If you are following a gluten-free diet, your dessert options may be limited. The usual options include fruits, cheesecakes, mousses, and ice cream. They may sound a lot, but if you happen only to have these options, you will get tired of them, too.
It can be especially tricky if you are out with friends, trying out a new restaurant. Many food places offer more gluten desserts than non-gluten ones, so again, you are left with the same choices that include fruits, ice cream, and mousses. Many cake desserts are made of wheat flour, and the only time you get lots of gluten-free cake options is when you go to a bakery dedicated to selling these.
Aside from lack of variety, one problem with many gluten-free desserts is that they are usually high in calories. It is because, in lieu of wheat, gluten-free flours are used that include rice, corn, potato, and tapioca starch. When you look at these from a calorie-oriented perspective, rice, corn, potato, and tapioca starches have more calories compared to wheat flour. Also, to compensate for the lack of binding agent naturally found in wheat, additional ingredients must be added to the gluten-free mix to compensate. Add-ons include eggs, butter, xanthan gum, and sugar. These ingredients, of course, add more calories to the mix.
Here are low-calorie gluten-free desserts you can try at home. You can go for a meal delivery kit first if you lack the confidence since dessert-making requires a high degree of precision and consistency. If you get the confidence, then you can try these desserts at home:
1. Gluten-free brownies ala mode
Ice cream is the biggest go-to of those on a gluten-free diet, but if you have this as your dessert every time, it can get boring. If you want to try something new, bake gluten-free brownies that you can use as a base for your ice cream. Mix all-purpose gluten-free flour, eggs, cocoa powder, water, coconut sugar, and low-calorie butter. Bake as suggested in the flour labels instructions, and cool before serving.
To make the dessert even more low calorie, check the ice creams label to make sure it is not full of sugar and artificial flavors. Although ice cream made with natural ingredients is costly, it is worth it for your health.
2. Low-calorie fruit crystal bowl
Fruits are another go-to dessert for those on a gluten-free diet. However, if you want something different, you can whip them up into a fancy dessert. You can start by cutting up fruits, then add water, coconut sugar, and squeezes of lemon into the mix. Mix this and set aside. Start preparing your low-calorie gelatin mix. Put fruits in bowls, and cover with the gelatin mix. Allow the mix to cool before serving. This dessert may be low in calories, but they dont sacrifice on flavors and textures.
Even if you are on a gluten-free diet, you can still enjoy low-calorie desserts wherever you are. Just make sure to read the labels of ingredients that you use, because you dont want to sabotage your diet just because of overlooking on these details.