Hosting holiday gatherings can be tricky, especially if one of your loved ones has a gluten intolerance or allergy that can make planning the carb-rich menu difficult. But here's the thing: There are plenty of recipes for dishes that accommodate a range of eaters. If your holiday soirée's guest list includes some gluten-free eaters, don't fear. There are plenty of decadent gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts that everyone will want to eat.
We've done some hunting and found 10 gluten-free desserts for the holidays you should add to your sweets table. From pecan rum balls to vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls, these gluten-free desserts are so scrumptious, your other guests won't know they're gluten-free, either.
Crustless 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 the consistency of a pumpkin flan. Top with a dollop of whipped cream for some added goodness.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
These gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free cinnamon rolls from Food Faith Fitness reminds us why we love pumpkin spice so much. These take classic cinnamon rolls to the next level: They're rich, creamy, and super dense. Plus, if you have some leftover, you can enjoy them for breakfast the next day.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Ripple Ice Cream Pie
In this recipe, another 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.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars
These vegan and gluten-free no-bake pumpkin pie bars from Eating Bird Food are designed to satisfy a range of eaters with dietary restrictions. These decadent bars pair a crunchy granola crust with creamy pumpkin pie filling enhanced with coconut oil and cashew butter.
While this delicious dessert doesn't require an oven, be sure to make these a couple hours in advance, so they’re set (and not too gooey) in time for a post-dinner treat.
Pecan Rum Balls
If you’re feeling too impatient to wait for your dessert to bake, these boozy pecan rum balls from Boulder Locavore are for you. They're made with vanilla waffer crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, pecans, chocolate chips, and, of course, rum, which gives these bites a nice unexpected kick.
Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
This healthy apple crisp recipe from Eating Bird Food is a must-bake. Complete with a crunchy oatmeal pecan topping, we can almost guarantee that this dessert will be the collective favorite. Both gluten-free and vegan, this dish pairs cinnamon apples with a 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.
Pumpkin Roasted Banana Quick Bread
Few things say fall like pumpkin bread. This pumpkin and banana version from Boulder Locavore can also double as an appetizer during the dinner party's cocktails portion because it's sweet, but not pie-level sweet. Just slice it up, throw it on a plate, and voila!
Vegan Baked Apples
With no added refined sugar, these vegan baked oatmeal apples from The Butter Half require just a shortlist of ingredients. Unlike other baked apple recipes, this take on a 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 and delicious.
Grilled Pumpkin Pie With Hickory-Smoked Ginger Snap Crust
While you may associate meat and veggies with grilling, this decadent pie may change your mind. 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 recipe recommends first smoking some ginger snaps to complement the pumpkin filling. Top each piece with some whipped cream or ice cream for the full smoky, creamy effect.
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
When we think "muffins," we don't usually also think "healthy," but these Gimme Some Oven ones are making us do a doubletake. These healthy pumpkin muffins are sweetened with pure maple syrup, so you already know they'll be amazing. Great tasting and gluten-free, these muffins are something to be thankful for.