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10 Delicious and Easy Gluten-Free Treats

Following a gluten-free diet isn’t easy, particularly during the holidays. This time of year is filled with all sorts of treats, and if you’re living gluten-free, you might feel like you’re missing out. While there are several gluten-free recipes available, and that number is growing all the time, many of those recipes include special ingredients that you don’t always have on hand—things like special flours and xanthan gum. Not only can these ingredients be expensive, often regular grocery stores have a limited selection or don’t even carry them at all.

We’ve pulled together a list of treats that are easy to make while still following gluten-free dietary standards. They don’t require any specialty ingredients, either—just the sorts of things you’ll already have on hand and can use in your other recipes as well. Whether you’re bringing treats to a school party where one of the kids can’t have gluten, thinking of a gluten-free coworker, or just want to make something you can enjoy yourself this holiday season, these recipes are just what you’re looking for. So from us here at TruFru, Happy Holidays, and good eating!

1. Rice Krispies Treats

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This is an old favorite that everyone’s familiar with. Rice Krispies treats only require three ingredients, so they’re really simple to make. There are several variations, but be careful, because some products, such as some brands of butterscotch chips, can contain ingredients like barley proteins, which contain gluten. The basic recipe is safe and delicious, though.

Ingredients:

  • butter (margarine is not recommended)
  • jet-puffed marshmallows
  • crisped rice cereal

Recipe: https://www.ricekrispies.com/en_US/recipes/the-original-treats-recipe.html

2. Chocolate Covered Nuts

We love chocolate-covered fruits at TruFru, but nothing goes with them quite as well as nuts coated in chocolate. They’re great on the trail, or just sitting at home by the fire. You can coat just about any sort of nut, from peanuts to cashews, but almonds are among our favorites.

Ingredients:

  • granulated sugar
  • water
  • whole, unblanched almonds -OR- cashews -OR- peanuts
  • bittersweet chocolate (tempered)
  • milk chocolate (tempered)
  • cocoa powder

Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chocolate-covered-almonds-recipe-1915910

3. Candied Walnuts

Of course, chocolate isn’t the only way to dress up nuts for the holidays. Candied walnuts are a great sugary snack that’s really easy to make yourself. Plus, there’s nothing quite like that moment when you find a nut that’s impossibly wrinkled, and somehow the sugar and cinnamon have found their way into every little crack and crevice. It makes that first crunch taste like heaven.

Ingredients:

  • walnut halves
  • white sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • milk
  • vanilla extract

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9443/dawns-candied-walnuts/

4. Puppy Chow / Muddy Buddies

Some people call them “muddy buddies,” and others call them “puppy chow.” Both names mean the same thing, though: rice cereal squares filled with chocolate and peanut butter and dusted with powdered sugar. They’re a great snack to leave out and munch on during your holiday parties.

Ingredients:

  • crispy rice cereal squares
  • peanut butter
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • confectioners’ sugar

Recipe: http://www.heidisrecipes.com/2009/07/people-puppy-chow.html

5. Coconut Macaroons

Coconut is a tricky subject; some people love it, and others hate it. For those who enjoy the taste and texture of coconut, macaroons are the perfect treat, because all you have to do is mix a few ingredients in a bowl, put them on a pan, and toss them in the oven. Plus, if you want a little variety, you can add in a few chocolate chips, some chopped fruit, or even a little almond extract for a little bit of extra flavor.

Ingredients:

  • coconut flakes
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract

Recipe: https://www.thespruce.com/easy-3-ingredient-coconut-macaroons-3053844

6. Toffee

Like most candies, toffee requires a little bit of work to make yourself, but it’s easily worth it. Plus, once you’re done, there’s a long list of things you can do with it. You can crush it up and serve it over ice cream. You can melt chocolate over it and sprinkle it with nuts to make almond roca. Or you can even just add a few grains of coarse sea salt or kosher salt and eat it on its own.

Ingredients:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • water
  • kosher salt

Recipe: http://www.zestuous.com/2012/01/homemade-toffee-bits/

7. No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

Oats, chocolate, and peanut butter seem like a match made in heaven, and you don’t even have to bake them. Just a few minutes on the stove, a quick mix in a bowl, and drop them onto waxed paper. These cookies prepare quickly and easily, and they taste great, too.

**NOTE** While oats are naturally gluten-free, they are often grown and prepared in the same facilities as wheat, barley, and rye, all of which contain gluten. When shopping for oats for someone who has celiac disease, be sure to only buy oats that are specifically labeled “gluten-free.”

Ingredients:

  • oats
  • peanut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • white sugar
  • margarine
  • milk
  • salt
  • vanilla extract

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10745/no-bake-cookies-iii/

8. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

While most cookies are loaded with gluten-rich flours, this recipe for peanut butter cookies is simple and contains no gluten at all. In fact, it only has four ingredients, and the vanilla is optional! All you need to do is mix them together and bake them.

Ingredients:

  • peanut butter
  • sugar
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla extract (optional)

Recipe: https://www.popsugar.com/food/Easy-Peanut-Butter-Cookies-37690253

9. Caramel Popcorn

Caramel popcorn is great year round, but it almost doesn’t seem like the holiday season without a tin of it on the kitchen counter. It’s sweet, it’s salty, and it’s just sticky enough to let everyone know what you’ve been eating.

Ingredients:

  • popcorn
  • brown sugar
  • corn syrup
  • butter
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • vanilla extract

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24952/caramel-popcorn/

10. Fudge

Fudge is another quintessential holiday favorite, and it’s great for a gluten-free treat. Everybody’s family has their own favorite recipe and flavor, but we’re fans of good, old-fashioned chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • milk
  • butter
  • vanilla extract

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9420/old-fashioned-chocolate-fudge/

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