As more and more people become increasingly concerned with what they eat and make the transition to eating healthier options, gluten-free diets have become more popular. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons or otherwise, there are many ways to enjoy delicious desserts that are still gluten-free. Here are four recipes to gluten-free desserts and baked treats.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
This recipe for flourless chocolate cake allows you to enjoy the taste of a delicious chocolate cake while sticking to your diet. The ingredients for this recipe include:
2 sticks of unsalted butter, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ cup of heavy cream, 8 ounces of chocolate, 5 eggs, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and ½ cup of sour cream.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9-inch spring form pan. In a saucepan, heat the butter and heavy cream over low heat until the butter is melted. Add the chocolate until the mixture is smooth. Remove the heat from the mixture and add the eggs, granulated sugar, and cocoa powder. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes. This cake is just as delicious as any other chocolate cake recipe that might use flour. It is both sweet and moist and can be prepared up to two days in advance.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut butter cookies are a great dessert, and the gluten free recipe does not require many ingredients. The ingredients needed for this recipe include:
2 cups of creamy peanut butter, 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar, ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, and ½ teaspoon of salt.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use an electric mixer to blend the peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add in the eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture, and then use your hands to roll the dough into balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
This recipe is a personal favorite. The cookies are moist and chewy and go well with almost any beverage. They can also be very filling and serve the purpose of a snack.
It might sound like a very simple dessert, but chocolate pudding is a great dessert that can be made gluten-free. All you need to make this basic dessert are:
2/3 cup of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, 3 cups of whole milk, 4 large egg yolks, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 6 ounces of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, egg yolks, and milk until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Then, cook the mixture on low heat until it becomes thick. Once you remove the mixture from the heat, add the vanilla and chocolate. Be sure to stir the mixture until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into small cups or bowls and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. This dessert is enjoyable because of its great taste, as well as its simplicity. It is both easy and quick to make.
Another personal favorite recipe is rice pudding. It requires very few ingredients and is also quick to make. The ingredients required are:
2 cups of instant rice, ½ cup of vanilla ice cream, and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
The first step is to cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the ice cream and the cinnamon, and you have yourself rice pudding. Pour the pudding into separate bowls and cups. The reason this recipe is enjoyable is the use of vanilla ice cream, which is not the conventional way in which rice pudding is made. Most recipes call for extra ingredients such as milk and additional sugar, but this recipe keeps the ingredients to a minimum without compromising the taste.