15 Festive Nut-Free Holiday Class Party Snacks

Light up your child’s school Christmas party with these adorable nut-free holiday class party snacks, treats and snacktivities.

My holiday classroom parties as a kid were full of nuts. Not my classmates — the treats! Remember the peanut butter cookies with the bonus Hershey’s kiss in the middle? A whole gingerbread house thatched with slivered almonds? Nothing seems to inspire nut-filled treats like time-honored holiday recipes, and those favorites were go-to options for parents and class moms everywhere until the dawn of nut-free classrooms

If you’re a parent or room mom charged with bringing snacks for a nut-free classroom this Christmas, there’s no reason for you and the kids not to be as excited as ever. There are literally hundreds of clever nut-free holiday class party treats to discover. You can also easily adapt many favorites to leave out or substitute for the nuts. For instance, peanut butter cookies work well and taste amazing when you swap in sunflower seed butter. In other cookie or fudge recipes, you can often leave out the nuts or replace them with creative mix-ins like cranberries, crushed candy-canes or allergy-friendly sprinkles. Finally, why not get a little zany and invent your own? I’ve been tinkering with the girls this season to add new favorites to our nut-free holiday class party treat lineup, including some healthier options like adorable Bagel Snowmen and Celery Reindeer!

Light up your child's school Christmas party with these adorable nut-free holiday class party snacks, treats and snacktivities.

Turn your Snacks into Snactivities

Seasoned room parents will probably also notice that many of these treats can do double-duty as “snacktivities.” Get the kids happily building and assembling, add in a game or song, and then let them gobble up their creations. And don’t forget, all of these ideas double as delicious Christmas snacks, appetizers and treats for holiday parties at your home.

So dive in and discover my new nut-free Christmas food ideas! Kids and teachers will love them and they’ll even put a twinkle in Santa’s eye … if you have any leftovers. 

The Season’s Best Nut-Free Holiday Class Party Treats

1. Bagel Snowman

Bring the bagels, cream cheese and all the fixing and let the class make their own bagel snowman. This is a fun activity if you’re having a morning party but my girls assure me that they would like to eat these any time of day. Whether you serve the at a class party or for breakfast on Christmas morning, they’re sure to bring many smiles!

Bagel Snowman from Holley Grainger


2. Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

Say hello to the new holiday cake pop: Reindeer Marshmallow Pops. This festive kid’s craft is fun to make and can double as a table centerpiece or guest “goodie bag.” Plus, there’s a tasty, nut-free snack for school parties.

Reindeer Marshmallow Pops


3. Rudolph Celery Reindeer

For a festive and nut-free holiday snack, serve these adorably simple Rudolph Celery Reindeer. Use sunflower seed butter or soy butter to make them a school-approved snack. 

Nut-Free Holiday Snack: Rudolf Celery Reindeer from Holley Grainger


4. Santa Marshmallow Pops

Kick off the season by making these adorable Santa Marshmallow Pops with your kiddos then share with friends and family to spread kindness and holidays cheer.

Santa Marshmallow Pops


5. Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

These delightful little cookies are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus, the combination of sugar and salt make a crispy crystal topping that pairs perfectly with the fresh rosemary. Should you choose to ice the cookies, feel free.

Rosemary Shortbread Cookie Cutouts from Holley Grainger


6. Snowman Marshmallow Pops

As if a skewer full of marshmallows wasn’t fun enough, these Snowman Marshmallow Pops transform 3 marshmallows into an adorable and delicious snowman. 

Holiday Treat: Snowman Marshmallow Pops


7. Red-Nose Reindeer Snack by Produce for Kids

Everyone at the party will love these fun reindeer snacks featuring apples, grapes pretzels, and chocolate chips.  They are sure to liven up any holiday party or get together. You can also add to lunches for an easy nut-free treat.

Red Nose Reindeer Snack


8. Grinch Cookies by Memory Makin’ Mama 

Start with a box of cake mix, add a few on-hand ingredients and some green food coloring to create a simple cookie that pairs well with a viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  

Grinch Cookies - Nut Free Holiday Snacks


9. Strawberry Santa Hats by Snack Girl

Nut free and no-bake, these sweet Strawberry Santa Hats are a fun and festive way to bring holiday cheer (and a serving of fruit) to your class party.

Strawberry Santa Hats - Nut Free Holiday Party Snacks


10. Christmas Tree Oreo Pops by It’s Always Autumn 

Adorable and easy, these Christmas Tree Oreo Pops are a clever and equally delicious spin on a cake pop. Use your favorite candy melts and sprinkles to decorate.

Christmas Tree Oreos


11. Watermelon Christmas Trees by Eating Vibrantly 

Watermelon in the winter? Why not! You can’t beat one ingredient when it comes to this Christmas party fruit snack. Be sure to check out the recipe to learn how to cut into the perfect triangles. 

Watermelon Christmas Trees


12. Brownie Christmas Trees by One Little Project 

A pan of brownies (either from a mix or homemade), some strategic slicing, icing and sprinkles are all you need to create these brownie Christmas trees. If you use a boxed brownie mix, be sure to check that the label says nut-free/made in a nut-free facility.

Christmas Tree Brownies


13. Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas by Happy Foods Tube

Mix things up by serving something savory at the class holiday party. These mini pizzas can be made ahead and served at room temperature. Or, if you’re hosting a Christmas party for kids in your home, set up a DIY bar and allow each child to add their own toppings.

Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas


14. Allergy Friendly Muddy Buddies by The Pretty Bee

Whether you call it Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, you know that this snack mix is hard to pass up. This clever recipes swaps out the traditional peanut butter for sunflower seed butter making it a sweet and irresistible nut-free snack.

Allergy Friendly Puppy Chow


15. Shortcut White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites

You know I love a shortcut recipe which is why these White Chocolate Peppermint Brownies Bites are just the thing to make for a last-minute dessert. They’re a bite-sized dessert making them ideal for little hands and tie in all the festive colors and flavors of Christmas. Plus, they’re a fun holiday treat to make with your children! Be sure to check the label to ensure that the store-bought brownies are nut-free.

Shortcut White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites from Holley Grainger


BONUS: Christmas Eve Reindeer Food  

Not for human consumption – reindeer only! That is, unless you want to consume a large batch of glitter and raw oatmeal! However, making reindeer food is a fun activity for Christmas parties and helps little ones get in the spirit of the holidays. Watch Ellie and Frances walk you through the process.


Healthy Christmas Treats for Kids

Healthy Holiday Treats

If you’re looking for more class party ideas that air on the healthy side, be sure to check out these 12 Healthy Holiday Treats for Kids. This collection of recipes is ideal for a healthy holiday class party for kids.


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Light up your child's school Christmas party with these adorable nut-free holiday class party snacks, treats and snacktivities.


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