32 BEST Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

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The best gluten-free desserts including strawberry shortcake, pumpkin bread, chocolate cheesecake, and more

If you feel like you’re missing out on your favorite desserts while eating gluten-free, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! You won’t find gummy cakes, bean-y cookies, or hockey puck muffins around here.

To help you discover sweet treats you’ll LOVE, we’ve gathered our reader-reviewed, favorite (!) gluten-free dessert recipes including brownies, cookies, muffins, quick breads, cakes, and more.

(Note: Dietary symbols listed throughout for easy navigation!)

Plate with a stack of Blueberry Gluten Free Scones
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Blueberry Gluten-Free Scones
Gluten-free scones that are tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, flaky, and infused with wild blueberries! Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Slices of gluten free vegan coffee cake with glaze
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1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake (GF, Oil-Free)
Fluffy, tender coffee cake with a perfect crumb that’s easy to make (1 bowl!), naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free. Laced with cinnamon sugar and topped with cinnamon pecan crumble!
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Tray stacked tall with homemade Vegan 7-Layer Bars
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Vegan 7 Layer Bars
Decadent vegan 7-layer bars with an almond-oat crust, date caramel, coconut butter and flakes, chocolate chips, and peanut butter! Easy to make, gluten-free, and insanely delicious!
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Stack of Fudgy Vegan Turtle Brownies made with black beans
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Refined-Sugar-Free Turtle Brownies (GF)
Fudgy black bean brownies made in a food processor. Entirely naturally sweetened, swirled with date caramel and pecans. A sneaky vegan, gluten-free dessert.
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Batch of Raw Vegan Brownies cut into squares and topped with walnuts
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No-Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache
Simple, raw vegan brownies studded with walnuts and cacao nibs! A 5-ingredient coconut oil chocolate ganache is optional but recommended for a fudgy, decadent finish. A healthier vegan, gluten-free dessert!
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Stack of Sweet Potato Brownies topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
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Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)
Incredibly fudgy sweet potato brownies with cacao, almond butter, and oats. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and topped with pecans and chocolate chips for the ultimate healthier treat!
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Dipping a Vegan Brownie Cookie into almond milk
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Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies
Insanely fudgy vegan brownie cookies that are tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and reminiscent of a brownie! Just 10 ingredients required for these naturally sweetened gluten- and grain-free treats!
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Spoonful of almond butter beside a plate of our 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Fluffy 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tender, wholesome cookies with a light, fluffy texture. Not too sweet, rich with almond butter flavor, and studded with chunks of dark chocolate.
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Stack of Vegan Trail Mix Cookies in a bowl with scooped sides
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Vegan Trail Mix Cookies (Gluten-Free + Grain-Free)
Vegan, gluten-free trail mix cookies made with 10 wholesome ingredients and simple methods. A delicious, tender, chewy snack or dessert!
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Oats, dark chocolate, and a plate of Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy, vegan, and gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made with 10 wholesome ingredients! Tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside, SO delicious!
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Parchment-lined baking sheet filled with freshly baked Healthy Vegan Cookies
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5-Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free Cookies
Simple, 5-ingredient V + GF cookies that are healthy, easy, and delicious.
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Plate with three Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF & 1 Bowl!)
Healthier 1-Bowl Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies made without butter or oil. Perfectly chewy, salty-sweet, and studded with chocolate chips!
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Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies on a cutting board topped with red fabric
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Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men
1-bowl gingerbread men that are both vegan and gluten-free! Perfect for rolling out and stamping or rolling into balls for making the most tender, delicious gingersnaps on the planet.
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Stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
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Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)
Fluffy, perfectly sweet sugar cookies made in 1 bowl! Roll out and cut into shapes or roll into easy circles. Entirely vegan and gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Tray with Banana Chocolate Muffins beside a spoonful of tahini and bowl of cocoa powder
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1-Bowl Fudgy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (Vegan/GF)
The fudgiest plant-based, gluten-free chocolate muffins on the block, made in 1 bowl with wholesome ingredients like almond flour, flaxseed, cocoa powder, bananas, and more!
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Tray of Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Muffins with a fresh banana in the background
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1-Bowl Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (GF)
Tender, perfectly sweet banana muffins studded with walnuts! Easy to make in just 1 bowl, plus entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Tray with a batch of Carrot Apple Muffins for simple GF vegan fall dessert
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1-Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (Vegan + GF)
Vegan, gluten-free carrot muffins loaded with fruit and veggies. Super moist and flavorful, healthy, and made in one bowl! Perfect for on-the-go breakfast and snacking.
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Two columns of Vegan Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
