An easy, no-bake holiday treat. Quick-to-assemble reindeers are sure to be a fun food craft to make with kids or give away as treats to neighbors this Christmas. These Allergy-friendly Reindeer Rice Krispies are free of: wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, peanut & tree nuts. They have a vegan option too.
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Who loves to make holiday goodies? ME! Who also tends to get overwhelmed with all of the holiday hustle and bustle? Me! So, who needs something festive, easy, yummy and no-bake to hand out to friends and neighbors? ME!!!
If this fits you too, you’re going to love my newest creation!
As you’ve probably seen in my many other rice krispy adventures (like Frankensteins, Valentine hearts, Inside out scotcheroos, and Snickerdoodle krispies) I’m a huge fan! It’s like adult play-doh! You get to have fun making shapes and playing with colors. It’s one of my favorite go-tos when making a treat. We make them constantly when we need something sweet but I don’t want to bake.
What’s nice about this recipe, is that it’s halved from an original recipe to fit in a glass pie plate. So, it makes just eight reindeer, so it’s nice for a small batch, or if you don’t have a full bag of marshmallows–like I constantly do because my kiddos are always sneaking them! Stinkers!
Or, if you want to give it away to a family, it makes just enough for one lucky neighbor!
This could also be a fun food craft for kids. I know my kids love pouring in the cereal and the marshmallows, as well as helping to decorate. Use this at school or other holiday parties to make sure everyone is included whether they have food allergies or celiac disease. Because, Christmas and the holidays should be about thinking of others and making sure everyone can participate.
Here’s the details on the allergy-friendly decorations:
- Eyeballs: I get asked this the most, so let’s get down to business: I could only find edible candy eyes that had gelatin in them. If you’re vegan, I found this homemade recipe for you. I always say we’re accidentally vegan since my son is allergic to dairy and eggs–but since he can do gelatin we did the Betty Crocker brand and we’ve done the Wilton brand too. Or, you could always put the plastic kind on and simply not eat them…up to you! (Note, if you’re doing vegan–then be sure to use vegan appropriate marshmallows, like Dandies.
- Cereal: Regular and generic brands of rice krispies use barley in all the brands I’ve ran across. (So they are wheat free, but not gluten-free). I’ve found Malt-0-Meal & Erewhon are great gluten-free substitutions.
- Antlers: I’ve unfortunately never found soy free pretzels, hence why these are not considered top-8-free. But, we can do soy. We’ve found two pretzels that work for us: Synder’s Gluten-free Pretzels and Glutino’s Preztzels.
- Nose: Since most people do chocolate for this part, and almost all chocolate is not allergy-friendly (or it’s hard to find if it is) we simply went with an upside down Skittle, so the “S” on the front didn’t show. You could substitute it for cinnamon candies too…or really any safe red candy that works for your own food allergies.
- Glue: We used honey to make the decorations stick, so it’d be clear. If you want, you can use frosting (and then make a batch of sugar cookies to use up the rest!) or, use maple syrup or agave if you’re doing vegan.
To see a video of how to make these Allergy-friendly Reindeer Rice Krispies, watch this fun video:
- 1 and ½ Tablespoonscoconut oil (or shortening if you can't do coconut)
- 3 cups of gluten-free crispy cereal (see post for details)
- ½ package of marshmallows (use vegan marshmallows if needed)
- Red skittles
- Gluten-free pretzels (see post for details)
- Candy eye balls (see post for details)
- Round pie plate
- In a pot over medium low heat, add your coconut oil and melt. Next, stir in your marshmallows until they're melted.
- Add in your cereal and stir until it's completely incorporated.
- Pour into a greased, round, pie plate and flatted evenly with your hand.
- Allow it to cool.
- Cut into eight even triangles.
- Place dollops of honey where you want the eyes, nose and antlers to be. Place the corresponding candy on the dots of honey.
- Keep covered.
- *Note: if you use coconut oil, if it gets cold it will toughen up. So, if you don't want tough krispies, be sure to keep these at room temperature.
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Looking for other allergy-friendly holiday treats? Here are some of my other favorites: