Back-to-school season is upon us, which means that if you’re a parent, you’re likely busy shopping, prepping, and figuring out what the upcoming year’s schedule is going to look like. You may also be brainstorming nut-free school snacks since these are the only snacks most kids can bring to school.
For someone who isn’t familiar with nut-free baking, this might seem intimidating. But, fear not: Almost all of your favorite school snacks can be made nut-free with a few simple swaps, like sunflower butter for peanut butter, or seeds instead of nuts. In other words, nut-free snacks aren’t any less delicious, or any harder to make.
Peruse the list of nut-free school snacks below, and pick out a few favorites that you think your kid(s) will love. If they’re a hit, add them to the regular rotation!
Maple coconut granola clusters
These granola clusters work on their own as a snack, but you can also serve them with milk or yogurt for a quick breakfast.
Traditional puppy chow is held together with a peanut mixture, but this one calls for sunflower seed butter instead—don’t worry, it’s still just as sweet!
No-Nut Chex Mix
Making your own Chex mix is easy, and means you have more control over the ingredients.
Oat granola bars
These basic granola bars rival anything you’d find at the store, and work as an anytime snack.
Berry bliss balls
If your kids like berries, try out these fruity bliss balls.
“PB & J” energy balls
These energy balls taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but don’t have any nuts at all! Click through to find out how.
Rice Krispies treats
Rice Krispies treats have been around forever, but they’re still one of the most appealing, easy-to-pack snacks there is.
Sea salt chocolate pretzel cookies
What kid wouldn’t love opening their lunchbox to find this loaded cookie?
Chocolate chip oat bars
These chocolatey oat bars are a cross between a blondie and a granola bar.
No-bake sunflower butter granola bars
The chocolate-covered sunflower seeds aren’t absolutely essential to these granola bars, but they sure do make a great finishing touch.
Apricot-chia energy bars
The chia seeds in these sweet energy bars are subtle, but add some good crunch.
Bake sale coming up? These vegan, gluten-free, nut-free chocolate muffins will please pretty much everybody.
If you sometimes serve breakfast on the go, these muesli bars are a great, fruit-filled option.
Chocolate-covered snack balls
With these portable snack balls, you get just enough chocolate alongside wholesome ingredients like oats and flaxseed.
Five-ingredient SunButter cookies
Peanut butter cookies are a classic, and being nut-free doesn’t mean you have to go without. These SunButter cookies are just as soft and decadent.