Our Favorite Gluten-Free Desserts

Enjoy creamy custards and puddings, baked fruits, and tangy sorbets for dessert as well as cookies and cakes made with gluten-free products. Recipes that are tagged as “gluten-free” do not include products that normally contain gluten.  However, some recipes with the gluten-free tag may call for ingredients such as sauces or mixes that may or may not contain gluten, so be sure to read ingredient labels carefully.

  • Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

    These old-fashioned chewy oatmeal cookies are extra sweet with the addition of caramel candies and chopped apple. Even folks who don't need to eat gluten-free cookies are likely to devour these, so you'd better bake an extra batch.
  • <p>Key Lime Cheesecake</p>

    Key Lime Cheesecake

    A gluten-free crust means you can enjoy luxurious, creamy cheesecake again! Key limes have a short growing season, usually June through August. If they're not in season, you can substitute bottled Key lime juice and Persian lime zest.
  • <p>Banana-Toffee Cupcakes</p>

    Banana-Toffee Cupcakes

    Sticky, sweet, and bursting with bananas, these cupcakes provide the perfect antidote for the after-school munchies.
  • <p>Gluten-Free Caramelized Pineapple Upside-Down Cake</p>

    Caramelized Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    This cake has a gorgeous caramelized crust, rum-soaked pineapple, and is 100% gluten-free. Need we say more?
  • Chocolate Layer Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Chocolate Layer Cake

    This stunning dessert is also delicious using unsweetened almond milk in both the cake and frosting.
  • Almond Creme Caramel
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Almond Crème Caramel

    This decadent gluten-free dessert looks like you spent all day slaving in the kitchen, but calls for just eight ingredients.
  • Cherry-Grapefruit Basil Sorbet
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Cherry-Grapefruit Basil Sorbet

    Fresh basil pairs wonderfully with the sweet-tart citrus and deep cherry flavors in this elegant sorbet. Garnish the scoops with small basil leaves, if you like.
  • <p>Classic Vanilla Pudding</p>

    Classic Vanilla Pudding

    For a quick and elegant dessert, serve this pudding topped with fresh berries, crumbled pistachio brittle, or chopped toffee candy and a pretty mint leaf.
  • <p>Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting</p>

    Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    A smear of cream cheese frosting is the ideal topper for warm spiced carrot cake. Your friends won't believe you when you tell them this moist, delicious cake is gluten-free!
  • <p>Banana Cream Pie</p>

    Banana Cream Pie

    Thick vanilla custard is layered with ripe bananas in a sweet arrowroot-cookie crust. You'll hear "mmm" with each bite.
  • Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Dried-Cherry Sauce
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Dried-Cherry Sauce

    Aromatic jasmine rice cooks to a moist texture, which makes for perfect rice pudding. Use a pan with a heavy bottom to prevent scorching.
  • Watermelon with Tangy Granita
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Watermelon with Tangy Granita

    Juicy-crisp watermelon chunks turn extra-refreshing with a cold topping of slushy cucumber-lime granita. If you have access to both, use red and yellow watermelon.
  • Gluten-Free S'More Bars
    Oxmoor House

    S'more Bars

    This kid-friendly gluten-free dessert is perfect for after-school snacks or a dessert treat after the kids have eaten their veggies!
  • <p>Toffee Bar Crunch Butterscotch Pudding</p>

    Toffee Bar Crunch Butterscotch Pudding

    The crumbled toffee candy on top gives the creamy butterscotch pudding a crunchy-sweet finish.
  • Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh Raspberries
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh Raspberries

    You'd never guess by looking at this sophisticated dessert that it started from a boxed brownie mix.
  • Arctic Lime Freeze
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Arctic Lime Freeze

    You're probably thinking there's no way a dessert with tofu in it could ever be good, right? Well, think again because silken tofu can give a creamy, rich texture to smoothies and frozen desserts like this one. Tofu is also a great source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, and iron—.
  • Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream

    Make use of summer's most fleeting fruit in this naturally gluten-free dessert. You can also use apricots or nectarines instead of peaches.
  • Chocolate Pots de Creme
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate Pots de Crème

    This no-fuss dessert requires less than 15 minutes of prep time, and the finished product is sure to draw oohs and aahs from guests of all ages. You can make it the morning of the party, and everyone will think you worked all day.
  • Fresh Orange Sorbet
    Photo: Iain Bagwell, Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Fresh Orange Sorbet

    All you need to make this refreshing sorbet is a few oranges, a couple of lemons, sugar, and water. It's a great way to use the oranges that come in holiday fruit baskets.
  • Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Cake

    As the cake bakes, it separates into two layers, a tender chocolate spongelike cake and a rich chocolate-cherry sauce.
  • Pina Colada Cheesecake Bars
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

    This recipe uses a small amount of coconut flour, which is slightly sweet, high in fiber (3 grams per tablespoon), and gluten free. Look for it in health-food stores or order online. You also can substitute an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour.
  • Strawberry-Chocolate Trifle
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    Strawberry-Chocolate Trifle

    Use gluten-free devil's food cake mix and gluten-free vanilla instant pudding mix to make this gorgeous layered dessert. You can make one big trifle or individual ones for a special presentation.
  • Chocolate Chai Sherbet
    Scott Peterson

    Chocolate Chai Sherbet

    Deep, rich flavor abounds in this creamy sherbet featuring bittersweet chocolate, ground spices, and the subtle spiciness of chai tea.
  • Carrot Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Carrot Cake

    This deliciously moist cake is chock-full of carrots, nuts, and raisins.
  • Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies

    These gluten-free cookies taste just like old-fahsioned oatmeal cookies but they've got chocolate chips and chopped nuts, so they're even better. If you happen to be allergic to nuts, just leave the nuts out and add more chocolate chips or raisins.
  • Frozen Vanilla Custard
    Oxmoor House

    Frozen Vanilla Custard

    Homemade ice cream is a convenient go-tos when you want an easy dessert. Use this custard as a base for many flavors by adding your favorite gluten-free ingredients such as fruit or chopped candy when it's almost frozen.
  • Ambrosia

    Ambrosia

    Revel in the sweetness of winter fruit with this no-cook medley topped with coconut.
  • Baked Apples with Meringue
    BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER

    Baked Apples with Meringue

    It's a perfect alternative to apple pie–baked apples with a crisp meringue topping and a chunky apple-raisin sauce.
  • Almond Crème Caramel
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Almond Crème Caramel

    Chopped almonds add both texture and flavor to this luscious classic custard.
  • Citrus Tea Sorbet
    Randy Mayor

    Citrus Tea Sorbet

    Showcase the tangy flavor of fresh grapefruit and orange juices by combing them with tea and freezing the mixture into an icy dessert.
  • Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Dried-Cherry Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Dried-Cherry Sauce

    Creamy rice pudding is ultimate in a comfort food dessert. The tart cherry sauce is a pleasing contrast to the rich, sweet pudding.
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