Lactose-Free Snacks for Kids

Being a kid takes a lot of energy! These dairy-free snack recipes are perfect for lunchboxes, after school, after practice or anytime they're hungry.

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    Apricot Oat Bars

    Easy to make, tasty to eat, these bars have it all!. © 2008 Ashley Skabar

    These lovely, healthy apricot bars are simple to prepare and perfect for mornings on the go, lunch box sweets, and afterschool snacks. With just a small amount of brown sugar, these bars achieve most of their sweet flavor from dried apricots, which, when combined with oats, a hint of almond meal and soy yogurt, makes for a snack that will provide lasting energy.

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    Baked Corn Dog Bites

    Healthier than traditional deep-fried versions, these dairy-free Baked Corn Dog Bites are great for lactose-free kids as snacks or as appetizers for parties. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Healthier than traditional fried recipes, this Baked Corn Dog recipe is a quick, fun snack that goes well with simple sauces like this sweet, sour & spicy barbecue sauce or this dairy-free cheese sauce. If you and your kids are vegetarian, simply substitute the hot dogs for a vegetarian variety.

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    Carrot Pockets

    These fun dairy-free pockets are perfect for school lunches or after school snacks. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Healthy, fun and flavorful, these pockets are enjoyed by kids and adults alike. For quick snack-time preparation, you can make the dough and fill several hours in advance and assemble your pockets just before baking, or you can make the pockets, freeze them for up to 1 week and then reheat them in a toaster oven or conventional oven.

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    These dairy-free bars are great for hikes or for a quick energy-rich snack. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Perfect for hurried mornings, these dairy-free cereal bars also make great after school snacks, and they're easily transportable for sports or instrument practices. I like to make these and wrap them in individual wrappings to make them easier to pop in backpacks or purses.

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    With just a hint of cheese and herbs, these are a deliciouslly soft and savory snack. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    I'm not sure that I've ever met a kid that doesn't love soft pretzels, and there is something about making you own that is really special. These cheese-flavored soft pretzels are delicious cheese-free and butter-free versions of the cinema and street fair favorite. For easy, quick snacks, I like to double the recipe and freeze the leftovers.

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    Great for sweet snacks or for lunchbox treats. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Simple, savory and sweet, this easy dairy-free recipe has it all! For satisfying afterschool snacks or lunchbox desserts, these Chocolate Covered Pretzels are always a welcome surprise.

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    Easy Chocolate Caramels

    These creamy chocolate delights don't even need to be heated, cooked or baked!. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These no-bake, no-heat treats are healthy and easy to prepare. Prepared with almost all raw ingredients, these Chocolate Caramels are rich, sweet snacks that both you and your little lactose-free guy or gal can feel good about.

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    Made with homemade vegetarian marshmallows and homemade dairy-free graham crackers, these are really special. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Growing up, graham crackers were always one one of that fun, special "excuses" to have cookies before dinner ("But, Mom, it's a cracker"), not to mention the perfect snack for camping trips and sleepovers. This dairy-free graham crackers recipe puts a homemade vegan spin on the snacking classic without the butter, milk powder or whey found in traditional store-bought varieties. Served on their own or with homemade vegetarian marshmallows and dairy-free chocolate, these...MORE slightly sweet, rich crackers are simply fun.

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    Healthy Fig Bars

    Figs are a delicious way to add calcium to your diet. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Figs are a great way to add calcium to your dairy-free kids' diets, and they are so sweet and rich on their own that the filling for these healthy fig bars is only pureed figs! Prepared with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, canola oil and maple syrup, these bars are great for on-the-go mornings and after school snacks. For more ways to help your little one get their daily dose of calcium, check out some of these other dairy-free calcium food sources.

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    Homemade Granola Bars

    These are great for a healthy on-the-go morning meal. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Perfect for snacking and easy to transport, these homemade granola bars are great for dairy-free kids and adults for school or work lunches, afterschool snacks, hikes, and camping. Chewy, sweet and satisfying, these are just as fun and healthy as traditional varieties without the dairy products.

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    These homemade vegan energy bars are great for post-workout fuel or healthy snacks. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Being a kid takes energy! For after long summer days spent playing outside or after school practice, these homemade protein bars are packed with energy-rich ingredients and soy protein to fuel your child's busy day.

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    Muesli Bars

    Whether you use your own homemade muesli or a store-bought variety, these healthy, easy-to make bars are an excellent snack or quick breakfast treat. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Whether you decide to prepare these with your own homemade muesli or a store-bought muesli of your choice, these dairy-free muesli bars are simply delightful, not to mention so much healthier than many traditional muesli bar recipes that contain loads of butter! Prepared with wholesome ingredients like flax seeds, oat flour, and maple syrup, these are a tasty, non-dairy energy boost for your lactose-free guy or gal!

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    Oat & Raisin Squares

    These are great for a healthy yet sweet breakfast, dessert or afterschool snack. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Beautiful, healthy and simple, these Oat & Raisin Squares are one of my favorite dairy-free snacks for road-trip snacking, rushed mornings and long hikes.

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    Pigs in a Blanket

    Great for kids and parties, these little piggies are easy to make vegan, too!. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For whatever reason, kids love thing in things, things rolled in things and hot dogs in ANYTHING. Not just for appetizers anymore, these dairy-free pigs in a blanket are significantly healthier than traditional butter-laden versions, and they make terrific snacks for summer days or lunch boxes.

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    Pizza Rolls

    These are great as a snack or for a meal-time treat. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    With an easy non-dairy cheese sauce and a simple tomato-based sauce, these dairy-free pizza rolls are satisfying and fun.

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    Saltine Crackers

    These dairy-free crackers make great snacks or appetizers. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    More often than not, store-bought cracker varieties contain some form of dairy or another, be it in the form of butter, casein, or whey. These dairy-free saltine crackers are a satisfying snack served with peanut butter, dairy-free yogurt cheese or other non-dairy spread of your choice.

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    Skillet Pizzas

    Theses yeast-free pizzas are easy to make and so delicious!. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Yeast-free and quicker than regular pizza dough, these skillet pizzas are fun snacks that are incredibly versatile; make your pizzas whatever size and with whatever toppings your kid likes!

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    © 2007 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For movie munching, kids' parties or just for a snack that's rich in B-vitamins, this Spiced Cheesy Popcorn Recipe uses nutritional yeast and cayenne pepper for a cheesy-flavored treat with a spicy kick.