Baking season is upon us. But for those with dietary restrictions, indulging in seasonal treats gets trickier. Gluten, a protein found in wheat grains, causes unpleasant symptoms for people who have celiac disease or are sensitive to eating it. Side effects of gluten intake in a sensitive person may include tummy aches, gas and bloat. That means tasty foods like traditional cupcakes, brownies and bread are off-limits. But living a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to forgo delicious desserts altogether. It’s becoming easier than ever to find recipes that pack tons of flavor and zero gluten. Here are five of the best gluten-free dessert recipes we’ve found.
Brownies! Who doesn’t love ’em? We’re obsessed around here. But brownies do contain gluten. Luckily, there are lots of gluten-free brownie recipes that swap out regular flour for alternatives like black beans or avocado. These gluten-free fudge brownies rely on gluten-free flour to give you that fudgy, smooth texture you’ve come to expect when biting into the chocolate dessert. Crispy on top and gooey in the center, these brownies are addictive. You’ve been warned.
Angel food cake is a simple, yet oh-so-delicious dessert we love. When we were searching for a gluten-free option, we wanted to make sure it didn’t stray too far from the original recipe. This one from Martha Stewart swaps standard flour for a gluten-free kind. After that, the recipe is pretty much the same as a traditional recipe. 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 are an obvious choice — no flour typically means no gluten. So, we had to include one in our roundup. This recipe features a unique chocolate, maple and almond crust. A touch 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.
Banana bread is a perfect treat to enjoy any time of the day (or night). You can treat yourself to generous 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 super easy to make, so we plan to bake it multiple times over the winter season.
Did you know that oatmeal is naturally gluten-free? While the store-bought versions may contain additives 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.