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50 Healthy Snacks for Kids (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Refined Sugar Free)

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50 plus healthy snacks for kids that are nutritious and easy to make. All of these snacks are gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. If you are looking for healthy snack ideas for your kids then you will love these delicious snack ideas made from real, unprocessed ingredients.

Coming up with healthy snack ideas for kids (particularly if they have food intolerances, allergies, or sensitivities) can be tricky!

I get asked all the time by you guys for more snack ideas to feed your little ones with hungry tummies. If your family has food intolerances or sensitivities or is trying to avoid refined and processed foods it is common to be stumped when it comes to finding healthy snack ideas.

I have put together a list from some of my favourite bloggers to give you a quick and easy reference guide for some great ideas for healthy kids snacks. These snacks are all homemade and free from any refined baddies.

The best thing about making your own snacks is you can be sure about what goes into them! So many store-bought crackers and snacks are chock full of sugar and contain MSG, additives, and other things you don’t want like high fructose corn syrup.

You can boost your child’s nutrition by ensuring only good quality wholesome ingredients go into your snacks and sneaking in extra vegetables or fruit here and there!

In addition to having nutritious unprocessed snacks ensuring you are using a good quality Eco-friendly lunchbox that is BPA, PVC and lead-free is important to avoid contaminants leaching into the food. Bento style boxes are awesome as there is no need for extra packaging!

Making your own snacks at home means that you can not only monitor what is going into them but you can really boost the nutritional value of your food giving your kids an extra healthy boost!

(This post was originally published in October 2017, it has been updated to improve user experience)

50+ Healthy Snacks for Kids

Gluten-Free Crackers

Homemade crackers are a great way to get some more nutritious nuts and seeds into your kids diets, many store bought crackers can be high in salt and contain additives. Making your own means they can be made into fun shapes too!

Gluten-free goldfish crackers in white bowl

Homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free) (pictured) by Strength and Sunshine

Nut-Free Paleo Crackers by What Grandma Ate

Italian Tigernut Flour Crackers by Strength and Sunshine

Extra Crunchy Chia Seed & Flaxseed Crackers by Love Food Nourish

Healthy Nut & Seed Crispbread by Divalicious Recipes

Energy Bites and Bliss Balls

Energy Bites and Bliss Balls are a quick and easy way to make a super nutrient-rich snack that looks and tastes great and your kids will love!

No-Bake Almond Blueberry Snacks on marble background with honey, oats and blueberries in background.

No-Bake Blueberry Almond Energy Snacks (pictured) by The Seasoned Mom

No Bake Energy Bites with Dates and Nuts by Veronika’s Kitchen

No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites by Vegging at the Shore

Apple Crips Energy Bites by Taste and See

Vanilla Almond Balls by V Nutrition

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Balls by Allergy Girl Eats

Creamy Blueberry & Coconut Energy Balls by Love Food Nourish

Raw Peanut Butter Coconut Bites by Raia’s Recipes

Apricot Date Nut Bites by Garlic & Zest

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Bites by Beauty and The Foodie

Creamy Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls (pictured below) by Love Food Nourish

Creamu lemon bliss balls on white background with sliced lemon and white cloth in background.

Gluten-Free Granola Bars, Nut Bars, and Seed Bars

Homemade granola and nut bars can be a nutritious and filling snack for kids. Many commercial granola or nut bars are pretty high in sugar although they may be marketed as “healthy”. Making your own means you can make sure only nutritious and unrefined ingredients are going into them and you can also keep on eye on the sugar content!

Carob and Tahini Seed Bars on grey marble chopping board with white cloth in the background

 

Carob and Tahini Seed Bars (Pictured above by Love Food Nourish)

Paleo Nut Bars with Goji Berries by Love Food Nourish

Fruity No-Bake Energy Bars by Happy Foods Tube

Apricot Coconut Slice by Love Food Nourish

Vegan Fruit and Oat Bars by Food Meanderings

Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars by Happy Kitchen Rocks

Easy Nut Fruit Bars by Pinch and Swirl

No-Bake Cinnamon Apple Energy Bars by A Virtual Vegan

Chia Fruit and Nut Bars by Living Sweet Moments

Baked Apples Healthy Energy Snack Bar by Splash of Flavours

Gluten-Free Muffins, Healthy Cookies and Bread

Making your own bread, muffins or cookies can be a great way to add some more variety and veggies/fruit/nuts and seeds into your child’s diet. They can be pretty tasty too!

Buckwheat, carrot, date and walnut muffins on baking tray some with raspberries on top with raspberries in a bowl to the side.

Buckwheat, Carrot, Date & Walnut Muffins (pictured) by Nourish Everyday

Favorite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by Pass Me Some Tasty

Pumpkin Banana Muffins by Love Food Nourish

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins by Recipes to Nourish

Banana, Pear & Cinnamon Oat Bites for Kids (Allergy-Free) by Love Food Nourish

Blueberry Walnut Breakfast Cookies by The Organic Dietician

Paleo Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies by Low Carb Yum

Banana and Feijoa Loaf by Love Food Nourish

Sweet Potato Blueberry Flourless Muffins by Athletic Avocado

Grain-Free Zucchini Banana Bread by Nourish Everyday

Veggie Egg Muffins with Pesto by Love Food Nourish

Healthy Vegan Cookie Dough by Yup it’s Vegan

Fruit Snacks

I love these fun ideas for snacks using fruit! Fruit kebabs or kabobs as you call them in the U.S are always a hit at kids parties. I love the look of the ones pictured below by Raia’s Recipes. Smoothie bowls are a favourite in my house and can be a great way to include greens in your child’s diet. Its fun to make pretty patterns on the top and get your kids to help.

Fruit kabobs on baking tray with bowl of fruit to the side, some are cut into star shapes.

Kid-Friendly Fruit Kabobs (pictured) by Raia’s Recipes

Green Smoothie Bowl by Foodbyjonisister

Homemade Crunchy Apple Chips by Living Sweet Moments

Peach Turmeric Smoothie Bowls by The Organic Kitchen

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups by Living Sweet Moments

Homemade Orange Jello by Recipes to Nourish

Orange Fruit Pumpkins by Thrifty DIY Diva

Homemade Fruit Gummies with no added sugar (pictured below) by Love Food Nourish

Paleo Homemade Gummies in jar and spilling out of jar on white background.

Veggie Snacks

I love these creative ways to get more veggies into your kids! Dips such as hummus or pesto are always a winner, kids love dipping food into dips! They also make a great alternative to using butter when using it as a spread. Get creative with your dips and use them to get some more variety and protein into your child’s diet and get them snacking on some healthy veggies!

Veggie spring rolls with bowl of peanut sauve and scattered peanuts on wooden table.

Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce (picture) by Happy Kitchen Rocks

Roasted Butternut Squash & Turmeric Hummus by Love Food Nourish

Vegetable Loaded Sushi Donuts by Recipes From a Pantry

Turmeric Veggie Rice Balls by Love Food Nourish

Kale, Basil & Walnut Pesto by Love Food Nourish

Other healthy snack ideas:

Here are a few other healthy snack ideas to give you some other inspiration. Kids love variety so its a great idea to mix things up a bit to keep them interested in eating healthy foods.

Roasted pumpkin seeds spilling out of a jar on white and red cloth.

Roasted Sweet Pumpkin Seeds (pictured) by Made by Luci

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas by Strength and Sunshine

Easy Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt by Allergy Free Alaska

Thank you to all the very talented food bloggers who contributed their recipes for this post.

I hope you enjoyed this list of healthy snacks for kids, let me know what you are going to try in the comments!

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Have a lovely week!

Hope

 

 

 

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