This year, have a healthy vegan Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings.
Create your perfect holiday menu from these oil-free vegan recipes.
In this list you’ll find most of the traditional dishes you grew up with, they’re just made healthier and vegan.
One thing you won’t find here are recipes for pumpkin pie. Don’t worry, that’s coming next.
Inspired by traditional fare, the oil-free vegan recipes in this list are here to make your Thanksgiving prep a little easier.
Pick and choose your favourites for a healthy and satisfying meal that will have your guests asking for the recipes!
Because appetiser and hummus go hand-in-hand, here is an oil-free vegan Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus recipe from Plant Powered Kitchen. Made with kidney beans, chickpeas, and sweet potato it’s a nice twist on traditional chickpea hummus. Pair it with raw vegetables, crackers, or baguette slices, and dig in.
Cashews, spinach, and chickpeas make up the base for this Vegan Spinach Dip from Ceara’s Kitchen. Nutritional yeast gives it a “cheesier” consistency. You don’t need dairy to make a spinach dip that everyone will love. Plus, this oil-free vegan spinach dip will be a lot healthier.
Another spinach dip, only rather than a bean dip this recipe by Feasting on Fruit is loaded with veggies! Cauliflower, artichoke, and spinach are the main ingredients in this Spinach Artichoke Dip. Added with a bit of garlic and nutritional yeast this dip has just the right amount of creaminess. You can cook up fresh artichoke and spinach, but this recipe uses canned vegetables so it can be prepared quickly and without much fuss, which is always nice when company is coming. Be sure to double (or triple) the recipe if you’re planning on serving a bunch of people.
If you’re looking for a stuffing that’s a little bit different, try a Vegan Quinoa Stuffing by Sweet Simple Vegan. Made with quinoa, sweet potato, vegetables, and herbs, this oil-free vegan recipe gets a bit of sweetness from dried apricots and cranberries. To finish it off, toasted pecans add a bit of crunch.
More than it’s name would imply, stuffing is really about having a vegetable and herb infused dish that rounds out a Thanksgiving meal. And Sweet Simple Vegan’s Creamy Mushroom Rice is just the recipe. Made with brown rice and vegetables, this oil-free vegan stuffing recipe is given it’s creamy texture from a cashew and nutritional yeast sauce.
For a change of pace, why not try a potato-based stuffing? This Summer Savory Potato Stuffing from Potato Strong starts with gold potatoes then adds bell pepper, onion, celery, and whole grain croutons. The end result is a filling stuffing recipe that can complete any Thanksgiving dinner.
And we’re on to mashed potatoes, an essential part of any Thanksgiving meal. So of course you should go to Potato Strong for a hearty potato recipe. A straight-forward vegan mashed potatoes recipe, for Low Fat Mashed Potatoes you’ll only need three ingredients. Along with boiling water, potatoes, onion and garlic powder are all you need. An electric hand mixer can really help get a fluffier texture, but whatever you have will do just fine. Once they’re mashed, add your favourite vegan gravy and enjoy.
These Fluffy Buttermilk Vegan Mashed Potatoes from The Vegan 8 really are indeed fluffy. Coconut milk is the secret ingredient that adds moisture and, well, fluffiness. You can adjust the creaminess of the potatoes by adding more coconut milk. Top the oil-free vegan mashed potatoes with fresh or dried herbs for extra flavour before serving.
A unique oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe from Rise Shine Cook, this Vegan Holiday Herbed Potato Kale Pie is a vegetable and mashed potato dish. On top of a buckwheat almond crust, potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, and kale create a filling “pie”. Herbs and a bit of spice give this savoury vegan potato pie an aroma that will fill your kitchen. Pour on a bit of mushroom gravy or serve it as is.
Another oil-free vegan recipe from Rise Shine Cook, these Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are a nice alternative to mashed potatoes. There’s still plenty of potato, it’s just layered with cashew cream sauce, onion, and garlic to make a scalloped potato casserole that everyone will want second helpings of. If you’re up for something other than mashed potatoes, but you still want a delicious and filling potato dish, this is your answer!
11) 911 Vegan Gravy
Thick and satisfying, Fat Free Vegan’s 911 Vegan Gravy is made with simple ingredients that aren’t too hard to find. Vegetable broth, poultry seasoning, and a touch of spice provide the flavour while brown rice flour works to thicken it up. It’s already gluten-free, and using an oil-free vegetable broth will ensure it also stays a healthy, oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe.
