"What’s the point of eating dessert when it’s healthy? Especially when it's gluten-free.”
Well, let me tell you:
You can make desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth craving without sending your body into sugar distress and making you feel gross.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with traditional dessert in moderation, but healthifying it up adds extra perks, such as avoiding the following:
1. Uber processed ingredients
2. Refined sugars
3. The dreaded post-dessert slump
(Not to mention the occasional “Why did I eat that?”)
So let's get onto some DELICIOUS yet healthy desserts, shall we?
Your Go-To GF Dessert Staples
Healthy, gluten-free desserts are super simple to make, especially when you always have the following ingredients in stock!
- Nut or seed butter: almond, peanut, & cashew butter or another alternative like sunflower seed butter
- Liquid sweeteners: maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, or brown rice syrup
- Egg substitutes: chia or flax seed mixtures
- Mix-Ins: chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.
- Gluten-free flour: almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, etc. For a more extensive list, read the guide to gluten-free baking!
40 Healthy Gluten-Free Desserts for Guilt-Free Indulgence
So what do healthy desserts even look like?
For starters, most are free of processed oils and refined sugar.
The following 40 recipes are just that and more:
Sans gluten! And with vegan options!
Table of Contents (Click to jump to that section!):
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies
- Gingersnap Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Super Fudgy Healthy Brownies
- Blueberry Pie Bars
- Homemade Fudge
- Amazing Everything Bars
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Amazing Chocolate Cake
- 1-Bowl Carrot Cake
- Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Frosting
- Citrus Coconut Vegan Cake
- Chocolate Black Bean Cupcakes
- Gluten-Free Apple Galette
- Avocado Key Lime Pie
- Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Pie
- Peach Crisp
- Blackberry Cobblers
- Lemon Loaf
- Chai-Spiced Banana Loaf
- Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins
- Chocolate Cherry Muffins
- Churro Muffins
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
- Cookie Dough Dip
- Brownie Batter Dip
- Banana Pudding
- Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Strawberry Cashew Milkshake
- Grape Lime Strawberry Pops
- Chocolate Oat Cream
- Mango Coconut Popsicles
- Protein Peanut Butter Cups
- Brownie Bites
- Cake Bites
- Cookie Dough Bars
- Healthier Magic Cookie Bars
“Too Cool for the Jar” Cookies
If you have cookies, you’re automatically cool.
But if you have these healthy GF cookie recipes?
Your coolness is next level.
Low sugar without oil or butter.
But with all the chocolatey, gooey deliciousness you can imagine.
The only downside to these cookies is that there are no eggs in the dough, which means you might find yourself gargling down a whole bowl of raw dough in 10 minutes flat.
Feeling down and out?
Have a lemon cookie!
The citrusy, chewy goodness topped with vegan frosting can cure anything. (may or may not be scientifically proven)
Top with lemon zest for extra oomph!
Ginger is an acquired taste, but anyone can love these gingersnap cookies.
The combination of cinnamon, ginger, and molasses creates tiny sparkles of spice, while the coconut sugar/cinnamon softens the flavors with sweetness.
Who’s ready to round this one off as an all-year favorite?
Only 4 ingredients? Say no more!
Just grab some peanut butter, coconut sugar, baking soda, and whip up a flaxseed egg.
Mix. Roll. And bake!
P.S. If you’re not scrounging for time or needing a peanut butter fix ASAP, you can toss in some vanilla extract and salt for more kick.
Snickerdoodles are everyone’s Christmas go-to, but this recipe brings ‘doodles to the top of the cookie food chain.
Made with an almond & oat flour mixture, that unique cream of tartar texture, and sweet cinnamon, it’s every gluten-free cookie-lovers fantasy.
Seriously though. Can this one be an all-year favorite, too?
Bake My Day with Brownies & Bars
Sometimes you just need a brownie.
And other times, you need to surprise yourself with a delicious dessert bar.
“Terribly indulgent, sinfully decadent, and just ridiculously fudgy,” these brownies will have you coming back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.
Did I mention they’re gluten-free and dairy-free? Plus, you can totally veganize them by substituting in chia seed eggs for real eggs.
During spring and summer, you can easily find a giant pack of organic blueberries for $3 or less. Besides popping them in your mouth every 2.8 seconds, you can turn those blue balls of antioxidant wonder into pie bars.
Not near as complicated as pie. But just as good.
