The Hunt for Nut-Free and Sunflower-Free Preschool Snacks

I shopped for a loooong time tonight. I wanted to take a list of Eva-friendly snacks to the preschool because it might help. Maybe. And I should do that more often anyway, because it turns out that all sorts of things are suddenly on her bad list. Goldfish crackers. Oreos. These dried veggie crackers she recently became fond of. All contaminated. That sunflower allergy is such a beast.

The whole ordeal took four hours. Here’s the resulting list of safe preschool snacks (PDF version – nut free snacks). If you’re using this as a guide to shop for your own allergy bug, remember to check labels!!! From what I learned tonight, you really have to check and then check and then check again.



Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (original)
Lillabee allergy friendly ultimate cookie mix (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value organic oatmeal cookies (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value organic sugar cookies (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value organic lemon wafers (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value vanilla sandwich cremes (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value mismatched sandwich cremes (Whole Foods)
365 Everyday Value chocolate sandwich cremes (Whole Foods)
Shady Maple Farms organic maple stroopwafels (Whole Foods)
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nabisco Newton fruit thins (lemon crisp, blueberry brown sugar)
Nabisco Fig Newtons (original)
Nabisco Nilla wafers


Organic valley strawberry low fat milk
Naked juice smoothie (strawberry banana)
Odwalla Strawberry C Monster juice smoothie blend
Honest Kids Appley Ever After juice drink
Stonyfield organic smoothie strawberry
Earth’s Best organic apple juice
R.W. Knudsen organic apple juice
Market Pantry fruit punch flavored juice drink blend (Target)
Welch’s white grape juice
Mott’s 100% apple juice
Simply Balanced organic berry juice (Target)
Dannon Danimals smoothie in Rockin’ Raspberry

Fruits and Veggies

Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze (strawberry banana)
GoGo Squeez fruit pouches
365 Everyday organic or cinnamon apple sauce (Whole Foods)
Sprout organic squeezable snack (sweet potato cinnamon, apple banana butternut squash)
Mott’s natural or original applesauce
Market Pantry homestyle applesauce (Target)
Simply Balanced freeze dried strawberry or apple slices (Target)
Ocean Spray Craisins (original)
Sun-Maid natural California raisins
Market Pantry banana chips (Target)
Simply Balanced apple cinnamon or apple strawberry fruit pouches (Target)
Plum organic mashups in blueberry blitz or beetbox berry
Del Monte FruitBurst squeezers


Thomas’ original english muffins
Thomas’ everything bagel thins
Thomas’ cinnamon raisin bagels
Toddler Mum-Mum organic strawberry rice biscuits
Annie’s Homegrown organic honey wheat pretzel bunnies
Market Pantry apple cinnamon or mixed berry cereal bars (Target)
Kellogg’s Nutri Grain cereal bars in apple cinnamon or strawberry
Market Pantry mixed fruit fruit-flavored snacks (Target)
Simply Balanced fruit strips in wild berry or strawberry (Target)
Simply Balanced twisted fruit ropes in strawberry banana or raspberry lemonade (Target)
Simply Balanced organic fruit snacks in strawberry (Target)
Florida’s Natural organic fruit nuggets in berrilicious
Rold Gold pretzel sticks
Market Pantry turkey jerky in teriyaki (Target)


365 Everyday Value organic original water crackers (Whole Foods)
Ritz crackers (original)
Cheez-It baked snack crackers (original)
Wheat Thins (original)
Market Pantry Thin Wheats baked snack crackers (Target)
Triscuit (original)
Nabisco Belvita breakfast biscuits
Nabisco Premium saltine crackers (original and rounds)
Keebler Town House pretzel thins
Keebler Town House buttery crackers (original)
Keebler Club cornbread cracker bites
Keebler Club crackers
Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit snack crackers
Nabisco Barnum’s Animals crackers
Nabisco Honey Maid honey graham crackers


