No matter how badly you want seconds (or thirds) of that delicious stuffing, you might want to skip it and save room for dessert. After all, you know you’re as excited about the sweet offerings at the end of the meal as you are about the rest of it. At Thanksgiving, you’re guaranteed a variety of delicious desserts filled with seasonal flavors.
Of course, there will be pumpkin desserts – pies, cakes, puddings, and cookies – but there will also be pears, cranberries, apples, warm spices, and don’t worry, lots of chocolate. So, you know you’ll want to save room for a few bites of each decadent dessert.
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or want to bring something sweet to your host, we have lots of recipes and ideas. Check out these 25 Winning Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts and these 25 Amazing Vegan Desserts for Your Thanksgiving Table. Then take a look at 20 more indulgent, seasonal desserts that will make you so happy you refused that extra dinner roll.
1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Maple Glazed Bundt Cake
Take advantage of pumpkin season with this decadent Pumpkin Cream Cheese Maple Glazed Bundt Cake! Made with mashed pumpkin, filled with flavorful pumpkin cream cheese, and topped with a sticky-sweet maple glaze, this cake is super moist and packed with fall spices. Decorate the top of this cake with nuts for some added crunch!
2. Raw Cinnamon Bun Cake
No one can say “no” to this decadent, Raw Cinnamon Bun Cake. It has all of that cinnamon roll flavor, but in a totally different shape and form! A buttery pecan oat crust, creamy cardamom vanilla filling, and a sweet cinnamon swirl topped with melted creamed coconut and cinnamon candied pecans. It’s perfect for any occasion.
3. Maple Pumpkin Pie
Have you ever wished for a pumpkin pie that would allow you to indulge without completely ruining your healthy eating regimen? Well, your dreams may just be coming true! This no-bake Maple Pumpkin Pie has a gluten-free crust and a deliciously creamy filling made with cashews, pumpkin purée, vegan cream cheese, and thick coconut cream. Even the sweeteners used are wholesome. This pie is just overall amazing.
4. Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce
Oh my…this Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce is so good! The flavors in this bread pudding work perfectly together…apple, cinnamon, maple…nestled all warm and cozy together in a perfect individual serving then drizzled with the creamy, sweet, slightly salty caramel sauce. You’ll want to devour this dreamy bread pudding morning, noon and night. And because it’s loaded with healthy ingredients, you won’t feel guilty if you dig in upon waking (after you’ve had your coffee, of course!)
5. Chocolate Meringue Baubles
Need a simple, but amazing dessert? These Chocolate Meringue Baubles are sure to delight. The cookies themselves are crisp and light, like classic meringues and paired with the fudgy chocolate center (with sweet potato as a secret ingredient), it’s perfect. Try these on their own or serve them as a topping for dairy-free ice cream for a decadent sundae.
6. Pumpkin Spice Latte Crepe Cake With Coffee Frosting
This Pumpkin Spice Latte Crêpe Cake With Coffee Frosting has all the flavors of a pumpkin spice latte with a touch of creamy coconut! It’s an impressive, gluten-free dessert that’s perfect for the holidays! You’ll fall crazy-in-love with a stack of tender, soft, spicy crêpes layered with swirls of coconut cream and rich, thick healthy pumpkin pie filling, plus a creamy coconut coffee frosting. While crêpe cakes tend to be an undertaking, this decadent dessert is shockingly easy to make.
7. Almond Flour Chocolate Cake
This Almond Flour Chocolate Cake is so decadent and delicious you would never guess that it’s flourless! Well, free from all-purpose flour, that is. The sponge in this cake is made from almond flour, dates, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, almond milk, and flax. The layers are then slathered with a velvety smooth cashew-caramel cream and stacked on top of each other. Moist, fluffy, and scrumptious, this is a wonderful cake to make for a special occasion.
8. Moose Tracks Cheesecake
This vegan Moose Tracks Cheesecake is easy-to-make, healthier than your typical cheesecake, and most importantly, delicious! Cashews and coconut cream are blended together to create the fluffy white base, peanut butter cups are folded into the mixture, and then the whole thing is frozen until firm and dense. Top this dessert with plenty of chocolate drizzle!
9. Pecan Caramel Cake
Pecans, date-caramel cream, and chocolate — these fabulous Pecan Caramel Cakes are to die for! Layer upon layer of deliciousness, they are kept together with dessert rings until they are frozen solid and dense. Top with extra pecans on top for crunch and presentation.
10. Pear Galette With Pumpkin Spice Icing
Baking with seasonal fruits that are sweet and rich in flavor is what brings perfection to a chilly autumn day. This Pear Galette With Pumpkin Spice Icing is filled with the sweetest pears and a generous drizzle of sweet and flavorful pumpkin spice icing, a worthy and fun element of every true autumn dish.
11. Brownie Crusted Pumpkin Blondies
Do you have a tough time choosing whether you like brownies or blondies more? Well, good news, friends, with these Brownie Crusted Pumpkin Blondies, you don’t have to! That’s right, these dessert squares have it all – a dense, chocolaty brownie base, a creamy pumpkin blondie filling, and a decadent chocolate ganache topping. Yum!
12. Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream
Pumpkin spice latte may be a beverage but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply all of the same delicious ingredients and flavors into something equally amazing – like ice cream! This Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream is made by combining pumpkin purée, coconut milk, coconut sugar, and spices. This dessert is packed with accessible, affordable, and simple ingredients, no refined sugar, and healthy fats. Scoop this flavorful ice cream into a pumpkin and top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream for the perfect fall aesthetic.
13. Nut and Date Stuffed Apples
These Nut and Date Stuffed Apples are a beautiful and unique dessert that is incredibly easy to make. Granny Smith apples are coated in coconut sugar, stuffed with walnuts, almonds, coconut shreds, and dates, and then warmed until deliciously sticky and syrupy. These apples are delightfully decadent on their own but feel free to add a dollop of whipped coconut cream on the side to really put this dessert over the top.
14. Soft Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
These Soft Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts may just be the best pumpkin doughnuts you will ever eat! Made with pumpkin purée, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, applesauce, and vanilla, these super moist doughnuts are easy to put together and baked so you can enjoy a guilt-free tis-the-season treat anytime you want. The creamy vanilla glaze on top adds a touch of decadence and a nice touch to the presentation.
15. Pumpkin Molasses Freezer Tart
Each bite of this Pumpkin Molasses Freezer Tart is bursting with delicious flavor, it’s basically a pumpkin latte in dessert form! It begins with a chocolatey base spiked with coffee, continues with a soft tahini-date filling sweetened with molasses and vanilla, and is topped with a sweet and spicy pumpkin purée. Garnish this tricolor beauty with some raisins and nuts, set it in the freezer for a few hours, and then enjoy a slice (or two).
16. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
This Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Simply chop up some store-bought cinnamon roll dough into little pieces along with an apple, add some non-dairy milk, maple, cinnamon, and vanilla, and bake! This moist, decadent bread pudding is lovely for a sweet brunch or in individual ramekins to serve as a dessert with vegan ice cream. Yum!
17. Butternut Squash Cake With Orange Almond Frosting
Divert from the classic pumpkin pie and make this decadent Butternut Squash Cake With Orange Almond Frosting. The cake is so rich in taste, fluffy, moist, and so perfectly spiced that the sweetness is never overwhelming. For the frosting, it is topped with a heavenly combination of orange, almond, and vanilla bean that perfectly complements all the flavors of the cake.
18. No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake
Delicious spiced pumpkin, creamy cashews, and maple syrup … you really can’t go wrong with this No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake. Once you’ve made the creamy filling, simply set it atop the sticky date-nut crust and pop it into the freezer! The hardest part is waiting for it to set, but trust us, the results are well worth it!
19. Coffee Cheesecake Mousse
If you’re looking for an easy dessert that you can whip up in a jiffy, look no further than this Coffee Cheesecake Mousse. This mousse is rich, creamy, decadent, and unforgettable, but it takes only five ingredients to make it. It’s proof that you don’t need a bunch of ingredients for a luscious and beautiful dessert.
20. Raw Carrot Cake With Maple Cashew Frosting
This delicious Raw Carrot Cake Eith Maple Cashew Frosting is made from almonds and dates (no grains here) and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of allspice — three things found in the best carrot cakes! Apart from the almond soaking and cake freezing times, which you can spend sleeping, watching football or mowing the lawn, this cake is quick and easy to make!
These desserts are so incredible, you just might be tempted to start your Thanksgiving meal with them. You know, just to make sure you have plenty of room for them.
Lead image source: Maple Pumpkin Pie