Plus, they pass as dessert. Win!
You’re rich!...in chocolate.
Fudge is for those who revel in ultra-heavy, stomachache-but-don’t-care kind of chocolate.
And this recipe does not disappoint.
It’s 5 stars on all fronts, from taste, texture, and healthiness– gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
It’s all in the name.
These AMAZING bars each have a layer of oat crust, crunchy coconut, chocolate, and caramel peanut butter.
And if it sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry. They’re easy peasy no-bake on top of having the cleanest ingredients list around.
10. Pecan Pie Bars
Oh hey there, deliciousness with 10 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and only 1 gram of sugar.
Reach your macro goals but still keep your sweet tooth at bay! Either way, you and your family will rave over these pecan pie bars.
Let Them Eat GF Cake
The big kahuna of desserts!
Cake is always the centerpiece of any gathering, whether it’s tiny cupcakes or a giant 5-layer chocolate tower.
So if you’re gluten-free and worried your cake won’t live up, you need these healthy (but scrumptious) recipes.
A paleo cake with the perfect balance of light, airy, moist, and spongy, is unheard of.
But not anymore!
You can serve this giant cake up to grain-lovers, and they won’t even skip a beat:
Just how an amazing chocolate cake should be.
Whenever I make cake, I have 50,000 bowls scattered around the kitchen, flour in my hair, and a confused scowl as to how to get the dang icing to work.
This carrot cake changed my life:
One bowl. One mess. No stress.
Don’t forget to try out the vegan cashew buttercream frosting!
Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and vanilla taste like a warm hug, which is exactly what this pumpkin cake is all about.
Fall or not, this recipe can spice up your day anytime, while the dreamy frosting sends you to a whole nother dessert dimension.
Lemon. Lime. Coconut. Vegan. Gluten-Free. CAKE.
Need I say more?
You can bake this cake in 45 minutes or less with just a few simple ingredients.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to put the coconut cream cans in the fridge at least 24 hours beforehand!
Don’t turn your nose up yet!
Black beans are tasteless in these cupcakes and offer a healthy amount of protein and fiber to keep you full for longer.
What a way to turn chocolate into a full-blown meal.
Want a Piece of Me? Pies, Cobblers, & Crisps
When done right, pies, cobblers, and crisps can absolutely rock the gluten-free dessert game.
Need proof? See below.
A lazy man’s pie!
Everyone knows the annoyance of throwing on the top crust, only for it to break while you frantically mush it back together.
There’s none of that here, but you still get buttery, gluten-free crust galore. Plus, no refined sugars on your apples.
Avocado gives this pie a decadent key lime color and smooth texture.
The lime and maple syrup mask the avocado taste bringing sweet, citrusy bliss to the forefront. And the crust is all things gluten-free almonds and cashews.
It’s a healthy Nutella surprise!
Unlikely trio dates, cornstarch, and tofu come together to turn this pudding pie into one of the most delicious desserts of all time.
No dairy, gluten, oils, or refined sugar. Just one fabulous 6-ingredient dessert.
19. Peach Crisp
Crisps are one of the easiest desserts on the planet, and peaches...are one of the yummiest fruits ever.
Combine them and BAM!
You have the perfect dessert for every occasion. And now you have something even better:
the gluten-free, healthy version that still packs the wow factor.
Got an oven-safe skillet, 8 cobbler ingredients, and 45 minutes to spare?
Bake away this delish blackberry cobbler recipe designed to save your stomach from refined sugar, oils, and gluten peril.
You won’t regret it.
Dessert for Breakfast: Muffins & Loaves
The only way to get away with dessert before 10 am:
Make the most of your dessert breakfast with these to die for muffins and loaves!
21. Lemon Loaf
Reaching that bakery-style texture can be extremely difficult, but this lemon loaf recipe says otherwise.
It’s not too heavy or sweet, but just the right amount of refreshing. Pair it with some tea for the ultimate breakfast of dessert champions!
Anything chai is bound to taste great, and the blend of gluten-free flours here compliment it perfectly.
To sweeten this loaf up a little more, use overly ripe bananas, add ¼ coconut sugar, or top with a generous tablespoon of honey.
What a great way to sneak cheesecake into your day without the guilt or excess sugar.
This recipe uses agave nectar, vegan cream cheese, and applesauce for the ultimate muffin appeal.
And yah know what? It works.
Fruit + chocolate combo alert!
