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Yummy Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

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Updated on June 4, 2024

For many families, Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the table and enjoy a delicious feast. However, finding suitable desserts can be challenging for those with dietary restrictions, such as lactose intolerance or dairy allergies. Fortunately, there are many delicious and festive dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts that everyone can enjoy.


Vegan Apple Bourbon Layer Cake

We love the Vegan Apple Bourbon Layer Cake on Thanksgiving. It is a standout dessert in the Dairy Free Thanksgiving Cakes and Pies section. Here’s why this cake has our hearts:

  • This cake is dairy-free, which makes it perfect for anyone skipping dairy.
  • The layers of apple-cinnamon cake are pure joy. Each bite takes you to a world of creamy, flavourful delight.
  • The bourbon-apple filling adds such a unique twist. It blends so well with the cinnamon and apple in the cake.
  • The cinnamon buttercream on top is an absolute winner. It hits all taste buds at once, leaving you wanting more.
  • If you prefer not to layer your cakes, there’s another recipe option. You can try an upside-down single-layer version of this cake.
  • This dessert is always part of our must-have at Thanksgiving. The festive flavours blend together perfectly to round off any meal.
  • Vegan Apple Bourbon Layer Cake: This moist and flavorful cake combines the sweetness of apples with a hint of bourbon for a delicious dairy-free dessert.
  • Vegan Pumpkin Mousse Pie: Indulge in the creamy goodness of pumpkin mousse without any dairy products. This pie is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving table.

Vegan Pumpkin Mousse Pie

We made a vegan pumpkin mousse pie for Thanksgiving, and it was wonderful! Here are some reasons you might like it too:

  1. It’s dairy-free. This pie does not have any milk, cheese or butter in it. Instead, it uses coconut yoghurt or coconut cream.
  2. It can be gluten-free. You can make a pie crust with gluten-free flour. Add the delicious pumpkin filling and enjoy your gluten-free dessert!
  3. The pie is easy to make. You don’t need to bake the filling at all! Mix pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice with the coconut cream, and that’s it.
  4. The pie tastes great without any dairy products in it. It’s just as creamy and tasty as any other pumpkin pie.
  5. You have other options, too, if you’re not into pumpkins. Try apple, pecan or cranberry mousse for variety.

Ginger Pear Bundt Cake

Making the Ginger Pear Bundt Cake for Thanksgiving is a healthy choice. Here’s why:

  • First, it is a go-to cake in autumn. Its sweet and spicy taste fits the season perfectly.
  • Second, to make it creamy, we frost the cake with cream cheese. It blends well with the fruity pear flavour.
  • Third, there are options for vegans, too! we replaced the usual elements with caramel sauce and yoghurt.
  • Fourth, fresh pears and ginger give this dessert its name. They are must-have ingredients- in our shopping list.
  • Fifth, as part of over 200 dairy-free recipes for Thanksgiving, this cake stands out. So many people love it!
  • Finally, with some changes like using coconut oil instead of butter and treacle or gluten-free flour instead of regular, even gluten-intolerant friends can enjoy this cake.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Parfait


We have a special dessert for us. It’s the Vegan Pumpkin Pie Parfait. This treat is pure joy in a glass! It has good fats, like those found in avocado and walnuts. Here’s what you’d love about it:

  • It gives a smooth, pie-like feel that we all crave during Halloween, Thanksgiving or cool autumn evenings.
  • The Parfait is rich, creamy and full of warm fall flavours.
  • It’s layered with health and happiness, making it perfect for our Thanksgiving table.
  • Even better, it is made from plant-based oils that are kind to our earth.
  • With this Parfait, we get a festive fall dessert and an ideal grain-free diet option!
  • Not only does this satisfy our sweet tooth, but it also keeps us healthy!

Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

We’re going to tell you about a perfect dessert for all food lovers out there. It’s the Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting. This cake is one of the best options for dairy-free Thanksgiving cakes and pies. Now, let’s dive into some points about this tasty treat:

  • Want to cook something special? Try Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting.
  • The sweetness of pumpkin works great with the taste of butterscotch.
  • For those who avoid dairy, this could be the perfect dessert.
  • You don’t have to worry if you are cooking for someone who can’t eat milk or butter.
  • This pumpkin bundt cake also comes with homemade butterscotch sauce.
  • We love making it during Thanksgiving time.
  • It’s so easy to make and is full of flavours.

Vegan Apple Tart with Walnut Crust

We love making the Vegan Apple Tart with Walnut Crust for our Thanksgiving meal. This dessert is completely dairy-free, making it a perfect fit for a family’s holiday menu. So, let’s get into how we make this sweet treat!

