Recipe Roundup: Vegan and Gluten Free Thanksgiving (20 Recipes)

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to see if we could manage to create a completely vegan and gluten-free meal. We scoured the internet and pulled all of the recipes we could from Starters all the way up to Dessert, here are some of our favorite recipes. Let us know if you’ll be making any of these this holiday!


Sweet Potato Seven Layer Dip – Namely Mary

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup – Messy Kitchen Stories

Jalapeno Poppers with Cranberry Sauce – Beard & Bonnet

Last Minute Pumpkin Gnocchi – Peachy Palate


Gluten Free Dairy Free Stuffing – Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Cider Roasted Vegetables – GlutenFree Goddess

A pan of fresh vegetables ready for roasting

Green Bean Casserole – Eat The Love

Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing – Kitchen Treaty  *calls for wine, replace with applicable alcohol variety

Sweet Potato Casserole – CupcakesOMG!

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad – Family Spice

Sweet Potato Biscuits – Gluten Free Zen


Wild Rice No-meat Loaf – Pure Ella

Crockpot Pumpkin Risotto – Tasty Yummies

Vegan and Gluten Free “Turkey” – One Green Planet

Tofurkey – Chef in You

Ratatouille – Real Food Real Deals

Ratatouille Casserole | Real Food Real Deals #healthy #recipe #vegan


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes – Conscious Cakes

Maple Nut Cake – Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Creamy No Bake Pumpkin Pie – Minimalist Baker

Salted Caramel Cheesecake – Tasty Yummies

Check out everything in our Pumpkin and Apple themed Recipe Roundups for additional ideas for dessert!


Recipe Roundup – Rice Crispy Treats

Happy Halloween!

Rice Crispy Treats are some of the easiest (and most fun) desserts to make and you can find a version for almost any holiday. It’s a pretty simple concept, but the recipes that people come up with are so creative. We think we’ll try out one of these for our Halloween festivities – because cake is delicious, but it’s always nice to have a dessert for people who don’t like cake (not that we know many of those people. ha!).

All of these recipes call for regular marshmallows, but there are some delicious vegan versions out there. One of our varieties is Dandies – which you can get a Whole Foods. Try them at your own risk…because you might become addicted!

1. Red Velvet Rice Crispy Treats from Lovin’ From The Oven


These currently call for a full on red velvet cake mix, but you could just make regular rice crispies and add food coloring. You could totally call them Vampire Snacks (get it?).

2. Cookies and Cream Dirt Cake Rice Krispy Treats from Southern Fairytale

Rice Krispies Treat Dirt Cake

Sticking with the obviously themed treats, how about some dirt! Replace the butter with a vegan version and the Oreos with something like Glutino’s or gluten-free Newman O’s. Whichever variety works the best for you. I’m thinking we should call these the Graveyard Shift.

3. Candy Corn Krispy Treats from Glorious Treats

These are super cute and the recipe is really easy to follow, especially because she provides some step-by-step images of the process as well. Replace the ingredients as necessary. We couldn’t come up with a very clever name for these, so I suppose we’ll stick with Candy Corn.

4. Halloween Shaped Rice Crispy Treats from Botanical Paperworks blog

These Halloween treats are adorable and so easy to make - a great treat for the kids to help make!

You can make these in almost any shape you want, but since most writable frosting isn’t vegan or gluten-free we’d probably stick with the most recognizable shapes, like a bat or coffin. These are just regular rice crispy treats that were cut out with a cookie cutter! So easy. We’d go with a fun name like Midnight Flight or Flights of Fancy for the bat shapes, if you went with a pumpkin, you could put them on a plate and call it the Pumpkin Patch.

5. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispy Treats from Shugary Sweets

Chewy, delicious Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats. Easy to make and perfect for any fall party!

No fall celebration would be complete without Pumpkin Spice flavored desserts, so naturally we had to include a pumpkin spice version of the Rice Krispy Treat roundup. You could totally make these in the pumpkin shapes like the recipe above talks about too. Genius. Anyhow, the recipe calls for pumpkin spice jello pudding mix, but you could replace that with the pumpkin spice mixture we like to use in our Pumpkin Spice cupcakes. You can see the recipe for those here

Let us know which ones you’ll be trying out for your Halloween celebration!

