By Jessica Colyer
May 26, 2016

End of the school year means 2 things:

  1. You're about to be seeing a whole lot more of your kids' friends.
  2. You better be ready with the snacks.

 

Cranberry-Oat Bars

These toasty berry squares are comparable to some of the gooey fruit-filled snack bars you'll find in the granola bar section of the supermarket... they're just way better. We love how the sweet-tart fresh cranberry filling teams up with the buttery brown sugar-oat layers, but you can certainly tweak this recipe to feature whatever filling you like. Strawberry would be a solid choice right about now.

 

 

Frozen Fruit Skewers

I probably don't have the authority to call this, but I'm calling it anyway--these fruit sticks are the easiest treat you will ever create. Also, they're damn delicious. All you're doing here is putting juicy fresh fruit on a wooden skewer, then freezing it... done, son. They're colorful and Popsicle-like, which means the kids will actually be down to eat fruit for a snack. And served long with a honey-yogurt dip, these dessert-like dippers are as refreshing as they are nutritious.

 

 

 Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Popcorn is always a great go-to, and it's even better in the form of these classic popcorn balls. Because we all know how much wee ones adore the concept of "mine," these treats make a perfect personal-sized serving for each kid. Whimsical classic sweets like these feel special and will most assuredly earn you some serious cool points if you show up to the end-of-school year party with a platter full of them.

 

 

Peach-Strawberry Fruit Leather

Chewy fruit snacks are a sure-fire hit. Instead of opting for sugar and dye loaded supermarket finds, try making your own fruit-roll-ups at home with minimal ingredients: fruit, honey, and lemon juice.  Sound complicated? It's not. See how the magic happens below.

 

 

DIY Pixie Sticks

Sure, as a parent, you know there's really not much to them. But these colored sugar sticks  are a fun and easy DIY party favor that kids can get a kick out of.  Use various types of freeze-dried fruit to create your [kids'] favorite custom flavors.

 

 

Clearly, there are plenty of party-worthy treats for kids that are free and clear of peanut butter or nuts of any kind, and to be on the extra-safe side, considering adding a few gluten-free snacks to your repertoire couldn't hurt either. If you're a parent of a child with a nut allergy, do you have any favorite snacks or tips that you stick by? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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