Does gluten-free = dessert-free?
I don’t think so! Luckily, in this day and age, gluten-free desserts are popping up everywhere and often at your favourite restaurant. But what if you want to make guilt-free versions at home? Read on!
As you’ll know, those on a gluten-free diet avoid the gluten containing grains: wheat, barley, rye, triticale, spelt, kamut and oats (some people are ok with uncontaminated oats). But they can consume many other gluten-free grains such as rice, corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, tapioca and millet as well as legumes e.g. chickpeas, nuts and seeds.
In addition to this, many everyday healthy foods are naturally gluten-free. For example fruit, nuts and dairy products! So you can make some very healthy desserts that everyone will enjoy totally oblivious to the fact that it’s gluten-free. I do it all the time! Even simple things like yoghurt & fruit, fruit salad, baked/poached apple or pear are great ideas.
But I’m sure you want something a bit more exciting than fruit salad, so here’s 4 great recipes to try. Enjoy!
Banana & Coconut Bread
(Makes about 12 slices)
Everyone loves Banana Bread, here’s a healthy gluten-free version.
¾ cup coconut flour
¼ cup desiccated coconut pieces
½ cup almond meal
½ cup chickpea flour (or preferred flour)
¼ cup chia seeds (can use flaxseeds or linseeds)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free)
¼ cup stevia powder or preferred sweetener
4 medium bananas, mashed
5 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup milk of choice
Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
1, Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Then add all the wet ingredients and stir well until all ingredients are mixed well and mixture is smooth.
2, Line a loaf tin with baking paper and grease with oil spray or oil.
3, Pour banana mix into the loaf tin and place in the oven at 180°C for 40 minutes.
4, Remove when done and allow to cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy hot or cold.
Choc Orange Mousse with Walnuts & Currants
2 ½ medium avocados
2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
20g stevia powder
3 tablespoons milk
¼ cup desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
½ – 1 tablespoon orange rind
¼ cup chopped walnuts (or preferred nuts)
¼ cup currants (you could use other dried fruit)
1, In a food processor add all ingredients except the walnuts and currants. Process until smooth. Stir through the walnuts and currants.
3, Serve in 3-4 serving glasses and decorate with a sprinkle with additional walnuts, currants and desiccated coconut if desired.
3, Place in the fridge for an hour before serving to cool. Enjoy as a dessert or a snack.
Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding with Dates & Almonds
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup milk of choice (dairy, almond, rice etc)
½ cup lite coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons stevia powder or maple syrup
10 dates chopped
12 chopped almonds
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
1, In jar or bowl, add the chia seeds, milk, stevia/maple and vanilla. Combine, cover and put in the fridge over night or for about 6-8 hours.
2, Take out of the fridge; it should have thickened to custard like consistency.
3, Serve in 2 dessert glasses topped with chopped dates and almonds.
Chocolate, Date, Nut Bliss Balls
(Makes about 30 x 2cm diameter balls)
200g (1 cup) raw almonds
150g walnut, pecan or hazelnut meal (1 cup)
¾ cup desiccated coconut fine or moist
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
4-5 tablespoons milk of choice
3 cups dates pitted
For coating: desiccated coconut or sesame seeds
1, Place almonds into a food processor and chop until these are in chunky bits (not meal). Put into a large bowl with the walnut/pecan/hazelnut meal (or other nut).
2, Place dates, coconut (desiccated and milk), cinnamon, cocoa into the food processor and process until smooth. Add nuts and process until combined. (If too dry e.g. things are sticking, add 1-2 tbsp milk. Note: it shouldn’t be soggy)
3, Put into the large bowl and kneed to further combine all ingredients. Then grab small pieces of mixture and roll into 2-3cm diameter balls.
4, In a small bowl put coating of sesame seeds or coconut. Roll the balls into the coating to completely cover.
5, Store in an airtight container in the fridge.