Are you looking for new nut free facility snacks for your pantry? Brands like This Saves Lives, 88 Acres, Enjoy Life, and Don’t Go Nuts offer some of the best nut free protein butters, snack bars, granola bars, and protein bites that will rock your world. Here’s a list of five of the best dedicated peanut free and nut free facility snacks we’re currently crushing on to help get you started.
Maybe you’re new to the nut free community or maybe you’ve been part of this scene for awhile and are here to spice up your staples. Either way, welcome! We’re happy to have you. If you haven’t heard of the following five nut free facility snacks, you’ll be glad you stopped by.
1. This Saves Lives - Kids Bars
This Saves Lives was founded in 2013 by actors Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, and Ravi Patel. According to their website, the company began after Ryan and Todd went on a humanitarian trip to Liberia and came back wanting to end childhood malnutrition. This Saves Lives was formed using the TOMS Shoes business model where for every purchase sold, the mission based company vows to donate a packet of food to a child in need. In this case, the company This Saves Lives sends a nutrition packet specifically formulated to fight malnutrition.
As a customer, it feels good knowing where your money is going and knowing that you’re supporting a company with ethics. It feels even better knowing that your money is supporting a social cause. The name of the company gets directly to the point — the nutrition packets they donate are live saving — thus, their name, This Bar Saves Lives.
This one-for-one company sells a classic line of snack bars for adults, but be careful because those are not nut free. But the Kids Bars from This Saves Lives are. The Kids Bars are not only nut free, but they are free of the eight most common allergens, period. That means no peanuts, no tree nuts, no milk, no eggs, no wheat, no soy, no fish, and no shellfish! These snacks being free of eight of the most common allergens means that these nut free bars are also certified school safe. They’re gluten free and non-GMO too. To avoid any issue of cross contamination, the nut free kids bars are made inside a peanut free facility.
The kids product line offers both crispy and chewy bars. If you’re new to the brand, we suggest starting with the Kids Variety Pack of chewy bars because it comes with three flavors: Chocolate Chip “Dino”Mite, S’Mores Blast, and Rockin’ Straw-Beary. I happen to think the designs on the wrapper are some of cutest I’ve seen. But more importantly, these bars taste great, support a great cause, sneak a daily dose of veggies in, and keep your loved ones safe.
2. 88 Acres Seed Bars
I can’t say enough good things about this line of nut free facility snack bars from 88 Acres. They’re my personal favorite from your new nut free grocery list. First of all, they taste amazing. And the reason they taste so amazing is because of the whole and clean ingredients they’re made from. Ingredients like gluten free certified oats, flax seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic crystallized ginger, organic golden raisins, cocoa, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, sea salt, and maple syrup. They aren’t sticky on the tongue, they provide what I think is the perfect texture for a snack bar, and they also aren’t too sweet. They have just the right amount of sweetness.
I haven’t tried a flavor that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and my absolute favorite product of the line is the Double Chocolate Mocha seed bar. That bar is my go-to. It tastes so good. With strong flavor notes of dark chocolate, mocha, and sea salt, this bar could be eaten as a nut free snack or even as a dessert. If you like chocolate, 88 Acres also carries a Chocolate Sea Salt seed bar. In my opinion, the Chocolate Sea Salt bar tasted more like a chocolate chip cookie flavoring than a sea salt bar flavoring. I actually felt like the Double Chocolate Mocha seed bar left stronger impressions of sea salt than the actual Chocolate Sea Salt bar.
Regardless of which flavor you go for, each seed bar 88 Acres sells is packed with nutritionally dense ingredients while still being under 200 calories. The base of each bar is made of a seed and oat blend. The triple berry flavor reminded me of a traditional trail mix hiking bar. It tasted like a really fresh granola bar, if that granola bar was also home made with organic ingredients. I really appreciated how the raisins tasted so moist. The same was true for the organic crystalized ginger inside the Spiced Ginger Apple seed bar. The chunks of organic crystallized ginger just tasted so fresh! It would make for a perfect fall snack bar.
The Cinnamon & Oats bar in their product line would make a good daily nut free facility snack bar and reminded me of the Quaker Oats cinnamon oatmeal packs, only less processed and in bar form. And guess what — all of these bars are also school safe. They’re nut free, gluten free, certified vegan, and non-GMO.
