Gluten-Free Gingerbread Houses

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Houses using GF Rice Crispy Cereal

I love traditions and the Christmas season is loaded with them for my family.  One of my favorites is building Gingerbread Houses with my kids and my sister’s family every Christmas Eve.

Since the Gluten-Free Kid (GFK) is the oldest grandchild on both sides of our family, Gingerbread Night started with him 9 years ago.  At that time, he had been diagnosed with food allergies to dairy, egg, peanut, soy and other foods so we were able to build our houses using graham crackers, frosting and safe candy.  That went well until he was diagnosed with Celiac in 2004.

I remember worrying we would have a difficult time coming up with a gluten-free replacement for the graham crackers.  After years of trial and error with various gluten-free cookies and crackers, my sister came up with the idea to make our houses out of Rice Krispy Treats, gluten-free, of course.  Let me tell you these houses are better than the old ones!  I make two trays of gluten-free Rice Krispy Treats using Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal and cut them up and assemble the houses for my three kids using Pillsbury dairy-free frosting.  Sometimes, I add red and green food coloring or use Fruity Pebbles instead of plain gluten-free Rice Krispies.  When we are ready to decorate the houses, I put out a selection of gluten-free, dairy free and nut free candies and frosting and the kids go to town!  It is such a fun and JOYful tradition and it shows you that almost all things are possible, gluten-free or food allergies and all.  Please share your favorite holiday traditions and how you have adapted them to be gluten-free or food allergy friendly below.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread House


1/4 cup Smart Balance non-dairy butter

5 cups Kraft marshmallows

13 oz. Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Gluten-Free Cereal

Pillsbury Frosting, dairy free

Safe Candies


1.  Melt butter in pan over low heat, add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat and stir in cereal.  Mix well.  Lay mixture out on greased flat baking sheet.  Cool.

2.  Cut mixture into rectangles and other shapes to form a gingerbread house.  Glue walls of house together using frosting.  Let dry.

3.  Decorate with safe candies using frosting as the glue.  Be sure to take a photo of the complete project to enjoy for years to come.

6 responses to “Gluten-Free Gingerbread Houses

  1. That is darling!!! I was going to try making the gingerbread, but that might be the easier way to go.

  2. wait, wait, wait… Pillsbury makes a dairy free, soy free frosting!?!? WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

  3. Hi Emily. Pillsbury does have a dairy free frosting but it does contain soybean in the vegetable oil. My kiddo can handle it because he has outgrown his soy allergy and can tolerate small amounts. Not sure what your situation is with soy but you might want to check it out. It has been a lifesaver for us. Hope it works for you. ~Patty

  4. Love the gingerbread house! As soon as school is on break we are going to try one. We especially love the picture – both of our GFKs have the same pajamas!

  5. Shoot- I looked at the frosting today and yes… there is soy. *sigh* Its quite the problem these days. Its super annoying because out of all of the things I dropped, its the one that affects me the most and it’s in the most food. I just drop like a brick when I have it, I can’t and don’t want to do anything more than change the channel on the TV. Sometimes if I can get myself motivated enough to work out and get some physical activity in, it overthrows the fatigue… but that’s only if I catch it in time.
    I DID make some chocolate frosting to go on our giant Gingerbread man (see picture) made from BC’s GF chocolate cake. I seem to be able to have things made on equipment with soy but I can’t tolerate the soybean oil OR soy lecithin (which is in an inconvenient amount of foods. Not to mention my mother’s favorite thing to cook with- pre-chopped garlic.)
    I want to get my vitamin levels checked and do some investigative work there because I’m off all Gluten, Dairy and Soy and recently my hands and feet are really tingly really quickly. It happened in feb and that’s one of the things that made me think I was having gluten issues- it went away until now and I’m not quite sure how to proceed. Any suggestions? Drs to talk to ?

  6. So sorry Emily. The tingling sounds scary. I do have a doctor in Littleton that is a chiropractor and wellness specialist. He has helped me and the GFK in the past with vitamins but it can get very expensive. You might check him out: Dr. Robert Arne at Arne Chiropractic and Wellness Center. ~Patty

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