12 Top Allergen-Free Snacks to Pack for Kids On The Go!


Last week’s post on the new Ripple Milk Kids Packs made me think about how hard it can be to come up with top allergen-free snacks for active kids and adults. And not just for allergic individuals or their parents, but also for people trying to provide safe snacks for a larger group. At summer camps, in school, for beach gatherings or afternoon barbecues, bites that are easy to make and can fit loads of special diets are a necessity! So I put together a baseline snack list that offers quite a bit of versatility. Each option is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, seafood-free, plant-based and vegan-friendly. Whew!

12 Top Allergen-Free Snacks for Kids (and Adults) On-the-Go! Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and veganAs a kid, I would eat olives this way, but never thought about raspberries!

Top Allergen-Free Snacks to Pack for Kids

  • Seed & Fruit Trail Mix (Hemp, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds + Dried Apples, Apricots, or Berries)
  • Watermelon Wedges with Dairy-Free Yogurt Dip (Choose a Top Allergen-Free Yogurt for Dipping!)
  • Pretzels with Seed Butter (Pick Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Pretzels & Seed Butter Singles)
  • Homemade Granola (Easy to Make with Gluten-Free Oats, Seeds & Spices)
  • Red Ants on a Log (Celery Sticks, Seed Butter & Dried Cranberries or Raisins for Black Ants!)
  • Green & Black Olives (Plain or Stuffed with Garlic or Pimientos)
  • Berries or Stone Fruit (No Prep Needed for these Out-of-Hand Fruits)
  • Air-Popped Popcorn (Drizzled with Coconut Oil or Buttery Spread and Sprinkled with Sea Salt)
  • Roasted Chickpeas (Baked with a little Oil and Seasoning at 400ºF until Crispy)
  • Carrot, Celery & Bell Pepper Sticks with Hummus (Watch for Sneaky Soybean Oil!)
  • Plain Baked Tortilla Chips & Salsa (Check on Processes, but many are Allergy-Friendly)
  • Pea Protein Milk Singles (Shelf-stable like Ripple Milk in Plain, Vanilla, or Chocolate)

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12 Top Allergen-Free Snacks to Pack for Kids on the Go (healthy, easy, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, plant-based, and delicious!)This post is sponsored by Ripple Foods, but the facts are facts, and any opinions are my own!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Christine Mulholland on

    Hi, I eagerly look for your posts, but cannot follow most of your recipes and suggestions. Why? Because sadly, people can be allergic to anything.My daughter is not only allergic to dairy and beef and lamb, she is also allergic to nuts of all kinds so no cashew milk recipes. As for the above list, she is also allergic to carrots, apples, bananas, grapes (raisins), apricots and apples. Throw in her brother who is allergic to corn.

    Now after a lot of allergists and research it turns out that many of these items are related to the rubber tree, Who knew? Therefore she also has a latex allergy and would also be allergic to avocados and just for fun, let’s throw in bakers yeast. So no bread. We actually finally had to have a specialist walk through Whole Foods with us trying to find things she could eat. So I’ll get back to the boiled chicken and potatoes and continue to keep my eye open for something we can use.

  2. These are all such great ideas. As an allergy-mom, I get asked often what I pack in my kids lunchbox or during snack-time and most of these are included (minus the olives ?). But I can’t wait to look for the Ripple minis so I can add that to our own list.

  3. It is so nice to have a go-to list! I’ve been loving roasted chick peas lately! And like that Ripple uses pea protein in the milk alternatives!

  4. We are heading out soon, too! So this is a timely reminder and inspiration to get planning. Though I am no kid, Ants on a Log is one of MY favorite snacks and one I send is school lunches.

  5. What a great list! Especially for parents to have a birthday parties and things like that where there is a chance someone has an allergy!

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