30 Best Gluten-Free Desserts

Following a gluten-free diet can sometimes be tricky, especially when you have a craving for dessert.

Desserts, in our humble opinion, are the best part of any day, and ensuring that you get a good dose of chocolate or sugar can really make a difference to your day.

It’s important to have variety in our life, and eating the same gluten-free desserts every single time you get a craving for sugar can get boring, quickly.

30 Best Gluten-Free Desserts

Having celiac disease, or simply needing to follow a gluten-free diet for other reasons, shouldn’t keep you from delicious desserts.

Therefore, we’ve made it our mission to put together a list of the 30 Best Gluten-Free Desserts. These delights range from Gluten-Free Vegan Fudge Brownies to a delicious Gluten-Free Strawberry Eton Mess.

We reckon you’re sure to find something that the whole family can enjoy, whether they would usually eat gluten-free food or not.

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Opening our rundown of the best gluten-free desserts we have an addictively yummy bake.

Make the perfect thick fudge chocolate brownie with this super easy recipe that only uses one bowl. This recipe is easily adaptable, and can be made in no time at all.

Made using dairy-free chocolate, these delicious brownies are vegan, as well as gluten-free. These are an easy winner at the family dinner table, no matter anyone’s dietary requirements.

One batch of this recipe makes 16 servings.

Do you keep to a plant-based diet, but miss savoury bite and gooey melt of cheese? See our Vegan Cheese post for some recommendations

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes

Gluten-Free Pan Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect little snack or dessert, no matter what the occasion. If you’re looking for those classic, chewy, gooey centered chocolate chip cookies, this gluten-free recipe may just be the one for you.

This recipe makes 12 cookies, which can be stored for up to three days after baking, perfect for a midnight snack. Serve some ice cream between these cookies for the perfect ice cream sandwich.

Do you love all things chocolate? Then check out our Easy Chocolate Desserts

  • Prep time: 12 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This gorgeous wheat and gluten-free chocolate cake is a fantastic choice for chocolate lovers.

You might have to wait until the next day to enjoy this cake as it needs to be chilled overnight, but that makes this a great recipe for birthdays and similar occasions that require cakes to be made in advance.

This cake recipe is adjustable based on the number of people that you would like to serve.

Take a look at our Chocolate Chia Cake Recipes for some more cocoa heavy treats

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Gluten-Free Coconut Almond Banana Bread

This gluten-free banana bread recipe strays slightly from your traditional banana bread recipe because it includes almond butter and optional coconut shreds, in a really tasty twist.

This recipe will give you 10 servings of moist, dense banana bread filled with pockets of decadent melted chocolate. A loaf of this is great when drizzled in a little extra almond butter. It’s perfectly moist with every bite.

Why not try some of our Gluten-Free Almond Chia Scone Recipes?

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes

Gluten-Free Maple Fudge

If you enjoy mouthwatering, yet nostalgic, creamy fudge, this gluten-free maple fudge recipe might just hit the spot. The maple fudge in this recipe is also known as Sucre à la Crème, and can also be made into a caramel spread – the directions for this are included in the recipe.

Serving both the spread and the fudge with a little salt will give the perfect contrast for your taste buds.

The fudge yields 25 pieces, and can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or frozen for three months. So you can keep these fudge pieces as a sweet treat to indulge in, or even wrap them up and give them to a loved one as a gift.

Are you partial to a muffin mid-morning? See our Gluten-Free Date Muffin Recipes

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Rice Pudding

Next up in our best gluten-free desserts we have this orange and almond-flavoured rice pudding recipe. This is amazing for those that enjoy a good rice pudding as a dessert but want to give it an exciting twist.

Swap out the milk for your favourite substitute and this recipe can be adapted to suit vegan or lactose intolerant diets too. This rice pudding is sure to be loved by everyone. Better still, the recipe even includes a few fun substitutes, such as using cocoa nibs or vanilla and ground cinnamon for flavouring.

Are you lactose intolerant? Or perhaps you are vegan? See our Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes for some ideas

This recipe yields between 10 and 16 servings.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 hours

Gluten-Free Pound Cake

Okay, who doesn’t love pound cake? If your family can’t choose between vanilla and chocolate cake, this gorgeous gluten-free pound cake is perfect for you.

By marbling the vanilla and chocolate cake batter, you’re able to have the best of both worlds! Decorate this cake with a gluten-free chocolate frosting or glaze, and you can make this to celebrate any special occasion – you won’t even be able to tell that it is gluten-free.

This recipe uses buttermilk to make a tender crumb. Check out our Best Buttermilk Recipes for some more suggestions using this great ingredient

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Gluten-Free Mexican Spice Fudge Brownies

If you’re in the mood for a chocolate dessert with a bit of a kick, these gluten-free brownies may be exactly what you are looking for.

