These fairy bread puffed rice treats are an Aussie twist on the classic Rice Krispie Treats that we all love. A simple ingredient substitution makes this Rice Krispie Recipe both Gluten-free and Dairy-free for those with intolerance.
It was Emma’s Birthday this week, so there was plenty of cake, sugary treats and sprinkle coated edibles on offer to celebrate another year passing (so quickly). We are very fortunate that Emma doesn’t suffer from any food allergies, but the same can’t be said for many of her class mates.
Just in her class, there are several kids with egg, nut and dairy anaphylaxis, so when sending birthday treats to school, I’m mindful to be super careful of what can be shared.
Many parents are now bringing Icy poles, but that’s not always convenient with the melt factor, so I made some rice based treats that are gluten, nut, egg and dairy free. I thought that would cover all the main allergy bases and make sure no child misses out on Emma’s birthday celebration treats.
I was inspired to make a fun twist on the traditional Fairy Bread triangles we all enjoyed as kids but made them even taster with a gooey marshmallow twist. As the base I’ve used a fairly traditional Rice Krispie Treats recipe but swapped out some of the ingredients to make sure it was 100% ok for her classes’ allergy restrictions.
Instead of regular marshmallows I used Gluten free marshmallows (Kosher ones are usually gluten free) and Nuttelex dairy free spread was my alternative to butter. Of course you can use regular if gluten and dairy allergies aren’t an issue.
Are Rice Krispies Gluten Free?
Shop bought rice krispie treats do contain gluten, so it’s best to make your own so you can ensure that the ingredients that go in them are all gluten free.
It’s always best to check the ingredient label on your puffed rice cereal. Even though puffed rice products like Kelloggs ‘Rice Bubbles’ and ‘Rice Krispies’ are basically just made of rice grains, they can contain some gluten ingredients in the flavouring. Also many cereals are packaged on the same machines as gluten containing cereals so it’s best to be mindful about that also.
If you are concerned about hidden gluten products in puffed rice, I’d recommend purchasing a product specifically labeled ‘gluten free’
In regards to the marshmallow, some contain starches derived from gluten containing ingredients so opt for Gluten Free marshmallows which are often branded as Kosher marshmallows.
- 6 cups Puffed Rice
- 280g pink and white marshmallows (gluten free if required)
- 1/4 cup dairy free butter spread (Nuttelex)
- 1/2 cup 100's & 1000's sprinkles
- Vegetable oil for utensils
Melted marshmallows are way sticky, so I’ve got some little tips on making the process go as smoothly as possible.
Cinti’s Marshmallow Treat Making Tips
- Have all ingredients pre-measured and on hand before you get started.
- Use a very low heat to melt the marshmallows or they will burn
- Coat utensils or hands in thin layer of vegetable oil or the mixture will stick
- Don’t be tempted to cut too soon or you’ll just end up with sticky lumps of puffed rice
- Wipe down and drips or sticky residue as it will set hard and be harder to clean later – and also may attract ants.
I’m not saying these rice krispie treats are healthy – I mean they are pretty much just sugar. But once in a while it’s ok to indulge.
Just a final note, to avoid cross contamination with surfaces and utensils that may have been in contact with allergens, make sure you have thoroughly washed all utensils and only make this recipe exclusively as opposed to making several recipes at the same time.
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