Helpful Baking Tricks – Replacing Milk and Creating Vegan Buttermilk

non lactose milks

Baking without milk can seem like a huge hassle, but in all reality it’s very easy. These days there are so many different varieties of non-dairy milk that you can find at your mass grocery stores. Almond Breeze, Silk, and Rice Dream are the most commonly seen varieties in my local store, but you can use whichever is your favorite. I found this lovely image, at Off She Went. There has even been a post about it on Buzzfeed!

You can turn any of these non-dairy version into Buttermilk by adding 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 Cup of non-dairy milk and allowing to set long enough to “curdle” and thicken up a little bit.

Which variety is your favorite? We usually use a light soy variety, but Almond and Rice are just as fantastic. Let us know in the comments!

Test Kitchen – Snickerdoodle Cupcakes


We are always on the lookout for new flavors to try, especially ones that are delicious and popular. We’ve seen a lot of posts about snickerdoodle flavored cupcakes recently and with the combination of cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar, we can certainly see why. So we went out and found our own version to test. We’ve adapted this recipe from The Pretty Bee‘s Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcake recipe and topped them with our own Cinnamon Butter Cream frosting.

Serves 9-12
  • 1½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/6 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with 9 cupcake liners
  • Measure and combine the try ingredients into a mixer (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon), mix together quickly

Conscious Cakes - Gluten Free Flour measurementConscious Cakes, Sugar measurementConscious Cakes - Cinnamon, Salt, and Baking Soda measurements

Conscious Cakes - Dry ingredients before mixing

Mix it… mix it real good.

  • Measure and add the wet ingredients to the dry (water, applesauce, vanilla, vinegar), mix thoroughly, finish with the xanthan gum
  • Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes, testing to ensure they’re finished with a toothpick, allow to cool completely while you make the frosting, then frost and serve

085Conscious Cakes - Vegan Gluten Free Snickerdoodle cupcakes, before frostingINGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Combine shortening, butter, vanilla, milk, and cinnamon in a mixer and beat on medium-high until fully incorporated

Butter and vegetable shortening

Conscious Cakes, Cinnamon Butter cream frosting in process

It looks good enough to eat now, but just wait. I promise it gets even better.

  • Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cups at a time, allowing the the sugar to fully incorporate before adding the next 1/2 cup
Conscious Cakes - Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting

*Choir Sings* So fluffy and delicious.

  • Frost cupcakes with a piping bag (we’re fond of the 1M Wilton tip) or a knife

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We’d definitely classify this one as a success. It’s a fluffy, flavorful cupcake that actually tasted a lot like a cinnamon roll. Plus, we’re kind of obsessed with that cinnamon frosting. I honestly think I could eat an entire tub of just the frosting and be perfectly content.

So what do you guys think, would you like to see that as a flavor? Have any suggestions for another one to try in the future? Want to try this recipe out yourself?

Let us know in the comments. We love to hear what you think!

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe


Since we started celebrating fall by doing our Pumpkin Recipe Roundup, we thought we would share our very own recipe for our delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. The recipe is very quick and easy to make, but the end result makes your whole house smell like Thanksgiving while it’s baking. The cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree combine to make an incredibly flavorful cupcake.

We use a Kitchenaid stand mixer for our recipes, but if you don’t have one you could just as easily use a wire whisk and mix everything by hand. It’ll take a little longer, but it’ll come out just as excellent.


Everything looks better in cute measuring bowls!


Make sure you use 100% Pumpkin Puree, not Pumpkin Pie Mix. It makes a world of difference and doesn’t have added spices.


Maybe not the prettiest going into the oven, but they’re amazing when they’re ready.


Conscious Cake’s Vegan and Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake


Makes 8 Half-Pint Jars or 14 Cupcakes

1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Ginger

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter

15 oz. 100% Pumpkin Puree

1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum


1. Remove the vegan butter from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature

2. Combine the milk and apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup or bowl and set aside to allow it to curdle

3. Combine Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Pumpkin Puree, and mix until thoroughly combined

4. Add small pieces of the softened butter to the mixture, with the mixer still running on stir add in the milk mixture, allow to combine – small pieces of butter should remain visible

5. Add the Xanthan Gum (ALWAYS add Xanthan Gum last) and give a brief mix, don’t over stir the Xanthan Gum or your cakes will fall

6. Fill 8 half-pint mason jars just over 1/2 full, place on a cookie tray

7. Bake for 27 minutes at 350 degrees (don’t peek while they’re cooking, I know it’s so tempting)

8. Check to ensure they’re done with a toothpick, allow to cool, top with frosting and serve.

NOTE: If you’re making cupcakes instead of jars reduce the bake time to 20 minutes and fill the liners 3/4 full. Add time in 2 minute intervals if cupcakes are not done after 20 minutes.

