The Best Nut-Free Snacks for Kids (They’re Also Shelf-Stable!)
A teacher’s snack stash is like their secret weapon. It gives them the superpowers they need to make it through a school day! Many teachers also keep some goodies on hand for students too. To keep kids with food allergies safe, lots of schools require only nut-free snacks in the classroom and lunchroom. These shelf-stable options are safe for kids with nut allergies, so go ahead and stock up.
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In the mood for chips, popcorn, or pretzels? These are your go-to picks!
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack
Goldfish crackers have been a childhood favorite for years! Step up your Goldfish game with this variety pack, which includes Xtra Cheddar and fun Colors.
Buy it: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack at Boxed
Ka-Pop! Savory Snack Puffs
Like cheese curls but healthier! Reviewers say they’re delicious. You get three flavors in this variety pack.
Buy it: Ka-Pop! Savory Snack Puffs at Walmart
Pirate’s Booty Cheddar Cheese Puffs
Not only are these tasty treats nut-free, they’re also gluten-free.
Buy it: Pirate’s Booty at Boxed
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are made from organic ingredients and have no artificial flavors. Plus, the little bunnies are fun to eat!
Buy it: Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies at Amazon
Snyder’s Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Sandwiches
These are made in a facility that doesn’t process peanuts, so they’re a safe salty snack choice.
Buy it: Snyder’s Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Sandwiches at Amazon
Bitsy’s Smart Crackers
These cheese crackers are made with chia and veggies, so they’re healthier than other options.
Buy it: Bitsy’s Crackers (use the website to find a local store)
Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels
Pretzels are usually a safe nut-free bet, but check to make sure they’re made in facilities that don’t process nuts. These from Snyder’s of Hanover pass the test.
Buy it: Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels at Amazon
SkinnyPop has a wide variety of flavors. This variety pack includes original and white cheddar, both sure to be a hit with kids.
Buy it: SkinnyPop Popcorn at Amazon
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs
These are like cheese puffs, but a little healthier. You get three different flavors in this variety pack.
Buy it: Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs at Amazon
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps
If you find pretzels bland, pretzel chips might be right up your alley. They’re great for dipping into hummus too.
Buy it: Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps at Amazon
Popcorn meets chips in PopCorners, and reviewers can’t seem to get enough of them!
Buy it: PopCorners Chips at Amazon
Pringles Snack Stacks
These little containers are the perfect size for a quick snack. You get six different flavors in this variety box.
Buy it: Pringles Snack Stacks at Amazon
Popchips Single Serve Bags
Haven’t tried Popchips yet? Time to get in on the low-calorie trend! (Avoid Nutter Puffs since they do contain peanuts. They’re made in an entirely separate factory, though.)
Buy it: Popchips Single Serve Bags at Amazon
Zee Zees Cruncherz
Chickpeas are loaded with protein, making these roasted crispy treats a perfect midafternoon pick-me-up.
Buy it: Zee Zees Cruncherz at Amazon
Enjoy Life Lentil Chips
Lentil chips are crunchy and flavorful and provide a pop of protein whenever you need it most.
Buy it: Enjoy Life Lentil Chips at Amazon
Craving something sweet? Try these cookies, granola bars, fruit snacks, and more.
These delicious fruit-flavored cereal bars are so soft and chewy. Perfect for a quick sweet treat!
Buy it: Nutri-Grain Bars at Boxed
Enjoy Life Chewy Bars
This brand caters to the allergy-friendly market, so their nut-free snacks are a safe and sure choice.
Buy it: Enjoy Life Chewy Bars at Amazon
Zee Zees Grahamz
Graham crackers that taste like birthday cake? Yes, please! They have strawberry and original too.
Buy it: Zee Zees Grahamz at Amazon
Dole Mandarin Orange Cups
You won’t have to worry about kids getting too much sugar from these yummy mandarin orange cups—they’re packed in 100% fruit juice, not syrup!
Buy it: Dole Mandarin Orange Cups at Boxed
Don’t Go Nuts Chewy Granola Bars
These are a little pricier than your average granola bar. But many reviewers feel that it’s worth it for the peace of mind of a delicious and truly nut-free snack.
Buy it: Don’t Go Nuts Chewy Granola Bars at Amazon
MadeGood Healthy Snacks Variety Pack
This variety pack includes a nice selection of granola snacks, all guaranteed to be free of nuts and other allergens.
Buy it: MadeGood Healthy Snacks Variety Pack at Amazon
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Get all the fun of gummies without all the additives. These naturally fruit-flavored snacks are perfectly portioned for kids.
Buy it: Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks at Boxed
Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Granola Bars
You need to use caution with granola bars, since many are made in facilities that also handle nuts. Fortunately, Quaker certifies that their Fruity Fun bars are nut-free.
Buy it: Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Granola Bars at Amazon
88 Acres Granola Bars
Older kids (and fellow teachers) will appreciate the interesting flavors of these granola bars.
Buy it: 88 Acres Granola Bars at Amazon
YumEarth Organic Vegan Fruit Snacks
These chewy gummy snacks are a favorite, with thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.
Buy it: YumEarth Organic Vegan Fruit Snacks at Amazon
Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps
Fruit is the only ingredient in these nut-free snacks. They are freeze-dried to make them light and crispy.
Buy it: Brothers Fruit Crisps at Amazon
Black Forest Stretch Island Fruit Leathers
No added sugar and no gelatin, just fruit purees go into these treats. Each one is the equivalent of a serving of fruit.
Buy it: Stretch Island Fruit Leathers at Amazon
GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go
Applesauce is a terrific snack, but it can get messy. GoGo SqueeZ makes it easy to eat anywhere because you won’t have to worry about making a mess when pouring out the applesauce. Plus it requires no refrigeration!
Buy it: GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go at Boxed
Bob Snail Fruit Rolls
Need a lower-sugar fruit snack? This might be a good option. Reviewers note that they’re not overly sweet, which many people consider a good thing.
Buy it: Bob Snail Fruit Rolls at Amazon
Snack Pack Extra Creamy Pudding
Generations of kids have enjoyed these smooth cups of pudding in classrooms. They come in chocolate and vanilla.
Buy it: Snack Pack Extra Creamy Pudding at Boxed
Barnum’s Animal Crackers
These are the same animal crackers you ate as a kid—you can even still get them in the little boxes with the handles!
Buy it: Barnum’s Animal Crackers at Amazon
Rice Krispies Treats
Just like you make at home, but pre-packaged to stay safe until you’re ready to snack!
Buy it: Rice Krispies Treats at Amazon
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