By Jo Scrivner
Gluten-free desserts have a bad reputation of tasting like sawdust, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. I collected some easy but yummy recipes for you that will satisfy your sweet tooth, whether you’re on a gluten-free diet or not.
1. CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Before you get confused, we don’t need any mouse for this treat! Mousse is the French word for ‘foam’ and is the name of a dessert prepared with air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture. You can find a lot of recipes on the internet using raw egg for their mousse, but I personally advise against them. It’s always safer to cook the eggs for a little while with the heavy cream before mixing them all together with the dark chocolate. I like putting some fresh raspberries or strawberries in the chocolate mix, too, right before you spoon the mousse into smaller cups. They make an already delicious enough dessert heavenly!
2. RICE PUDDING
An oldie but goodie. All you need is rice, milk and some sugar. As a child, I used to sprinkle it with cocoa powder, but it also goes really well with cinnamon or some fresh fruits.
3. BANANA SPLIT
A special sundae that you can whip up within minutes. Be careful though if you decide to buy the sauce for the toppings in the supermarket: some of them might contain traces of gluten (if they were made in a factory where they might’ve been contaminated by gluten). Always check the labels to be safe!
4. NEW YORK CHEESECAKE
My all-time favorite dessert. For the crust, you can use gluten-free graham crackers, and for the filling, I usually use corn starch instead of flour. It tastes even better with some cherry compote or caramel sauce.
5. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Chocolate truffles are one of the easiest treats out there, with only two ingredients: chocolate and heavy cream. I usually coat them with good quality cocoa powder, but you can use nuts, sprinkles, or coconut too, to mix it up a little.
6. CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
This treat is even more simple than truffles, an all-time classic. For most countries, June is the prime time for strawberries, so the timing could not have been more perfect to finish a romantic dinner with some chocolate-covered, fresh strawberries with your significant other.
7. KEY-LIME PIE
Probably the easiest pie there is. The classic recipe requires only a handful of ingredients: condensed milk, sugar and lime juice for the cream, and cookie crumbs for the crust with some melted butter. Just like with the cheesecake, the cookie crumbs can be replaced by gluten-free graham crackers in this case too.
8. CREME BRULEE
Four simple ingredients – egg yolks, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla – make for a rich and elegant dessert. Crème brûlée is baked custard with a brittle top of melted sugar that cracks when you gently tap it with a small spoon. A popular dessert on restaurant menus that can be easily made at home, saving money while at the same time surprising your family with a special treat.
If you’re looking for a dessert for your camping trip, or just want to camp out in your back yard, s’mores are the perfect choice for you. You only need some graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, and you’re good to go! Make sure you check the labels for all three ingredients verify is they don’t contain traces of gluten!
Macarons are extraordinary treats that look at least as mouth-watering as they are sweet. They are also gluten-free, having almond-flour as their main ingredient. Baking macarons just right can be really tricky and needs lots of practice, so I only recommend it to proficient bakers. As a last resort, however, you can grab some at most cake shops – or sometimes even supermarkets – if you want to surprise your loved ones with something special.
Jo Scrivner is a blogger and a women’s fiction writer. She is also a wife, a software developer, and a pastry chef, with a great passion for educating herself and others on mental health (thanks to her own struggles with anxiety and panic disorder), and is constantly curious about this fascinating – and sometimes challenging – world we live in.
She is currently residing in the UK, enjoying the beauty of the English countryside while working on her second novel.
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