Valentine's Day should be special, and if you're fixing a romantic dinner, you'll want the perfect dessert to cap it off. Here's a roundup of delicious gluten-free desserts from around the About.com network any one of these would make a great coda to your meal.
Gluten-free apple tarte tatin is thinner and more elegant than apple pie. It features carmelized apples and gluten-free pastry dough made from amaranth, almond and rice flours, which creates a crust that many people won't notice is gluten-free. Total prep time is nearly an hour (including 30 minutes for the pastry dough to cool in the refrigerator), so plan ahead.
This flourless chocolate cake, another wonderful recipe from About.com's Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking, features a delicious chocolate glaze. Don't worry that the recipe only calls for a 7-inch pan it's extremely rich, and a thin slice goes a long way. Top it with fresh raspberries if you can find them this time of year.
If you're gluten-free and dairy-free, this baked bananas recipe will work well for you, and it's super-simple to make. All it takes is bananas, rum, spices, dark brown sugar, dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance natural buttery spread is both gluten-free and dairy-free, as well as vegan), plus dairy-free ice cream. For the ice cream, Turtle Mountain makes soy-based SoDelicious and coconut-based Truly Decadent frozen dessert products, some of which are considered gluten-free access the list here.
Flan caramel custard is a traditional Mexican dessert that's naturally gluten-free. This recipe calls for little more than sugar, milk eggs and some spices (for reliably gluten-free sugar, I use Domino's Pure Cane Sugar). The flan does take nearly three hours to prepare and set up, so plan accordingly in fact, it's better if you make it a day ahead of time. Also, caramelizing the sugar perfectly takes some practice.
If you're in a rush or not feeling particularly motivated to make a Valentine's Day dessert from scratch, but you still want something deluxe, try these gluten-free walnut truffle brownies. They use a standard Gluten-Free Pantry mix as a base, but the addition of hazelnut oil makes them special. Top them with ice cream (vanilla and chocolate from Häagen-Dazs and Breyers are reliably gluten-free) and real whipped cream.