If you have kids, you're likely familiar with dealing with allergy-free snacks. Peanuts and peanut butter are often banned from many classrooms and schools, along with a host of other foods you might have grown up loving. What if eggs, dairy, and gluten were also off the table? Turns out there are plenty of options that deliver snacks you want to eat in a way that works for most people at the table. These snacks are allergy-free or can be made allergy-friendly without compromising the taste or ease of the recipe.
You could technically make these rolls dinner when served with a side of rice and maybe some tofu or other protein, but we love them as an afternoon snack, too. They have a satisfying crunch from all the veggies, and you can choose your spread — hummus, tahini, or cashew cheese — depending on the crowd you're cooking for.
Who said snacks can't be sweet? We love these easy dipped figs that are then sprinkled with sea salt. They make a great gift, and an even better afternoon pick-me-up.
These might taste cheesy, but there's no dairy in this vegan snack. Instead it gets it's Cheeto-like flavor from nutritional yeast and garlic powder. All we know is that the combination of the two is seriously addictive.
These spring rolls are fresh and crisp, but have a little bit of caramelized flavor, thanks to the roasted veggies. The tahini dressing is made with soy sauce, but an easy switch to tamari keeps this gluten-free.
If nuts aren't an issue, but dairy is, consider making these vegan cookies. In place of the butter you can use vegan margarine like Earth Balance, and because the cookies are on the crunchy side, they don't require an egg substitute.
Careful — these plantain chips are seriously addictive. Once you whip up a tray, be prepared to cook them again and again. A combination of the sweet, crunchy base and the spiced topping, with chili powder, cumin, and cayenne, make these likely inclusive and delicious.
If you think spring or summer rolls are only for veggies, think again. These fruit-filled rolls make the perfect unexpected afternoon snack. And the best part? They are completely accessible to most dietary needs.
Popcorn is one of those snacks we often forget about until movie night rolls around, but it's a healthy option for any afternoon, and the variations are seemingly endless.
9. Kale Chips
Kale chips are about as allergy-friendly as you can get. The ingredients are simple — kale, salt, and olive oil — and they don't take long to make. Just remember if you're making them for a crowd, you'll probably need more kale than you think.
Substituting white beans in the normally cheese heavy artichoke dip makes for a much lighter version that keeps the same hearty consistency. Just make sure you choose crackers that fit your allergy parameters, too.
This will forever be one of our favorite snacks, both for how easy it is and how delicious the results are. You can serve the chickpeas with just a sprinkle of salt and some freshly ground pepper, or you can get creative with the seasonings — salty, spicy, or sweet, there's really no wrong way to dress up this basic snack.
Here's hoping chocolate is on the can-eat list, because these bites are blank canvases for a number of toppings. Skip the peanuts in favor of crunchy cornflakes, add a dried fruit if you like, or even try chopped ginger for a spicier version.