Whether you follow a gluten free diet out of choice or necessity, finding good food can sometimes be a challenge. That's especially true for desserts, as many desserts do contain ingredients that have gluten.
But… there's good news too.
There are a large number of bloggers online who specialize entirely on gluten free foods. Many of them have produced amazing recipes that don't look or taste like they are gluten free.
In this list, I collect some of my personal favorite gluten free dessert recipes from online bloggers. These recipes come in all shapes and sizes, so at least some of them should suit your personal preferences.
Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Key Lime Pie
This particular recipe comes from a blog that focuses on gluten free recipes and the gluten free lifestyle. The site is called imaceliac.com and it's a good place to look if you have questions about living gluten free. The recipe has two components. One of those components is the filling and the other is the crust. Both parts of the recipe look great and the recipe is also easy to follow.
Apple Cider Gingersnap Cookies
This recipe, from iowagirleats.com, is a bit of a twist on the classic gingersnap cookies. Like many other gluten free ginger snap recipes, this one ends up with soft ginger snaps. But, in this case, the soft nature of the cookies appears to be intentional and the cookies also look like they would taste really good. The inclusion of apple cider in the recipe is a great choice and helps to make these cookies a little bit different than normal.
Protein Packed Tiramisu Rice Pudding
This recipe is a twist on the classic approach to rice pudding. In this case, the recipe contains uses tiramisu flavors. That's a great way to make rice pudding a bit more interesting. It also makes this recipe a perfect choice if you want a gluten free dessert that is just a little bit different. You can check out the recipe yourself over at thebigmansworld.com.
Raw Peppermint Patties
Homemade peppermint patties always end up looking and tasting better than anything you buy in the store. Plus, you end up with far fewer artificial ingredients in the end product. This particular recipe comes from forkandbeans.com and it is an entirely gluten free recipe. It's even a good recipe for people who can eat gluten because the patties are bound to be healthier than anything you buy in stores.
Low Carb Chocolate Crazy Cake
If you love cakes, here is a gluten free chocolate cake. In fact, this cake manages to tick a large number of boxes in relation to dietary needs. For example, it is also free from nuts, is low carb and is sugar free. In her post, Brenda from sugarfreemom.com also comments that the cake tastes great and was very popular among her friends. That's an important outcome because allergen free often aren't all that appealing in terms of taste.
These lemon bars look exactly like something you would buy from a cafe and you can't even tell that they are gluten free. I also really like how thick the lemon layer is. I've tried lemon bars that have too little lemon and they simply don't work. This recipe, from faithfullyglutenfree.com, seems to have got this ratio exactly right.
The author also links through to the non-gluten free version of the recipe which she adapted hers from. So, you could make that instead if you can eat gluten. Regardless, I think the gluten free recipe would taste great, and it certainly looks amazing.
Oatmeal Raspberry Sandwich Cookies
Here is one dessert that is a little bit more unusual. This one comes from runningtothekitchen.com and it's actually a no-bake recipe as well. I really love the color of the filling with this recipe and this is a great dessert if you want something that is going to stand out. The recipe itself is also surprisingly simple, so do give it a try if you are interested.
Salted Almond Butter Fudge
We're talking about gluten free desserts, so I certainly can't forget about fudge. This salted almond fudge peaked my interest the moment I saw it, and you have to admit that it looks fantastic in the image. The recipe comes from ohsheglows.com and there are separate directions for the chocolate topping and the fudge, just in case you were only interested in one of those parts.
Basic Gluten Free Crepes
This recipe is a simple one, but it's a great way to get you started. Crepes can actually be appealing as a breakfast or a dessert, depending on whether you use sweet or savory toppings. This this recipe, from breakfastdramaqueen.com, the topping that is shown is chocolate spread and bananas, but the potential variations are pretty much endless. You can pick your own sweet gluten free toppings to make a dessert that you find appealing.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Here's another example of a gluten free chocolate cake, and this one comes from glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com. I love the way this recipe looks, as it seems like you end up with a moist cake, which is exactly the way that any cake should be. The cake is also fairly easy to make and there are good directions over at the site. So, you could probably make this one even if you don't have much experience with making cakes.
Funfetti Golden Oreo Fudge
I love the way that this fudge is just a little bit different. Most of the time you see chocolate fudge or some other common flavors, but I don't think I've seen golden Oreo flavored fudge before. I imagine that this flavor would be quite a hit around kids though. You can find this gluten free recipe over at sallysbakingaddiction.com and it's worth trying even if you aren't all that good at making fudge.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are sometimes used as a dessert and sometimes as just a snack. Either way, this gluten free recipe is a good one and the cookies end up looking fantastic. It's also a good example of how you can make a gluten free version of most normal recipes. You can have a look at the recipe at ambitiouskitchen.com.
Healthy Ginger Snaps
This ginger snap recipe focuses on trying to make crunchy cookies and the image makes it pretty clear that the author achieved that goal. The crackled tops of these cookies really do work well and they make the cookie stand out a bit. If you want to try this one, you can find it at foodfaithfitness.com.
