With most daycares, preschools, and schools requiring peanut-free snacks (and some even tree-nut free snacks), this list of options is here to help. I have ideas to buy from the store and to make at home so you never run out of yummy, nutritious snacks to pack for the kids!
Usually, one of the first things we learn when starting at a new school or daycare is about which snacks we can send and I know that I was always looking for an easy-to-reference list of kid-friendly snacks that are nutritious, easy to find, and foods my kids actually liked.
Often, the lists that came home included a lot of candy. No shame to candy, but that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for when trying to pack a snack to help my little stay full until mealtime. These ideas are here to help.
Easy Snacks for School
Whether you need snacks for daycare, preschool, camp, or regular school, the ideas here check all of the boxes. I’ve included options for crackers, pretzels, puffs, snack bars, dairy-based snacks (like yogurt and cheese), fruit-based snacks, and a few homemade snack options.
The majority of these are available at any grocery store, though I’m also including links in case you prefer to order online.
Labels to Look For
To verify that the snack is nut-free (or not), keep an eye out for phrases like “May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts”, “Manufactured in a plant with peanut or tree nuts”, “Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients”.
If your child has a life-threatening food allergy, BE SURE to double check all package labels as they may change from the time of publishing.
Crackers, Pretzels, and Puffs
Snack Bars and Bites
Yogurt, Cheese, and Milks
- Yogurt tubes (like Siggis, GoGurt, and more)
- Yogurt pouches (such as one from Stonyfield and Trader Joes)
- Cheese sticks (Horizon Organic, Crystal Farms, Kraft, Organic Valley, Sargento, Sorrento, Land O Lakes, Tilamook…)
- Laughing Cow
- Milk box (Horizon, local dairy brands)
- Nondairy milk box (Ripple)
- Chocolate milk box
- Yogurt Melts
- Moon Cheese
Peanut-Free Homemade Snacks
TIP: You can see all of my Nut-free Recipes here.
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I’d love to know if you have a nut-free snack to add to my list, so please comment below to share!