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21 Gluten Free & Dairy Free Snack Recipes Kids Can Make With Dad For Father’s Day

Time with our dad is always super special! We are getting excited to spoil him this Father’s Day weekend. We have so much fun experimenting with him in the kitchen, so we pulled together some delicious gluten and dairy free snacks that he will love! Enjoy spending some time playing in the kitchen with your dad this weekend making these yummy recipes, or make these for him for a surprise treat. Either way he’ll be so happy that you made them for him with LOVE! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

1. Healthy Oil-Free Baked Curly Fries:

Photo: The Big Man’s World

Healthy Oil-Free Baked Curly Fries (Whole30, V, GF, P)- Easy, fat-free potatoes which are crispy, easy and the perfect spice blend- The perfect snack or vegetable side dish! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}=thebigmansworld.comWho doesn’t love curly fries? We sure do! And so does our dad. But mom doesn’t like all the grease that comes along with them. Well these fries are oil free and yet still crispy and super tasty!

2. Gluten Free Cheez-Its:

Photo: The Lean Clean Eating Machine

Gluten Free Cheeze-Its

Our dad grew up on Cheez-Its and he says they remind him of when he was a kid, like us. But nowadays he doesn’t like eating packaged food that may contain dyes and chemicals. These homemade crackers are a much healthier, gluten and dairy-free version that brings him right back to his school days. (We love bringing these to school in our lunch bags too!) 

3. Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips:

Photo: Tia & Talia’s Tasty Treats

June '15-561 This is a household favorite! We make a big batch and they are gone in no time flat! They are loaded with flavor so our dad just gobbles them up. So much healthier than potato chips, and we think they are much tastier as well. All that “cheese” makes them finger licking’ good!

4. Fried Plantains:

Photo: Dr. Axe

Fried plantains recipe - Dr. AxeWe don’t know about you, but we couldn’t live without bananas! We eat them in our house every day. We love cooked bananas too, but they get all mushy (still super tasty, but very mushy). Plantains are a little more starchy so you can cook them a lot easier than bananas. They are in the banana family but are bigger and contain less sugar. Just like bananas, they have lots of potassium, boost the immune system, and help with your digestion. Our dad likes to eat these as a side dish, as a snack, or even as a dessert.

5. Dairy-Free Gameday Nachos:

Photo: Tia & Talia’s Tasty Treats

We made these for Super Bowl Sunday and our dad LOVED them!  He said he could drink a whole glass of the cheesy sauce we made to go on top. It’s delicious! But these nachos aren’t just for game days…they make a great dish to bring to any weekend BBQ celebration.

6. BLT Summer Roll:

Photo: Avocado Pesto

BLT Summer Roll Recipe - The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- in a Summer Roll recipe with Avocado - these are made with only six ingredients and 30 minutes and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, paleo, dairy free and gluten free. Now that summer is here we like to eat a little lighter. These Summer Rolls give us the big flavor of a BLT but in a nice, fresh rice paper wrap. We like to make these and bring them on our family picnics at the beach. They are refreshing and yet filling at the same time. We like plump and juicy tomatoes straight out of the garden and Daddy gets to indulge in his bacon obsession!

7. Paleo Snack Mix:

Photo: Cook Eat Paleo

Easy Paleo Snack Mix | cookeatpaleo.com

Since this weekend is all about pleasing dad, I’m sure he’ll want to sit down and relax with friends, by the pool, at the beach or in front of the TV. It’s always nice to have a bowl of snacks nearby to grab to munch on. We love nuts and the great protein pick-me-up they provide, and our dad loves anything with spice. These can be a little hot for us, but Daddy loves them…and after all, this weekend is all about him!

8. Paleo Fried Pickles:

Photo: Not Too Shabby Gabby

paleo fried pickles CVPickles. Fried food. Need we say more?? Two of Dad’s favorite food categories. Normally, we don’t eat much fried food, but when it’s lightly pan fried in coconut oil we’re all over that! Coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, natural saturated fat that actually helps keep your heart healthy, not hurt it like food deep fried in most processed cooking oils. And we want to make sure our Daddy’s heart is very healthy! (Tip: These are also tasty with with zucchini. Yum!)

9. Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers:

Photo: Unbound Wellness

Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers (Paleo, AIP)We love these because they are like little healthy chicken nuggets. Dad loves them for the protein and snackability and a whole plate can disappear in the blink of an eye around here. Daddy is popping, little hands are grabbing, and before you know it they are gone! They’re delicious and super healthy because they are baked and coated in a sweet potato crust.

