Fabulous Friday: Gluten-Free Playdoh

This post is a throwback to my old blog. Feels good to be creating again!  

For those of you who don’t know, after several different diagnoses and a surprisingly wide range of symptoms, including all the digestive issues we’ve had, three of the 5 of us have been forbidden to eat gluten by our physicians. 

Now although Playdoh is not a food, it is made out of wheat flour. And we learned the hard way that 3-year-olds like to lick their fingers while playing with Playdoh, which is enough to…well, let’s just say that it was unpleasant. So Playdoh, one of the sheer joys of childhood, had been off limits for the past 4 months. 


Until now. 

This Playdoh is awesome – it is pure white when you make it, so it turns the vibrant colors you see here. It has a fantastic texture and is so easy to make. It travels fantastically and made for a great distraction on our recent 8 hour car ride to visit cousins

Gluten-Free Play Dough Recipe – taken from Celiac Family


1 Cup White Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Cornstarch

1/2 Cup Salt

1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar

1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil

1 Cup Water, hot but not boiling

Food Coloring, as desired



1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium pot.

2. Add the vegetable oil & water, and mix thoroughly.

3. Heat the pot on the stove over low heat for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently with a heavy spoon.

4. When the dough starts to stick together,  change consistency, and pull away from the sides of the pot, turn out the dough onto something you can stain (we used cookie sheets). Let it cool briefly until you can knead it with your hands.

5. Knead well, adding more cornstarch as needed, until you have a nice, uniform consistency. Add food coloring and knead into the dough until you get the color you desire. Gel colorings work great. 

NOTE: Add more water or cornstarch after cooking to adjust consistency, especially after adding food coloring. Be careful not to over cook (no more than 5 minutes) – it will get crusty and hard. I accidentally added a bit too much water in mine and had to cook a little longer to make the right consistency. If you double the recipe make sure you use a pot with large surface area on the bottom – I didn’t and it got hard to stir. 


And, for those of you in need of a chuckle (especially if you have to be GF, too), check out this hilarious video on How to become Gluten Intolerant


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