Have you tried baking with gluten-free flours yet? There’s actually a surprising amount out there and if you’re new to gluten-free cooking, you might be unsure of where to start. Each variety of flour has its own specialty. Chickpea flour is ideal for savory recipes, but it can also be used as a batter for vegan French toast. Coconut flour’s natural sweetness make it perfect for creating delicious desserts, but it also makes a great flour for dredging savory foods in so they bake up nice and crispy. Then, there’s almond flour. Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds into a fine powder. You can do this with a food processor or a powerful blender, or you can find it among the specialty items in the gluten-free section of your grocery store.
Almond flour is high in protein, high in fiber, and low in carbohydrates and you can use it in both sweet and savory recipes. While you wouldn’t make raw desserts with all-purpose flour, almond flour is ideal for making crusts by combining it with dates. If you’re interesting in getting started with recipes that use alternative flours, check out Take Your Gluten-Free Baking to the Next Level With 15 Vegan Recipes You Can Make Using Coconut Flour and then come back for 16 vegan and gluten-free desserts that are made using almond flour.
1. Apple Cornbread French Toast Cake With Roasted Strawberries
Cornbread is pretty perfect on its own, but what happens when you mix it with apples, roasted strawberries, AND French toast? Even more perfection — Apple Cornbread French Toast Cake With Roasted Strawberries. This gluten-free cake is made from almond flour, polenta, and just a little bit of oat bran. Serve with plenty of maple syrup and coconut whipped cream for a uniquely awesome brunch dish or dessert.
2. Orange Beet Tartlets With Almond Fig Crust
These Orange Beet Tartlets With Almond Fig Crust will make your belly rumble even if you just ate — after all, there’s always room for dessert. They are raw, vegan, gluten-free because the crust is made from almond flour, and soooo good for your body … and your taste buds. Let’s eat!
3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars take a basic granola bar recipe to a new, delicious level. Warm, gooey peanut butter and melted chocolate chips between two layers of chocolate chip oat and almond flour granola. They’re great on the go, but if you have the time, we recommend heating it just a smidge to melt the chocolate chips.
4. Superfood Dessert Sushi
Do you have a sweet tooth too? If you are looking for a creative dessert recipe, you should definitely try this Superfood Dessert Sushi. This pretty treat is made from a sweet and sticky dough made from almond flour, cashews, and dates that’s rolled up with a berry and date paste filling. It’s full of nutrients and tasty ingredients that’ll make you feel good about indulging.
5. Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake
If you’re looking for a treat to share with your sweetheart (or anyone you like enough to share dessert with), you’ve come to the right place. This Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake is rich and chocolatey with a hint of espresso. Since it’s made entirely with almond flour, it’s also gluten-free!
6. Raw Lemon Meltaway Balls
These Raw Lemon Meltaway Balls are so versatile and delicious. You can eat them plain, roll them in shredded organic coconut for a tropical vibe, roll them in almond flour, powdered sugar (if you like it sweet), or even put them in the dehydrator and they will be slightly hard on the outside and soft on the inside and be more like a lemon cookie. Either way, these will be a hit at your summer party.
7. Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake
The Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake is a nice, light alternative to the traditional. It’s made with biscuit-like shortbread, a heavenly strawberry cream sauce, and of course, fresh strawberries. This is the perfect dessert for a hot day.
8. Paleo Vegan Biscotti
The great thing about biscotti is that you can find a good reason to enjoy it any time of day — for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a snack, dessert, or a late night snack. These Paleo Vegan Biscotti are super crunchy and delicious and completely grain-free and gluten-free! The first variety is a winning combination of chocolate, coconut, and walnut while the second variety is a mind-blowingly good combination of salty, crunchy peanuts, and melty chocolate morsels. It takes just five minutes to prepare the batter and these cookies will disappear even faster.
9. Raw Lamingtons
A lamington is an Australian dessert made from sponge cake coated in chocolate and then rolled in coconut flakes, typically with jam or cream sandwiched in the middle. These Raw Lamingtons have two pieces of sponge cake made with almond and coconut flour with a layer of mixed berry chia jam. If you’ve never tried a lamington before, then this raw version is a fantastic place to start.
10. Hawaij Mocha Ice Cream Tarts
Hawaij is a Yemeni spice blend of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, that is used to bring warm, spicy notes to coffees and soups in Israel, so it’s perfect in these Hawaij Mocha Ice Cream Tarts. Homemade coconut mocha ice cream is poured into a grain-free mini tart crust and topped with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. These rich and creamy tarts are the perfect treat to help you cool down and get your coffee fix at the same time.
11. Lemon Curd Tiramisu
This Lemon Curd Tiramisu is a lovely variation of the traditional Italian favorite. This cake still has the coffee, chocolate, and a creamy topping, but instead of ladyfingers, it’s lemon cake! Topped with lemon curd as well, this is a refreshing version that’s perfect for summer.
12. No-Bake Almond Joy Bars With a Chocolate Ganache Topping
These No-Bake Almond Joy Bars With a Chocolate Ganache Topping, inspired by their namesake candy, are divine! A fluffy, coconut center is sandwiched between a chocolatey walnut-date crust and then topped with a layer of smooth, rich dark chocolate ganache. A sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds and flaked coconut adds a finishing touch. This recipe makes quite a number of bars, but they’re so delicious that you’ll want to keep them all to yourself.
13. Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a yummy chocolate chip cookie sandwich? For these Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sandwiches, coconut whipped cream is sandwiched in between two almond-flour based sugar cookies with cacao nibs thrown in. Besides being delicious, these treats are super fun to make! Make a big batch and have effortless after-dinner dessert for months.
14. Mini Raw Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts
These Mini Raw Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts are as delicious as they are adorable! The crust is made from almond flour and coconut oil, and the filling is soft and silky. Each bite has the slightly tangy but oh so sweet taste of raspberries.
15. 5-Ingredient Microwave Brownie
Want a delicious, ooey-gooey brownie, but don’t feel like making a whole batch? Let us introduce you to this amazing Five-Ingredient Microwave Brownie! Simply mix all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe ramekin, heat it up for about a minute, top with your desired toppings, and devour.
Check out The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Flour! for all your gluten-free baking needs!
Lead image source: Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake