Thanksgiving Vegan Recipes – As a diehard clean eater, I make every effort to add more vegetables to everyday family dinner plans. So, it was only natural to create some new and delicious Thanksgiving Vegan Recipes to add to our holiday dinner. Whether you’re vegan or not, these easy vegan recipes are a great way to boost your phytonutrients.
Especially on a holiday that focuses on dairy-laden disasters and desserts loaded with refined sugar. Naturally, these ingredients can cause a bloated tummy and a sugar crash.
Today I am sharing my favorite Thanksgiving Vegan Recipe list to make planning this coming holiday easier and healthier. Check out these 12 vegan recipes below.
What is a Vegan Diet?
A vegan diet omits animals products from their ingredients. Here at Clean Cuisine, we believe in eating more plant-based foods, but we do not omit animal products from our diet. In fact, we add pastured eggs, pastured meats and wild caught fish regularly. However, this list of Thanksgiving Vegan Recipes is great for someone that chooses to be 100% vegan and for those of us that just want to add more plant-based recipes to our diet.
3 Easy Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving Appetizers
These healthy vegan thanksgiving recipes are perfect entertaining appetizers for when your friends or family arrive. These recipes are easy to make and perfect for enjoying while you finish preparing dinner.
#1: Healthy Ginger Snaps and Vegan Pumpkin Dip (shown) – Better than the traditional, dairy-laden pumpkin dip and superior to the way-too-hard store bought ginger snaps. This Ginger Snaps with Pumpkin Dip recipe is the perfect entertaining appetizer for when your guests arrive while you finish preparing dinner.
#2: Pumpkin Hummus – This recipe for Pumpkin Hummus is the perfect healthy dip for Thanksgivings. Festive, and full of protein, this easy vegan recipe is sure to impress, while keeping you and your guests full and satisfied for hours.
#3: Pumpkin Margarita – This Pumpkin Margarita Recipe is not just any margarita recipe… because this one has PUMPKIN! Perfect for your vegan Thanksgiving celebrations, this recipe has zero gluten, dairy, or added sugars.
5 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for Side Dishes
Add one or more of these easy vegan recipes as side dishes to your main course. These recipes use simple ingredients, fresh herbs and healthy oils.
#1: Patty Pan Squash Recipe (shown)– Perfect for your Thanksgiving table, this Patty Pan Squash Recipe is a new vegan side dish that is begging to be on your menu. Simple to cook and quick to make, the savory rosemary and garlic will add a lot of depth to your Thanksgiving meal.
#2: Healthy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese – Made with butternut squash and nutritional yeast “cheese” sauce, this delicious Healthy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is perfect as a thanksgiving side dish. Loaded with flavor, you will not be disappointed.
#3: Vegan Green Bean Casserole – This Green Bean Casserole is made completely from scratch, all while keeping ingredients and time spent in the kitchen to a minimum. It truly has that homemade, comfort-food flavor, without all the hassle!
#4: Butternut Squash Soup – This Butternut Squash Soup is simple, clean, and is loaded with all the festive, fall flavors. It’s also pureed, making it the perfect soup to make ahead of time and simmer while you prepare the rest of your Thanksgiving menu.
#5: Hasselback Potatoes – If you’re looking for a stunning potato dish for a holiday dinner, this Recipe for Hasselback Potatoes are it! Move over mashed potatoes, hasselback potatoes are here to shine. The best part, they are so EASY to make!
4 Delicious Easy Vegan Recipes for Dessert
I LOVE desserts, but they must be delicious. These thanksgiving vegan recipe list for desserts is perfect for the holiday or enjoy anytime this holiday season.
#1: Pumpkin “Cheesecake” Shooters (shown)- A creamy pumpkin spice cheesecake layer made with creamy homemade cashews, topped with a rich chocolate mousse pair together to make the most delicious combination! These Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters is a perfect end to your Thanksgiving dinner.
#2: Magic Cookie Bars served with Coconut Ice Cream – A chewy crust base topped with ooey gooey layers of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut flakes and chopped nuts… I simply can’t get enough! Too good to pass up, I created a Recipe for Magic Cookie Bars that’s totally gluten, dairy, and refined-sugar free!
#3: Persimmon Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Crust – This amazing Persimmon Pumpkin Pie recipe is gluten free, grain free vegan and naturally sweetened with agave and coconut sugar. Plus, the coconut crust makes this easy vegan recipe for Thanksgiving sinfully desirable and oh so pleasing to your taste buds.
#4: Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie – Not only is this super healthy gluten free pumpkin pie also dairy free, but it’s sweetened naturally. So, if you’re a huge fan of Libby’s Pumpkin Pie classic recipe then you will want to try this recipe. You definitely won’t have the sugar crash or gut discomfort that follows the classic recipe.
Tips for Vegan Ingredient Substitutions
Here are a handful of easy vegan recipes to help you make vegan substitutions in your recipes. Looking for more simple swaps? Check out these Dairy Free Alternatives to classic ingredients.
#1: Swap Dairy Milk with Nut-based Milks
Not only are nut-based milks more delicious, but making the at home is healthier. For most nut-based milks, all you need is a high speed blender, organic raw nuts and filtered water. Try this Almond Milk Recipe using almond butter or try this Coconut Milk Recipe made from unsweetened coconut flakes.
#2: Make Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream and Toss the Store Bought!
A quick and easy, three ingredient recipe, this Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe is a staple in our house, especially for the holiday season. Swap it out for any recipe that calls for cool whip and keep it healthy by making it at home.
#3: Vegan Cheese Made with Macadamia Nuts
Swap out recipes that call for cheese with this Vegan Cheese Recipe. Many vegan cheese recipes require a dehydrator, not mine. Just a few simple ingredients and your vegan cheese will be ready to enjoy.
#4: Swap Out Sour Cream with Homemade Vegan Sour Cream
Made with cashews, this creamy Vegan Sour Cream Recipe is the perfect 1-for-1 replacement in any recipe calling for dairy sour cream. Easy to make in a high speed blender, this sour cream recipe will store in the fridge for up to 1 week.