As we’ve previously exclaimed, baking season is upon us. But for those with special dietary restrictions, indulging in seasonal treats gets trickier. Gluten, a protein found in wheat grains, has become a buzzword due to the growing presence of gluten intolerances. Those who have sensitivities to gluten can experience a lot of unwanted side effects after ingesting the protein, including tummy aches, gas and bloat. But that doesn’t mean you have to totally give up on baked goods. With all the hype gluten has been getting lately, it’s becoming easier than ever to find recipes that are free of it. Here are five of the best gluten-free dessert recipes we’ve found, all of which are ideal for the autumn season.
In our opinion, simplicity is what makes Angel Food cake such a long-standing favorite dessert. When we were looking for a gluten-free option, we wanted to make sure it didn’t stray too far from the original recipe. It only makes sense we turned to Martha Stewart herself for this gluten-free Angel Food cake recipe. It swaps standard flour for the gluten-free variety. The recipe is pretty much the same as a traditional Angel Food recipe aside from that minor change. And the flavor is just as good as the original. Serve this with some fresh fruit and whipped cream for a classic after-dinner treat.
When it comes to gluten-free dessert recipes, flourless tarts often come to mind for obvious reasons (no flour typically means no gluten). So it only makes sense we included a chocolate tart cake in our roundup. This one features a unique chocolate, maple and almond crust. The addition of sea salt takes it to the next level. And with a baking time of just ten minutes (followed by an hour or two in the fridge), it’s a no-brainer for when you want a simple and quick chocolate fix.
Brownies! Who doesn’t love them? We’re obsessed around here. But typical brownies do contain gluten. Luckily, there are lots of glutenless brownie recipes that swap out gluten-filled flour for alternatives like black beans or avocado. These gluten-free fudge brownies rely on glutenless flour to give you that fudgy, smooth texture you’ve come to expect when biting into the beloved chocolate square. Crispy on top and gooey in the center, these brownies are addictive. You’ve been warned.
Banana bread is a perfect treat this time of year. It can be enjoyed at any time of day — have a slice in the morning with your cup of coffee. Then, have a bite after dinner for a subtly sweet dessert. This banana bread recipe is described as a “one-bowl wonder.” No mixer is required for this one. And you can make it dairy-free, too, if you’d prefer it that way. It’s ridiculously easy to make, so we plan to bake it multiple times over the fall season.
Did you know that oatmeal is naturally gluten-free? While the store-bought versions can contain added ingredients and excess sugar, plain old oats are free of gluten and totally safe for those sticking to a gluten-free diet. These oatmeal cookies also include peanut butter, which gives them extra richness and flavor. They’re the perfect comforting treat for a quiet fall night in your apartment. We recommend baking these before your next horror movie marathon.
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