Being gluten intolerant isn’t easy. If you have a flare-up, you can experience symptoms like abdominal pain, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, and indigestion.
In the long term, you may develop more general symptoms, which can be anything from nerve damage and tiredness to rashes and fertility issues.
That’s why it’s so important to steer clear of the foods that make you uncomfortable and work to replace them with safer alternatives.
Unfortunately, though, that can mean cutting out some of your all-time favorite foods.
However, if you’re willing to spend a little time in the kitchen, there are plenty of ways that you can learn to tweak your favorite dessert recipes to make them gluten-free, and if you explore our selection below, you may even stumble across some new ideas you’d never considered before!
So, if you’re ready to enjoy life (and an incredible selection of desserts) to the full, keep reading to explore our roundup of the 33 greatest gluten-free desserts… ever.
1. Vegan Lemon Cheesecake
Let’s kick things off with a gluten-free spin on a classic – lemon cheesecake.
This tangy, refreshing dessert is also vegan, so it’s destined to be a real crowd pleaser at your next soiree.
This no-cook, minimal ingredient cheesecake can be ready in just 15 minutes.
All you’ll need is a mix of coconut oil, almonds, dates, cashews, almond milk, lemons, coconut oil, and agave syrup for a sweet kick… and you’re off!
Why not try serving this creamy moreish cake with a helping of fresh fruit?
It’s a foolproof way to cleanse palettes on a warm evening and keep your gluten-free and vegan guests feeling satisfied.
2. Banana, Rum, And Date Loaf Cake
Bananas, nuts, dates, spices, and a generous helping of dark rum… What more could you ask for?
This banana, rum, and date loaf cake (see also ‘20 Of The Best Sugar-Free Cakes You Need To Try‘) is oozing with flavor and texture, and it’s so good – you won’t even know it’s gluten-free!
With a prep time of 15 minutes and a cook time of one hour, this cake requires a little more effort in the kitchen, but it’s worth every minute.
Whether you want a hearty winter warmer or a punch of spicy cake for your summer dessert, this goes down a treat during any season!
3. Gingerbread Banana Bread
Who doesn’t like banana bread? And what could be better than a gluten-free option packed with that infamous, moist gingerbread flavor?
This recipe is perfect for the winter months, and if you need to use up that pile of spotty bananas on your counter… This is the recipe for you.
This recipe brings a fun, festive kick to a family favorite that’s completely gluten-free and dairy-free (see also ‘27 Easy Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes For You To Try‘).
From prep to cooking time, this recipe will only take you 45 minutes, and it’s loaded with ginger, nutmeg, cloves, spices, and all those other festive favorites you can’t wait to devour during the holidays!
4. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Chocolate chip zucchini bread (see also ‘24 Amazing Zucchini-Based Desserts‘)? Yes, please. We LOVE this recipe because not only is it to die for, but it’s also incredibly easy to make, and it doesn’t require many complex ingredients.
With a prep and cook time total of 45 minutes, this is one recipe you NEED to try.
This chocolate chip zucchini bread features banana, salt, chocolate chips, almond butter, zucchini, eggs, agave nectar, almond flour (see also ‘26 Amazing Almond Flour Recipes To Try Now‘), baking powder… and that’s it.
Simple yet effective, this bread is destined to go down a treat, whatever the occasion.
5. Raspberry Brulee
Raspberry Brulee, anyone? This gluten-free Brulee delivers a sharp tang of citrus with a delightfully moreish custard base…. In other words?
It’s the perfect dessert. If you’re looking for the perfect summer cooler, this is the one for you!
Sugary, tangy, and fruity – what more could you want?
6. Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Sometimes, you just need a bit of chocolate, and this double chocolate banana bread is truly out of this world.
Decadent, creamy, and moreish… our mouths are drooling, too! Not only is this gluten-free, but it’s also paleo and dairy free (see also our favorite dairy-free desserts), too!
Whether you want something to wash down your coffee with, or you’re in need of a thick, creamy cake to tuck into after your meal, this double chocolate banana bread can do it all.
Thank us later.
7. Chestnut Truffle Cake
Hosting a dinner party (see also ‘27+ Dessert Ideas For A Dinner Party Dessert‘)? In need of a delicious, crowd-pleasing dessert? Check out this chestnut truffle cake.
