Cinnamon Cider Bomb and Other Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes

50 Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes plus a recipe for a Cinnamon Cider Bomb Cocktail | #paleo #glutenfree

I’m so excited for Thanksgiving this year! Okay, I get excited for Thanksgiving every year, even the year that we moved to Texas literally on Thanksgiving day (thank you for that US Army). We may not be spending this Thanksgiving with family, but my good friend Charissa of No Cook Paleo fame is coming up from Austin with her pup to help us eat ALL the food. We’re going to be watching football, drinking our favorite hard cider (in the form of the Cinnamon Cider Bomb recipe at the end of this post), and stuffing our faces with smoked turkey and pumpkin pie! It’s going to be great. 

Bourbon, hard cider and homemade maple cinnamon syrup are combined to make this delicious fall cocktail, perfect for Thanksgiving |

I wrote up our Thanksgiving menu yesterday so I could start making things ahead of time, but if you aren’t as anal as me and haven’t yet gotten your feast all planned out or if you haven’t figured out what to bring if you aren’t hosting yourself, then I’ve got a ton of delicious recipes for you to choose from. And stay tuned because I’m sharing my Cinnamon Cider Bomb recipe at the end of this post. It’s my take on the Fireball whiskey and hard cider combo that’s apparently all the rage among college kids these days, but without the propylene glycol. (In case you weren’t aware Fireball contains propylene glycol which is an ingredient also found in antifreeze…yuck!). It’s a super tasty, fall in a glass type of cocktail so scroll to the bottom for that if you want to skip all the Thanksgiving recipes!


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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from the Spunky Coconut

Apple Pecan and Bacon Butternut Squash Hash from the Urban Poser

Spaghetti Squash and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, the perfect paleo make-ahead breakfast for busy weeks or Christmas morning | Vibrant Life Army Wife

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Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes from Primal Palate

Holiday Hash from the Paleo Parents


Delicious meatballs infused with the flavors of Thanksgiving dinner | #paleo #glutenfree

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates from The Healthy Foodie

Smoky and Spicy Candied Cashews from PaleOMG

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Stuffed Mushrooms from Elana’s Pantry

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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup from Movement Menu

Side Dishes

Classic Cranberry Sauce recipe sweetened with orange juice and maple syrup | #paleo #glutenfree #thanksgiving

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Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cranberry Vinaigrette from Tasty Yummies

Herb Gravy from Elana’s Pantry

No canned soup needed for this delicious homemade Green Bean Casserole recipe made from scratch with real food, gluten free, and paleo friendly ingredients |

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Best Ever Paleo Stuffing from Zenbelly 

Savory Bacon Butternut Squash Souffle from PaleOMG

Autoimmune Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing that mimics the flavor and texture of traditional bread stuffing without the bread | #AIP #paleo #glutenfree #plantains

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Pear and Walnut Salad from Primal Palate

Looking for an alternative to your traditional mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Look no further than these Mashed Parsnips with Caramelized Fennel and Bacon! | #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

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Naturally Sweetened Orange Apple Cranberry Sauce from the Healthy Foodie

For a healthier twist on the traditional favorite, try this recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans and Marshmallow Cream, all made from scratch. | #paleo #glutenfree

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Classic Mashed Potatoes from Hold the Grain

Slow Cooker Stuffing from Rubies and Radishes

Lemon Garlic Green Beans | Vibrant Life Army Wife

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The best ever Real Food Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe from Purely Twins

Paleo Cran-Cherry Sauce from Nom Nom Paleo

Add some creamy, irresistable green veggies to your Thanksgiving table with this Cheesy Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Gratin | #glutenfree #grainfree #primal

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Nut Free Drop Biscuits from Living Loving Paleo

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole from Hold the Grain


Crockpot Chicken

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Dry Brined Turkey from Food52

Smoked Turkey from the Domestic Man

Thanksgiving Turkey and Brine from Multiply Delicious


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Pumpkin Pie Macaroons | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Pumpkin Pie Macaroons

Paleo Pear Berry Hazelnut Crisp from Colorful Eats Nutrition

Chocolate Pie from Healy Eats Real

Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Grain Free Apple Pie from Life Made Full


Spiced Pumpkin Cider from Plaid and Paleo

Egg Nog from the Paleo Parents

Cranberry Apple Fall Sangria

And this Cinnamon Cider Bomb!!!!

Bourbon, hard cider and homemade maple cinnamon syrup are combined to make this delicious fall cocktail, perfect for Thanksgiving |

Cinnamon Cider Bomb with Homemade Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
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Serves: 2
  • For Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • For cocktail:
  • 12 oz hard cider (I like this one and this one)
  • 2-4 oz bourbon
  • 1 Tbs Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • Sliced apples to garnish (optional)
  1. For Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup: Combine water and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 mins. Remove cinnamon sticks. Bring water back to a boil and add maple syrup. Simmer until starting to thicken and reduced to about 1 cup. Refrigerate.
  2. For cocktail:
  3. Split 12 oz can hard cider between two glasses and add 1-2 ounces bourbon to each glass. Add 1 Tbs Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup and stir to combine. Garnish with apple slices and enjoy!

If you’re too lazy to make simple syrup (it’s super easy but I wouldn’t blame you), use a sweeter cider like Angry Orchard or Woodchuck and add a couple drops of food grade cinnamon essential oil (I use Young Living Essential Oils) to add the cinnamon-y goodness.  But I highly recommend making the Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup. It’s delicious and any leftovers can be used on pancakes or waffles, added to your coffee for a festive twist, or stirred into nut butter and used as a dip for apples.

Whiskey, hard cider and homemade maple cinnamon syrup are combined to make this delicious fall cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving |

So what foods and drinks will you be indulging in this Thanksgiving? Besides a Cinnamon Cider Bomb or two of course 😉

In vibrant health,


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