5 Summer Desserts That Taste Too Good to Be Gluten-Free (But Are!)
Pencil these naturally (delicious!) gluten-free sweets in for all your summer soirées.
Fun fact about me: Ina Garten was the person who suggested I get into food editorial (that’s what you call this kind of job that I do at Real Simple). Long story short, a friend of a friend set me up with Ina for a coffee date at her house in East Hampton (at the time, I was working as a private chef nearby). We’d had a big thunderstorm and the power went out, but I showed up anyway. We drank tap water and I tried to play it cool as I sweated buckets while she was warm and gracious and exactly the type of fairy food godmother you envision her to be.
You can imagine my love for Ina runs deep. So when she tells me to “make a gluten-free dessert no one will know is gluten-free,” I say, “Great idea, Ina.”
Summer is, in my mind, the easiest season to entertain, even for friends and family who eschew gluten. Open a couple bottles of cold rosé, drizzle some sliced tomatoes with olive oil, and throw a salt-and-peppered steak on the grill. And for dessert? Try one of these gluten-free numbers—they're so satisfying, gluten lovers won't be the wiser.
Throwing together a fruit crisp is one of my favorite summer activities. Use whatever juicy fruit you find at the farm stand. Berries, nectarines and plums are all delicious and can easily be substituted for the peaches in this classic version. Just be sure to buy gluten free oats. While rolled oats are technically gluten free, they are often processed in facilities that also handle wheat, so shop smart.
Get the recipe: Peach Crisp
If you’re more of a chocolate person, this skillet cake is a winner. And, let’s be honest, an ideal canvas for coffee (or vanilla, or, what the heck, more chocolate) ice cream.
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Skillet Cake With Coffee Ice Cream
Packing up a little sweet treat to go is a classy way to send your guests off. Lemony coconut and almond macaroons are a brightened up version of the chewy favorite. Place them in cello bags and tie with a little kitchen twine. I guarantee everyone will eat them in the car home.
Get the recipe: Lemony Almond Macaroons
For some, it’s not summer unless there’s pie on the menu. This easy press-in crust is made with oats and almond meal. Make it ahead, let it cool completely, then fill with softened ice cream. Stick it in the freezer until firm, then top with whipped cream and/or a drizzle of chocolate.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Press-In Pie Crust