Go for a unique oil-free vegan gravy recipe by trying this Lentil “Sausage” Gravy by Happy Herbivore. You’ll need lentils, almond milk, fennel seeds, and sage for this recipe. Paired with more herbs and a dash of smoked paprika, you’ll have a healthier gravy that can complete your favourite holiday dish.
13) Mushroom Gravy
Filled with mushrooms and vegetables, this Mushroom Gravy from Sweet Simple Vegan can add a heartiness to any mashed potatoes. Crimini mushrooms, vegetable broth, and herbs infuse this vegan gravy with a fragrance and flavour that give it a little something extra.
This Thyme Cabernet Gravy is from The Vegan 8. Using an oil-free, low sodium vegetable broth and brown rice flour will keep this a gluten-free and oil-free vegan recipe. Buying a more personal sized Cabernet will mean there’s less left-over. Although, what extra there is you can always use to make another batch of this recipe, because there can never be enough gravy!
Carrots, Turnips, and Sweet Potatoes
Add a bit of colour to your plate with carrots and turnips. Another traditional holiday dish, this is an oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe for Turnip Carrot Mash from Potato Strong. Carrots and turnips were meant to go together, but they sure don’t need to be high in fat or loaded with butter. Plain and simple will do just fine.
The name says it all with this one. A hint of cinnamon and sweetness from maple syrup make these some tasty carrots. The Vegan 8 knows how to take a simple recipe and make it a hit, even before it reaches the table. The aroma from these Cinnamon Maple Glazed Carrots will have people eagerly asking when dinner’s ready.
Here is a recipe for Roasted Rutabaga Puree from Plant-Powered Kitchen that is made with yellow turnip (also called “rutabaga” or “swede”). To make the recipe oil-free, use a plain non-dairy milk. Finish the dish off with maple syrup and a touch of cinnamon. The maple syrup adds a bit richer colour to the dish along with a sweet flavour.
Not interested in just carrots or turnips? Mix it up a bit by adding in more vegetables to this Maple Glazed Vegetables recipe from Happy Herbivore. With maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce this oil-free vegan recipe brings the flavours together for a unique carrot-based dish.
If you’d like something a bit more filling than carrots or turnips, but you still want a colourful dish, orange sweet potatoes (or “yams”) are your answer. You don’t need much for this recipe from Plant-Powered Kitchen, just sweet potatoes, a bit of liquid, and a dash of spice. Using water, vegetable broth, or a non-dairy milk (plain, not flavoured) will keep this Roasted Sweet Potato Puree oil-free.
Made with brown or green lentils, Dreena’s No-Fu Love Loaf is a meat-less loaf that isn’t made with seitan or tofu. This recipe is popular for good reason. Dreena of Plant-Powered Kitchen has created a perfect oil-free vegan loaf that can even be made gluten-free.
21) Vegan Meatloaf
This Vegan Meatloaf from A Virtual Vegan has red and green lentils, mushrooms, and walnuts. If you’d prefer, you can substitute the walnuts with oats for a lower fat version. Made without tofu, this oil-free vegan recipe can also be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats and gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce.
Green Beans and Brussels Sprouts
Happy Herbivore’s Skillet Green Bean Casserole pairs green beans with mushrooms along with vegetable broth and a bunch of herbs and spices. Once it’s ready you can top it off with a layer of toasted breadcrumbs for a bit of crunch.
Why not also pair Brussels sprouts with mushrooms? Cooked with vegetable broth, onion, and garlic, this recipe for Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms from Fat Free Vegan is simple, yet tasty. Prepared on the stove-top in a skillet, they’ll leave the oven with more space for other holiday dishes.
Also from Fat Free Vegan, is this oil-free vegan recipes for Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas. Add more vegetables to the standard side of Brussels sprouts for a bit of change. Spaghetti squash and chickpeas help round out this dish. To keep the recipe oil-free, opt to cover the sprouts with aluminum foil.
25) Cranberry Sauce
Every Thanksgiving meal needs some Cranberry Sauce, like this recipe from Happy Herbivore. Sweetened with agave nectar and orange juice, this cranberry sauce recipe has just the right flavour balance. Plus, it will add a bit of festive colour to any table.
This Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce from Veggie Inspired is made with quite a blend of ingredients. As a healthy vegan Thanksgiving recipe it’s filled with fruit. In addition to cranberries, pear and maple syrup add sweetness to the recipe while orange juice and zest provide more flavour and a citrus aroma. Fresh and juicy, cranberry sauce doesn’t get much better than this.
