Maybe you’ve chosen to cut gluten from your diet, or you’ve discovered that you can’t tolerate gluten, and suddenly it seems like every dessert is off limits. That doesn’t have to be the case, though! There’s a whole world of delicious gluten-free dessert recipes, and we’ve picked out five of our favorites to provide you with inspiration!
Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Homemade frozen yogurt is incredibly easy to make, healthier than ice cream, and (you guessed it) a great gluten-free dessert idea. You don’t even need an ice cream maker—as long as you have a blender or food processor, you’re in business. Just combine a 16-ounce bag of your favorite type of frozen fruit, half a cup of Greek yogurt, a generous swirl of honey, and blend it all together until it has a creamy texture. You can transfer it to a Tupperware and put it in the freezer for later, but we won’t blame you if you want to sample the results of this delicious gluten-free dessert recipe right away.
Gluten-Free Lemon Squares
Lemon squares are a refreshing, tart dessert that’s perfect for just about any occasion. But what about the flour in the crust, you ask? This dessert recipe is easy to make gluten-free—just replace the wheat flour in your favorite recipe with almond, rice, or amaranth flour. If you like the idea of a graham cracker-flavored crust but want to keep this dessert recipe gluten-free, you can use a combination of oats, almonds, and coconut sugar (Minimalist Baker has a great recipe for this crust).
Think of Bullwinkle as the quick-and-easy-to-make cousin of chocolate mousse. You can find our full recipe here, but the most important things to know are that 1.) you can make it with instant chocolate pudding mix, heavy cream, and a few kitchen staples, and 2.) it only takes five minutes to make. Who said gluten-free dessert recipes have to be time-consuming?
Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce
Baked apples drizzled in caramel sauce make for a truly satisfying fall dessert, and there’s no gluten in sight. Just slice up a few apples (we recommend Granny Smith), spread them on a foil-lined tray, and coat them with a mixture of melted butter, maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon. Place the apples in an oven heated to 325 degrees and let them bake until they’re tender and golden. For the caramel sauce, you can find lots of recipe variations online, but the basic idea is to heat brown sugar, half-and-half, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until the mixture thickens.