Ensuring we’re stocked in snacks for my kids feels like a full-time job. It involves multiple grocery runs each week, and if you try to calculate how often they snack, it’s a bit like solving an advanced ‘mom math’ equation. When our daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, I had to tweak our snacking routine to include more gluten-free options.
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With the increase in cases of celiac disease and the growing popularity of gluten-free diets, Trader Joe’s has simplified the process of finding fun (and affordable) gluten-free snacks that are sure to please even picky eaters. While we’re not strictly a gluten-free household, most of our snacks fall into that category—partly to ensure my daughter doesn’t feel left out, but also because Trader Joe’s gluten-free snacks are just too delicious to pass up.
Here are 8 gluten-free snacks that I regularly buy for my kids—they’re nutritious, delicious and they’re a guaranteed hit when I pack them in their lunchboxes.
8 gluten-free snacks for kids you can find at Trader Joe’s
1. Organic seedy crackers
These crunchy, savory crackers are the ultimate dip companion, sturdy enough to hold chunky guacamole, yet thin enough to ensure the ideal dip-to-cracker ratio. Made with brown rice, quinoa, flaxseed and sesame seeds, the Organic Seedy Crackers pack a ton of fiber and boast 4 grams of protein per serving.
2. Soft and juicy dried mango
My kids go crazy for these sweet and tangy dried mango slices. They’re on the chewier side, which means it keeps my kids occupied a bit longer (without interruptions!) while I’m busy in the kitchen. This mango is naturally sweet and just what you need when you’re hankering for a treat after dinner
3. Gluten-free multigrain bread
We’re big fans of this gluten-free multigrain bread because, unlike many other brands that have tough and sponge-like texture, this bread is wonderfully soft and chewy. It’s made from a mix of gluten-free flours and makes the perfect snack when you’re craving a wholesome bite between meals—whether it’s a vehicle for avocado toast, peanut butter and jelly, or classic bread and butter.
4. Freeze-dried strawberries
What’s better than big, juicy, sweet strawberries? Turning them into chips! These crunchy delights are iron-rich and packed with 7 grams of fiber per serving. Freeze-dried strawberries make a fantastic addition to cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and you can crush them up to create your own homemade strawberry “sprinkles”.
5. Overnight oats
Great for breakfast, snack or breakfast-for-dinner, these single-serving cups of overnight oats are a game-changer in our home. They come in a variety of flavors and offer the perfect combination of chewy and sweetness. Made with gluten-free oats, sweetened with apples and dates, and loaded with healthy fats from almonds, it’s our go-to snack for tossing in lunch boxes and diaper bags, and a convenient option on those days when you need to ward off a meltdown with a quick snack fix.
6. Frozen blueberries
I’m mom of the year when I bring out frozen blueberries for snack time. Not only are they a refreshing treat, but they’re also packed with antioxidants and fiber. My kids prefer frozen blueberries over fresh ones (they taste a little sweeter!) and we opt for the wild variety because they’re smaller and pack more flavor in each bite. We enjoy munching on them straight from the freezer or tossing them into yogurt or oatmeal, turning meals into a vibrant purple treat.
7. Chocolate-covered rice cake thins
This snack is just the right balance of sweet (without being cloying) and crunchy. To make these chocolate-covered rice cakes even more wholesome, I love adding a thin layer of nut butter for added fats and fiber. Made from brown rice and dark chocolate, these rice cakes are the ideal on-the-go snack and perfect for popping into backpacks.
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8. Bamba peanut snacks
The crispy and nutty Bamba puffs aren’t only ideal for introducing allergens—they’re fantastic for regular snacking too! Made from corn and peanuts, these protein-rich nuggets make a delightful addition to any snack lineup.