Grain Free/Gluten Free Picnic Ideas and a Red Hot Recipe!

It’s hard enough to be creative with portable food when you don’t have restrictions! While we were on our elimination diet, my family took a trip to a local garden and brought our food along. Hope these photos and ideas inspire!

Clockwise beginning at left:

*Carrot sticks, cheese cubes, deviled eggs
*Mandarin Oranges
*Cranberry “Red Hots” (see below for recipe!)
*Grain Free Crackers (using this recipe)
*Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Other ideas:

* Pickled vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, radish, cabbage)
* Cottage cheese
* Chopped raw veggies or fruits
* Nuts/seeds
* Beef/Fish jerky
* Yogurt/Smoothies
* Breakfast “muffins”

And now for a recipe…

Cranberry “Red Hots”

1 cup dried cranberries (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)

Process in food processor until sticky and well combined. Shape into balls (or hearts or whatever). If they are crumbly, they may not have been processed long enough. Refrigerating them will help them firm up, too. Enjoy!

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  1. Great ideas! Jack and I start camp in a week and a half and I’ve been trying to come up with a list for our camp snacks and car lunches. :) Also on my list is hard boiled eggs, dehydrated fruit/ fruit roll-ups, and popcorn.

  2. April L. says:

    Those cranberry things look awesome! I don’t usually keep sunflower seeds on hand–do you think I could successfully substitute another seed or nut?

    • I bet walnuts or macadmias would taste wonderful! Anything harder might not chop up fine enough to stick together (unless you processed the nuts into a meal first, but that’d make a different kind of treat altogether). I doubt anything would take *bad* though! Let me know if you try something new!

  3. April L. says:

    I also may have to make those crackers this week…

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