No-Bake Gluten-Free Cinnamon S’mores Bars and Food Holidays


These no-bake, gluten-free Cinnamon S’mores Bars will satisfy your chocolate and marshmallow craving with no campfire required!

No Bake Cinnamon S'mores Bars - An easy, gluten free dessert! - wearychef.com

It’s s’mores week, y’all! How do I know? Um, Lisa from Wine and Glue told me, so it must be true, right? Truth be told, I have no idea who started this weeklong celebration of chocolate and marshmallows. I could find National S’Mores Day in Wikipedia for August 10th, but it doesn’t tell about where it came from.

This whole thing raises a lot of questions for me. As it turns out, there are A LOT of National <insert food here> Days. National Doughnut Day? Check. National Hot Dog Day? Of course. National Tequila Day? My favorite. Those all sound somewhat reasonable, but check out some of these more outlandish food holidays:

  • March 13 – National Coconut Torte Day (Isn’t that a tad specific?)
  • April 29 – National Shrimp Scampi Day (Couldn’t just National Shrimp Day be good enough?)
  • May 4 – National Candied Orange Peel Day (Who even eats that?!)
  • October 14 – National Dessert Day (Isn’t this every day?)

Can we all agree that food holidays are a little, well, silly? Now look at us. We can’t even be happy to have just a single day for s’mores. It needs an entire week! I guess we will use this week to research recipes to make on August 10th. Which one will you make out of this awesome lineup? I recommend trying at least one a day to really thoroughly research your options.


My contribution to s’mores week is these Cinnamon S’mores Bars. Let’s talk for a moment about what goes into s’mores: Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Graham Crackers. Graham crackers happen to be made of wheat, and wheat hates me now. Or, my body hates wheat depending on how you look at it. I like to blame the wheat instead of myself. The point is, graham crackers are out. I tried S’mores Graham Crispy Treats by Country Cleaver last year, and they were so, so good. I wanted to take that recipe and make it with gluten-free cereal.

No Bake Cinnamon S'mores Bars - An easy, gluten free dessert! - wearychef.com

Cinnamon sounded like a delicious addition to me, so I went with Cinnamon Chex. I also wanted to go with bigger chunks of dark chocolate since s’mores makes me think of big pieces of chocolate bar (and dark chocolate is just good). Finally, I stirred in extra mini marshmallows to make these cereal bars unmistakably s’mores. I know it looks like the bars are falling apart in these photos, but it’s just because I rushed the pictures because I couldn’t wait to get s’mores bars in my mouth. I assure you that these bars hold together just like rice crispy treats. I also assure you that they are really, really good. Really. Don’t wait for National S’mores Day to try out this tasty, easy, no-bake dessert!

No Bake Cinnamon S'mores Bars - An easy, gluten free dessert! - wearychef.com

Gluten-Free No-Bake Cinnamon S’mores Bars
 
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This easy dessert will satisfy your s’mores craving with no campfire required!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
  • 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 12 oz. box Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 4.5 oz. dark chocolate bar, chopped into ½” pieces

Instructions:
  1. Spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Measure ½ c. of the marshmallows and set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the remaining marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high for about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until marshmallows and butter and melted completely. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Add cereal, and gently stir to coat. Add chocolate and ½ c. marshmallows, and stir to incorporate. Pour that s’mores goodness into the prepared baking dish. Use a piece of wax paper to press the cereal mixture evenly into the pan.
  4. Allow to set at room temperature at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

 



Comments

  1. helen r says

    the girl scouts actualy lay claim to s’mores … the story/recipe was in the junior girl scout handbook and the name was from wanting s(ome) more of them around the jambooree campfire :D

    • Andi says

      Hi, Helen! I have heard the story of where s’mores came from, but I don’t know who came up with National S’mores Day! Was that from the Girl Scouts too? Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. says

    No bake recipes make me nervous. That is because they are waaaaaaaaay too easy and waaaay too good. So therefore they are prime for temptation. But on the other hand what a time saver! These are obviously delicious. Oh no!!!!!

  3. says

    These look delicious! And I agree.. no bakes are so much more tempting! You dont have to wait for them to cook to start eating.. uh oh. ;)

    • Andi says

      Thank you, Kelley! Yes, I can’t start eating burning hot cookies out of the oven, but there’s nothing to stop me from eating a no-bake dessert even if it’s not quite set yet. (Obviously I have no willpower getting in my way.)

  4. says

    These look fantastic! Love s’mores and no-bake treats especially during the summer so these are perfect! Using the cinnamon chex is such a great idea too!

    • Andi says

      Thanks, Kelly! San Francisco doesn’t usually get hot until fall, so I could still be using my oven now, but I love no-bake any time of year because it’s so easy!

    • Andi says

      Thanks, Trish! These things were kinda too good because I ate like three a day until they were gone. I need to make them again ASAP (or maybe I shouldn’t).

    • Andi says

      I might be making them again that day too! There are so many s’mores recipes milling around now though that it will be hard to decide. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!

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