20 Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes including biscuits, rolls, gravy, stuffing, and dessert!

Thanksgiving spreads offer an array of fluffy dinner rolls, soft and crispy stuffings, pie crusts, and bread crumb-topped side dishes—not the best combination for the gluten-intolerant. Hosting a gluten-free guest can feel intimidating: ensuring that diners not only finds foods they can eat, but also enjoy recognizable Thanksgiving sides and desserts that beckon seconds. If your Thanksgiving celebration includes a gluten-free guest or two, you don’t need to plan a second menu. Instead, rework your favorite fall recipes, choosing equally as delicious (and unnoticeably gluten-free) dishes that every guest will enjoy. Flavors from root vegetables, herbs, maple, mushroom, pumpkin, and more take the spotlight—no breadcrumbs needed. These delicious alternatives to traditionally gluten-heavy recipes invite gluten-free guests to indulge, without any hassle. And a few options happen to be vegan, too. This Thanksgiving, every foodie will find something to love.

Biscuits, Breads, and Rolls

Sweet Potato Biscuits (v)

Dinner roll flavors shouldn’t depend on a spread. Kate Turshen’s soft, golden biscuits require only a handful of ingredients, and the sea salt and sweet potato puree make all the difference. Before delivering a basketful to the table, pop them in the oven. When your guests smell these warm sweet potato biscuits, they’ll dig in without even thinking about butter. (Recipe and photo: Bubble Girl Bakes)

Sweet Potato Biscuits (v)

Triple Herb Overnight Dinner Rolls

Freshly chopped rosemary, thyme, and sage allow these fluffy, light rolls to outshine the average white pull-apart loaf. Rachel prepares the rolls the night before and uses a muffin tin for simple, family-style serving. (Recipe and photo: Recreating Happiness)

Triple Herb Overnight Dinner Rolls

Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Rolls

These sweet bundles meld into one airy, golden-orange loaf. Orange zest and orange juice contribute a fruity, fresh flavor, while brown sugar brings in a cozy fall component. Gluten-free guests or not, hands will reach across the table to snag a piece as soon as the pan’s in site. (Recipe and photo: Free Eats)

Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Rolls

Super Moist Cornbread

Yammie’s “corn goldies” are exactly as she claims: towering, soft, and full of moisture. (No crumbly, cakey edges allowed here.) She blends canned corn herself for a creamier base, unlike the “freaky looking cornstarch jelly” she prefers to avoid. Brighten up the entire dinner table with these gluten-free goldies, and invite guest to drizzle honey for a sweet touch. (Recipe and photo: Yammie’s Gluten Freedom)

Super Moist Cornbread

Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

For the base of Alanna’s pie-sized cornbread, she uses gluten-free flour, sweet white rice flour, and yellow stone-ground cornmeal. When mixed with rich buttermilk, the golden batter turns creamy and smooth. The final result? A soft, yet stable cornbread that’s easily sliceable while slightly cracked on top–perfect for a homey meal with friends. (Recipe and photo: The Bojon Gourmet)

Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

Stuffings and Sides

Quinoa Stuffing with Apples, Sweet Potato, and Hazelnuts

Tangy apples, roasted sweet potatoes, and nutty quinoa create a hearty, healthy alternative to Thanksgiving stuffing, sans bread. Hazelnuts add crunch while dried cranberries contribute a chewy sweetness. This colorful flavor and texture combination definitely won’t go unnoticed. (Recipe and photo: Family Fresh Cooking)

Quinoa Stuffing with Apples, Sweet Potato, and Hazelnuts

Roasted Root Vegetable Pie with Pumpkin Glaze

Savory pie is an often-forgotten traditional dinner dish. The buttery oat crust envelops a rustic pureed filling of all things rich and golden-brown: pumpkin, sweet potato, peanut butter, and honey. Sprinkled with a crunchy raw seed mixture on top, a side-dish slice of this nutty vegetable pie encompases all the flavors of fall. (Recipe and photo: To Her Core)

Roasted Root Vegetable Pie with Pumpkin Glaze

Cornbread Cranberry Dressing

The gluten-free cornbread twist on this classic, herb-filled stuffing creates a sweet and soft side that won’t turn soggy. Tell your gluten-friendly guests its an old family recipe, and they’ll take your word for it as they dig in. (Recipe and photo: A Food Centric Life)

