Gluten-Free Recipes: Quick and Easy Desserts - dummies

Gluten-Free Recipes: Quick and Easy Desserts

By Nancy McEachern

Putting together a gluten-free sweet treat doesn’t need to require a day of baking or mean opening a nutrient-void bag of candy. Find out how to prepare quick and not-so-bad-for-you desserts with these recipes.

Peanut Butter Cup Soft Serve

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

4 ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen

3 tablespoons peanut butter

4 peanut butter cups, crushed

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Place the frozen banana, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, and vanilla in a blender. Puree just until creamy — only a few seconds.

  2. Serve immediately or, to firm up this treat a little more, freeze for 5 to 10 minutes.

Per serving: Calories 271 (From Fat 102); Fat 11g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 1mg; Sodium 110mg; Carbohydrate 41g (Dietary Fiber 5g); Protein 6g.

Try making this soft serve with chocolate hazelnut spread instead of peanut butter for a more chocolaty version. Throw in some chocolate chips, M&Ms, cocoa powder, fresh or frozen fruit, mini marshmallows, fresh vanilla beans, or nuts if you’re feeling extra indulgent.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Yield: 6 servings (5 cookies each)

1-1/4 cups light brown sugar

3/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-3/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Using an electric mixer, blend the brown sugar, shortening, egg, and vanilla on high until the mixture is fluffy.

  3. Add the baking powder, salt, and flour to the sugar mixture. Continue mixing on low until the dough is well-blended.

  4. Using a spoon, stir in the white chocolate chips and nuts.

  5. Drop teaspoons of dough onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

  6. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until they’re set in the middle.

Per serving: Calories 836 (From Fat 469); Fat 52g (Saturated 14g); Cholesterol 37mg; Sodium 215mg; Carbohydrate 90g (Dietary Fiber 5g); Protein 8g.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes

Chill time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings (2 squares each)

1 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

1-1/4 cups powdered sugar

8 ounces (1/2 can) chocolate fudge frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and butter. Stir in the powdered sugar.

  2. Press the mixture into an 8-x-8-inch pan.

  3. Microwave the frosting for 15 seconds. Stir the frosting and spread it on the peanut butter crust.

  4. Chill the dessert for at least 30 minutes. Then cut it into 2-inch squares.

Per serving: Calories 506 (From Fat 302); Fat 34g (Saturated 12g); Cholesterol 31mg; Sodium 240mg; Carbohydrate 46g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 8g.

Try almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter to change the taste of this delicious dessert. If you choose to stick with peanut butter, use crunchy or smooth, full fat or reduced fat, depending on your preferences.