Naturally GF desserts

We’re lucky that there are more and more recipes out there that taste just like the real thing. But for many people, it s easier to make some desserts that happen to be gluten free, rather than gluten free adaptations of “normal” foods. Foods that are naturally gluten free avoid the expensive specialty flours. Personally, I am not a fan of spending a lot for specialty flours when I’m sharing with many non-GF folks. This avoids the inevitable complaints of friends or family who won t even try GF foods just because they’ve decided they won’t like it. There are a lot of treats which just happen to be GF, or mostly GF. You can find recipes in normal cookbooks, or maybe you have family recipes and didn’t realize they were safe! Here’s a list of treats from people at my classes I’ve marked the desserts that are dairy free (DF), egg free (EF) and soy free (SF), because many people are dealing with several issues. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There are many more out there, but these are just to get your thoughts going. Remember, these foods are only GF if you use GF ingredients.

  • Baked apple (DF)
  • Caramelized bananas or Bananas Foster (DF, EF, SF)
  • Candy canes! Dipped in chocolate or plain (DF, EF)
  • Chocolate bark (DF, EF)
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Christmas pudding/plum pudding
  • Crème brulee
  • Cheesecake-use any gf cookie crumbs for the crust, or do a crustless cheesecake
  • Chocolates: make your own with a mold or buy
  • Chocolate covered: strawberries, cherries, almonds, cashews,  hazelnuts, etc.
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Clementine cake (DF)
  • Custard
  • Dessert soufflé
  • Dried fruit
  • Divinity
  • Flan
  • Flourless tortes
  • Fondue, using chocolate and a variety of fruit and GF cookies
  • Fruit crisp (any gf flour or quinoa flakes for topping) (DF, EF)
  • Fruit and whipped cream (EF, SF)
  • Fudge (EF)
  • Gelato
  • Hard candies (DF)
  • Hot chocolate (EF)
  • Ice cream/frozen yogurt
  • Jello (DF, EF)
  • Macaroons
  • Mango with sticky rice
  • Marshmallows
  • Meringue cookies
  • Marzipan (some say glucose derived from wheat, so beware)
  • Panna Cotta (EF)
  • Pavlova (meringue cake) (DF)
  • Poached pears (DF, EF, SF)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pudding
  • Pudding pie with almond or cookie crumble crust
  • Rice pudding
  • Nut brittle (DF*, EF)
  • Rice krispie bars using puffed rice (EF)
  • Roasted chestnuts. (DF, EF, SF) Not quite dessert, but an amazingly seasonal yummy snack.
  • Peanut butter cookies (DF)
  • Popcorn clusters or caramel corn (EF)
  • Popcorn cake (EF)
  • Pralines (EF)
  • Sorbet (DF, EF)
  • Toffee (EF)
  • Truffles (EF)
  • Watermelon (DF, SF, EF)
  • Zabaglione

Harris Whole Health offers individual sessions, family sessions and group classes to help people eat healthier and feel better! Whether you are dealing with Celiac Disease, food allergies, picky eaters, children on the Autistic spectrum, chronic illness, or if you just want to feel and look better, Cheryl can help you achieve your goals. For an appointment with Cheryl Harris, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, please click here or call 571-271-8742.

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