I’m not gluten-free, but many of my friends are. I enjoy making treats for everyone I know, and I never want anyone to feel left out. Here are my favorite gluten-free desserts, and they happen to be totally vegan and paleo-friendly as well. These desserts are quite healthy, but they’re rich enough to not feel like you’re giving anything up.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
I love decadent chocolate mousse, and I love to serve this mousse to gluten-free friends, because it is just as rich as a normal dessert. Avocados may seem like a strange ingredient, but they give the mousse a creaminess and texture that I love. Serve this mousse in fancy glasses or dishes, and feel free to top it with chopped nuts or brightly colored fruit.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
- optional dash of liquor or vanilla
Place the avocados, bananas, chocolate chips, and liquor if using in a blender or food processor. Blend very well. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
Nutty Apple Crumble
Apple crumble is one of my favorite desserts, and I have modified my favorite recipe to be completely gluten and grain free. I actually have come to prefer this apple crumble recipe to my typical one, as the nuts give more flavor and heartiness to the dish. Serve this apple crumble warm or cold, and it’s great with coffee or ice cream.
- 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon oil or butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, and / or almonds)
- 1/4 cup chopped dried fruit (dates, figs, and or raisins)
Preheat your oven to 350F Toss the apples with the oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pour the apple mixture into a small cake pan or casserole dish. Mix the nuts and dried fruit together, and top the apples with the nut mixture. Gently press the nut mixture into the pan.
Bake the apple crumble for 25 – 30 minutes in the oven, until the nuts are well roasted but not burnt. Serve immediately or let the crumble cool to the desired temperature.
Tropical Chia Coconut Pudding
This divine coconut pudding is both rich and bright. I love that it’s packed with nutrients, and it’s such a festive dessert to serve guests. The chia seeds naturally thicken the pudding, and the fruit adds a delicious sweetness. I like to serve this in cute glasses or even in hollowed out coconut shells.
- 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup flaked coconut
Place the coconut milk, banana, and pineapple in a food processor or blender. Blend well.
Stir the chia seeds and flaked coconut into the coconut milk mixture. Let the mixture rest a minute, and then stir it gently. Repeat this resting and stirring process four more times. Then let the mixture rest for five minutes, and stir it again. Pour the pudding into a container, and refrigerate for a half hour. Stir the pudding again, and let it cool for another hour before serving it.