20 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts That Will Rock Your Holiday Table

by Justina Huddleston
Nov 13, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. ET

Full disclosure: Going gluten-free isn't nearly as treacherous as one might think. We might have been singing a different tune 10 to 15 years ago, but nowadays we have plenty of GF products that help us navigate a life free from gluten. Not only that, the wonderful world of food bloggers gives us access to literally hundreds (if not thousands) of gluten-free recipes that are pretty stellar.

But even so, the holidays can be a little rough. Though the main stars of Thanksgiving like the turkey and mashed potatoes are gloriously free from gluten, pumpkin pie and most of the other desserts associated with Turkey Day are not. With just a little research, however, we discovered a treasure trove of dessert recipes that are safe to consume — so we can have our pie and eat it too.

These decadent seasonal desserts prove that gluten-free doesn't have to mean flavorless.

Originally published November 2016. Updated November 2017.

1 /21: Gingerbread autumn leaves

1/21 :Gingerbread autumn leaves

Decorated in fall finery, these gluten-free gingerbread cookies are sure to be a hit.

2 /21: Sweet potato pie

2/21 :Sweet potato pie

Forget about the pumpkin and make this Thanksgiving all about the sweet potato with this gluten-free pie.

3 /21: Cranberry curd

3/21 :Cranberry curd

Silky, tart cranberry curd in a gluten-free crust is an elegant treat for your holiday celebrations.

4 /21: Apple pie

4/21 :Apple pie

Give the classic apple pie a gluten-free makeover so everyone in the family can enjoy a slice.

5 /21: Pecan pie cookies

5/21 :Pecan pie cookies

Your favorite pie in gluten-free cookie form — now that's something to be thankful for. 

6 /21: Pumpkin spice cake

6/21 :Pumpkin spice cake

Gluten-free pumpkin spice layer cake spread with creamy almond butter frosting is too good to pass up.

7 /21: Cinnamon apple galette

7/21 :Cinnamon apple galette

Make the most of seasonal product with this rustic yet satisfying gluten-free cinnamon apple galette.

8 /21: Pecan pie mini-tarts

8/21 :Pecan pie mini-tarts

Gluten-free and no-bake, these easy mini pecan pie tarts make quick work of Thanksgiving dessert.

9 /21: Pumpkin streusel cheesecake

9/21 :Pumpkin streusel cheesecake

Pumpkin-spiced cheesecake topped with a sweet gluten-free streusel is a dessert worthy of a celebration.

10 /21: Apple-berry pie

10/21 :Apple-berry pie

Apples and berries are a match made in heaven in this dreamy gluten-free pie.

11 /21: Brown sugar-pecan-caramel cake

11/21 :Brown sugar-pecan-caramel cake

Dripping with caramel, this brown sugar pecan gluten-free Bundt cake is a pleasant departure from pie.

12 /21: Pumpkin pie bars

12/21 :Pumpkin pie bars

Made with an easy almond-oat crust, these pumpkin pie bars are both gluten-free and vegan.

13 /21: Cranberry-apple crisp

13/21 :Cranberry-apple crisp

Gluten-free and vegan, this cranberry-apple crisp is the ultimate fall comfort food.

14 /21: Pecan pie slabs

14/21 :Pecan pie slabs

All the flavor of a classic pecan pie, none of the fuss — these gluten-free treats are as easy as they are tasty.

15 /21: Pecan praline pumpkin cake

15/21 :Pecan praline pumpkin cake

Combine all of your favorite fall treats into one in this healthier gluten-free upside-down cake.

16 /21: Chocolate pudding pretzel pie

16/21 :Chocolate pudding pretzel pie

Gluten-free pretzels make a crunchy, salty crust that's the perfect contrast to a silky chocolate pudding filling.

17 /21: Pecan pie cheesecake

17/21 :Pecan pie cheesecake

Gooey pecan pie filling tops this luxurious gluten-free cheesecake.

18 /21: Chocolate pecan pie

18/21 :Chocolate pecan pie

Gluten-free and paleo, this chocolate pecan pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving indulgence.

19 /21: Maple-pumpkin pie

19/21 :Maple-pumpkin pie

Gluten-free and vegan, this maple pumpkin pie has it all.

20 /21: No-bake pecan pie bars

20/21 :No-bake pecan pie bars

These paleo pecan pie bars are just the treat for gluten-free diets (and those who hate baking).

21 /21: Pin it!

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21/21 :Pin it!

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