Kids health

12 dairy-free snacks for kids

So, your kid can't have dairy, huh? Hold up cheese strings and yogurt tubes—you're not the only snack game on the playground.

By Amy Valm

12 dairy-free snacks for kids

Best dairy-free snacks for kids

MadeGood Organic Vanilla Crispy Squares

Move over homemade treats, these boxed squares rule. They’re gluten-free, vegan (no dairy, duh) with 7 grams of sugar per bar. #hiptobesquare

box of vanilla rice crispy squaresPhoto: MadeGood

Barnana Organic Coconut Banana Bites

A great source of potassium, the ingredient list is short and sweet: bananas, coconut and water. These cute little cubes are addictive. 

Bag of banana and coconut bitesPhoto: Barnana

Daiya Greek Yogurt

Dairy-free has come a long way, baby. Daiya’s new dairy- and soy-free version (it’s coconut based) of Greek yogurt comes in fun flavours like strawberry, peach, vanilla and blueberry, delivers creamy texture and 6 grams of plant-based protein in a serving. It’s a happy home for granola to hang out in, too. 

cup of vegan strawberry yogurtPhoto: Daiya

Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Puffs

A cheese puff can do no wrong. Earth Balance (makers of an A+ vegan butter and coconut and peanut spread) has created a perfectly crisp and deliciously cheese-tasting snack that will leave the whole family elbow-deep in the bag.

bag of vegan cheddar puffsPhoto: Earth Balance

Heathy Crunch Kale Chips

With a bevvy of flavours like Say Cheeze (with magical nutritional yeast), The Big Chipolte and Monkey Buisness (that’s with coconut, folks), getting kids to eat their kale is no big thang. 

bag of cheesy kale chipsPhoto: Healthy Crunch

I Heart Keenwah Chocolate and Peanut Butter Puffs

With a whooping 4 grams of protein per serving, these tasty puffs are vegan and delicious, right down to the dark chocolate coating. 

Bag of chocolate-covered peanut butter puffsPhoto: I Heart Keenwah

Late July Organic Peanut Butter Mini Sandwich Crackers

Say hello to your new fave crackers. They’re made from organic ingredients and unlike other store-bought sandwich crackers, these ones are free of hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup. Although they don’t contain dairy or any animal products, they are made in a plant that uses eggs and milk. 

box of peanut butter crackersPhoto: Late July

Mary’s Organic Minis Graham

Let’s give a collective sigh for these adorable little crackers. They’re organic, gluten-free and a fun treat to gobble on the school yard. 

box of mini graham crackers in fun shapesPhoto: Mary's Organic Crackers

Snap! Crisped Rice Candy Bar

OK, maybe more of a treat than a snack, but when you’re dairy-free, milk chocolate is off the table. This tasty bar that has all the sweet, melty flavours of a chocolate bar with a fun crunch. 

vegan chocolate bar with crisped ricePhoto: Snap!

Spokes Air-Puffed Potato Snack

These cute wagon wheel-shaped potato puffs pack a seriously satisfying crunch. Created by a Canadian mum and made in Calgary, they come in nine—nine!—delicious flavours: Sea Salt, Mango Habanero, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Barbecue, Dill Pickle, Salt & Pepper, Fiesta Salsa, Sea Salted Caramel and Simply Bare.

bag of puffed potato chipsPhoto: Spokes

Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears

Another one for the treat roster, these sweet little bears are a fun indulgence. Made from organic ingredients, they’re vegan and contain no artificial flavours or colours. All natural, baby. 

package of organic vegan gummy bearsPhoto: Surf Sweets

Nakd Bars

So what’s in this cheeky bar? Well, there’s dates, raisins, cashews and real fruit. There are plenty of flavours to choose from, too, like Berry Delight, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Orange and Rhubarb Custard. Parents, get in on these. 

gluten-free strawberry fruit barPhoto: Nakd

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This article was originally published on Oct 18, 2017