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39 Allergy-Free Treats For Kids

Whether your child avoids dairy, wheat, eggs or nuts, food allergies can turn classroom parties and after-school snacks into a big challenge. Every kid deserves a worry-free treat, and these goodies do the trick.

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Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Orange, cinnamon and nutmeg round out this creamy spiced dip. I serve it with apples, pineapple and strawberries when they’re in season. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Editor’s Tip: Before starting any of these recipes, double-check your ingredient packaging to be sure the processing facility is allergen-free.

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Lemon-Apricot Fruit Pops

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

With just 31 calories and less than 1 tsp. sugar per serving, this is one light and refreshing summer dessert everyone can find room for! —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
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Thyme-Sea Salt Crackers

Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free

These homemade crackers are decidedly light and crispy. An addictive snack on their own, they also pair well with a sharp white cheddar. —Jessica Wirth, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Our Test Kitchen staff, many of whom are busy parents themselves, came up with this fresh and fruity summer snack idea. It’s easy to make ahead and carry to the ballpark, beach or playground, and the cinnamon-spiced yogurt dip adds a fun touch kids love. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Homemade Potato Chips

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Forget buying a bag of potato chips at the grocery store when you can make these at home. This quick and easy recipe will delight everyone in the family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Soft Honey Cookies

Dairy-Free, Nut-Free

This old-fashioned cookie has a subtle honey-cinnamon flavor and a tender texture. It’s been a favorite in my family for years and now it can be one at your house, too. —Rochelle Friedman, Brooklyn, New York
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Black Bean Brownies

Wheat-Free, Nut-Free

You’d never guess these rich, velvety chocolate treats contain a can of black beans. —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island
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Ranch Popcorn

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

What’s movie night at home without some popcorn to munch? Try a big tub of this buttery, showstopping blend. It’s easy, cheesy and finger-lickin’ good. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Apple Snack Wedges

Apple Snack Wedges

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

Kids of all ages will love these easy apple wedges at snack time. With protein from peanut butter and a hint of sweetness and crunch, the quick-to-fix bites make a fun and healthy treat. —Jacquie Berg, St. Cloud, Wisconsin
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Easy Elephant Ears

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

You’ll love the classic cinnamon-sugar flavor of these crispy bite-size treats. Even more, you’ll love that they call for just three ingredients and are so simple to assemble. —Bob Rose, Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Patriotic Pops

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

My kids love homemade ice pops, and I love knowing that the ones we make are good for them. We whip up a big batch with multiple flavors so they have many choices, but these patriotic red, white and blue ones are always a favorite! —Shannon Carino, Frisco, Texas
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Fruit & Cereal Snack Mix

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Tart dried cranberries and cherries are a nice contrast to the sweet cereal in this kid-friendly snack. It’s a great take-along treat. —John Lancaster, Union Grove, Wisconsin
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Chocolate Amaretti

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free

With a hint of almond, these chewy treats are similar to those sold in Italian bakeries. My husband and children are always excited when I include these in my holiday baking lineup. —Kathy Long, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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Watermelon Sorbet

Summertime and watermelon go hand in hand. My melon sorbet is fresh, fruity and without the gluten and eggs you get in many other frozen desserts. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Snack Mix

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

Being gluten-intolerant, I experiment with a lot of recipes. This sweet snack is fun for kids and adults alike! —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
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Lemon Shortbreads

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Every year my mom and I collect cookie recipes we want to try and then get together in early December for an afternoon of baking. These no-fail lemon cookies have become an annual tradition. They’re a wonderful homemade holiday gift. —Kristen Stecklein, Glendale, Wisconsin
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Chocolate-Topped Marshmallow Sticks

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

I like to use all sorts of different marshmallow shapes and flavors to mix things up. These chocolate-dunked pops are always a hit at local bake sales. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

As a competitive figure skater, I need high-energy snacks to keep me going. These cookies are loaded with nuts, chips and fabulous flavor. Coaches at my skating rink are always snitching two or three when I bring them in! —Cassandra Brzycki, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Gluten-Free Snowballs

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

No one will miss the flour in these crumbly, nutty balls of goodness. Their melt-in-your-mouth texture will make them the hit of your cookie exchange. —Joan Sarge, Asheville, North Carolina
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Triple Fruit Freeze

