17 Scrumptious Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving season is just around the corner, which means you should be busy planning an epic Thanksgiving menu. Catering to everyone’s needs during the holidays can be tough, but it is do-able. We’ve rounded up the best vegan Thanksgiving dessert ideas out there. Let’s take a look at 17 recipes that deserve a spot on your table this year (and don’t miss our roundup of the best vegan Thanksgiving sides).

1. Classic Pumpkin Pie

Vegan | Prep time: 10 minutes, Bake: 1 hour, Refrigerate: 8 hours

Mouth-wateringly good pumpkin pie is the show-stealer at any Thanksgiving dinner. If you can’t imagine the holiday without this dessert, you’ll be glad to know you can easily make a vegan-friendly version of the recipe at home. Using a super simple graham cracker base and a scrumptious coconut milk and pumpkin puree filling, our recipe tastes just like grandma used to make it.

2. Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Vegan | Prep time: 30 minutes, Bake time: 30 minutes

Photo credit: My Darling Vegan

Using silken tofu for a creamy texture high levels of ingenuity in this next recipe from My Darling Vegan. This pumpkin cheesecake is one of the most delicious vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes. Combining some of the most fragrant holiday spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger—this vegan cheesecake has a wonderfully flavorful result. 

3. No-Bake Pumpkin Donuts with Cookie Butter Cup Stuffing

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Total time: 4 hours (Freeze time: 3 hours or overnight)

Photo credit: When Sweet Becomes Healthy

Stuffed with rich peanut butter, this no-bake pumpkin donuts recipe from When Sweet Becomes Healthy is entirely original. The author explains that they came upon this idea accidentally while making another recipe and wanted to give it a try. Featuring pumpkin puree, coconut butter, maple syrup, and spices, these donuts boast all the flavors you’d associate with Thanksgiving. Delicious.

4. Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Low-Fat, Soy-Free | Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 40 minutes

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Whipping up a batch of oatmeal pumpkin bars takes less than an hour, making it one of the best last-minute vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes. The undeniably chewy crust features both pecan nuts and amaranth flour, while the filling is a combination of pumpkin puree, spices, and even some agave nectar for sweetness.

5. Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Prep time: 30 minutes, Cook time: 15 minutes, Chill time: 3 hours

Photo credit: Bree’s Vegan Life

Infusing rich, chocolatey goodness with the holiday flavor of sweet potato, this Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie recipe from Bree’s Vegan Life has to be one of the tastiest vegan Thanksgiving dessert ideas. The creamy texture comes from the mashed sweet potato, while the cacao powder and coconut cream only serve to elevate the taste of the dish.

Bonus: You can make this dessert ahead of time as it lasts for up to a week in the fridge.

6. Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake

Vegan, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free (optional) | Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 90 minutes

Photo credit: Ve Eat Cook Bake

Next up, we’ve got a no-fuss apple cinnamon cheesecake recipe from Ve Eat Cook Bake that works perfectly for the holiday season. The crunchy Spekulatius cookie crust is filled with a vegan cheesecake mixture made from plant-based yogurt, spices, and cornstarch. Add in some fresh slices of apple and coconut sugar for an extra hit of sweet flavor. Plus, if you’re on a gluten-free diet, there’s an alteration of this recipe that works for you, too. 

7. Frozen Banana Cream Pie

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free | Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Frozen dessert heaven comes in the form of this banana cream pie recipe. This is a recipe you’ll want to make time and time again. Including a sweet nutty base topped with a creamy filling of fresh bananas, coconut cream, and even a dash of bourbon, the dessert has oodles of rich flavor sure to wow your holiday guests.

8. Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 35-45 minutes

Photo credit: Pink Fortitude

How about some delectably chewy pumpkin bars this holiday? Rather than using regular flour, this recipe from Pink Fortitude calls for a combination of cassava flour and almond flour. The cooking guide also uses vegan-alternatives, i.e. vegan egg replacer and vegan butter. The result is a yummy bar you can store in the fridge to keep things simple on Thanksgiving Day.

