I was on Facebook the other night when a friend of mine was calling out for suggestions! It was her daughters birthday and she wanted to bring a treat for her class to share. The problem? It had to be peanut/tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free and carrot free (yes.. carrots.) All of the dietary restrictions have made making inclusive snacks nearly impossible!
I have found a few tasty options that work for MOST group settings. I hope you find this helpful.
- Veggie trays with hummus dip. A few notes: I am aware this isn’t as fun as sugar.. but what is?! Also.. if there are carrot allergies, or vitamin K free diets (for children on blood thinners) then you can choose to omit these veggies, or monitor who eats what.
- Fruit dipped in allergy free chocolate. Let me make this perfectly clear: Carob is NOT chocolate! It is the wolf in sheep’s clothing of the chocolate world. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are delicious and dairy, nut, soy, gluten, casein, potato, wheat, fish, egg, shellfish and sulfites free! Well that can’t be good!! Except it is!! You honest to goodness cannot tell the difference between these chocolate chips and any others. They melt down nicely to dip apple slices, strawberries or marshmallows (unless its a vegan or pork free class as well). If you want to get really creative you can put apple slices on sticks, dip them in chocolate and then dip them in sprinkles.
- Gluten Free Cake Made Easy! Betty Crocker, God bless her soul, made a delicious dairy free/gluten free cake mix. You have to taste it to believe it! It’s really good! There are Betty Crocker frostings that are also dairy free.. but be careful to read the ingredients. This calls for butter. You will have to you make sure you use a Vegan Margarine. Becel Vegan is the best on the market as far as taste. It tastes like original Becel. Most people don’t notice that most margarine on the market contains dairy.
- Rice Krispie Squares. Again, this is providing children in the class can have gelatin. Vegans, Vegetarians, and pork or beef free individuals don’t eat gelatin as it is an animal product. If this isn’t an issue, Kraft marshmallows are gluten free, Gluten Free Rice Krispies, and Becel Vegan Margarine make a wonderful classroom snack!
These are just 4 simple ideas for classroom treats. There are lots of allergy free recipes online, but the biggest complaint I hear is that most households don’t have the special ingredients needed. Limited work is needed for these four ideas that won’t leave anybody disappointed!