Cornbread Cranberry Dressing

Stuffed Acorn Squash

When sliced in half, acorn squash’s edible dish-shape is too ideal to pass up—you’ve got to fill it with stuffing. Cauliflower, celery, onions, and plum raisins are the key players in Carrie’s “rice-”based filling. Her recipe makes for an accessible and fun side dish. (Recipe and photo: Deliciously Organic)

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Paleo Sweet Potato Cranberry Stuffing

No crouton-like chunks needed here. Cassy tosses Italian ground sausage with celery, onions, fresh cranberries, and diced sweet potatoes. This filling stuffing alternative could serve as dinner all its own– but just a spoonful on the side will satisfy gluten-free diners. (Recipe and photo: Fed and Fit)

Paleo Sweet Potato Cranberry Stuffing

Top It With Gravy

World’s Best Paleo Gravy

Caramelized onions, chicken stock, and garlic powder add a hearty flavor to Brittany’s comforting, creamy gravy. This Paleo recipe is also gluten-free, so your guests don’t have to miss out on the toppings. (Recipe and photo: Brittany Angell)

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Mushroom Gravy (v)

Sonnet’s gravy covers all the bases: it’s gluten-free and vegan, so everyone can drizzle this versatile topping on any side dish of choice. Crushed cashews and arrowroot powder thicken the gravy, and fresh herbs complement the earthy mushroom flavor. (Recipe and photo: In Sonnet’s Kitchen)

Mushroom Gravy (v)

Bacon-Maple Gravy

This gravy is the epitome of sweet-meets-salty, and Toni even works apple juice into the recipe for added seasonal sweetness. Whether guests prefer applewood-smoked bacon or lean toward the maple bacon sidelines, everyone’s in luck with their favorite fall flavors in gravy form. (Recipe and photo: Boulder Locavore)

Bacon-Maple Gravy

Desserts

Thansgiving Pumpkin Pie

This is your traditional pumpkin pie, de-glutenized. Kait swaps guar gum for butter in a sweet, classic crust. The filling itself uses organic sugars and pumpkin, with added maple syrup for an extra treat. (Recipe and photo: Bubble Girl Bakes)

Thansgiving Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Nut Crust

Pumpkin seeds seem like a no-brainer addition to a pumpkin pie’s crust– all you need are five other ingredients and a food processor. A bit of Greek yogurt adds an extra creaminess to the pumpkin filling and bumps up the comfort food factor as it melds with the crunchy nut crust in the oven. (Recipe and photo: Sweet Potato Chronicles)

Pumpkin Pie with Nut Crust

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Anyone that opposes gluten-free desserts hasn’t tried this silky pumpkin cheesecake. Julia Mueller promises you’ll find yourself “love drunk in decadent satisfaction,” and the dark hazelnut crust beats any boring graham cracker base out there. (Recipe and photo: The Roasted Root)

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie

The layers of love in Andy’s pie are visible: A flax, cornmeal and almond crust topped with bubbling maple syrup, creamy soy milk, and vanilla-soaked pecans, followed by a scoop of vegan ice cream. One slice of maple pecan pie takes candied pecans to the next level. (Recipe and photo: The Wind Attack)

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie

Oatmeal Pecan Tart

There’s something oh-so-cozy about oatmeal. When whipped up with brown sugar, pecans, and a drop of bourbon in tart form, this Thanksgiving treat warrants a blanket, couch, and after-dinner nap. (Recipe and photo: Café Johnsonia)

Oatmeal Pecan Tart

Raw Vegan Apple Pie with Cinnamon-Apple Streusel

The pie’s superfood-crust of mulberries, dates, walnuts, vanilla bean, and cinnamon enhances the familiar apple pie flavor. A layer of sweet, crisp apples topped with a coconut sugar and pecan streusel beats anything you’ll find on the grocery store shelf–gluten free and vegan, or not. (Recipe and photo: Blissful Basil)

Raw Vegan Apple Pie with Cinnamon-Apple Streusel

 

Pear Apple Crisp

This seasonal, scoopable crisp is just as enjoyable in a mug by the fire as it is served warm in individual dessert dishes at the Thanksgiving table. Almond butter, maple syrup, walnuts, and GF-old-fashioned-oats create a sweet and crunchy crumble that compliments the crisp apples and bosc pears–no crust needed. (Recipe and photo: Kitchen Apparel)

Gluten Free Pear Apple Crisp