These brownies are made in one bowl, saving on washing dishes, and include a little chilli powder to give them a little spice. The spice and the chocolate complement each other well, so don’t worry about them burning your tongue off.

These are delicious when served with milk or ice cream after your evening meal.

Does your mouth-water at the thought of corn tortillas and a heap of guacamole? Then take a look at our recommendations for the Best Mexican Restaurants in Sydney

This recipe yields between 9 and 12 servings.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles

Truffles are the perfect after-dinner treat – whether they’re dusted in cocoa powder or nuts of your choice, they are sure to be a hit. The recipe is super easy and doesn’t require baking, making them easy to whip up an hour or so in advance. No wonder they make our list of the best gluten-free desserts.

Provided that you have plenty of chocolate and some heavy cream, you’ll be able to make these whenever you get a chocolate craving.

Make these as a fun activity with your family – trying different topping combinations can be exciting and makes for a great bonding experience.

We know how hard it can be to make the perfect scone, minus the gluten. Now, help is at hand with our Gluten Free Grain Free Scone Recipes

This recipe yields 12 chocolate truffles.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: No-bake recipe

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Fudge

If you like peanut butter, and you also like fudge, this peanut butter fudge is sure to become one of your favorite recipes in no time at all. Ensuring that you use gluten-free marshmallows is the secret to keeping this recipe gluten-free.

This fudge is great as an evening treat and can be gifted if you wrap it up using parchment paper. When stored in an airtight container, it will last about a week, but you can refrigerate it for 2 to 3 weeks if you’d like it to last longer.

If you have a nut allergy, maybe one of our Grain-Free/Nut-Free Macaroon Recipes will work for you

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes (with 12 hours cooling time)

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp

This gluten-free rhubarb crisp recipe combines tart, sweetness, and crunch. Not surprisingly, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your favourite vanilla ice cream.

This dessert is amazing in the winter, as it is warm, filling, and sweet. What’s more, it has just enough tartness to ensure that it doesn’t get sickly. The combination of cinnamon and sugar makes this a brilliant seasonal dessert that everyone is sure to love.

Looking for something different for lunch? See our Gluten Free Savoury Vegetable Muffin Recipes

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes

Gluten-Free Millionaire Bars

There is no better combination than buttery shortbread, delicious dark chocolate, and creamy caramel. These gluten-free millionaire bars combine all three to create one of the best gluten-free desserts that we know. It’s so moreish that any leftovers will be unlikely.

The secret to making these millionaire-bars gluten-free lies in the combination of brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and xanthan gum. You can buy xanthan gum here.

Whilst the oven is on, why not make a batch of our Gluten-Free Date Cinnamon Biscuits?

This recipe yields 20 servings.

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Macaroon Puffs

These gluten-free chocolate chip macaroon puffs are easy to make, and the combination of chocolate and coconut is to die for.

These can be fun to make with kids, as part of the recipe involves rolling the sticky coconut mixture into balls. This makes for a light, refreshing dessert that can be ready within an hour from the time you start cooking. Perfect.

You can store these macaroon puffs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days – just make sure that you are using an airtight container for maximum freshness.

Is breakfast time becoming a drag? Change things up with one of our Gluten Free Pancake Recipes

  • Prep time: 15- 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Gluten-Free Ricotta-Mascarpone Mousse With Balsamic Strawberries

This is another delicious, fruity dessert.

If you like unique flavour combinations, this creamy, gluten-free, ricotta-mascarpone mousse is sure to impress you. Especially when paired with gorgeous, sweet, balsamic-covered strawberries.

Whilst you can use lemon juice instead of balsamic, the addition of balsamic vinegar in this dessert really gives it an extra layer.

Serving this in little glass pots is sure to impress the guests at your dinner party. And they’ll be amazed when they find out that they’re also gluten-free.

Do you find a good mousse irresistible? Check out our recipes for Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: This is a no-bake recipe – but does require 2 hours of chilling time

Gluten-Free Lunch Lady Brownies

Okay, so we have another brownie recipe for you. But believe us, this isn’t a recipe that you want to miss.

These chewy, fudge-y brownies are the perfect treat to indulge in after your weekly dinner. The recipe simply substitutes all-purpose flour for tapioca starch, potato starch, and brown rice flour to make these incredible brownies gluten-free.

Serve with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate drizzle for a deliciously indulgent, rich dessert.

Do you like to start the day with a healthy breakfast? Why not rustle up one of our Gluten Free Toasted Muesli Granola Recipes?

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes

Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Cakes

Take a trip down memory lane by making yourself up a quick batch of these delicious, gluten-free rice crispy cakes.

