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33 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes You'll Actually Want To Eat

Gluten be gone.
01/24/2018 06:46am ET | Updated January 24, 2018
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Even though you don’t necessarily taste it, flour is the foundation of most desserts we love. Cookies, pies, cakes and brownies are all loaded with the wheat-y, glutinous powder.

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or are just cutting gluten out of your diet, the baked goods you eat on a gluten-free diet will likely need a major overhaul. And because the definition of gluten is so incredibly specific, it’s not always easy to know what you can and can’t eat.

The Celiac Foundation defines gluten this way:

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro graham, kamut khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale ― a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

You can see why people might find it daunting to navigate a gluten-free diet.

But thanks to years of recipe development, it’s all getting easier. Coconut flour, oat flour, rice flour, almond flour and others can be used as substitutes, not to mention gluten-free flour blends like Cup4Cup, which is a 1:1 substitution for all-purpose flour that works in almost any recipe.

Below are tried-and-true recipes from bloggers who’ve mastered making gluten-free desserts. We were extra picky in our selection, because we want to spare you the disappointment of biting into a gluten-free brownie that tastes like it’s made of paper towels. We’ve done it, and we love you too much for that.

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Flourless Almond Butter Brownies (Gluten-Free)
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2
Salted Cashew Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Gluten-Free)
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3
Gluten-Free Fudge Cake
A Girl Defloured
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4
Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls With Popped Quinoa (Gluten-Free)
Naturally Ella
5
Baked Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts
A Girl Defloured
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6
Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake (Gluten-Free)
Yammies Noshery
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7
Vegan & Paleo Pumpkin Spice Brownies (Gluten-Free)
Not Enough Cinnamon
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8
Funfetti Celebration Cake (Gluten-Free)
The Kitchen McCabe
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9
Healthier Peach Crisp Bars (Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free)
Not Enough Cinnamon
10
1-Bowl Pumpkin Cake (Gluten-Free)
Minimalist Baker
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11
Chocolate Almond Drop Cookies (Gluten-Free)
Naturally Ella
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12
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies
A Girl Defloured
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13
Super Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies
Gluten Free On A Shoe String
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14
Healthy Morning Glory Banana Bread (Gluten-Free)
Amys Healthy Baking
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15
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Gluten-Free)
Amys Healthy Baking
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16
Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (Gluten-Free)
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17
Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Not Enough Cinnamon
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18
Flourless Cashew Butter Salted Chickpea Blondies (Gluten-Free)
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19
Fudgy Flourless Black Bean Cookies (Gluten-Free)
Gluten Free On A Shoe String
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20
Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free)
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21
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Swirl Fudge Brownies
A Girl Defloured
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22
Gluten-Free French Apple Cake
A Girl Defloured
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23
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-Free)
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24
1-Bowl Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Gluten-Free)
Minimalist Baker
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25
Coconut & Oat Wonder Bars (Gluten-Free)
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26
Gluten-Free Blueberry Boy Bait
A Girl Defloured
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27
Strawberry Vanilla Almond Cream Layer Cake (Gluten-Free)
The Kitchen McCabe
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28
Gluten-Free Compost Cookies
A Girl Defloured
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29
Gluten-Free Birthday Cake
Minimalist Baker
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30
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
Gluten Free On A Shoe String
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Gluten-Free Sponge Cake
Gluten Free On A Shoe String
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32
Healthy Pumpkin Pecan Bars {Gluten-Free + Refined Sugar Free + Dairy-Free}
Not Enough Cinnamon
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Gluten-Free Devil's Food Cake
Gluten Free On A Shoe String
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Gluten-Free Comfort Food
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