July 27, 2012

Chex Muddy Buddies ~ A Perfect Gluten-Free Snack For Any Occasion! #LMDConnector

After learning that Lil-J had a gluten intolerance a year ago, we wasted no time in placing him on a gluten-free (GF) diet.  I immediately felt overwhelmed with the forced changes to our diets.  Cooking and baking quickly became a challenge, requiring more thinking than ever before.  Fast-forward a few months and a lot of self-educating, and we were able to get through each and every meal with delicious GF results.  To this day, we prefer some GF foods over others, based on taste and nutrition (less salt and higher fibre).

With a lot of hard work over the past year, the one food category that still challenges me is snacks, especially quick snacks.  When preparing meals and desserts, I plan ahead knowing that I could be in the kitchen for hours.  But when I make snacks for my kids, I get impatient at about the 10-minute mark.  I also want snacks that my kids can help prepare.  I was thrilled when searching the Gluten Free section of the Life Made Delicious website to find pages of snack ideas using my family's favourite GF cereal, Chex!

Chex Muddy Buddies are crunchy and sweet, and would make any child feel special.  They're also a great no-bake option during these hot summer months!  Whether we're having movie night, on the go running errands, or travelling 4 hours to the cottage, I always struggle to have snacks on-hand for Lil-J.  And Big-A misses out on a lot of yummy snacks because we don't want his little bro to feel bad.  I can't wait to surprise Lil-J on our next cottage drive.  I'll be guaranteed a few moments of peace while he munches away :)

The recipe below for Chex Muddy Buddies has been adapted, using only 1 cup of cereal (compared to 9 cups in the original recipe).  I adjusted all other ingredients accordingly and they came out perfect.  I also prefer to use Honey Nut Chex rather than Rice Chex - I find that they are crunchier.  This recipe is so fast and easy to make, that I will happily make it fresh when I need it, one cup at a time.

Gluten-Free Chex Muddy Buddies

1 cup Gluten Free Honey Nut Chex
2 tbsp GF chocolate chips
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/8 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 tbsp icing sugar

  1. In a medium bowl, measure cereal and set aside.
  2. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a glass dish.  Heat in the microwave for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave and stir to combine.  Heat for another minute, remove and stir until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Place coated cereal in a plastic food storage bag, add icing sugar, seal bag and shake well until coated.  Spread on waxed or parchment paper to cool.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  5. Enjoy!

Stirring the chocolate and
 peanut butter until smooth,
 then pouring on top of the cereal.

Big-A helping to coat the cereal
 in the chocolate mixture.  He's a great kitchen helper!  Not quite
sure why he's shirtless, though!  LOL

Lil-J helping out too...and sneaking a taste :)


Spreading the coated cereal on parchment paper to dry.  And a dish of Muddy Buddies waiting
to be devoured!

When making recipes for anyone with a restricted diet, always make sure to read product labels looking for allergens.  My favourite brand of peanut butter is gluten-free.  I purchase GF chocolate chips at my local Bulk Barn.  If you're ever unsure of allergens in prepared food, check out a brands website or contact them to confirm ingredients.  If you do your homework, everyone can enjoy your food without worry.

I will continue making this recipe in the smaller amount.  Both my boys love it, and I can ensure that Lil-J will never feel left out when Big-A gets treats on outings.  This is a delicious snack that I will make again and again.

I’m part of the Life Made Delicious blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  As with every post that I write, the opinions on this blog are my own.

DISCLAIMER: Not all the food products used in this recipe are certified "Gluten Free". I do, however, causiously check all food labels and Brand websites before making my gluten free desserts. If you have gluten allergy concerns,
I suggest you do the same.

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