Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oreo Icebox Cake

by Danielle Leavitt

I’m getting my sweet tooth back after a winter of warm soups and comfort food. I’m craving something frozen, with whipped cream, cookies, and peanuts….like a hot fudge sundae! This Peanut Butter Oreo Icebox Cake takes the traditional hot fudge sundae to the next level. It is easy, NO BAKE, all gluten-free, and I promise you will enjoy it.  Have fun with this one! You can use many different toppings like peanuts, strawberries, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and caramel or hot fudge sauces.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16oz container Cool Whip or other nondairy whipped topping
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (it is easiest to use a creamier based peanut butter for mixing and spreading purposes)
  • ¾ cup fudge sauce
  • ¼-1/3 cup crushed peanuts
  • 2 boxes gluten free Oreo cookies (I use Glutino brand)
  • 8 x 8 aluminum baking pan lined with non-stick tin foil

Preparation:

  1. Create four rows of Oreos along the bottom of the aluminum pan
  1. In a separate bowl, mix the Cool Whip and peanut butter until totally combined
  1. Spread ½ of the peanut butter mixture over the Oreo’s, then top with another layer of Oreo’s
  1. Drizzle ½ cup of the fudge sauce over top
  1. Spread on the remaining peanut butter mixture and drizzle on top the remaining fudge sauce
  1. Crumble all the remaining Oreo’s and sprinkle them, along with the peanuts or other toppings, over the top

7. Place in refrigerator 4-8 hours, or preferably in freezer for 3-4 hours

8. Slice and enjoy!

Spring has sprung, and it’s great to enjoy a gluten-free frozen treat that is so easy to make and tastes great!!!!!

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Crazy Cake in a Mug

by Danielle Leavitt ’17

Hot chocolate is always my “go-to” drink in winter when I want to warm up. Just tasting that warm, soothing liquid somehow makes the snow outside disappear.  Recently, I was introduced to another cup of winter wonderland: a moist and chocolaty rich cake that is made entirely in a cup. Taking only minutes to prepare, this easy recipe is cooked in your microwave and will have you satisfied and wanting more! Best of all, it can be made gluten-free!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp flour (gluten free)
  • 4 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa (unsweetened, most brands are gluten free except Ghirdeli)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 1/2 tbsp water

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  • Spray the inside of a microwave safe mug with non-stick cooking spray
  • Mix the first 5 dry ingredients
  • After mixing, make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in the third
  • Pour the water on top
  • Mix well until smooth
  • Microwave for 2 minutes

To make your Crazy Mug Cake taste even better you can add mini marshmallows, chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand are gluten free), M&Ms, sprinkles, shredded coconut, etc. This easy mug cake will not only taste great on a wintery day, but you could even have a cup of hot chocolate along with it!

Recipe from:

https://sites.google.com/site/sweetlittebluebird/crazy-cake-in-a-mug-single-serving-microwave-recipe

 

 

Gluten- Free Puppy Chow

By Danielle Leavitt’ 17

This summer I welcomed a new brother into my home. Adorable, furry, curious, and smart, my new puppy won my affection instantly. Always on the go, he made me think of a quick and easy gluten-free snack that I could make at school. “Puppy Chow” is usually a staple, eaten at holiday parties and snacked on anytime and anywhere. This easy treat can be made entirely in a microwave with very simple ingredients. The ingredients can all be found at Broadway Market and at Whole Foods. Sweet, crunchy, gooey, chocolaty, and delicious, “Puppy Chow” is an easy-to-make, satisfying snack that even my new puppy would love to try.

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Ingredients:

 

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3 tbsp. butter

10oz marshmallows

5 tbsp. Peanut Butter

Chocolate chips to taste (Enjoy Life brand are gluten, soy, and dairy free)

4 cups Chex cereal (all flavors are Gluten free, but this was made with Rice Chex, which you could totally poach from the d-hall…)

Powdered sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

 

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Microwave butter, marshmallows, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Stir every 2-3 minutes. Add Chex cereal. Mix together.

Additions: you can put some powdered sugar on top, and mix thoroughly

Enjoy!

A Dorm-Friendly Super Bowl Snack: Chex Mix Treats

by Caroline Gentile ’17

I don’t know about you, but for me, the Super Bowl is about much more than just football. If my beloved Packers had made it this year, perhaps I would care more about the football aspect, but still, commercials, puppies, and of course, food, always play a major role in my Super Bowl Sunday experience.

Perhaps one of my favorite snacks while watching the game (or, let’s be honest, the tear-jerkingly adorable Budweiser puppy commercials) is Chex Mix. Deliciously salty and crunchy, there isn’t much more that one could want out of a snack. But wait! What if Chex Mix could be sweet, too? It seems too good to be true, but such a snack exists in the form of Chex Mix treats, an improved version of the classic Rice Krispie treats!

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A harmonious trilogy of flavors—sweet, salty, and crunchy—is what makes these Chex Mix treats so dangerously addicting. Seriously. I made these at home over break, and the whole pan was gone in a day. But you don’t have to have access to a real kitchen like you would at home in order to make Chex Mix treats. All you really need in terms of cooking equipment is a microwave, a large heatproof bowl, and a 9X13 inch pan.

Now, for the recipe, courtesy of the Food Network magazine.

You’ll need:

4 TB unsalted butter

1 bag (usually 10 oz) of mini marshmallows

1 15 oz. bag of Chex Mix

Instructions:

If you are using a stove, melt the butter and marshmallows in a small saucepan, stirring constantly. If using a microwave, melt the butter and marshmallows in a large heatproof bowl at high heat for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment, until everything has melted.

Once the marshmallows and butter are melted together, pour the Chex Mix into the bowl and combine, either with a wooden spoon, spatula, or even your bare (clean!) hands. Make sure that all of the Chex Mix gets coated in melted marshmallows and butter. Once combined, press the mixture into a 9X13 pan. Allow it to set for one hour at room temperature before cutting the treats into squares. Enjoy!