Gluten free recipes, especially dessert recipes, tend to have a negative stigma. As cooks and as human beings we sometimes assume that ingredients like flour is key to the taste and a necessity in making and baking sweets. Oh how wrong that is! Gluten free is no longer just for the gluten intolerant and the best part is that these anytime treats will taste just as good, if not better, than the cakes, bars and muffins you are used to.
Not only are these desserts gluten-less, all the ingredients are much healthier and guilt free alternatives to all the recipes you know and love. So instead of turning up your nose to these gluten free delights take a big whiff because they not only taste delicious but they smell amazing too. After you try these recipes for yourself, your new rule of thumb will be “no gluten no guilt!” If you are already gluten free, feast your senses on new ideas for your own personal cookbook.
Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate Cake
Only five simple steps, the product is a chocolate cake with hints of pumpkin and espresso to die for and, of course, gluten free. Flourless cakes like this, prove that flour is not needed to create the fluffy texture in cakes. The best part is you probably will not even have to go out to the store to bake this dessert thanks to the Reluctant Entertainer’s crafty recipe. With ingredients like butter, sugar, chocolate, and coffee you are sure to have these on hand, so it is a great recipe to whip up on the fly.
Tropical Coconut Sunshine Balls
Sweet and salty, this island-inspired dessert from Spabetti will satisfy all your cravings. Coconut is not the only “nut” or fruit in this recipe, as you will also taste flavors of prickly pear, almond, and pistachio. Yet blogger Kristina Sloggett understands that dried prickly pear might be hard to get your hands on, and says dried apricots will work just as well and not take away from the taste. This five-ingredient recipe, containing only fruit and nut-based products, makes these gluten free truffle balls a snack worth writing home about.
Fronzen Blackberry, Goat Cheese, and Honey Cheesecake
Made with goat cheese, this cheesecake recipe via Adventures in Cooking is not only gluten free but lactose-intolerant friendly, as well. With a honey almond crust, vanilla goat cheese filling, and a blackberry topping you will not even notice that this sweet treat is almost good for you. With all natural ingredients, no butter, dairy, flour, or chocolate you could eat the whole cake and not even feel bad about it, well not really anyways.
Cranberry Mango Nut Bars
This sweet snack from The Gingered Whisk is great because it is a bar you can grab on the go. Made with only fruit, nut, and honey ingredients it is healthy, all natural, and gives you all the salty and sweet you could ask for. What is even more amazing is that this recipe requires no cooking or baking. Just mix, spread, and freeze. Really, that is all it takes!
Please introduce yourself to coconut flour. Yes, you read that right. Coconuts have really transformed themselves from just a fruit or key ingredient in Pina Coladas to oils, flours, and much more. Coconut flour helps to make gluten free baking that much easier. These pumpkin muffins from Spoon University will leave you wondering why you ever ate any other muffins. You can enjoy these baked treats for breakfast on the go or a dessert after lunch or dinner or both for that matter.