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I realize not everyone loves to plan in advance like I do.

It’s two days until Thanksgiving, which probably means many of you still have absolutely no clue what you’ll be making for the holiday feast. (Grocery shopping on Thanksgiving Eve… good luck with that.) For healthy Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, here are 18 ideas that will make a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. Starting with the healthy desserts:

healthy pumpkin pie

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

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Chocolate Fudge Pie

apple enchilada

Apple Breakfast Enchiladas

vegan coffee cake

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Pizookie!

Chocolate Chip Pizookie

crustless pumpkin pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

apple crumble

Individual Apple Crumbles


No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars


Sweet Potato Cupcakes


Pumpkin Brownies

Paying homage to Chandler Bing:

vegan mac and cheese

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

And the rest of the non-desserts:

mushroom dinner

Protein Mushroom Stroganoff


Healthy Cornbread

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“Bread Free” Vegan Stuffing


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

cauliflower alfredo

Cauliflower Alfredo

Question of the Day:

Do you know what you’re making for Thanksgiving?

And if you need some inspiration for healthy recipes that call for canned pumpkin, be sure to check out the following link: 22 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Melissa says:

    Yum, all of these recipes sound excellent! I love all the ingredients!

  2. I have a can of pumpkin waiting to be used for my dessert. I’m the worst planner, but luckily our meal has already been planned by various family members. Have a great Thanksgiving Katie!

  3. miriam says:

    I’ve been making a crustless pumpkin pie for years – I always “doctor” the spices (i.e. add far more than the recipe says) because I really like a spicy, fragrant dessert.
    Thanks for this! I have to try the cauliflower alfredo at some point…
    I’m making an apple crumble, subbing in some almond flour to the crumble, along with a bit of Chinese Five Spice – stole the idea from an email that suggested adding it to pumpkin for more of a kick (it works just as well with apples too!)

  4. Margaret says:

    Thank you, Katie! I’m very grateful for your frequent recipes and your wonderfully sunny approach to life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Susan says:

    I’ve known for weeks that I would be making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. We are traveling and will spend the day with the family of one of our daughters-in-law, where we just need to make a simple contribution. I’m with you on liking to plan (and shop) well ahead of time, and am also glad that we don’t have to do Thanksgiving dinner at home… :-) Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  6. Ugh I really need to start planning and figuring out what I am going to be making! It is just my husband and I this year so I don’t want to go too out of control!

  7. Karen says:

    Just wondering, did you know your healthy pumpkin pie was mentioned with link on the VegNews “Downright Delicious Desserts Thanksgiving Recipies” site?
    See # 10 here:
    Way to go, Katie!

  8. MaryEllen says:

    I cannot get the link to the bread-free stuffing to work. Is there a website for that recipe? Thanks!

    1. I wondered the same thing but then I remembered she’s posted it before. Here’s the link

      1. MaryEllen says:

        Thanks so much!!

  9. Kate says:

    LOVING the look of that crustless pumpkin pie! Been struggling with how to do a grain-free pumpkin pie, and I think you just solved my problem. Thanks!

  10. Katy says:

    Planning in advance is definitely necessary when it comes to holiday baking and cooking. Great ideas here Katie!

  11. oh my gosh, those apple breakfast enchiladas look amazing! I need to get some more apples in my life asap!

  12. Wow…how do you choose just one to make?! Forget Thanksgiving dinner…i would jump right to dessert 😉

  13. Thanks for sharing these great recipes Katie. I have made many of these and love them, but I haven’t tried the cauliflower alfredo yet. That will be next on the list. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  14. EVA says:

    Alas, being the only one with dietary needs in my giant-ass family of 30+, I’ll be bringing my own dairy free mashed potatoes and vegetables, and if I feel like it, gluten free gravy. Not sure if I feel like it.
    They better have cranberry sauce.

    I WOULD be making your crustless pumpkin pie which has been a link in which I constantly click to lust over. BUT, I don’t have the ingredients nor the $$$. Good thing Larabar made a pumpkin pie flavor that my mom got me as a gift. I don’t care what angst says, moms really do care.

  15. Stacia says:

    These look so yummy! I already know what I’m making for Thanksgiving (butternut squash soup and almond butter pumpkin cake, both gluten free), but I will definitely come back to these at some point!

  16. Lauren says:

    I just made a gluten-free and regular batch of both your skinny snickerdoodles and inside-out pumpkin stuffed chocolate cookies to bring to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving!

    Unfortunately I forgot to add the nut butter to the gluten free inside out cookies, so those are a little funky, but the rest are pretty good!

  17. Ok so I keep seeing this pizookie everywhere! I need to make it… SOON!

  18. Tammy says:

    Just wanted you to know that I tell all my friends about your website. I made the protein bars and they were a home run. Enjoy your Thanks Giving!

