5 Great Gluten Free Desserts

There are many wonderful recipes for gluten free desserts out there, so there is no reason that anyone who is restricted to a gluten free diet should miss out on tasty, delicious puddings after their dinner. Simply by substituting a few ingredients in each recipe, even traditional fare such as chocolate cake, can be on the menu for those with diabetes or celiac disease.

In short, people with an intolerance to gluten cannot eat anything that contains wheat or yeast. This may seem like a severe restriction when it comes to dessert-making, but with a little imagination and experimentation, delicious desserts are possible.

1. Coconut Cream Dessert

This simple dish can be easily prepared by mixing coconut extract together with shredded coconut, then combining non fat dry milk to a little sugar, salt and cornstarch to create the basic pudding. All that is required is to boil it in a pan whilst stirring all the time, then allow it to cool before serving.

2. Fruit Pie

This is probably one of the healthiest pies you can make, and it can be enjoyed by everyone at the table. Lots of fruit lends this dessert it’s wonderful sweetness, with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chopped dates and figs combining with some honey and gluten free all purpose flour, to create a wonderful warming pie that is also bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

3. Cinnamon and Caramel Bananas

This is incredibly easy to make and bursting with flavors. Simply melt butter in a pan with some brown sugar and ground cinnamon, before adding a chopped and peeled banana and a little lemon juice. In a separate pan, heat banana liqueur and a little rum before igniting the alcohol to burn it off. Add this mixture to the bananas and serve immediately. The aromas of the rum, banana and cinnamon will have your guests mouths watering before it hits the table!

4. Chocolate Orange Cake

A timeless classic and loved by almost everyone, you will become the flavor of the month (with your gluten-free friends) if you turn out this little beauty!

Believe it or not, it is possible to make a cake without the need for flour. In this recipe, 2 cups of almonds are ground into a fine meal along with canola oil, butter, brown sugar, the zest of an orange (optional) and eggs, before being added to a mixture of unsweetened cocoa powder dissolved in hot water. The batter is then bake in the oven for around 45 minutes until it rises, and finally dusted with powdered sugar before serving. 

5. Cheesecake

Another classic favorite, there is no reason why gluten-intolerant people can’t enjoy the wonders of a good cheesecake!  The trick here is to use sweetened, condensed milk, light sour cream and cornstarch in place of the usual heavy cream and wheat-laden biscuity base. A tablespoon each of vanilla and lemon juice will boost flavor and render a wonderful alternative to the traditional cheesecake.

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