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Allergy-Free Treats For Kids

Let kids with food allergies enjoy tasty snacks on "Treat Day" with the rest of the class.

Egg-Free Toffee Chip Cookies

Egg-Free Toffee Chip Cookies

Whether it's lactose, gluten or eggs giving your child adverse reactions, food allergies can turn fun occasions, like school parties, into a challenge for you and your little one.

Every kid deserves a worry-free treat, so we're sharing these scrumptiously sweet recipes that cater to your child's dietary needs without neglecting their taste buds! These goodies are so tasty, no one will know they're specially made to be allergy-free.

Gluten-Free Treats

Traditional flours—wheat, barley and rye—are absent from gluten-free baked goods. Luckily, food manufacturers are starting to cater to the needs of people with food allergies by offering additional options from traditional baking products. Soy milk and various gluten-free flours are now available at most non-specialty grocery stores.

The secret to creating a tasty gluten-free treat is to use a mix of flours including buckwheat, brown rice, potato, soy or tapioca. Often times, gluten-free batters will seem a little more moist than traditional batters, but resist the urge to add additional flour! The moist nature of the batter is normal.

Tip: When baking for a person with a gluten allergy, be careful not to cross-contaminate with glutens. For example, toasting a piece of gluten-free bread in a toaster after a piece of regular bread has been toasted can be enough to aggravate a person's allergies.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins
I am a registered nurse and I have a friend with celiac disease. I didn't want her to miss out on the joy of chocolate and other baked goods, so I started experimenting to make some fun treats for her like these Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins.
—Donna Lovestrand, Seneca, Pennsylvania

Gluten-Free Snack Mix
This crunchy, on-the-go Gluten-Free Snack Mix makes a great treat at any time of day. Kids will love the sweet cinnamon flavor and the chance to eat with their hands.
—Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Lactose-Free Treats

Dreamy Orange Lactose-Free Cupcakes
Kids won't miss the dairy products in these Dreamy Orange Lactose-Free Cupcakes. The classic vanilla-orange flavor combination comes through in these yummy cupcakes made for the lactose-intolerant. Milk is replaced by soy milk and canola oil is used in the place of butter in the cupcakes. Orange juice concentrate is used in the frosting. Sprinkles add a touch of fun to these travel-ready treats.
—Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

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Egg-Free Treats

Egg-Free Chocolate Caramel Cake
Chocolaty cake only gets better when topped with caramel frosting. A combination of baking soda and vinegar cause the Egg-Free Chocolate Caramel Cake to rise in this divine fluffy, moist cake recipe. Kids and adults alike will devour this cake and never miss the eggs.
—Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Egg-Free Toffee Chip Cookies
Toffee and chocolate chips make these crisp, lower-calorie cookies taste anything but light. You can have a batch of Egg-Free Toffee Chip Cookies ready in just 30 minutes!
—Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Nut-Free Treats

S'more Bars
Once school starts, it can be hard for kids to let go of summer. But these rich, gooey, great-tasting S'more Bars will bring back sweet campfire memories — and smiles — whether they're served for dessert or as an after-school snack.
—Lisa DiPrima, Wilton, New Hampshire

Fruity Cereal Bars
With dried apple and cranberries, these crispy Fruity Cereal Bars are perfect for snacks or brown-bag lunches. Store the extras in plastic containers, that is, if you have any left!
—Giovanna Kranenberg, Cambridge, Minnesota

Chocolate Chip Blondies
Folks who love chocolate chip cookies will enjoy that same great flavor in these Chocolate Chip Blondies. These golden bars can be mixed up in a jiffy and taste wonderful. There perfect for occasions when company drops by unexpectedly or you need a treat in a hurry.
—Rhonda Knight, Hecker, Illinois

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