75+ Whole Foods, Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Sugar Free, Vegan, Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie from Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free

[A favorite Thanksgiving dessert made healthier: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Lower Glycemic Chocolate Pecan Pie from Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free. Photo: Celine Saki.]

Spoiler alert: This is a post about Thanksgiving recipes (Americans, avert your eyes!)

Okay, Americans, you don’t really have to avert your eyes. It’s just that I know all of you in the US aren’t even thinking about Thanksgiving right now (there’s Halloween coming in between, after all), but up here in Great Frozen Canuck Land, we celebrate our thanks for the harvest (plus our gratitude for all things Canadian, like Tim Horton’s, poutine, Ryan Gosling, cloudberries, politeness, the NHL and HBO Canada) in the middle of October. Are we calendar-challenged? Are we simply trying to get ahead of our American cousins in at least one area, finally? Are we just hungrier? Who knows!

If you’re anything like me when it comes to cooking for the holidays, you wait until the last day  guest has arrived possible second to plan your meal. Well, this gal is trying a new approach for 2013!

With Thanksgiving only a week away, I determined to get myself organized in advance of the holiday and went looking for a bunch of Thanksgiving recipes from which to choose. Today, I’m sharing the list with you all (Americans, you are more than welcome to come back here prior to November 28th).

And true, just because this list exists doesn’t actually mean I’ll get that menu planned on time. . . but at least it’s a start.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving this year!

Please note: all recipes are vegan, free of refined sugars and gluten-free, unless otherwise noted. 

Vegan, Sugar-Free, Candida Appetizer Thanksgiving Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Quinoa Pizza Balls, Fig & Olive Tapenade, Coconut Crusted Tofu & Pineapple Bites, White Bean and Roasted Delicata Squash Dip]

Appetizers/Hors D’Oeuvres and Extras

Quick Cranberry-Apple Compote from RickiHeller.com

Fig and Olive Tapenade from The Tomato Tart

Coconut Crusted Tofu & Pineapple Appetizer Bites with Creamy Green Curry Sauce from RickiHeller.com

Spiced Carrot Hummus with Garlic Oil from Daily Bites

Perfect Bread-Free Stuffing from RickiHeller.com

Cranberry Sauce from Plant Powered Kitchen

Quinoa Pizza Balls from RickiHeller.com

Cranberry-Pear Wild Rice Stuffing from VegKitchen

No-Cook Miso Gravy from Glue & Glitter

Eggplant “Caviar” from RickiHeller.com

White Bean and Roasted Delicata Squash Dip from Cara’s Cravings

Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Creamy Broccoli Salad with Garlic Crunch; Apple and Red Wine Soup; Caramelized Onion and Tomato Soup; Curried Root Vegetable Chowder with Dumplings; Roasty Toasty Carrot and Squash Soup.]

Soups and Salads:

Caramelized Onion and Tomato Soup from The Tomato Tart

Broccoli Spinach Quinoa Soup from Cooking Quinoa

Greens with Hearts of Palm and Pine Nuts from RickiHeller.com

Apple and Red Wine Soup from RickiHeller.com

Jerusalem Artichoke Salad from VegKitchen

Pomegranate and Apple Kale Salad from Veggies Save the Day (can sub coconut nectar)

Holiday Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Ginger Dressing from Glue & Glitter

Curried Root Vegetable Chowder with Dumplings from RickiHeller.com

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Spicy Dressing from Healthful Pursuit

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Garlic Crunch Topping from RickiHeller.com

Roasty Toasty Carrot and Squash Soup from Daily Bites

Sweet Potato and Ginger Salad from RickiHeller.com

Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Individual Veggie-Lentil Loaves with Warm Avocado-Tahini Sauce; Roasted Butternut Lasagna with Crispy Sage; Festive Chickpea Tart; Mustard-Maple Brussels Sprouts with Candied Pepitas and Pomegranate Seeds; Steel Cut Oat Risotto; and Vegan Tortière.]


