When we learned that we needed to eat gluten free AND dairy free snacks and lunches to see if it would make a difference in the health issues we were having, I cried. Sure I would miss bread and cheese. Oh, and donuts. But that wasn't why there were tears.
I was overwhelmed.
Trying to plan meals that are both gluten free and dairy free isn't for the faint of heart. Gluten-free foods, while edible, are still processed and full of yuck. It's just over-priced, gluten-free yuck.
I knew that to change our health for the better, I needed gluten free dairy free lunches and gluten free dairy free snacks made of real food. Foods that would be easy to prepare and taste good.
Hopefully, this list will help you as you plan your lunches and snacks for the month! It would even be great to reference if you have to pack lunches and snacks for school, preschool, Summer Camp, camping, or simply a fun picnic.
Tips or Eating Gluten Free and Dairy Free
Creating your own gluten free dairy free recipes is daunting. You have to learn about grain substitutes and dairy substitutes. In many cases, that means understanding what foods are easy to prepare and go together best without having to find a substitute.
Things like quinoa make a lot of appearances in recipes as it helps bind like rice might, but without the gluten. Coconut and almond milk become a popular liquid instead of dairy. You'll quickly learn your way around gluten free dairy free recipes and find your taste buds adjust and your food habits improve with ease.
24 Gluten Free Dairy Free Snacks and Lunch Recipes
- 4 Ingredient Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Banana Oat Mini Muffins
- Peanut Butter Apple Granola Snack Wraps
- Not so Sloppy Joes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites
- Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas
- Fruit and Spice Applesauce Blends
- Zucchini Chips
- Graham Crackers
- Mexican Quinoa Bowl
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Chocolate Chip Carrot Muffins
- Broccoli Fritters
- Turkey Burgers
- Vegan Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
- Fish Sticks
- Rosemary Roasted Almonds
- No-Bake Protein Balls
- Carrot Cake Protein Bars
- Fruit Salad
- Cowboy Salsa
- Banana Oat Super Snack Bars
- Pop Tarts
No matter what your reason for changing your diet may be, creating an allergy-friendly menu can be a difficult thing to manage. Children often don't fully understand the need for change, and adults who are set in their choices for snacks and lunches may struggle with the adaptations. It can be difficult to manage, but not impossible.
These recipes definitely make it easier for your family to create delicious meals that everyone loves without fear of aggravating allergies or sensitivities. What are your favorite gluten free and dairy free snacks and recipes? I'd love to add them to the list!