Whether it's gluten, dairy, nuts, or something else, living allergy-free can be a challenge. Luckily, we've compiled a list of allergy-free treats for your little one. From decadent sweets to on-the-go snacks, here are some much-needed recipes and brands that cover any snacking occasion.
Photo credit: Little House Living Sweet snacks
Some packaged crackers have a long list of ingredients that include one allergen or another. These sweet potato crackers by
Little House Living are gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and corn-free! Cute bonus: cut them out into any shape to match your party’s theme. Vary bake times to go for a softer cracker or more crunch.
Photo credit: Way Better Way Better snacks
Way Better snacks variety of products are not only delicious (one bag lasted 1.5 days at my house, so much for serving size), they’re also made with sprouted ingredients which are gluten-free, non-GMO, and packed with powerful nutrients. The sweet chili flavor (corn tortilla chips) work great for a homemade nacho plate.
Photo credit: Rolling Out Dough Crispy, cookie, creamy
Gluten-free substitutes for crispy rice cereal and chocolate sandwich cookies come together for a special treat in this recipe by
Rolling Out Dough. Can you believe all that chewy goodness comes from five ingredients and five minutes of prep time? A great last-minute sweet for those gluten-free guests! Click through to the recipe for product descriptions.
Photo credit: SunButter SunButter subs
For all those party-ready recipes that require peanut butter, try swapping in a scoop or two of
SunButter products instead. Made with a sunflower-seed base, all of their products are: nut-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and processed in a strictly nut-free facility. Employees aren’t even allowed to have peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. The crunchy version sounds intriguing!
Photo credit: Delicious Obsessions I hope you like jammin’
…because these jam-filled thumbprint cookies by
Delicious Obsessions are full of it. This recipe proves if you’re craving a a classic, buttery shortbread cookie, you can still have it all in a version that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and autoimmune Paleo The secret star is coconut in several forms. Check out the full post to see how it all comes together.
Photo credit: Enjoy Life Foods Crowd-pleaser cookies
I have so many cookie recipes bookmarked to try, but every time I think of baking, I get lazy and end up buying a single cookie at the grocery store bakery. Usually, I’m disappointed. Soft-baked cookies (in flavors like double chocolate brownie and gingerbread spice) by
Enjoy Life Foods are the perfect shortcut for the cookie cravings of an allergen-sensitive crowd. Find the cookies and other products at stores like QFC, Whole Foods, PCC Natural Markets and more.
Photo credit: Keeley McGuire Chunky muffins
Unlike a recipe for gluten-free blueberry muffins I failed at recently (muffins should not have the texture of a meatball),
Keeley McGuire’s recipe for chunky apple-pumpkin muffins uses Pacific Foods’ pumpkin puree and apples to keep the batter moist and springy. You’ll have a hard time making sure the whole dozen make it to the oven for baking! The recipe is gluten-free and also free of the top 8 allergens.
Photo credit: Cherrybrook Mix it up!
If tracking down a variety of allergen-free ingredients is often a barrier, let
Cherrybrook Kitchen help with it’s pre-made mixes. With the pancake mix, flapjacks and waffles turn out light and fluffy every time. The pancake mix pictured is free of peanuts, nuts, dairy, and egg products (their Gluten Free Dreams line of products are gluten-free). Fire up the griddle for an allergy-friendly breakfast!
Photo credit: Raia's Recipes Allergy-free grass(hoppers)
With one sweet chocolate layer and a chewy mint layer,
Raia’s Recipes’ coconut and avocado grasshopper bars are free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar. The green color comes from a sneaky avocado, packed with omega-6 and potassium.
Photo credit: Our Fifth House Allergy-free at the ready!
Take a queue from
Our Fifth House and always have a box of Trader Joe’s allergy-free snickerdoodles on hand. They’re free of the 8 common allergens (gluten, milk, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs) so they’re the no-bake solution for last-minute classroom parties, sleepovers, and get-togethers. Mama Carmel even includes free printables in the post to turn the cookies into sweet gifts!
Photo credit: Pacific Wanderlust Serve and sip
What can you do with ice, sparkling mineral water, 100% cherry juice, and coconut milk? Make a refreshing Paleo and vegan cherry Italian soda using this recipe from
Pacific Wanderlust! Tart cherry juice is packed with anti-oxidants, mineral water is full of calcium and magnesium, and the coconut milk adds a splash of healthy fats to help fuel your body — a sweet refreshment minus all the syrupy sugar found in typical sodas.
Photo credit: Naked Juice Natural goodness
With no added sugar and no preservatives,
Naked juices are full of fruits and veggies, and only fruits and veggies. While many of the juices are vegan approved, some do contain dairy or animal products, so check labels carefully for a full list of ingredients. The coconut water is gluten-free!
Photo credit: Swirls and Spice Banana bar
Okay, so this recipe also double dips (pun intended) as a party activity — score. Steal this idea from Swirls and Spice and set up a banana pop bar as a self-serve snack station. Bananas and melted chocolate serve as the base, and you can customize the toppings bar to have all the allergen-free crushed up ingredients your heart desires (nuts pictured in the example here, but you can create your own fixings’ platter). What would you top your pops with?
Photo credit: Funky Monkey Funky Monkey fruit
Not that there should be a shortcut for fresh-cut fruit, but these
Funky Monkey snacks may be the next best thing. Crunchy fruit? How? The snacks are freeze-dried real fruit with no added sugar, sweeteners, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. The products are also free of the top 8 allergens, including gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts, and are processed on dedicated equipment!
Photo credit: Mamacado After-school munchies
These Mexican rice snacks by
Mamacado are a tried and tested toddler snack. Here’s what you’ll need: mini rice cakes, beans, avocado, tomatoes, salt, and spices. Mama Kathryn finds the rice cakes to be the perfect “delivery method” for other nutritious and allergy-free goodies, too. Just pile a custom mix right on top and serve!
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