Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: From Brunch to Dinner to Dessert


To help you make this Thanksgiving a Plantsgiving, I’ve gathered my favorite festive vegan menu items for brunch, dinner, and dessert to complete your holiday weekend.

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu: from brunch to dinner to dessert!


Our girls love French Toast, it’s a real treat for them. So, if you want to serve a breakfast that feels very special during your Thanksgiving weekend, try this Cinnamon French Toast recipe from Plant-Powered Families. Pair with maple syrup, fresh fruit, or try with a dollop of my Creamy Cashew Dip.

Cinnamon French Toast by Dreena Burton #soyfree #vegan with #nutfree option

Hempanola and Acai Antioxidant Smoothie This smoothie has a chocolate-berry flavor, and isn’t overly sweet. It is a great energy boost, and really can be a breakfast on its own. But, you can always make my ever-popular Hempanola and nibble on that while preparing your other Thanksgiving recipes! For those looking for an oil-free granola, try my Gingerbread version!



Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding If you’re looking for an easy, comforting, plant-strong breakfast, this is it. Using some leftover brown rice (that you may already have on hand for other Thanksgiving recipes), you can have a cozy, creamy, pudding-like warm cereal in minutes. If you have PPF, this recipe is also in there!

Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree #oilfree


Sweet Balls. If you haven’t tried the Sweet Balls from Plant-Powered Families yet, they make a great finger food with a dipping sauce!

Sweet Balls

Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus. Because no holiday is complete without hummus! #hummusisafoodgroup 😀


Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus by Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen

Rawesome Nut Dip While amazing on its own with veggies or crackers for dipping, also try as a filling for lettuce wraps, to fill in endive leaves or rice paper rolls. Or, use in small phyllo pastry rolls and bake for a warm appetizer.

Rawesome Nut Dip from Plant-Powered Kitchen

Dinner – Sides/Salads/Soup

Kale-Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing With the combination of apples and cranberries, this is such a festive salad, and is also another reader fave!

Kale-Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing

Citrus-Tahini Salad Dressing To me, the flavors in this dressing can complement just about any Thanksgiving or holiday dinner. Serve with a bright, crisp romaine salad with pomegranate seeds and you’re set!

Citrus Tahini Dressing from Let Them Eat Vegan

Roasted Sweet Potato Puree This simple but flavorful side dish is always on our holiday menu.

Roasted Rutabega Puree So is this one! (It’s my very favorite way to eat rutabega, the addition of cinnamon changes everything.)

Almond Roasted Cauliflower This dish is unbelievably addictive and has turned cauli-naysayers into cauli-lovers. You have to try it to believe it!

Almond Roasted Cauliflower from Plant-Powered Kitchen

Other vegetable sides I love include Smashing Sweet Spuds (pictured above with the No-Fu Loaf), White Bean Mashed Potatoes, Lemon Dijon Green Beans, Oven-Sweetened Beets with Sage, Gingered Broccolini, and Duo of Roasted Fennel. These recipes are all from LTEV, so if you have the book, look them up!

Traditional Cranberry Sauce This is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t always made cranberry sauce from scratch! (p.s. I freeze any leftovers, works a charm!)

Thick ‘n Rich Gravy It’s as it sounds – thick and rich! You might be happy with just this and some spuds!

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew with Chickpeas This soup is very seasonal, and the infusion of peanut is not heavy or cloying. This would be a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving menu, or to have another day during your weekend.

Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple-Spiced Pepitas A new addition this year, this soup makes a great starter, and is so wonderfully easy to make!

Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple Spiced Pepitas, by Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree #oilfree


Dinner – Main Dishes

Festive Chickpea Tart.  This recipe from Let Them Eat Vegan was featured in VegNews many years ago and has become a reader favorite since. It isn’t difficult to make, and you can even bake it without a crust if you prefer. Definitely a table “centrepiece”.

No-fu Love Loaf I had no idea this recipe from LTEV would be such a hit with readers. I’m pretty sure the sensation started after Susan posted the recipe in her review of my book. (Thank you Susan!) Since then, I’ve heard from so many of you that love it. It’s definitely holiday fare, especially when paired with gravy and side veggies. This recipe also has notes to modify for a gluten-free option.

No-Fu Love Loaf from Let Them Eat Vegan

Moroccan Phylllo Rolls If you’d like to have something with a different flavor flair, these rolls are an outstanding centrepiece. They have flavor, texture, and an elegant presentation with the Balsamic Maple Sauce.

Moroccan Chickpea Vegetable Phyllo Rolls with Balsamic Maple Sauce (from "eat, drink & be vegan")


Chocolate Pumpkin Pie What do you get when chocolate meets pumpkin meets pie? This! It’s easy to make, and the flavor combination is outstanding.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from eat, drink & be vegan

Pumpkin Pie Custards with Brulee Topping This is the dessert I always make for Thanksgiving. The whole family loves it, and it’s a little lighter after a big meal than other desserts.

Pumpkin Pie Custards with Brulee Topping #vegan #glutenfree #wfpb #oilfree

Pumpkin Cake Because we need more pumpkin! 😀

Pumpkin Cake with Cooked Vanilla Frosting

Gluten-Free Pie Crust with “Apple of My Eye” Pie Filling This is a recipe that takes a little more time, a little more effort – but is most definitely worth it! Those of you that have made it have reported back with rave reviews. You will love the crust (even if you aren’t gluten-free), and the filling is apple-cinnamon perfection.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie from Let Them Eat Vegan

Pumpkin Chia and Raw Chocolate Pudding Parfaits This is a fun dessert or even snack to make for the kids. You can make the full parfaits, or just the pumpkin pudding and then garnish with chocolate. Either way, delicious!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree

Hello Vegan” Bars If you are looking for a cookie bar recipe, these hit the holiday mark! They are festive and oh-so-irresistible.

