If you’re looking for gluten free snacks, you’ve come to the right place because we are sharing our 21 favorites with you.
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Whether your decision to eat gluten free food is medically necessary or just a personal choice, more people than ever are conscious of what they’re putting into their bodies.
Innovations in products and recipes have helped people more easily plan gluten-free meals, but finding gluten-free snacks can be more challenging.
The problem is that most crackers, wraps, bread, and other baked goods have gluten. And while fruits, popcorn, and vegetables are great snacks, sometimes we long for something different.
Did you know that it’s totally possible to enjoy delicious snacks like gluten-free brownies, gluten-free muffins, and even gluten-free cookies?
Read on to learn how to make the best gluten free snacks.
The humble rice cake doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own, but that’s a good thing. You can use a rice cake to make nearly anything you can dream up.
You would think that all rice cakes were gluten free, but they’re not. To buy a gluten free rice cake, make sure you read the label to see if it contains grains like barley.
When you buy gluten-free organic rice cakes, you can turn these somewhat bland little cakes into masterpieces for snack time.
All you need to do to make the magic happen is assemble your ingredients, which are rice cakes, unsweetened seed butter or nut butter, a banana, and cinnamon. That’s it!
Optional ingredients can include coconut flakes, chopped walnuts or pecans, or other additional fruit.
Who doesn’t love ants on a log? It’s one of the time-honored ways of getting kids excited about a healthy snack.
Equally important, ants on a log are one of the best gluten free snack ideas.
Celery, peanut butter, and raisins are all you need to make this beloved classic gluten-free snack.
This recipe offers excellent ideas for variations. For example, you can use different nut butter such as cashew butter, sun butter, and almond butter.
To skip nut butter entirely, you can use vegan cream cheese or hummus.
If you want to use something besides raisins, consider goji berries. Then, your logs have the delightful name of “ladybugs on a log.”
You can also try a chocolate chip version, fresh berries for a burst of flavor, or other dried fruit.
3. Baba Ganoush
Are you a hummus fan? Then it’s very likely you will also love Baba Ganoush.
Baba Ganoush is a close cousin to hummus in texture and flavor, but instead of using roasted chickpeas, you use eggplant.
Eggplant is sometimes described as the “creme de la creme” of the vegetable world and with good reason.
Also, Baba Ganoush is much smokier in flavor than hummus. In this recipe, the garlic and cumin make it so interesting.
However, both hummus and Baba Ganoush are naturally gluten free, and they both make excellent dips for veggies and gluten-free chips of all types.
In our opinion, dates don’t get the attention they deserve.
Dates are a great source of nutrients, but they’re also naturally gluten free and vegan.
To make these delightful and gorgeous stuffed dates, use vegan cream cheese and whatever toppings you happen to have in your fridge or pantry.
What type of dates should you use for stuffed dates? Whatever type you can find at the market will work, but some of the best dates are Medjool dates. These dates are larger than regular dates and they’re nice and soft.
5. French Fries
Is it possible to have French fries that are perfectly seasoned and gluten free? Yep, it absolutely is.
It’s not only possible to have gluten-free French fries, but it’s actually super easy to make these up and pop them into the oven.
Use russet potatoes because they just do better for French fries. You’re going to use olive oil to lightly coat them.
The key to these perfect fries is the seasoning. Try gluten free Italian seasoning or your favorite gluten-free seasoned salt.
The red pepper flakes make these French fries next-level wonderful.
Is there any chocolatey snack more luxurious than coconut macaroons?
What’s awesome about this classic treat is that they’re super easy to make, believe it or not.
Besides being gluten-free macaroons, these babies are also low in fat.
The secret to making these easy macaroons perfect is making sure you beat the egg whites with the almond extract and the vanilla extract until it’s nice and fluffy. Then, use a cookie scoop to make them evenly sized.
After baking them in the oven, simply dip them in your chocolate and they’re done!
Here’s another idea: a coconut chocolate chip macaroon. Yep, we’re in!
7. Kale Chips
What do you get when you bring together garlic powder, sea salt, olive oil, and a bunch of kale? A superfood that doubles as a salty and crunchy snack!
These kale chips are a great alternative if you’re craving gluten free chips. They have the same crunchiness and saltiness as potato chips without carbs.
The secret to perfect kale chips is to massage a tiny bit of olive oil into every crevice and crack in the kale leaves. Then, season the leaves lightly with garlic powder and sea salt before baking them to perfection.
If you think you can’t enjoy granola when you’re following a gluten free diet, you’re in for a surprise.
With Kashi’s new cereal called GoLean Vanilla Clusters, you can dive into these beautiful strawberry banana Greek yogurt parfaits.
