My 7-year-old son is the youngest of my three children. As his older siblings are in their 20s, it had been many years since I’d regularly attended birthday parties. I was excited to be back in the groove after so many years, and wondered what might have changed since my “bigs” were not so big.
One thing I didn’t have to wonder about was food allergies. See, my son has a peanut allergy. And having logged three years of pre-school prior to him entering kindergarten, I had become well-versed in handling allergy-friendly and kid-approved treats.
Of course my son wasn’t the only one with an allergy. There were wheat allergies. Milk allergies. Tree nut allergies. And creating treats for celebrations where ALL the kids could indulge was a challenge. Even for this experienced cook.
But I was determined, because I knew all too well the disappointment my son has felt when he’s been “the one” who couldn’t have a cupcake or cookie at a party or picnic.
I’ve gathered 13 easy, quick, and tasty allergy-friendly recipes that anyone can make. They are all kid-approved and free of these top food allergens: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and fish.
Let’s dig in!
1. Vegan Berry Pavlovas
Who says you need egg whites to make meringues? Whisk the water left over from a can of chickpeas (a.k.a. “aquafaba”) with some sugar and cream of tartar to create egg-free pavlovas that taste exactly like the real thing! (via Babble)
2. 3-Ingredient Pretzel Cookies
Process gluten-free pretzels into a “flour” to make these buttery (with no butter!), salty, addictive cookies — right in your muffin tin! Note: Be sure to check the label for other major allergens. (via Babble)
3. Fruit Leather
Homemade fruit leather is easier than you think — and way better than the commercial variety. You can use pretty much any fruit you like, and control the amount of sweetener that goes in! (via Babble)
4. Roasted Chickpeas
Roasting brings out the flavor in almost anything — including chickpeas! Add your favorite seasoning and watch these warm crispy morsels disappear the moment they leave the oven! (via Babble)
5. Avocado Hummus
Same-old hummus gets a flavor boost (and a pretty pale green color!) from nutrient-rich avocado. Add some homemade pita chips and give snack time a major upgrade! (via Babble)
6. Strawberry Pomegranate Jellies
These homemade fruit jellies are surprisingly simple to make and 100% natural. They’re sweet, delicious, and have a beautiful deep dark color too. (via Babble)
7. Heart-Shaped Dried Strawberries
Put down the licorice and pick up these delicious dried strawberries! One ingredient, just a few minutes of prep, and you’ve got a naturally sweet “candy” that your kids are guaranteed to love! (via Babble)
8. “Sour Patch” Grapes
Got a minute? That’s all you need to whip up a bunch of sweet and sour grapes. The “secret” ingredient? Jello! (via Babble)
9. Super Green Gummies
Finally, gummies you can feel good about giving to your kids! Packed with fruits and greens, these easy-to-make treats will have even the pickiest eater clamoring for more. (via Babble)
10. Rainbow Fruit Plate
Who can resist a rainbow? Fruit is naturally bright and colorful, especially when arranged to include colors of the rainbow — like in this lovely platter! (via Babble)
11. Cake Batter Muddy Buddies
With just some simple substitutions you can easily create an allergy-friendly version of everybody’s favorite party snack — sprinkles included! (via Babble)
12. Sunbutter Freezer Fudge
You are only four ingredients away from this decadent, sweet and salty fudge. (via Babble)
13. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
When eliminating butter and eggs from traditional cookie recipes, bananas are a great substitute. Try it out in a dairy- and gluten-free version of the classic cookie, oatmeal raisin! (via Babble)
Editor’s Note: This post is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a medical professional or physician before treatment of food allergies.