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15 gluten-free treats for the lunch box

Gluten-free lunchbox treats

Just because you suffer from a food intolerance doesn’t mean you have to miss out all all the YUMMY stuff. Here are 15 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth in a gluten-free kinda way.

After-school treats and tea time bites

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1. Freshly baked scones

What’s not to love about a warm scone, served straight from the oven? These gluten-free bites are baked together in a cake tin, and can be pulled apart just before eating. Make them sweet OR savoury for an after-school snack that will be demolished in seconds!

2. Honey joys

You'll remember this recipe fondly from your childhood. These sweet morsels are simple to make, crispy, sticky and delicious. The perfect after school snack. YUM.

3. Peanut butter cookies

If you’ve got an allergy to nuts as well as an intolerance to gluten, best look away now. If you don’t, these clever cookies will blow your mind. Made out of peanut butter and a few other pantry staples, these seriously moreish biccies will put a smile on the kids faces that you’ll never be able to wipe off.

4. Pikelets

This recipe is simple enough to make with the kids. Let them help measure out the ingredients and scoop the batter into the pan. For an after school activity AND a belly-filling after school treat, you MUST give this fail-safe recipe a go. It’s flippin’ good fun.

5. Decadent chocolate brownies

Not only are these babies gluten-free but they also happen to be dairy-free too! Sound impossible? We dare you to try this recipe and not be impressed. Going without gluten really isn’t a bad thing at all – the proof is in THIS pudding!

Cakes and cupcakes

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6. Mini somerset apple cakes

Who said gluten-free equals boring? Granny Smith apples and almond meal make these tangy little apple cakes light and suprisingly filling so they are perfect for the lunch-box.

7. Chocolate and raspberry cupcakes

Your kids won’t even know that these flavour-packed bites are gluten-free. Made with frozen berries and rich dark cocoa, these mini cakes will go down a treat at any birthday party or official family ‘do’. Eat them now or freeze them, without the cream, for another day. Bonus!

8. Hummingbird cake

Light, fluffy and packed with distinct tropical flavours, made with coconut, pineapple and bananas. This tasty cake is like a bite of island life. Alternatively you could pour the mixture into cupcakes moulds and do gorgeous individual cakes for your child's lunchbox - cupcakes are never knocked back.

9. Flourless chocolate mousse cake

No list of gluten-free goodies could ever be complete without one of these. Cut a slice of this insanely good cake, and you’ll be rewarded with a moist mousse texture that is second-to-none. Perfect served as is, or ramp it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a heap of your fave berries.

Desserts

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10. Luscious lemon tart

Refreshingly tart and just as creamy as the shop-bought variety, this homemade lemon tart will get everybody talking. It’s like putting a little taste of summer time on your dinner table, no matter what the weather is doing outside. A sliver in the lunchbox the next day will be a delicious suprise.

11. Apple crumble

The irresistible crumbly topping is what makes this family dessert so popular. Here’s the gluten-free edition, which use rice flour and almond meal, and is equally as mouth-watering. Serve with yoghurt, custard or ice cream for an after dinner treat that will appeal to all the family. Package up leftovers with a spoon for the next day’s lunch box.

12. Ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter

A fab combo of pancakes with honeycomb butter. Sometimes pancakes are overlooked as a pudding but your kids will not be disappointed and this dessert will become an instant hit. Any leftovers can go straight into your kids lunchbox for the next day.

13. Marshmallow and passionfruit dip

Kids reluctant to eat fruit? This dynamite dip will solve all your problems! Serve with skewers of colourful fruit and abracadabra, your non-fruit eater will suddenly find a passion for strawberries, apples and bananas. Warning: This dessert dip is highly addictive, so eat with caution.

REAL sweet treats

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14. Coconut macaroons

Now you can make your own after-dinner sweet treat that will satisfy your sweet cravings. Serve them after a hearty meal or package them up in cellophane bundles tied with a pretty ribbon, to give as homemade gifts. Your sweet tooth will not be disappointed. They’re great as lunch box treat too.

15. Peanut brittle

Here’s another homemade way to spoil family and friends. Wrap up slabs of this nutty treat and give them at Christmas time or any other special occasion. It’s practically impossible to resist a piece of this old-fashioned delight. So yum and if you want to add a piece to their lunch box to celebrate a birthday, just leave out the peanuts and add almonds instead. Easy.