Gluten-Free Snacks for School

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back-to-schoolBack to School Week continues at Celiac Family. Today my daughter starts preschool! She attended the same preschool last year, and will have the same teacher my son had two years ago. So, we feel comfortable that we can maintain her gluten-free diet without much ado. However, I did put together a list of gluten-free snack ideas to share with the teacher (and parents, if they request it). The items I included on the list are snacks you should be able to get at just about any grocery store. Perhaps I’ve got one or two new ideas for you? Please leave a comment if you have some other gluten-free snack ideas that aren’t on the list. I can always use some new ideas. 🙂

Gluten-Free Snacks:

Fresh fruit – most fruit cups are gluten-free, too
Fresh vegetables
Cheese – sticks, shapes, string, etc.
Raisins – Sun-Maid
Applesauce – most brands without added flavorings are gluten-free
Chewy Fruit Snacks – most brands are gluten-free. Betty Crocker has even started printing “Gluten-Free” on the front of the box!
Juice – most brands (especially “100% juice”) are gluten-free
Yogurt – most brands without any added toppings; Stoneyfield’s, Yoplait Go-gurt, Trix, Dora
Rice Cakes
Corn Thins
Cereal – Make a trail mix with cereal, raisins, M&Ms, nuts, etc. Some Chex cereals are now gluten-free but to make sure, it should say “Gluten-Free” on the box: Rice Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex; Erewhon Brown Rice Crisps; Koala Crisp; Panda Puffs; (Kellogg’s original Rice Krispies is not gluten-free. Update Aug. 2011: Be sure to purchase the new Gluten-Free Rice Krispies. It is clearly labeled as such on the front of the box.)
Popcorn – most brands are gluten-free; Smat Pop Orville Redenbacher’s, Jiffy Pop, Act II (except extreme butter)
Kettle corn – LesserEvil Classic, Orville Redenbacher’s
Gelatin cups – Jell-o, Wegman’s brand
Pudding cups – Jell-o, Swiss Miss, Hunt’s, Wegman’s
Potato chips – most brands without added flavorings are gluten-free; Lays original, Lays Staxx, Wegman’s, Utz, Ruffles, French’s potato sticks; (Pringles are not gluten-free.)
Tortilla Chips – most brands without added flavorings are gluten-free; Tostitos, Mission, Wegman’s
Corn Chips – Fritos, Wegman’s
Other snacks – Cheetos, Original Tings, Pirate’s Booty, Cheddar Airs

I know that the list leaves room for error, but I was trying to make the point there is plenty of gluten-free food out there that doesn’t have to come from a specialty food mart. Please keep in mind, that I plan to check the ingredients of the daily snack everyday when I take my daughter to school. You, too, should check the food labels because manufacturers can change the ingredients at any time.

For specialty gluten-free snacks, check out some of our favorites at Celiac Family’s Amazon Store.

Categories : Kid-friendly, Parenting



love it, thanks for the thoughts!


Heather–I love this post for that very reason … that you pointed out that so much is gf without having to buy gf specialty products (my whole gfe approach, of course). I just had a group member asking the snack question and while I shared some of the same ideas, I’ll pass your link on to her, too. I’m sure she’ll find your blog a valuable family resource with two newly diagnosed daughters, ages 4 and 6.

Thanks! 🙂


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I recently asked this to Kellogs: Do you have any gluten-free products?


Yes, we recently launched Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal for people who avoid gluten in their diets. The new cereal eliminates barley malt (the source of gluten in original Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal) and is made with whole grain brown rice.

Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal is produced in a separate facility that’s made gluten-free products for nearly a decade. Each batch of product is tested to ensure its gluten-free status. Look for it in the same cereal aisle as original Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal.

At this time, we do not offer any waffle, cookie, cracker, or vegetarian products suitable for consumers on a gluten-free diet.

Kellogg’s® Eggo™ Syrup, Kellogg’s™ Fruit Flavored Snacks, Kellogg’s™ Special K2O™ Protein Water Mixes, and Kellogg’s™ Special K™ Protein Shakes do not have any gluten-containing ingredients and may be acceptable for consumers on restricted diets.

Depending on gluten sensitivity, Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies®, Crispix®, and Kellogg’s® Corn Pops® might be suitable for persons on a gluten restricted diet. Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Crispix, and Cocoa Krispies have a small amount of malt flavoring, made from barley. Corn Pops have a very small amount of wheat starch added. Check with your personal physician to determine if these products are appropriate for you.



Valerie – Thanks for your addition to this post. I was happy to see Kellogg’s venture into the gluten free market this year. Make sure you are purchasing the gluten-free version of Rice Krispies. They still make the original with malt flavoring. I also posted a more thorough review of the new gluten-free Rice Krispies this summer. I would caution anyone on a gluten-free diet to avoid other Kellogg’s products with malt and/or wheat starch. Those are not appropriate for anyone with Celiac Disease. We haven’t tried all of their products that are gluten free. However, my family has eaten Kellogg’s fruit snacks without any problems.


I have found that Post brand Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, and Marshmellow Pebbles are gluten free! I used to love lucky charms and the new marshmellow pebbles is an awesome substitute! The pebbles taste much better than the lucky charms oats.


Becca – Thanks for your addition. We enjoy the Pebbles treats, too, on occasion. You may find some other snack items on another list I created at


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Thank you for posting this! There are a few children in my daughters class that are gluten free. Even though the teacher is not asking for gluten free snacks, I feel so horrible sending something that would exclude another child or make them feel left out. So I will only be sending gluten free snacks that all the children can enjoy together.


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I noticed you had rice cakes on here. Not all rice cakes are gluten free.


Thanks for the clarification, Amber! It’s always good to check the ingredient labels.

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