Be warned; although this only takes around half an hour to prepare, you’ll need to chill it for 24 hours before you can dive in.
This chestnut truffle cake features cognac, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, and plenty of chestnuts – in other words, it’s the sophisticated, moreish dessert you’ve been dreaming of.
Get ready to wow your guests. This is not a cake to be missed!
8. Almond Butter Bars (No Bake)
Now for something a little different, with these no-bake almond butter bars.
These simple vegan and gluten-free treats can be made with just a few simple ingredients, making them the perfect quick snack for the whole family!
If you’re after a quick bite to keep you fuelled up between meals, these are the perfect dessert for you.
What’s more, if you don’t have almond butter to hand, you can even use seed or nut butter, so feel free to make this recipe your own!
9. Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
This incredible microwave peanut butter fudge is truly divine. What’s more, it can be made in just 5 minutes… so what are you waiting for?
This peanut butter fudge contains just three ingredients (peanut butter, powdered sugar, and unsalted butter).
Simply mix together, microwave, stir…, and voila!
10. Lemon Sorbet
Who doesn’t love sorbet? This gluten-free lemon sorbet is tangy, refreshing, and filling all in one, so whatever the main course, you can be sure to serve this after and get stunning feedback every time.
With just four ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time, this sorbet is truly heavenly. Get stuck in!
11. Coconut Macaroons
Now for an all-time classic – coconut macaroons.
With just a few simple ingredients and a 20-minute bake time, you can create an iconic gluten-free dish that’ll go down a treat with the whole family.
Creamy, sweet, and versatile, you can tweak this recipe however you like, making it a great recipe for even the fussiest of eaters.
12. Peanut Butter Cookies (No Flour)
That’s right; no flour is required to create these delicious cookies! Heavy, filling, yummy and moreish… be prepared to overindulge.
All you need is peanut butter, white sugar, and egg (with chocolate sauce to top, if desired), and you’ll have a hearty batch of cookies to double up as both a dessert and a snack.
What more could you ask for?
13. Carrot Cake Pop Tarts
Yes, this may be an unconventional recipe, but stick with us – we promise this is one you won’t want to miss!
This recipe is a delicious blend of two classics, carrot cake and pop tart, which come together to create a hearty, filling, and slightly spiced sweet treat that you can eat anytime, any place.
With just over an hour for preparation and cook time, these desserts are destined to be a crowd pleaser.
14. Prune And Nut Crostata
Fancy something a little more sophisticated? Why not try this prune and nut crostata?
This Italian-style inspired tart is completely gluten-free and loaded with delicious ingredients, including tea, prunes, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and plenty more of the good stuff.
What’s more, this recipe is super-easy to put together, so even the most inexperienced of bakers can put this together!
15. Blueberry Clafoutis
This blueberry clafoutis is destined to knock your socks off. This makes for the ideal lunchtime dessert, and what’s more?
Every ingredient is a cupboard staple, so you won’t have to break the bank to make this memorable dessert!
Serve with warm yogurt and extra blueberries for an extra hearty tang.
16. Raspberry Jelly
Now here’s something the kids will love… Raspberry jelly!
With just 25 minutes to create (plus an overnight stay in the refrigerator to cool down), this jelly comes out firm, bouncy, sticky, gooey, and bursting with intense fruity flavors every time.
Feel free to serve this with anything and everything; it’s so versatile you’ll find something to suit everyone’s tastes!
17. Homemade Snickers Bars
Craving something unhealthily indulgent? Check out these homemade snickers bars.
Vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with candy, these bars will undoubtedly satisfy almost any sweet tooth and keep you coming back for more every time.
You may need to spend a few hours in the kitchen to prepare, but trust us, you won’t regret it.
Peanuts, vanilla, chocolate, sea salt, coconut… yum!
18. Apple Crumble Bars
Let’s take a look at this twist on a classic dessert with these hearty apple crumble bars.
Whether you want a pastry snack with your coffee, or a little something sweet to go with your ice cream dessert, this is the recipe for you.
In just 17 minutes, these can be prepped, cooked, and ready to eat… so you have no excuse not to give these a try!
