From cookies to pies to cakes, almost all of the traditional dessert ideas are filled with flour. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, that makes these delicacies off-limits. Fortunately, you won’t have to suffer for long. With the rise in popularity of the gluten-free lifestyle, you’ll find that many bloggers are on the hunt for the best dessert recipes that fit the diet.
50 Gluten-Free Desserts so Good They’ll Make You Cry
We’ve scoured the internet in search of some delicious gluten-free desserts to tempt your taste buds. We understand that everyone has a favorite style of desert, so we’ve tried to include gluten-free versions of some of the most popular types of desserts, whether you like ice cream, candy, fruity desserts, or the ever-popular cake. With a list this large, you’re sure to find something you want to try. In fact, you’ll probably want to try all of the recipes.
Stock up your kitchen with some of the most-used ingredients in gluten-free recipes. You’ll probably want plenty of almond flour, coconut flour, dates, nuts, and cocoa powder on hand so that you won’t have to go out to the store. Luckily, most of the ingredients you’ll need are readily available in the grocery store, especially if they have a section for gluten-free food. With these delicious recipes, you’ll even be able to trick your family and friends. No one will be able to guess how healthy they really are.
1. Coconut Oil No-Bake Cookies
If you’re already familiar with the idea of no-bake cookies, then you’ll find this gluten-free recipe comforting. The coconut oil makes them a bit healthier than the ones your mom used to make, but can be tricky to work with. Remember that coconut oil tends to liquefy at around 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll want to store them in the fridge and keep them cool during the summer months. Also, oatmeal isn’t naturally gluten free. You’ll have to carefully check the label to be sure you bought the correct kind. These work well as an afternoon snack for the kids.
2. Homemade Twix Bars
Who doesn’t love the gooey caramel and crunchy cookie texture of a Twix bar? If you’re gluten-free, you may have thought your favorite candy bar was a thing of the past, but now you can eat one. With several layers to the bars, it’s not exactly an easy recipe. Each layer has to be prepared separately. However, you’ll find that they’re well worth the trouble and the wait. As-is, the recipe tries to make your life easier by having you apply a single layer of chocolate over an entire pan. That means that the chocolate doesn’t cover the full bar. If you like a little more chocolate with your Twix bar, consider cutting these bars while they are the shortbread and caramel, then dipping them in melted chocolate instead.
3. Fudgey Paleo Brownies
Using coconut oil, real melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder, and almond flour, these brownies are about to knock your socks off. They’re delightfully gooey with a rich chocolate flavor that’s simply the best, and you can make them vegan by using agave or maple syrup instead of the honey. If you’re feeling really indulgent, serve them warm with a small scoop of ice cream on top. This gluten-free dessert recipe is sure to be the talk of your next dinner party.
4. Wendy’s Copycat Frosty
The famous frosty drink served at Wendy’s is a favorite. It’s part ice-cream, part milkshake, and a cheap treat when you’re out and about. While the real version is indeed a gluten-free food, even the small versions are high in sugar, calories, and fat. This homemade version is far healthier and easy to make. The banana gives it a creamy texture, but you could substitute something like avocado if you don’t want the banana flavor to overpower the dessert. Additionally, adding a scoop of gluten-free protein powder could turn this into a great after-workout snack or replacement meal idea.
5. Cheesecake Bites
While the ingredients in these lovely little cheesecake bites don’t quite make them a healthy treat, the small size makes them perfect those who are counting calories and wanting something a little indulgent. Of course, that assumes you can eat just one, which just might be impossible. The crust is made gluten-free by using crushed gluten-free cookies. This means that you can easily change up the taste of the dessert by using different types of cookies. Experiment with gluten-free graham crackers, Oreos, or shortbread cookies to see which ones you like best.
6. Coconut Oil Rice Crispy Treats
Rice Crispy Treats are a classic kid favorite, and your gluten-free kid can now enjoy the same treats as his friends with an even healthier version. This recipe uses coconut oil instead of the traditional butter, which gives the treats a rich flavor. Be careful as you buy the cereal for the bars. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies used to be gluten-free, but they no longer are. You need to carefully look at the labels if you truly need a gluten-free version. As long as you purchase the cereal from the gluten-free food aisle, you should be OK.
7. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is another easy recipe that’s made gluten-free simply by paying attention to the ingredients you choose. It’s a classic recipe made slightly healthier with the omission of butter. Since it uses all oatmeal rather than a combination of oatmeal and flour, you don’t have to try too hard to make it gluten-free. As long as you buy gluten-free oatmeal, you’re good. In fact, you probably have all of the ingredients for this delicious cookie in your pantry already, so go ahead and whip yourself up a batch.
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Use this gluten-free dessert recipe when you want to impress all of your guests. They’re vegan and gluten-free, but so delectable that no one will know the difference. Almost everyone loves to sneak a few bites of chocolate chip cookie dough, but the raw egg in traditional recipes means that you’re risking illness. As a vegan recipe, you don’t have to worry about that at all. Perhaps the best thing about these truffles is that they aren’t very hard to make, but they look really fancy. Try sprinkling some colorful sugar on top for an even cuter look.
9. 3-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake
When you’re looking for a truly decadent dessert idea, give this little recipe a try. With just three ingredients – chocolate, butter, and eggs – you’re able to create an incredibly rich chocolate cake that’s suitable for those with gluten allergies. The key to getting this right it to use an electric mixer to beat the eggs until they double in size. You probably won’t be able to do this by hand. A fun thing that the blogger mentions is being able to adjust the taste of the cake by choosing different types of chocolate, such as one with a chili spice or a blend of dark and white chocolate. Experiment a bit to find what works for you.
10. One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread
It’s hard to screw up a loaf of banana bread because the flavor of ripe bananas overpowers all of the other ingredients. You can often leave out an ingredient you don’t have, and the loaf will still come out great. That’s what makes it one of the best dessert recipes for any cook. This recipe calls for a blend of gluten-free oats, almond flour, and a store-bought gluten-free flour replacement. However, you can probably play around with those ingredients to suit your tastes. This recipe is a great way to use up those overripe bananas when you’re sick of putting them in smoothies.