Munchies for May


Chicken Ole – If the word “casserole” has left your vocabulary since GFCF came in, try this recipe that a celiac friend put in our church cookbook.

6-8 chicken thighs
½ package El Paso or other GFCF taco seasoning mix
3 cups tomato juice (I like V-8)
2 cups water
2 16-oz cans Bush’s or other GF vegetarian baked beans
1 ½ cups uncooked long grain brown rice

In a large baking pan, mix together juice, water, beans, and rice. Place chicken on top, skin side up, and sprinkle with taco seasoning mix. Bake, uncovered, at 400 for one hour or until liquid is absorbed and fork can be inserted into chicken with ease.

Cereal Muddy Buddies – Deb K. shares this fun “munchies” recipe from the Yahoo Group, Food Allergy Kitchen.

4 ¼ cups Health Valley Rice or Corn Crunch 'Ems or other GFCF similar cereal
¾ cup Enjoy Life or other GFCF semi-sweet chocolate chips (these are soy free too!)
¼ cup Skippy Natural or other GFCF peanut butter or nut butter substitute
2 Tablespoons Earth Balance or other GFCF margarine
½ teaspoon McCormick Pure or other GF vanilla
¾ cup powdered sugar*

Put cereal into a bowl and set aside. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in bowl uncovered on high 1 minute. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds or until you can stir it smooth. Add in vanilla and stir. Pour mixture over cereal and combine until cereal is covered. Put mixture into a large plastic zip lock baggy and add powdered sugar. Seal and shake until covered.

Pour onto wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. (At this point I add a little more powdered sugar because so much of it was absorbed.) Store in zip-top bag or container in refrigerator.

*Note: I know some of you are corn free, so below are directions from Special Diets for Special Kids to make corn free Confectioner's Sugar. Ingredients: 5 lb Sugar - Fit the bowl of your food processor with the steel blade and process until the sugar is the proper consistency.

Karyn's Pancakes – Another favorite Deb found in Special Diets for Special Kids. She adds “We sprinkle chocolate chips, cinnamon, or fruit on the top before we flip the pancake over.” Yum!

2 eggs
¾ cup dry milk substitute (DariFree is recommended and what I use. I use about 1 cup mixed.)
1 Tablespoon oil (safflower or olive oil)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup Arrowroot Powder (I use Tapioca Starch Flour)
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ cups GF flour (I use 1 cup of Buckwheat Flour + 1/2 cup White Rice Flour(Goya))
1 teaspoon GF Baking Powder

Blend all ingredients except baking powder. Add baking powder and stir just a few seconds to incorporate into the batter.

Spoon on to a hot griddle and cook until bubbles form. Flip and cook on second side and serve with syrup, fruit, or jam.

Pumpkin Bars – Also from Special Diets for Special Kids Deb shares that “You can hide some veggies, flaxseed, etc in this recipe. My son loves them!”

4 Eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
½ cup Mott’s or other GF Applesauce or Baby Pears
16 oz Libby’s or other GF canned pumpkin or squash
1 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Xanthan gum
¾ cup chopped nuts (optional)
¾ cup Golden raisins

Beat eggs, sugar, oil, fruits, and pumpkin until fluffy. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well and spread batter in a 15" x 10" x 1" jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. (Or use a 9x13 pan and increase baking time slightly.)

Baked Oatmeal – This has long been a favorite breakfast treat at the church camp we attend. This year it made its GFCF debut. The camp cook warms diced peaches and warm milk to put on top.

1 cup oil
2 ¼ cups sugar
5 eggs (Ener-G egg replacer works, too)
2 ¼ cups WestSoy Rice Beverage – Plain or other GFCF “milk”
6 ¾ cups Bob’s or other GF oats
1 ½ Tablespoon baking powder
2 ¼ teaspoons salt

Mix together oil, sugar, eggs, and milk. Add dry ingredients. Pour into a 9x13 baking pan sprayed with Giant Canola or other GFCF nonstick spray. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until set in center and golden brown.


Hulless Original Puff’n Corn from Utz – A celiac friend told me that this is his “hands down favorite” snack. Turns out it’s CF, too!

Kettle Valley Organic Fruit Snack – These individually wrapped fruit bars come in a variety of flavors. Available at Wegman’s.

Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bars – Whether you’re looking for a high-protein snack or a substitute for “granola bars”, these might fit the bill. They’re a typical General Mills product, so you’ll find them in with the other granola bars, but they happen to be GFCF.

Please send in your suggestions for the products list! I’ve given you most of our favorites already!!