10 Gluten Free School Snacks for Kids
If you’re a parent to a growing child that is gluten free, you may feel like your kid is always hungry. When that hunger strikes, do you feel confident that your child will have safe gluten free options to choose from? Whether your child is at school, at home, or at a friend’s house, she needs access to safe snacks so she doesn’t have to risk accidentally ingesting gluten.
When it comes to gluten free snacks for kids, you have two options – purchase them or prepare them yourself. Many parents find that a combination of the two is best which is why we’ve compiled a list of gluten free snacks as well as some tasty recipes to try.
What Are the Best Gluten Free Snacks for Kids?
The last thing any parent wants is for their child to go hungry or to feel left out. When other children in the class are enjoying a special treat or snack, your child should have the option of eating something that is both safe and tasty. Luckily, there are plenty of gluten free options for snacks you can send to school with your child.
Here are some simple suggestions for gluten free snacks for kids:
- Roasted nuts or seeds
- Schär gluten free crackers
- Air-popped corn
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Homemade trail mix
- Gluten free pretzels or chips
- Hummus and veggies
- Portably yogurt
- Schär gluten free cookies
- Gluten free granola bars
- Pudding cups or applesauce
- Cheese sticks or slices
- Fruit snacks or fruit leather
When purchasing packaged foods and snacks, it is important that you double-check to make sure it is gluten free. Look for the certified gluten free label and check the ingredients list, just to be safe.
Try These 10 Gluten Free School Snack Recipes
Many grocery stores have started to offer a selection of gluten free snacks and packaged goods. These are a great option for your kids to take to school or to keep on hand at home. If you want your child to enjoy something a little more special, however, there are plenty of gluten free snacks you can make yourself and send with your child to school.
Here are our top 10 gluten free school snacks to make for your child:
To prepare a gluten free version of these crunchy cheese snacks, all you need is all-purpose gluten free flour, shredded cheese, butter, and water. You’ll combine the ingredients in a food processor to form a dough the roll it out and cut it into squares before baking to a crisp.
Make your child a batch of gluten free honey graham cookies in their favorite shape (like teddy bears!). You’ll need gluten free flour, sorghum flour, baking soda, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. After preparing the dough, you’ll roll it out and cut it with your favorite cookie cutter then bake the cookies until golden brown.
If your child loves s’mores, they’ll love these simple snacks. Start with Schär Gluten Free Honey Grahams and dip pieces into melted chocolate chips. Top with mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts and let the chocolate set. It’s that simple!
Prepare these nut-free, no-bake granola bars using a combination of gluten free rolled oats, oat flour, crisp rice cereal, and coconut chips. They are sweetened with light brown sugar and honey, pressed into a baking sheet to set before cutting them to size and wrapping individually for storage.
Fruit rolls are many a child’s favorite, but they can be loaded with artificial flavors and too much sugar. This recipe requires nothing more than fresh fruit and water with the option to add natural sweeteners or sugar-alternatives. Try it with your child’s favorite fruit for a fun snack!
Spice up your child’s favorite crackers with this simple recipe. Start with a package of Schär Gluten Free Table Crackers and whisk together olive oil, dry ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Drizzle the mixture over the crackers and turn to coat.
Turn fresh apples into crunchy chips with this easy recipe. Start by thinly slicing fresh apples and spreading them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar then bake at 200°F until dry and crisp, turning as needed.
This sweet and savory popcorn is the best of both worlds and a simple snack to prepare. Start with 24 cups of air-popped corn and separate it into two bowls. In one bowl, toss the popcorn with a melted mixture of butter, sugar, and corn syrup to make a batch of caramel corn. In the other, add cheese powder and melted butter to make a batch of cheddar popcorn. Toss the two together and store in airtight containers until you’re ready to enjoy.
9. Mini Eclairs
If you’re looking for a simple sweet treat to make for your kids, try turning Schär Gluten Free Ladyfingers into mini eclairs. You’ll start by preparing a batch of chocolate and vanilla pudding then spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of each onto your ladyfingers. Top with a second ladyfinger and dip in chocolate sauce then finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Give your child a boost of healthy energy with these no-bake energy bites. You’ll need 2 cups of assorted raw nuts, peanut butter, coconut flakes, honey, and raw seeds. You can also add chocolate chips for some extra sweetness or try almond butter instead of peanut butter.
In addition to sending your child to school with a gluten free lunch and snack each day, it’s a good idea to provide your child’s teacher with a gluten free care package at the beginning of each school year packed with shelf-stable, pre-packaged snacks like any of Schär’s here. This way, your child has a safe backup snack option to enjoy at times when additional snacks or treats are offered in class that aren’t gluten free (such as a child bringing cupcakes in for a birthday).
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance and it pays to plan for every eventuality!