12 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes We Actually Want to Eat

Beth Stebner | Nov 2, 2016 Food & Party

Thanksgiving -- a holiday meant to be about coming together and reflecting on all of life's blessings (okay, it's about eating) -- can be a downright depressing holiday for those of us with dietary restrictions. While others are tucking into a bounty of freshly baked dinner rolls, deliciously decadent gravy, and, of course, a litany of pies, the gluten-free guests are left picking at a sadly wilted salad and dry turkey.

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But no longer! Thankfully, people with celiac disease (or, really, anyone with a gluten allergy) can dine as well as those without, since it really just takes a few smart modifications to turn a traditional recipe into a tasty gluten-free one. We know it doesn't seem possible, but now that gluten allergies are becoming more common it seems like bakers are itching to find the latest and best hacks to still bring tasty treats to the masses. Some even find working around gluten allergies a challenge! Either way, having to eat gluten-free snacks and treats doesn't have to mean a boring and flavorless holiday season.

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We've rounded up 12 such recipes to make one's holiday flavorful and free of stress. Now, that's something to be thankful for!

Image via Bakerita

  • Paleo Pecan Pie

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    Image via Bakerita

    Not only is this paleo, it's also -- dare we say -- kind of the healthiest pecan pie recipe we've ever seen?

    Recipe: Bakerita

  • Cranberry Sauce

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    Image via A Sweet Pea Chef

    Just kidding -- pretty much any cranberry sauce is GF, but this happens to be one of our favorites.

    Recipe: A Sweet Pea Chef

  • Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

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    Image via 24 Carrot Life

    The worst part about no gluten on Thanksgiving is not being able to eat a metric ton of stuffing. No more.

    Recipe: 24 Carrot Life

  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

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    Image via Spoon Fork Bacon

    Just substitute a gluten-free flour, and voilà! Delicious, tiny pots of pumpkin crème brûlée.

    Recipe: Spoon Fork Bacon

  • Healthy Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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    Image via Hummusapien

    You won't find this recipe calling for a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup.

    Recipe: Hummusapien

  • Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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    Image via Meaningful Eats

    Admit it, pumpkin pie is the holy grail of Thanksgiving (who's really all that excited about dried out turkey, anyways?), so a crustless pumpkin pie cupcake is pretty much the best thing ever.

    Recipe: Meaningful Eats

  • Honey-Glazed Carrots

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    Image via Delicious Meets Healthy

    Tasty and colorful and definitely not that weird Jell-O salad your great aunt brought.

    Recipe: Delicious Meets Healthy

  • Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatos

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    Image via Creme de la Crumb

    Slow cooker? Yes. Garlic? Why not? And buttery? Yaaaaaaas.

    Recipe: Creme de la Crumb

  • Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

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    Image via Hello Gluten Free

    You'll need something to dip in your amazing gluten-free gravy, and these rolls will help you in your quest.

    Recipe: Hello Gluten Free

  • Turkey Gravy, Hold the Gluten

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    Image via Heather Christo

    Yes, it's possible to get savory, delicious gravy without using traditional flour.

    Recipe: Heather Christo

  • Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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    Image via Minimalist Baker

    Just use gluten-free flour and you've got yourself a Thanksgiving staple.

    Recipe: Minimalist Baker

  • Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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    Image via Whitney Bond

    All the flavors of the holiday in one dish, plus a hefty serving of veggies. You're welcome.

    Recipe: Whitney Bond

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