Gluten-Free Graduation Party Treats
Believe it or not, it’s nearly time for high school graduation, and that means parties. Here in Minnesota, we are known for throwing among the best high school graduation parties around. If you are hosting a gathering and want to ensure you have gluten-free selections for your guests, or if you are invited to a party and want to bring a GF item, we have some ideas for you. There are so many GF-friendly foods and options now available that you’ll just need to pick your soon-to-be favorites.
We’ve put together a few ideas along with easy-to-follow recipes to help keep your family and guests healthy and happy.
Gluten-Free Chip and Salsa Bar
The good news is that many tortilla chips are corn-based, and naturally gluten-free. There are also many GF chips made with rice or potato.
Set up an area with a variety of GF chips, salsa, and queso (cheese). If you want to add even more spice to the party, prepare this delicious and easy Chile Con Queso recipe in your slow cooker.
Ingredients (8-10 serving):
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 32-ounce block of processed cheese, such as Velveeta, cubed
- 16-ounce jar of salsa
Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chili powder and garlic powder and stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup water and let simmer until evaporated.
Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Stir in the cheese and salsa. Cover and let cook on high, until melted, about 1 hour.
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Everyone loves ice cream and by purchasing all gluten-free toppings, you can be assured that its’ a sweet success.
Get a cooler and fill with ice to keep your ice cream cold. Start with your favorite vanilla ice cream and check this list to see if it’s gluten-free.
GF Topping Options
Remember this is a celebration so let’s think outside the box and mix the traditional with new ideas.
- Pop Rocks! Yes, those exploding candies are gluten-free!
- Plain M&M’s
- Roasted Peanuts
- Chocolate Syrup/Fudge – Here’s a list of GF chocolate toppings.
- Sriracha Sauce
- Ginger Snaps
Here’s a winning combination that will keep your graduate soaring, featuring chocolate, peanut butter and GF Chocolate Chex.
- 1 cup GF peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons GF coconut flour
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 ¼ cup GF Chocolate Chex
- 10 ounces GF chocolate chips
- Parchment Paper
Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour and salt to a food processor. Process until well combined, about a minute. Add the Chocolate Chex cereal and pulse a few quick times. Do not over-mix. The Chex needs to retain enough texture to add crunch to the peanut butter balls. Form into balls about the size of a tablespoon and place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Freeze for one hour. Prepare the chocolate coating by heating the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir and heat at 50 percent power, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool slightly. Coat the peanut butter balls with the chocolate and return to the cookie sheet. Return to the freezer for one hour. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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