Hello Vegan Bars from Let Them Eat Vegan

Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls Maybe you’ve had enough decadent sweets, and just want a simple, healthy treat for you – or the kids! Now affectionately dubbed “CCDBs”, these are the perfect easy, healthy treat! Hint: They are especially yummy paired with a homemade spiced latte! Bonus: They freeze fabulously, if you can get them there. 😉

Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls by Dreena Burton #vegan


Please share what recipes YOU are having for Thanksgiving. I’m a food geek, I love to hear this stuff! I’m not alone in that, right? 😉 What plant-powered dishes always make it to your Thanksgiving menu? You trying anything new this year?


  1. says

    Oh my…I can’t wait to try out these recipes! They all look sooooo delicious! I already love the citrus tahini dressing, I’m looking forward to making a few of these (or maybe all?) others over the holiday. No-fu love loaf just might be my main dish with the chocolate pumpkin pie for desert. Yum! Thank you Dreena!

  2. Val says

    Thanks for all of the great ideas, Dreena! Do you have a dip that you would recommend with the Sweet Balls? I’ve got LTEV and the PP15 books. Thank you!

    • Dreena says

      Val, you could use a fave BBQ sauce, or for something creamy maybe the Raw-nch Dressing or Creamy House Dressing… or, for a tangy sauce my “Balsamic Maple Sauce” – that one’s from ed&bv but also posted on my blog! :)

  3. shayna says

    Wow Dreena! You are so inspiring and always outdoing yourself! Your recipes have been an incredible resource for me as I’ve transitioned from from organic whole foods plant based (but not vegetarian) to vegetarian and about 90% vegan (going for 100%, trying to eliminate the final food- a grassfed organic cheddar) over the past year. Your recipes help me (and my formerly meat-centric bf) not just eat deliciously but be full and satisfied and get enough calories, too! (we were both losing weight and not in a good way when we gave up a lot of animal products). Somehow I’ve missed this no-fu loaf, thoughm in my many hours on your site and now can’t wait to make it! I made your apple hemp muffins and subbed pumpkin for applesauce and diced cinnamon sprinkled apples and my co-workers couldn’t believe they were vegan- I told them they needed to check you out! Finally treating myself for the holidays and bought LTEV just now on AMazon (I hope there’s not a better way to buy it? Want you the get the most from the purchase). Anyway, thanks so much, you share an incredible amount of valuable info and delicious recipes with your readers. Hope your Thanksgiving and holidays are as delicious and abundant as your wonderful blog. <3 Go vegan!

    • Dreena says

      So kind of you to say, thank you Shayna – and kudos for making the dietary transition. I hope to bring you much more food goodness to love! :)

  4. Amy P says

    Omigosh, the Hello Vegan bars are to die for–even my non-vegan, non-gluten free husband loved them. Thanks for the great recipes!

  5. says

    Mmm, I would LOVE to be a guest at your holiday table, Dreena! each and every one of these sound perfect – and all great ideas for holiday festivities.

    I am making my cauliflower steaks for the couple of vegans at this year’s Thanksgiving (yes, I am not the only one this year!). Mom always makes veg-friendly sides for me, and I always make WAY too much food anyway 😉
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    • Dreena says

      Ditto, Kristina! You are so incredibly creative, and I have a sneaky feeling you’d enjoy decorating cookies and gingerbread houses and all that finicky stuff my kids love – but I don’t. shhhh! 😉 And HURRAH that you are not the lone vegan at your Thanksgiving table this year. That is certainly something to be grateful for. Enjoy your celebrations!

  6. Leslie Paquette says

    Thanks for the recipes! Do you happen to have an easy whole wheat pastry crust recipe? I would like to make the chickpea tart for thanksgiving but I’m pretty sure I will not be able to find a whole wheat crust or at least one with acceptable ingredients. I’d much prefer to bake it with a crust. Also, will it freeze well if I make it ahead? I am planning on making a lot of dishes this year and would love to get a head start. Thanks again! Leslie

    • Dreena says

      Leslie, I have a spelt/oat crust in LTEV that would work well for this tart. You can omit the small amount of sugar in it (as it’s used in the dessert section, but there’s not much sweetener in it). I know Wholly Wholesome has a line of nice w/w and maybe even spelt pastry crusts. They don’t sell in Canada anymore so I’m not sure what their product line is now, been a few years since I’ve used them – but worth looking into! Good luck!

      • Leslie Paquette says

        Thanks Dreena! I have LTEV so I will make that crust. I am in the US (Connecticut) and not too close to a whole foods so I’ll try to make my own! Do you think I can freeze it after baking or before or should I make it the day of? Thanks!!

        • Dreena says

          Leslie, I think you can make it a few days in advance. Freeze it or even refrigerate it for a couple of days – takes some of the stress off for the big day! Good luck! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving. :)

  7. Rebecca Stucki says

    I’ve made the Thick and Rich Gravy and the Pumpkin Cake both more times than I can count now! (Not together, however!) Two of my absolute favorite recipes EVER. You know I love you, Dreena!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. says

    I will take one of each please!

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday all year! All that’s required is eating good food. I love it! (I must be a food geek too!)

    I haven’t decided on my final menu yet. I am debating between your festive chickpea tart and Angela’s Walnut Lentil loaf as my “main dish”. Now you’ve thrown the NoFu love loaf into the mix, aaahh, decisions, decisions.

    Thanks for the awesome list Dreena.
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    • Dreena says

      We should start a #foodgeek movement, Anna! :) I wish our Cdn Thanksgiving was at the same time, it’s far more festive in Nov than Oct. I haven’t tried that apple walnut loaf but I’ve heard it’s amazing!! Have fun planning your menu (and even more fun enjoying it)!

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