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Delicious Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Gluten-free dessert recipes can easily maintain the delicious taste and texture you can find with gluten desserts. You typically only need to replace a few ingredients and you can have a delicious, gluten-free treat that rivals other desserts. If you’re looking for desserts to put out for your gluten-free friends, or if you yourself are gluten free, then try out these 10 delicious gluten-free dessert recipes!

1. Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a really easy and simple recipe to give you a tasty gluten-free treat. Using just peanut butter, sugar, and an egg you’ll be able to make these delicious peanut butter cookies in no time! You can take the recipe a step further with maybe a teaspoon of vanilla extract or perhaps some chocolate chips. If you throw in an extra egg you can make some nice gooey cookies perfect for any occasion. An easy recipe that anyone, even the kids, can make!

2. Dark Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse can be one of the more complicated gluten-free dessert recipes on this list but it’s very worthwhile. You don’t need too many ingredients for this recipe but you will need an electric mixer so you can whip up the parts of the mousse. You’ll need to heat the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, but you want to make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t physically touching the water. The mixer is used for three different parts for this recipe. First, beat the egg yolks with a quarter cup of sugar until it’s pale and fluffy. Then, you’ll beat the egg whites and some sugar to get another mixture with some volume. At the end, you’ll beat the heavy cream with some sugar into a whipped cream that’ll perfectly compliment the delicious dark chocolate mousse you just made.

3. Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Chocolate is an easy thing to abuse in gluten-free dessert recipes, or any dessert recipes, to make them so delicious and appealing. However, chocolate can’t make up for texture which can also be important in tasty desserts. This chocolate quinoa cake recipe does a great job of giving a delicious, chocolatey taste and the same texture of a traditional flour cake. If you raised an eyebrow at a “quinoa” cake then you’re not alone. But give this recipe a try and you’ll see for yourself that the quinoa combined and pureed with the milk, eggs, and vanilla create an amazing cake batter. Nobody will be able to tell there are some healthy grains in there!

4. Lemon Bars

If you’re not a big chocolate lover, there are plenty of other gluten-free dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. This lemon bars recipe uses a gluten-free flour to make a delicious lemony treat. Take the gluten-free flour combined with sugar and salt in a food processor/mixer, then blend with toasted coconut, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla seeds to make the dough. The dough should take about 30 minutes to bake so in the meantime you can make the lemon filling. Dust the lemon bars with some powdered sugar to make a delicious gluten-free dessert that everyone will love. 

5. Dark Chocolate Almond Fudge

Combining almonds with chocolate can make such a great treat that has great taste and crunch. A lot of gluten-free dessert recipes like to use nuts like almonds to give the desserts great texture without raising the calories or using gluten-free flour. This recipe only uses five ingredients to make this delicious almond fudge in just a few minutes!

6. Roasted Strawbery Trifles with Lemon Cream

This is another of the delicious, gluten-free dessert recipes that forgo using lots of chocolate as the primary source of flavor. This particular recipe for a strawberry trifle with lemon cream is slightly more complicated than other recipes as you’re going to be making the lemon cream and gluten-free granola crumble by hand. However, you’ll end up with a dessert with amazing flavors and great textures that is perfect for any and all occasions. It could even make a tasty breakfast option if you want! Roasting the strawberries will intensify their sweetness and really give the trifle a boost in flavor.

7. Monster Cookie Bars

This recipe is a slight adaptation of the original monster cookies that with some minor adjustments you get slightly gooier but still crispy bar cookies that take less time to cook! The recipe calls for “old fashioned oats” which are technically naturally gluten-free, however, sometimes wheat or such can be accidentally introduced into regular oats during transport and storage so you need to be sure to buy labeled gluten-free oats. It should only take you about 16 to 17 minutes to cook these delicious cookie bars that everyone will love. Or keep them all for yourself no one here will judge you.

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8. Carrot Cake

Carrot cake can be a hit or miss dessert for some people but if you’re on the fence you should give this gluten-free recipe a try. Using almond flour can be a great alternative as well as a way to give a sweet and nutty taste to gluten-free dessert recipes. If you have trouble finding good almond flour this recipe gives you quick instruction on how to make your own! Carrot cake can be a great dessert choice because you can argue that due to the presence of vegetables (carrots) the cake is “healthier” than other dessert alternatives. Makes for less regret as you devour half the cake in one night that’s for sure.

9. Banana Bread

Banana bread is a popular choice for homemade desserts because of its simple directions but also versatility in terms of flavor. You can either leave the banana bread natural and enjoy the sweet, banana tastes or add some chocolate chips or nuts to give it an extra kick. This recipe for gluten-free banana bread uses gluten-free oats instead of flour. It should only take about 30 minutes and only uses eight ingredients for this delicious gluten-free dessert!

10. Peanut Meringue Cookies

This recipe for peanut meringue cookies only takes five ingredients but is a little complicated to make. Very similar to the chocolate mousse as described earlier, you’ll need to whisk the egg whites, powdered sugar, and salt while it sits above (not directly touching) a saucepan of simmering water. This is important so that when you move the mixture to an electric mixer with whisk attachment you can make the soft “peaks” of the meringue. An interesting part of this recipe is when you cook the meringues in the oven. You’ll prop the oven ajar with a handle of a wooden spoon or such, to make the cookies more dry and crispy but still soft and delicious. Just make sure to use a gluten-free powdered sugar to keep this tasty dessert gluten-free!

What are some of your favorite gluten-free dessert recipes? Share them with us in the comments below!

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