2 yummy gluten free treats your kids will love

Posted on June 25th, 2019

These healthier treats will be a hit on the playground or even at your little one’s next play date or party. By Margie Els-Burger and Nomvuselelo Mncube

Gluten free treats your kids will love

Whether your child has celiac disease or you run a gluten free household, these yummy gluten free snacks will be a hit either way.

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Gluten free black bean brownies

Black beans increase the nutritional value of these brownies with their high protein and fibre content.

*Makes 16


  • ½ cup gluten-free oats
  • 450g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 150g dark or sugar-free milk chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang for easy removal.
  2. Blitz oats until a powder is formed. Add remaining ingredients, except chocolate, and blitz until smooth.
  3. Stir 2/3 of the chocolate through the batter and spoon into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes until the top is cooked, but still gooey. Cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.


Gluten free black bean brownies

Gluten and dairy-free strawberry oat squares

Oats are a whole-grain food with slow-releasing, complex carbohydrates that help sustain your energy levels.

*Makes 16


  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ¾ cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp light brown sugar or xylitol
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 100g coconut oil, melted
  • 250g strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the vanilla glaze

  • ½ cup icing sugar or xylitol icing, sifted
  • 1 tbsp water or lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang for easy removal.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar or xylitol, cinnamon and salt. Stir through the oil until well combined. Keep 1/3 cup or the mixture aside and press the rest into the prepared tin.
  3. Combine the strawberries, corn starch, lemon juice and remaining 1 tbsp sugar/xylitol. Spoon evenly onto the base. Sprinkle over the reserved dough evenly.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden and firm. Cool completely.
  5. For the glaze, beat together all the ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the bar and set aside for 30 minutes to harden before cutting into 16 squares.

Gluten free strawberry oat squares

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