Whether it’s a holiday or a run-of-the-mill Wednesday, a bite of something sweet after a meal can instantly elevate the dining experience to special occasion status. And while it’s easy to find great gluten-free dessert recipes these days, we can’t help but feel a fondness for those that feature our favorite ancient grain. Here are only a few of the many wonderful ways to enjoy quinoa for dessert:
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Cake, My Natural Family
A delicious combination of two classic treats, this fragrant cake has all the warm flavor and texture of a rich and gooey cinnamon roll. And since it is made with a combination of quinoa flour (try ours) and tapioca starch, it’s also entirely gluten free – from the fluffy cake to the delectable cinnamon swirl to the sweet and sticky glaze.
5-Ingredient Vegan Quinoa Fudge, Simply Quinoa
Looking for something a bit more bite-sized? Try this tasty and surprisingly nutritious fudge, made with quinoa and sweetened with Medjool dates. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert, and easy to store in the freezer for when those chocolate cravings sneak up on you.
Alyssa’s Quinoa Coconut Macaroons, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
Using cooked quinoa in traditional macaroons is a pretty genius idea – not only does the ancient grain cut down on the cookie’s notorious sweetness level, but it also packs some nutritional heft and hearty texture without adding any gluten. For an extra-special treat, try dipping the final product into melted dark chocolate.
Mexican Chocolate Quinoa Pudding, Wendy at Fit-and-Frugal.com for Ancient Harvest (pictured)
And speaking of chocolate… This sweet and lightly spiced pudding has got it in spades. Unsweetened almond milk and eggs create a comforting texture reminiscent of an old-fashioned rice pudding, while cocoa powder and spices like cinnamon and chili powder combine to offer a remarkable flavor. You’ve never had quinoa like this before!
Banana Quinoa Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting, Desserts with Benefits
Here’s one for all the cupcake fans out there. These tempting treats are packed with the rich flavors of banana and peanut butter, as well as plenty of protein to satisfy. On top of all that, they’re also low in fat, vegan, and free of both gluten and refined sugar. How sweet is that?
Fruit Pizza with a Maple Quinoa Crust, Almonds and Avocados
If you’re looking to wow your dinner party guests, look no further than this stunning finale. A crunchy and just-sweet-enough crust (made with quinoa and maple syrup) is topped with mousse-like avocado and your fresh fruit of choice. As a bonus, the blogger shares with us two different ways to make this tart crust: in the oven and also (when you’re pressed for time) on the stove.