Gluten-Free Bunny Bait

Bunny Bait has quickly become a family favorite treat for Easter gatherings or any springtime celebration.  This beautiful dessert comes together in just a matter of minutes with a few simple ingredients.

The sweet and salty combo of popcorn and white chocolate, pretzels and chocolate candy, Chex mix and Robin’s eggs is delightful offering a variety of tastes and textures your kids and guests alike are sure to enjoy. 

Because this dessert is so easy to make, I like to turn this into a fun activity with my kids.  There’s just something so special about making memories together in the kitchen!

Bunny bait made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients.
This bunny bait is a real crowd pleaser and comes together in just a matter of minutes.

Simple Ingredients

To keep this recipe gluten-free, be sure all your ingredients are gluten-free certified.

  • Chex mix, Popcorn, Cheerios, Pretzels – You can do a lot of swaps with this recipe.  It boils down to 7 cups of crunchy cereal, popcorn, pretzels, or similar products.  If you don’t have Chex mix, double the popcorn or Cheerios.  Crushed graham crackers would be fun if you prefer to use something else for pretzels.
  • Peanuts – My kids love peanuts.  If you have another nut on hand you prefer to use, go on and make that swap.  If you need to avoid nuts completely, just add an extra cup of any of the abovementioned ingredients.
  • Marshmallows – There is no substitute for this light, fluffy and decadent addition.  I think it’s easier to use mini marshmallows, but if you have the big marshmallows on hand, you can cut them into smaller pieces.
  • Chocolate-colored candies, Robin’s eggs, Pastel-colored sprinkles – You can get as creative as you like with these substitutions.  I avoid food coloring because one of my kids is very sensitive to it, so we buy dye-free candy and sprinkles from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Sprouts.  If you are not concerned about food coloring, regular M&M’s work great.   You just need 2 cups of any kind of chocolate-colored candies in a pastel variation to give your dessert a beautiful look for spring / Easter and one small container of pastel-colored sprinkles.
  • White chocolate chips – 1 used two packages of white chocolate chips.  But you could certainly swap out one of the packages for regular chocolate chips.  I prefer the look of this dessert with an all-white, chocolate backdrop with pastel-colored candies sprinkled on top.
  • Avocado oil – As mentioned in the recipe below, the addition of avocado oil is simply to help make your white chocolate mixture more pourable.  Oil also helps prevent chocolate from seizing up during the heating process.  Coconut oil can be used as a substitution. 
ingredients for bunny bait
These pantry staples come together in just a few minutes to make the most delicious dessert.

Storage Instructions

  • Counter: Bunny Bait can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  • Refrigerator: Bunny Bait can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
  • Freezer: Bunny Bait can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.  When you are ready to enjoy it, just bring your Bunny Bait to room temperature.  Note: In my experience, chocolate-covered pretzels can get stale when stored in the freezer.  You may want to leave these out if you are planning on freezer storage.
Bunny bait made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients.

Gluten-Free Bunny Bait

This super easy dessert comes together in a matter of minutes and is such a crowd-pleaser!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups Chex mix
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate-colored candies divided
  • 1 cup Robin’s eggs
  • 1 package of pastel-colored sprinkles
  • 2 –12-ounce packages of white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 TBS avocado oil optional


  • In a large bowl, combine Chex mix, popcorn, Cheerios, pretzels, peanuts, marshmallows, and ½ cup of the chocolate-colored candies (reserve the other ½ cup for the topping).
  • Using a double boiler to microwave, melt the white chocolate. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Depending on the white chocolate selected, you may find that it is easier to melt with 1-2 TBS avocado oil. This helps prevent scorching.
  • Pour melted white chocolate over the mixture from step #1. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the white chocolate-covered mixture onto a large sheet pan covered in parchment paper. Evenly sprinkle the remaining ½ cup chocolate-covered candies, Robin’s eggs, and sprinkles over the top of the chocolate while still in its melted state.
  • Put in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to set the chocolate. Note: Be careful not to leave in the refrigerator uncovered for more than a couple of hours or the treat might take on other flavors from the refrigerator.
  • Once set, use your hands to break into desired size pieces. Enjoy!


  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
Keyword after school, after school snack, dessert, easter, easy dessert

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