Thanksgiving Desserts for All

Do you have gluten-free, vegan or dairy-free guests this Thanksgiving or simply looking for something different? No problem! We’ve got dessert solutions that will delight everyone at your Thanksgiving table.

Sweet Potato Apple Pie

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My kids are at the age where they don’t care too much about Thanksgiving dinner. For them it’s all about eating enough from their plate to get the prize: dessert! I can’t really blame them — I had pumpkin pie for my first child’s baby shower, after all. Dessert is something pretty much everyone can agree is an important part of the Turkey Day festivities.

These days, of course, having a large family meal means making sure everyone can partake, even at dessert. Whether you’re searching for a vegan solution to your favorite pie or a scrumptious gluten-free dessert, there are lots of swoon-worthy fall desserts to choose from.

Gluten Free

Gluten is an ingredient in wheat and other products. These days there are many substitutions for gluten available, including ready-made gluten free pie crusts.

Gluten-Free Autumn Fruit and Mascarpone Tart
Ricotta with Raw Honey and Pears

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Vegan recipes do not use any animal products, including milk, eggs, and honey.

A Fresh Take on Apple Pie
Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie

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Dairy Free

Dairy free means no milk or butter products, but does include eggs.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie
Pear Bundt Cake

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Twist on Traditional

Think outside the pie box with these tasty ideas.

Coconut-Gingersnap Sweet Potato Pie
Fall Fruit Upside-Down Cake

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Other diets?

If your guests might have other dietary restrictions, be sure to check with them ahead of time to find out what’s appropriate to serve. Those with allergies, especially to nuts, will appreciate the extra step in taking care of them at dinner.

When following any of these special diets, be sure to check labels on packaged ingredients to make sure they follow the guidelines for production and ingredients. Many ingredients may seem safe, but might not be produced in a nut- or gluten-free facility.

For more dessert ideas, check out our best holiday recipes opens in a new tab. What are you serving for dessert this Thanksgiving? Share in the comments. 

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