Our Blog

The 50 Best Nut-Free Snacks to Buy or Make

By Sara Nelson on Aug 11, 2020

Nut-Free Snacks

If you or your child has a peanut or tree nut allergy, you know all too well how challenging it can be to find allergy-friendly snacks.

Products labeled as "peanut-free" don't always mean that they've been manufactured in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility either, so there's still a possible risk of cross-contamination.

With most food-related allergic reactions occurring outside the home, we can fully understand why some schools opt to follow strict food allergy guidelines in the classroom and cafeteria to ensure that students don't accidentally eat something they shouldn't!

To make snack time less stressful, we have gathered an extensive list of peanut- and tree nut-free snacks ranging from convenient store-bought for school to delicious homemade recipes.

The products listed below do not contain any trace nuts and tree nuts; however, we always suggest checking and rechecking labels often as brands sometimes change the ingredient lists of their products without notice.

If you are ever unsure, it would be in your best interest to check the company's FAQ section of their website or to reach out to the company directly with your questions.

Savory and salty nut-free snacks

1. Original Turkey Chomplings

One of Chomps' co-founder's sons has a very serious nut allergy, so we know just how helpful it can be to find reliable and tasty allergy-friendly snacks like Chomps at your local stores and online.

Much like our standard-sized meat sticks, Chomplings have the same peppery, slightly smoky, and slightly spicy taste that kids and adults love. Be sure to try Original Beef and Italian Style Beef as well!

2. SkinnyPop Original Popcorn

This premium popcorn isn't bland like many of the other healthier popcorn options out there. It's a nice crunchy snack that's not heavy on the salt and one that your kids will love.

3. Trader Joe's Contemplates Inner Peas

Unlike actual peas, these peas aren't squishy or mushy! They're a crisp and crunchy snack that both adults and kids alike will find satisfying. Plus, they're surprisingly nutrient-dense too!

4. Ka-Pop! Ancient Grains Cheddar Puffs

These cheddar puffs are like Cheetos, except these are actually dairy-free and they won't leave an excessive amount of cheese powder on your child's fingers!

5. Eatsmart Snacks Sea Salt Veggie Crisps

These perfectly seasoned chips are nut-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They're great to have on hand for when you have kids who prefer crunchy and savory snacks.

6. Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs

This plant-based vegan snack is made from a combination of sweet potato flour, pea protein, rice flour, and tapioca starch. It comes in several flavors that include Bangin Bar-B-Q, Cheesy Cheddar, and Crunchy Cinnamon.

7. PopCorners Sea Salt Popped Corn Snack

This crunchy tortilla-shaped snack is made with just 3 simple ingredients. Pack this with some salsa or a cheese dip for an amazing afternoon snack!

8. Plant Snacks Sea Salt Cassava Root Chips

These chips are a great snack option because they're super crunchy and will satisfy your craving for something snacky and salty.

9. Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

Unlike other snacks, these cheese puffs actually contain protein and fiber. So, compared to a usual bag of potato chips, these are considerably the better option.

10. Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels

Snyder's has several pretzel varieties, from mini pretzels to sourdough nibblers, to pretzel sticks, to honey mustard and even onion pretzel pieces. These are 100% safe for nut-free schools!

11. Horizon Organic Mild Cheddar Sticks

Cheese is a fantastic nut-free snack option, especially since it contains protein and calcium. These cheddar sticks are easily stored in your child's lunchbox.

Sweet nut-free snacks

12. Zee Zees Strawberry Grahamz

These tiny strawberry-flavored graham crackers are an easy-to-grab snack that's perfect for kids! Not only are they super cute, they're also made with wholesome ingredients and do not taste overly sweet.

13. FreeYumm Double Chocolate Soft Baked Cookies

If you're looking for store-bought allergy-free snacks to store around the house or to pack in your kid's lunchbox, then you should consider getting some of these dense, chocolatey, and chewy soft-baked cookies.

It has no refined sugars, no preservatives, and is made only with high quality ingredients.

