Top Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

What desserts can you make when you are on a low-carb and gluten-free diet? Sugar and flour are the base of many cakes, cookies, and other desserts, but you can enjoy a sweet treat without them. These 10 favorite recipes often have special ingredients, such as agave, honey, or sweeteners with zero carbohydrates. All of these recipes are low in carbohydrates, wheat-free, and gluten-free.

Low-Carb Cheesecake

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Low-Carb Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping. John Kelly/StockFoodCreative/Getty Images

This basic cheesecake can be "dressed up" in a number of ways. Strawberry cheesecake is a favorite. It is sweetened with agave syrup and features a gluten-free crust made with almond meal. This reduces the carbs compared with traditional cheesecake and eliminates the gluten that would normally be found in the cheesecake and crust.

Miracle Brownies

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These miracle brownies are made from flax seed meal instead of flour. The miracle is that they are healthy, lower in carbohydrates, and gluten-free. The agave syrup, cocoa powder, and unsweetened chocolate provide the chocolate impact while keeping them lower in carbohydrate. You can cut down on the agave syrup to make a more bittersweet version. Flax seed provides a good amount of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, so your decadent brownies are providing you those nutrients.

Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry shortcake might be the premier summer dessert. This version starts with an almond flour gluten-free muffin recipe as its shortcake substitute. Then you top it with homemade whipped cream and ripe strawberries.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie

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Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie in a Pecan Crust. Photo © Laura Dolson

Don't wait for Thanksgiving to make this low-carb pumpkin pie. It is tasty anytime, and not very hard to make. You can make it in the pecan crust, or just plain as a baked pumpkin custard. This version uses agave syrup as the sweetener.

Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons

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These sugar-free coconut macaroons have only a few ingredients and are easy to mix up and bake. There is a trick to keep them from being too dry without sugar. They hit the spot with afternoon tea or when you just need something a little sweet and crunchy.

Very Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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This chocolate peanut butter fudge is easy to make and intensely satisfying. You just mix it up in a bowl and pack it into a pan.You will get the best results using powdered erythritol as the sweetener. You only need a small square to enjoy and get your chocolate fix.

Low-Carb Lemon Cheesecake

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How can you make this low-carb lemon cheesecake extra-lemony but not sour? The secret is in the lemon zest and a sour cream topping that has an extra hit of lemon juice. It is sweetened with honey and uses an almond meal crust.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

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Low-Carb Cranberry Walnut Cookies. Photo © Judy Barnes Baker

Cranberry walnut cookies are a festive favorite for holiday time, but they are a great healthy cookie anytime. They are sugar-free, low-carb, and gluten-free. Both walnuts and cranberries are favored for their nutrients and they provide texture, crunch, and flavor.

Low-Carb Lemon Mousse

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Lemon mousse is a refreshing dessert that you can make with a combination of sugar-free lemon curd and homemade whipped cream. While you can buy the lemon curd, making it from scratch gives it an incomparable flavor.

Sugar-Free Raspberry Chiffon Squares

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Raspberry chiffon squares are a wonderful summer dessert when raspberries are in season, but can be made with frozen berries just as well. These squares are gluten-free and sugar-free, using sugar-free raspberry gelatin and cream cheese. You have options in making them with or without the pecan crust.