Being “gluten free” has completely skyrocketed in recent years, but whether you’ve simply decided to join the latest trend or suffer from a serious gluten allergy, you know that gluten free selections are really limited. For many families converting...

Being “gluten free” has completely skyrocketed in recent years, but whether you’ve simply decided to join the latest trend or suffer from a serious gluten allergy, you know that gluten free selections are really limited. For many families converting to a gluten free lifestyle can be a constant struggle (especially if you or your little one has a sweet tooth!) Coming across gluten free desserts is not always easy, so here are 5 easy recipes that are not only completely gluten free, but also completely vegan and delicious!

Chocolate
Chocolate

1. Chocolate Bar with Banana in the Center

(Apologies for the completely un-creative name!)

What you'll need:

  • Silicone ice cube tray (1)
  • Raw cacao
  • Coconut oil
  • Banana (1)
  • Optional: Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon/ Sweetener of your choosing

First melt a few scoops (you can always add more as needed) of the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl in 15 second increments, bringing it out and  mixing it then putting it back in for another 15 seconds until most of the solid has melted. Then you're going to mix in the raw cacao with the melted coconut oil – it is to taste so you can add as much cocoa as you want, depending on how “chocolate-y” you want it. * Also remember that using raw cocoa can make it be bitter so you can sweeten it with vanilla extract and cinnamon or your choice of sweetener (my favorite is Agave). Next pour some of the mix into each of the cubes from the silicone ice cube tray (about a quarter of the way) and place a banana in the center of the cubes on top of the chocolate/coconut oil mix. After that pour more mix over to cover the banana completely. And lastly place the silicone in freezer until the chocolate has hardened (usually overnight.)

And that’s all! An easy sweet, refreshing treat that is gluten free and vegan. A great alternative to store bought chocolate bars that can have many harmful ingredients and account for far too many calories!

*And remember that coconut oil melts so place any leftovers in fridge or freezer!

Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Chia Pudding

2. Vanilla Banana Chia Pudding

What you’ll need:

  • Chia seeds
  •  Banana (1)
  • Vanilla Almond milk (Vanilla Soy Milk works too)
  • Glass cup
  • Optional : Add cocoa or melted dark chocolate for a chocolate flavor, berries or nuts as toppings

Blend the full banana with (about 6 cups or just eyeball it) of the milk of your choosing in a blender until fully blended (Using a Nurti-Bullet or Magic Bullet works too!) And pour the blended milk in the glass cup. Next add around 3 teaspoons of Chia seeds (but it depends on how thick you want it) Leave in fridge overnight and that’s all! You instantly have completely gluten free, vegan pudding that your little one will love just as much as the store bought stuff! Check out my chia pudding post here for more flavor options.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Chocolate Avocado Mousse

3. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

What you’ll need:

  • Avocado (1)
  • Raw Cacao
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Sweetener of your choosing (I use Agave)
  • Glass cup
  • Optional: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, nuts etc. as toppings

Place the avocado, a few spoons of raw cacao (It’s to taste but I put about 2), a few teaspoons of vanilla extract (Again it’s to taste but I do put 2), and a few spoonfuls to your chosen sweetener (Guilty of 3! But again it’s to taste). After all the ingredients are in the blender, blend until smooth. Pour the mix in glass cup and add your choice of toppings! For those of you lucky in love, drizzle some on strawberries for that romantic night you’ve got planned!

 *After making these gluten free recipes a few times you’ll know just how much of everything to put in, that’ll be perfect to your taste!

4. Delicious (and Nutritious) Blueberry Banana Shake

Blueberry Banana Shake
Blueberry Banana Shake

What you’ll need:

  • Banana (1)
  • Handful of blueberries
  • ½ cup of cooked quinoa
  • Milk of your choosing
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds

This is a really simple way to have dessert be gluten free and nutritious! Just add the banana, handful of blueberries, ½ cup of cooked quinoa, 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds to a blender then fill the blender with the milk of your choosing (about a quarter to halfway filled) and blend until smooth. This is a new take on an old favorite that it really healthy and completely gluten free. And it's great for getting those picky eaters to eat a complete protein (Quinoa) and get a lot of calcium (Milk chosen). Not to mention the added benefits of the fruits and Chia seeds!

5. Chocolate Ice Cream

What you’ll need:

  • Raw cacao
  • Frozen banana(s) (1-2)
  • Milk of your choosing (I use Almond milk)

This is super simple and delicious. First add all the ingredients to a blender and then blend until you get the consistency you want. The key is to remember that the more milk you add the creamier (and less ice cream like the texture will become.) So add accordingly and you’ll get the texture you want! And there you have it- gluten free ice cream that's much healthier than anything store bought!

Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream

So now you have at least 5 yummy options that'll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth whether you're gluten free or not!

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