Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gluten free, Casein free, soy free, dye free playdough

Did you know playdough has gluten in it? Not to mention dyes. So since starting Little Bean on the GFCF. dye free diet, we have kind of discouraged the use of our playdough, both homemade and store bought. Some say the proteins in gluten are too large to go in through skin, others say they aren't. To be on the safe side, I adapted my homemade recipe for those of us with kids on this special diet.

It turned out alright! It's a little fluffier, stretchier, and a bit too sticky but the kids really seem to be enjoying it, and I love that it is completely safe for them. I guess I'll have to keep perfecting it, but for now it works for us. :)

Here's the recipe:
1 cup Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour (this is GF)
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon Xantham Gum

Put all the ingredients in a pan. Stir constantly until it forms a ball, using low to med heat. We used a little cinnamon for interest, and added a bit more oil afterward to help with the stickiness.

That's it!

Update: This recipe was a flop! After it had been refridgerated for a day or so, it was too tough to play with. It was more like therapy putty than playdough. I'll have to try again another time!

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Natasha said...

That's funny that you mentioned Bob's Red Mill...I love their products! I buy tons of their organic extra thick rolled oats...we eat it for breakfast probably 5 days a week. :) I haven't tried making play dough before but I might give it a try one of these days!

Stephani said...

Hi, I came across your blog because someone asked me about how to make GF playdough and I googled it! I used to let my son use the name brand with rubber gloves on and haven't ventured into trying my own recipe. (He is 11 now, Aspergers, ADHD)

We've done the diet thing since he was 5! Because I help parents of kids with ADHD & autism implement special diets to improve their children's behavior and symptoms, I get a lot of random questions like this one.

Thanks for sharing this. I'll look forward to any updates you have on making the recipe work better.

You can visit my site at or find my page on facebook at

Hope your adventure into dietary changes continues to go so well. My son benefitted in the same way as yours and I love hearing new success stories! :)


Wendy said...

Hi i was going to check out this recipe until I read your last comment...I did find this recipe that I have read in a couple places is great:

Anonymous said...

I ande this with my kindergarten to 3rd grade Occupational Therapy groups today. We did not have access to a stove so I used a rice cooker to cook it. We put ore corn starch on the table and had the kids knead it in. They loved it and it turned out great!!

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