We all want to have a fantastic Gluten-Free Halloween party, but what unique snacks should you put out or bring to the party that people just can’t stop raving about? Here are a few ideas to help you out.
GF Peanut butter brownie squares
These may not be what you think of automatically when you think Halloween party, but they’ve got orange and brown, and look great with some black or orange plastic spiders pushed into each piece. I have never brought these to an event without having the whole pan (or two) gone by the end of the event.
2 Boxes Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
1/2 cup butter melted and/or
1/2 cup peanut butter melted
The Betty Crocker GF mix states to use ½ cup of butter in the recipe. However, I have always minimized the amount I use, and have substituted with ½ cup of rehydrated powdered milk or almond milk, ½ cup of apple sauce, or ½ cup of peanut butter. You can also mix as directed and add the peanut butter in separately. If you add it separately, mix the ingredients as directed on the box, pour the mix into the pan, and then drizzle the peanut butter over the mix in the 11×13 baking pan creating swirls and loops of peanut butter in the dark mix. Bake at the recommended temperature for approximately 20-30 minutes.
GF Chip Dip
Another favorite for parties is dip, but many pre-made dips are not GF and the ones that are may challenge your wallet. Here is an easy way to make a creamy dip that is GF.
2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes (mild, medium, or hot)
1 cup of cream cheese
1 pinch of ground cumin
1 pinch of garlic salt
You can also get creative and add spinach, guacamole or artichoke to change the flavor and style of the dip. Take all ingredients, blend together with a mixer until soft and creamy and serve up with your favorite GF chips.
Although pudding is likely not going to be a hit at the adult parties, it is something that can almost never be beat with my children’s parties, so here’s my quick way to make GF pudding
1 1/2 cups sugar (add an extra ¼ cup for chocolate pudding)
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. salt
8 cups non-fat dry milk
1/3 cup cocoa (if you’re making chocolate)
This is the base for the pudding, which should be stored in a cool place in an airtight container. Once you are ready to make the pudding, add 2 and a half cups of cold water with ½ cup of the pudding mix. Mix thoroughly on the stove, medium heat. Be careful not to scorch the mixture, so continue to stir as the pudding boils and thickens in about 10-12 minutes, removing it from the heat, adding one tablespoon of butter or margarine, and one teaspoon GF vanilla flavoring. There are similar recipes that have different ingredients, so don’t be afraid to substitute if you don’t like the texture of cornstarch as a base.
To make this dish a little more Halloween-themed, put them in black and orange bowls, or even throw some fruit cup bits into the chocolate and call it guts. My sons love random textures thrown into the pudding, particularly for Halloween gross-out factors!
No matter whether you are having a party of adults or children, whether its formal or frivolity, making sure that you or your loved ones remain gluten-free and still have great snacks is essential. Happy Haunting.