Top 25 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Last updated: July 9, 2021
5 from 1 vote
These gluten-free desserts will satisfy every sweet tooth! From cakes to pie, cookies to cheesecake, you'll find a delicious gluten-free recipe to make. Some of them are even better than their traditional match. Our favorites are the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Cup Tart. No more missing out on dessert!
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rhubarb crisp in a dish with ice cream

There’s so much to love about these gluten-free desserts, you might not even know they’re gluten-free! Some are classics with just a few ingredient swaps, some are naturally gluten-free, and others are completely unique.

A few staple ingredients are used often in gluten-free desserts, and are good to have on hand.

Gluten-Free Baking Tips:

Making gluten-free desserts isn’t difficult, but there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to make sure things turn out as expected.

  • Measuring your ingredients by using a digital scale instead of using cups to measure is the most accurate way to bake. The reason being that not all ingredients weigh the same amount. And because gluten free flours are particularly fine and powdery, measuring a cup of a gluten free flour by volume can vary WIDELY. Precise measurements are incredibly valuable when baking, which comes down to a lot of science and chemical reactions.
  • Mix dough more than you think. Yes, this is counterintuitive! With traditional baking, you’re warned to not overmix otherwise goods become tough and flat. That is simply the effect of overworking gluten, but since there is not gluten in gf baking, that isn’t an issue. In fact, mixing more actually helps gluten-free batter and dough have air lifted into them and it creates structure.
  • If your recipe is batter based, like this Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, let the dough/batter rest for 15-20 minutes after mixing if possible. This is because gluten-free flours and starches need more time to absorb liquid than regular flour. Your recipe will turn out with a better structure if you let the batter rest.

Below you’ll find no-bake gluten-free dessert recipes too, if that’s more your style!

Any of these desserts would be a great addition to birthday celebrations, the holidays, or just your every day sweets craving! And they’re the perfect finish to one of these satisfying Gluten-Free Dinner recipes.

mango cheesecake bites scattered on a white surface, with fresh mango cheesecake topping
1

No-Bake Coconut Mango Cheesecake Bites

A small batch creamy mango cheesecake recipe, with a no-bake crust.
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2

Gluten-Free Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Gluten-free crumble bars made with a raspberry rhubarb jam filling.
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3

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Ombre Buttercream Frosting

The best gluten free vanilla cupcakes that are soft and fluffy, and don't fall apart!
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No-Bake Blueberry Lavender Cheese with gluten-free crust
4

No-Bake Blueberry Lavender Cheesecake

A no-bake cheesecake infused with lavender, topped with blueberry sauce.
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pan-banging chocolate chip cookies on a copper cooling rac
5

Gluten Free Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ultimate chewy and wrinkly gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe, made using the pan-banging technique!
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slices of gluten-free marble pound cake on pink background
6

Marbled Gluten-Free Pound Cake

A vanilla and chocolate swirled gluten-free pound cake, that has a rich and buttery crumb. The marble appearance is beautiful! An easy to make, everyday cake.
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
7

Instant Pot Cardamom Pumpkin Cheesecake {gluten-free}

This instant pot pumpkin cheesecake is perfect for fall, incredibly smooth and creamy!
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gluten free rhubarb crisp with vanilla ice cream
8

Seedy Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp

This delicious gluten free rhubarb crisp has an oat and seed topping. Easy to make, and can be baked in the oven or on the grill!
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Chocolate Mille Cake
9

Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream

With lots of layers, this gluten-free chocolate crepe cake is as beautiful as it is delicious!
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Tahini Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie with vanilla ice cream
10

Gluten-Free Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie

A big tahini chocolate chip cookie made in a skillet, served warm with ice cream!
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11

Coffee Chocolate Chunk Gluten-Free Blondies {made with teff flour}

Coffee laced gluten free blondies with dark chocolate chunks!
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Gluten-Free Strawberry Blondie Bar Recipe
12

Gluten-Free Strawberry Blondie Bar Recipe

Dense and chewy gluten-free strawberry blondie bars are a taste of summer!
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13

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Tart

A gluten-free and vegan Peanut Butter Cup Tart with a rich chocolate ganache and raw crust.
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a slice of cherry pie with vanilla ice cream, on 3 plates, overhead photo
14

Homemade Gluten Free Cherry Pie

Homemade tart cherry pie with a foolproof gluten free crust.
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15

Light, Flaky Gluten-Free Apple Pie

A homemade gluten-free apple pie with a buttery, flaky crust!
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16

Effortless Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Saucy Tart Cherries

A creamy rice pudding that's baked in the oven, and topped with jammy tart cherries.
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Teff Flour Cardamom Pistachio Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting {gluten-free}
17

Gluten Free Pistachio Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 A super tender, pistachio cardamom cake made in a loaf pan. Made with teff flour to be gluten free.
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18

Honey Fig Almond Cake

A buttery, tender cake made from almond flour, topped with fresh figs and honey.
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gluten free sugar cookies on a white surface, decorated with yellow buttercream frosting
19

Perfect Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with Mango Buttercream

These gluten-free sugar cookies are so easy to make and the dough doesn't have to be chilled! The cookies hold their shape perfectly as they bake and do not spread, which is important for cut-outs. Finish them with a delicious mango buttercream frosting.
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salty chocolate date caramels.
20

Salty Chocolate Date Caramels

 Date filled, chocolate covered vegan caramels. Incredibly delicious!
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21

Strawberries Dipped in Coconut Butter Recipe

Instead of using chocolate, dip strawberries in coconut butter for a paleo option!
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22

Mini Gluten-Free Angel Food Cakes with Strawberries

Learn how to make mini gluten free angel cakes in a muffin tin!
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Cran-Blueberry Mini Galettes {gluten-free}
23

Mini Cranberry Blueberry Gluten Free Galettes

Treat yourself to a single serve pie with these mini blueberry galettes!
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24

Banana Caramel Greek Yogurt Tart with Cheerios Crust

A yogurt tart layered with bananas, on a crust made from Cheerios cereal.
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Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)
25

Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (cakelets)

 Mini almond flour cakes filled with fresh raspberries.
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Flourless Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips on parchment paper

25 Irresistible Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes + Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

25 gluten-free dessert recipes for any occasion, from cake to pie, cookies to cupcakes plus an easy recipe for flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Includes a few no-bake gluten-free treats, too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Yield: 12 cookies
Author: Amanda Paa

SCALE:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar (do not skip on the amount! this is already a low amount of sugar and i've tried with less and they don't taste right. note: light brown sugar works, but cookies won’t be as brown.)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt + extra flaky salt for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed Corn or Rice Chex or similar cereal
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, if you don’t have these add 2 more tablespoons of chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add peanut butter, brown sugar, and egg to a large glass mixing bowl and mix for 1 1/2 minutes on medium speed (I use a hand mixer).
  • Add vanilla extract, starch/flour, baking soda and salt, mix on low for 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Using hands or a cookie scoop, make heaping 1-inch dough balls and place on parchment paper. Press down lightly and bake for 5 minutes, then open oven and lightly press cookies down with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for another 4-5 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove and let cool on baking sheet for 4-5 minutes, then set on cooling rack.

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July 9, 2021

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