40+ Thanksgiving Desserts


The Thanksgiving recipe collection below is dedicated to everyone who's a bit short on time -- because I know what it's like -- scrambling for dessert ideas in a hurry when there's a big dinner to plan, and when you'd rather spend those precious holiday moments with family.

Plus, autumn is one of the best times to get baking, and there are tons of blog recipes to help you celebrate the season without compromises.

So here's to lots of pumpkin, apples, pears, caramel, maple, plums, cheesecake, cranberries, persimmons, warm spices...oh man! I can "smell" the baked goods already just thinking of all these seasonal classics.

Hope you find something that inspires you to get baking! (click on recipe titles or photos to get to the actual recipes)

1. Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake

So iconic, how could I not get started with a good pumpkin cheesecake (or two... ?). This baked version is by far my absolute seasonal favorite.

Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake (Free From: dairy, gluten & grains, added oils, refined sugar)

2. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

For those that prefer to stick to "unbaked", this oldie pumpkin cheesecake is a blog favorite.


3. Raw Cranberry Rose Cheesecake

If you're more of a cranberry for Thanksgiving kind of a person, how about these cute little cheesecakes? You can make the recipe into one larger cake, or make individual servings if you prefer.

Raw Cranberry Rose Cheesecake (Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar)

4. Raw Caramel Cheesecake

... or how about some raw caramel topped cheesecake instead? One with a chocolatey crust. Caramel and autumn are kind of synonymous in my books.

Raw Vegan Caramel Cheesecake {Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free}

5. Raw Caramel Pudding

... and speaking of caramel, this is the caramel gracing the top of that cheesecake above, but simple and lovely enough to serve in little pots as a treat on its own.

Paleo and Raw Vegan Caramel Pudding {Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, SCD, AIP}

6. Raw Dulce de Leche

Or if you prefer a whole new way to caramel, try this dulce de leche instead.

Instant Dulce de Leche {Raw, Dairy-Free, & Refined Sugar-Free}

7. Alfajores

Ok, admittedly alfajores and cookies aren't exactly Thanksgiving... but they involve caramel and baking so in they go. Let's make new traditions ;)

Alfajores / Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies {Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar}

8. Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is always a nice to have of course. Classic.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread {Refined Sugar-Free}

9. Glazed Pumpkin Muffin Cake

Wasn't sure where I was going exactly with this recipe... bread? cake? muffins? Oh well, the recipe refuses to be confined to a name, but it's delish nonetheless and so most worthy of a mention :)


10. Pumpkin Molasses Muffins

... and speaking of muffins, these won't disappoint, I promise! They are one of my favorite recipes and are super easy to make.


11. Fresh Cranberry Cake

... because somehow once again pumpkin leads to cranberries! :)

Gluten-Free Vegan Fresh Cranberry Cake {Refined Sugar-Free, One Bowl}

12. Maple Pecan Pie

Of course, how could a classic like pecan pie be left out. A holiday must!

Maple Pecan Pie (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, added oils, and refined sugar)

13. Nutty Pumpkin Pecan Cake with a "Cream Cheese" Topping

... and more pecans and pumpkin for good measure. Who can resist a "cream cheese" topped slice of autumn?!

Nutty Pumpkin Pecan Cake with a "Cream Cheese" Topping {Free from: gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugar}

14. Sweet Potato Rolls with a Toffee Sauce

And switching it up to something a little unusual, but equally cozy -- a rather unconventional sweet potato dessert.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Rolls (Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, oil, refined sugar, and yeast)

15. Sweet Potato Cake with a Chocolate Pudding Frosting

... or cake. Sweet potato is good like that.

Gluten-Free Vegan Sweet Potato Cake with Chocolate Pudding Frosting {Refined Sugar-Free}

16. Persimmon Chai Bread

There's often a forgotten autumn hero -- persimmon. And it makes a killer dessert. This is another oldie blog favorite and packs a lot of flavor. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

Gluten Free Vegan Persimmon Chai Bread {Refined Sugar-Free}

17. Pear Cake with a Caramel Sauce

This simple pear cake can be a lovely treat, especially with the addition of caramel in there to seal the deal.

Pear Cake with a Caramel Sauce {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, and Oil}

18. Rustic Pear Galette

A simple pear galette is always lovely too.

Paleo and Gluten-Free Vegan Rustic Pear Galette {AIP, Refined Sugar-Free}

19. Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble

More of a plum person? This incredible simple and flavorful crumble won't disappoint.

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

20. Plum Clafoutis

A plum clafoutis is also a good way to go...

