16 Gluten-Free Pies, Tarts, and Galettes to Sweeten the Holidays

Going gluten free doesn’t have to mean going without dessert! These gluten free pies, tarts, and galettes go beyond traditional pumpkin and apple, and they’re delicious enough to offer up at any holiday table, whether or not your guests are gluten free. The recipes use whole grain flours, nuts, seeds, and fruit for an added nutritional boost, and no gums ever.  

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cream Pie

With a buttery shortbread crust, creamy pumpkin pudding, and billows of whipped cream, this gluten free pumpkin cream pie is sure to be a win at any holiday gathering. 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cream Pie

Checking In

It’s been a rough week here in the golden state between a mass shooting and some of the worst wildfires in history. My heart is breaking for all those affected. It is my hope that we can use our ingenuity to halt climate change and create sane gun laws, and that starts with our elected officials.

This year, desperate for change, I set aside my social anxiety and tried phonebanking and canvassing at the encouragement of activist friends. Action is indeed the antidote to despair, and canvassing is one of the best ways to win elections, so it was a win-win. Not only did I feel like I was making a difference, I also bonded with fellow canvassers. Though exhausting, it felt mentally like better self-care than any spa day or yoga class. If you’re interested in getting involved, this website has good info on efforts all around the country.

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16 No-Bake Desserts for Any Occasion

No oven? No problem! These easy and healthy no-bake desserts have your sweet cravings covered, no heat necessary. While many no-bake desserts rely on premade cookies and loads of dairy and sugar, these sweet treats work for a variety of diets: gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, raw, paleo, and vegan.

No-Bake Desserts

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Gluten Free Graham Crackers

Light, crisp, and buttery. Cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and honey all complement earthy teff and oat flours, making these homemade gluten free graham crackers extra addictive.

Gluten Free Graham Crackers

I grew up in the ’80’s, when fat was evil and carbs were a-ok. Graham crackers were regularly doled out at snacktime, both at school and at home, always accompanied by glasses of apple juice or milk. I always felt meh about the cardboardy little buggers, dreaming of chocolate covered ice cream bars or gooey chocolate chip cookies to satisfy my ever hangry sweet tooth. But recently I tried my hand at homemade graham crackers and everything changed.

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Warm apples, buttery spiced streusel, and a scoop of drippy ice cream melting over the top – this foolproof gluten free apple crisp makes a cozy dessert on chilly fall and winter nights. Use dairy-free butter and ice cream to make it vegan, or swap in peaches or berries during the summer. 

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Crisp is the dessert I’m almost always craving (along with ice cream and chocolate anything). It’s easy to whip up, can involve nearly any fruit, and when topped with a big scoop of melty ice cream, becomes dessert nirvana. This gluten free apple crisp recipe is as easy as it is versatile. It takes little hands-on time, makes enough for 4 servings, and is easily doubled or tripled for a crowd. Plus it works as well with peaches as it does with any baking apple (pink or otherwise!)

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Creamy, tangy, and not too sweet, this is my personal best cream cheese frosting recipe for layer cakes, sheet cakes, or cupcakes. Plus a few flavor variations: matcha, whiskey, and vanilla bean.

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