The easiest tree decorating you’ll ever do. And no blinking lights or replacing bulbs! This festive, no-bake holiday treat is easily made allergy-friendly to involve your favorite allergy kids. Simple decorating helps little hands enjoy this fun Christmas treat. These Allergy-friendly Rice Krispie Christmas Trees are free of: gluten, dairy, egg, peanut & tree nuts. They can be vegan too!
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I am suffering with being torn you guys! If you’re a female, chances are you know what I mean!
My mom came early due to my Uncle’s death (hopefully you’re following along on my Instagram stories to know what I’m talking about). So, she gets to stay with us for over three glorious weeks.
Because she is an angel in disguise, she is sooo supportive and is like, “go lock yourself in your room and work and I’ll wash dishes/kiss babies/feed children/ and play transformers with your kids”.
And, so you’d think I’d be cranking out a million projects–but I sit up here and feel guilty! On one hand, I feel like because I don’t have family near by and stay up way too late and kill myself to run this little blog and keep littles alive, that I should take FULL ADVANTAGE of a free nanny. But, then I want to just spend my time with my mom and enjoy time with my son while he’s off of school. And then on the other hand, I just want to enjoy kid-free quiet time and binge watch Netflix’s The Crown alone in my room instead of work. UG.
Do you see why I’m torn??
Which is why once again–I’m posting yet ANOTHER rice krispie holiday treat (seriously, it’s adult play doh for me, look at the bottom of the post for other recipes). So, if you’re feeling torn and stretched this holiday season you can still give out cute, festive treats without spending all day baking.
It was great that this doubled as a way to spend time with said family and get a post done for you guys. Have I mentioned how much I love multi-tasking??!!
We did an assembly line and I would cut the krispies into triangles, and my mom would put the gluten-free pretzel in them, I would frost them and my kids would put the skittles on them. Easy, and fun!
Then, to hand out to neighbors, I simply put them in little cellophane bags and tied them with ribbon. Done and DONE!
Now, to the FAQ allergy-friendly ingredient questions I know you’ll have:
For the allergy friendly pretzels:
We used Synder’s gluten-free pretzels. No, this is not sponsored, in fact–I’ve tried emailing them and they’ve never responded. So, if you know them–please let them know of my undying love for them. Glutino also has a straight pretzel. Quinn snacks (I have not tried them, but a friend has) also has straight pretzels and I believe they are top-8-free (since Synder’s and Glutino has soy).
If you don’t need them to be gluten-free, go ahead and use whatever pretzel works for your diet.
*If you can’t do pretzels/soy I think these would still be cute without the pretzel at the bottom.*
For the allergy friendly 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.
For the allergy friendly food dye:
I’ve been asked by many what food coloring I use. So, confession: I used Wilton’s food coloring gels long before I was smart enough to check their label. I don’t know why I didn’t think food coloring might have something in it! I have called Wilton before, and the person I talked to said they’ve added a may contain label if there is something in the same facility. So, we’ve used it and never had an issue–BUT–only do what you’re comfortable with for your own food allergies and go with what your allergist tells you. I’ve heard (but not personally tried) that AmeriColor has allergy-friendly food gels.
For allergy friendly marshmallows:
If you’re needing this to be vegan, be sure to use appropriate marshmallows like Dandies. (Does anyone know them–I seriously should work with them since I’m always touting their product!)
I’ve never used them, but I also have a lot of readers who enjoy Smashmallow as I’ve heard they’re corn free and really good at labeling.
For those who just need an allergy friendly one, we’ve never had a problem with Kraft, and we have allergies to: wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, soy and goats milk. Always go with what works for your individual diet and check labels!
*Please note that this recipe can be either top-8-free, by using a marshmallow like Kraft, OR vegan, if you use Dandies, but NOT both, as Dandies have soy in them. I have yet to find a vegan marshmallow that is soy free, unfortunately.*
Click here to see an ingredient comparison chart of all the big brands of marshmallows.
For allergy friendly ornaments:
We used Skittles. You could use any colored candy, really. Surf Sweets jelly beans would also work well.
Welp–just look in the recipe card, silly! Just kidding, here it is. My frosting recipe is gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free, as well as vegan.
What if we can’t do coconut?
Then, just use palm shortening instead.
I hope that we can all put away some of the mom guilt and enjoy this holiday season a little more. It’s hard balancing it–but how lucky are we to have amazing things to be balancing?! Have a safe, allergy-friendly holiday dear readers–I truly appreciate you stopping by my little corner of the internet. Every click you make helps my family out.
Allergy-friendly Rice Krispie Christmas Trees
The easiest tree decorating you'll ever do. And no-blinking lights! This festive, no-bake holiday treat is easily made allergy-friendly to involve your favorite allergy kids. Simple decorating helps little hands enjoy this fun Christmas treat. These Allergy-friendly Rice Krispie Christmas Trees are free of: gluten, dairy, egg, peanut & tree nuts. They can be vegan too!
- 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil (or if you can't do coconut, shortening
- 6 cups of gluten-free crispy cereal (see post for details)
- 1 package of marshmallows (if you need a vegan option, see post)
- Green food dye
- Half a batch of my best dairy-free vanilla frosting
- Gluten-free pretzels of choice (see post for options)
- In a stock pot over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil. Then, add the marshmallows and stir until they're melted. Add in your green food coloring until it's your preferred shade of green. Take it off the heat and stir in your cereal until everything is coated.
- Pour the finished cereal onto a flat, greased surface. Flatten and shape into a large rectangle, or square with wet or greased hands.
- While the cereal is cooling, make the frosting.
- When the frosting is ready, put it into a baggie and snip the corner. Cut the cereal into triangles. Place a pretzel in the bottom, and frost the top in zig-zags. Place skittles along the frosting.
- Keep in an air-tight container until you serve or eat. If you do use coconut oil, they can toughen when they get cold, because coconut oil is temperamental to temperature changes, so be sure you keep them room temp when storing.
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Looking for other no-bake, allergy-friendly Christmas treats? Check these out:
Christmas Rice Krispie Roll (Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut free; top-8-free; vegan)
Allergy-friendly Reindeer Rice Krispies (Video too!)
Dairy-free Peppermint Patties (Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nut free; top-8-free; vegan)
These are such a cute idea!
Thanks so much Sandi!
Looks like such a fun treat for the kiddos! All the colors 🙂
Thanks! Yes, fun, merry and bright!
What a creative idea! These would definitely be a hit at any party. It’s a bonus that it safe for us to eat. Win! Win!
Thanks Kristin! Yes they could add some cheer to your holiday party!
Super cute idea! My kids would enjoy making these.
Thanks–my kids did too!
How fun and creative! My kids would love these. I’ll have to try!
Thanks, I hope your kids like them!
You are just too brilliant! So easy and the use of skittles is genius!!
That means a lot, thanks Alisa!
THESE ARE THE CUTEST. and yeah… by far the easiest tree to decorate! 🙂
These are just adorable! I can’t wait to make a tray of these. The family will love them!