  1. The tart surprises many with its sweetness, all thanks to natural maple syrup.
  2. Whole wheat, walnuts and oats play a major role in offering it a unique taste.
  3. The recipe comes from Sweet Potato Soul, one of the favourite places for vegan and plant-based recipes!
  4. This tart is part of our list of dairy-free Thanksgiving cakes and pies.
  5. There is no need to worry about added sugars as there are none in this recipe.
  6. It can be made gluten-free as well! So it’s great for anyone who needs or prefers to avoid gluten.
  7. Onto the star feature – those yummy cinnamon and nutmeg-spiced apples! They sit nestled in an oatmeal-almond crust that tastes so good.

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– Moist Chai Applesauce Cake is a delicious dairy-free option for Thanksgiving desserts.

Moist Chai Applesauce Cake

Oh, how we love making the Moist Chai Applesauce Cake for Thanksgiving! It’s a spiced cake that screams autumn.

  • First, we gather all these spices: cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.
  • Then, we mix them into the batter to create a warm and inviting flavour.
  • The trick is to make sure the cake stays moist and sticky.
  • A salted caramel glaze goes on top of the cake, which adds a sweet and salty balance.
  • Next comes the favourite part – sprinkling pecan nuts over the sticky glaze.
  • Not only does it add crunch, but it makes this cake look beautiful too!
  • The best part about this cake? It’s entirely dairy-free.
  • Anyone following a vegan diet or having dietary restrictions can enjoy this without worry.
  • Using vegan ingredients doesn’t mean you must compromise on taste!
  • This cake is always a hit at the Thanksgiving table.

Chocolate Plum Cake

The Chocolate Plum Cake is a tasty and gluten-free dessert option for Thanksgiving. It’s perfect for those who have dietary restrictions. Everyone loves this cake because of its delicious taste and moist texture. Here are some key facts about the Chocolate Plum Cake:

  • The recipe uses prunes to create a rich and moist cake.
  • It is a unique dessert option that will impress your guests.
  • The Chocolate Plum Cake is part of a collection of over 20 dairy-free desserts for Thanksgiving.
  • Food lovers will enjoy this amazing dessert with its decadent chocolate flavour.
  • The cake is made without any dairy products, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions.

Vegan Caramel Apple Cobbler

We love making dairy-free desserts for Thanksgiving, and one of our favourites is Vegan Caramel Apple Cobbler. It’s a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy, whether they have dietary restrictions or not. Here’s how you can make it:

  • Earth Balance vegan butter is used to make this cobbler.
  • You can use either coconut sugar or brown sugar as a plant-based sweetener.
  • For the flour, you can use white whole wheat or all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder is one of the essential ingredients in this recipe.
  • The best part is that this cobbler is easy to make and gluten-free.
  • To take it up a notch, serve it with some dairy-free ice cream on top.

Gluten-free Vegan Apple Pie

We love making gluten-free, vegan apple pie for Thanksgiving. Here’s how we make it:

  • The pie is dairy-free and gluten-free, perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
  • The apple pie filling has no added sugar, so it’s a healthier option.
  • We top the pie with a flaky crust and caramelised cinnamon apples, which adds a delicious touch.
  • If you’re vegan, you can make the apple pie without using any animal products.
  • The recipe also includes a grain-free option for making apple pie bars, which are dairy-free and free from refined sugars.
  • We use a simple pie crust, 2 pounds of apples, and a warm crumble topping for a traditional Dutch apple pie flavour.

AIP Salted Caramel Apple Parfaits

If you’re looking for a delicious dairy-free dessert to enjoy this Thanksgiving, try making AIP Salted Caramel Apple Parfaits. These parfaits are perfect for those following an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet, as they are nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. You can easily store them in a mason jar for easy portion control and storage.

The parfaits have three layers – a creamy dairy-free cheesecake, a sweet caramel apple, and a crumb. They are a tasty addition to any Thanksgiving menu. Don’t forget to try making Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Candies as well!

Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Puddings and Crisps

  • Easy Vegan Applesauce Spice Cake: A deliciously moist and spiced cake made with applesauce, perfect for Thanksgiving.
  • Vegan Pecan Pie: Indulge in the classic pecan pie without any dairy products for a rich and nutty dessert.
  • Pumpkin Roll: Impress your guests with this dairy-free pumpkin roll, filled with a creamy vegan filling.
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie: Enjoy a traditional pumpkin pie without the dairy, thanks to this easy and delicious recipe.
  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake: Combine two Thanksgiving favourites into one decadent dessert that everyone will love.
  • Whole Wheat Apple Pie: A healthier twist on the classic apple pie using whole wheat flour for the crust.