Gluten Free Rice Pudding
Here's another gluten free rice pudding, but this one is a bit more traditional. If you like rice pudding, then having a simple gluten free recipe on hand is a good idea. This recipe comes from glutenfreeonashoestring.com and as you might imagine that site also contains a range of other gluten free recipes.
Chocolate Caramel Fudge
This gluten free fudge recipe makes use of chocolate and caramel flavors. I love the way that the two are combined and they do look great in the photo. Like many other recipes on this list, this is one dessert that you could serve to people who eat gluten as well as those who don't. The recipe is from livingsweetmoments.com.
3 Ingredient Dairy Free Fudge
I had to include this fudge recipe on the list just because it is so simple. It is just chocolate fudge, but it has the advantage of using just three ingredients and not many steps. There are a lot of benefits to simple recipes, especially if you are just getting used to making gluten free foods and desserts. You can see this recipe at theprettybee.com and it is also a dairy free and vegan recipe.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake recipe is quite a cook one, even though the final result looks pretty simple. The author does a great job of presenting the recipe too, so you know exactly what you are supposed to do and when. It also contains one pretty unusual ingredient, but you'll have to check out the recipe at norecipes.com to find out what that is.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Creating peanut butter and jelly cookies is a pretty cool idea and these little beauties look really cool. This is also a surprisingly simple recipe, which is always appealing. You can find all the information about this recipe at passthechallah.com along with all of the instructions that you need.
Apple Almond Tart
I love the idea of this apple almond tart, especially as it also contains cranberry, which is one of my favorite flavors. It's one of the most spectacular dishes in this list, especially once you slice it up. You can see more photos of the dish over at blahnikbaker.com, along with the recipe (as you would expect).
One Pot Caramel Fudge Brownies
This is another recipe that looks just divine in the photo. The brownies are nice and moist, and the sauce also adds to that, which is just great. The recipe can also be made in a single pot. That part alone makes it a good recipe to try. You can find all of the information you need for this recipe at sugarandsoul.co. This is one of the few entries on this list that isn't naturally gluten-free but could be made so by using gluten free flour.
Caramel Fudge Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are becoming increasingly popular, and this recipe offers a nut free and gluten free version, which could be served to pretty much anyone. The bliss balls are caramel fudge flavored. That flavor honestly sounds wonderful. Surprisingly, the recipe only contains five ingredients, and that includes the coconut for rolling the balls in.
Salted Caramel Apple Tart
This recipe uses the salted caramel flavor, which is always very popular. I love the way it looks too and the pattern is so cool. In this case, the recipe itself contains gluten but the author also includes a variation so you can make a gluten free version of the recipe. You can find the recipe at asideofsweet.com. It's more complicated than some of the other recipes on this list, but it really is worth it.
Oil Free Crepes
Here's a second example of gluten free crepes. This time, the recipe comes from simpleveganblog.com and there is also a recipe a filling, which includes apples, cinnamon and raspberries. The end result does look really appealing and could work well as a dessert or a breakfast. The author also mentions a range of other topping variations that you could try if the one in the image doesn't quite work for you.
Chocolate and Coconut Milk Pots
My favorite thing about these little chocolate pots from bojongourmet.com is that they are unusual. The flavor combination is fantastic and the recipe includes flavors of coconut, chocolate, vanilla and rum. Sound decadent yet? Plus, they are served in small mason jars. That seems to be the perfect way to serve them, although the author notes that another option is serving them in espresso cups.
Three Layer Chocolate Cake
This recipe is a great reminder that gluten free cakes don't have to be plain or boring. In fact, this recipe from shelikesfood.com ends up looking exactly like a normal cake. That's a brilliant outcome, especially if you wanted to serve the cake to people who don't like gluten free foods. Personally, I love the layers too, they really bring the whole cake together.
Crepes with Vanilla Protein Creme
Yes, I know, it's another crepe recipe, but this one is a bit different. It comes from yourhealthyhedonista.com. The specifics of the recipe means that these crepes won't taste quite like other gluten free crepes. But, that's a good thing. There is also ingredients and instructions for a specific (and very appealing) filling for the crepes.
Paleo Chocolate Peppermint Patties
This recipe is another example of taking something heavily processed and making a much healthier version. At first glance, the recipe looks complicated to make, but it really isn't, especially as the entire thing uses just five ingredients. You have to admit that the end result does look really cool and mint chocolate always makes for a great dessert just because of how refreshing it is.
You can find the full recipe for this dessert over at dontmesswithmama.com if you're interested in having a go for yourself.
Creamy Rice Pudding
This recipe is another example of gluten free rice pudding, and it's a pretty appealing example at that. The recipe comes from daringgourmet.com. I love the way they look with yogurt on the top and a little bit of garnish. That's enough to make the dessert look (and taste) that much more interesting. The recipe is also dairy free and vegan, although the author notes that you can change this by just substituting for regular milk and yogurt.