10 Gluten Free Desserts

1. Almond Flour Blondies

If you’re a fan of blondies, you have to try these. They’re nice and gooey thanks to two types of chocolate chips, and they have just the right crunch because of chopped pecans. I love that there’s a dairy-free option, but I would replace the refined sugar with coconut sugar and scale back a teeny bit.

Almond Flour Blondies

 

2. Apple Cider Cupcakes

These apple cider cupcakes are a delight. They use real apple cider and cinnamon for a deliciously autumn taste and are topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. These are the perfect gluten-free desserts to serve over the holidays!

 

3. Best-Ever Gluten-Free Pie Crust

As far as gluten-free desserts go, this is just part one. But it’s a great recipe to have on hand. The dough works just like a pie crust with gluten, and it’s quite easy to make. I guarantee no one will be able to tell the difference; no more making separate desserts!

 

4. Blueberry Cobbler

This cobbler is super simple to prepare, making it a great dish to have the kids help out with. It’s easy to swap out whatever berries you have on hand if your family isn’t a big fan of blueberries, too. I’d skip the sugar on top of the berries and instead top with fresh whipped cream.

Blueberry Cobbler

 

5. Caramel Apple Crisp

Gluten-free desserts should always be this easy. This simpler alternative to apple pie is packed with fresh, nutrition-rich apples, covered in an oatmeal topping and drizzled with a caramel sauce. You definitely don’t need a special occasion to serve this one.

 

6. Decadent Chocolate Cake with Whipped Chocolate Frosting

This luscious chocolate cake has a secret ingredient that you’d never expect: quinoa! That means it’s got extra protein and absolutely no flour. Finished off with a whipped frosting, this treat makes for a perfect birthday cake.

 

7. Flourless Chocolate Chewy Cookies

One fear with gluten-free desserts is that they’ll be hard as a rock. Well, that’s not a worry with these chewy cookies. They’re crispy on the outside and soft and chewy  on the inside, but the teaspoon of espresso powder is what really makes these cookies. They intensify the cookie’s flavor without adding a coffee taste. Don’t skip the sea salt at the end either!

Flourless chocolate chewy cookies

 

8. Lemon Bars

Classic lemon bars get an gluten-free upgrade in this recipe. Rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch produce a light and airy crust, while lemon zest and freshly squeeze lemon juice provide just the right amount of tangy, lemon taste. This dessert doesn’t disappoint.

 

9. Mini Caramel Pecan Tarts

Even if you struggle making tarts or baking with caramel, you’ll be able to whip up these tarts in no time. The crust is a mix of almond and coconut flours and is refined sugar free. Keeping this gluten-free dessert as “mini” means automatic portion control, but you can easily make this as a 9″ tart. And while this is technically a pecan tart, any nut will do; choose whatever’s most cost-effective!

 

10. Mint Chocolate Brownie Decadence

Not only are these brownies ridiculously tasty, but you can make them over the course of two days, as they have several layers of yum that need to be prepped and cooled. These will keep for about four days in the refrigerator, but I doubt these gluten-free desserts will last that long.

Mint Chocolate Brownie Decadence

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Quick and Healthy Diet-Friendly Desserts

When you’re trying to cut calories, it seems like dessert is always the first thing to go. While it may be a bad idea to cozy up to a bag of cookies after a hard day at the office, enjoying a sweet, healthy treat now and then is no crime. In fact, the occasional indulgence may even help you achieve your diet and weight-loss goals more efficiently than swearing off sweets all together.

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Lemon Mousse with Strawberries

Sampling this lemon mousse with vitamin-packed strawberries is like spooning up sunshine; the jewel-like layers of berries are an unexpected delight. We’ve lightened up the mousse by substituting gelatin and fat-free yogurt for the usual quantities of eggs and cream.

 

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Toasted Almond Meringue Cloud

These almond meringues taste decadent, but are actually low in fat and calories. Serve them at your next dinner party for an “I can’t believe this is healthy!” dessert that’s sure to wow your guests.

 

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Fruit Sorbets

Craving ice cream? Before you chow down on the Häagen Dazs, consider a healthier, homemade swap. Refreshing, fat-free sorbets are a delicious substitute for ice cream and making it yourself allows you to control the amount of sugar in your dessert. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can also make granita, which is icier, but still just as tasty!

 

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Baked Almond-Stuffed Peaches

Turn your peaches into a fabulous warm dessert by stuffing them with dried apricots, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti cookie crumbs, then baking them in the oven until they are brown and bubbly. It may sound decadent, but each serving is actually fewer than 200 calories. The fruit can be served with light sour cream for an added kick.

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