If you’re looking for dairy-free lunch ideas, then you’ve found the right place! I’ve recreated kid-favorite recipes into dairy-free meals your kids will look forward to eating!
If kids aren’t picky enough as it is, add a dairy allergy to the mix and coming up with meal ideas can be exhausting. I have a ton of dairy-free recipes but to keep it simple, in this post we will stick to lunch ideas.
Dairy-Free Lunches for Kids
Packed lunches should always be: simple, healthy, and easy to prepare. However, when faced with a food allergy, you have to pay special attention to food labels. In the case of a dairy allergy, some recipes aren’t easily made dairy-free.
In this recipe below you’ll find a good variety lunches like bento boxes, wraps, even pancakes, all of them made with no dairy.
Coming up with lunches that are allergy-friendly and still yummy is what I do best. Over the years I’ve accumulated quite the arsenal of recipes, which is why I created a packed lunches ebook with over 100 ideas!
101 Packed Lunches eBook
All my best kid-friendly lunches from over a decade of creating meal plans. Add some variety to your child’s lunchbox with these epic lunches, plus receive my Pack Meals Like a Pro ebook, free with purchase!
While not all of the recipes are dairy-free, many of them are or can be by removing cheese or swapping an ingredient like milk or sour cream for a plant based option.
Dairy-Free Bread for Sandwiches
When first going dairy-free, it can be shocking at how many foods, such as bread, that contain hidden dairy ingredients. Sad, I know. Fortunately, we don’t have to give it up altogether, there are dairy-free bread options that taste just as good and build the perfect sandwich!
Dairy-Free Lunch Recipes
The moment you’ve been anticipating: the recipes! To make packing these lunches easier, I like the Easy Lunchbox containers. They have three compartments per container so packing multiple wet/dry ingredients in one container is possible.
Recipe: Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box
You know those expensive food boxes that are oh-so-tempting at the coffee shops? Make your own bistro box at home. Healthy and packed with protein for a delicious lunch.
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pancakes
Breakfast for lunch is always a hit! These mini pumpkin pancakes are perfect to make in a large batch and freeze for easy grab & go breakfast and lunches.
Recipe: Copycat Chick-fil-a Nuggets
Everyone’s favorite nugget, now served up at home. This recipe is not only dairy-free but gluten-free as well since it uses coconut flour for the tasty breading!
Recipe: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free 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!
Recipe: 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.
Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad
Kids always love this one because it is crunchy, fun and has those sweet mandarin oranges tucked inside. Serve your Asian Chicken Salad in a wrap, or in lettuce cups, depending on which your child loves more.
Recipe: 7 Layer Dip
Full of flavor and the nutrients you kids need to make it through the day, these Mexican dip cups are a great thing to pack in a lunchbox with a small bag of chips. Simply hold the Sour cream, to make this recipe dairy-free.
To go with each of these lunches, here are some great snack ideas that are dairy-free and can be easily tucked into the lunch bag.
If making the chocolate chip cookie dough bars, be sure to select dairy-free chocolate chips such as these.
- Baked Apple Chips
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers
- Oatmeal Raisin Bites
- Dairy-free yogurt drinks