Boo! 7 Gluten-Free Halloween Treats for Ghosts and Goblins
Creative goodies turn fright night into delight night—even for kids with special diet needs and food allergies.
[Updated August 3, 2017]
No child of any age should miss out on Halloween fun because of celiac disease or food allergies and sensitivities. It’s easy to create delicious, spooky gluten-free Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy. Within this story, we get you started by offering a host of gluten-free recipes; you'll find Halloween-themed sweets (gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, frostings), of course, as well as a main course for trick-or-treat night (pizzettas—mini-pizzas perfect as individual servings).
Enlist your kids to help you create these goodies. Half the fun of Halloween baking, after all, is the special time spent together in the kitchen, designing funny skeleton faces and creepy-crawly spiders.
Crafting treats and sharing them with family, friends and neighbors, including all the resident little goblins, makes happy memories and creates lasting traditions.
MAKES ABOUT 24 GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES.
This versatile gluten-free recipe is a favorite treat for any holiday. Easy and delicious, the dough can be rolled out and cut into any shape cookie and decorated to fit the season. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar. For Halloween, design these tasty cookies as witch hats, spider webs, ghosts and pumpkins!
Each cookie contains 123 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 9mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, 1g protein, 13 Est GL.
MAKES 24 GLUTEN-FREE CUPCAKES.
This gluten-free recipe is the basis for wonderful spider and skeleton cupcakes. Top them with marshmallow eyes, crooked teeth, top hats and gluten-free licorice legs.
Each cupcake with glaze contains 211 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 46mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 22g sugars, 3g protein, 23 Est GL.
MAKES 60 COOKIES.
Chewy and delicious, our favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are re-imagined here with little spiders for Halloween fun.
Each cookie contains 77 calories, 4g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 11mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 0g protein, 14 Est GL.
MAKES 5 6-IN. PIZZAS.
These yummy individual gluten-free pizzas are a guaranteed party hit. Use them as the basis for Mummy and Spider Web Pizzettas.
Each pizzetta without toppings contains 202 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 8mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 4g protein, 19 Est GL.
MAKES 4 CUPS.
Refrigerate this blend in a large zip-top bag or a sealed container until used.
1 cup cornstarch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup potato starch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup very fine white rice flour, sorghum flour or buckwheat flour
˝ cup corn flour, millet flour, sorghum flour or brown rice flour
˝ cup tapioca starch, cornstarch or arrowroot powder
4 teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum
1. Whisk ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
Recipe excerpted with permission from Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. Available from Da Capo Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group ©2010. Jules’ ready-made flour blend is available at gfjules.com.