If you’re not into cherries, you can easily swap them out for your favorite fruit:
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or even blackberries.
For a protein-filled breakfast, top these babies with some almond or peanut butter.
25. Churro Muffins
Welcome to churro heaven, the kind of heaven where churros taste great and are healthy at the same time.
These gluten-free muffins only take 15 minutes to bake then are dunked in a coconut sugar cinnamon coating.
Perfect Puddings & Delicious Dips
The proof is in the pudding, and these recipes totally prove themselves worthy of your dessert-ridden mouth.
Try them and see!
The word “mousse” may sound affluent, but this recipe is only 6 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make.
However, if you’re looking to fancy it up, top with mint springs, raspberries, or chocolate shavings.
You can’t get much healthier than this!
Chia seeds are a superfood, well-renowned for their healthy Omega-3, fat, fiber, and protein contents. In this case, you’re amping them up with a magic duo:
Cinnamon and vanilla.
28. Cookie Dough Dip
Who says you can’t make cookie dough just to eat it out of the bowl?
Cookie dough dip redefines all the laws of raw dough consumption with one main ingredient:
Yes, it might not be the healthiest dessert of the list, but it certainly deserves a spot because it subs in almond flour and some maple syrup.
Ever heard of dessert hummus?
It’s sweet with a chickpea base, exactly what this brownie batter dip is made of. In 5 minutes or less, you can enjoy a rich, chocolatey, brownie-flavored dip with all the hummus health benefits.
You can even eat it alone with a spoon.
30. Banana Pudding
This banana pudding recipe tastes loads better than a boxed mix. And it won’t send your blood sugar levels packing since it’s full of all-natural ingredients.
Top with walnuts, extra banana slices, or even strawberries for extra texture!
Inside Scoop: Healthy Frozen Treats
Frozen sweetness tastes better in a different kind of way.
You agree? Get these inside scoop recipes!
Ice cream sandwiches can be good for you.
Ice cream sandwiches can be good for you.
Every little detail from the cookie to the cream in this recipe is loaded with clean ingredients you can all find in your pantry right now.
Milkshakes are amazing for when you want dessert on the fly. They’re so simple!
Thankfully, it doesn’t get much more complicated vegan style. There’s only one extra step:
Soaking the cashews.
But the ultra-smooth result is absolutely worth it.
If you have kids, you need to make these pops ASAP.
The colors radiate deliciousness and fun while the flavors add heaps of refreshment. They won’t even notice the kale!
Oat milk is sensationally creamy, which makes it a grade A replacement for dairy milk ice cream.
Just grab your ice cream maker, blender, oats, dates, and chocolate! It’ll blow your mind how close this tastes to the real thing.
These popsicles instantly warp you into vacation mode. They radiate summer feels with sweet mango and fresh coconut vibes...without the refined sugar you usually find in popsicles!
You can add more flavor with a tablespoon of lime juice or by mixing up the fruit combinations. Strawberry & peach and blueberry & mint to name a few!
More Super Satisfying No-Bake Bites
Been there. You want dessert. And you want it bad. But you don’t want the hassle of baking. Use these no-bake bites to the rescue!
Homemade peanut butter cups are the epitome of easy. With only 4 ingredients, they radiate Reese’s flavor.
And for this recipe, you’re adding protein powder, which racks up the healthy points.
37. Brownie Bites
Warning! You may consume all of these bites in one sitting.
They’re just like a real brownie but in tiny ball form, which makes them that much more dangerous. But no worries! You won’t feel that dessert slump as hard because they’re healthified.
38. Cake Bites
Bites make everything better, especially if they have outstanding taste like these little chocolate-covered cake miracles.
Plus, you can store them for up to 6 weeks. (But you and I both know they won’t last that long.)
Cookie dough never gets old, and there are so many incredible ways of making it healthy.
Here, you’ll use tahini, maple syrup, vegan chocolate chips, rolled oats, and dates to create the biggest, bestest cookie dough bar.
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Oil-Free, and oh-so-yum.
Ending the list with a bang:
Chocolate, coconut, and nuts fill these magic cookie bars with divine dessert power.
All of the ingredients are clean, even down to the homemade sweetened condensed milk.
You’re Rolling in Healthy Dessert Dough!
You’ve found the jackpot for healthy, gluten-free dessert recipes.
Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy sweet treats 100% guilt-free.
Which one are you going to try first?
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