44 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes – Holy Cow Vegan

A collection of our favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes, including breakfast ideas, side dishes, main course meals and desserts. It’s all the inspiration you need to make an amazing vegan feast!

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve collected here some of my favorite Thanksgiving breakfasts, side dishes, entrees and desserts for you to choose from. These are beloved recipes in our home, perfect for large gatherings, and I hope you’ll find something here that you will love and include on your holiday table.

If you’re cooking for someone on a special diet, be sure to check out our vegan low-carb recipes and vegan gluten-free recipes.

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.


Cheesy Vegan Breakfast Potato Casserole

This Cheesy Vegan Breakfast Casserole studded with crunchy golden potatoes and chewy vegan sausage, all in a creamy, cheesy cashew sauce, delivers plenty of flavor and nutrition to get your day off to a great start. Make this recipe ahead of time and pop it into the oven 30 minutes before serving.

Closeup of cheesy vegan breakfast casserole in baking dish

Vegan Eggnog French Toast

You can make this delicious and easy Vegan Eggnog French Toast the same day or the night before – it’s the perfect dish for a cozy breakfast with near and dear ones. The caramelly maple banana custard with a naughty dash of booze comes together in minutes in a blender, and all you have to do is make crisscross cuts in a loaf of bread, hasselback style, and pour the custard over it, then bake!

Fingers pulling up a piece of vegan eggnog French toast.

Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes

Skip the time needed to make individual pancakes for a crowd by baking these scrumptious vegan sheet pan pancakes and adding different toppings so everyone can pick their favorite! The pancakes are whole wheat but they are extremely light and fluffy (you can make them with white flour if you choose).You can also make them plain and serve them with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Vegan Sheet Pan Pancake squares on a white plate with strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips and maple syrup.

Vegan Sourdough Sticky Buns

These Sourdough Sticky Buns make a delicious vegan breakfast or dessert. They are gooey, sticky, fluffy, crusted with caramel-coated pecans, and absolutely scrumptious!

Sourdough sticky buns on white plate.

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

If you are craving something pumpkin-spicy, you will definitely want to cook up a big batch of these super easy and fluffy vegan Pumpkin Pancakes. They are tender, fluffy and loaded with pumpkin spice flavor: the perfect plant-based breakfast for family and friends!

Vegan pumpkin pancakes on square white plate with walnuts and maple syrup.

Vegan Peach and Plum Crisp

A super simple and easy vegan fruit crisp with the vibrant flavors of peaches and plums at their juciest peak. It makes a great breakfast, but doubles up nicely for dessert.

Vegan peach plum crisp in a white bowl with spoon

Vegan Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie

This was one of my son Jay’s favorite breakfasts. It takes no more than 20 minutes to put together, and another 25 minutes in the oven. You can tweak it to the ingredients you have on hand.

Vegan breakfast shepherd's pie in cast iron skillet with serving spoon.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This delicious Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding is awesome for a comforting breakfast. It is healthy with whole grain bread, and cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves add a festive touch. The recipe can be made with gluten-free bread.

Vegan pumpkin bread pudding in casserole dish.

Vegan French Toast Casserole

A vegan French Toast Casserole with the deliciousness of bananas and coconut sugar and the healthfulness of flax meal and walnuts. You do not have to make this recipe the night before (although you could if you wanted to). It takes under an hour to get this scrumptious breakfast ready from scratch.

Vegan French toast casserole in gray plate with fork.

Vegan Cranberry Breakfast Bread

A vegan Cranberry Breakfast Bread is the perfect way to start the holidays with family and friends. The tender crumb has tiny bursts of tart, juicy cranberries and nutty walnuts. You can also bake this into muffins.

Slices of vegan cranberry breakfast bread stacked in white plate with fork.

Vegan Sourdough Pumpkin Spice Waffles

These tasty Vegan Sourdough Pumpkin Spice Waffles are infused with the seasonal flavor of pumpkin and the warmth of pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The recipe makes 12 large waffles, so it’s perfect for a big gathering of friends and family.

Vegan sourdough pumpkin spice waffles on plate with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks.

Vegetable Side Dishes

Mashed Orange Sweet Potatoes

Looking for an easy but delicious sweet potato recipe for your holiday table? These four-ingredient vegan orange mashed sweet potatoes take all of five minutes of hands-on time to make. They are a crowd pleaser!

Vegan mashed sweet potatoes in bowl with pat of vegan butter and spoon.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This really is the best vegan green bean casserole ever. The green beans are blanched, then cooked to perfection with homemade vegan cream of mushroom soup and fried onions.

Vegan green bean casserole in baking dish.

Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

This delicious and simple vegan Butternut Squash Risotto is scented with the woodsy fragrance of sage. It is the perfect side dish for the holiday table, and one everyone is sure to love!

