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I know there are several of you with children who are gluten sensitive - or who are gluten sensitive yourself - so I thought it would be a great idea to develop an Edible Gluten-Free Playdough.  The thing I love about it is that it is a super easy no cook edible recipe that produces a great playdough - so even if the presence of gluten isn't a problem for you or your baby or toddler - you may still enjoy the ease of this recipe!  And it produces a super fun safe and edible dough that easily takes on color to create vibrant colors.  It took me no fewer than six tries to get this recipe just right, so I hope you all love it!

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

First off we smooshed our rainbow dough balls flat.  The playdough is nice and soft and pliable just like our go-to cooked (gluten containing) playdough.  The kids really liked squishing the dough.

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

And poking it!

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

 Little X is still discovering ways to play with playdough (you can read my post on Introducing Babies and Toddlers to Playdough here), and today he invented a silly game where he held a ball of dough over his head and broke pieces off one at a time and dropped them into his lap.  This was apparently SUPER hilarious since he giggled nonstop the whole time.  :)

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

Meanwhile S, ever the baker, was busy at work creating "cookies".  She took several dough balls, smooshed them up and then rolled them flat.  Using a cookie cutter she made two star cookies and here she's using the handle of the roller to make faces on each.

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

Rolling her happy faced star cookies just a liiiiitle flatter to make them just right.

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

After making the star cookies, she wanted to try punching cookies out with a cup.  She used our rice cooker cup to make several vibrant multi-colored puffy "cookies".


And like any great playdough, our Edible Gluten-Free Playdough works fabulously with a playdough extruders (seriously - that is what they are called.  Totally weird, right?).


To make your own, you will need:

Baby rice cereal (we used this kind)
Vegetable Oil
Cornstarch (or gluten-free cornflour if you are in the UK or Australia)
Unsweetened Applesauce (you can substitute water if you don't have applesauce)
Food coloring (optional)

In a bowl combine 1 cup of Baby Rice Cereal and 1 cup of Cornstarch.  Mix well.  Add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (for reference those little lunch sized applesauces happen to be 4 oz = 1/2 cup) and 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil and any food coloring (if desired).  Mix well.  I find that kneading by hand is pretty effective, though you could also use a Kitchenaid.  The dough should be kneaded (or mixed) until it is smooth and pliable.  If it is at all sticky, slowly add more Baby Rice Cereal taking care to knead it completely in before deciding you need more.  If the dough is dry and cracking, run your hands under the faucet and knead the dough with your now wet hands.  The amount of dough you see here is double the above recipe.  :)

The dough will keep for several days in the refrigerator.  Store in a sealed container or bag and please check for mold or a yucky smell before using it each time (how long it takes to spoil will depend on how clean your kiddos hands are and how warm it is where you live, etc, etc). You will find that the dough is stiffer when it first comes out of the refrigerator - if you knead it to warm it up, it will soon be back to its normal pliable self!  If necessary - wet your hands with some water and knead that in.

{NEW recipe} Super soft Edible Gluten Free Playdough - no cook and ready in under three minutes!  Safe for babies and toddlers and anyone who is gluten-free!  From Fun at Home with Kids

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  1. This is awesome! My littlest man breaks out in hives at the mere touch of gluten, so this is such a wonderful recipe to keep on hand for him! I will note (even though most of your readers who know gluten sensitivity will pick up on it in the store) that the only kind of baby cereal that does not contain any gluten is organic brown rice cereal. Both brands that my local WalMart carries are gluten free.

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    1. Ohhh, poor bubba!!!! That is so strange! The box of baby rice cereal we used (and linked to in this post) claims to be certified Gluten Free on the container???

      But either way - it should also work with brown rice cereal!

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    2. Rice in all forms does not contain gluten.

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  2. This is awesome! Guess we're going to the grocery store tmro morning! :)

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Jillian! Hope you and the littles love it!

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  3. More often then not my kiddos like to keep some of their creations, would this recipe stay solid enough if baked or would they fall apart/crumble?

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    1. A great question! That happens to be the subject of Monday's post! I will have the full answer/directions for you then. :)

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  4. you got really great color in that dough! would love if you came over and shared on our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/11/making-mini-muffin-corn-dogs-kidsinthekitchen.html

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  5. Looks great! Could I ask which food colouring you used? It's so vibrant!

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    1. Hi Charley! Since my kids didn't need it to be edible, I used liquid watercolors. If you need it to be edible, I've found that the neon liquid food coloring or the gel food coloring makes for the most vibrant colors. If you don't need it to be edible, liquid watercolors are awesome - vibrant and totally washable! :)

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  6. Wow!! This is absolutely wonderful.. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog with us.

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    1. Thank you, Gluten Free Menu! What a nice comment! :) :) :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing. I just made a double batch and it turned out really oily. Wondering if you have any suggests on making a double batch.

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    1. Hm, we've made double batches and they've turned out OK? I would be sure to knead well for 2 minutes at least. It does have a higher oil content than gluten containing dough to ensure that it isn't sticky. You could also try adding more rice flour to dry it out a bit!

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  8. Thank you for sharing the post!! It was a wonderful share..

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  9. Great recipe. My 2 year old son has celiac and this recipe is perfect for him!

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    1. Thank you, Michael! I hope he enjoys it as much as our kiddos do! :)

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  10. Do you think I could add a package of Kool Aid in place of food coloring?

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    1. Yep! I would mix it in to the wet ingredients well before combining with the dry. It should work just fine!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this! My nephew has a sever allergy to Gluten and was so excited to come over to my house and be able to play with this with my three kids. A complete hit!

