If you’re looking to make a gluten-free thanksgiving dessert, you’re in the right place!

From perfect apple pie to sticky toffee pudding, I’ve collected my BEST gluten-free thanksgiving desserts all in one place. Each one of these recipes is a tried-and-true reader and family favorite!

No one at the Thanksgiving table will guess they’re gluten-free!

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Looking for the absolute best list of gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts? You’re in the right place! Check out my list for incredible gluten-free pies, cakes, and cookies that are perfect for gluten-free guests — and the whole family!

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For more gluten-free recipe collections, check out these roundups of gluten-free breakfast ideas, gluten-free dairy-free recipes, gluten-free pumpkin recipes, gluten-free pie recipes and gluten-free thanksgiving recipes.

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When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of baking a gluten-free dessert. You’re already making a turkey, appetizers, and countless side dishes. Who has time to worry about perfecting a bunch of gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts?

But don’t worry — I’ve got you covered! Check out these tips to make any gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts turn out perfect this holiday season!

  • Clean surfaces as you go. A clean kitchen will do wonders to lower your stress as you bake. Choose easy dessert recipes and clean surfaces and dishes as you go!
  • Bake in advance. If your gluten free Thanksgiving desserts call for flour, try to make the recipe in advance. You’ll be glad you don’t have to worry about the mess getting on other food you’re prepping on Thanksgiving day!

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking Tips

  • Opt for easy gluten-free pie crusts. Gluten-free graham cracker crust, gluten-free Oreo pie crust, and gluten-free pretzel pie crusts are an easy recipe alternative to traditional gluten-free pie crust. They’re quick to make, don’t need to be rolled out, and pair well with gluten-free peanut butter pie, vegan chocolate pie, gluten-free chocolate pie, and more! Add a tablespoon of gluten-free flour to help the crust turn out crisp!
  • Use a pie crust recipe that’s specifically gluten-free. Gluten-free pie crust behaves differently than regular pie crust. Always use a recipe that is specifically designated as gluten-free (like this gluten-free pumpkin pie) to achieve the perfect dessert. (Rather than just subbing gluten-free flour in a normal recipe.)
  • Use a metal pie pan. A metal pie pan is an easy way to help a gluten-free pie crust turn out nice and crispy. I recommend this trick for my gluten-free apple pie and gluten-free pecan pie!
  • Make a cheesecake. Remember, cheesecake filling is naturally gluten-free. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert for a crowd! I like to use a naturally gluten-free brown sugar walnut crust in this gluten-free cheesecake.
  • Use high quality gluten-free baking flour. It’s essential to use high quality, 1:1 gluten-free baking flour that contains xanthan gum. This will make all the difference in the texture of your gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts!
  • Use oil instead of butter. Using oil instead of butter makes gluten-free dessert recipes turn out with a lighter crumb.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

