Monday, November 8, 2010

gluten free treats

I have a good friend with Seliac's disease, who is also lactose intolerant.  It sounds like a rough existence to me, but she insists that it's really not that bad once you understands your limitations.

So, when we go to a game night, or some other such gathering, and the invite reads, "bring a treat to share," I like to make sure that whatever I bring is gluten/dairy free so that my friend has something to eat, too.  There are a few staple items that I always brought (like Swedish Fish and corn tortilla chips with salsa,) but more recently, I decided I wanted to branch out a little.

I double-checked everything with my friend, and now have a recipe to share with you for Gluten Free Chex Treats!!

These are much like Rice Krispie Treats, except I used Chex.  If you've never cooked gluten-free before, please read the directions carefully because there are a few helpful little tips.

Chex Treats:

6 cups Gluten Free Corn/Rice Chex
10 oz bag marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla

1.  The first rule for cooking gluten-free is to hand wash everything you are going to use before starting. (IE: measuring cups, measuring spoons, pan, bowl, etc.)  If anything you use has been contaminated by any form of flour or other gluten, it can't be eaten by someone with Seliac's disease.

**When cooking something gluten-free from scratch, I usually open a new bag of sugar because I am constantly using the same measuring cup for our flour and sugar, which means the canister of sugar on my counter is contaminated.**

2.  Make sure you are using gluten-free Chex, and original cooking spray.  While I'll be the first to admit that the Baking Spray is magic in a can, it defeats the purpose of cooking gluten-free if you use something with flour in it!!

3.  Spray your glass pan with cooking spray so that your treats will come out easily.

4.  In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.

5.  Add vanilla and marshmallows and melt until smooth, stirring constantly.

6.  Remove from heat.  Stir in Chex.  Continue stirring until all pieces are evenly coated.

7.  Press Chex into a glass pan and allow to cool.

8.  Cut into squares and serve.  Store any uneaten treats in an airtight container.

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1 comment:

Tonia said...

So saving this and passing it on to my relatives....