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.
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
7 Dairy-Free School Lunch Ideas | Mini Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar, optional
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup milk of choice, ( I used unsweetened almond)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Maple syrup, for serving (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and butter. Whisk to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk together until just combined.
- In a large greased skillet or griddle, over medium heat pour 1 to 2 tablespoons batter to make small pancakes.
- For larger pancakes, up to ¼ cup of batter. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until pancake batter starts to bubble and flip. Cook for an additional minute or until the middle is cooked through and the bottoms are golden brown.
- Remove pancakes from the skillet and serve with maple syrup, if using.