Dealing with a peanut and/or tree nut allergy in a child of any age can be stressful for parents, but when your preschooler has one, it can be downright frightening. That's especially true when you're sending them to school, where there's the potential for all manner of unsafe foods to get into their little hands. Thankfully, as awareness about the severity of peanut allergies spreads—and more schools adopt nut-free policies—it's getting easier to mitigate those risks.
Better yet, picking up peanut-free snacks your little ones will love has become easier than ever, with companies clearly labeling products that have been processed with nuts—and some even creating dedicated nut-free facilities to help keep contaminants out. If you're looking for peanut-free snacks for your kiddos, look no further.
Here, we've rounded up 15 peanut-free snacks for preschoolers and kids.
These colorful crackers
Want to send your kid off with a snack you know they'll eat, no matter how picky they are about most foods? Then it's time to stock up on Goldfish. These classic snacks are made with soy, milk, and wheat, but not a nut in sight. Plus, even though these special multi-hued Goldfish (sure to delight a gaggle of preschoolers) come in a rainbow of shades, they contain no artificial ingredients and are only brightened up with safe, plant-based coloring.
These crunchy cereal flakes
If your kid loves cereal, but you're less than keen on the ones laden with artificial colors and flavors at your local supermarket, try these turmeric-infused flakes instead. With 2 grams of dietary fiber and just 160 calories per cup, they're a sweet, filling snack your little ones are sure to love.
These kid-sized graham crackers
Regular graham crackers can be a bit unwieldy for little hands, but Honey Maid's Fresh Stacks graham crackers are sized just right for preschoolers' tiny fingers. They also pack 8 grams of whole grain per serving and pair great with everything from fruit to jam for a filling snack.
These crunchy, satisfying crackers
Organic, gluten-free, whole grain, vegan, and made with no nuts, these crunchy little crackers are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, no matter what your family's dietary restrictions. You can even combine them with slices of cheese and deli meats to make mini sandwiches that your kids will love.
These chewy snack bars
Who says chocolate is only for dessert? These crunchy granola and chocolate chip snack bars are a sweet treat toddlers will love—and even parents can get behind their healthy ingredients. They also just so happen to be gluten-free, non-GMO, and pack 14 grams of filling whole grains. They're a peanut-free chewy granola bar your kids will love to eat in the morning or as a snack at school.
These organic string cheese sticks
String cheese is always a hit, no matter your age. These stringy, fun-to-eat mozzarella sticks from Horizon Organic contain no artificial flavors, colors, or added antibiotics, plus they boast 7 grams of protein per serving, meaning your little one is sure to stay satisfied until lunchtime.
These tasty coconut pudding treats
When it's time for a healthier dessert, try these delicious coconut-based pudding snacks. These convenient cups are organic, vegan, and, most importantly, delicious, meaning your toddler might actually eat the snack you send them with for once!
These naturally sweet treats
Filling up a zip-top bag with 100% natural Sun-Maid Raisins for your preschooler's snack attack is a great way to ensure they're getting ample amounts of fiber, as well as a solid dose of both calcium and iron. A true whole food, these sun-dried raisins have no added sugar, but still offer enough sweetness to satisfy kids.
These organic snack packs
Just grab and go with these pre-packaged snack packs filled with organic gummies from Annie's Organics, which are made with real fruit juice and no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup. Formed into fun bunny shapes, these gluten-free and vegan fruit snacks will keep preschoolers munching when the hungries hit.
This unsweetened applesauce
You can't go wrong giving your kids a cup of applesauce—after all, it's plenty sweet (and pleasing to little ones' palates), but is made from only fruit! This no-sugar-added variety from Mott's—made with 100% real apples—is packed with vitamin C, making it easier for your little ones to fend off those colds that tend to hit preschools hard.
These crunchy twists
Pop some pretzels, like these Rold Gold Tiny Twists, into your preschooler's snack rotation for a satisfying, salty treat they'll love. The whole package has only 110 calories, so it won't spoil their dinner, and there's just a single gram of sugar per serving.
These perfectly sized veggies
Not many people can resist the perfect snacking size and crisp crunch of a handful of vitamin A-filled baby carrots. Pick up a bag, like these ones from Bolthouse Farms, and send it to school with your little one along with a nut-free dip, like sunflower butter or hummus.
These handy yogurt snacks
No need to pack a spoon with your child for snacking on vitamin D-packed yogurt at preschool—just send them off with a few of these delicious organic, kosher yogurts. These handy snacks are filled with delicious, creamy fruit-filled yogurt that has no artificial flavors or coloring—and no high-fructose corn syrup, either.
These sweet and salty popcorn varieties
Who says that popcorn has to be a movies-only snack? This organic popcorn from Boom Chicka Pop comes in at under 80 calories a bag for their not-too-sweet kettle corn and just 45 calories for their sea salt popcorn, making it a perfect kid-friendly snack that only feels like an indulgent treat.
These cheesy, easy-to-eat sticks
Want to send your preschooler to school with a nut-free snack that still packs plenty of protein? Then look no further than these Colby-Jack sticks from Sargento, which have just five ingredients: milk, salt, cheese culture, enzymes, and annatto for color.