Conscious Cake’s Vegan and Gluten Free Cinnamon Frosting:


1/2 Cup of Vegetable Shortening

1/2 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter

1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Non-Dairy Milk

3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon


1. Combine Shortening, Butter, Vanilla, Milk, and Cinnamon in a mixer and beat on medium-high until fully incorporated

2. Add in the Powdered Sugar 1/2 cups at a time and allow to incorporate before adding the next 1/2 cup

3. Use a spoon, knife, spatula, or piping bag to frost the cooled cupcakes

4. Enjoy!

Recipe Roundup – Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you’ve ever been to our Etsy site before and looked at these cookies, you’ve seen the story about how I discovered the amazing flavor of mexican hot chocolate on accident. You’ve also probably seen me talk about how much I love these cookies…because they’re amazing. No joke. They’re deliciously chocolately and pack a subtle spiciness with the cayenne and cinnamon, but juuust sweet enough with the cinnamon sugar coating.

In order to highlight this superb combination of flavors, we’ve pulled together four mexican hot chocolate recipes from around the web so we could share them with you.


1. Vegan Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream with Dulce De Leche Swirl from Pastry Chef Online

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Other than the name being a little bit of a mouthful, this ice cream sounds amazing. Jennifer actually describes it as “rich, dense as “premium ice cream” and decidedly decadent.” Someone better try this and tell me how fabulous it is.

2. Gluten Free Mexican Chocolate Cookies from

This is a really interesting take on a cookie. She has replaced the flour with powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Because of this they come out a little flatter than regular cookies Additionally, she’s used egg whites to give it that crunchy shell rather than leaving them soft. We’d suggesting substituting out some of the powdered sugar and cocoa powder for gluten free flour, adding in a little Xanthan Gum to give them lift, and then using a mixture of 1T ground flax and 3T of hot water to replace the egg whites. They’ll be a little more fluffy and less crunchy, but no less delicious.

3.  Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Lemon-Sugar

Since Lemon-Sugar is neither vegan nor gluten-free, these delicious cupcakes are packed with the usual suspects. Butter, Eggs, Flour, and Milk, and Heavy Cream. They’ve also chosen to use vegetable oil to keep the cupcakes moist. We’d suggest using applesauce for both the eggs and the oil, a gluten-free mix for the flour, and soy or almond milk to replace the milk. Replace the heavy cream by using soy/almond milk and either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (1t per cup) — whichever you prefer.

4. Mexican Mocha Hot Chocolate from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Homemade Mexican Mocha Hot Chocolate | | #hotchocolate #cocoa #glutenfree #vegan

This wouldn’t be a very good post if I didn’t include some actual hot chocolate, would it? The recipe listed on the site is already vegan since she suggests using almond milk, but you can use whatever kind of milk you like best. She also includes a link to her own Mexican Chocolate Spice mix, but worry not if you don’t have any because it’s pretty simple: 2 parts cinnamon, 1 part ground ginger, and 1/2 part cayenne. You can adjust the ratios however you’d like to customize the flavors and make the chocolate more or less spicy depending on your own taste.

Let us know in the comments if you’d like to see us try a new flavor for next week! Since September is almost over, we’d also like to know: Which flavor has been your favorite so far — Pumpkin, Apple Cider, or Mexican Hot Chocolate?

Helpful Baking Tips – Substituting Eggs

One of the most common questions I hear is “What do you use instead of eggs?” We use either natural, unsweetened applesauce or a mixture of ground flax meal and hot water – both are super simple to substitute. But, we know sometimes you want to try something different, or don’t have those ingredients in your pantry.

This graphic from No Meat Athlete has another 9 additional substitutions you can try. Follow that link for even more baking substitutions.

If you don't have chia, here's a handy guide to egg replacements, most of which use more commonplace ingredients.

We’ve also heard of using Ener-G to replace eggs, but we prefer to stick with more natural options.

Do you have any additional egg substitutions we should check out? Let us know in the comments!