Vegan Cassoulet from RickiHeller.com

Roasted Butternut Lasagna with Crispy Sage from Spabettie

Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf from Fat Free Vegan

Portobello “Steaks” from RickiHeller.com

Vegan Creamy Broccoli and Chick-Un Casserole from Healthful Pursuit

Savory Lentil Loaf from Bring-Joy (use GF oats)

Maple Glazed Tempeh, Squash and Brussels Sprouts from Bite Me, I’m Vegan

Gluten-Free, Vegan Festive Roast from RickiHeller.com

Buckwheat and Lentil Shepherd’s Pie from RickiHeller.com

Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan and Veggies in Coconut Gravy from JL Goes Vegan (not gluten-free)

Grain-Free Pumpkin Gnocchi with Browned Sage “Butter” from RickiHeller.com

Festive Chickpea Tart from Plant Powered Kitchen (can be gluten-free if a GF crust is used)

Individual Veggie-Lentil Loaves with Warm Avocado-Tahini Sauce from RickiHeller.com

Vegan Tortière (“Meat” Pie) from RickiHeller.com

No-Fu Loaf from Plant-Powered Kitchen (see note in recipe for gluten-free version)


Veggies and Sides:

Mustard-Maple Brussels Sprouts with Candied Pepitas and Pomegranate Seeds from Cara’s Cravings

Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash from Apron Strings

Steel Cut Oat Risotto from Healthy Slow Cooking

Mashed Peas and Potatoes from JL Goes Vegan

Roasted Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions and Olives from RickiHeller.com

Maple Balsamic and Lemon Brussels Sprouts from This American Bite

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Go Dairy Free

Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Tamarind and Ginger Glazed Carrots from The Tomato Tart

Coconut-Sesame Roasted Butternut Squash from This American Bite

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Persimmons, Apricots and Walnuts from The Culinary Life

Twice Baked Potatoes with Herbed “Sour Cream” from RickiHeller.com

75+ Healthy, Vegan, CAndida Diet Dessert Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Breakfast Carrot Cake; No-Bake Cocoa Cranberry Layer Bars; Pumpkin Pie Custard with Brulée Topping; Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake; and Baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Oatmeal Pudding.]


Pumpkin Pie Custards with Brulee Topping from Plant Powered Kitchen

Classic Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Fresh Raspberries from This American Bite

Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie (vegan and candida-friendly) from RickiHeller.com

Vegan Butter Tarts from RickiHeller.com (not gluten-free)

No-Bake Cocoa Cranberry Layer Bars from Daily Bites

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from RickiHeller.com

Pumpkin Pie from Flo & Grace

Celebration Pear and Cranberry Cornmeal Cake from RickiHeller.com

Healthy Pumpkin Fudge from RickiHeller.com

Vegan Cheesecake Collection from Spabettie (some have gluten)

Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

Butterscotch Pudding from RickiHeller.com

Raw Date Truffles from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

Toffee Pecan Apple Streusel from Cook IT Allergy Free

Raw Gingersnap Cookie Bon Bons from RickiHeller.com

Chocolate Pecan Pie from RickiHeller.com (not gluten-free)

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes on RickiHeller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Hash Brown and Quinoa Casserole; Quinoa Apple Muffins; Perfect Pumpkin Bread; Raw Gingersnap Cookie Bon Bons; and Butterscotch Pudding.]

Breakfast and Brunch:

Apple Quinoa Breakfast Muffins from RickiHeller.com

Perfect Pumpkin Bread from Go Dairy Free

Slow Cooker Apple Butter from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

Fluffy Sweet Potato and Pear Pancakes from RickiHeller.com

Pumpkin Spice Granola from A Dash of Compassion (use GF oats)

Hash Brown and Quinoa Casserole from Cooking Quinoa

Baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Oatmeal Pudding from RickiHeller.com

French Toast Soufflé from RickiHeller.com

Broccoli Rice Casserole from Tasty Eats at Home

Breakfast Carrot Cake from RickiHeller.com

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  1. Thanks for including me in this roundup! I love the early Thanksgiving spirit.

  2. What a list Ricki! You’re awesome, thank you for putting it together.

  3. just as well we don’t have thanksgiving – I don’t think I could cope with it right now (even seeing christmas decorations in the supermarket is scary enough) – but I do wish I could cook lots of these recipes as they look wonderful and a helpful guide.

  4. So many tasty recipes here! I wish we had more holidays here. No thanksgiving and Halloween is hardly acknowledged either 🙁 Not that that will get in the way of me trying some of these ‘holiday’ dishes…

  5. Here I am! early on a Monday morning bookmarking almost everything on this list!! Many health issues in my family and this list instantly took the frustration (and many hours!) of searching for GF, vegan, dairy free Thanksgiving food. I’m in Canada, and Thanksgiving is coming up soon…THANK YOU for already making it a great holiday!! 🙂

    • Laurie, YAY!! So glad to hear that you’ve found lots to eat here! Truthfully, that’s why I decided to do this. . .so I’d have lots of options for my OWN Thanksgiving next week! 😀

  6. Thanks so much for including my recipe and posting such a great round up!

  7. Oh I am in Thanksgiving heaven. It truly is a fabulous holiday – so much great food! I love it. Now I have no excuse but to make my Thanksgiving menu! Thanks for sharing my recipes too. xo

  8. Gina Sengupta says

    Love this post. It takes the work out of searching for great Thanksgiving recipes. The ultimate in lazy!

