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Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Recipes for Kids

Allergy-Friendly Treats and Snacks for Your Peanut-Free School


Updated May 22, 2014

Is your school peanut- or nut-free?  Does your child have a food allergy? Are you wondering what’s safe to send in to school for a birthday treat or special school snack?   Here are five recipes for sweet treats without nuts or peanuts.  That is cause for celebration!

Note: If using prepackaged foods, be sure to check the label before purchase to double check that the item is peanut- and nut-free.

1. Fruit Kebabs

Pineapple, grapefruit, grapes and melon on kebab skewers
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Both healthy and fun, fruit kebabs satisfy grown-ups and kids. Try one of these kebab variations for an easy, kid-pleasing party snack.

2. Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are nostalgia and happiness, wrapped up in pleated paper.  Some options for safe cupcakes are:

  • Allergy-Free Mixes: There are some companies, such as Cherrybrook Kitchen, that produce cake and frosting mixes in dedicated peanut-free facilities. 
  • Peanut Free Bakeries: A growing number of peanut-free bakeries are popping up in larger cities, so it is possible, though often less convenient, to find peanut and nut-free cupcakes that are made for you.
  • Homemade: You can also make your own delicious, peanut, nut and egg-free cupcakes using our Lemon Vanilla Cake recipe. This recipe is also free of dairy, soy, and eggs.

3. Fun Gelatin Shapes

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Remember gelatin blocks from your childhood? Try this version, free of artificial colors and flavors as well as all major allergens.  

4. Allergy-Friendly Caramel Popcorn

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This recipe is free of common food allergens and contains no dairy, soy, nuts, or peanuts. It is simple to make if you have a candy thermometer.

5. Parfait

“Everybody loves parfait… Parfait may be the most delicious thing on the whole [dang] planet!” – Donkey, from Shrek

 Layer parfait in clear plastic cups:

  • Dirt and Worms:  Chocolate pudding layered with crunched Oreos and topped with gummi worms.   Eeeeeeew.  Yum.
  • Tropical Paradise:  Chunks of pineapple, mango, and orange layered with lime yogurt and sprinkled with coconut flakes.  Top cup with a paper umbrella.
  • Red, White, and Blue: Strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.
  • Peach Crumble: Peach slices, vanilla yogurt, and safe granola, such as Enjoy Life Foods Cinnamon Crunch Granola.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake:  Fresh sliced strawberries layered with cream cheese frosting and safe graham cracker crumbs.

6. Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are great desserts for kids with multiple food allergies.  They are peanut, nut, egg, dairy, and wheat-free. 

  • Krispie Cookies:  Follow our video. Pat the treats firmly into a 9 x 13 pan.  Cool and cut into shapes using cookie cutters.  Decorate as desired.
  • Krispie Cake:  Make a double batch of treats and press into well-greased nine inch cake pans.  Frost and decorate like regular cake. Surprise!
  • Krispie Lollipops:  Create Krispie Cookies. Cut circles while slightly warm. Gently push a popsicle stick into each treat. Wrap in cellophane or plastic wrap and tie ribbon around handle.

(Note: Rice Krispies are not gluten-free.)


Kellogg's Rice Krispies. Accessed June 20, 2010. http://www.ricekrispies.com/#/Default

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