10. Kale Hummus:

Photo: Tia & Talia’s Tasty Treats

This is a snack we make every weekend and keep in the fridge all week. It makes a great dip for crackers and veggies and also works well as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise. Daddy will have a big bowl next to him all weekend while he lounges by the pool!

11. Sweet Potato Chips:

Photo: Healy Eats Real

Sweet Potato Chips

Our dad loves anything made with sweet potatoes. And these chips make a great, healthy alternative to processed bagged potato chips. They’re super simple and sometimes Daddy will make them with us in the morning when we make a big family breakfast together. (Just be careful and get parent supervision when working at the stove with hot oil!) They’re also great for dips. Try them with the Kale Hummus above!

12. Zesty Olive Tapenade:

Photo: Kris Carr

Zesty Olive Tapenade

Not only does Daddy love olives, but Grandpa does too! He’s going to be so happy when we make him a big batch of this Tapenade! This snack will be a sure way to start one of our favorite family games….the I love you game. “Olive you!” Olive you too!”

13. Choco-Banana Protein Pops:

Photo: Enjoy Life Foods

Choco-banana Protein Pops

We wanted to include a healthy dessert to this snack list, and since you know how much we love chocolate (and our love of bananas) we thought we’d throw this one into the mix. They are similar to the Banana Bon Bons we made with Choice Health Bar in Maui, but they are made with Enjoy Life Foods’ dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free Semi-Sweet Mini Chips and their Cinnamon Spice ProBurst Bites. Dad loves to build up his muscles with protein, and these pops are sprinkled with a yummy chocolate protein mix to add a little crunch.

14. The Best Guacamole Ever:

Photo: Tia & Talia’s Tasty Treats

Our dad is obsessed with guacamole! And one of his very favorites is this recipe from La Roca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He orders this almost every day when we visit. He is so excited that Chef Alberto did a show with us because now we can make this “secret” recipe at home!

15. BBQ Roasted Chickpeas:

Photo: My Whole Food Life


Our dad is a master BBQ-er, but we don’t like to use store-bought barbecue sauce because a lot of them have corn syrup and ingredients we can’t read in them. These roasted chickpeas are slathered in homemade barbecue sauce that’s actually healthy for you. With all these wholesome ingredients you can feel good about pouring it on thick!

16. Broccoli Fritters:

Photo: Every Last Bite

We’ll be making these fritters for lunch with our dad this weekend. You can eat them on a gluten free bun…burger-style, or on top of a salad, as an appetizer, or even with some eggs in the morning. They are great to snack on all day. The nutritional yeast gives them a really cheesy taste and Mom likes them because she thinks she’s slipping in some veggies on the sly. (Don’t tell her…..but we actually love broccoli!)

17. Cranberry Coconut Power Bars:

Photo: Elana’s Pantry

cranberry coconut power bars

Here’s a grain and nut free power bar recipe that’s a hit in our house. These power-up Dad after he’s worked out or raced in a half marathon, and they also make a great after school / before sports snack for us!

18. Gluten Free Chicken Quesadillas:

Photo: Spinach for Breakfast

Gluten Free Chicken Quesadillas

Daddy’s favorite kind of food is Mexican. But many times we find that Mexican food can be very greasy and full of cheese. Well, here is a delicious recipe that allows us to indulge in the Mexican flavor of quesadillas without all the oil and dairy. Fresh and filling, this healthy snack can also satisfy for lunch, appetizers or even dinner. 

19. Mini Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizzas:

Photo: Fed and Fit

DSC_1179These little mini pizza crusts are made out of cauliflower. Delicious and nutritious! We love nibbling on them anytime, but Daddy likes to make these with us when we have guests over. They’re so easy to make, tasty, and pretty too!

20. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips:

Photo: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Crunchy, simple, healthy Baked Apple Chips. These are so addicting and all you are eating is apples. @sallybakeblog

Who doesn’t love apple chips? Another easy recipe to make together and they satisfy those sweet cravings. No need to buy them at the store when these have only three ingredients and bagged apple chips are filled with preservatives.

21. No-Crust Pizza Bites:

Photo: Ella Claire Inspired

These look so yummy that we included them, even though the original recipe is made with real cheese. We love Daiya Dairy-free Mozzarella Shreds and would substitute to make them dairy-free.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there! You are amazing and so deeply appreciated!

And we are so grateful to you, Daddy, for all the many, many things that you do to care for us, cook for us, spend time with us, love us, and teach us to be kind, strong, capable and loving girls! We love you!

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  1. What a fun way to hang out with dad, unless he doesn’t like cooking! Luckily my hubby helps me around the kitchen so in the future our little ones will probably help out too! =D

    1. Hope the whole family has fun together in the kitchen! It’s a great way to make memories….and yummy treats…together. Thanks for watching!