3. Don't Go Nuts Roasted Soybean Spread
If you’re looking for a nut free facility snack to replace peanut butter or almond butter, consider trying the Lightly Sea Salted plant based soybean butter spread from Don’t Go Nuts. The Don’t Go Nuts Roasted Soybean Spread comes in five flavors but has three classic flavor options including Lightly Sea Salted, Slightly Sweet, and Pure Unsalted. If you’re feeling adventurous, Chocolate and Cinnamon are two other flavors of this soybean butter you can try. All five spreads are vegan, plant based, non-GMO, organic, and school safe.
The Don’t Go Nuts company was started by Jane and Doug Pinto after becoming parents to their nut allergic daughter, Lily Pinto. Lily has a life-threatening allergy. After she suffered from her first anaphylaxis incident, the family knew how important it would become to avoid cross contamination. They became frustrated with the limited number of snacks made in dedicated nut free facilities, and so they started their own company. The entrepreneurial family created their own food factory to ensure that the products they offered consumers had no chance of cross contamination.
All of the Don’t Go Nuts spreads are made in the company’s own dedicated nut free facility. All spreads contain no peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, sesame, coconut, artificial or GMO ingredients.
The protein spreads come in handy when trying to adapt for recipes that call on the use of a conventional nut butter. The base of the Don’t Go Nuts protein spreads are made from dry roasted soybeans. If you’re looking for an alternative butter for you faux peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, raisins and faux peanut butter on celery, faux peanut butter blossom cookies or just plain faux peanut butter cookies, check out this brand.
4. Enjoy Life Vegan & Allergy Friendly Grab & Go Protein Bites
These nut free facility snack bites taste like chocolate truffles. The four flavor varieties are Dark Raspberry, Dipped Banana, Sunseed Butter, and Cinnamon Spice. Every flavor is free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, soy, casein, sulfites, egg, lupin, sesame, fish, mustard, crustaceans, and shellfish. These nut free facility snacks are also all certified gluten free, verified non-GMO, and kosher. If you’re the type that prefers snack bites over snack bars, then these Enjoy Life Protein Bites could be your thing.
All four flavors have the same truffle-like texture with a hard dark chocolate outside and soft chocolate center. The Raspberry and Dipped Banana flavors are reminiscent of fruit flavored truffles, where-as the Cinnamon Spice flavor tastes like a spiced truffle. The Sunseed Butter flavor has a seedier flavor. This snack is reminiscent of the popular almond cocoa energy bites that are popular among food bloggers and wellness influencers. But instead of using an almond base, these nut free energy bites use a sunflower protein and pumpkin seeds base.
Each pack contains 6–7 grams of plant based protein. They’re great for on-the-go snacking or a dessert for a packed lunch.
5. 88 Acres Organic Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter
This seed butter is made from the same company that makes my favorite nut free facility snack bar — the Double Chocolate Mocha Seed Bar by 88 Acres (see snack #2 of this article) — so you already know I’m into this product line.
The 88 Acres Organic Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter is my version of not-tella, or my nut free replacement of choice for the chocolate hazelnut spread known as Nutella. Instead of hazelnuts, this 88 Acres Seed Butter is made from sunflower seeds and dark chocolate. You can add a spoonful to waffles, oatmeal, toast, baguettes, crepes, pancakes, cookies, smoothies, rice cakes, or you can simply do what I do which is eat a spoonful right out of the jar.
The only non-organic ingredient in this seed butter is salt — and that’s because salt can’t be certified organic. There’s no certification for organic salt in the United States because salt isn’t considered a living compound. So besides salt, every ingredient in the Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter is USDA certified organic. That means organic sunflower seeds, organic powdered sugar (organic cane sugar, organic tapioca starch), organic expeller pressed sunflower oil, organic cocoa powder, and organic cocoa butter.
The 88 Acres Organic Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter is free from the top eight food allergies, contains 14 grams of healthy fats, and has zero trans fats. I was surprised by how low the sugar content of this product is, as it only contains 5 grams of sugar per serving. The nut free seed butter snack is vegan, gluten free, nut free, peanut free, dairy free, soy free, sesame free, non-GMO, and school safe.
Summary for These Nut Free Facility Snacks
When trying new products, it’s best to experiment. Buy a few different flavors from a few different product lines and see if you hit a home run. If you do, boom, now you’ve got a new staple. Everybody has a different palette and different things they prioritize. See what works for you.
If you try any of these snacks, let us know what you think by reaching out to us on social media. We’d love to hear from you! Let us know, what are your favorite nut free facility snacks? Do you have any staples in your pantry that your family can’t live without?