The Best Snacks for Kids with Food Allergies

We put gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free treats and products to the test. Here, our favorite picks for kids with food allergies.

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I Heart Keenwah Clusters and Puffs

I Heart Keenwah Clusters and Puffs

Why should oats and corn have all the snack-food fun? Quinoa takes center stage in these gluten-free munchies, some of which are also dairy-free. (Note: not all varieties are dairy-free, so check the labels!) The crunchy, protein-packed puffs come in four flavors, including aged cheddar and sea salt truffle (a surprise hit with our young tasters). And the four types of sweet-and-salty clusters blend the usual granola suspects (pumpkin seeds and cranberry) with surprising additions, like sunflower butter, chia seeds and brown rice crisps.

Good for: Kids with gluten allergies

Find it: At grocery stores nationwide and online

Visit iheartkeenwah.com for more information and store locations.

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Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins

Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins

The first ingredient in these chocolate-y muffins is zucchini, a fact you can choose to share with your kid...or not. Perfect as a lunch box snack or a sweet nibble after school, they're also an ideal class-room snack since they're free of gluten, dairy, and nuts. If your kids aren't into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, look for the Sponge Bob-themed Chocolate Krabby Square Muffins, an even more chocolate-y snack featuring both zucchini and carrots. 

Good for: Kids with gluten, dairy, or nut allergies.

Find it: At Costco and other stores nationwide.

Visit gardenlites.com for more information.

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Enjoy Life Chewy Bars

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars

Roasted sunflower butter gives these granola bars a rich, almost-nutty flavor that got two thumbs up from our tasters. But the mixed berry and caramel apple bars got the biggest applause, thanks to the sweet addition of dried cranberries and apples.

Good for: Kids with nut, gluten, dairy, and egg allergies

Find it: At grocery stores nationwide and their online shop

Visit enjoylifefoods.com for more information and store locations.

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Hilary's Eat Well Bites

Hilary's Eat Well Bites

These hot, wholesome bites will give your usual afterschool snacks some fierce competition. Packed with ancient grans like millet and quinoa and leafy greens, including kale and chard, all four flavors bake up crispy in the oven or toaster oven. One kid taster declared them “totally delectable!” 

Good for: Kids with nut, gluten, dairy, and egg allergies

Find it: At select grocery and health food stores nationwide

Visit hilaryseatwell.com for more information and store locations.

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Plentils

Plentils

If your kids are in the mood for crunchy more than chewy, check out Plentils, another product from the Enjoy Life brand. Made with lentil flour (and free of the eight most common allergens), these chips have less fat and more protein than traditional potato chips—and our kid tasters clamored over all four varieties, including pizza and garlic parmesan.

Good for: Kids with nut, gluten, dairy, and egg allergies

Find it: At grocery stores nationwide and their online shop

Visit enjoylifefoods.com for more information and store locations.

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Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Courtesy of Vermont Nut Free

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

There's no telling which nuts may lurk within a box of chocolates -- that is, unless they're Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, which are all produced in a completely nut-free facility so there's no risk of cross-contamination.

Good for: Kids with peanut and tree nut allergies
Find it: At specialty stores and online

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LesserEvil Krinkle Sticks

LesserEvil Krinkle Sticks

Even though potatoes are safe for people with gluten allergies, potato chips aren't always (some seasonings may contain gluten). Our testers loved this tasty solution from LesserEvil: a totally gluten-free potato snack called Krinkle Sticks, with a "crunchy, airy texture." With only 2.5 grams of fat per serving (and no trans or saturated fats), these sticks are a healthy, safe chip swap. Available in Cheddar, Veggie, Sour Cream & Onion and Original Sea Salt!

Good for: Kids with gluten allergies
Find it: At select grocery and specialty food stores nationwide

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Cherrybrook Kitchen Mixes

Courtesy of Cherrybrook Kitchen

Cherrybrook Kitchen Mixes

These yummy box mixes come in 10 different peanut-, dairy-, egg-, and nut-free varieties (everything from brownies to pancakes) and seven gluten-free mixes. Even better, they're super easy to whip up and taste so good you'll hardly notice they're allergy-free. As one tester/baker noted, "it took less than five minutes to get the chocolate chip cookies in the oven, and I couldn't stop licking the bowl while cleaning up!"

Good for: Kids with gluten, dairy, egg, and nut allergies
Find it: At select grocery and health food stores nationwide and their online shop

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Snikiddy Snacks Puffs

Courtesy of Snikidy Snacks

Snikiddy Snacks Puffs

These organic and gluten-free puffs (they're made from corn) come in fun flavors like "Pizza Pie," "Grilled Cheese," and "Rockin' Ranch" -- and our testers devoured them all. One called them "a totally delicious snack."

Good for: Kids with gluten allergies
Find it: At select retailers (check their Web site for a full list)