Plant-Based Thanksgiving Recipes

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With plant-based diets on the rise, it’s a good idea to have a wide range of options on your Thanksgiving table. Plus, if you’re like me, you’ll agree that having a variety of flavors and textures is what really makes the meal special. Whether your guests are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivores, these plant-based Thanksgiving recipes are bound to be a hit.

This roundup could be a great springboard for an entirely vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving, or could simply be used to add more plant-based dishes alongside your turkey. All of the recipes included are either vegan or have a vegan option. From stuffing that’s crispy on the top and moist on the inside to perfectly fluffy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, these recipes will have you counting down the days till Thanksgiving!

Appetizers

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

This homemade hummus recipe is amped up with seasonal ingredients and spices. Set out a bowl along with some veggies and crackers for your guests to snack on when they arrive.
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sweet potato hummus thanksgiving appetizer

Dairy-Free Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Dairy Free Spinach Artichoke Dip

Not a hummus fan? Try this dairy-free take on spinach artichoke dip. Its creamy texture pairs well with your favorite crunchy chips.
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Pistachio Stuffed Dates

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Pistachio Stuffed Dates

With just two ingredients, these pistachio stuffed dates are another easy make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizer your guests will love.
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Soups & Salads

Fall Harvest Energy Bowls

plant-based thanksgiving salad

Fall Harvest Energy Bowls

This recipe for single-serve fall power bowls brings together all the best flavors of the season and could easily be combined into one large bowl as a salad for the table.
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Harvest Grain Bowl with Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette

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Harvest Grain Bowl with Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette

This hearty fall-inspired salad that's packed with protein and fiber and topped with a tangy cranberry orange vinaigrette is also perfect for your Thanksgiving table!
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harvest grain bowl with cranberry orange vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This vegan roasted butternut squash soup is packed with nutrients and flavor, plus, it has the creaminess you crave without the dairy!
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vegan butternut squash soup

Potato & Leek Soup with Kale

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Potato & Leek Soup with Kale

Another creamy and comforting starter, this vegan potato leek soup gets a nutrient boost from kale and works great as a first course at Thanksgiving dinner.
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dairy free potato leek soup

Sides

Lentil Walnut Stuffing

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Lentil Walnut Stuffing

Stuffing is my all-time favorite Thanksgiving dish, and this version gets its “meatiness” from lentils and walnuts for a hearty side dish with a craveble texture.
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plant-based thanksgiving stuffing

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels, and Cranberries

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels, and Cranberries

This colorful, flavorful roasted veggie dish will have guests coming back for more!
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Garlicky Sauteed Baby Kale

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Garlicky Sauteed Baby Kale

Made with plenty of fresh garlic and vegan butter, this sauteed baby kale comes together in just 10 minutes on the stovetop, giving your crowded oven a break on Thanksgiving.
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Maple Cranberry Sauce

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Maple Cranberry Sauce

It isn’t Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce! This lower-sugar version is made with maple syrup and orange juice plus a touch of cinnamon and ginger.
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Main Dishes

Stuffed Acorn Squash

plant based thanksgiving stuffed squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

The perfect entrée for a vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving, this flavorful stuffed acorn squash is rich in plant protein and fiber from tempeh, quinoa, and pistachios.
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Lentil Walnut Loaf

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Lentil Walnut Loaf

Another plant-based thanksgiving entrée option, this meatless take on a classic homestyle dish pairs lentils with one of their best partners in texture and flavor: walnuts.
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lentil walnut loaf

Desserts

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

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Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Using a few quality convenience items and no refined sugar this easy vegan sweet potato pie delivers on flavor and texture!
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Honey Apple Crisp

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Honey Apple Crisp

This honey sweetened apple crisp is heavy on the crisp, because you know you always want more of that! This is a small-batch recipe, so double or triple it if you’re feeding a crowd.
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dairy free apple crisp

Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies combine pumpkin, dark chocolate, and a fluffy texture (so, basically everything I could ever want from a Thanksgiving cookie). Prep the dough in advance and pop them in the oven right before dessert for a perfectly warm Thanksgiving treat.
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Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

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Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

Showcasing another fall favorite, these one-bowl vegan cranberry cookies are another excellent plant-based Thanksgiving dessert option.
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Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles

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Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles

Made with sweet potato purée, these vegan snickerdoodles are yet another cookie option with the fall flavors you crave on Thanksgiving.
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Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

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Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

These almond flour pumpkin muffins are prepped in minutes and are a vegan and gluten-free way to celebrate the season with fall flavors!
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easy pumpkin recipe

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

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Simple Vegan Chocolate Truffles

For the chocolate lovers in your life, whip up a batch of these easy vegan truffles to round out your dessert spread.
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vegan coconut truffles

Happy Thanksgiving from the KJN team! What plant-based Thanksgiving recipes are you looking forward to making this year? Share them in the comments!

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