30 gluten-free chocolate desserts; so you can eat nothing but chocolate for the holidays regardless of dietary restrictions.
Chocolate lovers, this one is for you.
Today I have for you a bevy of gluten-free, vegan and paleo chocolate desserts to enjoy throughout the holidays. From fudge to cookies to tarts and the essential cup of hot cocoa, there’s something new to make every day for the next 30 days so you can eat nothing but chocolate for the holidays.
Whether you’re looking for a dessert to serve for a special holiday dinner that will accommodate everyone's dietary restrictions or just feel like indulging in a little homemade treat this time of year, you’ll find something to suit your mood. Everything is gluten-free and grain-free and most are vegan and paleo as well. So this year, why not let chocolate be the star of the season and deck the halls with chocolate instead!
1.Cherry Chocolate Pecan Fudge (Paleo, Vegan)
Out of all the sweets and treats we make, offer and eat during the holiday season, I always look forward to fudge. There’s just something extra special about a batch of homemade fudge this time of year.
This chocolate mint fudge doesn’t require any special equipment and only about 5 minutes of active prep time, but is creamy and deeply chocolaty.
3. Chocolate Coconut Almond Clusters (Paleo, Vegan)
These quick little bite-sized chocolate clusters are a tasty blend of dark chocolate, coconut and almonds.
4. Dark Chocolate Tahini Cups (Paleo, Vegan)
These little chocolate tahini are a twist on the classic peanut butter cup, albeit a bit sassier and more sophisticated thanks to tahini and a hint of spice.
5. Almond Praline Chocolate Rochers (Paleo, Vegan)
With their rich, creamy, nutty interiors and their smooth, crackly, crunchy exteriors, these almond praline chocolate rochers are pure bites of deliciousness.
6. Dark Chocolate Mousse Truffle Squares (Paleo, Vegan)
Pure deliciousness, that’s what these little squares are.
7. Pistachio Mulberry Fruit and Nut Clusters (Paleo, Vegan)
These bite-sized pistachio chocolate clusters are easy to whip up whenever you need a sweet treat.
8. Raw Raspberry Chocolates (Paleo, Vegan)
If you’re looking for a simple but tasty homemade gift or treat to share this season, these little raw raspberry chocolates could not be easier to make.
9. Chocolate Coconut Stuffed Dates (Paleo, Vegan)
Treat yourself and keep these stuffed dates on hand for an after dinner or mid-afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
10. Chocolate Candied Walnuts (Paleo, Vegan)
Maple glazed walnut pieces are coated in dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa.
11. Chocolate Dipped Nut Bites (Paleo)
A mixture of caramelized nuts and seeds are dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with fleur de sel for a salty/sweet treat.
It’s a cookie that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is; mainly a vehicle for large quantities of chocolate.
13. Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cocoa Cookies (Paleo, Vegan)
Rich, chewy and overflowing with chocolate, these are the kind of cookies you drop everything to run and go make.
14. Chocolate Almond Coconut Macaroon Cups (Paleo, Vegan)
These mini cups have a crisp coconut shell and fudgy chocolate filling.
15. Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (Paleo, Vegan)
A cross between a coconut macaroon and a brownie, these fudgy vegan chocolate coconut macaroons are easy to make and dangerously good.
16. Bittersweet Chocolate Bouchons (Paleo, Vegan)
These small, bittersweet flourless chocolate bouchons with their crackled tops are dense and fudgy to the core, every bite positively oozing with chocolate.
17. No-Bake Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
These no-bake chocolate walnut crumb bars have a rich fudgy chocolate center sandwiched between a chewy cashew coconut crust and crumble.
These fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are filled with three kinds of chocolate.
19. Mini Brownie Bites (Paleo, Vegan)
The size of a mini muffin but with all the chocolatey goodness of a full-sized brownie, these little two bite morsels are the perfect sweet treat to satisfying your chocolate cravings.
20. No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Fridge Cake (Paleo, Vegan)
A fudgy no-bake chocolate truffle cake with raspberries and almonds that sets in the fridge and only takes minutes to make.
21. Chocolate Peppermint Silk Brownie Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
With three separate layers of chocolate, these chocolate peppermint French silk brownie bars certainly dial up the chocolate factor.
This easy flourless chocolate walnut torte cake is made entirely in the food processor!
23. Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart (Paleo, Vegan)
A classic combination of tender shortbread crust and a soft caramel-like filling is topped with a rich chocolate ganache and finished with a scattering of walnuts.
24. Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Tart (Paleo, Vegan)
This chocolate coconut tart is dense, silky, utterly simple and guaranteed to fulfill your chocolate cravings.
25. Gingerbread Spice Hot Cocoa Mix (Paleo, Vegan)
Is there anything cozier than a warming cup of hot cocoa in your hands on a chilly evening?
26. Chinese 5 Spice Hot Chocolate (Paleo, Vegan)
Gently seasoned with the sweet and spicy notes of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, Szechwan pepper and a hint of nutmeg, this Chinese 5 spice (okay 6 technically) spiced hot chocolate is rich and complex in flavor.
27. Raspberry Chocolate Pots (Paleo, Vegan)
If you’re looking for something rich and chocolatey that’s elegant enough to serve for a dinner party or special occasion but easy enough to whip up for a mid-week treat, then these raspberry chocolate pots (or pots de crème) are the answer.
28. Raw Chocolate Mousse (Paleo, Vegan)
A creamy smooth, eggless chocolate mousse topped with a layer of bittersweet chocolate ganache for extra intensity.
Dark and complex with the delicate flavor of black tea and the citrusy scent of bergamot, each spoonful is plush and velvety like the center of a good chocolate truffle.
As far as desserts go, this trifle is pretty easy to make. A quick cooking pudding, a batch of brownies and a super simple chocolate sauce is all you need.
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.