This simple five-ingredient recipe simply uses rice crisp cereal, butter, marshmallows, and some flavoring to create the most delightful sticky, marshmallow treat.

This is another great recipe to involve the family with, as mixing the rice crisp cereal into the marshmallow and butter mixture can be particularly exciting, especially for small children that like the crackle and pop noises.

You can make these in advance, and store them at room temperature for up to five days. Make sure to use an airtight container if storing.

Sweet Potatoes are a flavour sensation and so good for you. Pop over to our Gluten Free Sweet Potato Recipes for some inspiration

This recipe makes 16 rice crispy cake squares.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: No-bake recipe, pour and let it cool

Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake

There’s no way that we could create a list of the 30 Best Gluten-Free Desserts without including a gluten-free recipe for birthday cake!

This classic dessert has been reimagined in a recipe that is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making this the perfect cake to bring out, no matter whose birthday party it is.

A delicious birthday cake, covered in both chocolate frosting and sprinkles, results in a fun, tasty recipe that is suitable for a wide range of diets.

This recipes uses amazing flax meal (linseed). Click here for 10 exactly fabulous Gluten Free Flaxseed Bread Recipes

This recipe makes a cake large enough to serve 18 people.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes

Gluten-Free Milk Coconut Pound Cake

We already have a pound cake on this list – but this is a coconut pound cake. You can rely on this cake recipe to make a delicious, chewy, batch of mini coconut pound-cakes, perfect for individual servings.

This recipe uses the rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch mixture as a substitution for all-purpose flour, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice any of the gorgeous textures that you can expect when following the non-gluten-free version of this recipe.

Love mellow flavour of coconut milk in your food? See our Coconut Milk Recipes for some more ideas

Yields 18 servings.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 70 minutes

Gluten-Free Flourless Lemon Almond Cake

Moving on with our best gluten-free desserts we have a divine flourless lemon almond cake.

Lemon and sugar go together perfectly, especially when in the form of a cake. Add some almond flour to the mix, and you can create a beautiful, gluten-free lemon almond cake.

You can make this cake slightly in advance, as it can be stored for up to three days – although, for best results, you should use an airtight container for this. You can also freeze this cake for up to a month.

Do you ever use chickpea (besan or gram) flour? Try experimenting with one of our Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread Recipes

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake With Hazelnut Cream

What’s more satisfying than an entire cake made up of crêpes? Layering chocolate crêpes with a smooth, hazelnut cream can create a delicious cake that is sure to impress everyone at the dinner table.

This isn’t a cake for perfectionists – it’s supposed to be messy. In fact, it might even be a fun idea to get any children involved in the stacking of the crêpes.

The best part of this recipe is that you can make both the crêpes and hazelnut cream up to a day in advance, so the assembly doesn’t have to take too long with a little preparation.

Fancy a savoury nibble for lunch? Have a peek at our Gluten Free Savoury Muffin Recipes

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Candy Cake

This chocolate candy cane bundt cake had to make our best gluten-free desserts. Moreover, it’s a brilliant bake to bring out around the holidays.

If you or your family enjoy peppermint and chocolate desserts, you’ll enjoy this cake too. The chocolate and peppermint cake is paired with a powdered sugar and candy cane glaze – and if you choose to use a bundt pan, you don’t need to worry too much about presentation.

You can store this cake at room temperature for 3-4 days, although you should make sure not to use an airtight container, as this can ruin the texture.

Wondering what to rustle up after work this evening? Maybe our Gluten-Free Dinner Ideas can help?

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Gluten-Free 2 Ingredients Nutella Brownies

Two words: ‘Nutella’, and ‘brownies’. Do we need to say anymore? This is an obvious entry on our list of the best gluten-free desserts.

These two-ingredient Nutella brownies are revolutionary, as all you need to make them is a jar of Nutella and a few large eggs.

This recipe is super easy to make, and with the addition of only needing two ingredients, you know that this recipe is sure to be one that you pull out many times over the years.

Serving these brownies with a vanilla or chocolate ice cream, and, perhaps, a big dollop of Nutella, is a great way to follow up your evening meal.

You can store your Nutella brownies in an airtight container for a week after baking.

These Gluten-Free Ginger Cinnamon Cookie Recipes are perfect for afternoon tea.

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 33 minutes

Now that we’ve included a few brownie recipes, we thought it would be good to include a blondie recipe too. These blondies are flavoured with coffee, pecans, and chocolate – a flavour combination that is sure to be a winner, no matter who you are baking for.

Instead of all-purpose flour, this recipe uses tapioca starch and teff flour as substitutes, making this recipe gluten-free. You can buy teff flour here.