Siggi’s non-fat yogurt (acai and mixed berries)
Marzetti cream cheese fruit dip
Philadelphia original cream cheese
Siggi’s tubes of low-fat yogurt in strawberry
365 Everyday organic string cheese and stick cheese (Whole Foods)
Mini Babybel cheese
Tillamook Tillamoos cheese snack portions
Horizon organic cheese sticks
Kraft mozzarella and cheddar cheese twists
Kraft string cheese
Frigo cheese heads string cheese and cheese sticks
Sargento colby-jack cheese sticks
Horizon organic cheese shapes
The Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges
Market Pantry cheese cubes (Target)
Market Pantry string cheese and cheese sticks (Target)
Sargento sharp cheddar-jack cheese slices
Stonyfield organic strawberry yokids squeezers
Yoplait GoGurt
Trader Joe’s squeezable yogurt tubes

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  • Reply Jamie

    Do you mind if I take this and give it to my daycare center? I’m not sure I shared this story with you…My son is in a peanut free daycare/preschool setting. When he went to the 1 year old room, I had to provide snack for 2-3 times a month and it had to be peanut free. Not knowing what to look for on labels, I asked the director about whether or not it said, “made in a facility..” I didn’t know and didn’t want to hurt any child in the center…She lit into me in that nice director type voice-which probably made it worse. I responded back to her that the reason I asked was so that I kept other kids safe and walked away. The next day there was a list in my son’s cubby. NOTHING this extensive. I’m printing it out for my own use (makes my shopping so much easier! THANK YOU!)

    September 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I’m glad it helps!

      September 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    This is great!! Good for you for making such a helpful list. I think part of the backlash last week was that people didn’t want to have to *think* about this (sorry to say) since it doesn’t affect them directly, but this takes the guess work out of it and *should* make it easier for the parents you deal with to help you out.

    September 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    What in Oreos is not safe for Eva? It’s not processed in a plant with peanuts.

    September 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      They came out with a limited edition Reese’s peanut butter oreo over the summer. Booo. It hasn’t affected their labeling, but we’re steering clear just in case there’s any cross-contamination.

      September 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm
      • Reply Lisa

        Oh ok. If that’s the case, wouldn’t you want to steer clear of other Nabisco/Mondelez products out of fear of cross contamination with the Reece’s PB Oreos. And the PB Oreos aren’t new, just the Reece’s version. They’ve had a PB Oreo out for awhile, so if there was a cross contamination concern I think the labeling issue would have been addressed then. I’m not sure a big global company like them would risk not labeling their biggest seller properly.

        Just some food for thought. I understand you wanting to be cautious though because it can be life of death for Eva.

        September 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Britny

    Thank you for this list!! It’s a great start for us as we need to provide a safe-snack list to our daughters kindergarten class. She is highly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds (and derivatives of sesame) but we recently found out she is also allergic to sunflower seeds and as you stated, sunflower (especially sunflower oil) is in so so much. thank you again!

    August 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Regina

    This is very helpful. My 3 yr old granddaughter is allergic to all tree nuts, and all seeds (except poppy seeds). It is a nightmare finding foods without sunflower seeds/oil.
    We are now navigating label reading and making a list of foods she can have. Just wanted to add for those with a sunflower seed allergy – Baked Ruffles are a chip that is sunflower seed oil free. 😀

    July 24, 2017 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Marisa

    Curious, why are Oreos a concern?

    July 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      We used to avoid them because they started using sunflower oil in the filling. We avoid them now because of the varieties that contain nuts (pistachios especially since that’s Eva’s worst allergy) but we know other nut-allergic families who eat them because they use dedicated lines in their facility.

      July 14, 2019 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Liliana Valladares


    My family truly appreciates this list you made! My son who is 2 has a sunflower and all nuts allergy and it’s been tough to find snacks for him! Thank U so very much

    October 20, 2019 at 10:54 am
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