These gluten-free fall dessert recipes feature all the familiar flavors of the season like pumpkin, apples, cranberries, maple, pecans and cinnamon!
Despite the lingering heat fall is here, and while its arrival sadly means saying goodbye to summer, it also means saying hello to cozy spice-filled treats. After all, is there anything better than the scent of cinnamon and spice wafting through your kitchen?
While in summer the very idea of turning on the oven may be enough to send you running, fall is the ultimate season for baking. Of course nothing says fall like a pumpkin spiced sweet, but there’s more to the season like apples, cranberries, maple, pecans and cinnamon. So I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite gluten-free fall desserts to make this season.
Featuring all the familiar flavors of the season you’ll find everything from cranberry bars, maple fudge squares, apple crumbles, a sweet potato pie fancy enough for your holiday table and yes even pumpkin squares that are all gluten-free so you can enjoy all the cozy sweets and treats of the season.
1. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars (Paleo)
The wonderful combination of warming fall spices in these bars makes for a pretty irresistible treat but the maple pecan icing really takes them over the top!
2. Gluten-Free Cranberry Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
These sweet/tart bars have a lightly spiced cranberry filling because cranberries are the unofficial fruit of the season.
3. Gluten-Free Apple Crumble (Paleo, Vegan)
You really can’t go wrong with a fruit crumble for dessert especially an apple crumble this time of year.
4. Gluten-Free Date Squares (Paleo, Vegan)
Similar to jam bars, these easy date squares feature a simple date caramel with toasted pecans and a hint of cinnamon for a little fall inspired flavor that's sandwiched between a shortbread-like base and a crisp crumbly top.
5. Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (Paleo)
Get cozy this fall with this delicious and easy recipe for healthy, gluten-free pumpkin muffins that bake up fluffy and tender!
6. Maple Fudge Squares (Paleo, Vegan)
These easy fudge squares with a maple cashew top and coconut base have a lot going for them any time of year, but the maple flavor is particularly well suited for the fall season.
7. Caramel Baked Apples (Paleo, Vegan)
Baked apples are definitely a treat worth making at least once this season and these fruit and nut stuffed apples are baked in a simple but delicious apple cider caramel sauce.
8. No-Bake Pecan Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
These easy, no-bake pecan bars start with a press-in cinnamon pecan crust that's topped with with a tender coconut caramel and even more pecans!
9. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie (Paleo, Vegan)
If you’re tired of pumpkin pie for the holidays, make a sweet potato tart instead this year.
10. Gluten-Free Ginger Carrot Pie (Paleo, Vegan)
With its creamy, ginger-carrot filling and its cinnamon-laced graham cracker-like crust this ginger carrot pie will give traditional pumpkin pie a run for its money!
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.