14 peanut-free snacks

These allergy-sensitive treats are perfect for home or school.

14 peanut-free snacks

Photo: Erik Putz

Tahini Cookies

These soft, chewy treats are first-class peanut butter cookie imposters. The secret? Tahini, a rich, nutty (but totally nut-free) sesame seed paste. Get the recipe: Tahini Cookies

tahini cookies with sesame seeds

Blueberry-Ginger Muffins

Bakery-style muffins are totally doable at home. Use up those fresh blueberries or get down with frozen ones—either way, the final product will be delicious. Get the recipe: Blueberry-Ginger Muffins

blueberry muffin recipePhoto: Roberto Caruso


Blueberry-Cinnamon Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars rule. These ones are no-bake and come together in just 25 little minutes. Get the recipe: Blueberry-Cinnamon Granola Bars

plate with homemade granola barsPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Quinoa Banana Bread

Classic banana bread gets a makeover with protein-packed quinoa. There’s chocolate chips in there, too, for good measure. Get the recipe: Quinoa Banana Bread

Plate of banana bread made with quinoaPhoto: Emily Cumming

Kiwi Yogurt Cups

Sure, you could pack a yogurt cup, or you could spruce up plain Greek yogurt with a layer of tangy kiwi. Make a few ahead of time to last the week. Get the recipe: Kiwi Yogurt Cups

Kiwi yogurt cupPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect for bake sales or for winning the “Boss of the Lunchroom” title, these treats are everything you’ve ever wanted in a cookie: crispy edges, chewy centres and yeah, chocolate. Get the recipe: Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

stack of homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

Easy cheese balls for your little cheese ball. Pack with crackers and apple slices. Get the recipe: Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

plate with small cheese balls, crackers and apple slicesPhoto: Ryan Schulz

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Freeze this sunny smoothie in a reusable bottle—it will keep your kid’s lunch cool and be the perfect slushy treat come recess. Get the recipe: Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

three bottles filled with creamy peach smoothiePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Double-Duty Homemade Pudding

Homemade pudding is so easy to make. Pack with animal crackers for dipping or top it with nut-free granola or fruit. Get the recipe: Double-Duty Homemade Pudding

chocolate and vanilla pudding in glass cupsPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Stuffed Cucumber Bites

Cucumbers are hollowed and stuffed with a mix of cream and goat cheese for a fresh and delicious snack (or lunch). Get the recipe: Stuffed Cucumber Bites

plate of cucumber slices hallowed out and stuffed with cream cheesePhoto: John Cullen

Zucchini Chips

Your kids will eat veggies when they come in crispy chip form. These ones are quick, easy and seriously addictive. Get the recipe: Zucchini Chips

plate of baked, crispy zucchini slices


Blueberry-Apple Fruit Leather

Forget store-bought, making your own fruit leather at home is a cinch. All your need are four ingredients and a bit of time to let it set. Get the recipe: Blueberry-Apple Fruit Leather

Bento box with a fruit strip rolled up in wax paperPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

Say hello to your new addiction. Seriously, this sweet and salty kettle corn is the best. We don’t want to brag, but you’ll basically win the bake sale with individual bags of this popped corn. Get the recipe: Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

plastic lunch container with cinnamon popcornPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cheesy Biscuits

When has a biscuit ever done you wrong? This flakey number is packed with cheddar cheese, no butter needed. But pack some on the side if you want your kid to live his best life. Get the recipe: Cheesy Biscuits

flakey cheddar biscuitPhoto: Erik Putz

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This article was originally published on Aug 24, 2020

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