Gluten is a protein and it comes in some types of grains, such as barley, wheat and rye. Its main function is that it helps forming dough in the bread making process. Namely, when flour meets water, gluten and its two main components, glutenin and glianin, helps creating a link between the flour and water, which is why the dough rises and bread has the shape we know. However, when gluten comes to our stomach and intestines, the body sees it as a threat and the immune system launches raid on gluten. That is not that much of a problem.

The major issue here is the collateral damage, which is our personal enzyme named transglutaminase, which causes serious health problems and might result in celiac disease.

That is why more and more people are turning to gluten-free products. However, knowing that flour and grains are used in almost every branch of food industry, getting rid of gluten in everyday food preparing is quite a tricky task. The problem becomes even more difficult when your children are gluten-sensitive. In that case you have to be very witty and smart to make them feel the same as other kids and still spare them from eating food with gluten. A great way of doing that is start preparing gluten-free candies.

Peanut butter and marshmallow cookies

Peanut butter and marshmallow cookies

For this simple but tasty dessert you need:

  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter,
  • 1 large egg,
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and a
  • cup of sugar.

Also, you need Marshmallow Fluff, too. Before you start mixing the ingredients, preheat the oven on 200 °C and prepare baking sheets. Also, put parchment paper into every baking sheet.

Now comes the mixing part. Keep on mixing the all of the ingredients on the low speed until you get a homogenous mixture. Then take a tablespoon and start filling the baking sheets with the mass for the cookies. Make nice shapes and take away any parts that are brimming over the baking sheets. Then put the pan with the sheets into the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes with a regular check and then take the pan out. After the cookies are cooled down, spread the Marshmallow Fluff on top of them and serve the cookies. Although most Marshmallow Fluffs today are gluten-free, still read the ingredients list to check the product.

Peppermint patties with chocolate

While the previous recipe was chocolate-free, it is clear that few kids can live without chocolate, so this one requires chocolate, i.e. one cup of chocolate chips.

Peppermint patties with chocolate

Other ingredients include:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and
  • 2 tbspns of coconut oil, as well. In addition to them, you need to have
  • 1 cup of shredded sugar-free coconut and
  • 1/4 of cup of honey, as well as
  • 1/4 of a tbspn of peppermint extract.

The first step is processing the shredded coconut for about half a minute in a blender or food processor. Then add the coconut oil and milk, together with the honey and the peppermint extract. Keep processing all of them for another half of minute, until you get a nice and cohesive mixture. After that, shape small cookies on cookie sheets, put them on a tray and put them into the freezer for about 12 minutes. In the meantime, melt the chocolate on the middle temperature and remove the formed patties from the freezer. Coat the patties with the warm chocolate. Put the coated patties into the fridge now for a minute or two, just to make the coating harden.

Now your gluten-free chocolate patties are ready to be served.