14. Fancypants Baking Hand Decorated Cookies

No one can resist these delicious sea critter cookies. These are seasonal desserts, but are definitely worth the wait. You can pick from 4 designs: fish, shark, octopus, and a starfish. Yummy snack, yes... but what about as a party favor? Also yes!

15. MadeGood Vanilla Crispy Squares

Do you love the classic rice crispy cereal treats dessert bars? Well, you're going to love these! Not only do they contain less than a hundred calories, but they also pack a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals because they're enriched with vegetable extracts.

16. Rule Breaker Birthday Cake Blondies

Nothing says "delicious" like these sweet birthday cake-inspired blondies! They're primarily made with chickpeas and topped generously with white chocolate chips and tiny rainbow sprinkles. We would also highly suggest that you try the Deep Chocolate Brownie variant!

17. Katz Gluten Free Chocolate Crème Filled Cupcakes

These taste just like Hostess cupcakes! Aside from them being nut-free, these are also perfect for those with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. They are incredibly flavorful, moist, and overall a terrific substitute to traditionally baked cupcakes.

This brand also carries several other products that are equally delicious.

18. No Whey Foods Chocolatey Covered Pretzels

Enjoy a bag of these crunchy, salty-yet-sweet, chocolate-coated pretzels without worrying about the top 8 common food allergens. They're individually packed for your convenience and are 100% plant-based.

19. Evoke Happy Snaps Berry

This crispy oat snack is low on sugar, non-GMO, and is free from the top 8 allergens. They come in 3 flavors: berry, cocoa, and honey.

20. Floria Crunchy Fruit Crisps

Crispy, crunchy, solid slices of fruit that has all the flavor without added sugar. They come in 6 flavor varieties, but we would highly recommend the Crunchy Peach and Crunchy Banana flavors!

21. MySuperCookies Chocolate Heroes

These are the ultimate nut-free snack idea for kids who love superheroes! They are a chocolate-flavored cookie that isn't overly sugary.

22. Bitsy's Sweet Maple Smart Crackers

These crackers are tiny geometric-shaped and are perfect to munch on during snack time. The Sweet Maple flavor is reminiscent of pancakes and is infused with vitamins and minerals from carrots.

In addition to this flavor, we also recommend Cheddar Chia Veggie as they taste pretty close to Goldfish crackers! Yum!

23. KinniKritters Graham Style Animal Cookies

Animal cracker cookies are a lunchbox classic! These KinniKritters are firm and crunchy, with just the right sweetness that you would expect from a traditional graham cracker.

24. Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies

This is an all-natural and allergen-free snack that's made with nutrient-dense ancient grains! It's available in 4 varieties: gingerbread spice, chocolate chip, double chocolate brownie, and snickerdoodle.

25. GoGo Squeez Strawberry Yogurtz

This low-fat strawberry-flavored yogurt is stored in BPA-free, squeezable pouches, making it a convenient snack that can be enjoyed as-is (no refrigeration necessary)!

26. Dole Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups

These fruit cups are shelf-stable, rich in vitamin C, and come in single-serving cups, so they're a great bagged lunch option. They're a refreshing combination of pineapple, peach, pear, and cherries that are submerged in fruit juice.

27. Home Snack Foods Awesome Granola Original

These soft and chewy granola bars are safe for those with nut allergies. These make a quick breakfast, school-friendly snack, and are especially perfect for those with active lifestyles.

28. Blake's Seed-Based Chocolate Mint Protein Bar

It's rare to find protein bars that taste good and are allergy-friendly! Pack one of these bars in your child's lunch bag so they can have a nourishing snack to get them through their school day!

29. Enjoy Life Chewy Bars

Much like their soft baked cookies, these bars are also made with nutrient-dense grains and are compliant with a variety of popular diet lifestyles. They come in 6 flavor varieties, but we highly recommend Cocoa Loco and Carrot Cake!

30. 88 Acres Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Seed Bar

These seed bars are made in small batches, thus ensuring each bar will come out perfectly. They're a fantastic snack for kids who are active in sports!

31. Don't Go Nuts Blueberry Blast Granola Bars

Granola bars that don’t have nuts can be hard to come by, which is why these chewy bars are a real winner! This is an organic nut-free school safe granola bar that's just the right size for a child to enjoy and isn't overly sweet.

