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    15 Dessert Ideas For People Who Are Avoiding Gluten

    Because gluten-free ≠ bad.

    Alice Yoo / BuzzFeed

    Finding dessert recipes that are gluten-free, delicious, and easy to make can be a challenge.

    So we rounded up 15 of our absolute favorite gluten-free desserts that you can bookmark and save for later.

    1. Espresso Brownies

    This recipe uses oat flour instead of wheat flour, but you can feel free to use your favorite gluten-free flour instead if you're avoiding oats.

    Get the recipe: Espresso Brownies

    2. Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

    Serve this cake with whipped cream and fresh berries for the ultimate fuss-free (and gluten-free!) dessert.

    Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

    3. Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies

    Crisp meringue cookies swirled with melted chocolate and Nutella — what could be better?

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies

    4. Gluten-Free Apple Pie

    A combination of almond flour and tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch) gives this crust an incredibly flakey texture and rich golden color.

    Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Apple Pie

    5. Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake

    Serve this fudgy chocolate cake with ice cream, a dusting of powdered sugar, or all by itself for a decadent gluten-free dessert fit for a chocolate lover.

    Get the recipe: Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake

    6. Flourless Monster Cookie Bars

    This recipe calls for one cup of old-fashioned oats, so make sure to check that your oats are labeled "gluten-free" before using them. (Oats are technically gluten-free, but often processed in plants that handle wheat products.)

    Get the recipe: Flourless Monster Cookie Bars

    7. Chocolate Sheet Cake With Chocolate Buttercream

    Three types of gluten-free flour (oat, rice, and millet) combine to create a light sheet cake with a delicate crumb. Dress it up with rainbow sprinkles for a celebration, or leave it simple for an everyday dessert.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Sheet Cake With Chocolate Buttercream

    8. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pro tip: Let your cookie dough rest for 30 minutes after mixing so the gluten-free flour has time to fully hydrate before baking. (This will prevent your cookies from having a gritty texture.)

    Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    9. Spiced Vanilla Pear Bread

    This recipe uses coconut flour in place of standard all-purpose flour — which can be found in the baking aisle of most well-stocked grocery stores. (Just don't confuse it with shredded coconut, which is entirely different.)

    Get the recipe: Spiced Vanilla Pear Bread

    10. Molten Lava Cake

    The key to achieving a decadent molten center is undercooking the cakes just a tad. A minute too long and the centers will be more cake-like instead of melty.

    Get the recipe: Molten Lava Cake

    11. Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

    This recipe uses half a cup of coconut oil in place of butter. To make sure the flavor isn't overwhelming, stick to using a refined coconut oil versus a virgin (unrefined) variety. The latter has a strong flavor that may overpower the subtle red velvet flavor.

    Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

    12. Classic Cheesecake

    The crust of this cheesecake is made with gluten-free graham crackers, which can be found in the snack section of most grocery stores or easily ordered online.

    Get the recipe: Classic Cheesecake

    13. Lemon Pudding Cake

    This lemon cake has a pudding-like center that is so moist that it doesn't even need a frosting.

    Get the recipe: Lemon Pudding Cake

    14. Apple Blackberry Crisp

    This simple crisp recipe is super customizable. Don't like blackberries? Swap them out for any other berry. Apples not your thing? Double down on the berries and completely omit them.

    Get the recipe: Apple Blackberry Crisp

    15. Baked Donuts

    Instead of being fried, these donuts are baked in special donut-shaped pans — which can be purchased on Amazon for $8.81.

    Get the recipe: Baked Donuts