A black bowl with vegan butternut squash risotto with sage leaves and mushroom stew

Garlicky Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes

If golden, garlicky spuds are your idea of a heavenly side dish, you’ll adore these Garlicky Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes. The potatoes are crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth, and the asparagus roasts up juicy and crispy and so delicious. Golden bits of garlic scattered throughout add amazing yum!

Roasted asparagus and potatoes in white bowl.

Garlicky Green Beans

In this easy, five-ingredient garlic green beans recipe, the beans are blanched to a perfect, toothsome yet tender texture, then sauteed with lots of garlic, a shower of sesame seeds, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, and fresh, savory garden herbs. The result is a stunning dish you will be happy to eat and proud to share.

Garlic green beans with garlic, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes

Roasted Honeynut Squash

A delicious, four-ingredient roasted honeynut squash recipe that makes the perfect vegetable side dish with nearly any meal. This cute little winter squash is so full of flavor, all you need to make it shine are salt, pepper and olive oil.

Slices of roasted honeynut squash with caramelized edges on baking sheet.

Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Crunchy Pecan Topping are the perfect holiday side. It’s a delicious recipe that’s also gorgeous to look at and easy to make ahead.

Serving of vegan scalloped potatoes in white plate.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

These rather addictive Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes are mashed, then whipped until they are fluffy and soft as clouds. They taste rich and decadent, exactly as the best mashed potatoes should. You can also try this this easy and foolproof Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe. Top with this decadent vegan mushroom gravy.

Vegan mashed potatoes in black bowl with spoon.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

There’s no better way to dress up the humble spud than to smother it with vibrant flavors that do a happy little dance on your tongue. These roasted fingerling potatoes, with the evocative flavors of rosemary and garlic, are one of my favorite side dishes for the holidays.

Roasted fingerling potatoes with rosemary and garlic in white plate.

Vegan Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

There’s a delicious medley of textures in this vegan shaved Brussels sprouts Salad, with the sweet dried cranberries and crunchy sunflower seeds and tying it all together is a creamy dijon mustard and maple syrup dressing. It’s the perfect side for the holiday table.

Overhead closeup of vegan brussels sprouts salad in glass bowl with cranberries, sunflower seeds and maple dijon dressing.

Main Course

Vegan Pot Pie

What’s not to love about this comforting and utterly delicious vegan pot pie? Push your fork through crackly, crispy golden pastry to find an aromatic, herb-laced, creamy and savory stew with chunky veggies. Add tofu or sausage for a delicious protein boost.

Vegan pot pie with crackly golden crust and a filling of chunky vegetables in a savory stew with spoon.

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole

A one-pot vegan Tater Tot Casserole with a creamy, savory filling of veggies and vegan sausage covered by a golden, crispy layer of tater tots. This is a fun and easy recipe to make for family and friends, and it’s utterly kid-friendly as well.

Vegan tater tot casserole in cast iron skillet.

Vegan Lasagna

This vegan lasagna is perfect! It tastes exactly like a classic, traditional lasagna, but it is meatless and dairy-free. Lasagna sheets are layered with creamy, tofu-free ricotta cheese, homemade vegan parmesan, vegan mozzarella shreds, and a meaty marinara that’s so tasty you’ll want to eat it out of the pot! It’s perfect comfort food for a holiday gathering.

Vegan lasagna in glass baking pan with green napkin on side.

Vegan Mushroom Pot Pie

This reader-favorite mushroom pot pie has a tasty gravy of carrots, onions, celery, peas and mushrooms topped by a flaky, golden, crispy puff pastry crust.

Vegan mushroom pot pie with crispy puff pastry and a filling of savory veggies.

Vegan Wellington

This gorgeous Vegan Wellington with Mushrooms and Lentils tastes just as good as it looks, with flaky, vegan puff pastry wrapped around meaty lentils, mushrooms and a mirepoix of onions, carrots and celery. The delicious flavors are all tied together with fresh herbs.

Vegan wellington slices on a white plate with fork.

Vegan Indian-Spiced Tofu Casserole

This vegan Indian-Spiced Tofu Casserole makes great eats. Onions, carrots, celery and potatoes are baked with tofu cubes in a perfectly flavored tomato sauce that turns bubbly and deliciously jammy in the oven. The dish is at once healthy and decadent and you can serve it on its own or with a chunk of crusty sourdough bread.

Vegan Indian spiced tofu casserole in red and white skillet with cheese on top.

Vegan Asparagus and Potato Tart

This vegan asparagus and potato tart has something for everyone. A creamy filling of mashed potatoes, leeks and vegan meat crumbles is topped with succulent asparagus spears and wrapped in filo pastry. Top with vegan gravy for a mouthwatering meal!