  19. Tara says:

    I’m making your sweet potato muffin recipe!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving Katie! Thank you for all these wonderful recipes! Canadian thanksgiving has already past but I can’t wait to use some of your dessert recipes for Christmas! 😀

  21. Corina says:

    We did all our shopping on Saturday)

  22. Sara says:

    MMM great suggestions. I have made your cornbread before, so delicious, it has been a while though!! I should make it again soon.

    I featured your pumpkin brownies on my new blog, hope that is ok!! With reference to you offcourse!!

  23. Anna says:

    Hi Katie!

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I cooked your Chocolate Fudge Pie for dessert on Turkey Day and my family was bewildered when I told them what was in it: tofu. It other words, it was so delicious they couldn’t even tell it was healthy. My sister thought it was some practical joke. Oh boy.

    I was wondering if you have ever tried cooking with soy-flour. I recently experimented with it with one of your pancakes recipes and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a healthier alternative to regular flour that is also really high in fiber. Also, it only has 80 calories per .25 cup. It added a nutty, savory flavor to the pancakes that tasted like peanut butter almost! The pancakes tasted so rich that it did not taste like a healthy vegan recipe! I was eating the raw-batter, no lie. It was so tasty. I highly recommend experimenting with it for pancakes and other goods! :)

    1. CCK says:

      I haven’t… will have to look out for it!

  24. Rebecca says:

    So many yummy ones, how will I choose?! As always, awesome post Katie!

    xx Becca

  25. My girlfriend is not really a internet junkie like me, but she is as chef, she told me to tell you that she loves your site. :O)

  26. Jess says:

    Fairly new to follow your blog, but I just love it. I love to cook but I’ve never been much of a baker or dessert maker (cookie/brownies from a box here and there). But recently I’ve been experimenting making many things from scratch using healthier ingredients and have been enjoying it quite a bit. I was wondering what you use or recommend for a cocoa powder.. (I’ve heard some can be significantly bitter). Thanks for the great recipes, the Thanksgiving ones look amazing, looking forward to trying the whole lot of em. I also can’t wait to plan Christmas Eve dinner and dessert this year 😉

  27. Emma says:

    I’ve had the Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal about 5 out of 7 days this week. … clearly, I cannot stand it 😛

    (Gah it is so good! And SO EASY!!!)

  28. flynnycat says:

    Or sometimes people are just really easily offended. I wouldn’t worry about it. No matter what you say or do, someone somewhere will likely be “offended”. You have a great blog–I fail to see how anyone could be offended.

  29. tammy says:

    There will always be people who have nothing better to do than complain. Anyone who has been on here at all knows how kind and generous you are. Don’t listen to the naysayers! There is nothing to be sorry for! Keep being your awesome, funny self! And keep sending out the amazing recipes!

  30. Jenn says:

    I read your TG post twice and I can’t see how you offer ended anyone. People need to lighten up.

  31. Cindy says:

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for gathering all of these holiday recipes in one place. Now that you’ve done this, could you go a step further and have a recipe category for recipes like these — recipes for a crowd/potluck/holiday/whatever. There are several I know of where you’ve mentioned bringing the item to a party and getting raves. But, inevitably, I can’t find those when I need one for a potluck.

    Thanks so much for considering this.

  32. Valerie says:

    I read and then re-read the post. Clearly, I must have missed the offensive part. I don’t see anywhere in your post anything remotely offensive. People are offended way too easily. I thought your comment was funny (sounded like something I would say) and is likely true for some. At least it’s true for many of my friends, they never plan meals. I had to go to the store for a can of milk on Thanksgiving eve and it was a nightmare so clearly the comment applies. Shake it off! No apology needed. Love your blog and your sunny personality. Anyone who has followed you for anytime should be able to recognize your humor and know that you meant no harm. Shame on them for even making you feel you had to retract or apologize!

  33. Julia says:

    Cauliflower Alfredo – I love it! I’m definitely trying that one out, along with that no-bake chocolate pumpkin pie. Who cares if Thanksgiving already passed?

  34. Tiana says:

    Yeah what about this was supposed to be offensive? That she said “good luck” if you’re going shopping for groceries two days before thanksgiving? Really? I needed that luck when I tried to walk into Whole Foods a few days before. That parking lot was the opposite of namaste. So THANK YOU KATIE, I did need the luck! :)

  35. Olivia R says:

    Hi Katie!
    I want to make one of these recipes on Thanksgiving, and was wondering which of these you highly recommend? I am looking forward to showing my family that healthy food can be amazing and need the perfect desert to show it!

    1. I am so sorry I’m just seeing this comment now! I hope that whatever you made for Thanksgiving was a success!!