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Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll (Dairy-Free Option)
Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll! Moist spiced cake with a cream cheese filling. Easily made dairy-free!
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Gluten-Free Apple Pie (Homemade Crust!)
This gluten-free apple pie has a flaky, homemade pie crust and sweet-spiced apple filling! Pre-cooking the apple pie filling ensures a crisp bottom crust and a thick, saucy center. 
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie (with Homemade Crust)
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie! A crowd-pleasing holiday favorite made from scratch with a flaky gluten-free pie crust. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without it!
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The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
With a trusted homemade gluten-free crust and sweet caramelly filling, this gluten-free pecan pie is THE pie you should make for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
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Gluten-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (Dairy-Free)
A cross between pumpkin pie and a cupcake, these custardy desserts are easy and delicious! They're the perfect thing to make if you haven't mastered making a gluten-free pie crust!
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake! NOBODY will guess this is gluten-free! Lightly spiced, creamy and totally luxurious. The perfect crowd-pleasing holiday dessert!
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse Cake
With a brownie-like cake layer and cream-cheese-based mousse, this rich gluten-free chocolate mousse cake a chocolate lover's dream. 
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Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake! Moist date cakes covered in a decadent, buttery toffee sauce. A show-stopping (but easy!) holiday dessert everyone will love.
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Dairy-Free Banana Cream Pie {Gluten-Free}
Dairy-Free Banana Cream Pie! Made with REAL dairy-free vanilla pudding. You won't believe that this banana pie is dairy free AND gluten free! It's easily made gluten-free using gluten-free pie crust.
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Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Pudding Pretzel Pie
Gluten-Free VEGAN chocolate pudding pretzel pie! It's rich, creamy, and decadent. Nobody will guess this amazing dessert is dairy-free!
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Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
If you’re looking for a show-stopper gluten-free holiday dessert, look no further! This homemade sweet potato pie has a nutty cookie crust, sweet potato custard and a pillowy marshmallow meringue.
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EASY Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie
This gluten-free key lime pie is the perfect combination of tart, sweet, and creamy. Tucked in an easy gluten-free graham cracker crust, this pie is an easy classic that nobody will guess is gluten-free!
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Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Pie (REAL DEAL!)
This dairy-free coconut cream pie is made with a REAL-DEAL dairy-free custard that's thickened with coconut milk and egg yolks. Add bits of coconut, flaky pie crust and a mound of dairy-free whipped topping and you'll be in dessert heaven.
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Pie
This gluten-free peanut butter pie has a smooth, creamy cream cheese-based peanut butter filling and an easy, gluten-free Oreo crust.
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Gluten-Free Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
The BEST Gluten-Free Cheesecake you'll ever try! The texture is smooth, rich, and creamy. It's served over an easy, gluten-free walnut brown sugar crust.
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake
Full of fall spices, this gluten-free pumpkin cake is everything you love about fall! A combination of oil/shortening makes for the most perfect crumb.
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The BEST Gluten-Free Apple Cake
This is the BEST apple cake I’ve ever made! One bite and you’ll see that the fresh, thinly sliced apples, spiced crumble topping, and vanilla glaze make it truly exceptional.
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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (Secret Ingredient!)
This gluten-free apple crisp has soft, cinnamon-glazed apples and a buttery cinnamon oatmeal topping! Adding some nuts to the crisp topping helps it bake up golden brown and crispy! 
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Gluten-free apple crumble on a plate with a spoon next to it and a scoop of ice cream on top
Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crumble
This gluten-free apple crumble is a fall essential! It’s full of tart, tender apple filling, warm spices, and a buttery, crisp topping. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the easiest, most comforting fall dessert!
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
These gluten-free pumpkin bars feature a soft, spiced pumpkin sheet cake topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. They make the perfect gluten-free fall dessert!
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft, fluffy gluten-free pumpkin cookies are a classic for a reason! They're perfectly pumpkin-y, lightly spiced and loaded with chocolate chips. These are some of my all-time favorite cookies!
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
These gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies are made with a thick cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two moist, spiced pumpkin cookies. It's a fall dessert dream!
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Pumpkin Rice Pudding
This pumpkin rice pudding is creamy and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It makes a cozy and comforting fall or holiday dessert!
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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad
This Thanksgiving Fruit Salad is the perfect fruit side dish for thanksgiving. It's a fluffy, creamy, crowd-pleaser that's welcomed at any holiday meal.
Looking for a fruit side dish for the big feast? You're in the right place! This fruit salad is EASY-to-make from scratch with no Jell-O or Cool-Whip in sight. It's my kids favorite part of Thanksgiving!
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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake
This GLUTEN-FREE Gingerbread Cake is rich with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. EASY to make and tastes just like like old-fashioned gingerbread.
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FAQs

What is the most popular dessert at Thanksgiving?

Pumpkin pie is the most iconic thanksgiving dessert, followed by apple pie, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie.

What can people with celiac disease eat for dessert?

There are many naturally gluten-free desserts that people with Celiac disease can eat, including creme brulee, fudge, mousse, sorbet, and ice cream. My website also has tons of gluten-free cakes, brownies, cookies, and more.

What desserts do you have at Thanksgiving?

Some of the most popular thanksgiving desserts include pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, cheesecake, and sweet potato pie.

I hope you love these amazing recipes as much as we do! If you try these gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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