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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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:

crustless pumpkin pie

Crusless Pumpkin Pie

 

black bean brownies

Black Bean Brownies

 

Homemade Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes – With Cream Cheese Frosting

 

cranberry orange bread recipe

Cranberry Orange Bread

 

healthy pecan pie

Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie

 

smores cookie

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

 

healthy pumpkin pie

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

 

vegan marshmallow fluff

Healthy Vegan Marshmallow Fluff

 

vegan healthy apple pie

Healthy Apple Pie

 

coconut caramel

Coconut Caramel

 

healthy pumpkin recipes

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

 

healthy sweet potato pie

Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

 

mini apple pies

Mini Apple Pies – In A Muffin Tin

 

chocolate peanut butter bars

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese Recipe

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese

 

red pepper alfredo

Creamy Red Pepper Alfredo

 

cauliflower

Shake ‘n Bake Cauliflower

 

how to cook spaghetti squash oven

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

(The ONE cooking trick you haven’t tried)

 

The Best Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup (Video Included)

 

sweet potato salad

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

 

quinoa bites

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites

 

vegan Thanksgiving recipes

Vegan Meatloaf Cups In A Muffin Tin

 

how to cook sweet potatoes

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes

 

healthy corn muffins

Healthy Corn Muffins

 

slow-cooker-vegetables

How To Roast Vegetables In The Slow Cooker

 

spinach pasta

Spinach Tomato Pasta – Ready In 25 Minutes

 

vegan quinoa recipe

Vegan Quinoa Recipe

 

roasted butternut squash

Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

 

vegan stuffing

Bread Free Vegan Stuffing

 

Sesame Brussels Sprouts

Sticky Sesame Brussels Sprouts

 

vegan cheese

The Ultimate Vegan Cheese Sauce  –  This also makes a really good gravy!

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

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Published on November 26, 2013

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  1. 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!

  2. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen says

    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. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says

    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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Tammy says

    Hi
    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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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!!!)

  14. 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.

  15. tammy says

    Katie,
    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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

  19. 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! 🙂

  20. 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!

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