How to Make Allergy-Friendly Sprinkles The Easy Way

DIY gluten free, egg free, dairy free, vegan sprinkles — sounds complicated to make, right? Nope! They couldn’t be any easier!

Gluten Free Vegan Sprinkle Recipe | Erin Gardner

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What’s in these sprinkles? Besides magic, the secret recipe is chickpea water!

Traditional royal icing recipes (used to make sprinkles) call for egg whites or meringue powder as a base. Chickpea water shares the same protein-filled properties as egg whites, without the pesky allergen. Literally all you have to do is pop open a can of chickpeas and drain the water from the can. It can be used as a fabulous substitute in most recipes that call for egg whites. 

How to make gluten-free, vegan sprinkles


  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea water
  • Gel food coloring

Special Supplies:

  • Parchment paper or silicon baking mat
  • Piping bags or paper cones
  • Offset spatula
  • Small round piping tips (optional)

Note: The yield on this recipe is difficult to quantify. It depends on the kind of sprinkles you make. You’ll end up with about ½ cup of paste that you can shape any way you like. 

Step 1: Make the dough

Sprinkle Paste | Erin Gardner

Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and chickpea water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a medium bowl if using a hand mixer or spoon). Beat on medium-low speed until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the texture of a thick paste. 

Step 2: Dye the dough

Divide the paste between as many bowls as colors you’re using.

Adding the Gel Food Coloring | Erin Gardner Colored Sprinkle Paste | Erin Gardner

Tint each portion using gel food coloring (colors are kosher and vegan). The paste should thin out a little after you’ve added the food coloring. Ideally, the mixture should be thick but fluid. Add a drop or two of water if your paste is too thick to pipe. A tiny bit goes a long way, so add the water in steps. 

Step 3: Pipe the dough

Piping Strips of Sprinkle Paste | Erin Gardner

Fill piping bags fitted with small round tips or paper cones with the colored pastes. Pipe many lines of each color on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Piping Tiny Sprinkles | Erin Gardner Piping Sprinkle Quins | Erin Gardner

For non-pareil–style sprinkles, pipe tiny dots and for quin style sprinkles pipe larger rounds.

Set your sheets aside to dry out overnight. The sprinkle paste needs to be completely hardened before moving onto the next step. 

Step 4: Loosen the sprinkles

Use an offset icing spatula to help lift both sizes of the round sprinkles off of the paper.

Piped Sprinkles | Erin Gardner Rolling the Parchment Paper | Erin Gardner Rolling in the Other Direction | Erin Gardner

For the long sprinkles, roll the sheet of sprinkle strips up length-wise, then again in the other direction. Open the paper back up and most of the sprinkles will have released from the paper.

Sprinkles Popping off the Parchment Paper | Erin Gardner

Use an offset spatula to scrape up any sprinkles still stuck to the paper.

Jimmy Style Sprinkles | Erin Gardner Small Round Sprinkles | Erin Gardner Large Round Sprinkles | Erin Gardner

Store sprinkles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three months. 

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