Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Have your (gluten-free) cake and eat it, too, with these 20 delicious dessert recipes.

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Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

Zoë François has made several variations of this recipe, but she deems this one to be the most popular. The layered flourless (and dairy-free) chocolate-almond cake is topped with a bittersweet ganache. Prepare it in advance and preserve, well-wrapped, by refrigerating for a few days or freezing for a couple of weeks.

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Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These thin, chewy cookies use almond flour as their base, so they're gluten-free but quite tasty in their own way. Plus, they stay moist for a long time, which makes them good make-ahead cookies.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Devil's Food Cupcakes

These dark, rich cupcakes will make any chocolate lover's head spin — gluten or not.

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Chocolate Pudding

Tyler Florence's rich, chocolatey pudding is a great make-ahead dessert; in fact, it's actually better when it's chilled in the fridge overnight.

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Peach Pie Smoothie

Filled with fresh peaches and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this creamy smoothie tastes like peach pie in a glass (without the crust).

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

By caramelizing balsamic vinegar and blending ricotta cheese with honey and vanilla, Ellie Krieger transforms savory ingredients into a sweet, simple and elegant dessert.

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Chocolate Macaroons

These chocolate macaroons, or "amaretti scuri," are chocolatey, chewy and highly addictive. Even better? They are made with only four ingredients.

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Grilled Bananas with Maple Creme Fraiche

Bobby Flay grills bananas until the sides are caramelized and crunchy, and then tops them with dollops of maple-sweetened creme fraiche. Plate with berries for a simple, beautiful and sweeter-than-you'd-think dessert.

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Bal's Rice Pudding

Bal Arneson's rice pudding recipe is creamy without being too heavy, and slivered almonds provide a nice contrasting crunch. Top it with berries, and if you have any left over, enjoy it the next morning for breakfast too.

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Chocolate Truffles

With only three ingredients, Mark Bittman's truffles are pure untainted chocolate decadence. This recipe is sure to put you in touch with your dark (chocolate) side.

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Gluten-Free Banana-Nut Muffins

You certainly don't miss the flour in this recipe filled with sweet banana flavor and flecked with toasted walnuts. These are perfect as morning muffins or an afternoon snack.

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Indian Ice Cream: Mango Kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen dessert popular in India, traditionally made on the stove and then frozen into thick custard-like popsicles. Bal makes a lighter version using an ice cream maker, but with mango, fennel and cardamom, it is still richly flavorful.

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Lemon Fonuts

These lemon "fonuts" are baked, not fried, and are totally vegan and gluten-free. They come out of the oven light and fluffy, and are saturated with fresh lemon flavor. Drizzle with a lemon glaze for the perfect sweet finish.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Fonuts (Vegan and Wheat/Gluten Free)

Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding

We know what you're thinking: Tofu in a dessert? Here, silken tofu is practically tasteless and allows the chocolate and spicy chile flavors to shine through, while adding creaminess (no milk required).

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Vanilla Meringues

These vanilla meringues make for an incredibly sweet and light bite. Mark Bittman recommends dyeing some of them pink (or a color of your choice) so they're eye candy as well.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

The ripest bananas make the moistest bread. You'll never notice that this super-tasty recipe is made with a mixture of millet flour and brown rice flour (and you'll benefit from their nutritional goodness, too).

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Banana Chocolate Fonuts

These delicious little fonuts are studded with chocolate chips and packed with bananas. No one will believe (or care) that they're gluten-free.

Get the Recipe: Banana Chocolate Fonuts (Wheat/Gluten Free)

Crisp Chewy Meringues

Crispy on the outside, delightfully sweet and chewy on the inside: These meringues are the perfect light, post-dinner treat.

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Zabaglione with Cream

This traditional Italian dessert is a simple custard made with egg yolks, sugar and a sweet wine (usually Marsala).

Get the Recipe: Zabaione con Crema: Zabaglione with Cream