26 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas for Kids

26 Gluten Free Snack Ideas for Kids

With so many gluten-free choices available, finding a gluten-free snack, especially the prepackaged variety, is much easier than it used to be. With your child’s well-being in mind, you want the majority of snacks to be full of the nutrients that your kids need for their growing bodies. It’s also great to have a few snacks in your snack repertoire that can stand up to and be substituted in for a non-gluten-free treat that a classmate brings to school to share.

Gluten-Free School Snack Stash

Keep in your child’s schoolbag and/or with your teacher for when a non-gluten-free treat, like cupcakes, are brought into school. Use the package information to confirm that the brand that you choose is gluten free.

  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • Prepackaged pudding
  • Dried fruit
  • Squeezable fruit pouch
  • Pirates Booty Baked Snacks
  • Gluten-free popcorn, such as ACT II
  • Bottle of water and/or gluten-free juice box
  • Small bag of M&Ms, Raisinettes, or other candy
  • Single-serving portion of gluten-free cookie or fruit bar
  • Gluten-free granola bar
  • Gluten-free pretzels
  • Any other favorite individual portions of gluten-free snacks with a far off expiration date

Now that we’ve discussed the snacks that can sit in a gluten-free school stash without quickly expiring, here is a list of snack that you can prepare at home.

  • Yogurt. Serve it as is, as a parfait, freeze it, or top it with fresh or frozen fruit.
  • Smoothie. Use yogurt, fruit, veggies, fruit juice, tofu and other gluten-free ingredients to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie that can also provide a sweet treat.
  • Fruit. Serve up fresh, seasonal fruit. If you choose to, you can serve it with yogurt for dipping.
  • Fresh vegetables. Serve with a gluten-free vegetable dip.
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts. Eat them plain, mix several different kinds, serve with dried fruit—there are so many variations on how you can serve them.
  • Hard-cooked egg or deviled eggs
  • Hummus and rice cakes
  • Gluten-free snack mix. There are several different recipes online. This gluten-free Chex-style snack mix sounds fabulous with gluten-free Chex, pretzels, and your nuts of choice mixed with savory seasonings.
  • Gluten-free muffins. These delicious carrot muffins get their sweetness from a combination of bananas and dates and are gluten-free.
  • Nut butter. Serve with rice cakes, gluten-free crackers, fruit or vegetables. My kids love using slices of apple as the “bread” for their after school peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Rice crispy treat. With crispy rice cereal, nut butter, and your sticky sweetener of choice, this healthier version of the sweet treat sounds like a winner.
  • Tuna or chicken salad. Served in a lettuce wrap or on your gluten-free cracker or bread.
  • Guacamole and corn chips. You can make your own healthier corn chips to serve with guacamole or any other gluten-free dip. 
  • Brown rice pudding. This brown rice pudding, with fruit and a touch of sweetener, makes a fabulous snack too.

Here is a gluten-free spice list for your reference when preparing gluten-free snacks and foods.

Another thought about gluten-free snacks for the classroom is to discuss with your child’s teacher any foods that he/she may use in the process of teaching. For instance, if your child’s teacher allows the children to use pretzel sticks to represent the tens place and O-shaped cereal for the one's place during a math lesson, you may want to provide a suitable substitute for your child. And you definitely want the teacher to be aware that your child should not handle these foods.

Thankfully, for those that need to follow a gluten-free diet, there is an abundance of options of both prepackaged and home-prepared snacks.  Some choices are more nutrient-filled than others, but having several options at hand leads to a more diverse diet and a happier child.

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