26 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

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Adhering to a gluten-free diet is a matter of choice for some and of necessity for many. And finding something delicious to make for dessert might be the most challenging issue in removing gluten from one’s diet. But dessert is for everyone, and the following is a little treasure trove of gluten-free dessert recipes. Some are naturally gluten-free, and some can be made gluten-free by substituting gluten-free flour for regular wheat flour in the recipes.

Cutting a slice of ricotta pie with fork

Bob’s Red Mill makes a variety of gluten-free flours, and they have a 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour that is perfect for baking cakes, brownies, quick breads, muffins, and so on. They also have a gluten-free all-purpose flour, but, as the name promises, the baking flour is best for baked goods. Cup4Cup is another great brand, as is King Arthur’s, though that one is better for bread than desserts. Food Network has a good list of gluten-free flour brands.

Make sure to check the packaging of all of your ingredients to ensure they are all gluten-free. This precaution includes everything from the chocolate you use to candies added to ice cream to sauces to cake decorations. And check to make sure if someone has a serious gluten intolerance or is celiac, you are doing everything possible to prevent cross-contamination. And then the answer to “who wants dessert?” should be yes for everyone!

Dessert should be for everyone and here are dozens of gluten-free dessert recipes to end any meal on a sweet note.

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27 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Nut-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberries
5 from 2 votes

Nut-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free cake is perfect for Passover or any time you need a rich chocolate finale without nuts or flour.
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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge
4.60 from 10 votes

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

This fudge recipe is straight-up simple, smooth, and creamy and with basically 3 ingredients — none of which contain gluten!
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Simple Raspberry Fool / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Simple Raspberry Fool

A simple, pretty, 4-ingredient summer dessert that doesn't require turning on the oven — now that's beautiful.  It's an easy medley of berries and whipped cream that can be adapted to other fruits.
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A Gluten-Free Treat for the Holidays
5 from 1 vote

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a step-by-step guide to creating the most fun and crowd-pleasing dessert ever, which is ridiculously easy to make.  Make sure to use gluten-free cookies for this, which can be either store-bought or homemade.  And double check that your ice cream and any toppings are gluten-free. 
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Long-stemmed glasses of ice cream topped with strawberry sauce.
5 from 2 votes

No Churn Ice Cream

Learn how to make the perfect gluten-free rich, creamy ice cream without an ice cream maker!  Always check that any add-ins are also gluten-free. And think about topping it with…..
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How to Make Caramel Sauce
5 from 2 votes

Gluten-Free Caramel Sauce

Creamy and rich, this incredibly easy sauce will turn a bowl of ice cream (or a brownie) into a dessert to remember.  Caramel sauce is basically 3 ingredients: sugar, vanilla, and cream (oh, plus water and salt, but we’re all cool with not counting those, right?), but the results are way more than the sum of its parts.
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Peach halves with grill marks on a grill.
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Peaches

Grilling peaches is one of the best and most simple ways you can elevate an already perfect fruit at the height of the season.  And if you want to make them into a spectacular dessert, top them while warm with gluten-free vanilla ice cream, either homemade (see above!) or store-bought. 
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Creamy Rice Pudding
5 from 3 votes

Creamy Rice Pudding

One of the ultimate comfort foods in our house — the creamy, cinnamony, milk-rich dessert just makes us feel better no matter what is going on.
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Slice of Ricotta Pie and a fork on a plate.
5 from 28 votes

Ricotta Pie

Creamy, sweet, and fluffy, this Italian-style cheesecake takes 10 minutes to pull together before going into the oven to bake.  The filling is gluten-free, so you just need to make sure you are using a gluten-free store-bought crust. A simple, perfect ending to any meal.
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Slices of Brown Sugar Fudge and other fudge on an orange plate.
4.67 from 3 votes

Brown Sugar Fudge

Also called penuche, this creamy treat is a lovely sweet alternative to traditional chocolate fudge.
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

So rich, so chocolatey, so creamy, and so easy to make! Serve with lots of whipped cream.
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Fresh whipped cream in red bowl with mixer.
5 from 3 votes

