Gluten-free snacks for kids can seem difficult to find and expensive, however, there has been a huge increase in gluten-free options recently. With a little creativity and knowing where to look, you can find lots of options that won’t break the bank!
When our family needed to go gluten free 6 years ago, I thought that my days of having any convenient snack food was gone. It took some searching, snack prep, and creativity, but now we finally feel like we aren’t deprived.
What are some gluten-free snacks for kids that I can make ahead?
I try to make time each week to do some meal prep or make some healthy grab and go snacks ahead of time.
Some of my family’s favorites are:
- Healthy vegan muffins
- Oatmeal cookie dough bites
- Make ahead smoothies
- Chia seed pudding cups
- Spinach balls
These snacks are all great if you have the time to prep, but if you don’t have the time or energy, there are lots of easy inexpensive choices at your local stores.
Where do I find inexpensive vegan and gluten-free snack foods?
Aldi – Aldi has more and more gluten-free food every time that I go and everything is reasonably priced!
My go-to gluten-free snack and lunch foods at Aldi are:
- Trail mix
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried fruit
- Fruit cups
- Nut butter
- and of course fruits and veggies!
Aldi also has a few main course items that you can heat up and put in a thermos for a great hot gluten-free vegan lunch or after school snack!
These are my favorite easy main courses or heavy snacks:
- Quinoa and Kale
- Quinoa and garbanzo beans
- Lentil soup
- Quinoa cups
Trader Joe’s- There are tons of gluten-free and vegan snacks at Trader Joe’s! If you are lucky enough to have one close by, you will have lots of choices.
Some of our favorites are:
- Snickerdoodle cookies
- Kettle chips
- Kale chips
- Lentil chips
- Coconut flakes
- Protein bars
- Complete cookies
- Smart Dogs
The Dollar Tree – Surprisingly, you can even find a lot of gluten-free and vegan snacks at The Dollar Tree, so even if you don’t live by a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods, you can find a lot of options. (None of these have gluten ingredients, but not all state that they are certified gluten-free so please read labels if you cannot eat foods that may contain trace amounts).
Every time I go to The Dollar Tree, I stock up on…
- Corn nuts
- Dried fruit
- Freeze dried fruit
- Lay’s stacks
- Veggie chips and straws
- Rice cakes
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruit cups
- Peanut butter
I also find tons of gluten-free snacks at Costco, Walmart, Target, Marshall’s, Home Goods, and my local grocery store. Don’t feel like you need to shop at expensive specialty stores to find convenience foods that you can eat.
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