10 Gluten-Free Desserts to Make This Summer

Last Updated on August 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Gluten-Free Desserts
Last Updated on August 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Summertime is all about backyard barbeques and checkered tablecloths topped with iconic seasonal desserts like strawberry shortcake, cherry cobbler, and blueberry pie. But when you have to avoid gluten, this often means having to replace traditional summer favorites with gluten-free desserts that always seem have less than desirable textures and flavors that are far from indulgent.

But finding extraordinary gluten-free desserts to make this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are tons of desserts you can make that are naturally gluten-free and can satisfy a summer sweet tooth in a snap. No gluten? No problem!

Opting to make naturally gluten-free desserts means you won’t have to buy special flours and expensive mixes or search high and low for unpronounceable starches and gums. So toss the gluten-free flour and everything you thought you knew about baking gluten-free desserts out the window and instead make these 10 gluten-free desserts this summer.

10 Gluten-Free Desserts to Make This Summer

1. Fresh Berry Pavlova

This light and airy plate-sized layer of meringue is crispy on the outside and soft as marshmallows on the inside. It is then topped with billowy whipped cream that makes a cozy nest for fresh summer berries to rest and showcase the beloved duet of fresh fruit and cream. Yes, pavlova is the perfect gluten-free summer dessert.

Make It: Learn this gluten-free dessert with Chef Chrissy Marie in San Francisco. Not in the Bay Area? Ina Garten has a great recipe you can try at home.

Berry Pavlova

Via Barefoot Contessa

2. Green Tea Ice Cream Float

The herbal, slightly spiky flavor of matcha and the sweet creamy goodness of ice cream is a match-a made in heaven. See and taste firsthand how well matcha pairs with dairy and churn out a beautiful batch of silky, vibrant matcha ice cream for an idyllic, fizzy summertime gluten-free dessert.

Make It: Learn this fun, fizzy gluten-free dessert with Chef Jace in his Asian Cajun Fusion class in Los Angeles, or try it at home with this recipe from Oh How Civilized.

Matcha Float

Via Cozymeal

3. Mango Sticky Rice

Introducing your new favorite gluten-free dessert to make this summer. This Thai dessert is incredibly simple to make and all it takes is juicy, silky ripe mango matched with a succulent and chewy sticky rice pudding infused with a luscious coconut cream to create perfection.

Make It: In the Austin area? Learn this gluten-free dessert in Chef Liz's Bangkok Street Food class. Want to make it at home? Try this version from The Spruce Eats.

Mango Sticky Rice

Via The Spruce Eats

4. Prosecco Sabayon Almond Date Tart

This innovative dessert is part custard, part frothy bubbly sabayon presented in a chewy, nutty almond and date tart shell. Sabayon is the French equivalent of zabaglione, a mousse-like Italian dessert. Some may assume that this dessert is way too difficult to make, but au contraire, it is super easy and super elegant.

Make It: Learn this spiked gluten-free dessert with Chef Yapo in San Diego first-hand. Want to create your own easy date tart shell to experiment with? Try this easy two-ingredient recipe from Genius Kitchen.

Gluten-Free Dessert

Via Cozymeal

5. Panna Cotta Shooters

Here, this traditional Italian dessert is made into a fun summer twist. Turn panna cotta into elegant "shooters," perfect for serving at summer get-togethers and BBQs. Top with whatever your heart desires (fresh fruit, compote, nuts, or cream) and serve chilled for an indulgent gluten-free summer dessert that is pure silk.

Make It: Learn this gluten-free dessert with in Chef Eliza's Sweet Treats of Italy class or consider this light, lemony version from Epicurious.

Panna Cotta

Via Cozymeal

6. Bananas Foster

Bananas foster is a simple dessert with a stunning, theatrical ending. All you have to do is caramelize some banana slices in brown sugar and butter, pour on some rum, light it, and simmer down the flame. Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream to get the complete fire and ice effect.

Make It: Chef Jordan can teach you this gluten-free dessert in his Upscale Southern Cooking class, or you can try out this parfait version from A Clean Plate.

Bananas Foster

Via Cozymeal

7. Grapefruit Orange Terrine

Terrine is one of the best ways to showcase the splendor of summery citrus. The combination of sweet and bitter here is equally refreshing and satisfying. Serve plain for a light summertime treat or dress it up with a dollop of crème fraîche, a sprinkle of chopped nuts or a drizzle of honey.

Make It: Chef Lamia will teach you all you need to know about this jeweled gluten-free dessert in her Fresh and Organic class. If you'd like to give it a go yourself, try this beauty from Food52.

Gluten-Free Citrus Terrine

Via Food52

8. Pear Almond Coconut Crumble

This homey, yet impressive dessert ensures you won’t have to forgo the highly anticipated crisps, cobblers, and crumbles this summer. Buttery, tender caramelized pears and a crunchy almond coconut topping are baked to crumbly perfection. The aromas coming from your kitchen will have your family drooling in anticipation.

Make It: Learn this gluten-free dessert with Chef Anja or bake up this recipe from Hope Nutrition.

Gluten-Free Crumble

Via Cozymeal

9. French Macarons

Need a rainy day kitchen experiment to try out this summer? These little Parisian delicacies are delicious and cute, but they can also be finicky. However, their melt-in-your-mouth, light-as-air goodness and range of colors and flavors make it all worth it. And if you mess up the cookies, you can always eat the ganache by the spoonful.

Make It: Learn this gluten-free dessert from macaron magician Chef Eloise or experiment with this basic recipe from Martha Stewart.

French Macarons

Via Cozymeal

10. Valencia Orange Almond Cake

Orange cake goes back centuries, originating from a traditional Spanish sponge cake using Valencia oranges—which are truly something spectacular. This classic Spanish cake has a moist, light texture and a wonderfully fresh tangy flavor. This gloriously squidgy cake also happens to be gluten-free and perfectly portable for summer picnics!

Make It: Learn this gluten-free dessert at Chef Joni's Secrets of Paella class or create it in the comfort of your own kitchen with this recipe from Fine Cooking.

Orange Cake

Via Shutterstock

With all of these incredible gluten-free dessert recipes perfect for the summer, which are you most excited to try?

These 10 gluten-free desserts to make this summer prove that eliminating gluten from your diet doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. And with gorgeous, summery treats like these—no one will even notice that anything is missing!

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