63 Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

Collage of photos featuring simple Thanksgiving recipes

Welcome to our Simple Thanksgiving recipe roundup (a.k.a. the longest post ever)!

For the sake of variety, I reached way back to my pre dairy-free days so some of the dishes contain cheese. But the majority are vegan and gluten free and are marked as so.

Wherever you guys are this week and whoever you’re gathering around the table with, we hope it’s delicious and wonderful. We’ve tried to cover all the bases with breakfast options to side dishes to desserts and everything in between. Let’s do this!


Three of our Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls on parchment paper alongside a pan of more

1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (V)

Stack of vegan pumpkin spice pancakes with syrup

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (V)

Close up shot of a batch of our vegan sticky buns recipe

The World’s Easiest Sticky Buns (V)

Three gluten-free vegan Carrot Walnut Muffins topped with fresh nuts

One Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (V, GF)

Bowls filled with our recipe for gluten-free vegan Sweet Potato Pie Oats

Sweet Potato Pie Oats (V, GF)

Plate of gluten-free vegan tofu scramble and breakfast potatoes

Southwest Tofu Scramble (V, GF)

Plate of breakfast potatoes alongside a small bowl of ketchup

Best Ever Breakfast Potatoes (V, GF)

Two bowls of our Brown Sugar Pear Steel Cut Oats recipe

Caramelized Pear Steal Cut Oats (V, GF)

Using a fork to grab a bite of double stacked Cinnamon Apple Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles (V)

Vegan Banana Crumb Top Muffins stacked in a pyramid shape

Vegan Banana Crumb Muffins (V)

Plate of Vegan Banana French Toast with nut milk, bananas, and syrup in the background

7 Ingredient Vegan Banana French Toast (V)

Bowls of our Pumpkin Pecan Granola recipe

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola (V, GF)

Freshly baked batch of vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (V)

Partially sliced loaf of gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Snack Bread

1 Bowl Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread (V, GF)

Partially sliced loaf of Gluten Free Whole Grain Banana Bread

1 Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread (GF, V optional)

Plate with a slice of super yummy Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast Bake


Plate of Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms topped with vegan parmesan cheese

7 Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms (V, GF)

Baking sheet filled with a batch of our Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

Vegan Jalapeno Poppers (V, GF)

Grabbing a scoop of Easy Persian Eggplant Dip

Creamy Eggplant Caramelized Onion Dip (V, GF)

Baking sheet filled with Rosemary Beet Chips for a healthy vegan snack

Rosemary Baked Beet Chips (V, GF)

Chip dipped in a bowl of Vegan 7 Layer Dip

Vegan Mexican 7-Layer Dip (V, GF)

Drizzling balsamic reduction over Bleu Cheese Bites

Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites with Balsamic Reduction 

Sliced veggies surrounding a bowl of homemade Roasted Beet Hummus

Roasted Beet Hummus (V, GF)

Cast-iron skillet filled with our Creamy Brussels Sprout Dip recipe

Creamy Brussels Sprout and Shallot Dip (GF)


Baking sheet with Vegan Pot Pies in ramekins

1 Hour Vegan Pot Pies (V)

Cutting board with bowls of Veggie Fall Pot Pies

1 Hour Fall Pot Pies (V)

Using a fork to grab a bite of Vegan Shepherds Pie

1 Hour Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (V, GF)

Using a spoon to spread tabbouleh over Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes (V, GF)

Side Dishes

Vegan Dinner Rolls filled with vegan butter and jam

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls (V)

Pan of Simple Vegan Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Simple Vegan Stuffing (V)

Pouring sunflower seeds onto our Simple Healthy Fall Slaw

Simple Fall Slaw (V, GF)

Stack of two Vegan Pumpkin Sage Muffins

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits (V)

Sprinkling vegan parmesan over Zucchini Asparagus Gratin

Vegan Zucchini Gratin with Vegan Parmesan Cheese (V, GF)

Two bowls of simple vegan Pumpkin Soup with Sesame Kale Topping

Simple Pumpkin Soup (V, GF)

Wood bowl filled with a batch of the Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes

The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes (V, GF)

Holding a plate of gluten-free Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins (GF)

Using a fork to grab a bite of Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy (V, GF optional)

Row of Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes topped with cheddar and green onion

Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes (GF, V optional)

Cast-iron skillet filled with Sweet Potato Parmesan Gratin

Sweet Potato Parmesan Gratin (GF)

Bowl of Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with spinach, cranberries, and caramelized pecans

