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Favorite Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Classic gluten-free (some dairy-free too!) Thanksgiving dessert recipes

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Of course, pies rank high as our favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts and pumpkin leads the list. With a buttery, tender gluten-free crust, even gluten-eaters can enjoy eating gluten-free at Thanksgiving.

Pies aside, there are other gluten-free desserts that have become favorites at my house over the years. If I had to choose between a New Orleans-style bread pudding with bourbon sauce or pumpkin pie, it's no contest. Bread pudding!

Grain-free dessert recipes like our gluten-free pumpkin flan recipe are equally classic and delicious and have the added advantage of containing fewer carbohydrates, compared to pies. It's hard to beat the rich flavor and texture of a silky smooth pumpkin flan!

1. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe Image Teri Gruss
2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

Our gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe is a version of an old Farm Journal magazine pumpkin pie recipe. It is rich with spicy flavor and just a small tweak turns this classic pie filling into one of our favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving pies.

Use our easy food processor gluten-free pie crust recipe and make the crust ahead of time and on Thanksgiving this pie is fast and easy to make - the best dessert of all during the busy holiday.

Get our Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie recipe.

2. Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free Pumpkin Nut Ice Cream

Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free Pumpkin Nut Ice Cream Recipe Image Teri Gruss
2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

Pumpkin, toasted nuts and spices shout "Thanksgiving" in this luscious dairy-free ice cream alternative. Serve your Thanksgiving pie a la mode with this homemade ice cream or, for those going grain and dairy free, make this your new favorite Thanksgiving dessert.

Get our Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free Pumpkin Nut Ice Cream recipe.

You will need an ice cream maker to prepare this recipe. I used a Cuisinart Automatic Ice Cream Maker..

3. Gluten-Free Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Gluten Free Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe Image Teri Gruss
Photo 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

Use your favorite gluten-free bread (homemade or store-bought) to make this classic comfort food recipe for gluten-free apple bread pudding with bourbon sauce. If you like, substitute rum or brandy for bourbon in the rich sauce recipe.

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4. Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe Teri Gruss
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Use a blender to make the super rich and sweet filling for our gluten-free pecan pie recipe. My family loves this classic pie recipe. It is super sweet so try a dollop of whipped cream on the side for balance.

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5. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Caramel Flan Recipe

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Caramel Flan Recipe Image Teri Gruss
2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten-free pumpkin caramel flan is a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie. And it's grain free too! This creamy dessert can be made up to two days before serving, a great convenience during hectic holidays.

Get our Gluten-Free Pumpkin Caramel Flan recipe.

6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce Recipe Image Teri Gruss
Photo 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

We love this spicy gingerbread cake made with a healthy dose of pumpkin and drizzled with rich and buttery homemade caramel sauce!

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