10+ Delicious Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes


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These paleo Thanksgiving recipes will create a winning menu for the big day, without sacrificing flavor. Choose from an array of classic side dishes, the perfect roasted turkey, and scrumptious desserts that everyone around the table will love!

Best paleo thanksgiving recipes roundup

Just because you’re following a paleo diet, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best of Thanksgiving! There’s plenty of options thanks to the help of seasonal vegetables and other wholesome ingredients.

I’ll show you how to turn winter squashes into the creamiest sides, roast the perfect turkey, and even make the best pumpkin pie from scratch. And yes, all of these recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It’s time to dig in!

Appetizers To Kick It Off

Get everyone’s stomach warmed up with these easy and healthy appetizers. Here’s a few classics with a healthy twist to them. These paleo Thanksgiving recipes are a breeze!

Paleo Thanksgiving appetizers.

Best Paleo Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Aside from the main course, Thanksgiving is undoubtedly all about the side dishes. Just make sure to plan ahead as you want a good balance between different flavors and textures. Here you’ll find endless an assortment of sides that are creamy, roasted, sweet or savory.

Paleo Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Holiday Paleo Desserts

Lucky for you, these paleo desserts are just as decadent and delicious as their classic counterpart. If not, better. From pumpkin pie to coconut macaroons, there’s a dessert for everyone to enjoy. Plus, they’re pretty easy to make. So if you’re not a pro baker, don’t worry. These recipes will make it seem like you are.

Paleo Thanksgiving desserts

Paleo Thanksgiving recipes with mashed sweet potatoes.

10+ Delicious Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


These paleo Thanksgiving recipes will create a winning menu with classic side dishes, the perfect roasted turkey, and scrumptious desserts! Here's the recipe for my favorite turkey gravy.


  • 2 cups turkey drippings, or low-sodium chicken/turkey broth
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, or more if you'd like it thicker
  • 2 tablespoons melted ghee or water
  • teaspoon salt and pepper , to taste


  • Once the turkey is done roasting, remove the turkey from the pan and strain the pan drippings through a sieve into a large measuring cup.
  • Let the drippings sit for a few minutes, until the fat separates and rises to the top. Skim off most of the fat, so just 1-2 tablespoons remain, but keep the broth below.
  • Transfer the turkey broth to a pot and bring to a boil. Note - If you weren't able to get 2 cups worth through your turkey drippings, you can supplement with turkey or chicken broth.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the melted butter and arrowroot powder to create a slurry.
  • Once the broth is boiling, turn off the heat, and gradually whisk the slurry into the broth until it begins to thicken. If you'd like the gravy thicker, you can add another tablespoon of arrowroot powder mixed with a tablespoon water.
  • Season with salt and pepper. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools. Then, drizzle on everything!


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Paleo thanksgiving recipes
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Post recently updated from November 2014. 

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. All of these recipes are making my mouth water!! I’m going to be adding quite a few of these to my Thanksgiving menu next week, and I can’t wait to try the chocolate truffle tart for dessert! :)5 stars

  2. You KNOW I will be going for the desserts first! These are all such great ideas, thanks for this! Bookmarked for next week :)5 stars

  3. Your recipes are amazing! Love your website.  Love what you do.  Please keep going! You’ve impacted my life and family.   

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