Vegan asparagus potato tart in white baking dish.

Vegan Leek, Cabbage and Potato Tart

In this vegan Cabbage, Leek and Potato Tart, delicious spuds, leafy cabbage and oniony leeks are drowned in a creamy sauce and all that goodness is baked in golden, crispy puff pastry. An all-round favorite!

Sliced vegan cabbage, leek, potato tart in puff pastry on chopping board.

Vegan Wild Mushroom Lasagna

In this elegant and delicious vegan Wild Mushroom Lasagna, an assortment of wild mushrooms is layered with a creamy white vegan bechamel sauce, jewel-green leeks, vegan mozzarella and vegan parm.

Slice of vegan mushroom lasagna on white plate with fork.

Vegan Guinness Pie

A bubbling, golden and vegan Guinness Pie made with blonde Guinness, veggies like carrots, potatoes, celery and tomatoes, and chunky bits of vegan chick’n. Perfect for the holiday table!

Slice of vegan Guinness pie in white bowl with fork.

Vegan Moussaka

This delicious vegan moussaka has all the flavors of an authentic Mediterranean moussaka, with layers of tender eggplant, zucchini and potato topped with a hearty vegan beef ragu and a creamy vegan béchamel sauce. It’s the best sort of comfort food and it’s perfect for a crowd!

Slice of vegan moussaka on white plate with fork.


Vegan Pumpkin Pie

The best vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe ever with smooth, rich pumpkin flavor and a crispy, flaky crust. It needs just nine ingredients and is so easy to make!

Vegan pumpkin pie with a slice cut out and topped with vegan whipping cream.

Vegan Chai Spice Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Here’s the perfect vegan pumpkin cake to evoke that snug-as-a-bug-in-the-rug spirit of the season: a Chai Spice Vegan Pumpkin Bundt Cake. The tender, moist crumb is topped with a dreamy vegan cream cheese glaze.

Closeup of vegan pumpkin cake with chai spices and cream cheese glaze with two slices cut

Vegan Apple Cake

This tender vegan apple cake has a sticky caramel sauce glaze that makes it twice as delicious! If you love caramel apples in Fall, you will go head over heels for this amazing vegan cake.

Vegan apple cake with caramel glaze on white plate.

Vegan Strawberry Pie

Who doesn’t love pie? And it doesn’t get any better than a fresh and delicious Vegan Strawberry Pie with a golden, flaky easy vegan pie crust. This easy dessert recipe needs just six ingredients, takes minutes to put together, and you can use frozen or fresh strawberries according to your convenience and budget.

Vegan strawberry pie in glass pie pan with a silver server. The pie is on a white lace tablecloth.

Vegan Pecan Pie

The best vegan pecan pie ever! This recipe will give you perfect results each time! This pie tastes divine, slices easily, and looks stunning. The tasty filling uses little sugar and maple syrup stands in for corn syrup, which is traditionally used in pecan pies.

Vegan pecan pie in pie plate with plate server on side.

Vegan Cranberry Custard Tart

An easy vegan Cranberry Custard Tart that looks gorgeous, needs just a handful of ingredients to make, and tastes like a dream. This is an easy recipe to make when you are on the fence and have little time on your hands.

Vegan cranberry custard tart in tart dish with dollop of vegan whipped cream.

Vegan Tarte Tatin

A glossy, gorgeous vegan Tarte Tatin is exactly the kind of dessert I make to impress family and guests! This French pastry needs just four ingredients and it’s easy as pie to make.

Vegan tarte tatin on crystal plate.

Vegan Chocolate Pie

If you like the idea of smooth, silky chocolate wrapped in a crispy, flaky crust and topped with clouds of whipped cream, this Vegan Chocolate Pie is for you! It’s beyond easy, kid-friendly, and everyone at your holiday table will love it.

Vegan chocolate pie in plate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Every bite of this amazing dessert is infused with the freshness of pumpkin, coconut, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. This is a one-bowl recipe: dump in the ingredients, mix, and bake. The maple coconut glaze is optional but amazing, so make it if you can–we love it!

Three slices of vegan pumpkin bread

Vegan Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This pretty vegan cranberry upside-down cake has a moist, airy, tender crumb and a juicy, glossy topping of bright-red cranberries. It’s a stunning dessert to bring to the Thanksgiving table.

Vegan cranberry upside down cake slice in white plate with fork.

Vegan Lemon Cake

This easy vegan lemon cake is beyond delicious, but the icing on the cake, literally, is a glossy, glassy, gorgeous vegan lemon curd that tastes as heavenly as it looks.

A slice of vegan lemon cake with lemon curd topping on white plate with the entire cake next to it.

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