As prevalent as white flour is in our food and sweets, it is not the best option for our bodies. This is because the refinement process that makes white flour products so light and fluffy consequentially removes the nutritional value. Luckily, eating gluten-free is so common now that it is easier to find bread, bagels, and certified gluten-free oats to start our day. Even if you are not gluten-free, these products allow us to still eat our favorite foods without the empty calories we get from white flour. But what about dessert? If gluten is not a concern of yours, then there are many alternative flours derived from ancient grains you can use, like spelt flour. If you are gluten-free, then you can use teff, amaranth, sorghum, millet, and quinoa. If you’re looking for tips on how to bake gluten-free, you have tips and tricks to help you out.

Ready to get inspired (and hungry)? Then, check out these 15 sweets that are made using ancient grains!


1. Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars With Buckwheat


These Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars With Buckwheat taste like a raw vegan caramel chocolate party oin your mouth. You might ask: but how would anyone know what that tastes like!? You will, when you make these bars. They only take a few minutes to make, then you just gotta freeze ’em until they get nice, gooey, and sticky. Yum!

2. Quinoa Cherry Bars

Quinoa Cherry Bars

These crunchy and chewy Quinoa Cherry Bars are the perfect to-go snack! In this recipe, a blend of warm and toasty almonds, quinoa, and seeds are combined with dried cherries. Pack these sweet and tart bars as an afternoon snack at work or school!

3. Sprouted Buckwheat Cake Doughnuts

Sprouted Buckwheat Cake Donuts [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

These Sprouted Buckwheat Cake Doughnuts need to be had, stat. Sweet and toothsome without all of the oil of their fried counterparts, they show that you don’t have to miss out on doughnuts if you’re raw vegan or trying to eat healthier.

4. One-Bowl Quinoa and Date Sugar Brownies

One-Bowl Quinoa and Date Sugar Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Did you know you could make brownies with quinoa? You can – and it’s so easy! These One-Bowl Quinoa and Date Sugar Brownies are sweetened with date sugar, which gives them a rich, toasty, and caramel-y taste.


5. 5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge


You shouldn’t have to spend hours in front of the stove just to make something delicious. You also don’t have to bother with candy thermometers and boiling sugar just to have candy. It can be easier — and better for you, which is exactly what this recipe for 5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge is all about. It’s quick. It’s easy. It only takes five ingredients. No boiling. No waiting for sugar to caramelize. And yet, it is every bit as delicious.

6. Cookie Dough Blondies 

Cookie Dough Blondies 4

These chewy and gooey Cookie Dough Blondies look so delicious, you won’t believe they are only made with six ingredients. They’re sweet, buttery, made from spelt flour, and can be whipped up in just 30 minutes. This indulgent version is definitely one worth trying, but if you want to lighten the recipe up in the future, simply sub in coconut sugar and coconut oil for the brown sugar and vegan butter.

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7. Vanilla Bean Blueberry Peach Hand Pies


These delicious Vanilla Bean Blueberry Peach Hand Pies have a spelt flour crust and fruity filling whose sweetness is subdued by fresh vanilla bean. What could possibly be better than a pie you can hold in your hand?

8. Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake

Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake

Pomegranate seeds are placed in the bottom of a cake pan and then covered with a rich spelt flour cake batter flavored with warm spices, which is what makes this Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake so special. It’s then drizzled with a creamy chocolate sauce that goes perfectly with the tart pomegranate seeds. This wholesome spelt cake is also sweetened entirely with apples and molasses. Make it as a gift for your sweetheart, or keep it all to yourself.


9. Banana Scones 

Banana Scones

These yummy Banana Scones are easy to make and so versatile because they can be made from amaranth or buckwheat flour. They are wonderful when served with jam or vegan butter and a cup of coffee for breakfast or brunch but they are also great for dessert. They’re sweetened naturally with banana and maple syrup, so give them a try!

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts With Salted Peanut Butter Glaze

Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts With Salted Peanut Butter Glaze

Salty. Sweet. Chocolatey. Are you hungry yet? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts With Salted Peanut Butter Glaze made from teff flour are an explosion of rich, harmonious flavors. The chocolate chips are optional, but they add texture. Topped with a salty peanut butter glaze, these yummy doughnuts are more like a dessert than anything. Enjoy them with a cup of your favorite coffee.

11. Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles 

Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles

Without a doubt, waffles always make a perfect breakfast, brunch, dinner, and dessert. These fluffy Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Waffles are gluten-free and they’re also free from refined sugar, save the topping. Serve these delicious multi-grain waffles with a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar, fresh berries, and plenty of maple syrup.

12. Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting 

Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting

This Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting is a gluten-free cake in disguise. By that, we mean that the texture is so amazing, nobody would ever know that it’s gluten-free unless you told them. Fresh blueberries are stirred into the teff and buckwhet flour batter, adding little bursts of fruity flavor into every bite. The frosting is a combination of coconut cream and coconut yogurt that works like a dream. Blueberry powder is used to give it a gorgeous purple color.


13. Superfood Cinnamon Rolls


Chewy and almost like bread on the outside, warm, sweet, and gooey on the inside. Everybody wins with these Superfood Cinnamon Rolls — especially because they are made from ancient grains like amaranth and quinoa. These cinnamon rolls would make a fantastic breakfast or a lovely brunch on any ordinary weekend.

14. Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake 

Chocolate Mousse Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake is rich, creamy, and indulgent but made with good, nutritious ingredients. The cake consists of a baked bottom layer made primarily from teff flour, peanut butter, raw cocoa, maple, and plant-based chocolate milk. It is topped with a chocolate mousse layer, which is based on avocados and raw cocoa. Avocados are high in potassium, vitamins and full of healthy fats and fiber – and they are simply a great vegan ingredient in creamy sweet dishes.

15. Banana Bread Cookies With Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Banana Bread Cookies With Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Have banana bread and have cookies at the same time! These Banana Bread Cookies with Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce let you have the best of both worlds in one delicious treat. These buckwheat cookies seriously taste like banana bread. Then they’re topped with luscious coconut cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. These are so amazing, you’ll need to double the recipe just to make sure you get one.

To see what else we have, check out our vegan spelt recipes, vegan buckwheat recipes, vegan teff recipes, and our vegan quinoa flour recipes.

Lead image source: Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake