20 Healthy Back-to-School Recipes – Nut-free, Gluten-free, Low Sugar


Looking for healthy and delicious snacks for your kids?  Look no further.  I’ve collected 20 of the best nut-free, gluten-free snacks around. 

Nut-Free Gluten-Free Back To School Snacks

My kids headed off back to school yesterday.  I am now officially the mother of a 3rd grader, a 1st grader and a feisty little pre-schooler.  I can hardly keep up!  I know every parent feels this way but I just have to remark upon how quickly the summer flew by.  As much as I am anticipating the cooler temperatures and bright golden colours of fall, I am a little sad to say goodbye to summer.  We had a great one, and we packed in a lot of activity and a lot of mini-getaways.  It’s tougher to do those fun things with the school year in progress.

If you’re like me, you are constantly struggling to find healthy snacks and treats your kids will love.  And if your school system is like mine, you can’t send in anything with nuts.   We’re also cutting back on as much gluten as possible, so it’s a triple whammy:  nut-free, gluten-fee and low in sugar.  That ain’t easy, my friends!  But with the help of a few blogger friends, I’ve put together a great collection of recipes for you that meet those requirements.   Some sweet, some savoury, all of them delicious.  Have a healthy, happy school year!

Chocolate Sunbutter Crunch Bars @dreamaboutfood

 Chocolate Raisin Sunbutter Crunch Bars

Cinnamon Apple Fruit Leather from Savory Simple

Mini Vanilla Macaroons from Everyday Maven

Gluten-Free Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake

Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Beet Chips with Fennel Pollen from The Hungry Goddess

Gluten-Free Homemade Fig Newtons with no added sugar

Homemade Gluten-Free Fig Newtons

Fairy Berry Trail Mix from Frannycakes

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies


Spiced Apple Chips from Chocolate Chocolate and More


Banana Fruit Leather from Oh My Veggies

Blueberry Breakfast Bars @dreamaboutfood

Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Sunbutter from Everyday Maven

Gluten Free Cowboy Cookies

Gluten-Free Cowboy Cookies

Chewy Cocoa Granola Bars from Sugar-Free Mom


Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks

Banana Flax Muffins 5

Banana Flax Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Banana Cookies from Alida’s Kitchen

3 Varieties of Pumpkin Seeds from Kitchen Treaty

Chili Lime Roasted Chick Peas from Willowbird Baking

Goddess Chicken Satay 2

Goddess Chicken Satay


 Italian Paper Bag Popcorn from Snappy Gourmet












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  1. says

    My daughter is not old enough for school-school yet but we are starting toddler group and need to take turns bringing nut-free, gluten-free snacks. So this is perfect!

    And thanks so much for including a link to my pumpkin seeds!

  2. Carolyn says

    The “Cinnamon Apple Fruit Leather from Savory Simple” links to a jpg, not a recipe. Do you have the link to the recipe? Thanks! Lots of fun kid-friendly/mom-friendly stuff here.

  3. says

    wow. this is a fantastic round up! THANK YOU! I’ve got three kiddos too – and I completely agree – it’s hard to find great food and snacks that please lots of palates and are nutritionally sound.
    Glad I found you!

  4. Mickey says

    You are crazy if you think these are LOW SUGAR! You are a diabetic??? Really? Fruit leather and all these sweet treats are incredibly high in sugar. You are NUTS.

    • Carolyn says

      Hi there. I’d advise you not to come to someone’s blog and get all over them like that. It’s incredibly rude…but I am assuming you meant to be rude. If you read the post, you will see that the round up is NOT for diabetics, but healthy recipes for kids. And actually, the majority of them are low sugar. Actually click on the links and read them…you’d see. As for fruit and things made from fruit, yes it contains sugar but that’s not a bad thing for a non-diabetic. I write this blog for people who have celiac too and many of them are able to enjoy some natural sugar without any issue.


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