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Gluten-free Chex Clusters Treat

Gluten-free has finally gone mainstream when General Mills Cereal advertised gluten-free Chex on primetime television.

The cereal giant, General Mills, is known for manufacturing cereal favorites like Lucky Charms and Cherrios, and Chex. Chex is nothing new on the shelves. But what is new is their advertising technique aiming toward the growing audience of gluten-free dieters.
If you or someone you take care of is on a gluten-free diet, no doubt you felt the same sentiments as the commercial’s “mom” who exclaimed that no longer does she have to tell her gluten-intolerant child no when it comes to eating a delicious breakfast cereal.


Or if you are like me, you’re happy to actually shop in the “normal” aisle in the grocery store without having to venture to the hidden “special” needs sections.

No longer do you have to travel to natural food stores or purchase bland, twig tasting cereal. Most Wal-Mart, Safeway, or other major grocery store offers the five varieties of Chex, Cinnamon, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Rice, or Corn, and for a fraction of the cost compared to other fellow gluten-free counterparts.

And Chex doesn’t have to be just for breakfast.  Follow this recipe Chex Clusters for a fun sweet treat for any time of the day.


INGREDIENTS:
9 cups of Rice or Corn Chex
¼ cup butter or margarine (use dairy-free butter, if desired)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a large bowl, measure the cereal; set aside.
  2. Place liners in 24 cupcake tins.
  3. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave butter on High for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour mixture over cereal until evenly coated.
  6. Add powdered sugar.
  7. Using your hands gently toss the cereal until fully covered with sugar.
  8. Drop cereal mixture into each cupcake liner.
  9. Store in the refrigerator until clusters are firm.
Add these fun mixtures while mixing the powdered sugar:
1 cup dried strawberries, bananas, or cranberries
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup nuts of choice
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate, or peanut butter chocolate chips



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