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Espresso Mocha Gluten-Free Dessert to Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings


Ingredients like chocolate flakes and espresso coffee to make espresso mocha gluten-free dessert

Well, hello there! We have a yummy gluten-free dessert for you that’s delicious and easy to make. It’s hard to find and harder to make gluten-free desserts. It took me a while before nailing down this perfect gluten-free recipe as well! But here, we finally have it after multiple trials. If you’re a coffee and chocolate lover, you’re going to enjoy this dreamy and creamy deliciousness.

Well, what is gluten-free? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. This is what allows the flour to become sticky when we mix it with water. It’s like glue, which helps the bread rise when baking. Many people have a condition where they can’t eat foods containing gluten or are unable to digest gluten.

A gluten-free diet allows people to avoid gluten as it can harm the intestines. If not avoided, it can cause severe discomfort and health problems. However, when you’re on a gluten-free diet, there are several benefits too. We’ll get into those benefits later.

Is Coffee Gluten-Free?

You must be wondering if coffee is gluten-free. Well, we’re here to enlighten you before we get into this delicious gluten-free recipe for a yummy Espresso Mocha Dessert.

To answer the question in one word: yes. Coffee and coffee beans are gluten-free. Your favorite bean, coffee bean, doesn’t contain the protein called gluten as it has other natural sugars to grow. If you serve your coffee with just dairy milk and sugar, there is no gluten. But coffee creamers can contain gluten.

However, instant coffee might not always be gluten-free. Mocha and other enhanced forms of coffee beans dried up for instant coffee might have some gluten content. So, it’s always important to check the list of ingredients before buying.

Whenever buying flavored coffee or a coffee creamer, be aware that it could contain gluten as it could be processed in a factory that works with gluten.

Espresso Mocha Gluten-free Dessert


Now, with all that information, let’s get into this recipe that will satisfy your sweet cravings.

  • 500ml of lactose-free whole milk (If you’re not lactose intolerant, you can use regular whole milk)
  • 4tbsp of gluten-free flour (we use 1 to 1 baking)
  • 3tbsp full of brown sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp of gluten-free Nutella
  • 1tsp of cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp of instant espresso powder
  • 3tbsp of room temperature water
  • 8 cookies (gluten-free)

Espresso coffee beans

Tools Needed

Following are the tools or equipment you will need for this recipe.

  • Small saucepan
  • Tablespoon
  • 4 glasses or bowls (for serving)
  • A measuring cup

Gluten-free espresso mocha dessert

How to Prepare

Step 1

In a small bowl, mix the 1tbsp of espresso with 3tbsp of room temperature water until your espresso is completely dissolved in the water.

Step 2

Soak the cookies one by one in the espresso mixture and place two cookies in each bowl or glass.

Step 3

In a small saucepan, pour the 500ml milk, add gluten-free flour, brown sugar, and espresso.  Stir all the ingredients until fully dissolved. Transfer ¼ of the mixture to the measuring cup and set aside.

Step 4

On medium heat, cook and keep stirring the milk mixture until it has thickened. Pour the mixture in equal amounts to each glass or bowl and put them in the fridge for fifteen minutes.

Step 5

Transfer the other 1/4 milk to the same saucepan and add Nutella to it. Stir well until it’s well incorporated. On medium heat, cook the mixture while stirring until it has thickened. Pour the mixture in equal amounts to each glass or bowl as the second layer. Put the glasses or bowls back in the fridge for 40 mins before serving.

gluten-free espresso mocha dessert


You can serve your Espresso Mocha Gluten-Free Dessert with shredded dark chocolate flakes and some roasted almonds. You can also sprinkle any nuts or chocolate of your choice. And there you have it! Your dessert is ready to be indulged in. It’s a great gluten-free dessert that’s not only delicious but different and refreshing.

Now let’s look into some benefits of having gluten-free desserts and foods.

Benefits of Gluten-Free

There is not much scientific evidence to prove the health benefits of a gluten-free diet for anyone who doesn’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. But still, millions of people have followed gluten-free diets for years.

The reason being that gluten-free foods can improve gastrointestinal symptoms in people and improve their gastrointestinal health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mocha?

Mocha is basically a variant of a chocolate-flavored cafe latte. It’s made with espresso, chocolate flavoring, hot milk, and of course, a sweetener. The chocolate flavoring can be in the form of chocolate spreads, cocoa powder. Many coffee drinks are bitter in taste, but mocha is known for its sweeter taste, so, in this recipe, the use of mocha is a great fit as it is a dessert for all the sweet tooths out there—the sweet taste of mocha balances out the bitterness of coffee beans.

Mocha is also known as mochaccino.

Does Mocha Taste like Coffee?

Mocha is essentially coffee, so it does taste like coffee, however, when mixed with a lot of chocolate and sweeteners, it can end up tasting like hot chocolate. But the rich chocolate flavor is great in balancing out the coffee’s bitterness for those coffee lovers who prefer their coffee a little sweet and less bitter.

Looking for more ​​Gluten-free recipes and healthy food recipes? Cali Yum is your savior. We are a healthy food blog, and we have a variety of savory and sweet recipes, including Gluten-free Moroccan and Mediterranean recipes packed with flavor. Connect with us today to fulfill your cravings for sweet and savory gluten-free recipes and gluten-free dishes.

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