Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars

Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars are a delicious take on your typical rice crispy treat.  With a hint of salt and a touch of white chocolate, they are a quick and easy treat to make!

Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars

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Love Thy Neighbor

(gonna get a bit on the deeper side here….feel free to scroll down to the recipe)

Currently, I am teaching my daughter about what it means to be a good neighbor (cue the theme song from Mr. Rogers). It’s not easy. I want to wrap her up in a little bubble and never let her talk to anyone, but that’s not how I want her to live life.

The other day, I was discussing this with a friend, telling her how my daughter gets so excited when we see neighbors. I told her that I was going to try to start reigning her in a bit. Try to keep her from being quite so friendly, but then conviction hit.

We were at a great women’s meeting with Jen Hatmaker (totally recommend her book Of Mess and Moxie) and the first thing she spoke about was what we have been commanded to do as a Christian- Love God, and love thy neighbor. You might as well have hit me on the head with a book. (Obviously, this is within the confines of keeping her safe.)

It’s not about reigning her in, it’s about teaching her how to love thy neighbor and for where we are right now, that means taking treats to people in our building. As she grows older this will change, but for now it’s a great place to start.close up shot of marshmallow popcorn bars

I gotta be honest. Sometimes I’d rather not be neighborly. It is not in my “raised in Miami” nature to be friendly to random people. I’m not a mean person, but we don’t talk to people in elevators, let alone go knock on their door with a plate of cookies, but that’s what we are doing.

It’s personally challenging, but it’s amazing to see the smiles on peoples faces when they receive something they completely don’t expect. So for this season, as I’m trying to teach my child what it means to love thy neighbor by talking to people in the hall (even when I just want to get home) and making Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars. You never know if that person you walk by every day might just need a little bit of love.

Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Bars being served on a plate.

Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars

These are so easy to make! Often my daughter helps me with them. Sometimes I even use store-bought popcorn to make them even quicker!

I love adding some white chocolate to the melted marshmallows for a bit of extra sweetness.

If you want to make this dairy-free, you can easily use dairy-free butter. To make it vegan Dandies marshmallows are great!

They are perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you want to see more great Valentine’s party ideas, you can check out my full Valentine’s Day Party Post by clicking the picture below:

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Party

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars
Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars
Amanda Kanashiro
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Category: Dessert

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter alternative
  • 2 ounces white chocolate

  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and white chocolate.
  3. Stir until melted.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add popcorn and stir until combined.
  6. Press into lightly greased 9x13 pan.
  7. Cool and cut.

Dairy free butter may be substituted.

Prep Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 bar
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26 thoughts on “Gluten Free Marshmallow Popcorn Treat Bars

  1. I got some awesome marshmallows over the holidays to make something similar but ended up eating them all out of the bag and forgot all about making treats like this! This is so perfect and a great reminder for me to get more of those marshmallows!

  2. That’s such a great idea. I noticed that depending on where we live, determines the amount of “neighborly-ness” if that’s even a word. Back in Texas and now Oklahoma, everyone waves, says “hi” and smiles at one another, even if you’re a stranger. Not the case when we lived in Maryland. I remember smiling at someone and they gave me the “death glare”. But you are so right, everyone deserves an extra act of kindness. If only everyone took that step.

  3. This is like a movie night twist on rice crispy squares! I love that you are taking a page out of your daughter’s book. I believe there is a lot we can learn from kids and their openness is admirable.

  4. That is so sweet to reach out to your neighbours and teach your daughter about the importance of community. Food is always a great way to reach out to people. I would love it if a neighbour showed up at my place with some of these!

  5. When I glanced at the photo, I thought “krispy rice bars….” Then I read popcorn…yay! Not that there is anything wrong with krispy rice bars, but it is so cool to have a nice switch up from the cereal track!

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