Gluten Free Treats and Gifts to Make for Christmas (or anytime!)
Christmas time means treat time and gift giving time. I love making home made treats to give away, nothing means more I think that giving and receiving something someone has put their time into creating.
If you have a coeliac you wish to give a gift to, then making something homemade can be a little daunting. Nothing to worry about, you can easily make treats that are gluten free.
Here are some of my favourites I love to make.
My son and I made up a whole batch of Christmas Chocolates for his teachers this year. They are simple and easy. You can buy Christmas themed chocolate moulds from any department or housewares store which are fine to use but for a cheaper option, I bought Christmas themed silicone ice cube trays from discount stores for $2 each. I infact find these guys easier to use then the normal moulds.
I use chocolate melts you get from the baking aisle to make them. I use Cadbury’s or Nestles as both of these are gluten free in ingredients, as are Woolsworth’s. There are other brands but I have not used them so am unsure if they are suitable.
Also get some candy canes, the majority of these are gluten free, some coloured choc chips, some coloured sprinkles (check ingredients listings).
Crush the candy canes. We unpeeled the candy cane, lay it in between baking paper and banged it with a rolling pin. (I believe in USA you can get them already crushed, wish we had them here!).
Melt your chocolate. You can use the double boiler or microwave oven method.
Mix the candy canes (or other decorations) in with the chocolate and spoon into the moulds. Refridgerate a few hours, pop them out and put into a bag or container. You can just leave them plain also but I think crushed candy cane mixed in is the way to go.
For something different we sprinkeld some candy cane in the mould first then spooned the chocolate over. Over at Planning with Kids, Nicole has done something similar.
Gluten Free Rocky Road
Rocky road is a yummy treat and super easy to make. Just melt some chocolate melts, stir in some small gluten free marshmallows and chopped glace cherries. I know some people like to add chopped nuts as well. Pour into baking paper lined tray and pop into fridge to set. Slice and package as desired.
Christmas Cake Pops - I show you how over at Kleenex Mums
And here are some ideas I would love to try but gosh that old clock keeps ticking along… one day…
Gluten free Cookies from the awesome Gluten Free Girl. Just pop them into cellophane and tie with ribbon.
Christmas Balls from the taste website
I really could keep going but I should mention one last website. Pinterest. I am pretty sure you would know about it but just in case… it is a visual social bookmarking site. See a picture of something you like, ‘Pin It’ for your reference and share with your followers. It is a wonderful treasure trove of inspiration. I do believe at this point of time you need to have an invite to join which I am happy to do, just leave me a comment and I can use your email to invite you.
Have fun creating!