July Fourth is a traditional day for barbecues, picnics, and other food-centered celebrations. If you're gluten-free, it can be a bit of a challenge to find the right recipes for desserts that are both wheatless and delicious. Thanks to some creative recipe building, however, July Fourth is now the perfect holiday to celebrate your gluten-freedom by baking classic, old-fashioned pies, cakes, brownies, and cookies that are as good as (or even better than) their wheat-laden versions. Sure, you can tell your guests these treats are gluten-free—but you also have the freedom to bake and enjoy!
Of course, there are also plenty of desserts that are "naturally" gluten-free; think ice cream sundaes, strawberries, and cream, or Jello treats. You can also turn any pie, cake, or tart into a gluten-free treat by baking with a certified gluten-free flour. Every type of flour is a little bit different, so you might want to experiment with one of many options you're likely to find in the local grocery store: almond flour, oat flour, or a commercial "gluten-free mix."
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What would a Fourth of July picnic be without a luscious golden gluten-free old-fashioned apple pie on the menu? Our classic recipe for apple pie is filled with fragrant, spiced apples in a buttery, tender gluten-free pie crust based on gluten-free graham crackers.
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Gluten-free pecan pie is sweet and nutty-rich. Serve this luscious dessert in small wedges with a dollop of whipped cream to balance the flavors. Remember, though, that while this pie is gluten-free it is loaded with two other common allergens: nuts and dairy. So let your guests know what they're digging into before they start eating!
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Everyone loves carrot cake and this gluten-free carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is no exception. It's moist, loaded with carrots and layered in rich, cream cheese frosting. What makes this cake gluten-free is the wheat-free flour mix you'll use when making the cake.
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This yellow cake is a perfect recipe for any holiday, and with the white powdered sugar and red raspberries (feel free to add a few blueberries, too), it has a nice patriotic feel. The secret ingredients in this gluten-free cake are dried coconut and almond flour, meaning no gluten-free flours are necessary.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Gluten-free lemon meringue pie is a lusciously sweet and tart pie in a buttery-tender pie crust. Use a tart pan with a removable bottom for an easy-to-cut, great-looking pie. To make the crust for this gluten-free delicacy, you can use a commercial gluten-free flour or make your own.
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Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies—and yes, there is a terrific gluten-free recipe that will please even the most discerning ten-year-old. These classic gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are as easy to make as the original and just as delicious!Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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This deliciously different gluten-free oatmeal cupcakes with penuche frosting are loaded with certified gluten-free oatmeal. Penuche frosting is a delicious broiled crunchy coconut and pecan frosting.