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Gluten-Free Fall Desserts: Delicious Ways to Celebrate the Season

Fall is a season filled with delicious flavors, from pumpkin spice to apple cinnamon. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you may worry that you’ll miss out on these autumnal delights. Fortunately, there are plenty of gluten-free fall desserts that will allow you to enjoy the season’s flavors without any gluten. Whether you are planning a cozy night in or hosting a fall gathering, these gluten-free fall dessert recipes will be a hit.

Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a classic fall dessert, and it’s super easy to make gluten-free. Start by peeling, coring, and slicing six cups of apples. Toss the apples with a tablespoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a cup of sugar. Place the apple mixture in a greased baking dish. In another bowl, mix one cup of gluten-free oats, one cup of gluten-free flour, one cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a cup of melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin cheesecake is a delicious twist on a classic fall dessert. To make the crust, mix one and a half cups of gluten-free graham cracker crumbs with a quarter cup of sugar and six tablespoons of melted butter. Press this mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. For the filling, beat three packages of cream cheese with one cup of sugar until smooth. Add one cup of canned pumpkin, three eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a teaspoon of pumpkin spice. Pour this mixture over the crust and bake at 350°F for 55-60 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie

A gluten-free apple pie is a must-have fall dessert. Start by making a gluten-free pie crust. Mix two and a half cups of gluten-free flour with a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of sugar. Cut in one cup of cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add six to eight tablespoons of ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll out one half of the dough and place it in a pie plate. Fill with six cups of sliced apples, three-quarters of a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of gluten-free flour, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg. Roll out the other half of the dough and place it on top of the apple mixture. Crimp the edges and cut slits in the top. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350°F and bake for another 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is a perfect fall treat. In a large bowl, mix three and a half cups of gluten-free flour, two teaspoons of baking soda, one and a half teaspoons of salt, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of nutmeg, and half a teaspoon of cloves. In another bowl, mix two cups of sugar, one cup of vegetable oil, four eggs, two cups of canned pumpkin, and two-thirds of a cup of water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour the batter into two greased loaf pans and bake at 350°F for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

These gluten-free fall desserts are a delicious way to celebrate the season. Whether you choose to make a classic apple pie, a delicious pumpkin cheesecake, or a moist and flavorful pumpkin bread, you’ll be able to enjoy all the flavors of fall without any gluten. Happy baking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought gluten-free pie crust for the apple pie?

Yes, you can use a store-bought gluten-free pie crust for the apple pie. Just be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it is gluten-free.

Can I make the pumpkin bread dairy-free?

Yes, you can make the pumpkin bread dairy-free by substituting the butter with a dairy-free alternative such as coconut oil or vegetable oil.

Can I substitute the sugar in the recipes with a sugar alternative?

Yes, you can substitute the sugar in the recipes with a sugar alternative. Just be sure to adjust the quantities as needed, as some sugar alternatives are sweeter than regular sugar.

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