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7 Dairy-Free School Lunch Ideas

Need a few more dairy-free ideas to keep things interesting?

7 dairy free lunch box ideasAs food allergies continue to rise, so do dietary restrictions and concerns with what to pack for those who need to avoid milk and dairy products. For those families, we understand the need for dairy-free lunch ideas.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

The MOMables blog is filled with allergy friendly recipes and ideas. Many are dairy-free or offer substitute suggestions. The Meal Plans offered by MOMables also have menus filled with limited or omitted options for those avoiding dairy.

To help get you started, we have compiled a round-up of seven dairy-free lunch ideas, outside of the traditional sandwich:

Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box: You know those expensive food boxes that are oh-so-tempting at the coffee shops? Make your own at home. Healthy and packed with protein for a delicious lunch.

chicken and hummus bistro box

Vegan Pancakes: Breakfast for lunch is always a hit! Try our gluten-free & Vegan pancake recipe. Make a large batch to freeze for easy grab & go breakfast and lunches.

Black Bean Taco Cups: These black bean bites are great to stay meatless for a Vegan lunch, or fill them with taco meat, based on your family’s likes.

Homemade Fish Sticks: Making your own is not only healthier, but also ensures they’re safe for your dietary needs or restrictions. You’ll never believe how easy they are to make!

homemade fish sticks

Zucchini Pasta: “Zoodles” or Zucchini Pasta is a great way to add veggies to any meal. A grain-free and allergy friendly alternative to traditional pasta.

Quinoa Salad: High in protein and fiber, Quinoa isn’t only for dinner; it’s great for lunches too! Mix in some veggies and seasoning for a colorful addition to the lunch box.

Cauliflower Crunch Salad: Prepared much like a macaroni salad but with the added crunch and nutrition of cauliflower. Top it with bacon crumbles or ham dices for added protein.

cauliflower crunch salad bowl

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Gluten Free Lunchbox Crackers

Do you need gluten free lunchbox crackers to add to your kid’s lunchbox?

gluten free lunchbox crackers

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It’s hard to find kid-friendly gluten-free crackers that are also whole grain. Most gluten-free baked goods are full of white rice flour and very starch-heavy. These easy crackers have some ingredients you might not keep on hand, but trust me – they’re worth it! Easy, tasty, and packed full of nutrition!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

I’m not known for my baking skills. In fact, I’ve ruined every single gluten-free baking attempt I’ve ever made…until these! So if I can make them, anyone can! They’re truly that easy!

My kids loved these so much, an actual fight broke out when I gave my older daughter one more cracker than the toddler, since the little one had already had a few earlier while in the kitchen with me! Lunchbox-worthy? Check!

Easy Gluten-Free Lunch Box Crackers (Egg, Dairy, Nut-Free Too!)

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This 1-bowl recipe is very easy to make – you don’t even need a mixer! And even rolling it out and cutting it is easy and frustration-free!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 c almond flour (*for nut-free, use sunflower seed flour! See note below)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (or finely diced fresh rosemary)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flours, flax, yeast, garlic powder, salt, baking soda, rosemary, and sesame seeds) and mix well.
  3. Add oil and water and mix well with spoon. Knead dough with your hands until it comes together and can form a ball.
  4. Place dough on parchment paper or non-stick rolling mat. Roll out into a rectangular shape until dough is about 1/8″ thick (or as thin as you can get without it ripping.)
  5. Slice into crackers with a pastry wheel, pizza slicer, or cookie cutters (you can re-roll scraps and rough edges to make more.) If you’re just using a roller to cut out the crackers, you can roll the dough and cut them right on the same piece of parchment paper you’ll bake them on – just carefully transfer the whole sheet to the baking tray after cutting.
  6. Transfer crackers onto lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until slightly golden.
  7. Cool crackers on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Once cooled, store in an air tight container.

Notes

To make your own sunflower seed flour, grind 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder or BlendTech to make roughly 3/4 cup flour.

Other gluten-free flours might work, but will change the flavor.

The nutritional yeast not only gives these a slight cheesy flavor, but it is full of nutritional benefits as well – 2 tablespoons has 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber, along with several essential minerals and B vitamins! I buy it in the bulk section of my grocery store, and keep this stuff on-hand to add to pasta and potato dishes, and to sprinkle on rice, vegetables, and popcorn instead of adding butter or cheese – my kids call it “cheese powder!”

Recipe inspired by Oh She Glows

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