19. Vegan Raspberry Creme Cakes
Looking for something vegan, gluten-free, and guilt-free? No problem.
These gorgeous vegan raspberry creme cakes are so good that they’re practically heaven-sent.
In just over an hour, you can whip up a staggering fifteen of these delightful, flaky fruit bites, and with hardly any effort!
Serve these up with a generous helping of fresh fruit and cream to make these the true centerpiece of your soiree.
20. Pistachio And Lemon Cake
Okay, foodies, listen up – this is one you’ll want to make notes on.
This cake (see also our favorite cake flavors) may be short on ingredients, but it’s absolutely bursting with a creamy, nutty flavor that’ll get your tastebuds popping.
Delightfully creamy, fluffy, layered, and citrussy, this is the ideal cake to serve with lunch or even as a nighttime treat to wash down your meal with.
21. Avocado And Chocolate Mousse With Cacao Nibs
We know what you’re thinking – avocado in a chocolate mousse? Hear us out because this is truly divine.
Not only is this dessert gluten-free, but it’s also a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth and fill those cravings.
With plenty of bananas, cacao nibs, avocados, coconut milk, raspberries, and almond butter to go around, this certainly isn’t lacking in flavor!
22. ‘Monster Cookies’
Sometimes, all you need is a cookie.
Monster cookies are essentially a chewy cookie topped up with any of your desired sweet treats, such as nuts, M&Ms, or peanut butter.
This recipe uses chocolate chips and M&Ms with plenty of rolled oats to give your cookies a real flapjack-style texture.
Delicious, hearty and moreish, these will be adored by the whole family.
23. Gluten-Free Pancakes
There are few things in life as good as pancakes.
These pancakes can be whipped up in just 25 minutes (plus resting time) and using special flour, they’re a safe food for any gluten-free diet.
Feel free to top these off with some fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or whatever else takes your fancy!
24. Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies? Yes, please.
These cookies are soft, sugary, and made with a meringue-type frosting that puts them in a whole league of their own.
Plus, they’re topped off with a traditional, thick layer of buttercream frosting and optional sprinkles, so they’re as delicious as they are appealing!
These are super easy, and it’ll take you just 30 minutes to create a massive batch of 24 cookies… you might not want to share, though!
25. Black Bean Brownies
Okay, when we tell you these are some of the best brownies we’ve ever eaten… we’re not joking.
These flourless black bean brownies are naturally gluten-free and far less fatty than your traditional brownies, so you can tuck in guilt-free! (almost, anyway).
These take just 40 minutes to prepare and cook, and they contain some rather unconventional ingredients, including black beans (the backbone) and brewed coffee.
Expect deep, rich, and creamy flavors that’ll keep you coming back for more every time.
26. Homemade Ice Cream
Get ready to wow your gluten-free guests with this incredible homemade ice cream. Making ice cream yourself is no easy task.
From freezing and churning, the whole process can be temperamental and frustrating.
This ice cream requires just three ingredients, a mixer, and a few bowls to make it.
No ice cream machine, unnecessary stress, and no egg custard base. Once you’ve done the basics, you can add in any flavors you want!
You’ll have to wait a while for this to chill, but trust us, it’s worth every second!
27. Hot Cocoa Cookies
Now, let’s check out another cookie recipe (see also ‘13 Tasty Replica Crumbl Cookie Recipes‘) with these hot cocoa cookies.
These delightful little snacks are made with just a few simple ingredients (including marshmallows and chocolate chips, yum!).
In a total of just 22 minutes, you can create a big enough batch to share around (or devour to yourself).
You can even add on extra sprinkles or chocolate if you fancy it; the world is your oyster!
28. Chocolate, Cardamom, And Hazelnut Torte
Now, THIS is a true crowd pleaser.
This decadent chocolate, cardamom, and hazelnut torte consists of rich, gluten-free ingredients, with a delightful spice mix to give it a real kick.
Whether you want this as a weekend dessert or a dinner party treat, it can easily be made ahead of time and will take just over an hour to prep and cook.
Oozing with hazelnut, dark chocolate, cardamom and plenty of sugar, this torte is quite literally out of this world.
