Nut-Free Snacks to Keep Everyone Allergy-Safe

Corn Flake Oatmeal Cookies
Photo: Blaine Moats

A well-planned snack shouldn't keep just the kids happy until dinner. We've pulled together a list of nut-free snack ideas that adult palates will appreciate, too. Best of all, they're nut-free so you don't have to remember to ask about allergies. Snacks are also a great way to add more healthy foods and key nutrients into your diet. Each of these healthy nut-free snacks delivers something redeeming, whether it's a nutrient like protein, fiber, vitamins, or a tasty way to up your fruit or veggie count.

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Pizza Quesadilla

Pizza Quesadillas
Matthew Clark

This kid-friendly snack is nothing short of genius. Pizza + quesadilla = pizzadilla. Feel free to change up your toppings: swap olives and pepperoni for slices of ham and small bites of pineapple or sautéed bell peppers. Anything you have on hand will work.

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Pumpkin Apple Pops

Fresh Caramel Apple Pops

Pay no attention to the nuts you see in the picture. To keep this snack safe for those with nut allergies, skip the option to decorate with chopped nuts. This is a great snack to encourage the kids to help because it's fun. It's also one to bookmark for entertaining or parties. Even though it looks decadent, it's a great snack that provides a few extra grams of fiber.

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Pineapple-Spinach Smoothies

Pineapple-Spinach Smoothies with sliced banana
Brie Passano

This smoothie is brimming with so much goodness: vitamins C, A, some Bs, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. See what we mean?! It also will deliver serious staying power as it has ample amounts of both protein and fiber for under 250 calories.

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Air-Fried Zucchini Chips

Air-Fried Zucchini Chips
Rachel Marek and Emily Hemmingsen

Serve this as a healthy after-school snack or an appetizer when everyone is clamoring for dinner and it's not quite ready. The recipe is a fantastic way to sneak in a veggie serving covered in crunchy, cheesy goodness.

Buy It: PowerXL Air Fryer ($120, Target)

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Sherbet Fruit Pops

Sherbet Fruit Pops
Andy Lyons

Refreshing and fruity, these ice pops take only about 10 minutes to put together. Then pop them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight and—voilà!—a cool sweet treat and a small serving of fruit.

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Surprise-Inside Chocolate Bread

Surprise-Inside Chocolate Bread
Hannah Bigot

Wait to slice this loaf until the kids get home from school—you (and they) will enjoy the reveal of the pumpkin shape inside (made with real pumpkin!). What we really love about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves—one for this week, one for another week.

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Corn Flake Oatmeal Cookies

Corn Flake Oatmeal Cookies
Blaine Moats

This cereal and butterscotch riff on oatmeal cookies takes only 8 minutes to cook in the oven. And thanks to the oats, it delivers a whole grain. The batch is large—36 cookies!—so don't hesitate to wrap a dozen or so up and freeze them for later.

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Fruit Tostadas

Fruit Tostadas on orange plate
Blaine Moats

This 3-ingredient snack comes together easily and quickly. It's also a great way to add some fiber to your diet (thanks to the whole wheat tortilla and fresh fruit). For a nut-free version, be sure to skip the final optional ingredient of almonds or pecans.

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Frozen Yogurt Bark

Frozen Yogurt Bark
Blaine Moats

This yogurt-based bark takes a mere 15 minutes to put together before it goes into the freezer. Skip adding nuts and coconut chips to make this truly nut-free. Thanks to the yogurt, each serving delivers 5 grams of protein and a little bit of calcium.

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Carrot Cake Smoothies

Carrot Cake Smoothies ingredients cup illustration
Carson Downing

This smoothie really tastes like its cake name. But also, the combination of Greek yogurt + oats + sunflower seed butter makes this smoothie incredibly satisfying. Be sure to use sunflower seed butter and not nut butter so it's 100% nut free.

Buy It: SunButter Sunflower Butter ($6, Target)

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Mediterranean Salmon Spread

Mediterranean Salmon Spread with crackers
Jason Donnelly

This low-calorie snack (only 54 calories in a serving!) is packed with protein (14% of your daily value), is easy-to-make, and uses canned or pouch salmon.

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