9. Pumpkin Hazelnut Strudel

Vegan | Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 1 hour

Photo credit: Vegan Family Recipes

This pumpkin hazelnut strudel from Vegan Family Recipes makes a flavorful alternative to the classic pumpkin pie recipe. This recipe includes a variety of spices (hello nutmeg!) and flaky puff pastry to create an unforgettable dessert. If you can’t get your hands on a sugar pumpkin, you can alter it and use butternut squash instead.

10. Cranberry Orange Sticky Buns

Vegan | Prep time: 20 minutes, Rise time: 1-2 hours, Bake time: 35-45 minutes

Photo credit: Short Girl Tall Order

This cranberry orange sticky buns recipe from Short Girl Tall Order tastes amazing, but is not for novice bakers. You’ll need some technical baking ability to get the recipe right. If you’ve got that in your arsenal, though, this recipe is the ideal way to use up any extra cranberry sauce. The result is a sticky, sweet bun that will make your mouth water.

11. Carrot Cake with Frosting

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free | Prep time: 15-20 minutes, Bake time: 1 hour

Photo credit: Nutriplanet

Certified by Plantricious, you can trust that this vegan carrot cake recipe from Nutriplant is 100% vegan-friendly. Using a combination of oat flour and coconut flour, the cake has a soft and moist texture that will keep you coming back for more. Serve a slice of this cake with some yummy frozen cranberries and grated carrot for a Thanksgiving sensation.

12. Cinnamon Apple Crumble

Vegan , Gluten-Free| Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 1 hour

Photo credit: Sharon Palmer

As crunchy as it is full of spiced flavor, this cinnamon apple crumble recipe from Sharon Palmer is a classic vegan Thanksgiving dessert idea. Boasting a surprising ingredient (spoiler: it’s OJ!), fresh apples, and, of course, cinnamon, the dessert has a real holiday-inspired taste. Serve a slice of this dessert with some vegan vanilla ice cream for the best results.

13. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free | Time: 30 minutes

Photo credit: Bad to the Bowl

Naturally sweet, but by no means lacking in taste, this pumpkin chocolate chip bars recipe from Bad to the Bowl has to be on your Thanksgiving list. You can choose with gluten-free flour you want to use for this recipe as most work well. The author promises that not only do these bars taste awesome but they are also a healthy snack. Win-win.

14. Maple Pecan Pie

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 45 minutes

Photo credit: Unconventional Baker

Here’s another naturally flavored treat. This maple pecan pie recipe from Unconventional Baker is sweetened only with rich, enticing flavor of maple syrup. The gluten-free base is made using rice flour or ridiculously good pecan butter. Add that to a creamy and sweet seasonal filling and you won’t be able to resist this delectable vegan Thanksgiving dessert.

15. No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free | Prep time: 9 minutes (freeze overnight)

Photo credit: Eating by Elaine

These no-bake mini pumpkin pies from Eating by Elaine are as adorable as they sound! Interestingly enough, the recipe calls for buckwheat cookies (along with other ingredients!) to make the crust of the pies. That base is topped with a pumpkin puree mixture that is sweet and delicious. 

Bonus: These mini pies are totally Instagram worthy!

16. Sweet Potato Casserole

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Time: 55 minutes

Photo credit: Gourmandelle 

Comforting and satisfying, you’re going to want this sweet potato casserole from Gourmandelle on your table this Thanksgiving. This dessert uses the inherent sweetness of the potato along with a wild array of seasonal spices to make the moist filling. All of the above is topped with a mixture of nuts and flavoring to create a crunchy texture.  

17. Classic Applesauce

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Low-Fat, Refined Sugar-Free | Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 15 minutes

Would it even be Thanksgiving without some sweet, sweet applesauce? Forget store-bought sauce! Making a vegan version of this classic dish takes a total of 30 minutes—it’s a cinch. If you like a little spice in your life, you can add some cinnamon to this recipe too.

Happy Holidays, friends!

Feature photo: lilkar/Bigstock

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