Perfect Whipped Cream

Speaking of whipped cream, here are all the secrets to making perfect homemade whipped cream every time. Your desserts will never be the same!  Plus, you can definitely turn a bowl of beautiful ripe berries or another fruit into something special by adding a hefty dollop of this on top!
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Slice of sweet potato pie on dark plate with whipped cream
5 from 4 votes

Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream

Another pie that is completely gluten-free if you make sure to make or purchase a gluten-free crust. Obviously perfect for Thanksgiving or other fall holidays, but don’t just keep this recipe on the back burner til the big dinners.  Wholly Wholesome is one good gluten-free crusts that I’ve used, available frozen. King Arthur also makes a gluten-free pie crust mix, as does Bob’s Red Mill.
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Banana Cream Pie missing a slice.
5 from 1 vote

Best Banana Cream Pie

A slice of this sweet comfort-food pie is like having an old-school diner in your very own home. It's another gluten-free pie if you make sure to use a gluten-free pie crust.
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Easy Chocolate Mousse / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Easy Chocolate Mousse

This easy chocolate dessert with whipped cream is light, fluffy, cool, creamy, and seriously indulgent.
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Scotcheroo on a small blue plate.
5 from 1 vote

Scotcheroos

These classic no-bake bar cookies are crispy with rice cereal (make sure you pick a gluten-free brand), bound together with a sweet peanut buttery mixture, and topped with a combination of melted chocolate and butterscotch chips.
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Chocolate covered buckeye balls on yellow plate
5 from 3 votes

No-Bake Buckeye Balls

Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate are a perennially popular holiday treat and very giftable.
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Desserts That You Can Make by Subbing in Gluten-Free Baking Flour

A Mother-Son Peach Clafoutis / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 4 votes

Peach Clafoutis

A custardy batter forms a moist cake surrounding fresh peaches.
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Fork and a slice of Chocolate Banana Cake on a plate.
4.75 from 4 votes

Chocolate Banana Cake

Breakfast, afternoon snack, dessert…a cake for any time of day — that's a cake we can all get behind.
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Slice of Orange Cake and blueberries on a white plate.
5 from 3 votes

Orange Cake

Beautiful in color, sweet and citrusy in taste, this easy orange cake can be made for so many different occasions!  You can bake it in a loaf pan or a round cake pan, depending on how you plan to serve it.
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Butterscotch Brownies aka Blondies
5 from 3 votes

Butterscotch Brownies aka Blondies

These bar cookies have the satisfying texture and heft of a brownie, but a wonderful butterscotch flavor. Sub in gluten-free flour.
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Salted Caramel Brownies
5 from 1 vote

Salted Caramel Brownies

The delightful sweet warmth of melty caramel mingles with the fudgy depth of a perfect chocolate brownie.
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Woman grabbing a Lemon Square.
5 from 3 votes

Lemon Squares

With the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, these go out to all the lemon bar lovers out there. If you have a lemon bar fan in your world, they will be so excited to see a gluten-free version!
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Devil's Food Cake
5 from 5 votes

Devil’s Food Cake

Rich and chocolatey and hits all the best notes. The fudgy topping over the chocolate buttercream is truly easy yet optional (but you know you want it!).  When I made this with gluten-free flour, no one could tell the difference, and it actually stayed moist for even longer than the wheat flour version!
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Fudgy One-Pot Brownies
4.86 from 7 votes

Best One-Pot Fudgy Brownies

The kind of fudgy chocolatiness that wimpy people say is too chocolaty — silly little rabbits.
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Favorite Streusel Apple Crisp
5 from 1 vote

Favorite Streusel Apple Crisp

The perfect apple crisp for fall; tender sweet-tart apples fragrant with cinnamon, cloves, and hints of citrus blanketed in a thick layer of crisp streusel topping made with gluten-free flour and oats.
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Slice of Lemon Cake on a plate with raspberries.
5 from 4 votes

Lemon Cake

This is a nicely lemony lemon cake, just the right amount of sweet and a wonderful sweet white icing that literally is the icing on the cake.
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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