10 gluten-free fall dessert recipes that feature all the best flavors of the season.
Despite the lingering heat autumn is nearly 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 start enjoying all the cozy sweets and treats of the season right now.
1. Gluten-Free Cranberry Crumb Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
These sweet/tart bars have a lightly spiced cranberry filling because cranberries are the unofficial fruit of the season.
2. Cider Baked Apples with Caramel (Paleo, Vegan)
Cider baked apples are definitely a treat worth making at least once this season.
3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Bars (Paleo)
The wonderful combination of warming fall spices in these bars makes for a pretty irresistible treat.
4. Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crumble (Paleo, Vegan)
You really can’t go wrong with a fruit crumble for dessert especially an apple crumble this time of year.
5. Gluten-Free Pecan Date Squares (Paleo, Vegan)
Similar to a jam bar, these date bars feature a date caramel, a shortbread-like base and a crisp crumbly top with toasted pecans and a hint of cinnamon for a little fall inspired flavor.
The subtle sweetness of the squash coupled with fall flavors like maple, pecan, cinnamon and nutmeg make these a natural for this time of year.
7. Maple Cashew Fudge Squares (Raw, Paleo, Vegan)
These fudge squares have a lot going for them any time of year, but the maple flavor is particularly well suited for the fall season.
Sweet, spicy and just a little bit tart, these poached apples are just the thing for a simple family supper or a holiday get-together.
These easy no-bake pecan bars are loaded with fall flavors.
10. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Tart with Pecan Praline Topping (Paleo, Vegan)
If you’re tired of pumpkin pie for the holidays, make a sweet potato tart instead this year.
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.