24 Best Gluten-Free Recipes Even Gluten-Lovers Will Like

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October  7, 2021
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Gluten-free cooking and baking has come a long way. Gone are the days of dry, crumbly, cardboard-like baked goods and dinners. Enter: these 24 gluten-free recipes that range from chocolate cake (and chocolate cookies and brownies), to pad Thai, chili, and pork soup. In some cases, our recipes call for gluten-free substitutes (think: coconut or tapioca flour) and tamari instead of soy sauce. But other times, no specialty ingredients are needed so you can make something delicious completely on the fly.

Our Best Gluten-Free Recipes

1. Gluten-Free Tiramisu Recipe

Traditional Italian Tiramisu is made with ladyfingers, but recipe developer Caroline Wright came up with a gluten-free recipe for homemade sponge fingers that are made with coconut sugar, eggs, a gluten-free flour blend, and baking powder.

2. Pad Thai From Kris Yenbamroong

Stick with dried rice noodles for gluten-free Pad Thai. This recipe doesn’t call for any soy sauce but if you want some for dipping or drizzling, use tamari or coconut aminos, both of which are GF!

3. Gluten-Free Strawberry Tart Bars

A combination of almond flour and coconut flour not only make these summery strawberry bars gluten free, but they also bring a fabulous crumbly texture to the crust that will make you say “all-purpose who?”

4. Fudgy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake With Hazelnut Frosting

This rich and super moist chocolate cake is hiding one very big secret—it’s gluten-free, thanks to the use of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
. The chocolate flavor is enhanced with hot brewed coffee and just a touch of cinnamon.

5. Gluten-Free 'Cake Magic!' Cake Mix

Consider this gluten-free cake made with a blend of flours (tapioca, arrowroot, coconut, and almond) a blank canvas. Dress it up with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting, add a layer of lemon curd, or smear fudgy chocolate ganache throughout each layer.

6. Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

“Carrot cake is the perfect dessert to transform into a gluten-free treat without anyone knowing the difference. With the moisture of the shredded carrot and the texture and crunch of chopped nuts, carrot cakes are already fantastically rich and dense,” writes recipe developer Kristina Vanni.

7. Cauliflower Pizza with Lemon-Infused Tomatoes

We’ve spent a lot of time on sweets, and now it’s time to chat savory. The easiest and all-around winning way to make homemade pizza gluten-free is with riced cauliflower (plus ground almonds, a little bit of gluten-free flour, and herbs).

8. Bittersweet Brownie Drops

The only flour you need to make these cookies gluten-free is ⅓ cup of gluten-free flour. Plenty of melted dark chocolate and two eggs ensure that each bite is super fudgy.

9. Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread Recipe

Not only is this loaf gluten-free, but it’s also dairy-free too! There’s almond milk and coconut oil in place of the usual milk and butter, but note that the recipe does call for three eggs so it’s not entirely vegan.

10. Tomato Eggplant Curry with Chile & Lime

“A lovely, simple, flavorful curry full of Southeast Asian flavors,” writes recipe developer Emma Galloway. It’s the ultimate gluten-free! And vegan! And nut-free! comfort food for winter.

11. Salted Chocolate Buckwheat Cookie

Yes buckwheat flour is gluten-free, but it also brings a subtle nuttiness to these extra-chocolatey cookies.

12. Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles

Use rice vermicelli noodles, which are thin, translucent noodles that just so happen to be gluten-free. It’s an incredibly flavorful soup that starts with a robust stock made from pork bones, ham hock, tamarind and tomato paste, and fresh greens.

13. Gluten-Free Banana Flapjacks

No one in your family will hit the snooze button when they smell these gluten-free and vegan banana pancakes wafting from the kitchen. Plus, you can rest assured that everyone in your family will be able to safely enjoy them.

14. Gluten-Free Butter Biscuits

Recipe developer Alice Medrich was diligent in finding the absolute best gluten-free flour for flaky butter biscuits. The result: white rice flour!

15. Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf With Cream & Oats

“This is a turkey meatloaf recipe that isn’t trying to be gluten-free—it just happens to be. That’s because in place of the more traditional bread crumbs, I’ve called for a couple tablespoons of rolled oats, which I always have lying around in my pantry,” writes recipe developer Eric Kim.

16. Salad Pizza With Gluten-Free Dough

If you want a gluten-free pizza but are sick of hearing about cauliflower crust, fear not. Leave it to Food52 baking resident and superstar sweet tooth Erin Jeanne McDowell to develop an absolutely perfect gluten-free pizza crust. Here, it’s the base for a salad pizza, but you can top it with anything your heart desires.

17. Avocado + Everything Bagel Spice Smørrebrød

There’s nothing too innovative about this gluten-free recipe; it’s just the best dang avocado toast you’ll ever taste (no big deal).

18. Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Caramel

Recipe developer Renae E. Wilson was determined to find a gluten-free breading for chicken tenders that stayed crispy and crunchy and were not too complicated to prepare. The winner: crushed gluten-free pretzels!

19. Chile-Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Rice

“This gluten-free recipe is pretty simple: Roast some chicken and sweet potatoes with chile and spices, cook up some lovely, herbaceous cilantro rice while you roast, and top it all off with a nice dollop of lime-sour cream,” writes recipe developer Sarah Woolworth, blogger of Wisconsin From Scratch.

20. Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies From François Payard

These better-than-average chocolate cookies have an out-of-the-ordinary ingredient list. Confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated. Egg whites instead of whole eggs. Walnuts and cocoa powder, but no chocolate chips. You may be skeptical but one bite will prove why our readers can’t stop baking batch after batch.

21. Chickpea Sticks with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

For a protein-packed alternative to French fries for a family-friendly dinner, use chickpea flour to make these crispy, savory sticks!

22. Vibrant Spring Socca

Not quite a pizza, not quite a focaccia, socca is a savory, unleavened pancake that hails from Tuscany. This chickpea-based version is topped with a fragrant basil and arugula pesto for a gluten-free appetizer or main course.

23. Vegan Apricot & Cherry Galette

Two of summer’s all-star fruits top a gluten-free galette crust for a vibrant dessert.

24. Divine Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

Think of this gluten-free dessert as flourless chocolate cake in the form of cookies. Need we say more? Probably not, but we’ll do so anyway. Whipped egg whites help give them a little bit of body and a divine combination of cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate chip bring fudgy goodness.

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