30 Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes {Gluten-Free, Paleo} - (2024)

Are you ready for the BEST Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes that also just happen to be good for you? All of these recipes are delicious, gluten-free, and paleo and many are also dairy-free or have dairy-free options. Save all your favorite and get excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with these tried and true healthier favorites.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and always has been. Maybe it’s the stuffing, the mashed potatoes or let’s be honest – the never ending selection of desserts. All I know is that since I can remember, I’ve loved Thanksgiving and therefore love sharing tons of fall and Thanksgiving themed recipes with all of you.

Today, I came up with a selection of 25 of the very best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes that are actually healthier, made with nourishing ingredients, and still taste every damn bit as good as your old favorites.

The recipes you’ll find here come from my blog and some of my favorite fellow healthy food bloggers’ websites. Most are paleo, all are gluten-free, and many are dairy free and vegan as well (I’ll label them so there’s no confusion.)

P.S. – If you’re looking for healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes – check out this roundup from last year!

Okay, here we go – get ready to start craving Thanksgiving dessert!

30 Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes {Paleo, Gluten-Free}

Pies & Tarts

Apple Crumble Pie {Paleo, GF, DF option} via PRM

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Pumpkin Pie with Crust Recipe {Paleo, GF, DF option} via PRM

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Gluten Free Pecan Pie {Refined Sugar Free, DF} via Allergy Free Alaska

Paleo Pie Crust {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

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Classic Apple Pie {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

Pumpkin Pecan Pie {Paleo, GF, DF} via What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo + Vegan Pumpkin Pie via Bakerita

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Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie via Wholesomelicious

Salted Caramel Apple Tart {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Cakes (and Cupcakes)

Spice Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

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Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

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Glazed Apple Bundt Cake {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce {Paleo, Vegan} via Bakerita

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake {Paleo, GF, Vegan} via PRM

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Crisps, Crumbles, Cobblers

Paleo Apple Crisp with Coconut and Pecan {Vegan, GF} via Beaming Baker

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Pear Apple Cobbler {Paleo, GF, Vegan} via PRM

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Bars and Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Sugar Cookie Crust {Paleo, GF, DF} via Ambitious Kitchen

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Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Cream {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Apple Pie Bars {Paleo, GF, Vegan} via PRM

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Blondies {Paleo, GF, DF Option} via PRM

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

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Paleo Pecan Pie Bars {GF, Vegan} via Bakerita

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Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies {Paleo, GF, Vegan} via PRM

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies {Paleo, GF, DF} via PRM

And More!

Caramel Cinnamon Baked Apples {Paleo, GF, Vegan} via PRM

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Raw Caramel Apples {Paleo, Vegan} via 40 Aprons

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More than a little into running and paleo recipes (yoga now too!) but I'm not here to rain on your grains (or anything else) so come along for the ride! I do a little too much of everything (except cleaning), and I enjoy laughing at myself. As long as I'm the one making the jokes, that is. Just kidding. So bring me your angst, your appetite and your frying pan and climb aboard!

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30 Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes {Gluten-Free, Paleo} - (2024)

FAQs

What can I eat at Thanksgiving that's gluten free? ›

Here's a list of foods that are usually gluten-free:
  • Turkey (check with the producer to ensure that wheat-based gravy or stuffing hasn't been added to the turkey.)
  • Cranberries and cranberry sauce.
  • Sweet Potatoes.
  • White Potatoes.
  • Fresh, roasted, or steamed vegetables without sauce (sauces often contain wheat)

Is gluten free dessert healthier? ›

Well, if you have Celiacs, then GF desserts are healthier than those with gluten. However, if your don't have Celiacs, or an intolerance, then GF anything tends to be loaded with sugars etc, so in general, no, they are not healthier.

What do gluten-free people eat instead of bread? ›

Bread-Free Alternatives
  • Tortilla wraps – Try this coconut flour recipe from against all grain. ...
  • Blanched collard greens – (dip in boiling water until softened) Use the green just like a tortilla or large lettuce leaf.
  • Romaine Lettuce Spears.
Feb 28, 2022

What do most gluten-free people eat? ›

Many naturally gluten-free foods can be a part of a healthy diet:
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Beans, seeds, legumes and nuts in their natural, unprocessed forms.
  • Eggs.
  • Lean, nonprocessed meats, fish and poultry.
  • Most low-fat dairy products.

What sweets can a gluten-free person eat? ›

Gluten-free candies include:
  • 3 Musketeers bars.
  • M&Ms (all except the pretzel, crispy, and certain holiday varieties)
  • Milky Way Midnight and Caramel bars.
  • Dove (all except Milk Chocolate Cinnamon Graham and Cookies and Cream varieties)
  • Snickers bars.
Apr 19, 2017

What can gluten-free people eat that is sweet? ›

Let's start with the naturally gluten free ideas. Fruits (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, mangos, and more) are all gluten and dairy free desserts. Chocolate is also naturally gluten free (although it does contain dairy). An easy chocolate mousse can be made in a snap, too. And hooray, coconut is gluten free.

Does eating gluten-free really make people healthier? ›

Although gluten-free products are proven to be beneficial for those who need them, they're not any healthier than those that contain gluten. And while following a gluten-free diet is safe, keep in mind that any diet that relies heavily on processed foods is unlikely to result in any health benefits.

How do you avoid gluten on Thanksgiving? ›

A Registered Dietician's Guide to a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
  1. Tip #1: Pass on the stuffed turkeys. ...
  2. Tip #2: Use gluten-free flour to thicken gravy. ...
  3. Tip #3: Use gluten-free bread and broth to make stuffing. ...
  4. Tip #4: Whip up casseroles & vegetable dishes with gluten-free, cream soups.
Nov 21, 2017

What foods are gluten-free in turkey? ›

Here are some ideas of widely available menu choices which can be cooked gluten free for your holiday in Turkey:
  • Chicken shish kebab.
  • Lamb shish kebab.
  • Grilled lamb chops.
  • Grilled fish – try the “Akya” / silverfish – absolutely delicious grilled.

What whole turkeys are gluten-free? ›

These brands of whole turkeys and turkey products are labeled "Gluten Free."
  • Butterball Gluten-Free Turkey. ...
  • Diestel Family Turkey. ...
  • Empire Kosher Brand Gluten-Free Turkey Products. ...
  • Foster Farms Turkey. ...
  • Jennie-O Brand Gluten-Free Turkey Products. ...
  • Shelton's Brand Gluten-Free Turkey Products.
Nov 18, 2020

Are all Butterball turkeys gluten-free? ›

Did You Know? Fresh and frozen Butterball turkeys are all natural, gluten free and raised without hormones. Fresh and Frozen Butterball turkeys are deep basted for juiciness and flavor. All natural means minimally processed and no artificial ingredients.

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