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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

October 22, 2021

collage of four gluten free thanksgiving recipes with pink background and navy text

This round-up of easy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving recipes includes appetizers, sides, breads, desserts, and vegetarian options perfect for any holiday celebration!

collage of four gluten free thanksgiving recipes with pink background and navy text

I know traditionally the turkey takes center stage on the holiday table, but for me Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides and dessert situation!

Every year, I look forward to sitting down with my circle and sharing those well-loved dishes.

There’s just something about spending time together enjoying pumpkin pie, stuffing and sweet potato casserole that makes the season feel extra special.

But I know it can be tough sometimes to find gluten-free recipes that taste like the real deal.

So I gathered all my family’s tried & true favorites for you here in one place.

Featuring the best fall ingredients & classic flavors, so you won’t have miss out on your favorites either!

easy gluten-free thanksgiving recipes

Since spending time together is the best part of the holidays, I like to keep the prep steps as fuss free as possible.

So in this collection, you’ll find dishes that are simple enough to prepare, yet delicious and special enough to grace your holiday table.

I’ve included appetizers like dairy-free spinach artichoke dip and creamy pumpkin hummus for your guests to graze on. 

Plus side dishes like my gluten-free cornbread stuffing, which is a great alternative to traditional bread stuffing.

As well as plenty of dessert options too, like gluten-free pumpkin bread, sweet potato pie muffins and salted caramel paleo apple crisp!

mix-and-match to make your own holiday menu

I hope this gives you some holiday dinner inspiration – you can click on each one below to go straight to that section:

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I hope you’ll make these Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

Starters & Appetizers

Rich, creamy, and oh-so delicious, Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) will be the hit of your next party or gathering!

Ingredients: frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, raw cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mayo or veganaise

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Get your pumpkin fix with this easy Creamy Pumpkin Hummus. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and makes an amazing dip, appetizer, or sandwich spread.

Ingredients: chickpeas, pumpkin puree, tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt

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Whether you’re looking for an easy snack or a simple pre-dinner nibble, Easy Sweet & Spicy Nut and Seed Clusters is your answer. It’s the perfect make-ahead recipe, yielding irresistible results every time.

Ingredients: raw pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaked coconut, honey, coconut oil, dried chipotle chili powder and salt

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The perfect sweet-salty-crunchy combo, 5-Ingredient Smokey Maple Roasted Chickpeas are simple to prepare and are just the thing for snacks, lunches, and as a topping for soups and salads.

Ingredients: canned chickpeas, olive oil (or avocado oil), maple syrup, smoked paprika and salt

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Gluten-Free Side Dishes

Simple to make, One-Pan Cornbread Stuffing (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) comes together easily and tastes amazing!

Ingredients: stale cornbread muffins, onion, celery, apple, olive oil, garlic, fresh sage, vegetable stock and salt

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Full of earthy, autumn flavors, One-Pan Autumn Quinoa tastes like Thanksgiving, without all the work. It’s simple to make in just one pan, so you can enjoy this comforting dish anytime.

Ingredients: quinoa, delicata squash, olive oil, onion, celery, dried cranberries, vegetable stock, sage and salt.

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Sweet, rich and easy to prepare, Sweet Potato Casserole (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free) is naturally grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened and completely satisfying.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, coconut milk, apple cider, salt, pecans, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, shredded coconut, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

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Simple and elegant, Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is easy to make with pantry ingredients. It feels indulgent, yet is packed with veggies and is naturally creamy without a trace of dairy. Perfect for a cool autumn evening or any night of the week.

Ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, coconut milk, olive oil, cinnamon, rosemary, sage and salt

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A simple, warming, autumn salad, Roasted Green Bean & Brussels Sprout Salad is hearty, nourishing, and packed with flavor. The perfect side for Thanksgiving dinner or any night of the week!

Ingredients: green beans, shallots, brussels sprouts, olive oil, lemon juice, roasted chopped pecans, cranberries and salt

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Autumn Meal Prep Lentil Salad is packed with nutrition and full of beautiful fall flavors. Perfect to prep-ahead and take for lunch, or enjoy as a side dish anytime. A gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan recipe.

Ingredients: lentils, olive oil, butternut squash, greens, pepitas, and an easy maple Dijon vinaigrette.

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Gluten-Free Breads & Muffins

One-Bowl Triple Apple Cider Spiced Muffins are a super tender, totally healthy, and packed with all the flavors of fall. A gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free recipe.

