Here's how to win at Christmas – make someone you love the best gluten-free dessert they could ever imagine

A gluten-free chocolate yule log, multi-layered Black Forest parfait and a towering pile of cranberry meringues are just some of the delicious gluten-free recipes you could cook this Christmas. Get creative – there's even a gluten-free Christmas pudding!


1. Gluten-free chocolate log

This festive showstopper is totally gluten-free and decorated with shards of chocolate bark. Best eaten immediately – but it also keeps in the fridge for up to two days. Get the recipe for gluten-free chocolate log


2. Pristine Black Forest parfait

Pristine Black Forest parfait

Photo: Lisa Linder

Brazil nut chocolate cake is layered with a vanilla and cherry cream to create this elegant raw, vegan parfait. To get a clean cut, dip a sharp knife in hot water and slice when frozen. Get the recipe for pristine black forest parfait


3. Cranberry orange meringue cake

Cranberry orange meringue cake

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Brett Stevens

Bake your meringues up to a week ahead, and then layer up with clementine and cranberry whipped cream to create this sparkling dessert. Get the recipe for cranberry orange meringue cake.


4. Gluten-free Christmas pudding

Gluten-free mince pies

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Lauren McLean

Turn Christmas pudding haters into your biggest fans thanks to this gluten-free Christmas pudding with clever soya milk brandy sauce. Get the recipe for gluten-free Christmas pudding.


5. Buttermilk honey panna cotta with sparkling jelly

Buttermilk honey panna cotta with sparkling jelly

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Dan Jones

A splash of prosecco adds sparkle to this lemony panna cotta. Plus, it can be made up to three days ahead, so that's one more thing to tick off your 'to do' list. Get the recipe for buttermilk honey panna cotta with sparkling jelly.


6. Gluten-free chocolate cherry trifle cake

Gluten-free chocolate cherry trifle cake

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Tara Fisher

A spoonful of gluten-free custard powder turns this chocolate layer cake into a trifle-inspired masterpiece with sprinkles on top. Just be sure to use gluten-free flour in the sponge. Get the recipe for gluten-free chocolate cherry trifle cake


7. Mulled wine cheesecake

Pick up gluten-free chocolate digestives and dark chocolate to make this little beauty gluten-free. So now you don't have to choose between mulled wine and dessert – you can have both. Get the recipe for mulled wine cheesecake.


8. Vanilla baked cream with poached apricots

Vanilla baked cream with poached apricots

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Tara Fisher

Delicate baked cream and sweet apricots makes a simple and elegant gluten-free dessert. The cream keeps in the fridge for up to two days, so you can prep ahead. Get the recipe for vanilla baked cream with poached apricots.


9. Gluten-free chocolate brownies with a tahini swirl 

Pile up little pieces of gooey, gluten-free almond brownies, vanilla ice cream and a squirt of whipped cream to make the ultimate Christmas brownie sundae. If you're feeling fancy, add some edible gold glitter too. Get the recipe for gluten-free chocolate brownies with a tahini swirl.


10. Raspberry and cacao cheesecake bars

Vegan, gluten-free cheesecake bars that take just 30 minutes to make, but will live in everyone's memory as the prettiest Christmas dessert there ever was. Get the recipe for raspberry and cacao cheesecake bars.


11. Raw vegan chocolate cheesecake

Raw vegan chocolate cheesecake

Photo: Lisa Linder

Who doesn’t love a cheesecake? This raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake will make everyone happy. It only takes 30 minutes to make – just let the freezer do the rest. Get the recipe for raw vegan chocolate cheesecake.


12. Gluten-free mincemeat streusel tart

Gluten-free mincemeat streusel tart

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole

Turn mince pies into an elegant tart that's dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Some say it’s a Christmas miracle. Get the recipe for gluten-free mincemeat streusel tart.


13. Honey and orange flan

Honey and orange flans

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Dan Jones

Four-ingredient individual orange flans make the easiest gluten-free dessert ever. Get the recipe for honey and orange flan.


14. Gluten-free mince pies

Gluten-free mince pies

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Laura Edwards

Everyone needs to have at least one mince pie at Christmas. If you can’t find ready-made gluten-free mincemeat, we have a quick mincemeat recipe that keeps well (and might be useful for that streusel above, too). Get the recipe for gluten-free mince pies.


15. Lemon and rosemary almond cake

Try a simple five ingredient lemon drizzle cake with a twist. The rosemary adds an earthy flavour and ground almonds keep the cake moist and gluten-free. Leftovers keep for a week in an airtight container, but we doubt there'll be any. Get the recipe for lemon and rosemary almond cake.


16. Lemon passion fruit creams

Lemon passion fruit creams

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole

Add a touch of the exotic to your festive desserts with cape gooseberries and passion fruit. These are best served in little glasses or on-trend tea cups. Get the recipe for lemon passion fruit creams.


17. Cranberry crème brûlées

Cranberry crème brûlées

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Philip Webb and Peter Cassidy

This rich, smooth crème brûlée is happiness in a pot, with the cranberries adding a festive touch. Get ahead and make the compote and brûlées up to two days ahead, drizzle with caramel and chill before serving. Get the recipe for cranberry crème brûlées.


18. Date and coconut crème brûlée

Fancy something more unusual? Dates and molasses replace the refined sugar in this crème brûlée, but you still get that all-important caramel crust on top. Get the recipe for date and coconut crème brûlée.


19. Lemony spiced poached pears

Poached pears are our favourite classic Christmas dessert, especially when their spiced with cardamom, lemon zest and cloves. Get the recipe for lemony spiced poached pears.


20. Spiced Christmas meringue wreath

Almost too pretty to eat (we said almost). Get the recipe for spiced Christmas meringue wreath


21. Lime and ginger tartlets

Pipe swirls of ginger and avocado mousse into these cashew nut tartlets for an elegant gluten-free and vegan dessert. Get the recipe for lime and ginger tartlets.


22. Gluten-free Italian lemon polenta cake

Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche for dessert and keep leftovers for afternoon tea the next day. Get the recipe for gluten-free Italian lemon polenta cake.


23. Flourless chocolate torte

Replacing flour with ground almonds makes this chocolate cake impossibly gooey and impossible to resist. Get the recipe for flourless chocolate torte.


24. Gluten-free Bakewell tart

Sticky strawberry jam hidden under a layer of almond, lemon cake makes this Bakewell tart a real classic for a reason. Get the recipe for gluten-free Bakewell tart.


25. Chocolate brownie cake

Chocolate brownie cake with berries and ice cream

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Tara Fisher

Who needs Christmas pudding anyway? Get the recipe for chocolate brownie cake