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15+ Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts (Healthy and Delicious)

October 12, 2023 (Last Updated: November 20, 2023)
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Dive into our collection of tasty and healthy gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts that don’t compromise on flavor or texture. Made with wholesome ingredients and no added sugar, these desserts can adorn any festive table and will be loved by (almost) everyone, regardless of their dietary preferences.

Solving the Gluten Problem

We know the struggle – finding tasty, gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts that don’t compromise on flavor and health can be a challenge. You often face limited choices, not-so-healthy ingredients, and sometimes, a taste that just doesn’t hit the mark.

I’ve been there. I began my gluten-free (and sugar-free) journey over six years ago (August 2017). With a love for exquisite cakes and desserts, I passionately started to explore gluten-free, sugar-free, and lectin-free baking and create sweet treats that were delicious and brought me joy while supporting my health journey.

After all, deciding to have a healthy lifestyle and going gluten-free shouldn’t mean settling for less.

Note: While all ingredients used are naturally gluten-free, if you are celiac, you have to make sure the ingredients you are buying are certified gluten-free or not cross-contaminated.

Our Promise: Healthy Desserts That Taste Delicious

Every recipe was crafted to support my and my family’s health journey while still enjoying the small pleasures of life (like a delicious sweet treat). They’re sugar-free, lectin-free, and free from soy, corn, oats, rice, inflammatory vegetable oils, and peanuts, but they are certainly not tasteless.

Many of them are also dairy-free, but not all. Occasionally, we do indulge in the best quality dairy products we can find and use them in some of our desserts, many in the form of butter and mascarpone cheese for a cream cheese frosting.

For sweeteners, we use small amounts of non-caloric natural sweeteners like allulose, inulin, or monk fruit, and sometimes, we use a modest amount of dates. Gluten-free flours like tigernut and chestnut have a natural sweetness.

If you are curious about the type of flour we use in our gluten-free baking, check out our Quick Guide to Lectin-Free and Gluten-Free Flours.

Is Gluten-Free Healthy?

Before diving into our collection of Thanksgiving dessert recipes, I wanted to address this question. While many brands, bakeries, and supermarkets now offer gluten-free desserts and pastries, it doesn’t mean they are healthy.

Yes, if you are celiac, they can be a lifesaver occasionally, but for long-term health, it’s important to remove highly processed foods from your diet, which many of the gluten-free labeled foods are.

Additionally, many gluten-free flour pre-mixes and gluten-free baked goods are made with corn, rice, high-glucose corn syrup, lots of sugar, inflammatory oils, and other questionable ingredients.

Enjoy Delicious Desserts that Are Good for You!

No more compromises; it’s time to enjoy desserts that everyone will love, each offering a burst of flavor, nutrition, and the joy of worry-free indulgence.

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with our carefully curated sugar-free and gluten-free delights, each recipe crafted with care, loaded with nutrients, and ready to impress every guest at your table. Welcome to your happiest, healthiest Thanksgiving yet!

For even more options, check out our collection of 30+ Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free Healthy Desserts.

15+ Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

gluten free pumpkin bars with mascarpone frosting

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars with Mascarpone Frosting (Sugar-Free)

Savor the season with our gluten-free pumpkin bars, topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting. These delightful bars are a holiday must-have, offering a moist and fluffy texture with the rich flavors of pumpkin and warming spices. Made with a blend of low-carb flours and naturally sweetened with dates, they are perfect for those seeking a gluten-free, lectin-light, and sugar-free option. Enjoy these beautiful, health-conscious treats that don’t skimp on flavor or festivity!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread (Low-Carb)

Embrace the flavors of fall with our gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe. Crafted with a combination of low-carb flours, and with no added sugar, this bread offers a healthier twist without compromising on taste or texture. Its fluffy and moist crumb, coupled with the aromatic warmth of pumpkin pie spice, captures the essence of autumn in every bite.

Healthy Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (Gluten-Free Crust)

Are you team sweet potato pie or team pecan pie? Now you don’t have to choose, because I give you the best of both worlds. A healthy sweet potato pecan pie made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients, no added sugar or nasty corn syrup. We make it on a delicious lectin-free and gluten free pie crust but feel free to use your favorite crust. Get ready to surprise your guests with the healthiest and most delicious pie.

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Easy Gluten-Free Apple Cake

Welcome the cozy vibes of fall with our gluten-free apple cake, a healthier twist on the beloved French classic. Each slice offers the comforting embrace of cinnamon and vanilla, creating a delightful dessert that’s low in carbs and free of added sugar. It’s not just a treat for the senses but also a perfect fit for various dietary needs. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, this gluten-free apple cake is your perfect companion for tea or coffee time, promising warmth and satisfaction in every bite.

