June 3, 2014

M's Mini-Series: "Puzzled" Gluten-Free Treats with M&M Minis


You can't go wrong with a rice cereal treat! What is better than an easy to make crowd pleaser? M and I took a tried and true recipe and went two steps further to "personalize" our treats. By using a cookie cutter and a tube of M&M minis, we "puzzled" the boring basic bars! Go grab the "Original" recipe here, but be careful with the cereal you use! If you are sensitive to gluten, Kellogg's has stated that their cereals are prone to cross-contamination.


To be sure that we were being 100% gluten-free we double checked our GF "Safe Candy List" and used Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal. Erewhon cereals are made by a wonderful company called Attune Foods. Attune is committed to producing foods that are protected from cross-contamination!

Side note: Today, M got up before everyone else and got her own breakfast. She had poured herself a bowl of Erewhon's rice cereal. I would say that speaks volumes about how tasty they are! Personally, I like Erewhon's version more than Rice Krispies- better texture and they don't get soggy as fast!

Just follow the basic recipe.  Once it is in the pan, press the M&Ms in and leave it to cool for about 25 minutes.

Looks extra yummy, right?

Once the treats are cooled, simply press a cookie cutter into the pan to create your shapes. We used a puzzle piece cookie cutter from DCC Cakes!

Looks extra yummy AND extra cute, right?

For another recipe using 100% GF cereal from Attune Foods, check out our Chocolate & Peanut Butter Clusters!

Disclaimer: 
Attune Foods provided us with a box of Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal  for the purpose of this product demo. 
Any opinions are my own.

52 comments:

  1. Those would fly off the plate in my house. My boys are all over snacks like that. Yum!

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  2. I love this idea of making puzzle pieces from rice krispy treats. If you can't figure the puzzle out, you can eat it.

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  3. What a cute idea! Makes it ok to play with your food, right?

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  4. Yummy treats.. I just love M and Ms.

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  5. I like this! What a great idea i love the idea of puzzle pieces.

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  6. I haven't seen those cutters before, but they're really cute. Crisped rice treats are the perfect thing to use with them too!

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  7. Those would disappear quicker than you could say treat in my house. I love that you can use gluten free ceral to make them.

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  8. What fun cutters. You can't go wrong with mini m&ms either.

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  9. Great idea to use the puzzle cookie cutter! My youngest loves that type of treats!

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  10. My kids would totally play with their food with these!! Those are too cute!

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  11. Fun idea! This would be a great treat for the kids in my daughters' classes.

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  12. Those are so cute! You could probably make these with GF chex, too.

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  13. The cookie cutters are SUPER cute! I'm definitely keeping these in mind for treats for my toddler.

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  14. These are so cute! I love that they are gluten-free. Rice cereal treats are my favorite, especially when they're remotely healthy.

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  15. Those cookie cutters are adorable, and I need to try this recipe!

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  16. I have never thought of using cookie cutters on rice krispies treats!!! Neat idea!

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  17. Love the puzzle piece idea. Very fitting! No idea M&Ms were gluten free. Makes sense!

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  18. I am trying to go gluten free and have to say it's HARD. I've been tryng a variety of recipes and brands so I'm always glad to find a new one. I'm hoping my sons like it as well (easier on me LOL). Btw, love the puzzle cookie cutter!

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  19. Those are so adorable! I love that they are gluten free too. So many of my family and friends are kicking gluten, so it's nice to have a recipe to whip up for them when we have gatherings!

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  20. Awesome gluten free snack, my daughter would love this!

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  21. That is a great idea!! I'm switching my son to GF for some behavioral issues. This will be great to have!

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  22. I'm not sure if my comment went through before... We are switching my son to GF for some behavioral issues. Thanks for this treat alternative

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  23. Krispies treats are one of my #1 tasty snacks. Add those M&Ms and the cute cookie cutter and I'm beyond sold!

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  24. those would be cute for a classroom snack. gluten free is what we're supposed to bring in

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  25. Very cute...the kids love rice krispies and to be able to make shapes is even better! Adding the M& M's is a great idea...everything taste better with chocolate!

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  26. Great idea to make a delicious treat, but a GF version. It looks just as good as the regular kind.

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  27. I like that you put M&Ms in there. That's a nice bite to add!

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  28. These look REALLY good. What a fun treat!

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  29. So many people are going gluten free now! I love the puzzle shapes.

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  30. oh how fun, and they look incredible! yum

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  31. Rice krispies treats are one of my favorites! I love the texture and chewy-ness...lol!! I love the idea of adding M&M's and cutting out with cookie cutters. Those puzzle pieces are adorable!

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  32. Hmm, I now realize I don't believe I've ever made Rice Krispie squares for my son! Mommy fail, I need to run to the store and whip these up!

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  33. When you think about it the regular rice treats could pass as GF, but the cereal may be produced on equipment or in a facility that processes wheat so it doesn't qualify. This is especially key if you suffer from celiac disease and are very adversely affected by exposure to gluten. Love the puzzle cookie cutter by the way.

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  34. My kids love rice krispie treats! They would love the puzzle idea....how fun!

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  35. I adore your puzzle shaped cutter almost as much as I want to eat these krispies lol

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  36. Those are so darn cute! My neices would love making these too. Who doesn't love rice krispies

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  37. I love the idea of making the treats with that brand rather than the usual one. I don't know why it hasn't occurred to me before.

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  38. I never thought of using cookie cutters to make shapes with Rice Krispies. I'm going to have to give that a try :)

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  39. Rice Krispie Treats are my fave. I would love to have them with M&M's in them too. My kids would bounce off the walls, but these would be so yummy.

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  40. That is a really fun treat. Perfect for your blog too. :-)

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  41. That is such a cute idea!! You could package those up as little blog logos!

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  42. Very cute treat! These are perfect for my 4 year old daughter!

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  43. What a fun idea. It gives the kids a reason to play with their food.

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  44. It may only be 7am, but I'd chow down on some of these, no questions asked. Pinning!

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  45. This is so cute! My kids would love these! Perfect for a playdate!
    ~Amanda

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  46. We have a Erewhon store here and I have never been inside. Based on your posts, I need to check them out. You come up with some yummy stuff!

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  47. Yummy! I'm bookmarking this for sure!

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  48. I've never tried this brand before. I love how you have a jigsaw shaped cookie cutter. Super cute!

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  49. I haven't had rice krispie treats in so long! my son would love them

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  50. I just tried these -- but substituted Enjoy Life's Choc Chips for the M&M's since I try to avoid the food coloring. Oy, and I'm dairy intolerant. But they were excellent. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  51. my son is autistic im gonna go get your cookie cutter, jk great job

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  52. So cute! Great idea!! Pinning!

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