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20 Unforgettable Gluten Free Desserts For Thanksgiving

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Being gluten-free can be especially challenging when the holidays roll around. Finding delicious gluten free Thanksgiving desserts isn’t as difficult as it used to be! I remember how left out I was feeling before my first gluten free Thanksgiving. Luckily there were many resources available and I planned ahead and made my own tart to take to our family dinner. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure what everyone would say or think. As it turned out, it was the most popular tart on the dessert table. No one said a word about it being gluten free, they only said it was delicious. Since then I’ve made an extra effort to find or create gluten free Thanksgiving desserts that everyone can enjoy.

I’ve got 20 gluten free Thanksgiving desserts that will be the perfect addition to your dessert table whether you are gluten free yourself or have gluten free guests on your list. There is everything from tarts and pies to custards and puddings, ice creams, and everything in between.

  • 20 Unforgettable Gluten Free Desserts For Thanksgiving 1 of 21
    20 gluten free Thanksgiving desserts

    Don't let gluten get in your way this Thanksgiving. Get ready for decadent, delicious gluten free desserts perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table.

  • Gluten-Free Maple Custard Tart 2 of 21
    maple custard tart

    When I first saw a recipe for maple cream tart last year,  I knew that's what I wanted on my Thanksgiving menu. I combined ideas from several placed to make it into a gluten free maple custard tart. It was a huge hit. The maple filling is creamy and silky. I topped it with a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt and a few candied pecans. It's at the top of my list for this year too.
    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Maple Custard Tart on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Lavender Panna Cotta with Poached Pears 3 of 21
    lavender panna cotta with poached pears-7

    Panna cotta is one of my favorite gluten free desserts. It's easy to make and everyone loves it. It can be made several days in advance. This panna cotta gets a hit of sophistication from lavender and poached pears. But don't worry, it's actually easier to make than you might think.
    Get the recipe for Lavender Panna Cotta with Poached Pears on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Pecan Cake with Caramel Mousse and Brown Sugar Topping 4 of 21
    gluten free pecan cake with caramel mousse and brown sugar topping

    This cake is a real show-stopper. The cake itself is made with ground almonds and gluten free flour and then filled with caramel mousse and to top it off a brown sugar pecan sauce.
    Get the recipe for Pecan Cake with Caramel Mousse and Brown Sugar Topping on Beard & Bonnet

  • Fig Brown Butter Frangipane Tart 5 of 21
    fig brown butter frangipane tart

    The tart takes cues from the classic French tart using pears. The figs are nestled into a brown butter almond cream and turn almost jam-like after it's baked.
    Get this recipe for Fig Brown Butter Frangipane Tart on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Gluten-Free Vegan Black Bottom Coconut Cream Tart 6 of 21
    gluten free vegan black bottom coconut cream tart

    Do you have any gluten free and vegan guests coming for Thanksgiving? This tart is 100% animal free and 100% delicious. The chocolate crust is lined with chocolate ganache and then filled with an ultra-creamy coconut cream. And just to gild the lily a little bit more, it's topped with toasted coconut and coconut caramel.
    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Vegan Black Bottom Coconut Cream Tart on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Pear Chocolate Hazelnut Tart 7 of 21
    pear hazelnut tart with chocolate crust

    This tart highlights one of my favorite combinations - pears and chocolate. It made its memorable debut for my first 100% gluten free Thanksgiving. The hazelnuts in the crust and topping give it a nice texture.Get the recipe for Pear Chocolate Hazelnut Tart on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Buttered Pecan Pots de Creme 8 of 21
    buttered pecan pots de creme

    Pot de creme is one of my very favorite gluten free desserts. Here pecans are cooked in butter until nicely browned, then sugar is added to make a caramel. Then comes the eggs and cream. This is one decadent dessert!
    Get the recipe for Buttered Pecan Pots de Creme on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Cranberry Coconut Upside Down Cake 9 of 21
    gluten free cranberry upside down cake

