Check out these six flourless desserts and see what we mean. Just because they’re all gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthy, but we can promise they’re delicious.
1. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Up first is a Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe from Martha Stewart. Requiring just 6 ingredients, there’s no reason you can’t whip this cake the next time you’re expecting guests. Whether your eaters are picky or not, they’ll go for this cake that doesn’t list any flour on its ingredients list, and after one bite, you may seek out similar recipes time and time again.
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
- 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 large eggs, separated
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
Get the recipe directions at Martha Stewart.
2. Flourless Chocolate Cookies
Next up are flourless chocolate cookies from Cooking Classy. No flour, no gluten, no problem – just make sure your chocolate chips and powdered sugar are of the gluten-free variety, too. Made with cocoa powder, eggs, cornstarch, and confectioners’ sugar, these cookies are rich, simple treats that everyone can enjoy, regardless of allergy or dietary restrictions.
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling tops
Get the recipe directions at Cooking Classy.
3. Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies
For our third treat, you need to buckle your seatbelt, because we’re highlighting a recipe from Ambitious Kitchen that encourages you to not only enlist black beans in your dessert, but avocado, too. These dense, fudgy flourless brownies are not only gluten-free; they’re also vegan and nutritious. Thanks to fiber and protein from the beans, along with healthy fats from the avocado, you’re practically serving a health food for after-dinner dessert – just don’t tell your guests what are in your brownies, and they’ll never know.
- 1 large flax egg
- 1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ medium to large ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
Get the recipe directions at Ambitious Kitchen.
4. Chocolate Pots
For a more classic dessert that is, by default, gluten-free, try these chocolate pots from Real Simple. They’re traditional, they’re delicious, and they’re most definitely not nutritious. They can be made ahead of time, making your party or dinner prep that much easier. Feeding gluten-free eaters can feel impossible, but this dessert is fuss-free and will make everyone happy. Especially because no one can turn down rich, thick chocolate.
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- ½ teaspoon
- pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Get the recipe directions at Real Simple.
5. Gluten-Free White Chocolate Mocha Brownies
And if you are still convinced gluten-free baked goods are by default unsatisfying, try these gluten-free white chocolate mocha brownies and see if this recipe from Hungry Happens can change your mind. These brownies are sinfully rich thanks to the espresso powder which helps bring out their chocolate flavor, and they enlist both white chocolate and regular chocolate chips to really take the dessert over the top. Put down your all-purpose flour and pick up your brown rice and tapioca varieties – gluten-free never tasted so good.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons brown rice flour
- ⅓ cup tapioca flour
- 2 teaspoons espresso powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ cup maple sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
Get the recipe directions at Hungry Happens.
6. Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies
Going out with a bang, we conclude with these cookies by Smitten Kitchen. According to the recipe developer behind this food formula, these cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and are studded with walnuts, and sweetened by cocoa powder and powdered sugar. They’re easy to make, and easy to eat, and only bake for 14 to 17 minutes before they’re ready to be served to gluten-loving and gluten-abstaining eaters, alike.
- 2¾ cups walnut halves
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract