Thursday, May 26, 2016

Naturally Died Gluten Free Play Dough

The Nourishing Gourmet has this great recipe for playdough. I love that she dies it with tea. Note: She suggests using tumeric in her article, which I think I would be afraid to do. I used to cook with it and it stained the linoleum in the rental house we were in. Just a little dripped on the floor and I couldn't get it out! Just something I thought I'd throw out there. But I think tea would be just the ticket. Years ago I made up my own playdough with sorghum flour. It worked well initially, but quickly it reaked!

If you have gluten free little ones that tend to nibble while they play, this would be perfect! In her article she says that steeping the tea for a long time is the secret.
photo from the nourishing gourmet

Gluten-Free Playdough
½ cup of white rice flour
½ cup of cornstarch (I understand that arrowroot powder, or potato starch can also be used)
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
½ cup of salt
2 teaspoons of oil
1 cup of water
1. In a small pot, combine the dry ingredients and give it a whisk. Add the water and oil, and whisk until smooth.
2. Put over low heat on the stove, and stir with a wooden spoon. It will slowly thicken and start pulling away from the sides of the pot. You know it’s done when you lift a large spoonful of the playdough and it doesn’t drip at all, but remains a firm ball. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. Once cool enough to touch, you can knead in more starch or flour to firm it up, if necessary.
Keep well wrapped, and it will keep indefinitely.
To color:
Pink: Add three bags of raspberry tea to 1 cup of hot water. Brew for ten minutes. Use in place of the water in the recipe.
Green: We used 30 drops of chlorophyll concentrate, kneaded into the finished and cooled playdough.


  1. how pretty! I bet it smells great too! thanks for sharing!

    1. I know. I can almost smell it just looking at it, can't you? Thanks for commenting, Mrs. F! Sometimes it feels really quiet on here.