Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie
Try to spice up this holiday by bringing desserts to the table that aren’t pie!
Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie
Try to spice up this holiday by bringing desserts to the table that aren’t pie!

The holiday season is fast-approaching, and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here. You may want to get a headstart on your menu and shopping list, but don’t forget about you our show-stopping desserts! On Thanksgiving, there is never a shortage of pumpkin pie on the dessert table, which is why you should try some thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie. Pumpkin, apples with brown sugar, pecan, and sweet potato with brown sugar; they’ve all been done before. This year, why not try something different with your favorite flavors?

There are so many different options for dessert besides pie. We’ve rounded up some of the most delicious Thanksgiving dessert recipes that aren’t pie. Many of them are gluten-free and vegan, too!

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Gluten-Free Apple Fritters

When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably don’t think of apple fritters, but apple flavor is a beloved fall flavor just like the flavor of pumpkin pie and deserves a spot on the table this holiday table. Not to mention, apple fritters are delicious.

These apple fritters make great individual desserts because they come in bite-size pieces. This recipe uses Chebe mix, made with modified manioc (cassava) starch instead of wheat flour, making it a dessert perfect for your gluten-free friends and family members, while it still has your favorite flavors. Make sure to keep the fritters small to allow for the perfect ratio of the crispy fried exterior to the fluffy crumb.

Get the Gluten-Free Apple Fritter recipe HERE

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Carrot cake might be an unusual choice for Thanksgiving dessert or cake option, but it’s full of cozy fall flavors, and carrot cake over pumpkin pie might be the twits you need this holiday.

Even for your guests who aren’t gluten-free, this recipe makes for one delicious cake. One surprising spin on this recipe is the bright, fresh-tasting flavors that come from the lemon cream cheese filling and frosting. It’s a delicious twist on a traditional sweet treat. If you’d like to go for a more traditional carrot cake, you can opt for a cinnamon sugar-coating heavy cream cheese frosting instead.

This recipe is super easy to make, and there is no step in creaming butter and sugar. There’s no butter in this recipe at all. The whole recipe is made in the food processor, so it makes for easy clean-up, too. Also, this recipe contains no artificial ingredients.

Get the Gluten-Free Carrot Cake recipe HERE

Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

“The Best” Vegan Apple Crisp

I know it’s pretty confident to name a recipe “the best,” but we assure you, this one is a winner that will have all your friends and family asking you for the recipe. This apple crisp is a great vegan alternative to apple cake or apple pie.

You’ll only need one bowl and some simple ingredients to make this amazing treat. You can also make this recipe gluten-free by swapping out the gluten-free flour blend for all-purpose flour.

The filling for this apple crisp is full of amazing fall-inspired flavors with an assortment of spices. Fresh, crisp apples are bathed in coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh ginger. Apple juice sweetens the mixture naturally and makes the apples perfectly tender. While the arrowroot and cornstarch make a decadent caramel-like sauce.

The topping will remind you of a buttery cinnamon sugar streusel, getting its texture from rolled oats, almond meals, and chopped pecans.

You won’t want to leave this one off the table this Thanksgiving.

Get the recipe for Vegan Apple Crisp HERE

Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin is a classic staple ingredient for Thanksgiving and autumn in general. This cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread would make a great chill-time dessert on Thanksgiving, or a morning treat perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee while preparing food for the big day.

This pumpkin quick bread is vegan, but it’s so good that you’d never guess it. There are no eggs, butter, or dairy in this recipe, but it still tastes so rich and decadent. Pumpkin has a magical way of acting like eggs, naturally keeping baked goods fluffy and light without being too airy.

This recipe is so easy to prepare that you don’t even need a mixer. This is a great option that will make all your guests happy no matter what diet they’re following. You can easily make this bread gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.

Get the recipe for this surprisingly vegan Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread HERE

Chocolate Desserts Thanksgiving

Turkey Brownies

I know what you’re thinking… turkey brownies?! But before you turn your nose up at the sound of these, give us a chance!

These are delicious mini chocolate brownies, that just look like turkeys – no turkey flavoring involved. This is an adorable recipe that is simple and works perfectly for individual desserts. If you have kids in your group, you’ll want to include these in your dessert lineup.

This could even be a fun activity for kids to do on Thanksgiving while they wait for dinner. If you have the mini brownies prepared, all they have to do is decorate them.

Get the recipe for these adorable Turkey Chocolate Fudge Brownies HERE

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

This one will be sure to knock your socks off! They are a nice departure from the traditional desserts you’d find at Thanksgiving past. They have the perfect combination of flavors and textures, and they freeze exceptionally well so leftovers are never a problem.

Part chocolate fudge brownie, part fluffernutter, this chewy treat is sure to make all your guests gather around the table. You might want to print off some copies of this recipe because your guests are going to ask for this one!

Get the recipe for these decadent Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars HERE

Pumpkin Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you want to include pumpkin in your menu this Thanksgiving but want to do something out of the norm, pumpkin cheesecake is a great alternative to the tried and true pumpkin pie usually enjoyed on this holiday.

This rich and creamy dessert is loaded with all of the classic fall spices! Sometimes cheesecake can be a difficult dessert to perfect, so if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at baking cheesecake, this is the recipe for you.

Some unique and surprising elements of this pumpkin cheesecake are the delicious gingersnap crust and homemade caramel sauce. This cheesecake is so good, you might have a hard time convincing your guests to wait until after dinner!

The final product of this dessert looks like it came from a bakery. If you want to impress your friends and family with a delicious and beautiful dessert, make sure you include this one on the dessert table this year.

Find the Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe HERE

Other ideas for pumpkin dessert recipes that are not pie include pumpkin pecan pie bars and pumpkin bread pudding! These still include amazing fall-inspired flavors without the typical pies.


Stepping away from staple dishes and switching up what you normally serve for Thanksgiving can be fun! It’s the perfect time to try out some new delicious dessert recipes for Thanksgiving. There are many different options for dessert, so why limit yourself to pie? We encourage you to try any of these delicious recipes we’ve rounded up, and if you have vegan or gluten-free guests, we’ve included desserts that will be well-loved by them, too!