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The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide

By KD Angle-Traegner on November 1, 2017

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.

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide with more than 150 recipes, shopping tips, and more from Your Daily Vegan


Shopping Guide

Vegan Meat Alternatives for Thanksgiving

We live in the golden age of vegan products- it’s never been easier to find a vegan alternative to traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey and ham. Here are a few fully-prepared vegan alternatives to take center stage at holiday gatherings that can easily be found at a health foods or natural foods market.

Vegan Turkey Alternatives

Vegan Ham Alternatives

Vegan Holiday Roasts

Vegan Egg Nog Brands

vegan eggnog

Vegan Eggnog | Figgy and Sprout

Vegan Eggnog Recipes

Finding vegan eggnog in stores has never been easier or more convenient, 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 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.

Vegan Whipped Cream | So Delicious CocoWhip | 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- was superb.

Holiday Cookbooks

Find More Vegan Books

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. We have a large library of vegan books to choose from. And if you don’t find what you need there, check our library of vegan recipes to find what you need.

I want to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links which means, in part, that I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. Don’t worry, this is at no additional cost to you. The books listed are ones I feel comfortable recommending to you. For the full affiliate disclaimer please click here.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you are a chef in the kitchen or you’ve never boiled water before, deciding on the perfect holiday menu can be a challenge. That’s why I put together a huge selection of the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes to help you put together a delicious meal. I’ve even included two separate menus; one for gluten-free vegan recipes, and one for raw vegan recipes. No matter what vegan recipes you’re looking for, you’ll be prepared for a great holiday meal.

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Wild Mushroom Croustades | What Would Cathy Eat?

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Seitan Mushroom Roast | Keepin’ It Kind

Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

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 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Jellied Cranberry Sauce | Vegan Yum Yum

Vegan Thanksgiving Sauces & Gravies

Vegan Breads & Biscuits

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake | My Darling Vegan

Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Carrot Pate Appetizer | Ricki Heller

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Gluten-Free Vegan Side Dishes

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Grilled Garlic Artichoke Hearts | The Gluten-Free Vegan

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Sauces & Gravies

Gluten-Free Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits | Minimalist Baker

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Sauces & Gravy

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Guide | Your Daily Vegan

Raw Gingerbread Cookies | Ascension Kitchen

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Truth in Advertising

I am committed to providing accurate information to the vegan community. The information and data presented on Your Daily Vegan has been meticulously researched, and is based on information available at the time of publication. Guides are periodically reviewed for accuracy and updated as necessary. Update dates can be found at the end of every guide. Please contact me if you find out-of-date or incorrect information.

Photo Credit

All recipe photos via recipe authors.

This guide is authored by KD Angle-Traegner. Last update November 2017.


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