32. Ommie Snacks Cranberry Energy Bar

This energy bar is as wholesome as it gets. Made with fruits and seeds, it's a great breakfast alternative and can fuel your child's energy during a busy school week.

33. SunRype Strawberry Fruit Strips

If you're trying to get your kid to eat more fruits and you're not having much luck, then you'll want to pack these convenient fruity strips in with their lunch. It's like a chewy fruit roll-up, except it doesn't have artificial flavors and preservatives.

34. Bear Real Fruit Mango Yoyo

Here's another fruit roll-up winner! These no-sugar added, fruity on-the-go snacks contain a dose of vitamin C and will make snack time a lot easier on you and your kiddo!

35. Dandies All Natural Vanilla Marshmallows

These taste as good as a traditional marshmallow except they're vegan AND made at a 100% peanut-free and tree nut-free facility!

36. SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears

These SmartSweets aren't your average gummy snack! These are plant-based, high-fiber, and naturally-flavored candy that are safe for children with nut allergies to enjoy!

They also contain a significantly lower carbohydrate content compared to the gummy candies you find in stores.

37. Yumy Yumy Gummy Unicorns

Do you have a child who loves unicorns? They will love these! They're cute and safe for children with nut allergies.

38. Free2b Sun Cup Minis

This sweet treat is similar to a Reese's chocolate peanut butter cup, except it won't trigger a nut-related allergic reaction! It is Top 12 allergen-free, vegan-friendly, and will satisfy your chocolate cravings!

Nut-free spreads

39. SunButter Natural Sunflower Butter

This is about as close to peanut butter as you can get. Sunflower butter is primarily made out of roasted sunflower seeds. It's high in protein, iron, and potassium, which are essential nutrients that your kid needs to get through their day.

40. Kween Chocolate Granola Butter

Allergen-free and school-safe, this is the first spreadable granola butter made with high-quality and wholesome ingredients. You can spread it on toast, use it as a fruit dip, or mix in with your smoothie.

41. Don't Go Nuts Simply Cinnamon Spread

This soybean spread has the same consistency as creamy peanut butter and has just the right amount of sweetness to it.

Homemade nut-free snacks

42. Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars just got a lot easier! These granola bars are low carb, high in protein, and only require 7 ingredients to make.

43. Chocolate Chip Cookies

There's nothing quite like baking your own batch of cookies. This recipe uses ground sunflower seed meal instead of flour. It yields 10 cookies and takes less than 1 hour to make.

44. Golden Jicama Fries

Although traditional french fries are highly unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction, that doesn't mean that you can't make something similar, but with a lot less refined oils.

45. Chocolate Pudding

This chocolate pudding is so delicious and would be a fantastic mid-afternoon snack for your kid!

46. Nachos or Chips

This recipe for nachos (or just chips) is one that your child is sure to love!

47. Frosted Red Velvet Cookies

This red velvet cookie recipe will come in handy when the holidays are in full swing.

48. Trail Mix

Trail mix is easy to throw together and is perfect to munch on while running an errand or for when you're looking to add more nutritionally-charged snacks to your kid's menu.

49. Pigs in a Blanket

This is a no-brainer! Kids just seem to love hot dogs, so why fight it? Might as well make them some that aren't loaded with preservatives, right?

50. Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is actually a lot easier to make at home than you probably realize! If you make this, you'll save so much money by not needing to buy the tiny single-serve cups in the store.


We know it can get overwhelming when you're trying to have a school safe nut-free pantry with food that your child will actually eat. This is exactly why we commit to making products that not only taste good, but are also free of all allergens.

We sincerely hope you found this post helpful in mapping out snacks that would suit your family's preferences. Enjoy your stress-free and nut-free snack hunting!

About the author

Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is the food blogger behind realbalanced.com, a site dedicated to sharing low-carb, keto, paleo, and primal recipes. Since 2017, Sara has shared delicious, nutritious, and allergy-friendly recipes with her thousands of blog readers and social media followers. Sara lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Ryan, and their Boston Terrier, Rowsdower.

author image