FAQ: The Need for Gluten-Free Rice Krispies
Yes, rice is naturally gluten free. However, a sweetener used in regular Rice Krispies (malt flavoring, which is often made from barley) is not, and Joseph will react to it. So they did need to change the recipe for those sensitive to gluten. Incidentally, this sweetener is what General Mills changed in their Chex cereals to make them gluten free too.
And because this is a short post, here is the recipe I followed for Rice Krispie Treats, which Joseph really enjoyed. The brown rice made no difference in taste, and less difference in color than I had expected. Even people who have no eating restrictions said that these taste just like regular rice krispie treats.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free Rice Krispie Treats
Recipe adapted from the original treats
- 3 T Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
- 40 large marshmallows (read ingredients to ensure safety. Most brands should be fine)
- 6 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispies
In microwave-safe bowl, heat buttery spread and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. (Note, microwave times may vary)
Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
Using wax paper (note, a smaller piece of paper has less chance of sticking than a big one), evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan greased with soy free buttery spread. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.