Gluten Free Dessert

All celiac sufferers and people with gluten intolerance usually have that one item that they really, really miss.  Maybe it’s an item from their childhood, an old diet staple, or that once in a while treat that they used to be able to indulge in.  Either way, it’s something gluten free dieters must find a substitute for or simply live without.

What do I miss the most about having a gluten free diet?  That’s easy… DESSERT!

Udi's Gluten Free Cookies

I dream in dessert- triple chocolate brownies, lemon blueberry scones, deep dish apple pie, German chocolate cake….  I simply love anything and everything that is dessert.

But unfortunately a really good gluten free dessert is hard to come by.  Of course, Udi’s has some fantastic gluten free muffins that I find to substitute quite nicely when I am craving a sweet fix.  (Tip- warm the Double Chocolate Muffins in the microwave for an extra decadent gooey treat).  But oh how I miss cake.
Recently I celebrated a birthday with my family and was dreading the birthday meal.  What is a birthday celebration without cake?  Is a birthday even worth celebrating if there will be no cake?  In my opinion, no.  But what to my delighted surprise popped out of the refrigerator after dinner but a gluten free cheesecake with warm blueberry compote!  Absolute ecstasy is the only way to describe this cheesecake.  And bonus: I got to eat the crust.

Try this recipe for a great gluten free crust:

3/4 cup gluten free oatmeal
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup butter
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. flax seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg

Process flax seeds in a food processor on high for two minutes.  Add the gluten free oatmeal and walnuts.  Process ingredients until the mixture resembles a course flour.  Dump ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Melt butter on the stove top.  Add sugar and stir.  When sugar is well incorporated, pour butter mixture into the flour mixture.  Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir the mixture well.  After all ingredients are well mixed press the mixture into the bottom of a spring-form pan.

Voila!  Use your favorite cheesecake recipe for the filling and enjoy.

What is your most missed gluten item?  Do you have any great tips or recipies for a gluten free version?

4 responses to “Gluten Free Dessert”

  1. CarolKicinski says:

    WOW This is so cool! I was diagnosed with Celiac just 6 months ago, and just realized a couple weeks ago that I won’t be able to have Thin Mints anymore. Thanks so much for sharing these recipe links…I’m definitely gonna try some.

  2. Carole Beaton says:

    This recipe sounds like the answer to a prayer. Desserts are such a part of the meal and to have a gluten-free cheesecake like this, and so healthy . . . . . I will be trying this on the weekend.

  3. Mark says:

    The crust is the real problem with gluten free desserts so this is a great recipe. Thanks. Bravo!

  4. Susan says:

    You are SO right! Dessert is such a challenge on a gluten-free diet. That crust looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it. What a great idea to use flaxseeds along with the nuts and oatmeal. Sounds delish!

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