Kaitlin Fleming

The Easiest Dessert…Is Gluten Free

by Kaitlin Fleming on May 13th, 2010


This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever made and its incredibly easy and impossible to mess up and of course, gluten free.

I have been trying things out of Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet: A simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. All of the recipes are vegan, but they also use awesome alternatives to using refined sugar all while still enjoying delicious treats.

So, try this, its all naturally gluten free and amazing, I promise. You can get everything you will need at any health food store or co-op.

I had never cooked with rice syrup before and it is awesome. It is Delicious and so multifaceted. The brand I used was Lundberg, a California company that produces a variety of rice based, organic products. Since Lundberg is located Richvale, CA, its a great local company that produces awesome organic food.

The back of the bottle says this, “Our brown rice syrup is a healthful and allergen-free alternative to other sweeteners. Substitute rice syrup in place of sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup or molasses. Bake with it, pour it over ice cream or pancakes, or stir it into your coffee or tea. Try it in energy bars, muffins, cookies, fruit salads, smoothies—it’s great in just about everything.”

What you will need:

1 box brown rice crisp cereal
1 ¾ brown rice syrup
Fine sea salt
¾ cup peanut butter or almond butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
½ cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips (or chocolate chips if you want)

Melt the syrup and the peanut butter over medium heat, stirring until blended and smooth.

Pour the entire box of cereal in a large bowl, pour mixture over.
Stir with a big wooden spoon.
Let cool to room temperature, add chocolate chips.

Put in a large casserole dish and let cool for an hour—if you can, I always eat them too early!

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5 Responses to “The Easiest Dessert…Is Gluten Free”

  1. Kaitlin says:

    3/4 Cups is correct.

    Also, the NoNuttin is the way to go for the chips to keep it gluten free.

    Enjoy!

  2. sarah says:

    is that 1 3/4 CUPS brown rice syrup? or tablespoons?
    thanks! can’t wait to try these!

  3. donna says:

    Hi, I love Alicia’s book, The Kind Diet. LOTS of great recipes. I am gluten free and also trying to eat as healthy as possible. She has many great desert recipes and when I make the ones that call for chocolate chips, I use nonuttin chocolate chips which are gluten free and non dairy. They taste great and are the mini chips which are great for these kinds of recipes. NoNuttin is non-gmo as well. I just purchased my first order of a few of their products and loved the taste. Check them out at nonuttin.com. P.S. Alicia’s chocolate peanut butter cups are amazing.

  4. Gratefully Gluten Free says:

    This looks yummy and I am very interested in rice syrup. I have never used it before but will be looking for it on my next grocery outing! My daughter is a diabetic and we use xylitol, an all natural, no carb sweetner. It works great in everything and you use it cup per cup. You can also give it a whirl in your food processor to make powdered sugar! Thank for sharing!

  5. Deannas says:

    Hm… the only grain-sweetened chocolate chips I’ve ever seen have been been barley sweetened, and therefore not gluten free. Have you found a gluten free version?

    I’m a huge fan of the Lundberg Brown Rice Syrup, though.

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