11 gluten-free dessert recipes that are perfect for all cozy fall gatherings
Now that fall is officially in full swing, we’re all about enjoying crisp, cozy nights staying in with our closest pals. And no fall gathering is complete without plenty of ooey-gooey desserts, while still being mindful of your group’s dietary needs and preferences. Fear not: These gluten-free dessert recipes will please every member of your crew, whether they are slightly gluten intolerant, live a totally gluten-free life due to Celiac disease, or just simply loooove dessert.
These gluten-free recipes are so good, even die-hard gluten fans will love them. No, really, we swear. Plus, they feature all the classic fall flavors — from pumpkin spice to maple to honeycrisp apple — and your gluten-free pals will be thanking you, while your gluten-loving pals won’t even notice anything is missing.
1Chocolate chip pumpkin bread
This chocolate chip pumpkin bread is not only gluten-free, but also totally vegan-friendly and paleo-friendly, so it’s perfect for most dietary needs and preferences. It’s rich and moist and features so many different flavors, you’ll be able to satisfy any sweet tooth in your crew.
2Pumpkin muffins with maple glaze
These gluten-free muffins made with pumpkin seeds from Crazy Dealicious look totally decadent, but the hardest part is combining all the ingredients. A thick maple glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness, and as an added bonus, you can totally justify eating these morning, noon, and night. Aww, yeah!
3Homemade nougat candy bars
The easiest way to be the hit of your Halloween party is by bringing these homemade nougat candy bars by Desserts with Benefits. Yep, you read that right: homemade candy bars that will remind you of Three Musketeers, but without all the high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and artificial flavors. These bars take a lot of prep work (three days, to be exact!) but the results are so worth it for a healthier take on your classic Halloween candy with lower sugar and absolutely no gluten.
What’s better than a warm apple crisp on a cool fall night? Why, gluten-free apple crisp, of course, like this one from Clean Plate Mama. This recipe is easy to make for a healthier take on your favorite fall dessert, subbing brown sugar for the lighter coconut sugar. And it tastes just as good with gluten-free oat flour, so every member of your squad can enjoy this classic fall dessert. How about them apples?
5Butternut squash donuts
Sure, you probably rarely think of doughnuts with gluten-free and health-conscious, but that’s why these butternut squash protein donuts are so genius…and so, so good. They’re rich in fiber, protein and nutrients, and completely free of dairy, gluten, and grains, plus butternut squash is the perfect underrated fall-inspired flavor. Donut you think you should give ’em a try? (Sorry, we had to.)
6Pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies
Vegan, gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies? Like something out of your pumpkin-loving dreams, except better, because they are real…and totally easy to make! In fact, the biggest challenge will be making sure you have enough to satisfy your guests, because they will go fast.
7Pumpkin chia pudding with berry topping
If you’re looking for a lighter (yet still cozy) fall-inspired dessert, try this pumpkin chia pudding with berry topping by Camera Ready Lifestyle. With a wide assortment of flavors (thanks to the vanilla extract, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and blueberries, raspberries, and almond milk), you’ll wow your crew with this pudding without totally stuffing them.
It might be tempting to eat an entire sleeve of Halloween Oreos this time of year, but these healthy homemade Oreos from Desserts with Benefits are so much better than the store-bought kind. Plus, they’re sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly, so they’re a crowd pleaser for all your autumn gatherings. Just grab the milk, and you’re good to go!
9Cinnamon honeycrisp apple cake with salted caramel
This gorgeous cinnamon honeycrisp apple cake with salted caramel by Oh Honey Bakes can be just as easily made with equal parts gluten-free flour, and it’s so good that even the biggest gluten lovers will be like, gluten who? Plus, that salted caramel drizzle.
10Chocolate Viennese cookies with pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting
These chocolate Viennese cookies with pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting by Kabuki Dad are the perfect blend of spicy and sweet, and since they’re gluten-free, your gluten sensitive friends will be #thankful for you all season long.
11Maple and candied bacon blonde brownies
If you’re looking for true comfort food on a chill autumn evening, look no further than these maple and candied bacon blonde brownies from The Urban Poser. These blondies are for all those salty and sweet lovers, and it’s totally gluten-free. Just add a scoop of ice cream and you’ve got the perfect crowd friendly fall dessert…just make sure you invite us to your next cozy fall gathering. You know where to find us!