We have spent periods of time eating gluten and/or dairy free trying to resolve some minor health issues. One of the food challenges is coming up with gluten free snacks for kids!
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Although we don’t do a lot of snacks, the kids do have one every afternoon. Those kiddos always get hungry on the long gap between lunch and supper.
Gluten free snacks also come in handy for long drives and trips.
Brainstorming several options, both homemade and packaged made life a little simpler.
Our daily snacks are always frugal ones and I prefer healthy. Of course there are always gluten free snacks for kids that are more of a once in a while treat. Surely we aren’t the only ones that has some of those normally no foods on vacation? 😉
One of the tricks to having your kids eat healthy gluten free snacks is to have them readily available! That and give them 2 or 3 options and have them all be healthy options. The first few times they may tell you they want the cookies or potato chips, but when they figure out the healthy options you said are the only options, my kids have always selected one of them.
Gluten Free Snacks for Kids:
Have washed and cut veggies available in the fridge. My kids love carrots, celery, and cucumbers the most. Having them prepped makes them super easy for the kids to grab and eat.
Another obvious one. A bag of mandarin oranges, apples, berries, grapes, bananas etc. Buy what is on sale and have 2-3 options available each week.
Almonds, walnuts, pecans – any of their favorites.
- Rice Cakes
They can eat them plain or topped with something like peanut butter or meat.
- Peanut Butter
Use for rice cakes, apples, celery, etc.
- Tortilla Chips with Salsa or Guacamole
- Plain Potato Chips
Regular or kettle corn for a special treat. 🙂
- Energy Balls
You can buy a mix or make one of our favorites: Chocolate banana muffins, oat flour banana muffins, and pumpkin oat flour muffins.
- Gluten Free Pretzels
Try the ones from Aldi – they are really good!
- Gluten Free Crackers
My kids aren’t fans of the ones made from all rice flour. Look for ones that use a few types of gluten free flours.
Deli type meat or cooked chicken breasts cut in strips.
- Beef Jerky
Read the labels – some brands can have gluten in them.
- Other Dried Fruit (Dates, apricots, prunes, apples etc)
- Trail Mix (Make your own!)
- Dry Cereal
You can find gluten free cereals and have them as a snack. Something like Chex or Cheerios (or their healthier brand alternatives – just always be sure to read labels. Sometimes one won’t have gluten but the other will).
- Larabars (You can make these yourself too!)
Let your kids dip veggies, pretzels, or crackers in this.
- Gluten Free Joes-Joes
These are Trader Joe’s version of Oreos. My kids loved them.
- Other Trader Joes Finds
If you live near a Trader Joes, be sure to browse through their store for other fun gluten free finds. You can often get seasonal gluten free items as well.
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt topped with fruit or granola and drizzle of honey or maple syrup if additional sweetness is needed.
- Granola (Or make your own)
- Frozen Grapes
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Homemade Granola Bars
- Banana Chips
- Homemade Pudding
What am I missing? I’d love to keep adding to this list of gluten free snacks for kids to make it a super helpful resource for moms struggling with snack inspiration for their gluten free kiddos.
You can even turn these ideas into a snack supper – that’s one of my children’s absolute favorites.