Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Just because you're vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on all of the delicious Thanksgiving desserts! From traditional pumpkin and apple pie to carob molasses cake, we have a variety of vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy vegan pumpkin pie gets its structure from aquafaba (the leftover water from a can of chickpeas) whipped up into a meringue-like foam. When it's combined with pumpkin and poured into a gluten-free pecan crust, you would never know beans had anything to do with this vegan pumpkin pie recipe.

Vegan Apple Pie

Make classic apple crumb pie vegan-friendly with this easy dairy-free flour crust. Take your dessert to the next level by whipping up a can of coconut cream into vegan whipped cream to dollop on top.

Fresh Apple Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars
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One batch of dough does double duty as both the crust and streusel topping to make one of the easiest desserts around.

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

Rating: 5 stars
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Sticking to its food-waste mission, L.A. Kitchen created this dessert to work with almost any fruit you have on hand. We've done it here with pears and apples, but you can use berries or even tropical fruits instead. The addition of dried fruit adds a concentrated hit of flavor you won't get from fresh alone.

Country Apple Tart

Rating: 5 stars
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The pastry for this rustic tart features gets a nutty flavor from fiber-rich oat flour and flaxseed meal. Pecans top it off.

Pear Crumble

Rating: 4.2 stars
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This easy, comforting pear crumble is sure to please. Serve it as is or with low-fat ice cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Rating: 4 stars
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Coconut whipped cream, also known as vegan whipped cream, is the perfect topping for any dairy-free or vegan dessert. It's light, creamy and entirely plant-based. Like regular whipped cream, you can also add flavoring--citrus zest, espresso powder or a different extract--to this basic recipe to customize the flavor. Refrigerating the can of coconut milk or cream overnight allows the fat/cream to separate from the liquid and solidify.

Carob Molasses Cake (Sfouf b' Debs)

Rating: 4 stars
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With all due respect to baklava, we've found a new favorite Lebanese dessert. This rich, moist cake is sweetened with carob molasses and has a hit of anise. We may or may not have fought over it in the Test Kitchen.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie

One of the tasters of this dairy-free pumpkin pie called it a "vegan's dream come true." The filling has just the right amount of spice, while the crust--made with part whole-wheat flour--has a wonderful nutty flavor and crispy texture. The pie is great as is, but to really please the plant-based eaters at your Thanksgiving table, top it with Coconut Whipped Cream (see Associated Recipes).

Apple Confit

Rating: 4 stars
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Sturdy apples are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla in this slow-cooker apple compote. Top with low-fat vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of toasted walnuts for dessert.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
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Coconut oil stands in for butter in this dairy-free, eggless cookie recipe for completely mouthwatering gingerbread cut-outs. Decorate cookies with a simple vegan icing or sanding sugar.

Coconut-Dark Chocolate Truffles

Rating: 3.75 stars
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Coconut macaroons meet dark chocolate truffles in these little treats. Inside the snap of the dark chocolate shell lies the tender coconut-cocoa filling: a mix of naturally sweet dates, cocoa and coconut flour. Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to this coconut-dark chocolate truffle recipe and other baked goods. It packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of total and saturated fat). Look for coconut flour near other gluten-free flours.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Vegan Pumpkin Pie
This dairy-free pumpkin pie gets its structure from aquafaba (the leftover water from a can of chickpeas) whipped up into a meringue-like foam. When it's combined with pumpkin and poured into a gluten-free pecan crust, you would never know beans had anything to do with this easy dessert recipe.
How to Make the Best Vegan Pie
Learn how to make a vegan pie with a flaky, buttery crust (without the butter!) and a luscious pumpkin or apple filling that's completely plant-based. We have baking substitutions that will have your guests asking, "Is this pie really vegan?"

Fireside Mulled Cider

Rating: 4 stars
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Cinnamon, cloves and ginger infuse apple cider with fall flavor.