Are you looking for a quick easy, no bake recipe for a class party or afternoon snack? Then these fun, jiggly mango stars are the healthyish treat that is sure to put a smile on a child’s face. The great thing about this recipe, is that it is a great treat for kids who have food allergies or food sensitivities, especially for those who may have Celiac Disease and are on a gluten-free diet.
Great Treat for Kids with Food Sensitivities and Allergies
I know as a parent it can be hard to come up with a last minute snack for a class party, especially if you don’t know if any children have sensitivities or allergies. Sometimes it seems that in order to make a goody that is good for everyone, you have to buy expensive ingredients and devote tons of time into researching what is safe to bake or cook with.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that hard. There are many ingredients that are gluten-free. However, when buying ingredients, make sure that it has the gluten-free label on it. There are many ingredients which are naturally gluten-free, but may be contaminated by wheat products that are processed in the same facility, or crops that can be contaminated by neighboring wheat fields. An excellent example of the latter is oatmeal. Even though oatmeal is gluten free, it is usually processed or grown near wheat.
A cheap and easy ingredient which is gluten-free is the tasty marshmallow. It’s easy to pick up a bag of these fluffy little tidbits for about a dollar in most places. They are easy to use, come in several colors, and have a variety of uses in recipes.
Another great gluten-free ingredient is jello. However, you need to be careful what kind you use. I like to be safe and get natural unflavored gelatin powder. The great thing about natural unflavored gelatin is that you can control the amount and type of sweetener you are putting inside of your treats and you don’t need to worry about any hidden allergens that could be masked under one of the numerous unpronounceable ingredients listed on the box.
Gluten Free Resources
- Hidden Sources of Gluten- WebMed
- Sources of Gluten-Celiac Disease Foundation
- 24 Ingredients to Avoid if You’re Living Gluten-Free-Cleveland Clinic
- Gluten Free Diet-Mayo Clinic
- 3 Qt. Baking Dish
- 1 cup frozen mango-cubed
- 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup water
- In a microwavable measuring cup, boil water (about 1 min. 30 sec)
- Stir gelatin into hot water. Stir until all gelatin dissolves.
- Pour gelatin mixture into blender. Then add fruit, marshmallows, and honey.
- Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined baking dish.
- Place mixture in freezer for 30 mins. Make sure dish is level.
- Remove baking dish from freezer. Use cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
Fun Learning Resources
Take a plate of these tasty treats outside and see what stars you can name. There are tons of fun ways to learn about the stars, below are a few fun websites with great educational activities to bring out the inner astronomer in everyone.