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Five Easy gluten-free snacks recipes

Changing your diet to become gluten-free, either for yourself or for a family member, can be quite daunting. Especially when you consider that the vast majority of ‘snack foods’ available today contain wheat in some form or another. To help you along this food intolerance journey, we’ve pulled together five easy, kid-friendly snack recipes that you can make at home. We hope you love them, and that you discover a new enjoyment for good food along the way.

Chocolate tahini cookies

These cookies are so simple to make, with just one bowl and four ingredients. They are the perfect cookie for kids to make, and a great introduction to easy gluten-free cooking.

  • 1 cup tahini
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ½ to 2/3 cup Rapadura sugar
  • One egg or you can use egg replacer

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and roll into balls. Flatten the balls a little on the tray and bake for 11 minutes at 180’ Celsius.

Allow them to cool thoroughly before packing away if they last that long.

Delicious Rice bubble slice

This rice bubble slice is so delicious, creamy and sweet. We’ve used sunflower seed butter to keep it nut-free, but you could easily use tahini, peanut or almond butter instead. If you don’t have dates, you could try using maple syrup or honey instead to make the paste thick.  

  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter/ or almond butter
  • 2 tbsp milk, any kind
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Put the dates, sunflower seed butter, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and oil in a food processor. Blend until a smooth thick paste forms.

Heat this sticky date paste until it is soft and warm, and then drizzle it all over the crispy rice cereal. Mix well until it is evenly coated.

Press this mixture evenly into a lined slice pan. Once it is firmly pressed into the pan, pop it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. Chop into squares to serve.

Banana muffins

These banana muffins are gluten-free, sweet and delicious. You can make them as large muffins, or mini muffins, whatever you fancy.

  • 2 large bananas, pureed
  • 70gm coconut oil
  • 3 eggs or you can use egg replacer
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plain gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 45gm cornflour
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cuprapadura sugar, try ½ if you don’t like things too sweet

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Blend the bananas, coconut oil, eggs or egg replacer, vanilla and molasses until smooth.

Place all of the remaining dry ingredients into a big bowl and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients from the blender into the dry, and stir to combine. Make sure it is smooth and divide this batter into your muffin tin holes. Even out the batter in each well, and bake for 15 minutes for mini muffins, and 20 mins for standard muffins. The muffins are ready when they spring back after you press them gently in the middle.

Mango banana smoothie

Smoothies are such a great snack option, as you can pack them full of fruit and veggies, and kids absolutely love them! The trick is to make sure you have a really good blender that makes your smoothies really smooth.

This amount will make two large smoothies

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup of coconut milk

Add everything into a strong blender (like a Vitamix or thermomix) and blend until smooth and creamy. Delicious!

If you don’t serve this straight away, it can be kept in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 days.

A healthy grain-free platter

Gluten-free snacks don’t have to be cookies, or bars or crackers. One of the healthiest options is to create a fresh food platter of fruit and vegetables. You can use any fruits and vegetables that you or your kids enjoy. Here is an example.

  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • 1 sliced apple
  • 1 mandarin
  • A handful of berries of choice
  • Some almonds or cashews or walnuts
  • A dip such as homemade hummus or mashed avocado
  • Chunks of cheese if you are not dairy-free

You could also add things like olives and crackers made from seeds onto this platter for an added nutrient boost.

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