Gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe, anyone? No-bake and super easy to make using just 6 ingredients. And yes, Kinder bars are gluten-free here in the UK!
Gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe – yup, no need for any gluten-free flour and no need to turn the oven on! Nobody would know they’re Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free.
Sometimes you just need a very low effort treat that absolutely cannot go wrong. And that’s when you make gluten-free rice crispy squares!
And though the humble rice crispy square is a beautiful thing, my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares are a beautiful thing multiplied by a billion.
This is a great recipe if you have little helpers in the kitchen – the only hard part is waiting for it to set in the fridge!
So here’s a few reasons you need to make this if you weren’t convinced already.
Why make my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares?
- No-bake and easy to make! No gluten-free flour required and no need to switch the oven on.
- The taste is out of this world – the perfect treat for all chocoholics. Nobody would ever know they’re gluten-free.
- Kinder bars are gluten-free, so celebrate that fact by making these. They taste like Kinder Surprise chocolate!
- Gluten-free cocoa pops (for the base) are incredibly easy to find in all supermarket free from aisles.
- This is a fool-proof recipe – you absolutely cannot fail with this one.
So what do my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares taste like?
The base is super chocolatey, with that unmistakable rice crispy cake texture – crunchy, crispy with sticky marshmallow and flavoured with Kinder chocolate.
The top layer is a double-chocolate blend of milk and white chocolate, with MORE chopped up Kinder bars thrown on top for good measure.
Every bite is an explosion of chocolate awesomeness!
Here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe, keep scrolling until you see the recipe card for the measurements and method ??
Gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe: Ingredients
- gluten-free cocoa pops (linked in FAQ section)
- Kinder chocolate (linked in FAQ section)
- milk chocolate
- white chocolate
So I thought I’d kick things off with a little frequently asked questions section – if you just want the recipe, then keep scrolling.
But I’ve thrown in some tips here that will be really helpful if this is your first time making this, or you want to adapt it. So here they are!
Gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
It is gluten-free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten-free products.
Can I make your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe dairy free?
You can make this dairy-free, but they’ll be more like double chocolate rice crispy squares instead of Kinder rice crispy squares. If that’s ok by you, then read on!
Start by swapping all chocolate used in the recipe (including the Kinder bars) to the dairy-free chocolate of your choice. I’d recommend Nomo for all the milk chocolate and Kinder bars.
Next, switch up the butter for a dairy-free alternative, like Stork hard margarine. Finally, ensure your gluten-free cocoa pops are dairy-free – you can use ones like these.
Can I make your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe vegan?
Yep, follow the advice to make this dairy-free, then you’ll just need to make one more simple swap – the marshmallows.
Fortunately you can easily buy gluten-free AND vegan marshmallows online from Amazon.
These are a little expensive, so you can always pop into Marks and Spencer who now do Plant Kitchen vegan marshmallows, I believe!
Is your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe nut free?
Unfortunately not as all the gluten-free cocoa pops I’ve found usually have a ‘may contain’ warning for nuts. If you can find some that don’t, then you’re ok to give this recipe a go.
Just ensure all products used are nut-free, first!
Is your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe low FODMAP?
Unfortunately, this recipe contains a lot of dairy, so you won’t be able to attempt this until you’ve successfully reintroduced dairy.
Are Kinder chocolate bars gluten-free?
Yes! At the time of writing, in the UK, Kinder bars have no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ gluten, wheat etc. allergy warning. Here’s a link to them so you can check for yourself.
According to Coeliac UK, if a product has no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat etc. then that makes it safe for Coeliacs and those on a gluten-free diet.
Which cocoa pops are gluten-free?
Believe it or not, the branded Cocoa Pops aren’t 100% free from gluten because they contain barley malt extract.
So here’s a list of all the cocoa pops which are safe for us to eat that you can easily find in supermarket free from aisles:
- Tesco Free From Choco Snaps (dairy-free)
- Asda Free From Choco Snaps (dairy-free)
- Morrisons Free From Choco Snaps (NOT dairy-free – may contain warning)
- Sainsbury’s Free From Choco Snaps (NOT dairy-free – may contain warning)
Can I make this without the marshmallows?
Sadly not as the marshmallows are what binds the rice crispy cake together and gives it a lovely, sticky finish and sweet flavour.
Plus, for example, unlike using honey as a binder, marshmallows will bind the cocoa pops together without having to bake them.
Can I use a food processor or stand mixer to make this?
Both are total overkill for this recipe, especially since a food processor would blend the cocoa pops instead of mixing them!
I’d definitely advise making this purely by hand to avoid crushing the cocoa pops as they’re being mixed. So get a good silicone spatula or wooden spoon and get mixing!
Do I need any special equipment to make your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe?
As I mentioned, you should definitely make this recipe by hand, so you certainly don’t need any crazy appliances or anything like that.
What you will need however is a 9″ square baking tin – here’s the one I use. Apart from that, you’ll just need a little baking paper too!
Do I need weighing scales to make your gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
How can I tell when my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares are ready to cut?
Until the marshmallow and butter have had time to set in the fridge, the bars will be loose and sticky.
Once they’ve had long enough in the fridge, they should be solid and sturdy, ready to be cut into bars. If you get them out too early, simply pop them back into the fridge for a little longer.
How long can I keep my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares for?
I’ve kept them for about 4-5 days in an air-tight container with no problems. If you need to keep them any longer than that, I’d highly recommend freezing them (see advice below for doing that).
Can I freeze my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares?
Of course! I’ve frozen them for up to 2-3 months no problem. Slice them up before freezing – that way you can simply defrost slices as and when you need them.
Plus, they’ll thaw a lot quicker. When you want to eat one, each slice should take around 3 hours to defrost at room temperature. You’d never know they were frozen!
Gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe: Method
Oh and here’s a printable version of my gluten-free Kinder rice crispy squares recipe. Please remember to give it 5 stars if you tried it and enjoyed it as it helps people know it’s worth trying too! ⭐️
Gluten-free Kinder Rice Crispy Squares Recipe - No-bake
- 200 g gluten-free cocoa pops linked in FAQ section
- 60 g butter
- 350 g marshmallows
- 100 g Kinder chocolate linked in FAQ section
For the chocolate top:
- 200 g milk chocolate
- 100 g white chocolate
- 5 bars of Kinder chocolate chopped up (linked in FAQ section)
- Prepare a 9x9 inch square baking tin with non-stick baking paper.
- In a saucepan, melt together your butter and marshmallows. Keep stirring them so they don't burn to the bottom.
- Place your cocoa pops into a large bowl and pour over your butter/marshmallow mixture, Mix them in really thoroughly - its super sticky so give it some welly!!
- Mix in your Kinder chocolate - it doesn't matter if some of them basically melt!
- Press the mixture into your square baking tin. Make sure you press it firmly down right into the corners - I often use my potato masher!!
- To make your chocolate top simply melt your milk and white chocolate in separate bowls. Pour the milk over first then spoon the white chocolate over and swirl it all around to create a marbled effect.
- Press in lots of chopped up Kinder chocolate and place in the fridge to fully set.
- Once set remove from the tin and cut into squares - enjoy!
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