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 CookiesThese 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.
Key Lime CheesecakeA 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.
Banana-Toffee CupcakesSticky, sweet, and bursting with bananas, these cupcakes provide the perfect antidote for the after-school munchies.
Caramelized Pineapple Upside-Down CakeThis cake has a gorgeous caramelized crust, rum-soaked pineapple, and is 100% gluten-free. Need we say more?
Chocolate Layer CakeThis stunning dessert is also delicious using unsweetened almond milk in both the cake and frosting.
Almond Crème CaramelThis decadent gluten-free dessert looks like you spent all day slaving in the kitchen, but calls for just eight ingredients.
Cherry-Grapefruit Basil SorbetFresh 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.
Classic Vanilla PuddingFor a quick and elegant dessert, serve this pudding topped with fresh berries, crumbled pistachio brittle, or chopped toffee candy and a pretty mint leaf.
Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingA 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!
Double-Banana Cream PieThick 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 SauceAromatic 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 GranitaJuicy-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.
S'more BarsThis kid-friendly gluten-free dessert is perfect for after-school snacks or a dessert treat after the kids have eaten their veggies!
Butterscotch PuddingThe crumbled toffee candy on top gives the creamy butterscotch pudding a crunchy-sweet finish.
Mocha Cream Brownie Wedges with Fresh RaspberriesYou'd never guess by looking at this sophisticated dessert that it started from a boxed brownie mix.
Arctic Lime FreezeYou'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 CreamMake 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 CrèmeThis 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 SorbetAll 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 CakeAs the cake bakes, it separates into two layers, a tender chocolate spongelike cake and a rich chocolate-cherry sauce.
Piña Colada Cheesecake BarsThis 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 TrifleUse 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 SherbetDeep, rich flavor abounds in this creamy sherbet featuring bittersweet chocolate, ground spices, and the subtle spiciness of chai tea.
Carrot CakeThis deliciously moist cake is chock-full of carrots, nuts, and raisins.
Kitchen Sink Oatmeal CookiesThese 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 CustardHomemade 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.
AmbrosiaRevel in the sweetness of winter fruit with this no-cook medley topped with coconut.
Baked Apples with MeringueIt's a perfect alternative to apple pie–baked apples with a crisp meringue topping and a chunky apple-raisin sauce.
Almond Crème CaramelChopped almonds add both texture and flavor to this luscious classic custard.
Citrus Tea SorbetShowcase 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 SauceCreamy rice pudding is ultimate in a comfort food dessert. The tart cherry sauce is a pleasing contrast to the rich, sweet pudding.