    • Ha ha! Well, I have to admit I did it for that very reason. . . I didn’t want to have to think too much about what to make this year!! 😉

  9. What a fabulous selection of recipes Ricki! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend – I’m sort of familiar with it now my son lives over there, I love hearing about how they celebrate it 🙂

  10. Hi Ricki, What a lovely list of recipes, what a shame we don’t have thanksgiving in Australia, Will have to keep til christmas time, which is coming very fast. Of course I have my daughters and husbands birthdays before then. What I love about Canada is the Murdoch Mysteries, my families favorite tv show. I can’t wait to visit one day. Glad you liked the photos of the dogs. they are rather special.Your book has just arrived in the mail so can’t wait to start baking. It’s beautifully presented.

  11. My goodness, Ricki. This is quite a list. Thank you for all your hard work putting it together! Great recipes. And some new bloggers for me to check out.

  12. Wow, Ricki, I can’t believe I’m only finding you now! And you’re Canadian to boot! I look forward to exploring your site. Thanks for compiling these recipes. I’ll be enjoying some of them on my Thanksgiving table this weekend. My husband, the gardener’s, rational as to why we have Thanksgiving a month earlier than the US is because we are further North, so the big harvest and pre-snow celebration is earlier. Makes sense to me.

    • Hi Lisa–thanks for your comment! I think your husband is probably correct. . . it *is* quite a bit cooler up here, eh? 😉
      Hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

  13. Yay! Love it!

  14. Thanks for the amazing recipes!! I have been gf for 3 years, but have just discovered a HOST of new food allergies and food related issues. I am so grateful to have such an amazing resource in one place for great fall/winter recipes. You have just greatly simplified part of my life! 🙂

  15. Wow Ricki, your pecan pie looks so good! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book. If you need anyone to promote/review/host a giveaway in the UK, don’t hesitate to give me a shout 😉
    I love the sound of all the recipes you’ve collated for Thanksgiving. Though we don’t have a specific Thanksgiving day here, I’d love to use some of these recipes during the December festive holidays. Thank you so much for sharing your collection with us xx

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! I’d say all these recipes would be suitable for any festive meal during cooler weather, actually. . . .so hope you find something you can use!

      And I’ll email you. 🙂

  16. What an awesome list! These recipes looks delicious! Can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much for this 🙂

    Best regards from Iceland,

  17. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Can you please do us a favor and mark which ones are Gluten-Free? You’re totally saving me this Thanksgiving, thank you so much!!!!

  18. Thank you so much for the list! I’ll be trying a lot of these recipes. 🙂
    Also, I was wondering if anyone could give me advice… My non-vegan family is kindly keeping this thanksgiving vegetarian/vegan, which makes me very happy. But we’re going to go have an early thanksgiving meal at my grandma’s house, and she’s going to be serving turkey… I’m really worried because I don’t know how to handle being around meat without feeling sick/anxious/guilty/horrible or having an anxiety attack. Does anyone know how to help cope with that?
    Again, thank you for the wonderful recipes! <3 omnomnom.

  19. Love your Thanksgiving recipes and I’m sharing them with my readers in my Thanksgiving on the Candida Diet roundup this week 🙂

  20. Yum!:) THANKS for all these wonderful recipes! I pinned several and can’t wait to try your Bon-Bons!:) Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Great round up Ricki!!!

  22. What a super — and well-curated — list you have here! Thanks so much for the time you obviously had to put into it last year. Will be making several of these, and with no stressing-out over provocative ingredients! Yay!

    • So glad to hear that, Lisa! I’ve been (slowly) updating it with more recent recipes, too–this may just become my “go-to” list forever more. 😉 Have a wonderful, stress-free holiday! 😀

  23. Such an amazing collection of recipes!

  24. Hi Ricki I just signed up and I need to change my diet .i have high blood pressure and cholesterol.i think your food looks fantastic and hope it helps me. Greetings from Ireland ☘️


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