Easy Vegan Applesauce Spice Cake

We love making easy vegan desserts for Thanksgiving, and one of our favourites is the Easy Vegan Applesauce Spice Cake. It’s a delicious and moist cake that is perfect for celebrating the holiday season. Here are some reasons why you should try this recipe:

  • This recipe uses simple pantry staples, so you don’t need to buy any special ingredients.
  • The cake is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, giving it a warm and cosy flavour.
  • It’s made with applesauce instead of dairy products, making it suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or following a dairy-free diet.
  • The cake is topped with a creamy cinnamon frosting that complements the spices in the cake perfectly.
  • You can also add a drizzle of dairy-free caramel sauce for an extra indulgent touch.

Vegan Pecan Pie

We love making Vegan Pecan Pie for dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts. It’s a delicious choice that captures the classic taste of traditional pecan pie. Here are some important facts about this tasty dessert:

  • Vegan Pecan Pie is gluten-free, dairy-free, and corn syrup-free. This makes it suitable for those with dietary restrictions.
  • The recipe doesn’t include eggs or dairy products, so it’s perfect for vegans and those with egg or dairy allergies.
  • Some variations of Vegan Pecan Pie use a homemade crust and filling. This ensures that the entire dessert is dairy-free and egg-free.
  • You can make Vegan Pecan Pie ahead of time. It’s a favourite choice for a classic holiday dessert that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Pumpkin Roll

We love making pumpkin rolls for Thanksgiving! It’s a delicious dairy-free dessert that everyone can enjoy. Here are some variations of pumpkin roll recipes you can try:

  • Vegan Pumpkin Roll: This recipe replaces the eggs and butter with vegan alternatives, making it completely dairy-free. It’s filled with a creamy vegan cream cheese frosting and topped with powdered sugar.
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll: This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a gluten-free option. It uses gluten-free flour instead of regular flour but still retains the same great taste. Fill it with your choice of frosting, and enjoy!
  • Whipped Brown Sugar Ermine Frosting: This frosting is a delicious alternative to traditional cream cheese frosting. It’s light and fluffy and adds the perfect sweetness to your pumpkin roll.
  • Cream Cheese-Like Frosting: If you’re craving the classic cream cheese flavour but want to keep it dairy-free, this frosting is a great option. It’s made using dairy-free cream cheese alternatives and tastes just as good as the real thing.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

One of the highlights of a dairy-free Thanksgiving dessert spread is a delicious and creamy vegan pumpkin pie. It’s the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying true to your dietary preferences. Made with wholesome ingredients and packed with all those warm pumpkin spice flavours, this dairy-free version of the classic pie is sure to be a hit at your holiday gathering.

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  • Creamy pumpkin filling made from scratch using dairy alternatives like coconut milk or almond milk.
  • A gluten-free crust option for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.
  • Sweetened with natural sweeteners like maple syrup or coconut sugar for a healthier twist.
  • Topped with a dollop of vegan whipped cream or coconut cream for extra decadence.
  • It can be easily customised with additional flavours like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cloves.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

We love making a delicious dairy-free pumpkin pie cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It’s a crowd-pleasing dessert that everyone can enjoy. Here are some variations of pumpkin pie cheesecake to try:

  • The oat pecan crust adds a nice crunch and earthy flavour to the creamy filling.
  • You can make a gluten-free version of the crust if you have gluten restrictions.
  • For those following a vegan diet, there is a no-bake, nut-free, and vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe that is incredibly rich and decadent.
  • Another option is a smooth and creamy filling with a flaky, buttery crust, perfect for those who prefer traditional flavours.
  • If you want to mix things up, try making a vegan pumpkin swirl cheesecake with a crisp graham cracker crust. It combines the best of both worlds – pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

Whole Wheat Apple Pie

We love making Whole Wheat Apple Pie for Thanksgiving. It’s a delicious and dairy-free option that everyone can enjoy. Here are some variations and alternatives to try:

  • Swedish Apple Pie: This pie can easily be made gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free by using substitutes like coconut oil or margarine instead of butter and gluten-free flour for the crust.
  • Apple Crisp: If you prefer a crumbly topping instead of a traditional crust, try making an apple crisp. Simply mix oats, flour, sugar, and dairy-free butter substitutes together to create a delicious topping for the apples.
  • Pie Crust Alternatives: If you’re looking for a different type of crust, consider using alternatives like graham cracker crust or almond flour crust. These options are both tasty and dairy-free.
  • Festive Decorations: To make your Whole Wheat Apple Pie extra special, consider adding festive decorations on top. Sprinkle cinnamon or powdered sugar on the crust, or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes from extra dough.

