Turkey Day is not the most vegan-friendly holiday of the year. Big bird aside, many side dishes are veggie centric but often include butter, heavy cream, and milk to add flavor. These ingredients are all crucial to making some of our favorite fall desserts like pumpkin pie—or so you might think. Truth is, you can make some of the most delectable Thanksgiving treats without the dairy, so you don’t have to give up your apple crisp cravings. You just need to find the right recipes and the right ingredients, all of which are right this way.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
If you can’t imagine Thanksgiving without pie, and you love pumpkin, this vegan treat is just as good (if not better) than the traditional fall classic. This recipe still uses all of your favorite fall spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but instead of using cream to get the silky smooth texture, you’ll sub in coconut milk. Top it off with a refreshing dollop of coconut whipped cream and you’ve got yourself a delectable dessert.
Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Ganache Tart
For those who want something a little decadent, this ganache tart is rich with chocolate. The gluten-free pretzel bits and shredded coconut add a delightful crunch to the crust, while the pomegranate adds a complimentary tang to the creamy cocoa.
Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
These donuts are not only tasty, they can be adjusted to fit your needs. You can use any plant-based milk or vegan butter you want, for starters. You can also stick with the cinnamon sugar variety or glaze them. And feel free to have fun with these. To me donuts + fall = donut-on-a-string-eating contest.
Vegan Banana Bread
Not too sweet, moist, with just enough banana flavor, this dessert is a mild delight after a hefty meal. Feel free to add your favorite mix-ins like: chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or chopped nuts.
Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
This is a super easy recipe that is also extremely versatile. Apple may be the signature fall fruit, but you can put in your favorite berries or any other fruit you’d think would taste good with sweet, crispy, crumble. Instead of using vegan butter, this recipe calls for coconut oil. Serve with a side of coconut whipped cream or your favorite vegan ice cream.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
This are a fave no matter the occasion. Plus they are quick and easy with only 35 minutes of total prep and cook time. Once you’re done, grab yourself a glass of oat milk and sink your teeth in to these gooey goodies.
Vegan, Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies
If the smell of ginger and molasses in the oven is enough to make your mouth water, you’ll want to try your hand at making these cookies. They are made out of quinoa flour, which is high in fiber, which may help you digest all of the goodness you gobbled up at dinner.
This one is a no brainer for you chocolate-lovers. These dark chocolate brownies are fudgy on the inside, crispy around the edges. If you’d like, you can whip in a bit of espresso powder for a little coffee flavor.
Apple Pie Taquitos
Now here’s a fun spin on a traditional dish. With light, crispy tortillas and creamy vegan caramel sauce drizzled on top, it’s the best way to eat apple pie with your hands. While classic taquitos are fried, these are baked so don’t have to worry about eating something that’s too oily for your liking.
Vegan Coconut Ice Cream
If you’ve got some time on your hands and want to make a delightful topping for those vegan brownies and pies, this coconut ice cream is to die for. But again, this isn’t a quick fix; it takes more than five hours to make. So definitely make plans to prep it the night before the big day.
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