By: Stephanie Shin
Photo by Samantha Leonetti

When Thanksgiving comes to mind, the usual image that pops up is family, celebration, and thankfulness. Due to the pandemic, the way many celebrate Thanksgiving will change. Students will be stuck in college and many won’t have the privilege of being able to go visit their families in different countries. 

A holiday that already comes with stress from all the cooking and family reunions may seem even more aggravating, upsetting, and taxing due to the current climate. Therefore, throughout the month of November, I’ll be sharing my most coveted yet simple and easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes that allows you to enjoy your personal three course meal in the safety of your own home. 

Without a doubt, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the array of desserts that sit and patiently wait until dinner is finally concluded. From pumpkin pie to plum fruit tarts, my family has something for every preference. However, something about the combination of cinnamon and apples melting in my mouth is something I can never pass up. Therefore, I volunteer yearly to make the ultimate cinnamon apple walnut pound cake that’s moist and will fill your house with a delicious aroma that screams fall. 

Although we may have to reimagine how we celebrate the upcoming holiday, one thing that doesn’t have to change is the delicious homemade desserts consumed. 



  • ¾ cup oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup melted vegan butter (room temperature)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Apple Swirl: 

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup walnuts (can take out if allergic)



  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine all wet ingredients (oat milk, apple cider vinegar, melted vegan butter, and vanilla extract) and mix.
  3. Once combined, add in the coconut sugar and mix thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved thoroughly.
  4. Put the bowl to the side and take your 1 ⅓ cup rolled oats and blend, allowing it to become oat flour.
  5. In the same bowl with all the wet ingredients, add in all of your dry ingredients (oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, pinch of salt, and cinnamon)
  6. Continue mixing the batter together until it becomes smooth and and silky.
  7. In a small bowl add the cinnamon and coconut sugar and mix together.
  8. In your buttered loaf pan, pour in  ⅓ of the batter and add a layer of apples, walnuts, and the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  9. Continue to layer the batter and the cinnamon apple walnut sugar mixture.
  10. Once the last layer of batter is poured and topped with the apples, walnuts, and cinnamon sugar, pop it in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Check the loaf at 40 minutes as all ovens bake differently.
  11. Once finished, allow it to cool down for 15 minutes and enjoy!
  12. This delicious cinnamon apple pound cake can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.