Thanksgiving is a glorious food holiday for Americans, revolving around being thankful, turkey, and oh-so-many pies. It can be the best day ever, but it can be tough for those kick-ass vegans out there, particularly if you happen to be a vegan minority in your family. If you have been tasked with bringing a dish this Thanksgiving, I’ve rounded up 14 vegan Thanksgiving desserts that no one will believe are dairy-free, so you can fool your entire family. I dare you to make these sweet treats, and serve them without telling anyone they are vegan. See if anyone will even be able to tell, because they won’t.
It’s amazing how many ridiculously rich, decadent vegan desserts are out there. You would think that being limited to no dairy would make finding an abundance of recipes a challenge, but boy would you be wrong. Below are some of the most chocolate-packed, gooey, fruity, and warm desserts you will end up craving all year long. It is time to raise that vegan flag high and proud! There isn’t anything more American than bringing family over to the vegan side on a day we are most thankful to be eating turkey, am I right?
1. Gooey Pumpkin Spice Latte Chocolate Pudding Cake
A delicious combination of ooey gooey pumpkin and chocolate is just the right amount of decadence I want to end my Thanksgiving feast. This recipe from Oh She Glows is going to be the biggest hit on the dessert table!
2. Avocado Cacao Mousse
Everyone loves a delicious cup of chocolate mousse. This avocado-packed version from The Kitchn is not only addictive, but it’s also packed with healthy fats and proteins to make it a surprisingly good-for-you option.
3. Easy Vegan Apple Crisp
Is there anything more Thanksgiving than a baked apple dessert? This year, ditch the traditional pie, and go for this easier, vegan-friendly option from Love & Lemons. It takes less time, and tastes even better than that boring ol’ pie!
4. Vegan Deconstructed Boozy Mocha-Drenched Grilled Banana Coconut Cream Pies
Every year banana cream pie is a tradition on our family dessert table, but holy moly I am diving head first into this much-improved version from Half Baked Harvest. This ridiculous over-the-top dessert is what Thanksgiving feasting dreams are made of.
5. Pumpkin Pie Squares With Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust
You can’t have Thanksgiving dessert without the pumpkin pie, right? Oh She Glows nails the pumpkin pie craving with this vegan option. Just remember to grab the whipped cream!
6. Vegan Silk Chocolate Pie
Can’t give up the chocolate-goodness at the end of a meal? Neither can I. That’s why it’s impossible for me not to have silky sweet dreams about this chocolate pie from Making Thyme for Health. Seriously, can you even believe this is vegan?
7. Cherry Chocolate Cake
Chocolate and cherries? Oh, someone please come pick my jaw up off the floor as I drool over this cake from Cookie + Kate. If you want to get your fancy on this holiday, this is the way to do it.
8. Chilled Double Chocolate Torte
There’s nothing more indulgent than a double chocolate torte, chilled to perfection, after a warm and filling turkey dinner. Oh She Glows makes it well worth the passing on third helpings to save room for this extra treat.
9. Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Pies
Generally speaking, coconut desserts aren’t my favorite, but these little dark chocolate coconut pies from Making Thyme for Health are a dream come true for a secret Mounds lover like me. It’s just the right amount of coconut and chocolate to convert even the most die-hard coconut haters.
10. Vegan Chocolate & Blackberry Fudge Cake
Fudge cake with dark, sweet and tart blackberries? Sign this girl up. Green Kitchen Stories has the perfect dark and stormy dessert for those truly addicted to chocolate (ahem, yes I see you there).
11. Banoffee Pie
Not everyone knows what banoffee pie is, but after the first bite, trust me, they won’t care. This classic recipe from Oh She Glows is a great traditional vegan recipe that will have everyone asking for it year after year.
12. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Pudding Pie
Would you like some pudding pie? Say goodbye to the pudding packets, and make your own homemade pudding pie from Against All Grain, because chocolate and coconut equal family happiness and tranquility. Trust me, it’s a thing.
13. Homemade Spiced Almond Butter Chocolate Cups
I think candy belongs on the dessert table at Thanksgiving, and let me tell you why. Because it’s candy. The chocolate and almond butter in these chocolate cups from Blogging Over Thyme are the perfect little snack-size dessert for when you’ve eaten too much and can’t bare to stuff a piece of pie in.
14. Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse
Dark, chocolate, and seemingly the most fancy dessert you’ll ever make, this mousse from Tori Avey will wow every single guest at your Thanksgiving table. Seriously, they’ll think you’re a regular Top Chef.
For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
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