20 Flourless Desserts for Easy, Gluten-Free Baking
Flourless doesn't have to mean flavorless. Whether you're gluten-free or you've just confronted your kitchen cabinet to find you have no flour, these flourless dessert recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth just the same. From rich chocolate cakes to quick and easy cookies, you won't miss the flour in these decadent desserts. Keep reading for 20 of our best flourless desserts for easy, gluten-free baking.
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Use three ingredients you'll likely have on hand to make these simple cookies: peanut butter, sugar, and eggs. "I liked them WAY more than conventional peanut butter cookies," says reviewer Nicole H. "These are peanut butter heaven."
Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)
"I made this cake out of plain curiosity in my search for healthy desserts — it was so much better than I had ever imagined. Garbanzo beans...who would have thought?" says reviewer rmr4685. "I covered the cake with strawberries and sifted powdered sugar, it was a hit!"
Black Bean Brownies
Using beans in baking is a great way to replace the flour with an extra dose of protein. "I blend all ingredients in a food processor. The end result is a very chocolaty and smooth brownie where you don't get any bean texture or taste — they are just awesome!"
Flourless Chocolate Cake II
"Perfect for chocolate lovers! Great for entertaining, deceptively easy to make. Perfect for people who can't have gluten," says recipe creator Shana Hillman. "Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, or simply dusted with icing sugar. I flour the pan using cocoa powder so it won't leave white marks on the cake and keeps it totally gluten-free."
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)
"I love these cookies. My kid loved them too. As a person who recently found out I can't have gluten, this is as good as any wheat filled treat." This recipe uses gluten-free baking mix for completely flourless chocolate chip cookies.
Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce
"Dense and rich and super chocolaty — this is enjoyed by everyone, not just those who are wheat-sensitive," says reviewer Laura. "The key to a rich caramel sauce is to let the syrup cook until it is a deep amber, and not a moment before."
Uncle Mac's Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Peanut butter thumbprint cookies with a jelly center give you your favorite childhood sandwich in cookie form. "These were a hit at a party I attended and I was asked many times for the recipe," says reviewer CarrieHansen.
Amazing Gluten-Free Layer Bars
Amazing Chocolate Quinoa Cake!
"This is one of the tastiest chocolate cakes I have ever eaten. It beats the flour chocolate cakes by a mile...it is light and delicious," says reviewer Janice Heald Appel. Baking with quinoa gives you extra protein and extra texture.
Flourless Chocolate Cake I
Even those intolerant to gluten and wheat can enjoy this rich chocolate cake. Reviewer JEANNEBD says, "This should not be considered just an alternate for those who can't handle gluten! This is a spectacular, elegant, high-end finish to the best of the best meals."
Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake
This traditional Hungarian torte is made without any flour. "I grew up eating these cakes and they are splendid--as is this one," says reviewer Lina G.
Perfect Flourless Orange Cake
Finely ground almonds replace the flour in this moist, citrus cake. Reviewer LLANKOWSI says, "Fabulous cake! I'm always looking for gluten-free recipes and this one is great! Very strong orange flavor, very moist."
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, this chocolate chip cookie accommodates so many dietary restrictions, but you won't be able to tell. "Thank you so much for this healthy alternative to chocolate chip cookies," says reviewer Julie. "Made these to the exact recipe, cooked them for 10 minutes and they came out to perfection — soft center with crisp edges!"
World's Easiest Peanut Butter Blossoms
"Absolutely easy and guests asked for more," says reviewer Tammy Burke-Schwab. This recipe is so simple it requires just four ingredients.
Norwegian Almond Cake
This light almond cake has a rich custard topping. "I tried this recipe because my sister visited Norway recently and told me about how popular desserts are after meals, and the desserts are fabulous. She said this was very much like the pastries she had eaten there."
All that's required to make this light and airy cheesecake is cream cheese, eggs, and white chocolate. "This cheesecake tastes best after it has been chilled for a few hours in the fridge," says recipe creator anna77.
Flourless Fudge Cookies
"These are incredible! They remind me of the edges of a brownie, very chewy and delicious," says reviewer cherie_zimm. "I loved that I had all of the ingredients on hand. So simple and so easy. I've already recommended them to my friend with Celiac's disease."
Moist Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Shop your pantry for ingredients to make this simple dessert. All it requires is semisweet chocolate chips, butter, eggs, and white sugar. "It's practically a guilt-free dessert for chocolate lovers. I will make this again when I'm in need of a nice chocolate fix…" says reviewer Chef V.
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
"These are flourless cupcakes that use honey and maple syrup instead of sugar. You can use imitation honey and sugar-free syrup to make this sugar-free," says recipe creator KKH3.
Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake
"Rich and delicious," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. "Not the healthiest dessert but a treat for that special someone like yourself." You won't miss the flour in this decadent cake.