20 Allergy Friendly School Snack and Lunch Ideas

School is back in session and that means one thing–packing snacks and lunches every day. This can be tricky if your child has a food allergy or if your school has a food restriction policy (no nuts, etc.). Fortunately, there are many great, delicious options when it comes to allergy friendly snack and lunch ideas.

allergy friendly snack and lunch ideas

Here are 20 allergy friendly snack and lunch ideas that will hopefully make your snack and lunch packing a little easier:

Abe’s Muffins

Free from eggs, milk, and nuts, these muffins are school and allergy friendly. Available in mini or large sizes.

Apple Sauce

Made-for-lunchbox pouches and cups are easy for little hands to open and enjoy on the go.

Apple with SunButter

SunButter is a widely accepted, school-approved peanut butter alternative. Check with your school to see if it is allowed.

Bare Apple Chips

Made with only apples, they are available in larger or individual bags.

Barnum’s Animal Crackers

The longtime kid favorite animal cracker is allergy friendly, but it does contain wheat and soy.

Bear Real Fruit Yoyos

Made with a whole cup of fresh fruit, these are easy to keep on hand and toss into your kid’s lunch.

Better Bites Bakery Cake Bites

Top 8 allergen free and a great way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion with the whole class.

Chex Mix

The Traditional flavor is allergy friendly, but it does contain wheat and soy. Other flavors also include milk.


There are many different types of crackers to choose from, but my dairy allergic son prefers Ritz or Club Crackers.

Enjoy Life Breakfast Ovals

Gluten and top 14 allergen free, these breakfast ovals are delicious and come in a variety of flavors.

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars

A granola bar alternative that is gluten and top 14 allergen free.

Fruit Snacks

An easy snack that all kids can enjoy.

Fruit Strips

Available by a wide variety of companies in a number of flavors.

MadeGood Granola Bars

Nut and dairy free, these bars are a good granola bar substitute for those with multiple allergens.

MadeGood Vanilla Crispy Squares

An all-time favorite in our house. An allergy friendly rice krispy treat with no butter.


Available in many different flavors. If you are managing a milk allergy, a few flavors contain milk.


A widely available snack that is available gluten free.

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws

A healthier potato chip alternative that is widely available in larger bags or individual size bags for easy grab and go. If you are managing a milk allergy, a few flavors do contain milk.

SkinnyPop Popcorn

Surprisingly dairy free, all flavors are great options for a class party or movie day.

That’s It Fruit Bars

Each bar contains 100% fruit and is gluten and top 12 allergen free.

We hope this list is helpful for you as you plan out snacks and lunch options for your student(s) this year. With so many options to choose from, your child is sure to find something on this list that they would love to bring to school. Have a great school year!

For more allergy friendly content, check out Julie’s list of allergy-friendly restaurants in and around Detroit!

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