10 Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving Just as Good as the Real Deal

Updated 11/06/18

Holding allergy-friendly holiday gatherings can be tricky. You want to include all of your loved ones, but odds are, someone in your circle has something they’re avoiding, allergic, or completely intolerant to. To make things more difficult, the tried-and-true recipes of the past usually don’t take into account that some eaters might not be able to eat flour, butter or eggs. I’m looking at you, broccoli cheese casserole, sour cream mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

I’m dairy-free, and my college roommate was gluten-free. Together we were every Friendsgiving's worst nightmare. Instead of expecting others to accommodate our needs, we’d usually just make something we knew we could eat to be safe. But here’s the thing: There are plenty of recipes for dishes that accommodate a range of eaters. If your Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering guest list includes some gluten-free eaters, don’t fear. Recipes have come a long way in recent years, and there are dishes that both you and they will want to eat.

We’ve done some searching and found 10 gluten-free desserts for Thanksgiving you should add to your sweets table. From pecan rum balls to vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls, these gluten-free desserts are so scrumptious, your remaining guests won’t know they’re gluten-free either.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — No Crust Pumpkin Pie
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No Crust Pumpkin Pie

This no-fuss, no-crust pumpkin pie recipe from Boulder Locavore is naturally gluten-free. With no crust, the pumpkin custard reigns supreme and takes on a consistency of a pumpkin flan. Top with a dollop of whipped cream for some added goodness.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These gluten, dairy, and egg-free cinnamon rolls from Food Faith Fitness are the best of pumpkin spice in a pastry. With an ample list of helpful substitutions included with the recipe, you won’t have to go it alone at the grocery store if you don’t experience dietary sensitivities. Your Thanksgiving eaters will probably want the recipe, too.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Pumpkin Cinnamon Ripple Ice Cream Pie With Salted Caramel Sauce
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Ripple Ice Cream Pie With Salted Caramel Sauce

In this recipe from Boulder Locavore, all of your favorite fall flavors come together in one gluten-free dessert. This non-traditional ice cream pie with pumpkin, cinnamon, and salted caramel flavors will raise eyebrows in the best way. Another perk? It’s no-bake, so you will be spared from the kitchen madness.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars
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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

These vegan and gluten-free no-bake pumpkin pie bars from Eating Bird Food are desserts designed to satisfy a range of eaters with dietary needs. These decadent bars pair a crunchy granola crust with creamy pumpkin pie filling enhanced with coconut oil and cashew butter. While they don’t require an oven, be sure to make these a couple hours in advance, so they’re set in time.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Pecan Rum Balls
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Pecan Rum Balls

If you’re not into *actually* baking, these boozy pecan rum balls from Boulder Locavore can be easily made with gluten-free ingredients. For the recipe, the blog recommends making your own gluten-free cookies to use first, unless you have a brand you think would fit the bill. Make these treats well in advance, so the flavor can soak in for the most impact.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
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Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

In this healthy apple crisp recipe from Eating Bird Food that features oatmeal pecan topping, you’ll find your solution for what to do with a bunch of extra apples. Easily gluten-free and vegan, this dish pairs cinnamon apples with crispy, nutty oatmeal topping. If you’re looking for more of an apple pie substitute instead of a healthy treat, add a small scoop of ice cream.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Pumpkin Roasted Banana Quick Bread
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Pumpkin Roasted Banana Quick Bread

Few things say fall like pumpkin bread. This pumpkin roasted banana quick bread from Boulder Locavore has an added bonus: It’s gluten-free. Filled with pumpkin, banana, autumnal spices, and cranberries, this bread will be all fall without the flour.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Vegan Baked Apples
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Vegan Baked Apples

With no added refined sugar, these vegan baked oatmeals from The Butter Half require a short list of ingredients. Unlike other baked apple recipes, this take on the seasonal favorite preserves most of the apple’s shape and tops it with Bare Snacks Pie Spice Chips. Top with warm coconut cream to keep the dessert vegan while staying delicious.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Grilled Pumpkin Pie With Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust
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Grilled Pumpkin Pie With Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust

While meats may be the most commonly grilled Thanksgiving dishes, this recipe from Boulder Locavore proves pie can be grilled, too—and it’s pretty tasty. For this gluten-free grilled pumpkin pie crust, the blog recommends first smoking some ginger snaps to complement the pumpkin filling. Top with some whipped cream or ice cream for the full smoky, creamy effect.

Gluten-Free Desserts for Thanksgiving — Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Don’t let the word “muffin”comvince you this recipe won’t accommodate your gluten-free guests. These healthy pumpkin muffins from Gimme Some Oven are gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup. Great tasting and gluten-free, these muffins are something to be thankful for.

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