Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts Even Dairy-Eaters Will Want
How to Make Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Beyond the turkey, your holiday table might seem safe to share with vegans. Dig a little deeper into the ingredient list, however, and you'll realize vegan Thanksgiving desserts are actually few and far between. Sweets are often filled with animal products, from whipped cream and evaporated milk to butter and eggs.
But it is possible to bake vegan Thanksgiving desserts that will please even the most traditional diners. Opt for smart swaps like pumpkin purée or avocado in place of butter, or tofu instead of cream cheese. Attending a vegan Thanksgiving as a guest? The entree is often provided by the host, so you can easily turn to these dessert options when you're unsure of what to bring. (Want more ideas? These are the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes that cover your entire meal.)
Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Classic pecan pie has healthy fats from the nuts, but the calories from all the pecans, corn syrup, and butter can add up quickly. (In fact, it landed the number one spot on our list of worst Thanksgiving pies for weight loss.) This version stretches the nutrition-dense ingredients over a base of sweet potato–coconut milk custard to help lighten things up.
Get the recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Truffles
No need to choose between chocolate and pumpkin with this vegan Thanksgiving dessert. Pro tip: Melt dairy-free chocolate and coconut oil for an instant "Magic Shell" coating you can drizzle over truffles, ice cream, or pie. (PS: Here's what you need to know before going vegan full-time.)
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Truffles
Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pie
Avocados aren't just for guac—or toast, for that matter. Five whole avocados are blended into the filling of this triple-chocolate pie for one of the most decadent vegan Thanksgiving desserts ever created. (Note: Regular Oreos aren't completely vegan, so seek out dairy-free chocolate cookie swaps such as those from Enjoy Life.)
Get the recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pie
Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
Crank up the protein and eliminate the dairy by whipping up vegan cheesecake that uses silken tofu instead of cream cheese, ricotta, or mascarpone. Once you blend it with a bit of maple syrup, almond butter, and a few pantry staples, this vegan Thanksgiving recipe tastes just like a cookie!
Get the recipe: Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Sauce
Coconut products FTW. Not only does oil from the tropical fruit replace butter in the crust, but coconut milk also makes the filling creamier. To top things off, coconut sugar and oil team up with tahini to create the can't-be-missed caramel drizzle. (Side note: Make sure you know about these eight foods that are surprisingly
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Sauce
Raw Apple Pie
Say hello to a naturally sweetened piecrust. Made with blended dates and figs (seriously, nothing else), it's a sturdy, no-baking-required base for the apple-cinnamon topping.
Get the recipe: Raw Apple Pie
Healthy Spicy Pumpkin and Apple Crumble Squares
This vegan Thanksgiving recipe is designed for the indecisive dessert lover. It's part pie and part fruit crisp; half apple and half pumpkin. Come on, how could it not be a crowd-pleaser? (Related: If you've ever wondered how vegans stay fueled through workouts, these trainers shared their secrets.)
Get the recipe: Healthy Spicy Pumpkin and Apple Crumble Squares