If you follow a gluten free diet, you may wonder what sweet treats like cookies and cake are off-limits. Fortunately, there are a number of gluten free flours and baking staples that can be used to make everything from gooey chocolate brownies to moist carrot cake.
With a little creativity (and a good recipe), you can make all of your favorite desserts in your own kitchen. Here are 9 gluten free desserts to get you started!
1. Strawberries and Cream Puffs
If you love strawberry shortcake, this easy recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll enjoy sweet, velvety whipped cream and fresh strawberries sandwiched between layers of flaky pastry. Start by preheating the oven to 400°F and roll out a roll of Schär Puff Pastry Dough on a floured surface (be sure to use a GF flour!) into a 10-inch square. Cut the pastry into twelve pieces and bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes until puffed and browned.
Toss freshly sliced strawberries with a little sugar and let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until they become nice and syrupy. In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then sweeten with sugar and add some vanilla extract. To serve your puffs, split the pastries in half and spoon fresh whipped cream and strawberries between the halves.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
2. No-Bake Cookie Dough
When you’re making cookies, it’s tempting to pinch off a couple bites of raw cookie dough. Unfortunately, there are risks that come with eating raw cookie dough that are best avoided. The solution? No-bake cookie dough that is safe to eat! Better yet, gluten free no-bake cookie dough.
Start by beating ¼ cup of softened butter with ½ cup of white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in ¼ cup of light brown sugar, a tablespoon of vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Next, stir in 1 ¾ cups almond flour and fold in ½ cup or so of chocolate chips. You may need to add a few teaspoons of milk to get the mixture to stick together. From there, scoop it onto a baking sheet or roll it into balls. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
3. Quick and Easy Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a deliciously decadent dessert that is surprisingly simple to make if you have the right ingredients. With Schär Gluten Free Ladyfingers, you can whip up a batch to share in just 10 minutes! Start by beating 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Beat in a cup of mascarpone cheese and a tablespoon of amaretto then beat until stiff peaks form (don’t be afraid to add a little extra amaretto, if you like!).
Next, dip your ladyfingers in strongly brewed coffee (cooled to room temperature) and use them to line an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Spread half the whipped cream over top then repeat with a second layer of dipped ladyfingers and whipped cream. To finish, dust the top with cocoa powder through a sieve then chill for 2 to 4 hours before serving.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
4. Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Nothing says dessert like a bowl full of thick, creamy, chocolate pudding. If you’re looking for a dessert recipe that is both good and good for you, try using chia seeds! This vegan chocolate chia pudding is thick and creamy, not to mention full of chocolate flavor. Best of all, it is naturally sweetened and you can share it with your vegan and vegetarian friends!
Start by combining ½ cup of chia seeds with ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (go for dark cocoa powder if you want it to be extra decadent). Whisk in 2 ¼ cups of your favorite non-dairy milk and ¼ cup of pure maple syrup. Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes to let it thicken, stirring once about halfway through. Once thickened, simply spoon it into bowls and top with fresh fruit to serve.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
5. Easy Cheesecake Bites
While making the perfect cheesecake is a length endeavor, these easy cheesecake bites have all of that decadent cheesecake flavor and none of the hassle. Best of all, you can customize them with your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips or crushed cookie pieces. Start by crushing Schär Honeygrams until you have about 1 ¼ cups’ worth of crumbs. Stir in 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 5 tablespoons of melted butter until well combined. Press about 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons of the crust mixture into the bottom of a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.
Next, beat 8 ounces of softened cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in ¼ cup of sour cream along with 1 egg, ¼ cup white sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. When the mixture is nice and creamy, divide it among the cups of the muffin pan then cool until set, about 3 hours. To enjoy, simply pop the cheesecake bites out of the tin and indulge!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
6. Blueberries and Cream Crepes
You don’t have to travel to Paris to enjoy deliciously fresh crepes when you can make them at home in your own kitchen! Though they may take some time to prepare, the recipe is actually very simple and, once you have your crepes, you can fill them with whatever you like. Start by blending 4 eggs and 2 cups of whole milk with 1 cup of all-purpose gluten free flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ cup melted butter, and ½ teaspoon of salt in a blender until smooth.
After preparing your crepe batter, pour it into a bowl and let it chill for 30 minutes or so until it starts to thicken. Next, brush a 10-inch skillet with melted butter and heat it over medium heat. Pour in about ¼ cup of batter, turning and tilting the skillet to coat the bottom. Let it cook until the top of the crepe is set with a golden-brown color in spots, about 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully flip the crepe and cook for 30 to 60 seconds then transfer to a plate and repeat. Fill your crepes with fresh whipped cream and blueberries or try your own combination of fillings.
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
7. Honeyed Pastry-Wrapped Pears
Tender baked pears soaked in spiced honey make the perfect pairing for flaky, buttery pastry. This recipe for honeyed pastry-wrapped pears is simple to make and guaranteed to satisfy. Start by coring 4 small pears from the bottom and peel the bottom ¼-inch while you’re at it. Next, fill a saucepan with 4 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, and 1 cup of honey. You can also add lemon, cinnamon, vanilla beans, and any other spices you like for flavoring.
Bring the mixture in the saucepan to a boil then reduce the heat and add the pears. Let the pears poach for 15 to 20 minutes until they are just tender then remove them with a slotted spoon and cool slightly. Strain the poaching liquid, reserving about 1 ½ cups, then unfold a roll of Schär Puff Pastry Dough and cut it into ½-inch strips. Brush the pastry with a beaten egg then wrap it around each pear from bottom to top. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes until golden brown then spoon the reserved liquid over to serve.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
8. Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
If you like peanut butter, you’re going to love these cookies. The only thing you’ll love more than the cookies is the fact that they are gluten free and made without any special ingredients! All you need is peanut butter, sugar, and egg. If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, or you simply want to try something different, try substituting almond butter or cashew butter. You can also add extras to your cookies such as chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or even sprinkles.
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Melt the peanut butter a little in the microwave until it is smooth enough to stir (if needed), then stir in 1 cup of sugar and 1 whole egg. Once the mixture comes together in a dough, pinch off pieces and roll them into 1-inch balls by hand. Place the cookie balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten them gently with a fork. Bake for about 12 minutes then cool for 2 minutes. That’s all it takes!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
9. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone loves a melty chocolate chip cookie warm from the oven. To make them gluten free, all you need is a good gluten free flour blend and a few baking staples (plus a surprise or two). Start by whisking together 2 ¼ cups of your favorite gluten free flour blend with 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (if your flour blend doesn’t already contain it). Next, beat together 2 ounces of softened cream cheese, 12 tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and ½ cup white sugar (it’s best to do this in the bowl of a stand mixer).
Continue to beat the sugar and butter mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes then beat in 2 egg yolks and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture on low speed then fold in 2 cups of chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least 4 hours before scooping it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 375°F for 11 to 13 minutes until the edges are just browned. Let them cool for a few minutes then enjoy them while they’re warm!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Though it may take some time to get used to using gluten free flours and other baking alternatives, you’ll soon get the hang of it. When you do, you’ll only need to go as far as your own kitchen to enjoy sweet and delicious gluten free desserts.