I’d like to share several homemade gluten-free chocolate éclair recipes with you today for National Chocolate Éclair Day! Behold gluten-free Chocolate Éclairs in every form, and all are fantastic choices!
Plus, you’ll find recipes for gluten-free cream puffs, profiteroles, and Paris brests. Check them all out!
~ Chocolate Éclairs from Gluten-Free Alchemist ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Kate says: “In our house… Christmas NEEDS éclairs! These are my perfectly delicious Gluten-Free Éclairs with gluten-free Choux pastry. They’ve even had the approval of professional pastry chefs! Of course… you don’t HAVE to make éclairs… the choux pastry is fabulous for profiteroles and cream puffs too.”
Reader reviews: “I would like to say a big thank you for sharing your recipe for gluten-free chocolate éclairs. I made them yesterday following your recipe and your recipe for the gluten-free flour mix. I have to say both were amazing and so easy to follow your instructions. My wife tried the éclairs last night who is not gluten intolerant and she could not tell the difference between normal and gluten free. They were amazing thank you so much.” and “I have to say I went into this recipe without much expectations. And they were perfect first time! No one could tell they were gluten free, they tasted like regular éclairs. The directions were flawlessly clear.” and “I made cream puffs with this recipe, they were delicious!!!”
~ Classic Gluten-Free Chocolate Éclairs and Profiteroles (aka Cream Puffs) from Jenn Cuisine via The Wayback Machine ~ gluten free, vegetarian
You’ll be re-living all the times you enjoyed decadent chocolate éclairs from the corner bakery when you bite into one of these pastries.
Reader reviews: “I just made these… You are a legend! I was literally gobsmacked when I opened the oven & saw what looked like REAL profiteroles… I cannot believe GF turned out so well, thank you so much, you just made me & my family very happy!!”
~ Cream Puffs from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian
What is an éclair really but an elongated cream puff? So Jeanine’s Cream Puffs—pretty in pink and chocolate or simply, classic white filling—work for our Chocolate Éclair roundup as well.
~ Cream Puffs from Successfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kristin says: “Surprisingly, I don’t make cream puffs terribly often, but every time I do I am reminded why they’re such a fun dessert. You can make these larger or smaller, depending on your preference, but you will have to adjust your baking time and make sure they’re a nice golden brown. An easy filling is just to use fresh whipped cream whipped with a spoonful of powdered sugar added to sweeten it a bit, but we especially love them with vanilla or chocolate pastry cream. Enjoy!”
~ Elegant and Easy Gluten-Free Party Puffs from gfe (that’s me!) ~ gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Fill with whipped cream, pastry cream, or vanilla pudding (made with 1 1/2 cups milk instead of 2 cups of milk; French vanilla pudding filling is especially nice) and top with chocolate icing. It’s that easy!
Reader Michelle made a dairy-free éclair version of my puffs. She even accidentally reduced the amount of butter (the dairy-free equivalent) and they still turned out lovely and delicious!
~ Gluten-Free Éclairs or Cream Puffs from Flippin’ Delicious ~ gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Brianna gives you pro tips on successfully making both. Follow her advice!
Reader reviews: “I tried making these and OMG this is the best thing I’ve ever baked! They are amazing! Thank you so much. I went gluten free 5 years ago and I’ve craved éclairs and this is the first time I’ve satisfied that craving!” and “I’ve made these three times in the past month! I am not GF and am obsessed with GOOD éclairs, but haven’t been able to find any good ones since I moved.”
~ Gluten-Free Éclairs from Successfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kristin says: “These éclairs hit the spot every time. I can’t make them often, because I like to eat them all and not share. (My kids can attest to this). I, personally, love this particular combination of vanilla pastry cream and rich ganache topping.”
~ Gluten-Free Vegan Mini Éclairs from Unconventional Baker ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan
Audrey shares “Light, delicate mini gluten-free vegan éclairs topped with chocolate and filled with creamy vegan custard. Perfect recipe for special occasions.”
On the other end of the spectrum, so to speak, we have Paleo Chocolate Éclairs from The Paleo Mom. They are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, and primal.
More Gluten-Free Chocolate Éclair Recipes ~ Gluten-Free Chocolate Éclair Cakes, Cream Puff/Éclair Pie, and Paris Brest
And finally, here are some more recipes in the éclair “family.” Éclair cakes and Cream Puff Pie, which is also known as Éclair Pie.
~ Caramel Paris Brest from Successfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kristin says: “Amazing éclair dough piped in a large ring, filled with homemade creme patissier and caramel sauce. It was absolutely amazingly delicious. A stunning dessert. My youngest brother has a tendency to “suggest” dessert ideas to me – knowing I almost always will create them. This was his birthday request and it did not disappoint. Enjoy!”
~ Chocolate Éclair Cake from No Gluten, No Problem ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Although this cake form of Chocolate Éclairs still has multiple steps because of the four layers, all are easy to make and the results are clearly elegant and divine!
~ Chocolate Paris Brest Birthday Cake from Successfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Kristin says: “A Paris-Brest is like a giant cream puff or éclair, baked into a big ring, sliced open and filled. We wanted something a bit different that incorporated a rich, dark chocolate pudding for my daughter’s birthday, and this was a hit! It’s also a nice alternative to overly sweet birthday cakes, as there isn’t much sugar in it. Enjoy!”
~ Cream Puff Pie, aka Éclair Pie, from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Jeanine says: “This Gluten Free Cream Puff Pie is a pie version of my popular cream puffs. If you love cream puffs, but find them to be too much work, this pie version is for you. This pie, also known as Éclair Pie, has a beautiful crust made from the same pâte à choux that I use to make my gluten-free cream puffs.
~ Keto Chocolate Éclair Cake from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, vegetarian, low carb, keto
Carolyn always ensures that keto means not having to deprive yourself of your favorite recipes!
Reader reviews: “HOLY COW. This is a devastatingly good dessert. The meringue is almost like a crispy almond cookie. This, layered with an rich, glossy pastry cream, and top with a slightly bitter chocolate… It was a definitive moment in my life. It can’t be possible for something to taste this good… or so I thought.” and “This got 12 thumbs up at Thanksgiving. I’m the only diabetic in my fam, so I have something to prove when making dessert – and thanks, Carolyn for helping me prove it!” and “I made this cake for a party a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit!”
So there you have it! A number of fabulous homemade gluten-free chocolate éclair recipes (which can also be made as cream puffs or profiteroles), some gluten-free chocolate éclair cake recipes, and a cream puff pie (aka éclair pie) as well!
As is the case with most gfe recipe roundups, the most difficult part of all is deciding which recipe to try first! I love that there are choices that work for all of us who are gluten free—even if we need to eat dairy free, egg free, keto, vegan, or paleo!
Originally published June 22, 2013; updated August 12, 2023.