Another great find in my fashion mags was a cluster of articles baking with kids cereal. This cereal just happens to be gluten-free! It's not one of those bland cereals that your children will hate, it's Fruity Pebbles. This cereal has been around for a long time, and for a long time it was gluten-free. This is a safe cereal for your kids. I also found this in the Feb. 2011 issue of InStyle Magazine. This is a colorful festive treat that's great for groups or on the go. Who can go wrong with bars?
1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
11 cups Fruity Pebbles crunch (see below recipe)
2 sprigs fresh thyme or lemon verbena for garnish
1. In a microwave, heat marshmallows and butter on high in a large microwave-safe bowl for 2-3 minutes, stirring intermittently with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely melted and smooth.
2. Pour Fruity Pebbles Crunch on top of marshmallow mixture; stir until cereal is coated.
3. Spread 1/2 inch layer of mixture into a greased 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan; allow to cool completely.
4. Sprinkle with thyme or lemon verbena leaves, torn into small pieces.
**a very blurry picture! So sorry, my camera was acting up!!
Fruity Pebbles Crunch Recipe
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
4 3/4 cups Envior Kids Cereal (original recipe called for Captain Crunch, and Captain Crunch is not gluten-free-I swapped a cereal that I know will lend itself to this recipe), lightly crushed with hands to half the volume.
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp salt (that's a lot in my opinion, but you as the taster can gauge what you need)
4 tbsp nonfat milk powder
1. Heat oven to 275 degrees. 2. Melt butter In a microwave-safe bowl (about 45 seconds). 3. Toss dry ingredients to distribute evenly. 4. Add melted butter and toss again so ingredients adhere to one another. 5. Spread 1/2 inch layer of mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 6. Bake for 20 minutes until it begins to brown. 7. Remove from oven, cool completely, and break into dime-size clusters before using.
Enjoy! xoxo Julie