By Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN // April 27, 2018
Eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to mean going without delicious desserts for the rest of your life. While it can be intimidating to make a big shift in your eating, there is a wide range of options out there even when you’re avoiding gluten.
As a registered dietician, of course, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t highlight the fact that a gluten-free dessert is still dessert—and best enjoyed in moderation. Besides, when you savor something as a treat, it’s more of an experience as opposed to a habit, and that’s what can help you stay satisfied and on track for the long haul.
If you’re new to gluten-free eating, it can be overwhelming at first and easy to get caught up in a scarcity mindset around all those things you can’t eat anymore. Instead, try reframing this restriction as an opportunity to get creative in your cooking and to explore new options when you’re shopping for pre-made desserts.
For example, if you’re used to making pie crust with all-purpose flour, you might find you love using ground-up nuts or making your own oat flour out of those same gluten-free rolled oats you love for breakfast.
When purchasing pre-made gluten-free dessert, check nutrition labels and ingredients lists to make sure that product suits your particular needs and preferences.
The Science of Gluten-Free Dessert.
Because gluten acts as a binding agent, gluten-free recipes often take some experimentation with different ratios of various gluten-free flours to find that perfect balance of wet to dry ingredients so your dessert actually cooks through but doesn’t crumble apart or completely dry out.