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Elegant Cakes – 180 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
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180 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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The best 180 healthy Thanksgiving recipes! From turkey to dessert, this post has everything you need to plan a healthier Thanksgiving. With gluten-free, grain-free, and whole grain recipes.

I feel a little silly posting these Thanksgiving recipes before Halloween, but I know a lot of you are already planning your Thanksgiving menu, so I thought some people may appreciate this collection of healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

Why not make this Thanksgiving a little healthier? Then you don’t have to feel too guilty about overeating! Since I basically just post desserts and we shouldn’t only eat sweets for Thanksgiving, I’ve scoured the internet for the yummiest sounding healthy Thanksgiving recipes I could find. I’ve listed whole grain, gluten-free and grain-free options when relevant.

If you’re really just here for the desserts, scroll to the bottom where you’ll find loads of Thanksgiving desserts, most of which I’ve tried and loved. :)

There are also quite a few paleo options here, but if that’s what you need, be sure to check out my post on 100 paleo Thanksgiving recipes!


Salted Turkey with Citrus & Herbs from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Need some vegetarian main dishes? Check out these 40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving from Oh My Veggies!


No Drippings Gravy from Baked Bree



Almost all of these recipes can be adapted to be whole grain by using whole wheat bread!

Bacon, Leek Stuffing with Sage and Pecans from Simply Scratch


Paleo Cranberry Flax Stuffing with a Grain-free Bread Recipe from Healthful Pursuit


Gluten-free Thanksgiving Stuffing from Fork & Beans


Whole grain:

Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls (100% whole wheat)


Gluten-free Pumpkin Cornbread from Recipe Girl


Sweet Potato Bacon Biscuits from Running to the Kitchen

Cranberry Sauce

Honey Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce


Healthier Sauteed Apples

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Kale Gratin from Oh My Veggies

No marshmallow recipes to be found here! ;)

White Potatoes

Other Veggies

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon + Onion from Jelly Toast


Autumn Sangria with Hard Cider from Cheese and Chocolate

Some of these contain booze. So not exactly healthy. ;)


Healthier 5-ingredient Pecan Pie Fudge


Whole grain:

Apple Brownies With Easy Caramel Frosting (gluten-free, whole grain options)

French Apple Cake from Texanerin Baking

That’s it! I hope you found something to add to your Thanksgiving menu this year. :)

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