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17 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and in true American fashion, families across the nation are preparing to celebrate with—you guessed it—FOOD! But for some families, finding vegan Thanksgiving recipies can be a big challenge.

Being in Texas, like most holidays here in the south, we like to gather together for a wonderful meal (or several), count our blessings, and stuff our faces.

This year, I searched far and wide for a collection of vegan Thanksgiving recipies, and today I’m sharing my findings with you!

(Vegans don’t eat just salads, you know!!!)

I’m excited to bring something to the table (literally) instead of requesting my family members cater to my eating choices. I’m making it easy on them!

If you’re like me, I hope this list of vegan Thanksgiving recipes helps you, as well.

17 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving!

17 vegan recipes for Thanksgiving dinner that are cruelty-free

Any of the recipes collected below would be a fine addition to any Thanksgiving  meal. Feeling brave? You could actually make your entire Thanksgiving cruelty-free!


First things first: The Main Dish

Obviously, if you’re going the animal-free route, a turkey won’t be on the menu. And contrary to what a hilarious YouTube skit depicted in the past, vegans don’t mold together berries and twigs into a vegan “turkey” and call it “roughage.”

Here are a couple options for you if you don’t want to skip a main dish entirely.

Tofurky Roast

from I Love Vegan


This is perfect if you want to learn how to use a store-bought faux-turkey option.

Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf

by Veganosity


If you prefer making something from scratch, this meatloaf is a must-try!

Next Up: Side Dishes

Best Ever Vegan Mushroom Gravy

from Barbara Cooks


What is Thanksgiving without gravy?!

The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes

by the Minimalist Baker


Potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple!

Crockpot Vegetarian Stuffing

from Show Me the Yummy

Who could forget the stuffing? YUM!

The Best Green Bean Casserole

by The Novice Chef


This is my personal favorite. Delicious!

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

by Vegan Yumminess


The kids will love this vegan mac and cheese!

Dairy Free Herbed Scalloped Potatoes

by Vegan in the Freezer

Another fan-favorite is always scalloped potatoes!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Apples and Caramelized Onions

by Cardy’s Kitchen


A great spin on these classic vegetables.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

by Carlsbad Cravings


This is a great option for adding variety to the menu!

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

by Cook with Manali


What a great appetizer!

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole (Paleo, Vegan & Sugar-Free)

by Joy Food Sunshine

Your guests won’t even realize it’s vegan! 😉

Vegan Pretzel Bites

by Hot for Food


A yummy alternative to traditional rolls!

Vegan Cornbread with Rosemary

by This Mama Cooks!


Lastly: Desserts!!!

Vegan Apple Pie

by Fried Dandelions


And what dessert is more traditional for fall than PIE??

Vegan Pecan Pie

by Namely Marly


Pecan pie is a Thanksgiving must-have in my book!

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie

by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Your family will appreciate this made-from-scratch classic pumpkin pie.


Lest we forget, perhaps one of the most vital components of a perfect Thanksgiving meal…

Something many can’t live without when they’re around so many relatives (or people in general, if you’re an introvert like me)…

The quickest and easiest recipe you’ll find…


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

P.S. If you need more pumpkin in your life, check out this list of 50+ pumpkin recipes! Happy Fall, Y’all!

4 thoughts on “17 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for a Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving!”

    • No problem! I just love how “meaty” it looks haha. Even though my vegan journey started nearly 4 years ago, I only recently discovered meatless meatloaf. I’m definitely trying your recipe with my family soon!

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