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Inside: Find our favorite recipes for the best 10 dairy free toddler snacks. These are not only easy to make, but these yummy snacks will teach your child how to make healthy eating choices.
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I was busy preparing lunch and my curious toddler went into the pantry and closed the door. As I finished slicing the cucumbers, I noticed how quiet my son was. I opened the door to find him in a pile of cocoa powder with a giant smile on his face. He was determined to find himself a snack.
My kids both love to eat. And when hunger hits, they are hungry NOW. I try to feed them healthy, plant-based snacks as much as possible to help them learn healthy eating choices.
After this incident, I decided to move all of the snacks that were kid-friendly to a shelf that was eye level for my kids. That is where I now store most of my fruit and vegetables along with other healthy options.
Because I know I need to be ready with snacks in a short amount of time, I prepared a list of 10 dairy free toddler snacks. I can make many of these dairy-free snacks for my kids within just a few minutes.
10 Dairy Free Toddler Snacks
Eating plant-based or gluten-free food can be cost-effective with these ten tips. Here is a list of some of our favorite dairy-free toddler snacks:
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #1: Smoothies
My kids love helping me make smoothies. And I like to freeze our bananas when they start to turn brown and save them for smoothies. We like to mix up all kinds of frozen fruit, but here is one of our favorite recipes:
– 1 whole frozen banana
– 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 1/2 cups Silk Almondmilk
– 1/4 cup oatmeal
– 1 tbsp Vega Protein & greens powder
– 1 tbsp almonds
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #2: Yogurt Parfaits
My kids devour yogurt parfaits. I love that you can add whatever fruit you have in the refrigerator to them and they are easy to make. We usually follow this yogurt parfait recipe, except to make it dairy-free we alter a few of the ingredients to look like this:
– 1 So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt
– Fruit, sliced (suggested: raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and strawberries)
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #3: Veggies and Hummus
Again, this dairy-free toddler snack is super simple to make and so healthy. All you need is your child’s favorite vegetables and some hummus.
– Vegetables: Snap peas, cucumbers, baby carrots, celery, etc.
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #4: Protein Bar
If I’m in a rush or don’t have time to prepare a quick snack because I’m running out the door, I like to use Vega Bars. They are a plant-based protein snack bar and packed with real ingredients.
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #5: Raisins
This one is so easy because it’s already ready to go. If your child doesn’t like raisins, you could also try dried cranberries or even dehydrated fruit.
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #6: Hard Boiled Eggs
I like to keep hard boiled eggs on hand because they are packed with protein and make an easy snack or even a healthy breakfast for kids. To make the perfect hard boiled eggs, bring your water to a rolling boil. Then, gently add the eggs. I usually make a dozen at a time. Next, set a timer for 15 minutes. They come out perfect every time. And you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #7: Veggie Muffins
Another excellent strategy for packing in healthy ingredients like veggies is to put them in muffins. We’ve tried this recipe for zucchini muffins that are yummy. You’ll need:
– 2 cupsgrated zucchini or 1 cup zucchini/1 cup grated carrot
– 1/2 cup applesauce or apple puree
– 3 mashed ripe bananas
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 1/4 cup sugar optional
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 3/4 tsp baking soda
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #8: Fruit Sorbet Popsicles
We use this recipe for three-ingredient watermelon sorbet popsicles that are super yummy. You pretty much add the ingredients to a blender and freeze them. It’s that easy. In fact, you could also substitute other fruit in place of watermelon and still have a delicious dairy-free snack.
– Watermelon (seedless)
– 1 So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #9: Veggies Kabobs with Guacamole
My kids will eat almost anything that we put on fancy toothpicks. Ha! Vegetables are WAY more fun to eat on a toothpick kabob. Our favorite combination is sliced cherry tomatoes and cucumber. But you could use whatever combination your child likes.
– Sliced vegetables
– Fancy toothpicks
Dairy Free Toddler Snack #10: Almonds and Dried Fruit
This snack is so easy. My kids typically prefer almonds or cashews, but you can use whatever nuts you’d like. Please be careful with any toddler eating nuts for the first time because of potential allergies or choking hazards and check with your physician first. Both of my kids loved to snack on nuts and I would mix them with dried fruit.
– Dried fruit
Wrapping Up: Dairy Free Toddler Snacks
I love having this list of ten healthy and dairy free toddler snacks for when I am in a pinch. I did my grocery shopping at Meijer. In July, they are running a promotion where if you buy 10 Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free, Earthbound Farm Organics or Vega participating products you save $3. Another great deal is you can save over $17 on featured Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free & Vega products.
PS – If you enjoyed this piece, I think you’d also like this yummy recipe for gluten-free cookies.