Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 Back to School Favorites - Vegan and Gluten-free Treats

Luckily, I do not have to go back to school until September 22nd, but my nieces in Kentucky have already gone back to school, and I know that for many children, today was their first day back. In the spirit of everything back-to-school, I've come up with a list of my 10 favorite school-friendly snacks and lunches -- vegan and gluten-free, of course!

To get your kid (or yourself) excited about Halloween (less than two months away, and counting!), try these ridiculously cute Frankenstein Brown Rice Treats from Fork and Beans:

These Homemade Clif Bars from Chocolate Covered Katie look perfect for the active student:

I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day at school, and look at how gorgeous this jam would be in a peanut butter sandwich! Blueberry Rosemary Chia Seed Jam from Tasty Yummies:

Can you imagine coming home from school and seeing these amazing donuts on a plate, set out just for you? It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Salted Caramel Glazed Chocolate Donuts from Allyson Kramer: 

Gah - I grew up on homemade fruit roll ups, too! My grandma made them and would store them in her freezer, so every time we went to visit her in southern Oregon, I made it a major priority to grab a roll up and start munching. Now I don't have to just remember - I can eat them like I used to with this Fruit Roll Up recipe from Beard + Bonnet:

This peach banana bread seems like the perfect way to use up those summer peaches while simultaneously welcome in fall. Peach Banana Bread from Conscientious Cookie: 

I know that not all children like figs (it took me quite a while to develop a taste for them), but I think these Raw Fig Newtons from Holy Basil look like they would be the perfect snack for just about any palate:

Who doesn't love brownies? These Mocha Teff Brownies from Cake Maker to the Stars seem like the perfect addition to your lunchbox or your after-school snack:

I'm all for having healthy after-school treats (although you might not realize that, given the other links I've selected for this list), so these Summer Rolls from Elephantastic Vegan look just right:

And to finish out the list, here's a lovely looking snack featuring fruit AND chocolate (seriously, is there a better combination?). Strawberry Sushi with Chocolate Sauce from Green Gourmet Giraffe:

You might notice that it's the beginning of Vegan Mofo around the vegan blogosphere, but I have decided not to participate this year. Although I've had a blast in years past, this month seemed a little too busy to add blogging every day to my list of duties. I'll be back next year, though!

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