Yes, it’s time to share some gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes here on gfe, 100 gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, in fact. I know some of you think I’m behind the game as we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving!
Hey, how did that happen? It’s like this every year though. The passing of time always seems to accelerate even more once we hit November.
If you haven’t figured out what you’re making yet or want to try something new, here are some gfe recipe ideas for you, plus a few more “with a little help from my friends.” Note that all of these recipes will work just fine for the rest of the holiday season, too, and some you’ll definitely want to enjoy all year long!
A word of gfe advice … please don’t stress too much over this event. I’m not talking about worrying about staying gluten free, of course. That’s critical. (For that topic, see my post on staying safe and gluten free and my series on dealing with gluten-full friends and family.)
I’m just talking about not letting the quest for the perfect holidays get to you. Try to have fun and roll with the punches, so to speak. The Thanksgiving celebrations that are remembered are not the “perfect” ones; they’re the imperfect ones.
We still talk about that Thanksgiving at our house where suddenly there were no rolls left and nobody wanted to say anything lest someone was being a roll hog. When the meal was over, we found most of the rolls on the floor under the table. We had absolutely no idea how that happened, but we still laugh about it with delight!
Here’s another example of how non-perfect moments can become the best, most worthy memories. Last year, I was hosting our family Thanksgiving and running behind. I knew I had to make my Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies to keep everyone happy.
My family so loves these cookies as part of our special occasion meals. I had already mixed up the dough but had run out of time to actually bake the cookies. So I set the bowl of cookie dough on the porch to stay cool.
Once our meal was done, I put my apron back on and baked the cookies while we all chatted and sipped our seasonal beverages. As you can imagine, getting to enjoy beloved chocolate chip cookies warm right out of the oven was a very special treat for all. Now whenever I’m hosting, that will be part of the ritual—and a very welcome one indeed!
Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday over the years because it focuses on the most important things in life—dear family and friends, delicious and nourishing food, love, laughter, and all life’s blessings. I am thankful for each and every one of you, my gfe readers. Hope you all have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Over 100 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
~ Elegant and Easy Party Puffs
~ Pumpkin Hummus (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
Thanksgiving Beverage Recipes
~ Wassail (Sweet and Spiced Hot Apple Cider-Based Punch)
~ Reindeer Antlers Punch (our family’s kickoff to that other upcoming holiday!)
~ Velvety Pumpkin Spice “Latte” (Kid Friendly)
Thanksgiving Entrée/Main Dish Recipes
~ Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey Roulade
~ Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Stuffed with Ricotta, Tomato, and Basil
~ Slow Cooker Special Zesty Turkey Breast
~ Slow Cooker Super Easy Turkey Breast
Thanksgiving Salad Recipes
~ Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Salads That Are Perfect for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
Thanksgiving Soup Recipes
~ Quick and Easy New England Clam Chowder
Thanksgiving Dressing and Stuffing Recipes
~ Crunchy Long Grain and Wild Rice Dressing
~ Paleo Bacon “Cornbread” Stuffing
~ Surprise Tortilla Chip Stuffing
Other Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
~ Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
~ Corn and Butter Bean (or Lima Bean) Casserole
~ “Grown-Up” Green Bean Casserole
~ Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger
~ Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
Thanksgiving Bread Recipes
~ A Bountiful Bread Basket Part 1: Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes: Loaves
~ A Bountiful Bread Basket Part 2: Top 40 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes: Basic Rolls and Biscuits
~ Flat and Firm Cornbread (No Sugar Added)
Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
~ Best Ever Pumpkin Pie (Crustless and Dairy Free)
~ Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
~ Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy Free)
~ Mediterranean Chocolate Cake
~ Crustless Apple Pie (Grain-Free, Paleo Version)
~ Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
~ Honey Cinnamon Grand Marnier Ice Cream
~ No-Joke Dark Chocolate Layer Cake
~ Real Deal Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
~ Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
~ Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze
~ Vegan Simple and Good Chocolate Cake
And if you need a crust for your pies (and any of my crustless pies will actually work just fine in a crust if you prefer):
~ No-Roll, Never -Fail, Press-In Pie Crust (or my newer version which includes almond flour)
~ Over 40 of the Best Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipes
Plan for Thanksgiving Leftovers
Here’s your plan for leftovers (there’s even a way to use your leftover stuffing):
~ Black-Eye Pea Soup with Ham and Turkey
~ Pot Pie
~ Turkey Tetrazzini (and more leftover ideas)
Gluten-Free Cookbooks That Are Perfect for the Holidays
Here are some other sources of terrific gluten-free recipes for the holiday season:
~ Jeanne Sauvage’s (Art of Gluten-Free Baking) first cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays.
~ Danielle Walker’s (Against All Grain) Celebrations cookbook, Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion.
~ Hayley Mason and Bill Staley’s (Primal Palate) Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining.
