Indulging your sweet tooth while staying gluten free and losing weight may sound difficult. But with the right recipes and ingredients, you can create desserts that fit into any diet plan. This beginner’s guide will walk you through 8 categories of delicious gluten free Weight Watchers desserts that follow the points system. You’ll find everything from cookies and bars to cakes, pies, frozen treats, and more. With a few simple swaps and key tips, you can keep your health goals on track while still enjoying sweet treats.
Cookies and Bars That Keep You on Track
Transitioning to gluten free recipes can seem challenging at first. Especially when it comes to making substitutions in traditional cookie recipes. But there are plenty of naturally gluten free flours that can be used effectively. Two of the most common are almond and coconut flour. They create texture and structure while adding nutrition.
Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies are a classic that you don’t have to give up when avoiding gluten. Using certified gluten free oats and subs like almond flour and coconut oil keeps the taste you love. The nutty flavor and crispy edges in this recipe satisfy any cookie craving. Just be sure to use quick cooking gluten free oats. Slow cooking varieties may contain traces of gluten from processing.
Lemon Coconut Squares
If you love lemon bars, try this gluten free twist. With a coconut flour crust and bright lemon curd filling sweetened with honey, they’re fruity, refreshing, and lighter than traditional versions. Using zest and juice straight from fresh lemons gives intense citrus flavor. While coconut oil ensures these bars have the buttery quality you want without excess points.
Gluten Free Brownies
Don’t worry, going gluten free doesn’t mean giving up brownies! Black beans may seem like a strange addition. But they make these treats fudgy and rich. Plus they add protein and fiber to help keep you full. Using Dutch process cocoa powder and espresso powder intensifies the chocolate flavor. While the eggs, almond flour, coconut oil, and bittersweet chocolate chips will satisfy any brownie craving.
Cakes That Melt in Your Mouth
Many beloved cakes like classic yellow cake, chocolate cake, or carrot cake are naturally gluten free. With rich flavors from ingredients like eggs, butter, carrots, cocoa powder, and spices, you won’t even miss the gluten. Swapping all-purpose flour for finely milled almond flour yields a tender crumb. You can also used coconut flour combined with eggs and extra liquid to keep these cakes most. Real sugar can be replaced with coconut sugar or low-carb sweeteners like stevia or erythritol as well.
Gluten Free Funfetti Cake
This childhood favorite gets a gluten free makeover but keeps it’s fun colorful look. Blending almond flour with non-fat Greek yogurt and eggs creates a vanilla cake base as fluffy as the traditional version. Folding in rainbow sprinkles adds sweet pops of color and crunch in every bite. Frosting it with tangy cream cheese frosting balances the sweetness.
Fallen Chocolate Cake
This rich, fudgy cake earns its name from its sunken center and crackly top. But don’t let its imperfections fool you – every decadent bite bursts with chocolate flavor. Melting semisweet chocolate into hot coffee intensifies the flavor. While whisping separated eggs to peaks makes the texture light. Serving warm with fresh whipped cream takes it over the top.
Carrot Cupcakes with “Cream Cheese” Frosting
Carrot cake converts into cute portion controlled cupcakes with this recipe. Grating fresh carrots and pineapple gives a sweet tang and moisture. Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger ad nutmeg add comforting flavor. A tasty “cream cheese” frosting made with cashew butter and coconut cream creates the perfect tangy, sweet topping that’s actually dairy free too.
Pies That Rival the Classics
When most people think pie, they assume gluten filled crust. But pie crust can easily be made gluten free and tasty using nuts, oats, tapioca flour and more. You still get tender and flaky layers. Creative fillings also help reinvent your favorite pies without compromise.
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
Apple crisp stays simple but satisfying with a combo of traditional toppings like oats, nuts, spices and brown sugar baked over juicy cinnamon spiced apples. Using gluten free certified oats and almond meal creates a crispy streusel topping. While a blend of tapioca flour, salt, solid coconut oil and ice cold water helps the crust hold together.
Gluten Free Key Lime Pie
Gluten free cookies like shortbread make an incredible crust for key lime pie. The buttery, crisp layers pair perfectly with the smooth and tart key lime custard filling. Using fresh lime juice and zest mimics that bright citrus taste better than bottled lime juice. And mixing in sweetened condensed coconut milk cuts through the acidity. Topped with whipped coconut cream, it’s cool, creamy decadence.