    I love a good upside down cake and this is one I'm already in love with. The tender spongy cake is made with coconut milk, making it dairy-free. Meg says she loves the way the cake "drinks up the sauce from the cranberries and still allows the subtle coconut flavor to come through." Yum!
    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Cranberry Coconut Upside Down Cake on Beard & Bonnet

  • Apple Blackberry Crisp 10 of 21
    gluten free apple-blackberry crisp

    Brooklyn Supper's gluten free apple crisp with blackberries will feed an army. Well, an army of 12 to 15. The fruity filling is topped with a tasty oat and coconut flour topping. All it needs is a dollop of whipped cream.
    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Apple Crisp with Blackberries on Brooklyn Supper

  • Spanish Almond Cake 11 of 21
    Spanish Almond Cake

    This Tarta de Santiago is a beautiful, naturally gluten free cake traditionally made in Northern Spain. It's a simple, but elegant cake made from almonds, eggs, sugar, and citrus zest.
    Get the recipe and learn the history of this Spanish Almond Cake on The Vintage Mixer.

  • Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp 12 of 21
    apple-cranberry-crisp-dessert

    Tart Granny Smith apples and ripe cranberries come together in another fall crisp. Make individual servings and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp on Two Peas and Their Pod.

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake 13 of 21
    chocolate hazelnut mousse cake

    Don't let this stunning Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake fool you - it's healthy. That's right! It's gluten free, low-carb and sugar-free.Get the recipe for this gluten-free, low-carb. You truly can have your cake and eat it too!
    Get the recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust 14 of 21
    Pumpkin pie with pecan coconut crust

    This is another gluten free dessert that also happens to be vegan. Karina makes the luscious pumpkin filling with cashew cream. That yummy crunchy topping is pumpkin seed-pecan praline. The only thing this pie needs is a fork!
    Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust on Gluten-Free Goddess.

  • Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream 15 of 21
    brown butter cinnamon ice cream

    Brown butter. We all know that it's pretty much the best thing since sliced bacon. So just imagine putting it into ice cream.
    Get the recipe for Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream on Completely Delicious.

  • Caramel-Topped Flan 16 of 21
    flan

    Flan is another great gluten free dessert. You can make it several days in advance and it feeds a crowd. The caramel top and sauce are irresistible.
    Get the recipe for Caramel-Topped Flan on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Creme Brulee Ice Cream 17 of 21
    creme brulee ice cream

    As the saying goes, "Go big or go home." Creme brulee is certainly and easy, most-beloved dessert of many. Put it into an ice cream machine, freeze in small ramekins and top with burnt sugar, and it's two desserts in one. Two amazing desserts in one that is.
    Get the recipe for Creme Brulee Ice Cream on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Ginger Spice Cookies 18 of 21
    gf spice cookies

    This is a favorite recipe inspired by my favorite childhood cookies. They are absolutely chewy, soft and thick, just like a good molasses spice cookie should be. Perfect for sneaking while you're making gravy or washing up after dinner. Children and kids alike love them.
    Get the recipe for Chewy Spice Cookies.

  • Gingerbread Bars 19 of 21
    gingerbread bars

    Imagine brownies made without chocolate, but with molasses and ginger instead and you'll get a pretty good grasp on the texture and flavor of these gingerbread bars. They are amazing. Even better with a scoop of pear sorbet or ice cream on the side.
    Get the recipe for Gingerbread Bars.

  • Pumpkin Sweet Brown Rice Pudding 20 of 21
    pumpkin brown rice pudding

    Rice pudding is a favorite comfort food. In this recipe, Erin uses pumpkin, spiced, brown rice, non-dairy milks and a little sugar to make this a special, comforting treat.
    Get the recipe for Pumpkin Sweet Brown Rice Pudding on Meaningful Eats.

  • Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake 21 of 21
    pumpkin cheesecake

    The ultra-creamy, decadent filling is made with cashew cream, pumpkin puree and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Who says you have to have to use cream cheese to make a cheesecake?
    Get the recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake on Sarah Bakes.

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