20 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes the Whole Party Can Enjoy

Finding that perfect dessert can be such a challenge if you are restricted by gluten intolerance. Gluten-free sweets often remove the option of traditional favorites such as chocolate cake and bread pudding, and if there are gluten-free options, they can easily have textures that are less than desirable.

Don't despair. There are so many gluten-free cookies and gluten-free cake recipes out there, you won't even miss a thing.

While you may not be able to enjoy Devil's Food cake, you can enjoy flourless chocolate cake or gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, which if we're honest is way better anyways. Furthermore, just because that pie crust calls for all-purpose flour doesn't mean it can't be improved by a judicious substitution of almond meal.

Gluten-free treats are all about exercising your creativity. Plus, in the summertime with all the fresh fruit available, there is no better time to try out a few new tricks in the kitchen. Here are 20 gluten free desserts you should serve to everyone, allergic or not.

1. Gluten-Free Cherry Clafoutis 

gluten-free cherry cafloutis
Local Milk

Clafoutis is a French classic in the summertime because it beautifully showcases the bounty of summer. Now, Local Milk has made it into an American classic by omitting the gluten that is in the original recipe.

With gluten-free flour, this is a great first lesson in gluten-free baking, which can be tricky to master. However, those on a gluten-free diet shouldn't miss out on all the fun of summer desserts! Get the recipe here.

2. Peach Crisp

peach crisp
Short & Sweets

Particularly in the South, summer is peach season. Of course you should take advantage of these succulent stone fruits and eat them raw. But, because peaches abound, make sure to put them into desserts too.

This is one of those gluten free dessert recipes you'll even make in the winter with frozen peaches. Get the recipe here.

3. Blueberry Cobbler

blueberry cobbler
Heather's Dish

If you're in the northern part of the country, then you are probably seeing berries growing wild under the sun. If you're lucky enough to have blueberries, use them to their fullest potential and put them into a dessert that highlights their full-bodied taste.

Pair with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or regular, rich vanilla for the perfect summer dessert made for special diets. Get the recipe here.

4. Upside Down Lemon Meringue Pie

Simply Gluten-Free

It's hard to create a flaky, tasty gluten-free crust. Thankfully we've found one for you! Plus, it comes with a recipe for lemon meringue pie!

You might forever swap your lemon bars for this baked goods recipe that is perfect year-round, but especially in the throes of winter when Meyer lemons are in season. Get the recipe here.

5. Chocolate Panna Cotta

My Man's Belly

Gluten free recipes, and dairy-free desserts in particular, can sound suspicious. However, this one is delicious with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts topping a luscious chocolate pudding.

Get the recipe here.

6. Lemon Polenta Cake

Sweetly Serendipity

Who says that polenta only belongs at dinner time? This lightly sweetened polenta cake will prove otherwise.

If you don't keep polenta on hand in your food collection, this easy dessert will change your mind, guaranteed. Get the recipe here.

7. Chocolate Chili Cakes

chili cakes
Food & Wine

Sure you can eat chilis in the summer. In fact, they actually will help keep you cool - it's scientifically proven. So put some in your dessert!

Yet another recipe that proves delicious gluten-free desserts really do exist. Get the recipe here.

8. Grapefruit "Creamsicle"

bon appétit

Dreamy and creamy, this summer-flavored ice cream doesn't even have a scrap of gluten in it to lessen your enjoyment.

How's that for diet-friendly frozen treats? Get the recipe here.

9. Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

Smitten Kitchen

Who knew that coconuts could be transformed into something so satisfying as a raspberry-filled ball of joy?

Get the recipe here.

10. Lemon + Coconut Bars

Green Kitchen Stories

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and quick to make. It can't possibly get any better. Oh, wait, yeah it can. These easy peasy bars become extra yummy with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Get the recipe here.

11. Chocolate + Coconut + Macadamia Nut Tart 

Gourmand in the Kitchen

This silky dark chocolate coconut tart has an almond flour crust and is topped with toasty macadamia nuts. Obviously, this is guaranteed to fulfill your chocolate cravings.

If you can only find bittersweet chocolate chip bags in your local grocery store, those will work just fine for the ganache. Get the recipe here.

12. Blood Orange Thyme Sorbet

The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

Sorbet is one of those wonderful desserts that is naturally without gluten, so no one will question you serving a "gluten-free" dessert. Plus it's incredibly refreshing in the summertime.

Get the recipe here.

13. Black Forest Pavlova with Espresso Cream

black forest merengue
Tanya Zouev

If nothing else, you'll want to make this dessert strictly based on its beauty. It's a showstopper.

Get the recipe here.

14. Orange + Almond Cake

Home Life

Spiced almond meal soaked in an orange blossom syrup sounds like an incredible combination. Now it's time to see if your assumption is correct and try it out.

Get the recipe here.

15. Raspberry + Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Spa Bettie

With a soft texture and a sweet and tangy taste, these cookies are everyone's new favorite.

While dairy-free cream cheese might be difficult to find, you can always special order it. Get the recipe here.

16. White Chocolate + Coconut + Banana S'mores Bar

white chocolate smores bar
Bldg 25

This creative culinary treat turns typical tropical flavors into a rich, warm dessert that can be enjoyed year-round.

Get the recipe here.

17. Peanut Butter + Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

peanut butter cookie sandwich
This Mess is Ours

It is always a good idea to pair chewy peanut butter cookies with marshmallow fluff. Find out why with this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

18. Chocolate Pots

Real Simple

A pot of chocolate mousse isn't exactly summery, but it is certainly always in season. There are few treats that are more perfect in their traditional simplicity.

Get the recipe here.

19. Caramelized Pineapple

grilled pineapple
Martha Stewart

Summertime is barbecue season. So why not capitalize on the fact that you're already grilling and throw some fresh pineapple on there for a simple, delicious, and healthy dessert.

Get the recipe here.

20. Sliced Oranges + Pears with Mint Sugar

Real Simple

Sometimes the best desserts are the simplest. Just dust some fresh fruit with scented sugar to whip up a treat that is straight from nature.

Get the recipe here.

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