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    1. Oh that totally makes my day, Tresta! I'm so so glad!!! Thank you!!!! :) :) :)

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  12. This seems to just be getting more and more sticky as I have slowly added over another cup of rice cereal... awful mess. Any suggestions?

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    1. Oh nooo! I would add more oil. The oil will help with the stickiness. So sorry it's giving you trouble!

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    2. Mine stayed pretty sticky as well and I found that using more cornstarch helped unsticky it pretty fast when the rice cereal didn't seem to be working.

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    3. Great advice, Rochelle! It's definitely the rice causing the stickiness, so great idea to counteract with more cornstarch!

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  13. You're amazing. These pics are gorgeous. And I am so doing this for my play group. THANK YOU!

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    1. Hahaha you always make me smile, Meri!!!! :)

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  14. Do You Know If I Could Just Grind Up Some Rice Instead Of Buying Baby Cereal?

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    1. I am not positive - only because I'm not sure if the baby cereal is made from already-cooked-rice. I'd say it's worth a go - and let us know if it works!

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  15. Hi Asia, do you think this would work with other baby cereals? Not gluten-free, obviously, but I have some whole grain baby cereal kicking around that my youngest quickly lost interest in and would love to do something more than just throw it out.

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    1. Hi Mandy! I think it should work, but not positive. I'd say it's worth trying! Let us know if it works!

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    2. It worked out pretty well! This one might be just a bit TOO tasty for my youngest, though!

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    3. He was so cute in the photos! Hahaha nutrition and play all in one, LOL!

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  16. Does the food coloring cause stained hands or surfaces?

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    1. We used liquid watercolors here because those are washable, but in the past with food coloring, no we haven't had that problem. If you're worried about it, you could always make pastel colors with less food coloring and it would reduce any risk. The only way I could see it causing trouble is if you kneaded the food coloring in at the end and added a LOT. Then it may come off on hands. But with well-mixed dough we've never had an issue. Hope that helps!

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  17. I was so excited to try this with my little one but when I mixed it up, all the oil started to separate from it and ooze out. I tried adding more rice cereal and it just got worse! Help, what did I do wrong??

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    1. Hmmm. I'm honestly not sure because I've never had this happen! Was it like regular playdough and then once you let it set, the oil oozed out? Or was it right as you were first mixing it? If it was right when you were first mixing it, it might just be that you didn't knead it long enough. It looks really weird and gross for the first minute or so. After you knead it long enough I guess the bits of applesauce and rice cereal break down and it becomes really smooth. Let me know if I can help more!!!!

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    2. It was incredible at first, perfect texture very smooth and pliable. Then as I was playing with it, it started to disintegrate and the oil came out. I bought more ingredients today so we're going to give it another go and see what happens!

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    3. Weeeeeird!!! I have no idea! We've played with ours for hours - and no leaking oil. That texture sounds right - let me know if it does it again. I am baffled!

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  18. So if the kids just wanted to eat the whole thing they could?

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    1. They could! It's pretty bland and gritty tasting though. If they aren't going to play with it at all - just sit and eat it - I'd suggest skipping it. It's easier to just serve them a meal instead. :)

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  19. Hi can I use sugared applesauce instead of sugerfree? :)

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    1. Hi Melanie! That should be fine - though it may mold more quickly with the sugar there to feed it... So I'd keep a very close eye on it after about the first 12 hours. Hope that helps!

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  20. Mine was very crumbly and still feels wet from the oil. I did use coconut oil instead of olive. I added more rice cereal but still quite crumbly. Any idea why?

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    1. Hmmmm. I am not sure why it would be crumbly - ours does start crumbly, but after a few minutes of kneading it's very smooth. Any chance it's cold enough there that the coconut oil is partially solidifying? That's the only guess I've got. If you can send me a photo, I might be able to help troubleshoot a bit more - funathomewithkids@gmail.com.

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Maura! I hope it's a hit! :)

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  22. I tried this today, and it was a great texture. I was prepping it for later in the day, so I put it in the fridge, and it turned hard as a rock. I tried kneading it, added a little water, even nuked it to heat it up just crumbled apart. :( any ideas?

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    1. Argh! Well the trouble is that the cornstarch gets very stiff in the fridge - but since it's a perishable recipe, you don't want to leave it out for more than a few hours either. I've always had success with kneading (for 3-5 minutes) with wet hands. It takes a bit of doing to bring it back to life. I wish I had a better answer for you, but it's just a consequence of cornstarch + edible/perishable. :/

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    2. I bet you could add cream of tartar to it, and not need to put it in the fridge.

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    3. Unfortunately it's a matter of mold. If we added a lot of salt to it, it would probably be OK at room temp - but that would make it inedible.

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    4. Actually, it would be edible, and the taste would discourage eating. :) I was also thinking that using water instead of applesauce (which you offered as an option) would hold off the mold better.

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    5. The salt content would be high enough to induce vomiting, so I still wouldn't consider it edible, but it's probably debatable. No, the water version doesn't mold any slower than the applesauce version. They both last about a day at room temperature. Rice and cornstarch are both pretty prone to mold when wet...

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  23. Thank you, I love this recipe, I have not had my child play with it yet; I made it while she is sleeping. I almost played with it the whole time she was asleep

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    1. BEST. COMMENT. EVER. I love it!!!!! I hope she had fun once she was up! :)

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    2. My no - cook playdoh recipe uses cream of tartar. I don't know if that's gluten free, but it might work in place of the cornstarch and prevent the crumpling? I would imagine the recipe I use would work just as well with rice flour as wheat flour, but might need a little tweaking of water content.

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  24. hello, i would like some info. it must be kept in the fridge only? cannot be kept outside of the fridge?

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    1. You can keep it out of the fridge, but if you keep it out for more than 12 hours it will start to mold, unfortunately. :(

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