I thought being gluten free was challenging, but imagine being nut free, dairy free and egg free. Yikes. It sounds so difficult. And in the case of my friend, only one member of the family has these allergies… the 3 year old daughter. She has to have a special treat at birthday parties. So many foods, especially the processed, kid-friendly ones, are off limits to her. Brown Sugar Baking to the rescue! I have made birthday treats for this sweet young lady before. This time the treats are for her classmate at pre-school, and that kid’s mom is sweet enough to call me to make the order so ALL the kids in the class can eat the same thing. Isn’t that nice? Now our little friend won’t have to have a different thing than her friends.
So what fits the bill when it comes to a dessert without dairy, eggs and nuts? Hello Fruity Pebbles! I used the classic Rice Krispies Treats recipe with a few substitutions. Instead of butter or margarine, I used soy based Fleishman’s margarine, which doesn’t have a lick of dairy in it. I also used Fruity Pebbles instead of Rice Krispies because the colors are so fun for the kids. Once I made the recipe I let it cool for just a couple minutes. Instead of buttering my hands I sprayed them with Pam butter flavor spray, which contains soy but no other allergens. Then I took handfuls of the treats mixture, formed them into shapes to fit cupcake liners, and placed them inside. I chose some cute, girly, birthday looking cupcake liners I purchased at www.bakeitpretty.com.
Then I frosted the “cupcakes” with Crisco based frosting tinted pink, rather than using a butter based recipe. A few pink sugar sprinkles on top, and you have a little girl’s dream. I might have to pretend to be a little kid for a few minutes so I can sample one (Fruity Pebbles just so happen to not have any gluten ingredients either)!