The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide

By KD Angle-Traegner / Updated November 12, 2018

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving – that’s one-sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.

I’m out to change that.

This guide is everything you’ll need to plan, create, and enjoy a festive vegan holiday.

Vegan Holiday Shopping Guide

Here are a few fully-prepared vegan options to take center stage at holiday gatherings easily found at a health foods or natural foods market.

Vegan Meat Alternatives for Thanksgiving

We live in the golden age of vegan products; no matter which foods are part of your family traditions, they can be recreated using plant-based alternatives. Look for these vegan meat alternatives in refrigerated sections of health food stores and well-stocked grocers. Also, check the freezer section, sometimes the roasts are sold frozen.

Vegan Turkey Alternatives

Vegan Ham Alternatives

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Vegan Egg Nog

You’ll spot vegan eggnog brands in two places: alongside their dairy-based counterparts in the refrigerated section of the grocery stores, and in aseptic packaging where other shelf-stable milk lives.

Vegan Egg Nog Brands

  • Almond Breeze
    Nog (Almond Milk)
  • Silk
    Nog (Soy Milk)

Vegan Eggnog / Photo: Figgy and Sprout

Finding vegan eggnog in stores is pretty easy these days, but making homemade versions can be immensely satisfying. These recipes use spices, fruit, and nuts to create that familiar custard-like texture and authentic taste of traditional eggnog.

Vegan Egg Nog Recipes

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Vegan Whipped Cream

If your family traditions are anything like mine, pumpkin pie always made an appearance on the Thanksgiving table. My mother would serve generous slices of our favorite pie with — and this is my favorite part — mounds and mounds of whipped cream. It was dessert, perfected.

In my family, we favored the whipped cream that came in those blue plastic tubs. Any chance I got, I would grab the biggest spoon possible and eat as many mouthfuls as I could. To this day whipped cream remains one of my favorite foods.

I stopped eating dairy-based whipped cream when I went vegan, and at that time there wasn’t a vegan version that had the same thick, luscious creaminess of my childhood favorite. That was, until now.

CocoWhip - Vegan Whipped Cream - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

So Delicious Dairy-Free CocoWhip is everything that is right and good about whipped cream. It’s thick and creamy, so it reminds me of the dairy whipped cream of my childhood. And nope, I’m not even being paid to say that. I just love the stuff, and I think you will too. Look for it at health foods and natural grocers in the freezer section. You’ll defrost the whipped cream in your fridge for a few hours before you use it.

But even frozen — yeah I tried it — it is superb.

Vegan Holiday Cookbooks

Whether you’re looking for vegan recipes for a special occasion or for everyday cooking you can find what you’re looking for right here on Your Daily Vegan. There is an extensive library of vegan books from which to choose. 

And if you don’t find what you need there, check the library of vegan recipes.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you are a chef in the kitchen or you’ve never boiled water before, choosing the perfect holiday menu can be a challenge. With three different full menus, this guide contains a vast selection of the very best vegan recipes special enough for any holiday table.

Planning a Vegan Thanksgiving Meal

This guide contains more than one hundred and fifty delicious recipes perfect for any vegan holiday table. There are three full menus — vegan, gluten-free vegan, and raw vegan — each featuring recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, sauces & gravy, bread & rolls, and decadent desserts.

Browse, scroll, or select from the categories below to plan your meal:

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

Spinach Artichoke Cups Recipe from Vegan Huggs - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups / Photo: Vegan Huggs

Vegan Wellington Recipe from Full of Plants - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Wellington / Photo: Full of Plants

Magic Vegan Loaf Maker

If you love to serve traditional meals that feature hearty and created-just-for-you centerpieces, the Magic Vegan Loaf Maker is for you. Designed by Jennifer McCann from Vegan Lunch Box this loaf maker helps you design your own adventist-style vegan dinner loaf. Simply choose a protein, a nut or see, a carbohydrate, vegetables, liquid, herbs, oil, and a binder from a list- the combinations are almost endless. Once you make your selections, press submit. A personal recipe will be created just for you!

Vegan Gravy Recipe from Yup, It's Vegan - Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe - Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Gravy / Photo: Yup, It’s Vegan

Vegan Thanksgiving Sauces & Gravies

Vegan Thanksgiving Breads & Biscuits

Tomato Rosemary & Black Pepper Scones - Your Daily Vegan

Tomato Rosemary & Black Pepper Scones / Photo: Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe from My Darling Vegan - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake / Photo: My Darling Vegan

Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

Grain-Free Everything Cracker Recipe from Fork and Beans - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

Grain-Free Everything Crackers / Photo: Fork and Beans

Lentil Meatloaf Muffins / Photo: Veggies Save the Day

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Cornbread Stuffing / Photo: Minimalist Baker

Easy Vegan Gravy Recipe from Veggies Save The Day - Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

Easy Vegan Gravy / Photo: Veggies Save the Day

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Sauces & Gravies

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits / Photo: Minimalist Baker

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Sauces & Gravies

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Cranberry Raspberry Relish / Photo: Fork & Beans

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide - Your Daily Vegan

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