Star-Spangled Vanilla Chex Bars (No-bake and Gluten-Free!)

Okay okay, so we didn’t win the soccer game yesterday. But hey, at least we still have our independence! This recipe is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and the perfect easy take-along to your 4th of July picnic or potluck. You know how Rice Krispie Treats are ALWAYS a hit at parties, even when there are decadent cakes and gourmet pies right next to them? Who knows why… but here’s a more patriotic spin off of the original Rice Krispies recipe that is sure to please your party guests. It literally takes about 10 minutes to make, and it’s gluten-free in case any of your friends are concerned about that! I got the original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and made a few modifications based on what I could find in the store. Enjoy!


Star-Spangled Vanilla Chex Bars (No- Bake and Gluten Free!)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Claire McCormick of “Claire Tastes” (original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats)
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Serves: 12-16
The perfect picnic dessert that’s simple to make, fancy to look at, easy to eat, and gluten-free!
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 13.5oz box Vanilla Chex (gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries (I just used the whole bag they came in)
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries (you could also use freeze-dried if you can find them!)
  1. Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Add Vanilla Chex, chocolate chips, freeze-dried strawberries, and dried blueberries to a very large bowl and stir together- careful not to crush the Chex!
  3. Add butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 second increments until melted. Add marshmallows and stir, then microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
  4. Immediately pour over Chex mixture and carefully stir until evenly coated.
  5. Press into baking dish in an even layer, and let cool completely before cutting into bars.


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