Stuffed Winter Squash
Stuffed squash is a great holiday entree. This oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash by EatPlant-Based is filled with rice, onion, and walnuts along with maple syrup, herbs, and spices. It takes a bit of time to thoroughly cook the squash, but it is worth it. A well-cooked squash will add extra moisture and flavour to the dish.
These Delicata Squash Boats with Cauliflower Bechamel from Forks Over Knives are the perfect compliment to any holiday menu. The halved delicata squash “boats” are filled with vegetables, beans, and breadcrumbs. Not as thick as other winter squash, the delicata boats take less time to cook and you can easily eat the whole squash.
Buns and Bread
These Garlic & Chive Dinner Muffins are from The Vegan 8. This oil-free vegan recipe is made with rice flour and blanched almond flour, so they’re gluten-free too. Light coconut milk and aquafaba lend the recipe ample liquid, with the coconut milk adding a more “buttery” taste.
For a denser dinner bun, here is an oil-free vegan recipe for 5-Ingredient Vegan Biscuits from Ceara’s Kitchen. This recipe also calls for coconut milk, but the full fat variety which makes the biscuits heavier and more biscuit-y. Add in herbs or spice for more flavour or a bit of colour. You can enjoy them with jam, cranberry sauce, or even gravy.
If you’re looking for a nice fall soup, go for this Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe from Veggie Inspired. It’s an oil-free vegan recipe with a rich orange colour from the butternut squash, carrot, curry powder, and turmeric. The soup also adds an apple and maple syrup for a bit of sweetness.
Made with pumpkin, carrots, and cashews, Plant-Powered Kitchen’s Cream of Pumpkin Soup recipe is a thicker, hearty soup. With plenty of spice and a hint of lemon, this soup recipe creates just the right balance. Top the soup with maple roasted pumpkin seeds for extra flavour and a bit of crunch.
If your holiday menu is in the market for another autumn feature, butternut squash soup is the perfect answer. This Simple Butternut Squash Soup by The Plant Philosophy is topped with garlic herb croutons for a simple, yet filling oil-free vegan recipe. To keep the recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free bread to make the croutons. They’ll be baked, so even if the bread has been around for a little while and isn’t as fresh, that shouldn’t be a problem.
A lovely autumn colour, sweet potatoes provide the rich orange hue to this soup. Vegetable broth, spices, orange juice and zest, and a touch of ginger all give the Sweet Potato Bisque from Forks Over Knives a delicious flavour and hearty aroma.
35) Chestnut Soup
If you’re not yet a fan of chestnuts, maybe this is the holiday season that changes all that. A great oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe, try out this Chestnut Soup from Chef Del Sroufe over at Forks Over Knives. Made with chestnut puree, vegetables broth, vegetables, and herbs, it’s rich and creamy and made with whole plant foods. This soup is definitely worth giving a go.
A unique twist on apple pie are these Vegan Apple Hand Pies by The Vegan 8. Enjoy a personal-sized dessert this holiday season. Large chunks of apple are paired with pecans and coconut sugar for a delicious end to your meal. The dough is made with rice flour, so the recipe is gluten-free too.
An ideal holiday dish, enjoy this oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding by Isa Chandra Moskowitz that’s shared over on Forks Over Knives. Top it with vanilla bean whip for the crowning touch.
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Caramel Apple Crumble Pie by Feasting on Fruit, is a recipe with plantain and gluten-free flour for the crust, apples and dates for the filling, and oats for the crumble. With a bit of coconut sugar and cinnamon, your taste experience is complete. Using gluten-free flour and oats keeps the recipe gluten-free, and it’s already oil-free. Healthy and delicious, what more could you ask for?
For something pumpkin-y, these personal Pumpkin Pie Squares from Straight Up Food are great. There’s no time consuming crust to put together, just the scrumptious filling. If you think they need it, top them with a cashew and date-based vanilla frosting.
Here is a Coconut Whipped Cream recipe from Oh She Glows. This oil-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe can add the finishing touch to any of your holiday desserts. Made with, not surprisingly, coconut milk (the full fat kind), maple syrup, and vanilla bean, this thick coconut whipped cream really does complete a dessert recipe.
Don’t feel you’re missing anything by not having dairy. This year, skip the eggnog and go for a Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Oh She Glows. It’s like pumpkin pie in liquid form, need anything more be said?
The best way to complete a Thanksgiving meal is with a good ol’ pumpkin pie.
But you don’t need to jump off the health wagon to do so. You certainly won’t have to comprise on health, or taste with the Top 3 Healthiest Oil-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipes.
If pie’s not your thing, then check out these 8 Awesome Vegan Pumpkin Recipes That Aren’t Pie.
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