Being Gluten Free does not mean that you need to deprive yourself. There are more and more Gluten Free items out there each and every day. However, I have noticed that there are a lot more treats ans in sweets available now than let's say 5 years ago. I feel that no mater if you are gluten sensitive, intolerant or if you have celiac disease it does not mean that it has to ruin your life. You can learn to go to peoples houses with your own snacks and treats. To be honest your host will probably welcome the idea. I let people know up front not to worry about Miss J. I will make sure she has plenty of snacks and treats and if we happen to be going for a BBQ or a Pizza party I make sure I call ahead to find out the menu. I next prepare her the same food at home so she doesn't feel left out. This way there are no cross contamination issues.
So the other day we went to a a BBQ and the host said that she had made snack mix with Gluten Free Cereal. J was so excited. but prior to letting her have some of this snack mix I asked the host a couple of questions. What kind of pretzels are these? She said I don't know just regular old pretzels. So we decided to pass because if your host can't tell you exactly what's in it it's best to skip it. After we came home, I asked Miss J if she wanted me to make her some snack mix and yes she did. So here is my recipe for Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzel Snack Mix .
Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzel Snack Mix Ingredients:
1 bag of Chocolate Chips (processed in a Gluten Free Facility)
1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter (Gluten Free)
1 stick of butter
9 Cups of Gluten Free Cereal ( I used 3 Cups Cinnamon apple 3cups plain and 3 cups Honey Nut)
3 Cups Pretzels (Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels)
2 Cups of peanuts
1 1/2 cups of powder sugar
2 Sheet of Wax Paper
1 Supper Large Bowl
1 Medium Size Bowl (Microwave safe)
a pair of disposable gloves
2 cookies sheets
Next pour chocolate peanut butter mixture on pretzel mixture and make sure you have your gloves on and toss with hands.