Sugar-Free Apple Pie Bars (Gluten-Free)

You would not believe these 3-layer apple pie bars are sugar-free, gluten-free, and lectin-free. One of my favorite childhood desserts, I wanted to convert this recipe to a healthier version for a long time, and finally, here it is. These apple pie bars are made with two layers of gluten-free shortcake crust and a delicious spiced apple pie filling. Perfect with a warm tea or coffee while you are hugged by your favorite blanket.

Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie (Lectin-Free, Gluten-Free)

A sweet potato pie is grounding, warming, comforting, and so perfect for the colder season. This easy sugar-free sweet potato pie is also nourishing and healthy, has no gluten, dairy, or lectins, and is made with wholesome ingredients.

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake (Nut-Free, Gluten-Free)

This carrot cake is nut-free for those who are taking a break from nuts or have a nut allergy. It’s delicious, moist, fluffy, and super healthy. And even if you eat nuts, give this sugar-free carrot cake a try; you won’t be disappointed. Serve with mascarpone or coconut cream, toasted pinenuts (which are not nuts, but seeds!), and seasonal fruits.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins (Low-Carb)

Indulge in the cozy embrace of autumn with our delectable gluten-free pumpkin muffins. Crafted with a blend of low-carb flours and naturally sweetened, these muffins are fluffy, moist perfection. Each bite offers a taste of fall, making them the perfect guilt-free indulgence to warm your spirits during the chilly months.

gundry olive oil walnut spice cake

Dr. Gundry’s Olive Oil Walnut Spice Cake (Keto)

A sophisticated treat, this olive oil walnut spice cake features warming spices and lovely herbal notes from olive oil. Pair a slice of this bread-like spice cake with a good strong cup of coffee or tea. For an extra special treat, spread a little coconut whipped cream on your cake, or add some seasonal fruits to it as I did. Either way, it is positively decadent! Like anything on this website, this olive oil walnut spice cake is gluten-free, lectin-free, and sugar-free (keto). It is also dairy-free.

Gluten-Free Almond Biscotti Recipe (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

These sugar-free and gluten-free almond biscotti are just as good as the original Italian biscotti. Follow the basic recipe or use your creativity to create other flavors. They are easy to make and are a delightful and crunchy sweet treat for your coffee or tea; they are great for entertaining or as a travel snack and make the perfect little gift for your health-conscious friends.

parsnip cake with rosemary and olive oil

Parsnip Cake with Rosemary and Olive Oil

Parsnips are sweet, earthy, and nutritious, the perfect food for the colder season. I love using vegetables in unexpected ways, like making sweet treats, so here is one of my favorite cakes ever: parsnip cake with rosemary and olive oil. This cake is sugar-free, lectin-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. It’s a treat that is not overly sweet, a beautiful and flavorful cross between savory and sweet, and so grounding during the colder and shorter days.

Chocolate-Chestnut Truffles (Sugar-Free)

These chocolate chestnut truffles are an exquisite, delicious, healthy sweet treat for the holiday season. They are made of a creamy, flavorful filling of chestnuts, spices, and nut butter, covered in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with ground pistachios. They are sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Healthy Sweet Potato Muffins (No Added Sugar, Gluten-Free)

These healthy sweet potato muffins are fluffy and delicious, the perfect naturally sweet treat. They are gluten-free and lectin-free, and there is no sugar or sweetener added. Rich in healthy fats, high in protein, and nutrient-dense, this is a feel-good, nutrient-dense sweet treat for you and your little ones.

sweet potato waffles

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Waffles (Sugar-Free)

These absolutely delicious sweet potato waffles are gluten-free, lectin-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, easy to make, and taste like sweet potato pie. A waffle recipe that is perfect for breakfast, as a sweet treat with coffee or tea and can even be included in a savory meal.

Cinnamon-Flavored Sorghum Crackers (Gluten-Free)

With a tender and slightly crisp texture, these cinnamon-flavored sorghum crackers are reminiscent of graham crackers. If you live in Europe, they will remind you of digestive biscuits. However you call them, they are a delicious and healthy snack and can be used in so many creative ways. These sweet-flavored sorghum crackers are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and lectin-free.

gluten free sugar free carrot cake

Spicy Carrot Cake with Fresh Cranberries and Mascarpone

You don’t need an occasion to make another carrot cake, especially a healthy one. This is an easy lectin-free spicy carrot cake to make, not very carby as it’s made with almond and hazelnut flours, and it is delicious. Paired with the mascarpone cream is divine, but you can make it without, and it will still be perfect. The cranberry season is a good excuse to make this cake. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, you can use wild blueberries, or black and red currants – fresh or frozen.

Apple Galette with Hazelnut Crumble

I love a galette because is forgiving and easy to make, even when no gluten and sugar are used. This sugar-free and gluten-free apple galette is made with a mix of cassava, chestnut, and almond flour and it has no sugar. The natural sweetness comes from the apples, the chestnut flour, and the spices. During the apple season, all I want to make is this apple galette.

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