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Gluten Free Play Dough

Now that Emily is starting to get into play dough, I decided to attempt making it at home.  Even though Emily does not have celiac disease, I prefer to not use regular flour as it can get everywhere in the kitchen and result in lots of potential cross-contamination issues for me.  I looked up a gluten free play dough recipe on the internet that called for cornstarch.  To my disappointment, the cornstarch made the play dough recipe very difficult to mix, resulting in a failed play dough attempt with lots of cornstarch chunks throughout the dough.  So, I decided to tweak the recipe and remove the cornstarch from the recipe.  This is what I came up with:


  • 1 1/4 cup white or brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar (I bought this at Bulk Barn)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum (helps to bind play dough together)
  • 1 cup water
  • food colouring


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the first five ingredients together.  Add the water and heat over medium heat.  Continue to mix until the play dough heats up and forms into a ball (it’s important to keep mixing the play dough and not leave it while heating on the stove or you will end up with chunky play dough).  If the play dough seems too watery, add a bit more flour – it it’s too dry, add a bit more water.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool until you can knead it.  Add food colouring to dough while kneading (this may take a long time to produce a consistent colour).  You will need a lot of food colouring to produce bright colours.  You can separate the play dough into as many portions as you want to produce different colours.
  3. Store in a plastic ziplock bag or an airtight container to preserve freshness and keep in fridge.

Tip: instead of the regular play dough smell we are all used to, add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp peppermint or vanilla extract to the play dough recipe for a more refreshing scent!


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