Although most holidays have a way of bringing people around a table to share a well-prepared meal with each other, no holiday is more centered around food than Thanksgiving. In the weeks leading up to the yearly tradition of indulging in opulent main courses, plentiful side dishes, and tasty desserts, home cooks everywhere will prepare their menus with their best holiday dishes.
As delicious and filling as a Thanksgiving meal is, there's still always room for a bit of dessert to finish off the celebratory feast. While there are classics like pumpkin and pecan pie, there's no reason you can't stray from tradition and serve a sweet treat with a twist, especially if you're planning on providing a vegan-friendly option. After all, who says indulging can't be healthy?
When it comes to vegan Thanksgiving desserts, there's an astounding number of mouthwatering recipes to whip up. The best part is that most also happen to be gluten-free, too, making the job of hosting people with dietary restrictions that much easier. You can prepare no-bake chocolate chip cookies, pecan pie bars, roasted strawberry ice cream, or an apple crisp crumble all with a clever vegan twist. Take a look at these 15 scrumptious vegan Thanksgiving desserts and plan your final course around a healthy dish that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.
Peach Cobbler Crumble
This classic peach cobbler just got a Paleo, vegan makeover. It takes a mere 20 minutes to prep and calls for peaches, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vegan butter. The warm and gooey combination of sweet peaches and rich cobbler will be the perfect final course for your Thanksgiving feast.
Nothing says fall quite like an apple dessert. This healthy apple crisp with an oatmeal pecan topping is just the thing to serve after a hearty Thanksgiving meal. The apples are sweetened with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg only to be topped with a rich combination of brown sugar, rolled old-fashioned oats, almond flour, pecan, and vegan butter.
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
If there's one thing that's better than chocolate chip cookies, it's no bake chocolate chip cookies that require just six healthy ingredients. The easy, vegan dessert is made with roasted cashews, pitted Medjool dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract, old-fashioned oats, vegan chocolate chips, and sea salt. Use a food processor to blend up all the ingredients and then mold the combination into cookie shapes to set in the freezer until firm.
Gingerbread Cookie Sandwiches
Few desserts are as festive as gingerbread cookies, and these raw vegan gingerbread cookie sandwiches maintain those traditional flavors with a healthy twist. They're made of chewy gingerbread macaroon cookies filled with a rich cashew buttercream filing. To make them even more seasonal, you can cut out the cookies into fun shapes.
Pecan Pie Bars
These vegan pecan pie bars are perfect for serving a crowd. The crust is made of maple syrup, coconut flour, and pumpkin pie spice and is topped with a pecan and pumpkin topping. Not only are they vegan, but they're also made for cutting up into easy-to-eat (and share) bite-size pieces. That way no one ends up on pie-slicing duty after dinner.
Not for traditionalists, this pumpkin-miso pie with a black sesame nut crust is made for those with sophisticated taste buds. The dessert is mostly raw thanks to it's healthy, natural ingredients like nuts, sesame seeds, white miso, coconut milk, maple syrup, sunflower lecithin, and vanilla extract. It's certainly a showstopper.
Winter Bliss Balls
Another bite-sized creation, these winter bliss balls will be a hit at any festive celebration (and they take just 10 minutes to make). Simply add ingredients like dates, cashews, cacao powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, and orange zest into a food processor then roll up into tablespoon-size balls. Top with melted chocolate, nuts, seeds, or anything else you can think of for the final touch.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
It takes just 10 ingredients to whip up this seasonal, plant-based treat. The base is made of rolled oats, almonds, and natural sweeteners like coconut sugar and maple syrup. For the filling, you'll need coconut yogurt, soaked cashews, maple syrup, and lemon. Topped with cinnamon baked apples, it's the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert.
With no baking necessary and just five ingredients required, this no-bake brownie recipe is a holiday hero dish. It calls for walnuts, pitted Medjool dates, cacao powder, vanilla extract, sea salt, and dark chocolate chips. Simply combine everything in a food processor and spread in a pan to set.
Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
For an elevated vegan Thanksgiving dessert to serve at a small gathering, make a batch of this no-churn vegan roasted strawberry and dark chocolate flecked ice cream. After roasting strawberries in the oven, combine with coconut milk and sugar in a blender and freeze the mixture in a plastic bag for a few hours. Then, break up the ice cream and blend it along with some vegan dark chocolate and freeze when done. It's a great palate cleanser to enjoy after a big meal.
If you're looking to stray from tradition, try your hand at these vegan and gluten-free maple donuts with a salted almond butter glaze. As far as donuts go, these are about as healthy as they come. The recipe calls for ingredients like oat, coconut, and rice flour, natural sugar, ground flax seed, cinnamon, almond milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. They're also baked instead of fried for a far healthier treat.
This raw vegan carrot cake will easily please a crowd. The healthy dessert is comprised of a cashew-based frosting and a cake made with pitted Medjool dates, almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, finely grated carrots, and a splash of orange juice and zest. Once cut into bite-size pieces, you'll be hard-pressed to grab just one.
Apple Crisp Crumble
What would the holidays be without an apple crisp crumble? For this vegan, gluten-free variation, you'll whip up flavorful apples with coconut sugar, almond flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice and top with rolled, old-fashioned oatmeal, almonds, and coconut sugar before baking. Pro tip: Top with dairy-free ice cream to serve.
Pumpkin Pie Dream Bars
Instead of serving a traditional pumpkin pie, try your hand at these vegan pumpkin pie dream bars. They're filled with pumpkin and maple flavors for a seasonal treat that's easy to serve to a crowd. Their striking appearance in both color and shape will have everyone ready to try a bite.
If you want to serve up a moist, chocolatey, rich dessert on Thanksgiving, these almond butter vegan brownies are for you. They're so fudgy and flavorful, and thanks to the almond butter, no one will realize they're vegan. Gather up ingredients like almond butter, cocoa powder, almond milk, applesauce, honey, and dark chocolate chips to mix and bake to perfection.