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Allergy free snack ideas

The school year is in full swing. Along with school books and homework come parties, bake sales, snacks for the class, and play dates.  What to make, what to bring, what to do when food allergies are a factor…

These are some of my go to ideas- some quick for when you don’t have much time, and some for when you do have time to cook. We’ll have more for you when the holidays come around, and throughout the school year.

Pass this list along to teachers or parents who find themselves overwhelmed by your child’s food allergies.


  • All fruit ice pops – look for all fruit juice, in little singles, no trace milk or nuts
  • Fruit – grapes and strawberries, melon cut into wedges with the rind, apples – all easy to eat without utensils or a plate.
  • Homemade mini pumpkin muffins- perfect for fall. Isa Chandra’s recipe is always a hit – this recipe isn’t called “the best” for nothing:
  • Divvies cookies or cupcakes – plan ahead for shipping –
  • Homemade cupcakes or whoopie pies
  • Edamame with  lemon, salt and pepper
  • Homemade rollup sandwiches – turkey, vegan mayo, cucumber OR sunbutter and jelly
  • Celery with sunbutter – put a little bit of sunbutter in a dixie cup then add a few celery sticks on top
  • Pita chips
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Snack mix in dixie cups – cranberries, raisins, Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, sunflower seeds are my kids favorite combination

When looking for cookies, pretzels, chips or other snacks at the store, please read labels carefully for trace amounts of allergens – when in doubt, don’t buy it.


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  • Reply
    Dave Bloom
    September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    A large, well maintained list of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and sesame seeds can be found at A number of schools, clubs and organizations have adopted this list as their “approved” snack list. The list includes a disclaimer warning parents and caregivers to always check the label of a snack before giving it to a child with food allergies.

    • Reply
      September 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Dave. – Just a note to others that the list he links to does have many items that contain dairy / cheese, gluten, wheat and processed foods.

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