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad (GF, V)

Bowl of gluten-free Butternut Squash Potato Salad

Butternut Squash Potato Salad (GF)

Best Damn Vegan Biscuit filled with jam and vegan butter

The Best Damn Vegan Biscuit (V)


Holding up a cone with scoops of Creamy Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (V, GF)

Pie pan filled with our Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake (V)

Spreading icing onto a Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookie

Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (V)

Slice of Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie topped with coconut whipped cream

Vegan GF Pumpkin Pie (V, GF)

Holding up a gluten-free vegan Chai Ice Cream Sandwich

Vegan Ginger Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches (V, GF)

Slices of vegan Pumpkin Spiced Apple Pie with a lattice topping

Pumpkin Spiced Apple Pie (V)

Partially sliced loaf of gluten-free vegan 1-Bowl Pumpkin Bread

One Bowl Vegan GF Pumpkin Bread (V, GF)

Bowl of our date-sweetened Pumpkin Caramels recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Caramels with Roasted Pepitas (V, GF)

Plates with slices of Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie topped with coconut whip and raspberries

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie (V, GF)

Plates with slices of Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie alongside the rest of the pie

Peanut Butter Cup Pie (V)

Cast-iron skillet filled with vegan Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie

Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie (V)

Pie dish filled with our Creamy Pumpkin Pie recipe made with a graham cracker crust

Creamy Pumpkin Pie

Baking sheet filled with Pumpkin Bark made from cranberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Bark (GF)

Baking sheet with freshly made Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (V optional)

Slice of gluten-free vegan No Bake Pumpkin Pie made with a date pecan crust

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pie (V,GF)


Tall glass of our Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake

Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes (V)

Cutting board with ingredients and glasses for our Raspberry Jam Bourbon Smash recipe

Bourbon Winter Smash (V)

Glasses filled with our recipe for St. Germain Spritzers with Champagne

St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzers (V)

Glass of Easy Vegan Hot Cocoa topped with coconut whipped cream

5 Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa (V, GF)

Pouring wine into a jar of fruit for our 5-Ingredient Red Sangria recipe

5 Ingredient Sangria (V, GF)

If that’s not an all-out Thanksgiving round up, I don’t know what is.

We hope you get to eat lots of yummy food and spend time with the people you love this week. We’re ever so grateful for you all. Thanks for following along and supporting what we do. It means so much to us.

Much love and Happy Thanksgiving,
John & Dana

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  1. Ally says

    I am thoroughly impressed. This post alone makes me want to visit your website for recipe ideas more and more, as if I didn’t have an excuse already.

  2. Vivienne says

    I’m newbie vegan and this post just makes me wonder what took me so long. We obviously don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Scotland, but I say, any excuse for these amazing dishes! Looking forward to making them.x

  3. cortney says

    Thanks so much for compiling these fantastic recipes into one post. I adore your website and your wonderful vegan recipes. I’ll definitely be trying a few of these for tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Katrina says

    You guys are awesome!! Thank you for posting such a wonderful list of thanksgiving recipes – I love simple recipes that are healthy and vegan to boot. I will be making the stuffed mushrooms, I can’t wait to try! Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy Portland – I live here too :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ah, thanks Katrina! So awesome to hear of a fellow Portlander that’s a fan! Stay tuned as we hope to have a local meet up sometime! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Lisa R says

    I laughed when I read the list.. as I have made at least 15 of these over the last year.. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.. but of the list here are the ones that made the TGD cut..
    Deep Dish Apple Crumb Pie.. (or your Carmel apple sauce one..)
    One Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins..
    Butternut squash potato salad.. (a new one for me and looks amazing!)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for your love and support, Lisa! SO kind. So glad you’ve enjoyed so many recipes throughout this year!!

  6. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says

    That was a long post! – But well worth it! Those are some amazing looking dishes. I love all the choices that you’ve given, however it just added to my list of “wanna makes”. :-) No big deal though, I love your recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Joanna! Hope you can incorporate a few of these into your Thanksgiving meal plan this year. Cheers!

  7. Anne says

    Thanks! This must have taken some time for you to put together! I plan to try at least three of these delicious recipes!

  8. Kayla says

    This is a great round-up! Thank you so much for putting this together. I subscribe to your blog and never miss a post, but I pinned at least 3-4 things the first time through this round-up. I’m sure I’ll review it again for Thanksgiving. Everything looks mouth-wateringly good!