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October 30, 2019
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Need some inspiration for a dairy free thanksgiving? Look no further than this collection of the BEST dairy free thanksgiving recipes! From side dishes to desserts to appetizers, we have you covered for the big day with dishes so good no one will even notice that the milk, cheese and butter are missing.
The holidays can be a particularly tricky time when you’re dairy free and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So many turkey day classics are filled with all kinds of butter, milk and cheese, and figuring out how you’re going to partake can feel pretty darn daunting.
BUT, I promise you that it’s not as difficult as it may seem to enjoy a fantastic Thanksgiving meal without all the dairy.
After years of hosting a non dairy thanksgiving dinner, I figured it was high time to gather up my absolute favorite, go-to recipes that taste just as good as the originals.
I’ve been using these dishes for going on five years now and never had anyone notice that there’s no dairy involved.
So! Whether you’re hosting the whole event or just bringing a few dishes to someone else’s house, I got you covered with plenty of ideas for side dishes, desserts and appetizers.
A good chunk of the recipes are also either gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and / or soy free, so browse around to find what works best for you.
Let’s dig in.
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Recipes
A collection of the BEST dairy free thanksgiving recipes! From side dishes to desserts to appetizers, we have you covered for the big day with dishes so good no one will even notice that the milk, cheese and butter are missing.
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
From mashed potatoes to stuffing to biscuits, all your favorites are here - with no butter or cream in sight.
It’s everything you need for the perfect thanksgiving spread all in one place.
These dreamy dairy free mashed potatoes are made without butter thanks to a secret ingredient. Rich, creamy, fluffy and incredibly easy to make, they’re a MUST for the holiday. And are make-ahead friendly.
Total Time1 hour20 minutesYield about 6 to 8 servings
A healthier alternative to the marshmallow topped classic, this savory sweet potato casserole features a creamy mashed potato base and a crunchy, savory, herb-y, oat topping. Cozy, flavorful and a fun way to shake things up.
Total Time1 hour15 minutesYield about 6 to 8 servings
This classic thanksgiving stuffing bakes up perfectly crisp on top and wonderfully soft underneath. It’s filled with all the basics like onion, carrot, celery and dried herbs, and has been a family favorite for years. Prep ahead instructions included.
This homemade cranberry orange sauce is incredibly easy to whip up. Made with maple syrup, orange zest and orange liqueur, you’ll never want the canned stuffed again. Added bonus? It can be made up to several days in advance.
Fresh, tart and sweet, this homemade vanilla thyme cranberry sauce is nothing like the jiggly stuff from the can. With warm vanilla and a pop of thyme for herbiness, it’s just different enough to be something special.
Simple and unfussy, these maple roasted vegetables are filled with just the right amount of sweetness. Perfectly caramelized in the oven and topped with crunchy walnuts, they’ll please even the picky eaters.
Creamy, dreamy and incredibly easy to pull together, this holiday corn is a fantastic make-ahead dish. Filled with celery, carrots and herbs, it’s the perfect compliment to all your other favorite Thanksgiving sides.
Super easy to make, these green beans with almonds and shallots are a delicious lighter option for the holiday. Filled with flavor and just the right amount of texture, they can be prepped ahead of time to minimize dishes on the big day.
With a crazy flavorful sauce and the perfect crispy, caramelized texture, these maple mustard roasted brussels sprouts will convert even self-proclaimed brussels sprout haters. A must for any holiday table.
Fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these vegan sweet potato biscuits are excellent for your Thanksgiving carb needs. Filled with just the right amount of warmth, these savory biscuits can be prepped ahead of time.
Soft and pillowy, these fresh herb dinner rolls are the perfect compliment to any holiday spread. Filled with a variety of fresh herbs, they’re also a great introduction to working with yeasted dough. And they freeze beautifully.
These dairy free biscuits are simple to whip up and taste just as good as the original. Made with a homemade coconut buttermilk, they’re soft, tender and crisp around the edges. Make ahead option included.
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Desserts
Ready for that sweet fix after the main event? It’ll be hard to choose from this array of dairy free treats.
From classic apple pie to pumpkin cookies to dreamy crumb cake, you won’t even miss the milk, butter or cream.
With layers of sweet, spiced apples and a buttery, flaky, coconut oil crust, this homemade dairy free apple pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. And it’s so darn good you’ll never realize there’s no butter involved.
Filled with warm spices and a full cup of sweet potato puree, this dreamy sweet potato bread is soft, fluffy and perfectly moist. Finished with sparkling sugar, you won’t be able to keep your hands off this delicious loaf.
Chewy on the outside and soft on the inside, these whole wheat pumpkin cookies are a MUST for Thanksgiving. Filled with fall spices and rich vanilla, they’re rolled in sugar for that perfect touch of crunch.
This no fuss pumpkin olive oil bread is soft, moist and filled with the flavors of the season. It’s delicious all on its own but you can also jazz it up with a simple glaze or frosting. And there’s no mixer required.
With a soft pumpkin base, sweet sliced apples and a thick layer of crumbs, this pumpkin apple crumb cake is excellent for dessert or as a special holiday breakfast. And you’ll never believe there’s no butter involved.
These spiced cardamom cookies are like a cross between a sugar cookie and a snickerdoodle. Soft, chewy and with a rich vanilla base, they are completely irresistible and made with just a few simple ingredients.
This show-stopping chocolate olive oil cake is rich, fudgy and topped with a layer of creamy coconut milk frosting. And when finished with some spiced sugared cranberries? It’s festive holiday perfection.
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Appetizers
Is your oven always completely tied up between the main dish and array of sides on turkey day? Yeah, mine too. That’s why I stick with simple no bake appetizers that can be made completely in advance.
My go-to? A festive platter filled with things like dairy free cheese (Miyoko’s cheese wheels and Kite Hill’s chive cream cheese are my favorites), roasted nuts, crackers & meats (be sure to use ones without dairy!), marinated veggies and / or olives, plus fig butter and whole grain mustard. Simple, easy and no fuss.
Here are a few other items that I like to add to the rotation:
Savory, sweet and a touch spicy, these roasted holiday nuts are a complete crowd pleaser. Incredibly easy to make and totally addicting, they are essential for any appetizer platter (and also perfect for gifts).
Cozy, creamy and filled with fall goodness, this sweet potato hummus has an almost buttery flavor thanks to the roasted garlic. Savory with just a hint of sweetness, it’s excellent paired with assorted crackers or veggies.
This dreamy dairy free spinach artichoke dip will be gobbled up in no time. Easy to make, packed with flavor and super creamy, it’s excellent as part of a holiday spread. And it's healthier and lighter than the classic dip.
Sweet, tart and sparkly, these homemade sugared cranberries use a dreamy spiced simple syrup that is also fantastic in cocktails. Serve them as part of your appetizer platter OR as a festive garnish for dessert.
Crunchy, light and easy to pull together, this popcorn nut party mix is like a lighter version of caramel corn. Made with fresh rosemary, maple syrup and warm spices, it’s oh so pop-able and completely addicting.
Now that’s a wrap!
Before we go, I should mention that I stopped cooking an actual turkey several years ago because, well, it was everyone’s least favorite part of the meal.
I’m a recipe developer and integrative health coach for women & creative entrepreneurs. This site is a reflection of both my passions. Cooking with real, whole foods in a way that is simple and irresistibly delicious, and working with clients 1-on-1 to make changes in their health to maximize joy and thrive.