February 21, 2010 by Flora Dawn
I have a food confession. Maybe it’s more of a parenting confession. Since going gluten free, I have been spoiling my kids with “snack food” when we grocery shop. Maybe this is out of guilt, because there are so many foods off limits now, whatever the reason it has to stop. Even if it is organic, gluten free junk food, junk food is still just junk food, and it really doesn’t have a place in our kids’ diets. I like desserts and treats as much as the next person, but I am going to really make an effort to stop buying the kids candy, chips, and other gluten free junk food items.
If you eat gluten free, you know how hard it can be to find healthy snack foods to take in the car or pack in a lunch. I have been trying to find some good recipes, but they seem to all consist of ingredients we can’t eat or contain copious amounts of corn syrup or marshmallows. I bought Arrowhead Mills puffed corn cereal (these come in bags and are a real bargain for a gf cereal). I am assuming it’s gluten free because it only has one ingredient-puffed corn. And wouldn’t you know on the back of the bag was a recipe for Double Corn Mix. It called for popcorn, puffed corn cereal, dried fruit, oil and honey. I made a few modifications, using butter in place of the oil and adding peanuts; and my 2 year old loved helping me mix the ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted, a nice combination of salty and sweet, with just enough crunch thrown in. A perfect snack food, and it is semi-healthy to boot.
It is a very simple recipe and could be altered in almost infinite ways. I am thinking coconut and dried tropical fruits would be fantastic, or maybe chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts, the combinations seem endless. Hope this recipe inspires you to come up with your own version of Double Corn & Fruit Mix.
Double Corn & Fruit Mix
- 3 cups puffed corn cereal
- 2 cups popped popcorn, kernels removed
- 1 cup dried fruit, diced if necessary (I used cranberries, cherries, raisins and chopped prunes)
- 3/4 cup lightly salted peanuts
- 2 Tb butter, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350
- In large bowl, combine corns, fruit and peanuts.
- In separate bowl, combing butter and honey. Pour honey over corn mix and stir to combine.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Cool completely before eating. Store in airtight container.