Gluten-Free Dessert Ideas


Sticking to a gluten-free diet is a challenge under the best of circumstances but when it comes to creating desserts things get even more difficult. So many delicious desserts like pies, cookies, cakes and pastries are made with flour containing gluten.

Creating delicious desserts becomes easier when you keep the right ingredients on hand. Some common items to keep in your pantry include:

Almond meal flour

Arrowroot powder

Baking powder

Bittersweet chocolate

Canola oil

Cashew butter

Cocoa powder

Coconut flakes

Coconut milk

Cornstarch

Dried fruit

Espresso powder

Evaporated milk

Gluten-free flour mixes

Gluten-free spices

Granulated, powered and brown sugar

Lemon extract

Maple syrup

Nuts

Peanut butter

Rice

Seeds

Shortening

Sorghum flour

Tapico starch/flour

Vanilla extract

Be sure to check the ingredients on these products before you purchase them. You will want to avoid wheat, barley, brown rice syrup, caramel coloring, rye, brewer’s yeast, wheat starch, hydrolyzed wheat protein, malt, malt extract, malt syrup, dextrins and malt flavoring.

Remember that baking without gluten is different than regular baking. If you don’t use a baking mix you will need to combine gluten-free flours to get the right results. You can use psyllium husks, ground chia seeds or flaxseed rather than xanthan gum if it gives you stomach distress. Baking at a lower temperature is recommended for some recipes to keep your dessert from getting too brown. If you screw up a recipe consider turning it into crumbs for toppings or to be added to other recipes.

Many gluten-free flours don’t contain preservatives so you may find that desserts made with them dry out quickly or become rancid. Store these items in a zip-top bag (with air removed), freezer wrap or in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer separated from other food. Mark all containers used for to keep them separate from other containers. Bring the stored food to room temperature before consuming.

Our favorite dessert recipe is courtesy of http://bakedbree.com.

Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients:

4 cups blueberries (any fruit will work)

Crisp:

1 cup gluten free old-fashioned, gluten free oats (we used Bob’s Red Mill GF oats)

1/2 cup chopped raw pecans

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Wash and pick over the blueberries. Add to an 8×8 pan. Add oats, pecans, almond meal, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt to a small bowl. Mix to combine.

2. Spread the mixture over the blueberries.

3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, longer if the berries are frozen.

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Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Wellcoach®. She is the author of “The EVERYTHING Guide to Managing and Reversing Pre-Diabetes 2nd Ed.”, “The EVERYTHING Diabetes Cookbook 2nd Ed.”, “Pre-Diabetes: Your Second Chance At Health”, “The Quick Start Guide to Healthy Eating”, “The Quick Start Guide To Pre-Diabetes” and “Quick Start Recipes For Healthy Meals”. To learn more about living and cooking gluten watch her free webinar “Five Things You Should Know Before You Go Gluten Free!”.

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