With Halloween and the holidays fast approaching, I decided to make some simple and delicious gluten free desserts and share them here on my blog. Let's face it, those of us who are gluten free don't want to miss out on dessert just because we are gluten free. I have used various Udi's Gluten Free products to create all of my holiday treats. Not only are Udi's Gluten Free products delicious on their own, but they are also quite versatile in the kitchen. Check out my five gluten free holiday desserts and see if you agree.
1. Gluten Free Granola Apple Crisp
This recipe is easy to make and will be a huge hit at any holiday party or function. Not only is Gluten Free Ganola Crisp delicious, but when it is baking in the oven, it fills your entire house with a nutty vanilla aroma. This flavorful scent gave my house such a warm and holiday feeling that was much better than any scented candle could ever achieve. But don't take my word for it. Give this recipe a try for your holiday party.
4 Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel, core and slice apples into thin slices. Lightly grease pie dish with margarine. Arrange apple slices along bottom of pie dish. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine white rice flour, brown sugar and 1/2 cup Udi's Gluten Free Sweet & Crunchy Granola. Mix well. Cut the margarine up into pieces and mix into dry mixture. Spread mixture evenly over apples. Sprinkle additional granola on top as desired. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned. Cool and serve with Cool Whip, whipped topping or ice cream as desired. I served mine with Cool Whip (which is gluten free).
2. Gluten Free Mummy Muffin Tops
These Mummy faces are a fun and creative idea for a children's Hallween party treat. These are really quick and easy to make.
Tub of gluten free vanilla icing
Cake decorator tip (I used Wilton Tip #21)
Put 2 dots of icing on the muffin top where the eyes belong. Place candy eyes on icing to "glue" them. Use white icing to make lines on the muffin top to create the mummy wrap. You can use a cookie decorator icing tube or an icing bag and Wilton Tip #21. Presto, you have a mummy face.
3. Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownie Surprise
My Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownie Surprise makes an attractive and delicious dessert for Christmas. The light taste of Cool Whip contrasts well with the dark chocolate brownie bites. This is actually a very light dessert. I plan on serving it over the holidays. You can also use orange food coloring to make the Cool Whip orange and serve this dessert for Halloween.
Green Dye (Optional)
Cherry Pie Filling
4. Gluten Free Pumpkin Crumb Delight
1 cup pumpkin
8 oz. cream cheese
Confectioners sugar to taste
Mix the pumpkin and cream cheese together until smooth. Add confectioners sugar a little at a time and blend until desired sweetness. Chill in refigerator. When it is time to serve dessert, crumble snicker doodle cookies on top and serve.
5. Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie
1 slice of Udi's Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
2 medium ripe bananas
2/3 cup cream, milk, soy milk, or rice milk (Almond milk might be interesting in this smoothie)
2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar packed
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You can garnish your smoothie with a sprinkle of cinnamon or graham cracker crumbs. Enjoy!
My Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie is the perfect autumn treat. The full spicy flavor of cinnamon complements the sweet taste of brown sugar to make a perfect smoothie for any holiday whether it be Halloween or Christmas.
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
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disclosure: Udi's sent me sample products to facilitate the review of their products and creation of holiday desserts/treats. All opinions and dessert recipes are my own.