Desserts, Sweet Stuff and Special Treats

Sweet stuff for the sweet tooth. Sometimes, nothing else in the world will do!

Thumbprint Cookies
acorn cookies on sheet
Chocolate Dipped Walnut Acorn Cookies
Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Bliss Bites
Easy Peppermint Bark
cinnamon snowballs
Cinnamon Snowballs
Viennese Crescents
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Salted Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Soft Baked Lemon Poppyseed Cookies
Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread
Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Holiday Cookies
Fudgy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp
Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Blueberry Crumble
Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar
Walnut Chocolate Bliss Bites
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Perfect Pumpkin Muffins
Apple Coffee Cake
My Grandmother’s Apple Tart
The Best Blueberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
Almond-Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting
Lemon Thyme Zucchini Loaf
Soft Baked Lemon Poppyseed Cookies
Twice as Nice! Two of our favorite Bliss Balls
Black Magic Cake with Buttercream Frosting
Blueberry Cobbler
Honeyed Yogurt & Berry Tart
Rainbow Fruit Kebabs Platter
Zucchini Muffins
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie with All the Toppings
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Glazed Lemon Loaf
Lemony Cheesecake Squares with Raspberry Swirl
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs
Peanut Butter + Sea Salt Truffles
Almond Butter Blondies
Our favorite Black Bean Brownies
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
Sugar Cookies
holiday cookie recipes
Holiday Cookie Platter
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
apple crisp
Apple Crisp
Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips!
The BEST Blueberry Muffins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
coconut chocolate chunk bars
Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bars
Granola Cups with Berries & Yogurt
Chewy Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips
Grandma’s Dutch Peach Cake
Grab n’ Go Granola Cups
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Berry Tart with Graham Cracker Ginger Crust
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
Nothing Better than fresh BERRIES
Overnight Chocolate Chia & Berry Parfait
Easy Lemon Bars
Chocolate Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch
Black and Tan Brownies
Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
chocolate beet cupcakes
Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Double Layer Chocolate Turmeric Fudge
key lime pie
Key Lime Pie
Black Bean Brownies
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls
m&m caramel coated apples
Caramel-Coated Apples
S’mores Chocolate Fondue
Apple Cinnamon Toast
grandmothers apple crisp
Grandmother’s Apple Crisp
Chocolate Nice Cream
blueberry oatmeal snack bars
Blueberry Oatmeal Snack Bars
Zucchini Bread
Crispy Rice Treats
dutch peach cake
Dutch Peach Cake
blueberry tart
Blueberry Tart
peanut butter energy bites
Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites
chocolate frosted brownies
Chocolate Frosted Brownies
raspberry tart
Raspberry Tart
strawberry banana nice cream
Strawberry Banana Nice Cream
perfect parfait
Perfect Parfait
strawberry nice cream
Strawberry Nice Cream
chickpea blondies
Chickpea Blondies
grain free granola bars
Grain-free Granola Bars

Fan Favorites

Some of the delicious dessert recipes that have gotten really positive feedback from readers…

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

Let it snow! Last winter, much to my boys’ dismay, we didn’t get the snow that so many others did, but… our favorite energy bites got a holiday upgrade! The coconut shavings looks like snow, right? Haha…

If you’ve followed The Healthy Gluten-Free Family a while, you know that we are big fans of energy bites, or “bliss balls” as many call them. They are our go-to snack, any time of day. There’s always a stash in our freezer of our favorite five-ingredient energy bite. It’s made with almond butter (we love Barney Butter), gluten-free oats, maple syrup, mini chips (another favorite, the chips from Enjoy Life Foods), and shaved coconut.

Feeling festive, I added dried cranberries & chopped walnuts for some extra nutrients & extra yum factor (and wow did it work)!

Whether with the original recipe or with my holiday extras, these are the perfect energy boost. Try them some snowy day and see what happens!

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

I know we shouldn’t play favorites, but THIS is my all time favorite holiday food tradition… and being from a large Italian family, there are lots of traditions!

Moist, not too sweet or tart and a hint of orange, this cranberry bread is just so YUMMY!  In our family, cranberry bread makes its first appearance around Thanksgiving so making two  tomorrow— one for us to enjoy + one to freeze for Thanksgiving.

A quick note on gluten-free baking… Holiday baking has always been a huge tradition in our family. So when my son was diagnosed with celiac disease 8 1/2 years ago, I panicked because I didn’t want him missing out. I soon discovered GF Jules All Purpose Flour  (Affiliate link) which allowed us to make all of our favorites Gluten-Free and no one knew a difference!

Like I said, Cranberry Bread is the one I look forward to most so it was important to me that it tastes great gluten-free. This family recipe works so well with gluten-free flour, I really can’t taste the difference.

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Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread