This list of Peanut-Free and Tree Nut-Free Packaged Snacks is designed to help parents and caretakers who need to provide allergy-friendly snacks for their own kids or to an entire school class or daycare.
*Originally published August 2019. Updated August 2021*
This roundup of Peanut Free & Tree Nut Free Packaged Snacks for School has been a long time coming. You guys have been asking me for nut-free ideas for YEARS, literally…and to be honest, I’ve been putting it off. I’m not an allergy mama. My kids don’t have allergies and up until recently, they haven’t been in schools that require things to be nut-free so I selfishly haven’t had a whole lot of reason to write this post. But I finally sat down and did it!
Note that all of these snack ideas would also be great in lunch boxes. If you need help with packed lunch ideas, check out my guide: A Month of Easy Packed Lunches For Kids.
A few things to note before we go further:
- This is not an all-inclusive list. There are a lot of options out there. Some of which are not the healthiest. It would be impossible to include them all, and as an RD I approached this list as still wanting it to be filled with snacks that have some nutritional value and not just full of pretzels and potato chips (both of which are fine but not something I give my own kids every day, especially when not paired with a protein or healthy fat, etc. Just know that I did my best to include items that are somewhat healthy, that I would feel good about giving my own kids.
- It’s still your responsibility to do your research. I spent a lot of time on websites and looking at packaging but things can change quickly in the manufacturing process so you still need to check all the labels yourself and check them every time you buy them..not just the first time.
- I haven’t tried them all. Like i said, I’m not an allergy mama so we haven’t had the occasion to buy a lot of these products and therefore neither I nor my kids have tasted a lot of them.
- Some wouldn’t be my first choice nutritionally. But most on this list are things I feel are good choices when packaged snacks are needed.
Peanut Free Snacks + Nut Free Snacks
The best way to determine if foods are allergy-free snacks is to read the label since brands should have a warning statement or allergen list. Be aware of phrases like this:
“May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts.”
“Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts.”
“Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts.”
“Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients.”
You can also check the FAQs on the website but packaging should have the most updated info.
Some schools give guidelines that foods must not contain peanut or tree nuts but don’t require them to be from nut-free facilities. Some do. Be familiar with the rules for wherever you’re sending food so you can make sure to choose snacks that comply with their guidelines. And remember that although choosing allergy-friendly options like this can be a pain if your family does not have allergies, it’s important for the safety of a lot of kids and allergy families appreciate you putting in the time and effort to keep their kids safe. My hope is that this list will make your job just a little bit easier.
Nut Free Snacks For School
Here’s my list of peanut-free and tree nut-free packaged snacks from several allergy-friendly brands, many of which are known for keeping their facilities free of the top 8 allergens. You can click the hyperlinked brand name below each image to be taken to their website, use their store locator etc. I’ve also listed some of their products that might make good snacks. Most brands offer more products than the ones I’ve listed and you can use your discretion to choose those as well! And remember that some brands may have some products made in nut-free facilities and other products that are not so read carefully! I hope it gives you some new ideas if you need them for school and daycare lunches especially!
Popcorn Quinoa Chips
Pea Protein Chips
Remy’s Honey Grahams
Granola (add to yogurt)
Seed & Fruit Mix
Protein Bites (not my first choice)
Fruit + Chia Bars
Just Fruit Bars
Seed & Fruit Bars (slightly high in added sugar but still decent)
Mix-ins (mix with cereal to make trail mix, add to yogurt)
This Bar Saves Lives Kids Bars
Roasted Sunflower Kernels
Mixzees Dried Fruit
Soft Baked Bars
Nutrition bars (higher in calories and added sugar than I’d like for kids)
RW Garcia (peanut-free facility)
Crackers – Lentil Turmeric, Chickpea, Sweet Beet, Sweet Potato
Lundberg Family Farms
(Website says the facility that makes rice cakes is free from peanuts and tree nuts)
(use a peanut butter alternative for topping)
Fruit & Veggie Squeez
Lots of people ask about the fig bars but they’re too high in added sugar for my liking
Popcorn Mini Cakes
Sunny Sau’sage Sandwich
*note they’re peanut/tree nut free and facility is peanut free but not tree nut free*
A few other ideas
That’s It Fruit Bars
A few ideas for allergy-friendly treats:
Rule Breaker Blondies
Free2b Sun Cups & Snack Breaks
Made Good Soft Baked Mini Cookies & Crispy Squares
Enjoy Life Crunchy & Soft Baked Cookies
Peanut Butter Replacements
(Pair with pretzels, fruit, celery, put on sandwiches etc)
(Made with sunflower seeds)
(Made with soy)
88 Acres Seed Butter
(Made with pumpkin, sunflower or watermelon seeds)
Don’t Go Nuts Spreads
(Made with roasted soybeans)
Oat Haus Granola Butter
(Made with oats and flax)
There are also some other packaged snacks that I frequently see mentioned on allergy-friendly lists. Some of their websites say the snacks themselves are peanut/tree nut free but the facilities are not. Others I couldn’t find specific info about the facilities so you’ll need to do your own research based on how strict the guidelines are at your school/facility:
- Quaker Rice Cakes
- Wheat Thins
- Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
And a few other packaged snack ideas:
(DO YOUR RESEARCH AND CHECK THE LABELS)
- String cheese
- Fruit: fresh, dried, freeze-dried, fruit leathers, dried fruit bars, fruit cups
- Individual guacamole and hummus cups
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Yogurt cups/tubes
- Cottage cheese + fruit cups
- Meat sticks/jerky
- 8oz Lifeway kefir
So there you go! Hope that was helpful.
Please remember – I spent a lot of time and energy on this post, but things change. You are responsible for checking the labels and doing research on the things you choose to buy!
And if you’re looking for more snack ideas check out these posts:
- 60+ Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids
- Healthy Snacks At Costco For The Whole Family
- Best Healthy Walmart Snacks
- Best Trader Joe’s Snacks
- Healthy Amazon Snacks
- After School Healthy Snacks
- Low Mess Car Snacks for Kids
- Low Sugar Cereals for Kids
- Healthy Store Bought Granola Bars for Kids
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