By Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.com
Whether you’re the parent of a child with gluten allergies, need to be conscious of other children or are just a kid at heart, there are several easy and fun gluten-free treats you can prepare that are festive and don’t leave anyone feeling left out of the Halloween season.
There are certainly gluten-free recipes to make particular baked goods, but our list is comprised of items that are naturally gluten free and available at all stores. When it’s understood how easy gluten-free cooking is, it’s even simpler to make the extra effort to accommodate those large and small who can’t eat gluten.
Gluten-Free Treats for Your Halloween Party
1. Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix. Thanks to clear labeling on all Chex cereals, this classic is easy to prepare. The recipe is almost identical to the original. The exceptions for a gluten-free batch are to skip the wheat cereal and substitute the pretzels with a gluten-free brand or simply leave them out.
2. Caramel apples. This traditional fall treat that’s naturally gluten-free is almost too good to be true! (Just be certain to check the labels on the caramel just to be certain.) Whether the apples are skewered on a stick and the caramel is set or if the apples are wedged and caramel is provided for dipping, this treat is always a crowd pleaser. They’re messy, but a favorite!
3. Rice Krispy Treats. Kellogg’s has begun labeling and ensuring that their rice cereals are gluten free. This recipe is a traditional favorite at costume parties, and now it can continue to be served even if there are gluten allergies to be wary of. They’re also fun to dye, and you can use cookie cutters to make Halloween shapes like ghosts or pumpkins.
4. Popcorn hands. With these you’ll have a craft and a treat for your party! Using clear food handlers’ gloves, gluten-free candy corn and plain popcorn, a festive and relatively healthy snack becomes a hit at the party. Use just 5 pieces of candy corn as “fingernails” and place them at the tips of the glove fingers and then fill the gloves with the popcorn, and you’ve created a ghoulish hand to share with guests.
6. Crustless Pumpkin Pie. There’s nothing more traditional than pumpkin pie in the fall. When there’s a gluten allergy you can still enjoy it with a crustless pie. One of the greatest things about pumpkin pie is that all the delicious filling is completely gluten free. And when the middle is so wonderful, the crust will not be missed. Many recipes allow for the dessert to be sliced and served like any other pie, making it very simple to dish out at any party.
7. Apple cider. It’s just not a fall celebration without warm apple cider to sip. It’s simple, and many brands are guaranteed to be gluten free. Kids will surely enjoy this special treat as they celebrate with their classmates.
Any other gluten-free Halloween treat ideas? Share ’em in the comments!