A couple of weeks back, I was looking for something to take to a party for Noah to be able to enjoy. I wanted something quick and easy, but also delicious. Allergy free cupcakes are a big hit with Noah, but they are anything but quick. My cousin suggested rice krispie treats, which sounded amazing! I haven’t had any of the ooey goodness in ages! This was one recipe that was SO easy to make allergy friendly. With 4 ingredients, and ten minutes of work, we had a new favorite treat in our house! The hardest part was waiting for them to cool!!
In looking at the box of Rice Krispie cereal, there was no warning of wheat, or any other allergens. So, I bought them and figured I was safe! BUT, come to find out there used to be a “gluten free” variety, that has since been discontinued! Who knew!? But, clearly rice krispies contain gluten if there was once a gluten free variety! The culprit – barley malt. (it’s times like this that I realize I still have sooo much to learn). So, Noah is definitely allergic to wheat, but I have no clue about barley malt. But, based on a quick search, I figured it was best to avoid it, when it was easy to replace! Our alternative? Good ole Rice Chex.
So, for the recipe!
3 TBSP Vegan butter (we always use Earth Balance, Soy Free Buttery Spread)
5 1/2 cups mini marshmellows – equivalent to one 10 oz. bag.
6 Cups Rice Chex
Vegan shortening (we use Spectrum vegetable shortening)
1. Grease a 9 X 13 dish with the shortening; set aside
2. Melt the 3 TBSP butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat
3. Once butter is melted, pour in the marshmellows, and stir continuously until melted, then remove from heat
4. Pour the Rice Chex into the saucepan, and stir to completely combine
5. Pour the cereal mixture into your greased 9 X 13 dish, and press to evenly cover the dish.
TIP: wet your fingertips slightly before pressing the marshmellow mixture – prevents it from sticking to your fingers!
6. Let the treats cool – and then devour. SO SO good.
We are convinced these get better the longer they sit. David liked them the first day, and by day 3 he was obsesseddd. Which, coming from someone who isn’t a fan of sweets – that is a major win for this wife and mom. We’ve already made them again for this week. Whoops 🙂
NOTE: Any products or brand I recommend are ones we have used many times for our family, without any issues. However, I am not a doctor, and all children’s sensitivities to allergies are different. Be sure to do your own research, read labels and use brands you trust and fit your family’s needs!