Other Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Indulge in delightful vegan treats like pumpkin muffins, cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread, and raw maple pecan pie for a truly satisfying, dairy-free Thanksgiving feast. Don’t miss out on these mouthwatering desserts!

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins (gluten-free)

We love baking vegan pumpkin muffins that are gluten-free. These muffins are super moist, soft, and tender. They have a cream cheese filling that enhances their flavour. In fact, we think they’re even better than the ones sold at Starbucks! If you’re looking for other dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts, we’ve got you covered.

You’ll find plenty of options on our list, like plant-based pumpkin spice treats that are allergen-friendly, egg-free, and nut-free. They’re also moisture-rich and perfect for the festive season. Plus, they’re indulgent without compromising on health-conscious choices.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you’re a food lover, you’ll love this dairy-free and plant-based Pumpkin Cheesecake. It’s the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving or any time of the year. Here are some key facts about this delicious treat:

  1. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes are dairy-free and plant-based, offering improved nutrition.
  2. No Bake Nut-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake is a creamy and pumpkin-flavoured vegan Thanksgiving dessert.
  3. Pumpkin Spice Dairy Free Cheesecake is gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, and sugar-free, making it an easy and healthy option.
  4. Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake features a spiced cereal crumb crust and salted caramel swirl, making it a dreamy baked dairy-free dessert.
  5. Gluten-free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars combine the flavours of pumpkin and cheesecake in a convenient bar form while being gluten-free and dairy-free.

Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Vegan cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving is a great choice. It’s a delicious dairy-free dessert that everyone can enjoy. Here’s a list of why this bread is so amazing:

  • Easy one-bowl recipe
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Moist and tender texture
  • Crunchy cinnamon sugar topping
  • Includes applesauce instead of oil or sugar
  • Perfect for making a vegan pumpkin bread pudding

Raw Maple Pecan Pie

We love desserts, especially during Thanksgiving. One of our favourite dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts is the Raw Maple Pecan Pie. It’s a classic dessert that is bursting with nutty and caramel flavours. The best part is that it’s completely vegan, so it contains no animal products.

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie (gluten-free)

Making Thanksgiving desserts is a joy, especially when they’re dairy-free and gluten-free. One of our favourite recipes is Salted Caramel Pecan Pie. It’s a delicious twist on a classic dessert that everyone can enjoy. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Homemade dairy-free salted caramel sauce
  • Grain-free pastry crust
  • No corn syrup
  • Nutty flavour

Chocolate Ganache Pecan Pie

we love making chocolate ganache pecan pie for Thanksgiving. It’s a dairy-free dessert option that is perfect for anyone with lactose intolerance or following a dairy-free diet. This recipe is vegan and does not use eggs or corn syrup. Plus, it’s gluten-free too!

  • Dark chocolate ganache
  • Pecans
  • Almond flour crust
  • Coconut milk
  • Maple syrup
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together the pecans, almond flour, coconut milk, and maple syrup.
  3. Press the mixture into a pie dish to form the crust.
  4. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until it starts to turn golden brown.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the chocolate ganache by melting dark chocolate and coconut milk together in a saucepan over low heat.
  6. Once the crust has cooled slightly, pour the chocolate ganache over it.
  7. Arrange pecans on top of the ganache as desired.
  8. Place the pie in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.


In conclusion, there are plenty of delicious dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts to choose from. Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just looking for healthier options, these recipes offer a tasty way to enjoy the holiday season. So go ahead and indulge in pumpkin pies, apple tarts, and chocolate ganache pecan pies – all without any dairy!


1. What does it mean for a dessert to be dairy-free?

A dairy-free dessert is one that does not contain any milk, cheese, butter, or other dairy products.

2. Can I still enjoy delicious desserts on Thanksgiving if I am on a dairy-free diet?

Absolutely! There are plenty of delicious dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts available that use alternative ingredients like plant-based kinds of milk and vegan butter.

3. What are some popular dairy-free Thanksgiving dessert options?

Popular dairy-free Thanksgiving dessert options include pumpkin pie made with coconut milk or almond milk, apple crisp made with non-dairy margarine, and chocolate avocado mousse made without cream or milk.

4. Where can I find recipes for dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts?

There are many websites and cookbooks dedicated to providing recipes for dairy-free desserts. A quick internet search or visit to a local bookstore should provide you with plenty of options.

5. Are these dairy-free desserts suitable for people with lactose intolerance?

Yes, these dairy-free desserts are suitable for people with lactose intolerance as they do not contain lactose, which is the sugar found in milk products that can cause digestive issues for those who have difficulty digesting it.

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