Peanut-Free and Nut-Free Snacks for Kids

Allergy-Friendly Treats and Snacks for Your Peanut- and Nut-Free School

Is your school peanut-free or nut-free? Does your child have a food allergy? Are you wondering what’s safe to send to school for a birthday treat or special school snack?

Here are six recipes and other ideas for sweet treats without nuts or peanuts, so kids with nut allergies can eat these treats safely. That is cause for celebration!

Note: If you're using prepackaged foods, be sure to check the label before you buy them to double check that the item is peanut- and nut-free.

1
Fruit Kebabs

Pineapple, grapefruit, grapes and melon on kebab skewers
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Both healthy and fun, fruit kebabs satisfy grown-ups and kids. Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and try having kids make their own for an easy, kid-pleasing party snack.

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Cupcakes

Nut free cupcakes
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Cupcakes are nostalgia and happiness wrapped up in pleated paper.  Some options for allergy safe cupcakes are:

  • Allergy-free mixes: There are some companies, such as Cherrybrook Kitchen, that produce cake and frosting mixes in dedicated peanut-free and nut-free facilities. 
  • Peanut-free bakeries: A growing number of peanut-free bakeries are popping up in larger cities, so it's possible, though often less convenient, to find peanut- and nut-free cupcakes that are made for you.
  • Homemade: You can also make your own delicious, peanut-, nut-, and egg-free cupcakes using our strawberry cupcake recipe. This recipe is also free of dairy and soy.

3
Fun Gelatin Shapes

Wiggly jiggly juice
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Remember gelatin blocks from your childhood? Try making them with seasonal or event-related cookie cutters or molds.

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Allergy-Friendly Caramel Popcorn

Boy and girl sharing caramel popcorn
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This dairy-free, vegan recipe is free of common food allergens and contains no dairy, nuts, or peanuts. Serve in little treat bags.

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Parfait

Vanilla Yogurt with Fresh Fruit
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“Everybody loves parfait…Parfait may be the most delicious thing on the whole [dang] planet!”—Donkey, from "Shrek"

 Layer parfait in clear plastic cups. Here are five ideas:

  • Dirt and Worms: Chocolate pudding layered with crunched Oreos and topped with gummy worms. Kids love it.
  • Tropical Paradise: Chunks of pineapple, mango, and orange layered with lime yogurt and sprinkled with coconut flakes. Top with a paper umbrella.
  • Red, White, and Blue: Strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.
  • Peach Crumble: Peach slices, vanilla yogurt, and safe granola, such as Enjoy Life Foods Cinnamon Crunch Granola.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake: Fresh sliced strawberries layered with cream cheese frosting and nut-free graham cracker crumbs.

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Rice Krispie Treats

Crispy Puffed Rice Treat.
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Rice Krispie Treats are great desserts for kids with multiple food allergies. These treats are peanut, nut, egg, and wheat-free. (Note that they are NOT gluten-free or dairy-free and that you should double-check the ingredients on the marshmallows used to make certain they're peanut- and nut-free.)

  • Krispie Cookies: Pat the treats firmly into a 9 x 13 pan. Cool and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Decorate as desired.
  • Krispie Cake: Make a double batch of treats and press into well-greased nine-inch cake pans. Frost and decorate like ​a regular cake.
  • Krispie Lollipops: Create Krispie Cookies. Cut circles while slightly warm. Gently push a popsicle stick into each treat. Wrap in cellophane or plastic wrap and tie a ribbon around each handle.
  • Krispie Kebab: Add some bite-size Rice Krispie treats to your fruit kebab.
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