Historically, wee-folks with food allergies have gotten the short end of the stick. Now with so many great snack options on the market, allergy-prone kids no longer have to miss out on treats, or eat cardboard-like crackers. Here’s a list of bite-sized options that aren’t full of junk and taste pretty darn delish:
12 allergy-free snacks your kids will actually want to eat
PC Brownie Little Penguin Soft CookiesPeanut-Free
These delectable soft cookies are individually wrapped and school-safe. Plus, we're pretty sure kids will devour anything shaped like a cute animal.
$2.99 from presidentschoice.capresidentschoice.ca
MadeGood Granola MinisGluten-Free • Peanut-Free
Sometimes fighting over a carrot stick just ain't worth it. These yummy non-GMO balls come in five flavours and contain the nutritional equivalent to an entire serving of veggies (but no need to point it out while they're scarfing them down).
From $4.99 at madegoodfoods.commadegoodfoods.com
PRANA Coconut ChipsGluten-Free • Vegan
This crunchy alternative to potato chips is organic, sulfite-free and a great way to fill your kiddies up with potassium. And, kinda like chips, it comes in tasty flavours like BBQ, salt & pepper, spicy chili and classic.
$3.99 at prana.bioprana.bio
SunButterPeanut-Free • Gluten-Free • Egg-Free • Dairy-Free
Now that peanut butter is verboten at most schools, this creamy sunflower butter is as close as you'll get to a classic PB 'n' J. Not only is it made in a nut-free facility, the seeds are grown in a peanut-free region. It's packed with protein and tastes just like the “real" thing.
$6.99 from sunbutter.comsunbutter.com
PC Gluten-Free Chocolate CupcakesGluten-Free
Thickly swirled icing atop moist, rich chocolate cake? You had us at the picture. These cupcakes taste homemade (put them in your own container and no one will be the wiser) and you'd never guess they're gluten-free.
$5.49 from presidentschoice.capresidentschoice.ca
GoGo Organic Veggie Quinoa BurgerGluten Free • Wheat-Free • Dairy Free • Vegan
Ok, so this isn't officially a 'snack' but it covers a ton of allergy-free bases and is easy-peasy (just add water). Plus, it packs enough protein punch to keep them swinging on the monkey bars 'til home time.
$10.99 from gogoquinoa.comgogoquinoa.com
Simply Protein Kids BarsGluten Free • Peanut Free • Vegan
Light and crunchy, these bars are low in sugar and stacked with good stuff like fibre and protein. Even better, the company donates 1 bar for every 10 sold to kids in need.
$1.79 from simplyprotein.comsimplyprotein.com
Annie's Gluten Free Bunny CookiesGluten-Free
Made with rice and corn flour, these chocolate and vanilla cookies are made with non-GMO ingredients and are cute as heck.
$4.99 from Annies.comAnnies.com
JK Gourmet GranolaGluten-Free • Dairy-Free
Honey-sweetened and entirely free of grains, this granola is delish by the handful or with yogurt.
$11.29 from jkgourmet.cajkgourmet.ca
Bana Crisp Fruit CrackersGluten-Free • Peanut-Free • Dairy-Free • Egg-Free • Soy-Free • Vegan
Made in Hudson, Quebec, these zesty crackers are loaded with minerals and are so darn dense, you'll never hear “I'm hungry" again.
$4.95 from tuttigourmet.comtuttigourmet.com
Mary's Organic Crackers Sea Salt PretzelsGluten-Free • Nut-Free • Wheat-Free • Dairy-Free • Vegan
Kids and pretzels go together like Charlie and Snoopy. Mary's Organic makes a high fibre stick variety that's perfect for dipping.
$6.79 from marysgonecrackers.commarysgonecrackers.com
Martin's Apple ChipsGluten-Free
They might not eat enough fresh fruit, but we guarantee they'll love these. These crunchy, Ontario-made snacks have zero added sugar and come in cinnamon and chocolatey varieties. How'd you like them apples?
From $1.96/22g at martinsapplechips.commartinsapplechips.com