When Easter rolls around each year, this gluten free chocolate lush dessert is what I crave!
My mother makes this amazing 4 layer chocolate dessert for family gatherings. The first layer is a crunchy crust, the second is a cream cheese filling, the third is chocolate pudding, and the last layer is whipped topping. (If you aren’t gluten free, you can snag my mom’s original chocolate lush recipe at the end of this post!)
I was recently diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease which means that I have to eat gluten free. Ironically, Celiac’s Disease runs in my husband’s family, so I’m very familiar with cooking gluten free. My husband has been eating gluten free for years now.
There’s definitely a huge learning curve with learning to cook gluten free. The past few years, it’s become almost second nature for me to look at recipes and turn them into a gluten free version.
The only real change I had to make in this chocolate lush recipe is the crust. The first time I tried to make this, I just swapped out the flour for gluten free flour.
Ahem… don’t do that. It apparently never…ever….ever cooks. An eternity in the oven and it was still a gooey mess. LOL
What a waste of expensive gluten free flour! Oh well. That’s how you learn.
Next I tried a simple gluten free pie-like crust. It worked perfectly! The whole family enjoyed the combination and the kids didn’t even know this 4 layer dessert was gluten free! That’s how I measure gluten free cooking success. (When no one can tell it’s gluten free).
Ok! Let’s get started on this delicious gluten free chocolate lush dessert!
One and a 1/2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 sticks of butter
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons cold water
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup of milk
1 large package of Instant pudding (5.9 oz)
3 cups of milk (to prepare pudding)
8 ounces whipped topping
First, mix the flour and regular sugar. Cut the butter into small pieces. Next, using a pastry cutter or a fork, mix the butter into the flour until crumbly. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the lemon juice until slightly foamy. Add to the flour and add just enough cold water (2-3 Tbsp) until the pastry dough holds it’s shape.
Press the dough into a 9×13 glass pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked through. Let it cool.
Mix the softened cream cheese with 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1/3 cup of milk, until smooth. I like to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for this. Spread on top of the crust layer and set in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or until set.
Prepare the pudding with 3 cups of milk. Add the pudding layer on top of the cream cheese layer. Cool in the refrigerator until set (about 20 minutes).
Before serving, add a layer of whipped topping. If you do this ahead of time, the chocolate layer will discolor the white layer, so waiting is best!
And there you have it! An amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Lush Dessert! You can modify this dessert by changing the flavor of pudding. My mom often makes 2 pans of this: one with chocolate and one with lemon pudding! Both are delightful!
In addition, you can also add chopped pecans to the top and into the bottom crust if you like! It does add great flavor and texture! You can add decorative mini chocolate chips or shavings to the top of the dessert as well.
As always, make sure that your ingredients are truly gluten free! I am including a printable version below. As a bonus, I am also including my mom’s original recipe in case you don’t need to eat gluten free (the original recipe is even faster!).