Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas: A Dozen Vegan and Gluten Free Desserts and Sweet Sides

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta - Vegan and Gluten Free

If you’re on the look-out for some healthy, plant-based and gluten free sweet sides, appetizers, or desserts that aren’t pumpkin pie, look no further! Look, pumpkin pie is a must, but if you are searching for something a little bit different in addition to the Thanksgiving mainstay for the dessert table, here they are! I’ve rounded up my favorite non-cookie, non-candy bar desserts and a few sweet appetizers and sides too. Enjoy!

Salted Pumpkin Caramel Dip - Vegan, Low-Fat, Oil-Free, Refined Sugar Free

Salted Pumpkin Caramel Dip – The perfect sweet appetizer. Amazing with apple or pear slices!

Raw Apple Pie a la Mode Bars with Caramel Sauce (vegan, gluten free, paleo)

Raw Apple Pie Ala Mode Bars with Easy 4 Ingredient Caramel Sauce – It’s like apple pie and vanilla ice cream all in one, and there’s not a lick of baking involved!

Vanilla Matcha Cheesecake with Raw Chocolate Cookie Crust (gluten-free, no-bake)

Vanilla Matcha Cheesecake – Want something unique to offer your guests? This no-bake, fluffy as a cloud matcha cheesecake should do it!

Sweet Potato Casserole Cups - vegan and gluten free

Sweet Potato Casserole Cups – Put a fun twist on the classic Thanksgiving casserole with this sweet side dish. Vegan marshmallow topper optional required.

Baked Lemon Cheesecake - Vegan and Gluten Free

Baked Lemon Cheesecake – This cheesecake is perfect as is; and it’s made with wholesome ingredients and completely soy-free, dairy-free, and vegan. For a holiday twist, try substituting the lemon juice and zest with orange juice and orange zest and topping with a sweet cranberry sauce. Yum!

Pumpkin Empanadas with apple cinnamon filling

Pumpkin Spice Hand-Pies with Apple Cranberry Filling – I can’t decide what I like more, the pumpkin-infused crust, or the cinnamon spiced apple cranberry filling. Plus they are just too cute!

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Cream Filling - Vegan and Gluten Free

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Creme Filling – Is it a cookie sandwich? A creme filled cake? A pie, inexplicably, as the name suggests?? I decided they belonged on the list, even if they are awfully close to being cookies. Whatever they are, they’re delicious and your guests will love them!

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta - Vegan and Gluten Free

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta – Another delightful no-bake dessert!

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Baked Apple Cheesecakes – I know you can’t see it in this photo, but believe me when I say there is a delicious cream-cheesy filling inside this baked apple! These are oh so yummy and secretly a breeze to make! (click on the link if you want to see that luscious cheesecake filling!)

tahini maple fruit dip

Maple Tahini DipOnly have 10 minutes to come up with a tasty appetizer? Fresh fruit and creamy dip is always a winner! Especially with this super easy, uniquely delicious maple tahini dip.

healthy baked plums

Easy Baked Plums with Coconut Cream and Ginger Cardamom Syrup – Elegant and simple, these baked plums are an easy and healthy dessert option.


Holiday Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Bacon – This one is kind of a stretch for this list, but this savory sweet potato side dish is one of my all-time favorite holiday dishes on the blog, and I just had to include it!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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