Gluten free lunch for kids
School lunches need to be tasty even if they’re gluten free. We have 17 amazing gluten free lunch ideas for kids for you to try out.
Finding delicious and nutritious lunch ideas for kids can be a challenge, especially when they have dietary restrictions.
For children with gluten sensitivities or allergies, it’s important to ensure their lunches are not only gluten free but also tasty enough to keep them excited about mealtime.
We have compiled a list of creative and tasty gluten free lunch ideas for kids that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters while keeping their dietary needs in mind.
Gluten free kids lunch
When we created this list we decided to stay away from sandwiches because you can make any sandwich gluten free by using your favorite gluten free bread.
This gluten free kids lunch list is full of main lunch ideas. We have a second list below for gluten free lunch sides to serve with the lunch.
Kids gluten free lunch ideas
- Turkey and cheese roll-ups with gluten free tortilla wraps.
- Homemade or storebought gluten free chicken nuggets or strips with a dipping sauce.
- Grilled chicken strips with BBQ sauce to dip them in.
- BLT chicken lettuce wrap or use a gluten free tortilla.
- Gluten free mini pizzas made a gluten free english muffin, or a gluten free pita. I also have a mini pizza recipe using almond flour.
- Gluten free macaroni and cheese.
- Mini gluten free corn dog muffins served with ketchup to dip them into.
- DIY Lunchables: Gluten free crackers with cheese, sliced sausage like kielbasa, chorizo, etc, and veggies with ranch dip.
- Burrito made with a gluten free tortilla and stuffed with beans, rice, and chicken or beef.
- Kebabs made with lunch meat, cheese, veggies like (cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, mushrooms, red peppers, etc.).
- A sandwich made with chaffles instead of gluten free bread.
- Boiled eggs or deviled eggs with some healthy sides.
- Cooked hot dogs cut into spiders or sliced in chunks with a dipping sauce like ketchup.
- Chicken meatballs with a dipping sauce like bbq sauce.
- Pizza bagels made using gluten free bagels.
- Chicken and cheese quesadilla made with a gluten free tortilla and served with some salsa to dip it into.
- Breakfast for lunch: Gluten free pancakes, baked egg bites, breakfast sausage.
Primal Kitchen creates gluten free condiments with clean ingredients that will make great dipping sauces for kids.
Also read: What Condiments Have Gluten
Gluten Free Lunch Side Ideas
- Yogurt or Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese with some jam or fresh fruit to sweeten it
- Cheese (sliced, cubed, etc.)
- String cheese
- Sliced veggies (carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, etc.) and ranch dip or hummus
- Carrot sticks and ranch dip, guacamole, or hummus
- Gluten free crackers
- Nuts (if they are allowed in your child’s school)
- Sliced apples with nut butter
- Mandarin oranges
- Sliced strawberries
- Sliced pineapple
- Sliced kiwi
- Fresh blueberries, raspberries, etc.
- Nut free granola
- Seaweed snacks
- Meat sticks
- Energy bites
- Chia seed pudding
Gluten Free Grain Lunch Box Ideas
If your school requires grains to be included in your kid’s lunches, try these fun ideas using gluten free grains.
- A little side of rice (Mexican rice, leftover fried rice, sushi rice, etc.)
- Quinoa salad
- Mexican street-style corn salad (corn is a grain) – if you’re feeling ambitious
- Boiled corn (I’m thinking frozen corn that my parents fed us growing up)
- Tortilla chips and salsa
- Something made with gluten free certified oats: granola bars, granola, baked oats, etc (could be oat flour too)
- Anything made with buckwheat
- Anything made with rice flour
- A rice cake with nut butter spread on it
My digital cookbook, The Grain Free Snacker, is filled with kid-friendly snack ideas. Give it a try. It’s gluten free, grain free, and dairy free.DISCLOSURE: Not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader. Ditch the Wheat is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. I only endorse products that I believe in.
Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She’s also a reiki master and crystal healer.