Ingredients: applesauce, apples, apple cider, eggs, almond flour (or oat flour), coconut oil, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder

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One-Bowl Flourless Sweet Potato Pie Muffins are nourishing, packed with flavor, and the perfect naturally-sweetened treat anytime. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipe.

Ingredients: sweet potato puree, vanilla, pecans, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, almond flour (or oat flour), eggs, coconut oil, baking soda, baking powder and salt

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These easy One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins are quick to make and yield a tender, apple studded muffin that makes a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or side to your favorite autumn soups and chilis. Plus they’re naturally gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free!

Ingredients: chopped apples, applesauce, apple cider, oat flour, cornmeal, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

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Perfectly tender, slightly sweet, vanilla-scented, bursting fresh cranberries, and easy to make in just one bowl, Healthy Cranberry Muffins make the perfect side, snack or quick breakfast.

Ingredients: oat flour, cornmeal, oil, applesauce, orange juice, cranberries, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt

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Enjoy the warming, cozy taste of the season with One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins! Naturally grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and naturally-sweetened, these muffins are simple to make and taste amazing.

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond flour, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, eggs, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt

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Fresh out of the oven, One-Bowl Cornbread Muffins (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) are tender, slightly sweet, and perfect as a side or on their own.

Ingredients: oat flour, cornmeal, coconut oil, eggs, honey, almond milk, baking soda and salt

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This delicious gluten-free pumpkin bread is made with canned pumpkin, oat flour, and plenty of pumpkin spice for a nourishing treat.

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, oat flour, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, melted coconut oil and salt

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

The perfect dessert to serve a crowd, Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is brimming with lightly sweet cinnamon-spiked apples and topped with a crunchy, satisfying oat topping. It’s also naturally gluten- and dairy-free, so you can enjoy this comforting dessert more often!

Ingredients: apples, orange juice & zest, lemon juice & zest, maple syrup, cinnamon, oat flour, cinnamon, rolled oats, melted coconut oil and salt

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This is one of my favorite summer desserts! This mixed berry crisp can be prepared easily using fresh or frozen berries, depending on what you have on hand. The juicy triple berry filling pairs perfectly with the maple oat crisp! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and so delicious.

Ingredients: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, rolled oats, oat flour, pecans, cinnamon and salt

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Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free + dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time!

Ingredients: apples, lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, coconut oil, almond flour, vanilla extract, coconut milk

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This is the pumpkin pie of your dreams; made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and completely delicious!

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, almond flour, arrowroot powder, palm shortening, eggs, water, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves, cardamom, and salt

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Yield 8
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins

Sweet, rich and easy to prepare, this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is naturally grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened and completely satisfying. Plus 20+ more gluten free thanksgiving recipes I know you'll love too!


For the Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup coconut milk from a can
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • ½ cup melted coconut oil plus more for greasing the pan
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot. Fill the pot with water, so that the sweet potatoes are covered by at least several inches of water. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer, covered, until the potatoes are cooked through and tender when pierced with a knife (about 20-25 minutes).
  • Drain the potatoes, then place back into the pan. Add the coconut milk, apple cider, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  • Add the mashed sweet potatoes to a greased 4-quart baking dish. Set aside.
  • Make the topping by mixing together the coconut oil, shredded coconut, maple syrup, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and the potatoes are bubbling around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Swap the pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) for pecans as a nut-free option.
If you’re not a fan of coconut, use almond meal in its place.
For a slightly lighter, less sweet version, half the amount of topping called for in the recipe.


Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 1070mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 32185IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 3mg
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8 comments to " Gluten-Free Thanksgiving "

  • Lauren O'Donoughue

    Thanks for this Thanksgiving round up! I’m going to make the lentil salad and quinoa recipe this week. I’ve been looking for new ways to use the seasonal squash in my pantry.

  • Julie Cowell

    Totally love the recipes I’ll be making several real soon thanks !!

  • Meg

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I always love your recipes. I’m still making your Lentil Chili for my family weekly. I am thankful for you this season and all your tips and recipes!

  • Brooke

    These look out of this world good! Thanks for all the hard work! Will start trying them all out starting… now!

    • Robyn Downs

      Brooke, yay, so happy to hear the lineup is helpful. I hope you find some recipes you love! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

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