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Nut-Free Gluten-Free Healthy Snacks for Kids

Updated: Sep 10, 2023


A mother and daughter mixing up some baked goods in the kitchen

Looking for some allergy-friendly quick and nutritious snacks to make with the kids? These nut-free energy bites snacks are easy to make and packed full of goodness.


Encourage your picky eater to be a 'kid in the kitchen' to help you with these simple recipes. Even very young children can pour, stir, and help put these yummy snacks together. Enjoy!


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Nut-Free Cookie Dough Balls Snacks


Ingredients:


2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

10 medjool dates

5 Tablespoons water

3 Tablespoons shredded coconut

2 Tablespoons chocolate chips or cacao nibs

1 Tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of sea salt to taste


Instructions:


  1. Blend oats in a high speed blender or food processor until you get a fine consistency like flour.

  2. Add in shredded coconut and vanilla and process.

  3. Slowly add in dates and water. (If using a Vitamix, may have to do this in 2 batches)

  4. Fold chocolate chips into the dough.

  5. Scoop out mixture, roll into balls and store in refrigerator or freezer.

Makes 16-20 balls



A tray of chocolate chip energy bites with glasses of milk in the background

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites


Ingredients:


1 cup raisins or craisins

3/4 cup water

1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


Instructions:


  1. Add the raisins and water to a microwave-safe bowl, and top with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes before adding the hydrated raisins and 1 Tablespoon of the water to a food processor. Pulse until smooth.

  2. Add the oats and cinnamon to a medium bowl, and stir until thoroughly combined. Mix in the raisin paste until fully incorporated, adding an extra teaspoon of water at a time if the mixture is too dry.

  3. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a large plate. Shape the raisin mixture into balls, and place on the parchment paper. Once set, store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes 32 balls


Adapted slightly from amyshealthybaking.com


A bowl of energy bites with cranberries and nuts

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