Healthy Gluten Free Desserts For Summer BBQs

Summer is here and with it comes the requisite barbeques, grill-outs, and picnics.  When attending these outside get-togethers keeping to a healthy gluten free lifestyle can be tricky.  Is the barbeque sauce gluten free?  Do the hot dogs have any wheat fillers?  Where are the vegetables and why does everything have butter on it?  Navigating these barbequed settings is hard enough when you are gluten free, but making sure you do it healthily can be even trickier.  Luckily, we have one part of the meal covered for you, and it is the most important course: dessert.

Below are three healthy treats you can whip up in no time for a worry free dessert to share at your next summer cookout whether hosting or attending.

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

The tangy Greek yogurt in this recipe adds a nice creamy texture and a good dollop of protein that pairs perfectly with fresh summer strawberries.



  1. Wash and dry strawberries.  Cut the leafy tops off and discard.
  2. Core the strawberries with a small knife and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whip together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla, and stevia until smooth.
  4. Using a pastry bag or small spoon, fill each cored strawberry with cream cheese mixture.
  5. Place strawberries in refrigerator to set.
  6. In the meantime, using a food processor or blender, blend the Snickerdoodle Cookies into a fine crumb.
  7. Take strawberries out and dip the tops into the Snickerdoodle crumbs.  Place back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Dark Chocolate Blueberry Clusters

You cannot go wrong with fruit and chocolate for dessert.  Mix in some high antioxidant blueberries and crunchy raw almonds with your chocolate and you have a perfect on- the-go dessert. 


  • 1 cup plump blueberries
  • 3/4  cup almond slivers
  • 1¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped


  1. On a parchment lined baking sheet, clump together little piles of almond slivers (approximately 1 tablespoon of nut pieces per mound).
  2. Place a small handful of blueberries atop nuts (approximately 4-6 large blueberries).
  3. Bring water in a double boiler to a simmer, place dark chocolate in the top and melt until smooth.
  4. Pour a spoonful of chocolate over each blueberry and nut pile until the blueberries are fully covered.
  5. Immediately place in the freezer for five minutes.
  6. After chocolate is set take nut clusters out and enjoy, or place in parchment lined Tupperware to serve later.


No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

High protein, high fiber garbanzo beans work as this cookie dough’s base.  Blended up with a bit of nut butter, you have a super healthy dessert that you don’t even need to cook!


  • 1 can (15 oz.) Garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 2- 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 cup granulated stevia or 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Optional- 1/4 cup chopped nuts


  1. Place all ingredients, excluding chocolate chips and optional nut pieces, in a food processor.  Blend until very smooth (approximately 3 minutes), scraping the sides after each minute.
  2. Once mixture is completely smooth, place into a big mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
  4. Place dough into refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer into individual cups or a small bowl for serving.
  6. Serve with sliced fruit or plain with little spoons.


Comment below and tell us about your favorite gluten free dishes for summer barbeques!

8 responses to “Healthy Gluten Free Desserts For Summer BBQs”

  1. Chloe Boggs says:

    This is awesome, gluten free desserts! Just love everything you posted for people who are gluten free diet!

  2. Carol says:

    Beans make a great substitute for wheat flour and can be used in many recipes, but when I call manufacturers (Goya and others) to verify their canned beans (or even dried) are gluten free, I am being told they are not gluten free. Or I am being told “Just rinse them off and it will remove anything.” (Yikes!)
    Can anyone tell me what garbanzo beans, black beans, white beans are safe for people on a gluten free diet?

    • Molica says:

      Bush’s Beans are gluten-free. Their website states “As of this date, all of our BUSH’S BEST products are gluten-free.” The “Bush’s Best” logo is on all of their canned beans (black, red, pinto, garbanzo, etc.). And in case you wanna check it out yourself, it’s the first question on their FAQ: .
      I use Bush’s ALL the time – great products!!

  3. Betty says:

    I have 2 kids at church that are gluten tolerance, and a niece, would love to have some recipe, will enjoy the one posted.

  4. verna says:

    Wondering before I try this recipe…are the canned garbanzo beans drained & rinsed OR did you use the entire contents of the can?


  6. Sarah M. says:

    These look AMAZING!!! I’ll have to try them.

  7. Clara S Smith says:

    Love your bread. Thanks

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