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Recipes: Gluten-free Chex® cereal treat bars

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The pros and cons of going totally gluten-free are still being debated by the medical community, especially as it applies to those who are not affected by a gluten insensitivity or celiac disease.

According to Christy Shatlock, lead dietitian for bistroMD, “If you choose to start a gluten-free diet, you are actually eliminating a variety of foods from your diet that are unhealthy. Fried foods would be off limits, because of the breading, and desserts high in sugar and fat would be removed from your diet completely.”

People who eat only gluten-free foods also eliminate unhealthy oils from their diets as well as unhealthy carbohydrates found in bread products like doughnuts and pastries.

“Eliminating gluten, and eating a gluten-free diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers and other health-related conditions, like diabetes, if you have a gluten intolerance,” says Christy. “A gluten-free diet can also help your body ward off viruses and germs, just because many of the foods you eat will be full of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.”

As with any diet, you should check with your doctor before completely eliminating any food source from your consumption. Having said that, you can still try this recipe for gluten-free Chex® cereal treat bars as there is no harm in cutting down on the amount of gluten you eat.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 bag (10 oz) large marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 8 cups Rice Chex® cereal

Directions:

  1. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 45 seconds or until melted.
  3. Add marshmallows; toss to coat.
  4. Microwave 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended.
  5. Add cereal; mix well.
  6. Using waxed paper or spatula sprayed with cooking spray, press mixture evenly into baking dish.
  7. Cool 15 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 3 rows. (Serves 18)
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