35 Gluten-Free Fall Desserts to Spice up the Season
It’s your favorite time of year to cuddle up in a cozy sweater and relish a little fall baking.
I have filled this round up with my best gluten-free fall dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, and then added even more fall treats from online food blogger friends.
Choosing just a few sweet treats from this mouthwatering collection will be a challenge!
On this list, you’ll find… Simple ingredients. Fall harvest fruits and vegetables. Warm, autumn seasonings. No gluten.
Questions about gluten-free ingredients? I address those in more detail at the end of this post.
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Scroll through these gluten-free fall recipes and choose one. Or two. Or three.
Gluten-Free Apple Desserts
Apple is the quintessential fall fruit. Share a rustic Apple Galette or Apple Ricotta Cake with friends. Make Apple-Cobbler-for-One. And bring your own Apple Cider Donuts when you visit the apple orchard.
Gluten-Free Apple Galette
This Gluten-Free Apple Galette is simple but impressive. The rustic crust is flaky, and the filling is packed with fall flavors.
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (Dairy-Free/Vegan & Oat-Free Options)
Easier than apple pie (and better tasting), this delicious gluten-free apple crisp recipe is simple enough to make with kids and is an excellent addition to your holiday dessert table or any meal during apple season. The recipe intro covers choosing gluten-free oats. There is also an oat-free option if you cannot tolerate oats.
Cream Cheese Caramel Apple Dip takes just a few minutes to prepare and has only three ingredients. Serve this sweet dip with tart apples, your favorite fresh fruit, gluten-free graham crackers, or homemade gingersnap cookies!
Gluten-Free Apple Cobbler in a Mug (Vegan, No Sugar Added)
This Gluten-Free Apple Cobbler in a Mug recipe is ready in less than 5 minutes and serves one. It's perfect to take to Thanksgiving or any fall get-together where you need your own gluten-free dessert!
These are the best gluten-free pumpkin desserts, from traditional Pumpkin Pie to Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu. Pumpkin, not turkey, will be the true star of your Thanksgiving dinner.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
The BEST Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie recipe with an easy, flaky, homemade crust. The delicious pumpkin pie filling is packed with your favorite fall spices & brown sugar for even more seasonal flavor. Decorative leaf cutouts add to the rustic fall charm.
These individual pumpkin pasties are adorable and delicious. They are easy to bring along as a dessert-for-one option, so you have a gluten-free treat at Thanksgiving gatherings. Or add a lightning-shaped zig-zag to vent, and you have gluten-free Harry Potter pumpkin pasties for your next Harry Potter movie night.
What could be better than creme brulee? Pumpkin Creme Brulee! All of the richness and caramelized sugar of classic creme brulee combined with your favorite fall flavors. A make-ahead dessert perfect for Thanksgiving or any autumn gathering.
This Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu combines the fall flavors of a pumpkin spice latte with your favorite Italian dessert. It is creamy, rich, and delicious—all without the gluten and dairy.
This Chocolate Pumpkin Cake mixes your favorite fall flavors with chocolate in a showstopper orange and chocolate design that will wow your guests. If you do not have a gluten-free pumpkin pie spice mixture, the recipe includes instructions to make your own with individual spices.
You will love the warm flavors of these gluten-free dessert recipes packed with seasonal spices, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Chewy cookies and the best gluten-free cinnamon rolls ever are on this list!
Gluten-Free Gingersnaps (Dairy-Free)
The perfect fall treat, these CHEWY gingersnap cookies are easy to make with simple gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients. They are the most delicious gingersnaps you have ever tasted, gluten-free or otherwise!
Gluten-free and full of flavor, this easy-to-make gingerbread house bundt cake creates a magical childhood memory as your kids cover it with frosting and candy. Or sprinkle it with powdered sugar for a simple and elegant presentation. I use the Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Bundt Pan, but you can add a Halloween Twist with the Haunted Manor Bundt Pan.
This moist upside-down pear cake is flavored with juicy pears and spiced with cinnamon and ginger. Made with almond flour and sweet honey, it's a beautiful fall cake recipe you can can feel good about eating!
This Cranberry Coffee Cake is easy to make, has a wonderfully soft texture, and a rich fresh cranberry flavor. Made with almond flour, it’s packed with healthy fats while being low in carbs, gluten-free, and super delicious!
Gluten-Free Japanese Sweet Potato Tart (Dairy-free)
This gluten and dairy-free Japanese sweet potato tart has a smooth rich filling with an easy homemade crust. Remember to use a Certified Gluten-Free oat milk, or substitute your favorite milk, if you cannot tolerate oats.
Soft and chewy Sweet Potato Oat Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Enjoy this sweet dessert that looks and tastes like fall! This recipe is for those who can tolerate gluten-free oats. I use Gluten-Free Prarie Oats, which are purity protocol oats, grown and processed separately from gluten-containing grains.
Sweet, golden maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes. It adds a distinct fall flavor to these desserts. Bake a showstopping cake and creme brulee, enjoy more casual cookies and donuts, or top off your favorite seasonal dessert with a simple Maple Whipped Cream.
Gluten-Free Maple Walnut Cake (Dairy-Free)
Salty-sweet and stunning, this gluten-free and dairy-free maple walnut cake will have your guests coming back for seconds.
A word about gluten. There are no gluten ingredients in any of these recipes. Whether you have celiac disease (like me), gluten intolerance, or otherwise need a gluten-free diet, these desserts are for you.
But as always, you need to vet your ingredients when you purchase them to make sure that the brands you buy have no hidden gluten.
Here are a few ingredients that pop up frequently in these recipes and deserve a little gluten-free discussion:
Spices are naturally gluten-free but can have cross-contact with gluten. Additionally, gluten-containing ingredients are sometimes added to spice blends. I generally stick to spices that are labeled gluten-free or McCormick’s single spices (not blends). Learn more about gluten in spices.
Fall Harvest Ingredients
Most of the other ingredients are real foods that are naturally gluten-free and abundant during the fall season, like apples, pumpkin puree, pears, oranges, cranberries, and sweet potatoes.