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Vegan Turkey Recipe For Whole “Turkey”

This is another reason why I love the holiday’s. Recipes like this one for a vegan turkey just blow my mind. Every year we search everywhere for the most creative and delicious vegan holiday recipes for this very reason. This is a vegan Thanksgiving recipe that will blow your mind.

So let’s address what many of you are thinking right now. Why would a vegan want something on their Thanksgiving table that looks like a dead animal? And that is a great question. The simple answer is this: Many vegans would not have anything like this as part of their holiday dinner. But there are many others that would.


If you take the funny and entertaining approach to your vegan holiday dinner plan then you might really like this idea. It adds a bit of the authentic look to your dinner spread. It might especially fascinate the omnivores you have over for dinner. It could open up a lighthearted discussion about veganism, vegan recipes, and how creative and amazing vegan cooking can be. I love conversations starters and this vegan recipes is one for sure.

This amazing vegan turkey recipe isn’t made with tofu, it’s made with seitan. Seitan absorbs flavor better than tofu, has a meatier texture, and it’s packed with protein. I also find it easier to work with, especially for recipes like this one. Unless you have gluten sensitivity I think you will prefer this over those tofu based vegan holiday recipes.


The list of ingredients is relatively short for a holiday recipe that comes out looking this beautiful. I guess the main reason I really like the creativity of this vegan Thanksgiving turkey is it provides and interesting centerpiece for the table. It’s a centerpiece that is visually striking and completely vegan all at the same time.

Here are the ingredients you will need for this epic vegan holiday meal:

2 1/2 cups of vital wheat gluten
1 cup of chickpea flour
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast

SEASONING: (tweak to your liking)
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

1 chopped onion
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tbsp Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken Base
1 tbsp soy sauce

This is a time intensive recipe so be aware of that. But this is what the holidays are for right? If you are hosting friends and family you sweat in a hot kitchen all day so you can wow them with an amazing holiday meal. You will need about 2 hours too cook this vegan turkey recipe. Check out the video below, or scroll below the video for a link to the written recipe.

Thanks to Inhabitat for these amazing photos and this incredible vegan holiday recipe. If you also want written instructions for this vegan turkey recipe, you can click this link.

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