Summertime is all about backyard barbeques and checkered tablecloths topped with iconic seasonal desserts like strawberry shortcake, cherry cobbler, and blueberry pie.
But when you have to avoid gluten, this often means having to replace traditional summer favorites with gluten-free versions that always seem have less than desirable textures and flavors that are far from indulgent.
But finding extraordinary gluten-free desserts to make this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge. There tons of desserts you can make that are naturally gluten-free and can satisfy a summer sweet tooth in a snap. No gluten? No problem!
Opting to make naturally gluten-free desserts means you won’t have to buy special flours and expensive mixes or search high and low for unpronounceable starches and gums. So toss the gluten-free flour and everything you thought you knew about baking gluten-free desserts out the window and instead make these 10 naturally gluten-free desserts this summer:
1. Fresh Berry Pavlova
This light and airy plate-sized layer of meringue is crispy on the outside and soft and marshmallowy on the inside. It is topped with billowy whipped cream that makes a cozy nest for fresh summer berries to rest and showcase the beloved duet of fresh fruit and cream. Yes, pavlova is the perfect gluten-free summer dessert.
2. Green Tea Ice Cream Float
The herbal, slightly spiky flavor of matcha and the sweet creamy goodness of ice cream is a match-a made in heaven. See and taste firsthand how well matcha pairs with dairy and churn out a beautiful batch of silky, vibrant matcha ice cream for an idyllic, fizzy summertime gluten-free dessert.
3. Mango Sticky Rice
Introducing your new favorite gluten-free dessert to make this summer. This Thai dessert is incredible simple to make and all it takes is juicy, silky ripe mango matched with a succulent and chewy sticky rice pudding infused with a luscious coconut cream to create perfection.
4. Prosecco Sabayon Almond Date Tart
This innovative dessert is part custard, part frothy bubbly sabayon presented in a chewy, nutty almond and date tart shell. Sabayon is the French name for zabaglione, an airy mousse-like Italian dessert. Some may assume that this fancy French named dessert is quite complicated to make, but au contraire, it is super easy and super elegant.
5. Chocolate Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta
This traditional Italian dessert is made lighter and brighter for summer with a Greek twist. Using Greek yogurt gives this panna cotta a refreshing tang and an added protein boost. Top with a few fresh raspberries and served chilled for an indulgent gluten-free summer dessert that is pure silk.
6. Bananas Foster
Bananas foster is a simple dessert with a stunning, theatrical ending. All you have to do is caramelize some banana slices in brown sugar and butter, pour on some rum, light it, and simmer down the flame. Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream to get the complete fire and ice effect.
7. Grapefruit Orange Terrine
Terrine is one of the best ways to showcase the splendor of summery citrus. This combination of sweet and bitter citrus is held together with just enough jellied juices to make a sparkling jewel-toned loaf. Serve plain for a refreshing treat or doll it up with a smear of crème fraîche, sprinkle of chopped pistachios or walnuts, or a drizzle of honey.
8. Pear Almond Coconut Crumble
This homey, yet impressive dessert ensures you won’t have to forgo the highly anticipated crisps, cobblers, and crumbles this summer. Buttery, tender caramelized pears and a crunchy almond coconut topping baked to crumbly perfection. The aromas coming from your kitchen will have your family drooling in anticipation.
9. French Macarons
Need a rainy day kitchen experiment to try out this summer? These little Parisian delicacies are delicious and cute, but they can also be finicky. However, their melt-in-your-mouth, light-as-air goodness and range of colors and flavors make it all worth it. And if you mess up the cookies, you can always eat the ganache by the spoonful.
10. Valencia Orange Almond Cake
Orange cake goes back centuries, originating from a traditional Spanish sponge cake using Valencia oranges—which are truly something spectacular. This classic Spanish cake has a moist, light texture and a wonderfully fresh tangy flavor. This gloriously squidgy cake also happens to be gluten-free and perfectly portable for summer picnics!
These 10 naturally gluten-free summer desserts prove that eliminating gluten from your diet doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. And with gorgeous, summery treats like these—no one will even notice that anything is missing!