~ Johnna Perry’s (In Johnna’s Kitchen) Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Sweet and Savory Baking
~ Simone Miller (Zenbelly) and Jennifer Robins (Predominantly Paleo) The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day.
More Recipes, Ideas, and Tips You Can Use for Thanksgiving
Because over 100 gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes are not enough, right?! I want you to be prepared!
~ 5 Tips for a Safe, Gluten-Free Thanksgiving (or Any Holiday/Group Event)
~ A GFE Thanksgiving All The Way
~ A Gluten-free, Vegan Thanksgiving
~ Gluten-Free Galore and More (dozens of bloggers share gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes)
~ Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
~ Over 50 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipes
~ Over 50 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipes
~ They Just Don’t Understand—Dealing with Gluten-Full Friends and Family Series
~ Your Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu & Grocery List
Originally published November 21, 2013; updated November 20, 2022.
Heather @Gluten-Free Cat says
What a treasure trove! I need to get digging through this list. I’m in charge of dessert for next Thursdays! Thanks for making my life easier!
Hey Heather–Thanks! I am sure you will have no trouble at all coming up with an excellent dessert for Thanksgiving on your own, but hope you enjoyed your perusing. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving, dear! xoxo,
Oh wowsers!! What a list! Thank you for all your work!
Hi Marianne–Thank you! Lots of old favorites in this listing as well as some great recipes from friends. 🙂 Wish I could include every one that strikes my fancy! 😉 I’ve been loving your cracker recipes of late. Must get busy trying those soon!
Now that I have read your post – wow! Thanks for this most awesome list – this helps so much!
Hi Angela–Thanks, dear! I hope it helps you and lots of folks! Most of us have our old favorites, but do like to try something new from time to time. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Paula @CeliacCorner says
Thank you Shirley – great roundup of recipes! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving .. and holiday season.
Hi Paula–It’s terrific to see you again! 🙂 Thanks for the kind feedback and the holiday wishes, too. Sending the same back to you, my dear!
Wow Shirley, this is amazing! What a gem you are for putting this together. I know so many people (including myself) who are so thankful for you and all you’ve done for the gf community. Enjoy your holiday with your boys! xo
Maggie–I’ve been thinking of you this morning because I’m sitting here drinking a huge mug of Constant Comment with a huge cinnamon stick working its magic. On this rainy cold Thanksgiving Eve, it’s delightful! 🙂 You are very generous with your words, my dear friend, and I thank you for them. There’s so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! My youngest “boy” won’t be with us, but he’s got a surrogate Thanksgiving family (3 years in a row) and they look after his gf/df needs very well. Another reason to be thankful!
Lots of xo to you!
Ina gawne says
Great post Shirley! And what a wonderful selection of recipes and cook books…enjoy your holiday!
Hi Ina–I know you’ve already celebrated so I really appreciate you stopping in and leaving such a lovely comment. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Wow, Shirley! You’ve outdone yourself, and saved me some research. There was a recipe in the local paper for a pumpkin cake made with a can of pumpkin and an angel food cake mix. Think I’ll try it with your angel cake recipe and my fresh pumpkin. Thanks a bunch. Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Kay–It’s been great to see you more on Facebook lately and so happy you stopped in here, too! I hope you find success with your cake plans. I know many will be interested in a pumpkin cake with an angel food base. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving, dear!
What a perfect roundup, Shirley, and a perfect intro as well! I hope you have a stellar Thanksgiving. Your focus is certainly in the right place–people you care about, things to be thankful for in life, and GREAT FOOD! I love your new chocolate chip cookie tradition, too! Enjoy your holiday–I know you will. And thank YOU for everything you do. Big Hugs! xoxo
Hi Ricki–Thanks so much! You always make me smile and feel on top of the world! 🙂 I am thankful for all who are so giving, so real in our gf community. It’s delightful to see you and so many others in that group leaving comments here! The chocolate chip cookie tradition will continue I think. “Accidents” often make for the best traditions. 😉 It will be a great gathering tomorrow for sure. The hardest part will be “limiting” the food, especially the pies. ;-0
You rock, Shirley!!! Thank you for this amazing list of recipes and other resources.
Big hugs to you and a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Hi Amber–Thank you to another one of my favorite gf cheerleaders … for me and everyone else! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the post. I could go on forever with the food ideas for this festive holiday meals. Thankfully, logic—and restraint—does enter in eventually. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! I’m sure it will be a very special celebration at your house! 🙂 xoxo,
Sharon McD. says
I stopped by to confirm that I had everything for the Great Salad. It was so convenient to see the link in your amazing round-up! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I think of you often! Hugs. XX
Hi Sharon–It’s wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for your sweet words, dear. Isn’t it funny how the Great Salad contains so few ingredients yet you have to check each time you make it? I still pretty much do the same every time I make it and I make it almost every time our support group meets here. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! Hope it’s very special! 🙂 xo,