26 Outstanding Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts
Desserts everyone can indulge in.
This Thanksgiving, we're extra grateful to our home cooks for sharing a ton of grain-free and gluten-free versions of our favorite fall desserts (and then some). From crustless pumpkin pie and almond flour brownies to takes on classics like carrot cake and apple crisp, our recipes show off the warm flavors of fall. No gluten needed.
Related: See our entire collection of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes.
"This will be my go to pumpkin pie for the holidays. No one noticed it was eggless or dairy-free. It sets just like a regular pie. It tastes rich and creamy just like your mom's pumpkin pie." — Buckwheat Queen
This whipped alternative to pumpkin pie gets its perfect texture from ingredients like butter, milk, heavy cream, and (surprise!) marshmallows. Top with whipped cream or, as recipe creator Kristin_California recommends, pour the finished mousse into chocolate shells.
Everyone at the table will want to snag one of these moist bars — if not more than one. Go on, it's the holidays.
A cream cheese filling makes this spiced pumpkin cake a total crowd-pleaser. You can follow the recipe and bake it in a loaf pan, or use a Bundt cake pan.
If Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, baking this crustless version could well become your new tradition. "Delish! The pecans topping adds a lot to this — you won't miss the crust with those lovely pecans to give it added texture," writes TOYMOMMY.
"This is the perfect holiday dip. Tastes like pumpkin pie with whipped cream," reviewer bd.weld says. Serve with gluten-free graham crackers, and this treat won't last long on the table.
"Creme brulee is probably my favorite dessert, but this was the first time I've ever tried to make it myself. This recipe was easy. It made a wonderful Thanksgiving dessert...right after an extravagant dinner," Annette writes.
For those who know that taste matters more than looks, here's one of our simplest, un-fussiest desserts. "It's apple pie in a tin foil pouch without the crust," as reviewer Linda(LMT) says of this surefire recipe.
"My Romanian family all make some version of this dense apple walnut cake every autumn," recipe creator Ann Kosa says. "I'm so pleased that I could almost replicate the taste and texture without wheat!"
Make the most of apple season with this gluten-free apple crisp, topped with a honey-butter and oat crumble. Finish off with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent Thanksgiving treat.
Serve this simple dessert hot, or whip up your own version of our Chocolate Ribbon Cake using the Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding as a filling and our five-star Gluten Free Pie Crust in place of a pre-made crust.
If brownies are a Thanksgiving tradition in your home, these rich, fudge-y squares will hit the spot. Our home cooks have swapped the walnuts in this recipe with pine nuts (pictured), dark chocolate chips, and dried cherries.
Hoping to impress a certain in-law? This recipe should do it. "Flourless chocolate cake is yet another food that I could only get at the most expensive places. This version has it dead-on; it is absolutely scrumptious and luxurious." — XODUS1914
Cherry cheesecake swirls make this dessert a feast for the eyes (and for the palate).
Pralines grace Southern Thanksgiving tables, but these melt-in-your-mouth candies would seem right at home anywhere. Home cook Blackened_Heart considers this recipe the real deal: "I'm from Louisiana and grew up eating delicious pralines. I've been searching for an authentic recipe and have FINALLY found it with this one!"
With just 10 minutes of prep time, this indulgent dip has to be one of the easiest desserts you can whip up. Serve this crowd-pleaser with gluten-free graham crackers.
Our home cooks have dressed up these cupcakes with whipped cream, a sour cream topping, chocolate ganache, a lemon glaze, and cherries. But this dessert tastes just as delicious on its own.
"Spectacular recipe! I have made this as-written and it's grand. I've also made it with all coconut sugar, which gives it a richer, more caramel-like flavor that's unique. When I don't have ginger snaps, or don't want the white sugar in them, I make a crust by combining coconut sugar, almond flour, and coconut oil — some people liked this even better," says reviewer Phoebe Kitanidis. You can serve it plain or with a simple strawberry sauce and whipped cream to dress it up for the holidays.
When you're accommodating gluten-free *and* vegan eaters, you can't go wrong with the familiar fall flavors of a carrot cake. You can thank carrots, applesauce, and vegan yogurt for this cake's silky texture.
These nutty, spiced cookies will win over your carb-conscious loved ones as well anyone who has a hankering for cinnamon. (And on Thanksgiving, who doesn't?)
"Every time I have made these, they get gobbled up," reviewer Stacie Funk says. No one has to know how simple these chewy, gooey cookies are to make.
Unsalted peanuts, sweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips meld together in this decadent dessert that takes just 10 minutes of prep time. Just be sure you go with gluten-free butterscotch chips — not all varieties are.
Thanksgiving desserts can be light, too! Nibbling on these chewy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside cookies will satisfy those post-meal sweet cravings.
"A very nice sponge-like cake that stays moist even after a couple of days. It is light and delicate with a hint of orange that is not overbearing," Buckwheat Queen writes. Plus, orange season begins in November, meaning this cake would be a natural at Thanksgiving.
"Pumpkin Fudge!" I had never heard of such thing before I came across this recipe while looking for yummy stuff to make for the holidays. Being a lover of all things pumpkin, I had to try this - And I was not disappointed. I had never made candy of any sort before, but this turned out perfectly the very first time I made it. Just follow the directions exactly and it will turn out." — grandmaman
Related: Browse our collection of Gluten-Free Desserts.