Finn and Levy are both in peanut and tree nut free classrooms this year, and although we are fortunate that none of our children have food allergies, I've been having fun trying out some new allergy free snacks and food items here at the house so they can have some yummy (and safe) snacks for school. But remember to think outside the classroom too, and keep these ideas in mind for parties, playground snacks, playdates and anywhere you might serve a snack outside of your home (or inside your home to kids who might have allergies). Barbecues, block parties and beyond, we can help keep all children safe by being mindful of food allergies. First up are the mixes from Cherrybrook Kitchen. I first started using these mixes when I was totally vegan as they are egg and dairy free, but they are also peanut and nut free, and they also have seven gluten free mixes as well. They have cake, cookie and brownie mixes, as well as frostings, and breakfast mixes, and their goal is to provide delicious all natural baking mixes for the millions of people that are affected by food allergies. These mixes are a tasty way to make cupcakes for an allergy free classroom (IF cupcakes are still allowed in your classroom of course).
If you have a PB&J addict that can't imagine a school lunch without the childhood favorite, Sun Butter is a delicious and healthy (for everyone) alternative to peanut butter. Made from specially roasted sunflower seeds, it is completely peanut-free, tree-nut free and gluten-free, and is an excellent and safe choice for people with peanut allergies. It comes in a ton of varieties like creamy, crunchy, organic and natural and is packed with nutrition. It has the same consistency and creaminess of peanut butter, and can be used as a peanut butter replacement in any sandwich or recipe.
Another delicious and safe cupcake alternative for the classroom or a birthday party where some guests might have allergies is Divvies, they make sweet treats from cookies to popcorn to jellybeans, all free of the biggest allergens. Their cookies, popcorns, and cupcakes are made in the company’s-own dedicated facility where no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk enter the doors. Divvies candies, frosting, and sprinkles are certified by their manufacturers to be peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg-free and are packaged in Divvies Bakery. Divvies also conducts routine testing to minimize the risk of any cross-contamination in their certified allergen-free ingredients. Plus, all of this goodness is delivered right to your door ready to eat!
- Pirate's Booty
- Fruit Strips
- Fig Newtons
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- Apple Sauce
- Teddy Grahams
Of COURSE, you can also go basic with some fruits and veggies. Apples or ants on a log with Sun Butter are healthy kid favorites. Try something new like an easy black bean dip sandwiched between two slices of cucumber or some edamame hummus with carrot sticks.
If you're going to serve up some apples, why don't you go pick some locally? And here is my post on some healthy (and SUPER easy) smoothies kids will love, they are perfect for breakfast and for after school snacks to stave off hunger before dinnertime and sneak in some nutritious stuff to boot. xoxo