gluten free recipes for fall

As the leaves turn colors, we turn to gluten free fall recipes using ingredients like pumpkin, apples, and cranberries. Associate Editor Jules Shepard offers a rundown of favorite autumn recipes in the areas of breads, sweets, and sides.


Breathe it in and experience the season: the crisp, clean air, the crackle of leaves underfoot, the cooler nights begging for warm drinks. Autumn is here, and with it comes a season’s worth of food favorites and classic recipes.

There’s hardly a time of year more closely associated with food, family, and gatherings with friends. From tailgates to Thanksgiving, food is intertwined with nearly all our fall activities. Don’t let being gluten-free or living with other dietary restrictions hold you back from enjoying your favorite recipes and making new memories.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite gluten- and dairy-free recipes to mark the coming of autumn. These recipes should get your juices flowing and ready you for delicious times ahead. You probably have other special foods you look forward to all year long—add them to my list!

We here at Gluten Free & More are all about sharing good recipes. Anything with pumpkin, apples, squash, ginger, or cranberries is a natural fall fit, but drop us a note if you have an autumn classic you’d like to share.



1) Easy Pumpkin Bread:

When I shared this easy gluten free pumpkin bread with a group of dubious tween-agers, I knew I had nothing to worry about. There is something about this moist, sweet loaf that no one can refuse, no matter how gourd-phobic they are.

2) Pumpkin Banana Bread:

You can play with the pumpkin-to-banana proportions in this easy recipe to dial in just the right amount of either to suit your family’s tastes.

Apples at Nicewicz Family Farms

3) Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Scones:

One of my all-time favorite recipes for scones, this one isn’t the dry, hard kind with no flavor, but the moist, tender kind bursting with berries and crispy-topped with a light coating of cinnamon and sugar. It takes about 5 minutes to make and only 10 minutes to bake.  


4) Pumpkin French Toast Cups with Maple Braised Apples:

A cross between French toast and bread pudding, these whimsical cups from Matthew Kadey are perfect for a weekend morning.

5) Pumpkin Pancakes:

Much more than just a pancake, these gluten free granola pancakes are full of flavor, texture and nutrition to start your day off right!


6) Pumpkin Pie Donuts:

Bake these or fry them, and then top with a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar, a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, or a heavenly donut glaze. Any way you make them, it’s true gluten-free donut love.


7) Apple Stuffed Baked Acorn Squash:

This sweet and savory apple-squash combination makes a great holiday side dish or a main course offering for vegetarian guests.

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Scones

8) Coconut Pumpkin Soup:

This unique soup comes from Mary Capone, who notes that any orange-flavored squash can replace the pumpkin.

9) Pumpkin Curry Dipping Sauce:

As Sueson Vess writes, “This dipping sauce is a favorite for adults and kids like. It’s a fun and flavorful way to sneak nutritious pumpkin into your child’s diet.”

10) Pumpkin Risotto:

This creamy dish using Arborio rice, diced pumpkin, grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (or substitute), and chicken stock, among other ingredients, comes from Rebecca Reilly.

11) Sweet Potato and Apple Soup:

Fall weather has me craving anything warm and yummy, so I decided to use leftover sweet potatoes as the base of a new soup. Easy, quick, hearty (yet dairy-free), and as spicy as you want to make it, this beautiful bowl of satisfying soup will warm your belly and help you put those sweet potatoes to good use!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Brownies

12) Wild Rice Quinoa and Cranberry Stuffing:

Rob Landolphi’s recipe is a “delicious compromise for family members who insist that stuffing be made with bread along with those who prefer wild rice and quinoa for Thanksgiving.”


13) Apple Caramel Monkey Bread:

Gluten Free & More Food Editor Beth Hillson came up with this pull-apart bread, also called bubble bread. It’s “not too sweet,” she says, “with a pleasing amount of caramel.”

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

14) Apple Cranberry Streusel Crumble (Grain-Free):

Featured in Gluten Free & More’s 2015 Gluten Free Holidays special issue, this grain-free dessert is a cool-weather hit, making use of apples as well as cranberries.

15) Apple Haystacks:

Making apple haystacks is a great thing to do with raisins and a few other primary ingredients. Check out my video tutorial at eHow.


16) Pumpkin Brownies:

Pumpkin and chocolate really do go together so well, and this gluten free pumpkin brownie recipe proves it! My yummy concoction of mellow chocolate and creamy pumpkin is the perfect way to celebrate chillier nights and shorter days.

17) Pumpkin Cookies:

Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C., highlighted these in a report describing several of my “Perfect Pumpkin Desserts.”

18) Rustic Apple Pie:

This home-style pie has a gorgeous free-formed crust that’s light, flaky, and simple to make.