Mixed Berry Tart
Fill a gluten free press-in crust with mixed fresh berries, tangy cream cheese filling and a touch of lemon zest for a free-form fruit tart. Use whatever berries look best for peak flavor and color. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries make bright beautiful layers. Dust the top with powdered sugar before serving for an elegant touch.
Ice Cream and Frozen Treats
You scream for ice cream! The good news is ice cream, gelato, sorbet and so many other frozen desserts are naturally gluten free. Focusing on nutrient dense ingredients like fruit, nuts and chocolate allows you to indulge minus empty calories and carbs. You can also recreate classic freezer favorites at home with easy ingredient swaps.
3 Ingredient “Banana Ice Cream”
With just bananas, cocoa powder and nut butter, you can make healthy “ice cream” at home fast. Simply peel bananas and freeze until solid. Blend with a little nut butter and unsweetened cocoa powder for creamy chocolate goodness. The bananas naturally sweeten and thicken for a rich, fudgy texture just like the real thing.
Single Serving Cheesecake Bites
Pouring cheesecake batter into mini muffin tins and freezing each portion allows food prep in advance. Whenever a craving hits, bake your cheesecake cup in the oven or toaster oven. Then top it with fresh fruit for the perfect grab-and-go sweet bite. You get cheesecake taste in cute handheld form.
Grapefruit Coconut Sorbet
Bright grapefruit flavor balances the richness of coconut milk in this simple 3 ingredient gelato. Simply blend together and freeze for an easy way to enjoy fruit transformed into a refreshing frozen dessert. Using light coconut milk keeps calories and fat low. And pink grapefruit mixed with a touch of sugar adds sweet-tart juiciness.
Snacks Bars That Curb Cravings
When afternoon hunger hits or sweet late night cravings kick in, it’s nice to have grab-and-go snacks on hand to curb the urge. Gluten free snack and power bars allow you to prevent making poor diet decisions. Combining fruit, nuts, seeds and alternative flours makes bars with more nutrition than traditional high in sugar, processed varieties.
Lemon Poppyseed Breakfast Bars
These breakfast bars blend almond butter with almond flour into a gluten free base, adding quick oats for texture. Zesty lemon, tangy cream cheese and nutty poppyseeds balance for a sweet-tart flavor that tastes indulgent. Portioning them into bars makes them easy to enjoy on the go. Store in the fridge or freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast or snack handy.
Cherry Chocolate Energy Bites
Blend dried cherries, walnuts and gluten free oats in a food processor until they become a coarse meal. Then mix with nut butter, cocoa powder and honey or maple syrup to help them cling together. Shape into quarter sized balls and coat in shredded coconut for the perfect pocket-sized bursts of sweetness with staying power from real food ingredients. They’re easy to grab for school lunches, snacks, or hikes when need extra fuel and no gluten sources are available.
Gluten Free Granola Bars
Homemade granola bars allow you to control the quality of ingredients. Using certified gluten free oats toasted with coconut flakes, nuts and just a touch of brown sugar makes a crunchy base. Stirring in nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract helps bind it together while adding nutrients. Then simply press into bars and slice. Store in individual portions so you always have all the flavors of granola wherever you may go.
Dessert Pizzas That Wow
Pizza for dessert? Yes please! Using a gluten free crust as the base allows you to top it with sweet ingredients in fun combinations. Bake up a dessert pizza at home for a special treat or make mini single serving versions to satisfy a sudden craving without overindulging.
Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert Pizza
Toss fresh sweet strawberries with tart rhubarb and ginger, then bake over a coconut flour crust. The fruit juices will bubble up and the crust becomes perfectly crisp. Then top it off by drizzling with honey for a sweet contrast. The mix of textures and flavors makes this dessert feel like you’re eating fruit pie, but in pizza form.
S’mores Naan Pizza
Naan bread is the perfect ready made crust for dessert pizza. Just toast it up before topping with chocolate chunks or sauce, marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. Using dairy free chocolate and mallows allows you to recreate this classic campfire treat without gluten. Broiling it until the mallows brown mimics the char and oozing goodness of traditional s’mores for the ultimate nostalgic dessert.
Banana Split Pizza
Make your own banana split…handheld! Bake or toast a gluten free crust like a brown rice tortilla or Belgian waffle. Arrange sliced banana over the top while still warm. Then scatter gluten free chocolate chips, pineapple tidbits, chopped peanuts or nut butter swirls and coconut flakes for each element of a classic banana split in every bite. Finally drizzle with chocolate sauce and maybe a cherry on top too.