Unconventional Plum Clafoutis {Free from: dairy, eggs, gluten, oils, and refined sugars}

21. Pumpkin Scones


Starbucks Copycat Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo Pumpkin Scones {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-friendly}

22. Carob Pumpkin Tart

An easy no bake pumpkin-pie like treat.

Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo Carob Pumpkin Tart Recipe {AIP-Friendly, Refined Sugar-Free}

23. Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

... or a chocolate version of the above. Ignore the halloween-themed cobweb for a classy chocolate treat!

Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Tart for Halloween {Refined Sugar-Free, AIP-Friendly}

24. Easy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

One of the most delicious treats on a holiday morning or a casual holiday table -- so easy to make and so flavorful.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

25. Apple Butter Bread Pudding

More of an apple person? No problem. Got you covered.

Apple Butter Bread Pudding (Free from: gluten, dairy, eggs, refined sugar, and oils)

26. Apple Crumble

For something quick and easy to throw together last minute.

Simple Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe {Refined Sugar-Free, SCD}

27. Apple Nut Squares

For those not into formal dessert, these simple nutty caramelized apple nut bars bars pack a lot of seasonal flavor. Gosh, really digging up the oldies here btw!

Gluten-Free Vegan Caramelized Apple Nut Squares {also Paleo & Refined Sugar-Free}

28. Vanilla & Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Need some ice cream to go with that?

Vanilla & Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream (No Churn, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Raw)

29. Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Want an ice cream to stand out on its own as a dessert instead? LOVE this caramel swirl beauty.

Caramel Swirl Ice Cream {No Churn, Raw, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar-Free}

30. Maple Pie

You could never go wrong with a maple pie at the table...

Canadian Maple Pie Recipe (Free From: gluten & grains, dairy, refined sugar, and with a nut-free option)

31. Classic Easy Baked Cheesecake

... or a classic cheesecake. Can never go wrong with that either!

Easy Baked Cheesecake (Without the Dairy, Eggs, Oil, Soy, Refined Sugar, Grains or Gluten)

32. Nut-Free Baked Cheesecake

And for those looking for a nut-free version... This one's a treat.

Nut-Free & Dairy-Free Baked Cheesecake (Also free from: gluten & grains, oils, eggs, and refined sugar)

33. Raw "Candy Corn" Cheesecake

For something fun and "fall".

Raw Candy Corn Cheesecake {Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, artificial colors, and refined sugar}

34. Spiced Butternut Dessert Bites

Something totally unconventional!

Spiced Butternut Squash Dessert Bites (Raw & Free From: gluten & grains, dairy, refined sugar, oils, and with nut-free option)

35. Pumpkin Spice Iced Thai Latte

To impress your guests with your barista skills ;)

Pumpkin Spice Thai Iced Coffee {Dairy & Refined Sugar-Free}

36. Pumpkin Seed Milk

Because there are so many ways to use those pepitas! Plus it's nice to sip on some along with all that pumpkin cake.


37. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast

If you've got any pumpkin left from all the baking, make breakfast. Or better yet, have your guests wake up to some warm pumpkin porridge and the lovely aroma of autumnal spices.

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Porridge {Free from gluten, dairy, oils, & refined sugars}. Like having pumpkin spice dessert for breakfast, but heartily and wholesomely ♥

38. Coconut Cardamom Pops

Into autumn, but not feeling the autumnal chill yet? Cardamom pops are a nice fusion of warming spices in a chilled treat.

Coconut Cardamom Pops (Raw, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

39. Autumn Acorn Cookies

Because they're too cute to resist...

Autumn Acorn Cookies {Free from: gluten & grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugars}

40. Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea

Score some wholesome holiday points by serving your guests this tea -- iced or warm.

Anti-Inflammatory Lemon Ginger Turmeric Iced Tea

41. Strawberry Lime Parsnip Cheesecake

Not quite seasonal, but if you want to set everyone talking, make them this parsnip cheesecake and see what they say... Plus score some points for being a little different ;)

Strawberry Lime Parsnip Cheesecake (Free From: nuts, dairy, gluten & grains, refined sugar)

42. Candied Pecan Cheesecake

Because you can't go wrong with cheesecake and pecans ;)

Pecan Pie Cheesecake (No-Bake & Free From: dairy, gluten, soy, and refined sugar. With grain-free option)


If you have my digital book Unconventional Treats, here are a few more suggestions for gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, eggless, and grain-free holiday desserts:

Unconventional Treats Thanksgiving Desserts (Free From: gluten, dairy, grains, refined sugar)

Happy holidays & happy baking!


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