Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts to Impress Everyone at the Table
Whether you follow a gluten free diet, or you have a guest coming who needs a GF option, we’ve rounded up our favorite gluten free Thanksgiving desserts. Is it healthier to eat foods that are gluten free? Well that’s a loaded question. It depends.
Do you have celiac disease? Then yes! Do you have a sensitivity to gluten and you experience symptoms upon eating it? Then most likely, yes, it can be beneficial to you as well. Do you have IBS and are following a low FODMAP diet? Then yes, for right now, gluten is avoided.
Did you hear from the boss girl on the internet or that trendy celeb that you shouldn’t eat gluten for whatever reason? Then no, there is no need to avoid gluten.
For whatever reason, baking and holiday desserts can be a challenge. Everything has gluten in it, it seems. Every recipe uses all purpose flour. So what is the alternative? Does using almond flour work instead? What about rice flour? Coconut flour? Binders and thickeners? It can be a science experiment to try and make these things with replacements.
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Products to Make Easy Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts
These products can make it easier to have your favorite, traditional desserts by just making simple swaps. Know and love a pie recipe but just need to swap out the pie crust? Use a 1:1 flour mix or buy a premade GF crust! Want to make a recipe that calls for cake mix? There are GF options for that too! Here are some of our favorites:
- 1:1 Flour like King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour* or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour*
- Gluten free graham cracker crumbs like King Arthur or a ready made crust like Mi-Del Graham Style Pie Crust*
- Ready made pie shells or rolled pie dough from Wholly Wholesome*
- Gluten free cake mixes like King Arthur’s GF Chocolate Cake Mix* or Betty Crocker’s GF Yellow Cake Mix*
15 Tasty Gluten Free Recipes to Try
Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie with Hazelnut Crust
Creamy chocolate goodness atop a crunchy, nutty hazelnut crust. That’s a win in my book! If you’re looking to try a different pie this year, our Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie should do the trick!
Pumpkin Pie with Almond Flour Crust
If you wanted to try an almond flour crust, this pumpkin pie recipe is for you! Also great if you are trying to manage your blood sugar.
Warm Baked Cinnamon Apples with Crunchy Almond Topping
If apple crisp is your thing, look no further. Our baked cinnamon apples are comfort food at its finest. Vanilla ice cream is a must!
Grain Free Gingerbread Cookies
Ok, I know gingerbread is usually reserved for December. But I love me some gingerbread cookies. Like a lot. And I would be perfectly happy to see a plate of these on the Thanksgiving dessert buffet!
Low FODMAP Brownies
If you’re not a fan of the bean brownie, look no further than these delicious low FODMAP brownies that use gluten free flour!
Cheesecake with Blackberry Compote
Cheesecake is easily made gluten free by using gluten free graham cracker sheets or crumbs. I love the addition of a fruit topping!
Gluten Free Apple Bread
Quick breads may not seem like a Thanksgiving dessert. But they’re easy and delicious. And if you put them on a griddle or panini press, and serve with a little ice cream…yum! This apple bread has all the flavors of fall and the crumb top is definitely my favorite part.
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake Cups
All the deliciousness of a cheesecake with a fraction of the work. Just use gluten free graham cracker crumbs! Cranberry orange cheesecake cups are a great addition to the dessert table!
Gluten Free Snickerdoodles
While I prefer the classic chocolate chip cookie, if you are a fan of the snickerdoodle, we’ve got you covered! Check out our gluten free snickerdoodle recipe!
Blog reviewed and updated November 2023
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.