See our Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Cake Recipes for some luxurious treats

This recipe yields 16 blondie bars.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes

Gluten-Free Blueberry Coffee Cake

This blueberry coffee cake is a step above blueberry muffins – and for good reason.

The combination of blueberries and lemon come together to create a moist, yet juicy cake that goes perfectly with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. This coffee cake doesn’t actually include coffee, and is meant to be served alongside it.

Luckily, this cake includes gluten-free alternatives, making it suitable for gluten-free diets.

If you want to impress, knock out one of our Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake Recipes

This recipe makes a cake that yields between 8 and 12 servings.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40-45 minutes

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Raspberry Cake

This cake recipe is one of our favourites and definitely one of our best gluten-free desserts. The moist sponge, alongside the tart sweetness of the raspberries, go together dreamily.

Whilst this recipe is specific to raspberry cakes, you can swap the raspberries out for any fruit of your choice, as the cake batter is really the showstopper of this recipe.

This gluten-free cake is also vegan, making it a great dessert option for family dinner parties and other special occasions, as it is suitable for a range of diets.

Have you tried cooking with coconut flour? If you’re not sure where to start, see our Coconut Flour Recipes for some guidance

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 to 55 minutes

Gluten-Free Cherry Pie

There’s nothing better than a warm cherry pie with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream after a good meal.

This delicious cherry pie is gluten-free, and unlike other recipes, doesn’t use xanthan gum to achieve its flaky crust.

The cherry filling tastes sweet and tart against the crumbly crust, making for a warm, filling dessert that can be made for potlucks, dinner parties, or even as comfort food on a cold winter’s day.

After baking, store your cherry pie at room temperature for up to two days, before refrigerating for maximum shelf-life and freshness.

Mix things up at breakfast with one of our Gluten Free Porridge Recipes

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes

Gluten-Free Strawberry Eton Mess

Strawberry Eton Mess is a classic, light dessert, perfect as a sweet finish to particularly filling meals, or just as a refreshing summer dessert.

Sweet, plump strawberries come together with cream and crunchy meringue to create a truly decadent dessert that you won’t be able to get enough of. You can serve these in elegant glasses for a dinner party, or just combine all of the ingredients in a bowl for a quick, sweet, snack.

Do you love the tropical fragrance of mango? Check out our Easy Mango Dessert Recipes

  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time: No-bake recipe

Gluten-Free Cherry Coconut Bars

This recipe utilises cherries, coconut, and shortbread to create delicious Cherry Coconut Bars. The chewiness of the coconut combined with the crispiness of the shortbread work wonderfully together. And the best part of this recipe is that it’s surprisingly easy to make.

This recipe includes brown rice flour and tapioca starch as gluten-free alternatives.

These bars can be stored in the freezer, provided that you set aside at least an hour before serving to give them time to defrost.

Here at eatability we love a baking at Easter. Here are some of our favourite Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes

Gluten-Free No-Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

This recipe is something special.

If you enjoy strawberry cheesecake, you’ll be sure to love this dessert, as it reimagines this timeless classic by stuffing strawberries with a cheesecake mixture. These bite-sized cheesecake morsels are fun to make, and are a great dessert for parties, or just as a fun, sweet snack after your usual meal.

Store these in the fridge for up to a day to snack on as you like – we promise, they won’t stick around for long!

Expand your keto-friendly repertoire with one of our Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chia Seed Cake Recipes

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: No-bake recipe

Gluten-Free Sunburst Lemon Bars

These buttery, flaky shortbreads are the perfect way to finish off our list of 30 best gluten-free desserts. They’re covered with a gooey lemon filling and then drizzled in a sweet lemon icing, and make for a great snack if you enjoy the delightful tangy sensation that comes with lemon flavouring.

You can store your lemon bars in the refrigerator after baking, so they can be made slightly ahead of time.

Why not make a loaf of our Almond Chia Seed Bread this afternoon?

This recipe yields 18 lemon bars.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes

Final Thoughts

If you have a craving for something sweet after reading through these gluten-free dessert recipes, you’re not alone!

Being gluten-free shouldn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favourite sweet desserts

Whether you’re a fruity person, a chocolate dessert person, or both, we’re sure that you’ll be impressed with every recipe on this list. They include a range of cooking times, and there are even a few recipes in this list that we find ourselves reaching for quite regularly.

It doesn’t matter if you’re making a dessert for a family dinner party, or a quick snack for yourself, we know that you’ll enjoy every single one of these delicious, sweet desserts.

30 Best Gluten-Free Desserts

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30 of the Best Gluten-Free Desserts – so good that you won’t even realise they’re gluten-free! And most of them are easy to make too.

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