If you’re a parent, you know the struggle of trying to prepare snacks that your kids will actually want to eat. Often, snacks need to adhere to certain dietary restrictions. With gluten and dairy being two of the more common ingredients to avoid, your snack preparation options are limited.
But never fear! We have 13 delicious gluten and dairy-free snacks that your kids will love – no matter their dietary restrictions. From smoothies and muffins to energy bars and popcorn balls, there’s sure to be something here that your kids will love.
Baked Acorn Squash Sticks
Yes. Squash isn’t known as a particularly popular food among children. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can change that. How? By making some backed acorn squash sticks! Simply cut the squash into finger-sized sticks, coat it with a bit of olive oil and your favorite seasoning blend, then bake. Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing for dipping, and you’ve got a nutritious snack that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Bananas are a great source of potassium and are sweet enough to make even the most reluctant eater happy. So why not use them to create a delicious snack? With just a few ingredients – like bananas, eggs, gluten-free flour, almond milk, and baking powder – you can whip up some yummy banana fritters in no time. Serve with maple syrup for a truly decadent treat.
Raspberry, Apple, and Coconut Smoothie
This smoothie is perfect for those days when your kids need an extra energy boost before heading out to school or playtime. Blend together frozen raspberries, applesauce, coconut milk yogurt (or dairy-free alternative), honey or agave nectar, and ice cubes. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils for an extra flavor punch.
These muffins might just be the perfect snack for those days when you want something filling yet guilt-free. With zucchini as the star ingredient, these gluten and dairy-free treats are sure to become a hit with your kids. Plus, they’re portable enough to take on the go!
Who says nachos need to be unhealthy? Not us! This fun twist on traditional nachos uses apples instead of chips – making it gluten and dairy-free friendly too. Top the apples with melted dairy-free chocolate, crushed walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Quinoa and Black Bean Patties
These quinoa and black bean patties are sure to be a hit with your kids – especially when you serve them with their favorite dipping sauce. Full of fiber and protein, these hearty bites make for the perfect after-school snack.
Sweet Potato Fries
This is one snack that even the pickiest eaters can get behind! Simply slice up some sweet potatoes into fry shapes, toss in some olive oil and sea salt, then bake until crispy. Your kids will love dipping these fries into ketchup or ranch dressing!
Avocado & Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips
Salsas don’t have to be laden with gluten and dairy – prove it with this fresh and flavorful avocado & mango salsa. Serve it with some homemade (or store-bought) gluten-free, dairy-free tortilla chips for a nutritious snack that your kids will love.
Chia Pudding with Berries
This chia pudding is as delicious as it is healthy! Simply mix together coconut milk, chia seeds, honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract and some of your favorite berries. Chill in the fridge overnight, then top with more berries right before serving.
Celery and Almond Butter Snack Bites
These snack bites are perfect for packing into school lunches or taking on road trips. Spread almond butter onto celery sticks, then sprinkle with your favorite topping – like mini chocolate chips or dried fruit.
Toasted Coconut Flakes
Toasted coconut flakes make for the perfect snack – they’re crunchy, sweet and totally guilt-free! Toast some unsweetened coconut flakes in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until lightly toasted, then let cool before serving.
Rice Cakes with Nut Butter
Rice cakes might seem boring but trust us – they can be made into something special! Top rice cakes with your favorite nut butter and some sliced bananas or strawberries for an easy yet nutritious snack that’s sure to please even picky eaters.
Roasted Vegetable Skewers
These roasted vegetable skewers are great for a grab-and-go snack. Simply cube up some of your favorite vegetables – like zucchini, bell peppers, and mushrooms – then roast in the oven with olive oil and your favorite spices. Serve them hot or cold for a tasty treat that’s perfect for any time of day!
Gluten and dairy-free snacking is an increasingly popular option for parents, as it can provide a wide variety of health benefits to their children. Not only is it beneficial for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions, but it can also be a convenient way to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need. With the right tips and ideas, preparing delicious gluten and dairy-free meals for kids can be easy and stress-free.