Gluten Free Bunny Munch – Gluten Free Easter Dessert Recipe

Yields: About 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn (~1/3 cup kernels)
  • 2 cups gluten-free pretzel sticks or twists (check the label!)
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups peanuts (salted or unsalted, your choice)
  • 16 oz bag gluten-free white chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil (helps make the chocolate smoother)
  • 1 cup M&Ms (regular or seasonal Easter colors)
  • ½ cup gluten-free sprinkles (long “jimmies” or pastel nonpareils work well)
  • Optional: Coarse sea salt for a sweet-and-salty kick

Equipment:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 large baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Microwave-safe bowl

Instructions:

  • Prep your space: Line baking sheets with parchment paper. This will help prevent sticking.
  • Make the popcorn: If you’re not using pre-popped, air-pop about 1/3 cup of kernels for 12 cups of popcorn. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  • Create the mix: In the large mixing bowl, combine the popcorn, gluten-free pretzels, and peanuts.
  • Melt the chocolate: In the microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate chips and the oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
  • Coat everything: Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn mixture. Use a large spoon or spatula to gently toss to coat everything thoroughly.
  • Add goodies: While the chocolate is still warm, stir in the M&Ms and sprinkles. Don’t be afraid to get creative here!
  • Set it up: Spread the mixture evenly onto your prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with a touch of coarse sea salt if you want a salty counterpoint to the sweetness.
  • Let it cool: Allow the Bunny Munch to rest for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is fully set.
  • Break and enjoy! Break up the Bunny Munch into bite-sized clusters and enjoy. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days of snacking!

Tips:

  • Choose your chocolate: White chocolate chips or white candy melts both work. Experiment with fun seasonal flavors if you like!
  • Get creative with mix-ins: Try other candies like mini marshmallows, pastel chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit.
  • Make it a gift: Package this Bunny Munch in cute cellophane bags for an easy Easter treat.

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