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

These pops won’t turn your tongue blue or neon green like many store-bought pops because they’re made with fresh grapes, blueberries and kiwifruit. —Colleen Ludovice, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Nuts and Seeds Trail Mix

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

A filling blend of nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and dried fruit keeps you healthy by the handful. —Kristin Rimkus, Snohomish, Washington
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Apricot Leather

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

Since it’s not sticky, this is a tasty, nutritious snack that’s perfect to take along on whatever trail you travel. In pioneer days, fruit leather was made by thinly rolling fruit and drying it in the sun. —Patsy Faye Steenbock, Riverton, Wyoming
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Bite-Sized Apple Pies

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

These little bites are fun for kids to make. Simply wrap strips of pastry around apple wedges and shake on some cinnamon-sugar. Then just bake and watch them disappear! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Warren's Oatmeal Jam Squares

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

At 102, I still love to bake. I make these bars in my toaster oven for my fellow residents at our assisted living home. —Warren Patrick, Townshend, Vermont
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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

I wanted to make a gluten-free doughnut that tasted so good, the fact that it’s gluten-free is beside the point! —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Quick & Easy Gumdrops

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

These homemade candies are softer than store-bought. They’ve got that classic, fun appeal that people really love. —Leah Rekau, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chocolate-Dipped Apple Rings

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

These apple treats are a staple in my Christmas goody packages. Sometimes I add an 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne to the cinnamon mixture for a little extra kick. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington
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Raspberry Ice Cream in a Bag

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Making homemade ice cream is fun for the whole family, and the fresh raspberry flavor of this treat makes it a perfect summer activity. Kids can shake the bags until the liquid changes to ice cream and then enjoy the reward! —Erin Hoffman, Canby, Minnesota
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Frozen Chocolate Monkey Treats

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

Everyone needs a fun, friendly way for kids to play with food. These ‘bites’ are nutty and yummy when you coat bananas in chocolate and dip them into peanuts, sprinkles or coconut. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses

Wheat-Free, Nut-Free

Eat these kid-friendly treats as is, or crush them into a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. Readers of my blog, utry.it, went nuts when I posted that idea! —Amy Tong, Anaheim, California
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Light & Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

This pudding is exactly what its name promises—light and creamy. Since it uses soy milk, it’s a great choice if you’re dairy-free. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona
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No-Bake Fudgy Coconut Cookies

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

My daughter works at a summer camp, so I send treats. Instead of a cookie jar we use a coffee can and call it the Wrangler Feeding Trough. Everyone asks for this cookie. —Sue Klemm, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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Colorful Candied Apples

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

The glossy candy coating on these old-fashioned apples is hard, so it’s best to lick them like a lollipops or cut ’em into wedges to serve. Be sure your apples are clean and dry before dipping. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
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5-Ingredient Fudge

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

You’re moments away from a pan of creamy fudge. Just microwave, stir and spread. —Sue Tucker, Edgemoor, South Carolina
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So-Easy Snack Mix

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

I eat this tasty treat just as much as (if not more than) the kids! Have fun with it by adding other goodies into the mix, like nuts, cereal, pretzels and more. —Jeff King, Duluth, Minnesota
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Chocolate-Glazed Cupcakes

Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Because I have a dairy allergy, I’m always on the search for treats I can eat. I prepare these cupcakes with dairy-free chocolate chips and vanilla coconut milk instead of cream. —Kirstin Turner, Richlands, North Carolina
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Chocolaty Chips

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

My two little guys can’t get enough of this sweet-and-salty snack, which uses just three ingredients and is ready to eat in 15 minutes. The boys like to drizzle on the melted chocolate, too. Sometimes we replace the potato chips with apple slices. —Jami Geittmann, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

I learned how to roast pumpkin seeds from my mother, who learned it from her mother. Keep an eye on the seeds so they don’t scorch. —Margaret Drye, Plainfield, New Hampshire
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Frozen Watermelon Lemon Cream Tarts

Wheat-Free, Egg-Free

These fruit tarts are so refreshing on a hot summer day! They are extremely healthy and convenient, and just a few ingredients means they’re easy to make, too. —Bethany DiCarlo, Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Nicole Doster
Nicole is a writer, editor and lover of Italian food. In her spare time, you’ll find her thumbing through vintage cookbooks or testing out recipes in her tiny kitchen.

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