29. Three-Ingredient Nutella Brownies
Who doesn’t love Nutella?
If you’re a Nutella fiend like us, why not put a spin on your favorite spread and incorporate it into these three-ingredient Nutella brownies, which are naturally gluten-free!
All you’ll need is Nutella, eggs, and almond flour, and around 45 minutes on your hands to prep and cook.
This recipe creates a delightful helping of 9 brownies, but you’ll love these so much that you’ll end up making more.
Believe us; these gluten-free brownies are so delicious and simple, that you’ll wish you found them sooner!
30. Rhubarb And Gingernut Cheesecake
Ahh, cheesecake. Filling, creamy, and versatile, there’s nothing that can’t be done with a cheesecake, and this recipe explores a rather unconventional spin with a rhubarb and gingernut option.
You’ll need 45 minutes to prep and cook this (and leave it to chill overnight), but this cake always comes out so creamy, nutty, citrusy, and refreshing; it’s worth all the prep!
This recipe features plenty of gingernut biscuits, pistachios, soft cheese, orange, rhubarb, and yogurt… we can hear your stomach rumbling from here!
31. Roasted Strawberries
Want to whip up something that can be added to almost any dessert, or devoured on their own?
Let us introduce you to this incredible roasted strawberries recipe.
In case you didn’t know, roasting strawberries (see also ‘27 Sweet Treat Strawberry Desserts For You To Try‘) intensifies the flavor of these iconic summer fruits, and you’ll develop a new appreciation for these classic fruits.
Roasted with honey and vanilla bean, these roasted strawberries complement both sweet and savory dishes, so there’s no way you can go wrong with this recipe!
32. Meringues With Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Let’s take a look at another rhubarb dessert recipe with this strawberry and rhubarb compote with meringues.
This may be a sweet strawberry dessert, but the generous dash of rhubarb really steals the show.
You’ll only need a few ingredients to create these iconic desserts, but you will need to set aside just over two hours to put it all together.
This recipe yields around eight of these delightful little meringues, making this the perfect recipe for your gluten-free dinner party. Enjoy!
33. Cookie Cheesecake Bites
It’s time for our last recipe, so let’s go out with a bang… get a load of these cookie cheesecake bites!
Yes, they really are as tasty as they sound and look.
Loaded with cream cheese, sugar, sandwich cookies, and heavy cream, these are surprisingly simple to create, and this recipe will give you a massive twelve servings to share around… or not.
All those cookie cheesecake bites with just fifteen minutes in the kitchen? It’s a yes from us!
Prepare to overindulge in gooey, creamy chocolatey heaven, and yes, it’s 100% gluten-free!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Celiacs Eat Desserts?
Yes, people with celiac disease can eat desserts, as long as their ingredients are substituted for gluten-free alternatives.
Our 33 recipe round-up is a great example of how some of the most iconic desserts in the world can be made completely gluten-free in just a few simple steps!
What Cake Can Celiacs Eat?
Celiacs can eat cake, and there are plenty of gluten-free alternatives on offer in the shops, or you can make your own at home.
In fact, just about any cake you can think of can be made gluten-free, so you won’t have to worry about missing out on the texture and flavor of your favorite sweet treats if you’re celiac!
Is Creme-Brulee Gluten-Free?
Not everyone makes creme-brulee the same. However, its primary ingredients are water, eggs, vanilla, sugar, and cream, all of which are gluten-free.
However, some tasty additions, such as candies, can contain gluten, so always check the recipe before you start eating.
What Foods Are Usually Gluten-Free?
The most common gluten-free foods are low-fat dairy products, meat, fish, and poultry that are lean and unprocessed, fruits and veggies, and beans, nuts, legumes, and seeds in their natural and unprocessed forms.
The Bottom Line
Let’s be honest, being gluten-free isn’t always easy.
Whether you’re avoiding gluten because you’re intolerant, or you simply want to go on a health kick, and at one point or another, you’ve probably felt restricted and down in the dumps about your sudden lack of foodie freedom.
We hope we’ve shown you that eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be boring or restrictive, especially when it comes to desserts.
So, slap on that apron and get your mixing bowl ready, it’s time to dive into some delicious sweet treats you WON’T forget!
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