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Celebrating with 10 Tasty Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

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Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, family, and, most importantly, delicious food.

For those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease, the holiday can pose a challenge, particularly when it comes to desserts.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the festive indulgence.

Our selection of gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts promises a table filled with variety, flavor, and joy for everyone.

Embracing a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Understanding Gluten-Free Needs

Before we delve into the recipes, it’s crucial to understand what it means to be gluten-free.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

For individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, consuming gluten can lead to health issues. Thus, a gluten-free diet is not just a choice but a necessity for many.

Gluten-Free Options

Fortunately, the rise in awareness about gluten sensitivity has led to an increase in gluten-free options. From gluten-free flour blends to ready-made pie crusts, the market is full of alternatives that make gluten-free baking easier and more delicious than ever.

Crafting the Perfect Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Key Ingredients for Gluten-Free Baking

  • Gluten-Free Flour: A blend of rice flour, potato flour, and xanthan gum often makes a great substitute for regular flour.
  • Almond Flour: Adds a nutty flavor and dense texture, perfect for pie crusts and cakes.
  • Coconut Milk: A great dairy-free option that adds creaminess to desserts.
  • Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar: Ideal sweeteners that add a depth of flavor.

The Art of Gluten-Free Baking

  • Precision is Key: Gluten-free baking requires precise measurements. A little extra flour or liquid can drastically change the outcome.
  • Moisture Matters: Gluten-free baked goods can sometimes be dry, so it’s important to balance the moisture content.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Gluten-free doesn’t mean flavor-free. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla can enhance your desserts.

Special Considerations

  • Cross-Contamination: When preparing gluten-free dessert recipes, ensure there’s no cross-contamination with gluten-containing foods.
  • Label Reading: Always read labels when purchasing ingredients to make sure they are truly gluten-free.

10 Must-Try Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Filling: A Thanksgiving classic. Using a gluten-free pie crust and a blend of pumpkin puree and spices, this pie is a crowd-pleaser.
  • Gluten-Free Pecan Pie: Sweetened with maple syrup and filled with crunchy pecans, this pie is a delightful treat.
  • Gluten-Free Apple Pie with Caramelized Apples: The aroma of apples and cinnamon in a flaky gluten-free crust is irresistible.
  • Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Frosted Pumpkin Bars: Soft, moist, and full of pumpkin flavor, these bars are topped with a rich cream cheese frosting.
  • Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Pie: Light, fluffy, and full of coconut flavor, perfect for those avoiding dairy and gluten.
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies: Rich and fudgy, these brownies are a chocolate lover’s dream.
  • Gluten-Free Lemon Bars: A zesty, refreshing dessert that adds a pop of color to the table.
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake: Combines the flavors of pumpkin and the richness of cheesecake for a luxurious treat.
  • Gluten-Free Maple Syrup Pecan Pie: Adds a unique twist to the traditional pecan pie with the use of maple syrup.
  • Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake: Moist, rich, and perfect for those with multiple dietary restrictions.

1) The Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free pie crust
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk (for a dairy-free option)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Roll out your gluten-free pie crust and place it in a pie tin.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin puree, heavy cream (or coconut milk), brown sugar, eggs, and spices. Mix until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for 50 minutes.
  5. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving. Garnish with whipped cream or coconut whipped cream for an extra touch of indulgence.

This classic pumpkin pie is not just gluten-free but can also be made dairy-free. The creamy filling, rich in pumpkin and spices, pairs wonderfully with the flaky crust, making it a staple at any Thanksgiving table.

2) Divine Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten-free pie crust
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Stir in pecans.
  3. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 60-70 minutes.
  4. Let the pie cool completely before slicing.

This gluten-free pecan pie has a caramelized, nutty filling that is absolutely delicious and perfect for those who crave something sweet but not overly sweet. The buttery crust complements the filling, offering a delightful contrast in textures.

3) Gluten-Free Apple Pie with Caramelized Apples

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free pie crust
  • 5-6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a pan, melt butter and add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the apple slices and cook until they are soft and caramelized.
  3. Fill the homemade pie crust with the apple mixture.
  4. Cover with another layer of pie crust and bake for 50 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

This gluten-free apple pie, filled with soft, caramelized apples and wrapped in a buttery crust, is a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving feast. The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg adds to the festive atmosphere, making it a family favorite.

4) Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix gluten-free flour, gf traditional pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and canned pumpkin. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled bars.

These pumpkin bars are soft, moist, and full of pumpkin flavor.

The cream cheese frosting adds a rich, creamy finish, making them a delightful gluten-free treat for any Thanksgiving celebration.

5) Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  5. Let the cake cool before serving.

This chocolate cake is not only gluten-free but also dairy-free, making it a great option for those with multiple dietary restrictions.

The cake is moist, rich in chocolate flavor, and can be topped with dairy-free frosting or fruit for added flair.

6) Gluten-Free Maple Syrup Pecan Pie

A Thanksgiving feast is incomplete without the rich, nutty goodness of a pecan pie. This gluten-free version, sweetened with maple syrup, adds a delightful twist to the traditional recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten-free pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread pecans evenly in the pie crust.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Pour this mixture over the pecans in the crust.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes until the filling is set.
  6. Let the pie cool before serving.

The maple syrup not only brings a unique flavor to the pie but also ensures that the filling is smooth and perfectly sweetened. This gluten-free maple syrup pecan pie is sure to be a hit among all your guests.

7) Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

For those who prefer a zesty touch to their desserts, these gluten-free lemon bars are a perfect choice. They are light and refreshing and provide a nice contrast to the richer Thanksgiving fare.

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
    • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • For the filling:
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
    • Zest from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour and powdered sugar for the crust. Cut in butter until all the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a lined baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. For the filling, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, gluten-free flour, and lemon zest.
  5. Pour this over the baked crust and return to the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow to Cool completely and dust with additional powdered sugar before serving.

These lemon bars, with their tangy filling and buttery crust, are not just a delight to eat but also add a pop of color to your dessert table.

8) Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

This creamy, dreamy cheesecake combines the flavors of pumpkin and the richness of cheesecake, making it a luxurious gluten-free dessert option for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
    • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • For the filling:
    • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix almond flour, sugar, and melted butter for the crust and press well into the bottom of a springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Pour over the crust and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  5. Let the cheesecake cool, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

The blend of pumpkin and cream cheese creates a smooth, velvety texture that’s simply irresistible. The almond flour crust adds a nutty flavor that complements the filling beautifully.

9) Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Pie

This coconut cream pie is a fantastic option for those who are both dairy and gluten intolerant. It’s light, fluffy, and full of coconut goodness.

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
    • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free graham crackers, crushed
    • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • For the filling:
    • 1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted coconut oil, press into a pie dish, and bake them for 10 minutes.
  3. For the filling, heat coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in your saucepan over medium heat. Stir until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat, add shredded coconut and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour into the crust and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Top with whipped coconut cream before serving.

This pie’s texture is wonderfully creamy, and the coconut flavor is not overpowering but just right, making it a refreshing end to a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Celebrating the Holiday Season

The Joy of Sharing

Thanksgiving is about sharing, and what better way to do so than by preparing desserts that everyone can enjoy? These gluten-free options ensure that no one feels left out and everyone gets a taste of the holiday joy.

Making Memories

Baking together can be a fun family activity. These gluten-free recipes are simple enough to involve family members of all ages, creating memories that last a lifetime.

A Feast for All

These gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts are more than just alternatives; they are a testament to the fact that dietary restrictions don’t have to limit the enjoyment of delicious food.

This Thanksgiving, let your table be a place where everyone, regardless of their dietary needs, can gather and enjoy a feast that is both safe and incredibly delicious.

Conclusion                                  

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the bounties of the year, and what better way to celebrate than with a table full of delectable desserts that everyone can enjoy?

These gluten-free Thanksgiving dessert recipes are sure to satisfy all your guests, making your holiday gathering a memorable and inclusive event.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are the perfect blend of chewy and fudgy, with a deep chocolate flavor that satisfies any sweet tooth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 2300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Mix melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in cocoa powder, gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Fold in chocolate chips if using.
  • Pour all into a greased baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before cutting into squares.