Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate around the holidays when you have certain dietary restrictions or food sensitivities. Here’s a list of some of my favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas that are either refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan friendly, or all of the above!
Since we’re all adults and old enough to make mature decisions, how about we start with dessert first?! 😜
A Thanksgiving menu isn’t complete without some sort of pumpkin pie! This delicious pumpkin pie is made more creamy by the addition of cream cheese. It’s vegan friendly, refined sugar free, and includes a gluten free option as well!
Another healthy Thanksgiving recipe idea, this healthy apple-cranberry crisp is the way to go! It’s easy to make and topped with a simple oat crumble. It’s also vegan friendly, plus free of gluten and refined sugar.
This is the perfect treat for apple pie lovers! More simple to make than a pie and free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar.
If chocolate’s your thing, this simple chocolate fudge cake is easy to make and so delicious! It’s topped with an easy 2-ingredient chocolate ganache instead of frosting and is vegan friendly plus refined sugar free with a gluten-free option as well!
A vegan friendly sweet potato pie that can be made with either regular or purple sweet potatoes! It’s free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, but includes a gluten-free option as well.
This easy apple tart has only 5 ingredients, is vegan friendly and free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. A sheet of puff pastry makes this dessert a cinch to throw together!
This no-bake chocolate tart filled with fresh pomegranate arils is the perfect dessert to serve people with certain dietary restrictions. This healthy Thanksgiving recipe idea is free of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, as well as paleo and vegan friendly!
This vegan apple pie is the perfect fall time dessert! The crust is made with whole grain spelt flour and overall free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar.
A deliciously moist pumpkin cake that’s full of warm spices and free of dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. Includes a gluten-free variation as well!
This simple apple-blackberry pie is a twist on a classic apple pie with sweet, juicy blackberries added! It’s refined sugar free with dairy and gluten free options included.
Old-fashioned sweet potato pie made with beautiful purple sweet potatoes! Complete with a homemade gingerbread crust and a pecan streusel topping.
This easy fudge is dairy-free and vegan/paleo friendly! Top with your choice of nuts or fruit and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt!
This delicious take on blueberry pie adds blueberries to the crust as well, creating a subtly purple crust after baking. This pie is vegan friendly, refined sugar free, and includes a gluten-free alternative!
A moist and delicious cake topped with sweet apples, cranberries, and a coconut sugar crumb topping. Makes a delicious breakfast, afternoon treat, or impressive dessert! Free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
Soft and delicious chai-spiced pumpkin cookies with a maple glaze. Gluten, egg, and refined sugar free, plus vegan friendly!
These rolls are a family fave! They’re soft, fluffy, delicious, and can be made in an hour! Vegan friendly and refined sugar free too!
This slow cooker cornbread stuffing is moist and delicious. You can “set it and forget it” while you focus on the other dishes in your meal. It can be adapted to be gluten and egg free, as well as vegan.
You definitely need cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving table, and this homemade, healthy cranberry-apple compote is much tastier and healthier than cranberry sauce from the can and ready in under 30 minutes! It’s also only sweetened with fruit and pure maple syrup!
Move over candied yams, this vibrant purple sweet potato casserole is both beautiful and delicious! It’s topped with toasted pecans and a maple sweetened marshmallow meringue, plus it’s free of gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugar!
Balsamic roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts with garlic and thyme. A simple and healthy side dish which is free of gluten and grains.
This delicious take on sweet potato casserole uses butternut squash as the star! It’s a super simple side which is free of gluten, dairy, grains, eggs, and refined sugar!
Broccoli and Cauliflower are baked in a delicious creamy béchamel sauce. Gluten free with a dairy-free/vegan option.
The combination of potatoes & cauliflower add a bit more nutrition and flavor to these mashed potatoes. Browned garlic butter upgrades the taste even more! Gluten free, paleo friendly, and can be made dairy free/vegan.
These maple glazed sweet potatoes are an easy and delicious side dish made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Free of gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugar.
This delicious mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette recipe is topped with sliced apples and veggies. It’s perfectly light, refreshing, and delicious!
Here are some main dish ideas, whether you eat the traditional turkey or prefer vegetarian/vegan options.
This herb roasted turkey recipe uses a delicious blend of herbs to flavor the turkey. A gluten and dairy-free gravy recipe is also included!
Spanakopita is a Greek spinach and cheese wrapped in crispy phyllo pastry. It’s the perfect dish to serve your vegetarian friends and family!
This simple asparagus tart is not only delicious, but easy to make and has only a handful of ingredients. Can easily be made dairy-free/vegan friendly by using dairy-free cream cheese.
This wholesome vegetable pot pie is hearty, flavorful, and full of fresh veggies. Topped with a whole grain crust, this meal is vegetarian/vegan friendly and can easily be made gluten-free using the alternative ingredients.
This vibrant roasted purple potato soup is such a comforting and healthy Thanksgiving recipe idea. It’s made with purple sweet potatoes, cauliflower, & carrots, but any color will work.
Homemade baked meatballs smothered in a delicious pumpkin barbecue sauce. Gluten, dairy, and egg free.