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1-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
1-bowl vegan pumpkin muffins with pecan crumble! Tender, flavorful, and naturally sweetened. The perfect fall snack or dessert!
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Cutting board filled with Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins beside ingredients used to make them
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Fluffy Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins (GF)
Incredibly fluffy, wholesome sweet potato muffins that are naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and swirled with roasted almond butter. The perfect sweet treat made with good-for-you, whole-food ingredients.
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AMAZING Vegan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread! 1 bowl, naturally sweetened, SO delicious! #chocolate #zucchini #recipe #vegan #glutenfree #minimalistbaker
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1-Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Fluffy, tender, insanely delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread! Made in just 1 bowl, naturally sweetened, SO delicious!
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Partially sliced loaf of Vegan GF Pumpkin Bread on a tray
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1-Bowl Pumpkin Bread (V + GF)
1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread that’s moist, perfectly spiced and sweet, and seriously simple! Ideal for breakfast, snacking, and fall gatherings.
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Stack of four homemade Baked Chocolate Donuts dripping with glaze
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30-Minute Chocolate Donuts (Vegan / GF)
Fluffy, baked chocolate cake donuts made in 30 minutes! Gluten-free, perfectly sweet, and topped with a simple coconut oil glaze!
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Tray with a stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts
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Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Cider Baked Donuts
Fluffy, apple-cider-infused vegan, gluten-free donuts! Naturally sweetened, about 30 minutes from start to finish, and perfect for fall!
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Triple layer Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake topped with fresh berries
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Gluten Free Birthday Cake (Vegan)
A moist chocolate gluten-free birthday cake made in just 1 bowl! Three layers of fluffy chocolate cake, coconut whipped cream, and fresh berries makes it the perfect summer birthday cake!
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Cake platter with half of a Vegan GF Carrot Cake topped with Cashew Buttercream Frosting
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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Amazing carrot cake made in 1 bowl! Simple to make, insanely moist and flavorful, and undetectably vegan and gluten-free!
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Partially eaten slice of Raw Carrot Cake resting beside the rest of the cake
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Raw Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
Raw vegan carrot cake made with 10 wholesome ingredients! Tender, 30 minutes to make, and topped with an optional cashew cream cheese frosting! 
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Holding up a slice of Easy Baked Vegan Cheesecake topped with lemon and raspberries
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Easy Baked Cheesecake (Vegan + GF)
Amazing baked vegan cheesecake with a simple oat-almond crust that tastes like graham crackers! Easy to prepare, requiring just 1 blender! The closest thing to “real” cheesecake I’ve ever tasted.
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Platter of Mini Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes topped with fresh berries
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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes
Thick, custard-like vegan chocolate cheesecakes with a date-walnut cocoa crust. Just 10 ingredients required and entirely vegan and gluten free. Perfect topped with coconut whipped cream and fresh fruit.
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Biting into a slice of our 1-Bowl Pumpkin Pie recipe
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1-Bowl Pumpkin Pie (Vegan + GF)
Easy, 1-bowl pumpkin pie with a salted cashew-oat crust and naturally sweetened, perfectly spiced pumpkin filling. Perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Plate of Two Vegan GF Shortcake Biscuits filled with strawberries and coconut whipped cream
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Perfect Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan / GF)
Fluffy, tender, vegan gluten-free shortcake topped with coconut whipped cream and strawberries! The perfect special diet-friendly dessert for summertime!
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Bowl of Healthified Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream
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Healthified Apple Crisp (1 Bowl!)
1-bowl, gluten-free, lower sugar apple crisp made with oats, pecans, and caramelized apples. A healthier vegan dessert that’s perfect for fall!
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Two bowls and a baking pan of Grain-Free Berry Crisp served with vegan ice cream
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Grain-Free Berry Crisp
Vegan berry crisp with 3 types of berries. It's naturally sweetened with crispy, grain-free topping! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free summer dessert!
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If you try any of these gluten-free desserts, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Suzie says

    I love your recipes! Im wondering if there an alternative when the recipes call for chickpea brine? I’m not eager to open a can of chickpea when I have no plans for them. And Does the chickpea brine keep in the fridge for when I do open a new can?
    Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aquafaba is kind of magical – I encourage you to try it! And yes, it lasts in the fridge once opened for ~5-7 days.

  2. Magdalena says

    These recipes are so exciting! Then, when l look at the ingredients l am really disappointed, as so many of them have oats or oatflour in them. I am gluten AND oat intolerant! I wonder if oats can be replaced with something else, such as quinoa flakes/flour?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Magdalena, depending on the recipe, quinoa flakes/flour might work. Sometimes mixing it with sorghum flour is best for a better flavor. We’d suggest looking at the comments on the recipe you are hoping to make for more specific guidance.

  3. Jody Roy says

    I have made the blueberry scones again and again. So good. I really appreciate this service you are doing for those of us with food sensitivity
    challenges.

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