus makes a delicious dip to snack on before the meal, but it can also be enjoyed as a dessert with some gluten-free, vegan grahams.
3. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
This flavorful soup is the perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving meal. Featuring roasted butternut squash that is pureed and combined with vegan half & half for a super creamy texture! This can also be made in advance if needed and reheated on the stovetop.
4. Open-Faced Vegan Pot Pie
An all-in-one dish featuring chickpeas, carrots, corn, peas and potatoes inside a store-bought pie crust. If you’re visiting non-vegan family, this is a great dish for you to bring to enjoy because it covers so many parts of the meal in one. Even non-vegans love it…just ask my dad! lol 🙂
5. Holiday Veggie Loaf
This chickpea-based loaf’s combination of carrot, celery, onion, thyme and sage just screams Thanksgiving in my opinion. Top it with our chickpea flour gravy and you have a winner of a holiday dinner! 😉
6. Marinated Tempeh
This tempeh is easy to make in the oven, on the stovetop or even the grill (if you live in a warm climate or just need some fresh air). You can easily double the recipe too. Serve with our chickpea flour gravy or lemony vegan béchamel.
7. Cheesy Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Made “cheesy” with the help of nutritional yeast, these mashed potatoes also feature a subtle garlic flavor and are topped with chives.
8. Vegan Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Vegan cream cheese makes these mashed potatoes ultra creamy. Definitely a kid favorite…just ask our daughters! 😉
9. Cheesy Vegan Almond Flour Biscuits
These dinner biscuits are light and fluffy and have a “cheesy” flavor thanks to nutritional yeast. They are also oil-free but still have that buttery taste everyone loves in biscuits.
10. Vegan Stovetop Mac and Cheese
This mac and cheese is super quick and easy to make. You can use just nutritional yeast as the “cheese” or add in some store-bought vegan cheese slices.
11. Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
For a mac and cheese with some fall flare, go for this pumpkin version. Easy to make and oil-free too!
12. Vegan Casserole with Chickpeas & Butternut Squash
I seriously could just eat this as the whole meal, but I am a chickpea fiend…lol 😉 This creamy dish is packed with fall flavors and is perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
13. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
These Brussels sprouts get a boost of flavor from garlic-infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They are amazing topped with our lemony vegan béchamel and toasted almonds!
Gravies & Sauces
14. Chickpea Flour Gravy
This is the kind of gravy you just want to ladle in to your mouth…well, at least that’s what one reader said. 😉 Seriously though, this gravy has been a lifesaver for our family of mixed eaters because everyone enjoys it.
15. Lemony Vegan Béchamel
A gluten-free and vegan version of the classic sauce with a burst of fresh lemon juice! Perfect for topping roasted veggies. 🙂
16. Vegan Cheese Sauce
You can use this cheese sauce to make an oil-free mac and cheese or you can use it to top veggies like broccoli and cauliflower.
17. Vegan Apple Crisp
This gluten-free, vegan dessert is also nut-free, which is perfect for anyone with nut allergies at your Thanksgiving table. Top with vegan ice cream or dairy-free whipped topping for a delicious ending to your holiday meal.
18. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
These handheld and bite-sized pumpkiny treats aren’t just for kids…adults will love them too! They are also oil-free and nut-free.
19. Oat Flour Cookies
Make these cookies with pecans or try the nut-free version with chocolate chunks instead.
20. Chickpea Flour Brownies
What’s not to love about fudgy, decadent deliciousness? These chocolaty brownies are sure to win over any chocolate lovers at your holiday table. They’re also scrumptious topped with vegan ice cream or dairy-free whipped topping.
Let us know if you try any of these gluten-free, vegan Thanksgiving recipes in the comments below! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
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