More and more people are adopting a gluten-free diet for a number of reasons, either to treat diseases like celiac disease, the gluten-causing chronic inflammation, or to remove processed foods from their diet and potentially lose weight. Gluten-free foods are becoming increasingly easy to find in grocery stores, including a variety of tempting desserts. So for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking and avoid gluten; You’re meeting up with friends for a socially distant picnic in the park and they need certified gluten-free options. You’re heading out on a spring road trip and want to bring snacks with you, or you just want a healthier option, this roundup has the cover for you. Read on to learn more about these delicious cookies, ice cream, cakes, and squares, all of which are vegan and gluten free.
Editor’s note: If you have celiac disease or have severe sensitivities or allergies to gluten, it is always important to do your own cross-contamination research and which products are safe for you to eat.
1. Flourless cashew cookies, sweets from the earth
When my son and I switched from vegetarian to vegan almost ten years ago, it was sweets from the earth that satisfied our sweet cravings, especially my chocolate-loving toddler. The company was started in my hometown of Toronto by a passionate vegan woman who baked goodies from her apartment. A year later she was creating all kinds of desserts from a small commercial kitchen in the basement of her house.
Sweets From The Earth is now a successful family business with two production sites. both are vegetable and one is nut free and the other is wheat and gluten free. Flourless cashew cookies, one of our favorites, are a healthy choice made from just six ingredients, including dry-roasted cashew nuts and organic tofu. This biscuit literally melts in your mouth. Other gluten-free options from the brand include Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bar, sugar-free blondies, and Hello Dolly, a chewy combination of coconut, caramel, and chocolate. Products are available online in Canada and in many health and grocery stores and in select states in the United States under the name Treats From The Earth.
2. Dark Chocolate Mint Cups, Free 2b
Mint-loving chocoholics can look forward to these pampering Dark Chocolate Mint Cups from Free 2b, the same company that brought you Dark Chocolate Sun Cups, also vegan and gluten-free. The pack of two will fit in your purse or backpack when you’re running errands and you want a cutie to pick me up. Free of the 12 most important allergens like peanuts, soy and corn, these cups are perfect for school-safe snacks. Free 2b manufactures its products in small quantities with simple ingredients and without the use of artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives or palm oil.
3. Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies, enjoy life
If you need a biscuit with a crunch, you’ll love Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies from Enjoy Life. Made from buckwheat flour (not related to wheat), it’s rich in essential amino acids and proteins, and a good source of iron, zinc, and selenium. They create their own gluten-free flour mix by combining buckwheat with other flours in their special gluten-free facility. All products are GMO-free and certified as gluten-free. While these cookies are completely vegan, not all Enjoy Life items are. So, if you are plant-based, read the ingredients first.
4. Soft-Baked Snickerdoodles, Trader Joe’s
If you don’t live near Trader Joes, you can order these soft-baked snickerdoodles on Amazon. As the name suggests, they are soft and easy to eat several at a time. Trust me. They are so good that I put them back in my suitcase when I travel to the US. These chewy sugar cookies, dusted with cinnamon, are free from wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy, as well as gluten-free and vegan. They contain healthy ground flax seeds and are partially sweetened with date paste and pear juice.
5. Vanilla crispy squares, MadeGood
MadeGood was founded by three siblings who wanted to do good in the world through snacks. They support organic farmers and are committed to baking better food while reducing their carbon footprint. If you have kids in school, MadeGood is the perfect snack as they are made in a special nut-free facility. They were my favorite snack when my son was younger and it was my turn to send snacks for his soccer teammates. Their treats are organic and include a serving of six hidden vegetables in each snack.
The Vanilla Crispy Squares are a healthy version of the traditional one made with broccoli, carrots, and spinach extracts. MadeGood also has delicious granola bars in flavors like strawberry, apple cinnamon and banana. All products are organically grown, vegan and gluten-free. They ship to Canada and the United States and are also available in many stores.
6. Healthy Vegan Chocobites, Alyssa’s Cookies
The goal of Alyssa’s Biscuits is to make decadent candies that are high in fiber and good for you. Inspired by an old family recipe and named after their daughter, Alyssa, this innovative brand has since signed a deal with Shark Tank and is now available from multiple retailers across the United States. Healthy vegan chocobites are non-GMO, low in carbohydrates, made from natural ingredients and gluten-free. These soft and chewy plant-based desserts are sweetened only with chicory root fibers, made with whole grain oats, contain dried fruit, and are loaded with chocolate goodness.
7. Salted Caramel Swirl Frozen dessert bar without dairy products, Daiya
Not in the mood for cake or cookies? No problem! This is quite simply my favorite Daiya treat, and they have plenty of other gluten-free dessert bars to choose from, such as Chocolate Fudge Crunch, Espresso Coffee, and Classic Vanilla Bean. All of the delicious options are perfect for an after dinner dessert with guests or an afternoon treat when the weather warms up. Salted Caramel Swirl is super rich and creamy with a ribbon of caramel all over the coconut cream and dipped in dark chocolate with fair trade drizzle of dark chocolate. Not only is it plant-based and gluten-free, but it’s also soy and peanut free.
8. Gluten-free lemon poppy seeds, Abes vegan muffin
A kid named Abe with multiple food allergies inspired the story of these delicious vegan muffins. Abe’s father and uncle started a commercial bakery, but Abe, who was anaphylactic to many ingredients, couldn’t eat anything they had made. This situation inspired the innovative duo to create a range of delicious vegan and allergy friendly muffins called Abe’s. Gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffins are part of Abe’s Mom Line and are made from rice flour, rice milk and fresh lemon peel. Although their facility is not gluten-free, they use disciplined planning and practices to prevent cross-contamination. However, if you have a severe gluten allergy, they recommend speaking to your doctor first.
10. Chocolate-cinnamon-superfood-coconut chips, raw ecology
Rawcology is a family-owned, women-founded Canadian company whose mission is to create revolutionary and nutritious plant-based foods. Their unique lines of Superfood Coconut Chips and Raw Crunch Granolas are raw, organic and free of top allergens. None of their products contain gluten and they are made in a gluten-free facility. Chocolate cinnamon superfood coconut chips are a healthy dessert option that you can eat straight out of the bag or sprinkle on coconut vanilla ice cream. All of your chocolate cravings will be satisfied with these coconut chips coated with raw cocoa and cinnamon. With just six ingredients, they’re a healthy dessert choice.
Rawcology is passionate about making products with superfoods that aren’t typically found in the average diet, like matcha, turmeric, nutritional yeast (a hearty option can be found in the Smoky Cheeze superfood coconut chips), sunflower seeds, and raw cocoa powder. Rawcology ships across Canada and the United States, so you can order raw materials with the push of a button.
11. Chocolate Chunk Edible Cookie Dough, Sweet Loren’s
Since we spend a lot more time at home these days watching reruns of our favorite shows on Netflix, you might want to indulge yourself with Sweet Loren’s Chocolate Chunk Edible Cookie Dough. Made from a gluten-free flour blend, it’s GMO-free, peanut and tree nut free, and made from whole grain products. While this gluten-free vegan dessert is definitely a treat, knowing that there are limited clean ingredients and nothing that you fail to recognize can be savored. So grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the glass, you deserve it.