Adventures of Being Gluten-Free in a Glutinous World

Hey, everyone, please welcome Mary Behre as a permanent contributor to the Chicks!  She’s an author, a mother, preschool teacher, and sweet-tea addict. 😀  Thank you for joining us, Mary! 

Thank you for inviting me to be a Chick on Chicklets in the Chicken, I’m very excited to be here.  Recently, I’ve gone gluten-free. I started it because my sister read something that suggested it could help with migraines. What I discovered is that going gluten-free has helped me a lot more than that.

For years, I was told I was lactose intolerant with IBS. Going gluten-free has shown me the source of my problems wasn’t milk, stress, or a lack of fiber– it’s wheat.

Since I’m not fond of food that tastes like cardboard and feels like sand in my mouth, I’ve started experimenting with different recipes. And because I have an enormous sweet-tooth, I began with desserts and snacks.

Everyone loves Rice Krispie Treats, right? Including me, but what to do? Rather than fork out $4-6 a box for gluten-free, organic , crispy rice cereal I decided to go the cheaper route and buy Fruity Pebbles.  (Beware, don’t buy the Fruity Pebbles with fiber added, look for the box that reads “Gluten-Free.”)

For half the price, I had a yummy snack that I had to make twice this week. Why twice? Because my husband and boys wolfed down the first batch before I could snap a picture!

So here’s the recipe.

Fruity Pebbles Snacks

6 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
4 cups Mini-Marshmallows
2 Tablespoons Butter

Melt butter in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Using a butter spatula, stir in marshmallows until melted. Remove from heat and add the cereal.  Once the cereal is thoroughly coated, spread into a buttered pan. Cool and serve. In an air-tight container the snacks should last up to a week—assuming your family doesn’t snarf them down like mine.  🙂

I’ll be back next week with my super easy recipe for homemade gluten-free brownies that taste too good for folks to believe they’re gluten-free.


5 thoughts on “Adventures of Being Gluten-Free in a Glutinous World

  1. Man, those look yummy! Thankfully no one in my family has any food allergies, but I might just make those for the fun of it. So colorful and full of marshmellowy goodness.

    • Food allergies run rampant in my family. My husband and sons are allergic to red shellfish. Makes summer crabfeasts all but non-existent in my world anymore. But I figure food allergies require us to be more creative about preparing the food we can eat! 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh, you are SO onto something, my little blonde friend! I’m going to start reading about gluten-free. Love you!!

    • Jamie,

      My migraines have cut back dramatically. The bummer comes when I eat something that I don’t know has gluten in it. I usually figure it out when my head (or my stomach) starts to ache.

  3. Pingback: Gluten-Free Girl Takes on Camp NaNo | Chicklets in the Kitchen

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