Looking for the best gluten-free desserts? Here are 10 of our favourites that will have you covered for any occasion. Think classics like gluten-free carrot cake, new takes on gluten-free cheesecake and gluten-free apple crumble, plus gluten-free dairy free desserts. Choose from baked, chilled and frozen desserts, and even one you can make in the microwave in only 10 minutes.
Gluten-free dessert recipes
1. Sweet potato brownie with peanut butter swirl
For a gluten-free slice with a sweet surprise, try this two-tone treat. A flourless chocolate brownie made with almond meal, it has grated sweet potato for an extra-moist texture, plus it’s marbled with natural peanut butter. It’s a great choice when you’re looking for gluten-free dairy free desserts.
2. Apple and blueberry crumble pie
A gluten-free apple crumble inside a gluten-free puff pastry crust, this has blueberries that burst in your mouth and a nutty crumble made with hazelnuts, pecans and almonds. Plus it’s made with coconut oil instead of butter, so it’s dairy free too. Enjoy it warm from the oven.
3. Gluten-free raspberry and hazelnut friand tart
Friands are traditionally bite-sized cakes, but we’ve upsized them into a delicious tart to share. Made with hazelnut meal and gluten-free flour, it’s an impressive gluten-free dessert for entertaining and easy to transport for a picnic. It’s handy for using up egg whites left over from another recipe, too.
4. Peach and raspberry slab pavlova
This makes a perfect gluten-free dessert for relaxed entertaining during summer fruit season. easy to make and serve, and any cracks are a breeze to cover up with the tangy raspberry and rosewater crème fraîche topping. Finish with sticky roasted peaches, extra raspberries and pretty-in-pink Turkish delight.
5. Lime and coconut creme caramel
This tropical twist on the classic creme caramel or flan is a delicious alternative to gluten-free cheesecake. Both the sticky caramel and the coconut custard are flavoured with fresh lime for a zesty hit. Plus, you can make it up to 3 days ahead so it’s great for easy entertaining.
6. Quick rice puddings
Need a last-minute gluten-free dessert? If you’ve got microwavable white rice, sugar and vanilla in the pantry and cream in the fridge you can whip up a warming pudding in next to no time. Swirled with jam and sprinkled with pistachios, it’s a mouth-watering treat without the fuss.
7. Choc peanut butter raw cheesecakes
For gluten-free dairy free desserts, vegan cheesecakes are a great way to go. This gluten-free cheesecake recipe is made in muffin-sized servings, ideal for parties or if you want to keep some in the freezer for later. Enjoy the nutty crust, choc peanut filling and sticky choc drizzle.
8. Gluten-free carrot cake
Lightly spiced and thickly spread with a zesty lemon icing, this simple gluten-free carrot cake is not only delicious, it’s also easy to freeze in portions for lunch boxes or morning or afternoon tea. Just cut into slices and wrap individually, then freeze for up to 3 months.
9. Yoghurt and strawberry tart with mint sugar
Here’s a fresh-tasting alternative to gluten-free cheesecake. Instead of biscuits or pastry, the blind-baked crust is made with almonds, dates and chia seeds, while the vanilla-flavoured filling is a simple mix of Greek yoghurt and reduced-fat ricotta. Decorate with fresh strawberries and DIY mint sugar for a stylish gluten-free dessert.
10. Gluten-free whole mandarin and orange cake
This gluten-free cake recipe is so versatile – you can make it with 2 oranges or 4 mandarins instead of a mix, and serve it with or without the sticky syrup. Either way you’ll enjoy the rich flavour and texture of a classic flourless citrus and almond meal cake.