Kashi’s cereal is non-GMO certified vegan and gluten free. The yogurt used in this recipe is Simple Truth Greek yogurt (plain).
Besides being almost sinfully delicious, these gorgeous parfaits are packed with beneficial fiber and more than 18 grams of protein.
This recipe calls for strawberries and bananas, but you can experiment with other berries. Top with nuts, pumpkin seed, or sunflower seeds.
It’s great to have a quick and easy energy snack around the house.
You never know when you’re going to need something for that extra afternoon (or morning) pick-me-up.
These delightful little balls of goodness are made from gluten-free oats, chia seeds, flax, and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chips. Consider adding coconut chips for an extra burst of exotic flavor.
These energy bites are a perfect source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so gobble them up anytime you need some quick go-juice. Add some sunflower seeds for even more wholesome goodness.
Be sure to choose a natural peanut butter that doesn’t have added sugar. You can also try other types of nut butter.
10. Apple Chips
When you’re wanting something sweet but are committed to controlling how much sugar is in your foods, reach for these crunchy, crispy apple chips.
These apples are sliced thinly and sprinkled with a cinnamon and sugar mixture before being baked.
Here’s a great tip. These apples will turn out best if you bake them on low heat (200 degrees Fahrenheit) for two and a half hours. You can even go up to three hours if you want them even crunchier.
Flip the apples halfway through cooking time. You can store them in airtight containers for up to a week at room temperature.
11. Granola Bars
In many households, granola bars are a go-to healthy snack. The problem is that not all granola bars are created equally.
This recipe serves up healthy granola bars that are not just gluten free but also dairy-free.
How can this get any better? How about this: these are no-bake granola bars.
The ingredients that make these little golden wonder bars are creamy peanut butter (or other nut butter), honey, gluten-free quick oats, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and gluten free chocolate chips.
Are you sold? I know we are! You can experiment with different flavors of gluten-free chips, too.
12. Zucchini Chips
If you love potato chips, you have probably spent some time searching for gluten free chips.
We have delicious sea salt and garlic powder kale chips on this list, but for a sweeter-tasting gluten-free chip, you’ve got to give these zucchini chips a try.
The key to perfect zucchini chips is to slice your zucchini super thin. Make sure all of your slices are about the same thickness so that they bake evenly.
These zucchini chips are seasoned with cumin and hot smoked paprika.
Store your crispy zucchini chips for several weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.
If you love smoothies, you’re in luck because there are countless smoothie recipes that are gluten-free.
Just stick to fruits, nuts, and vegetables and it’s easy to create the perfect gluten-free smoothie.
To get a smoothie that is oh-so-smooth, use nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
This smoothie is deliciously thick and creamy, and it’s loaded with protein. It’s not only delicious but this smoothie is also incredibly filling.
To make this smoothie dairy-free, use almond milk or another milk substitute.
We were so excited to see that you can now buy gluten free Chex Mix.
But the good news is that you can also make your own big old tub of this classic snack at home. This is the perfect snack idea and is a much more exciting salty snack than popcorn.
We were surprised to learn that most Chex cereals don’t have gluten. You can’t use Wheat Chex, but the ever-popular Corn Chex and Rice Chex are here for us.
And guess what? You don’t have to completely give up bagel chips. Glutino Bagel Chips are gluten free. You can also slice your own gluten-free bagel and bake the slices until they’re toast.
15. Fruit Salad
It’s easy to toss together a fruit salad, and if you have a big container of this recipe in your fridge, trust that everyone will be reaching for it when they want a quick and healthy snack.
Some fruits to use include grapes, strawberries, mango, pineapple, raspberries, kiwi, blackberries, and blueberries. Feel free to toss in some pineapple chunks as well.
The poppy seeds make this fruit salad extra special.
To make this fruit salad sweet, you can add some honey, but this is totally optional. We do recommend the lime juice though because it will help to preserve your fruit salad for longer.
These apple cinnamon oatmeal bars taste decadent, and it’s hard to believe they are actually made completely without any refined sugar.
These bars are chewy and dense, making them perfect for a filling breakfast or brunch gluten free snack. They’re so delicious, your family may even request them for dessert.
Even better, these bars are made with heart-healthy ingredients like coconut oil and gluten-free oats. The sweeteners are applesauce without added sugar and pure maple syrup.
These apple oatmeal bars freeze nicely, so you can make some in advance for quick gluten-free snacks.
17. Potato Chips
Potato chips and popcorn are naturally gluten-free if they don’t have all of the added junk that comes in some brands of store-bought potato chips.
Gluten-free chips are an excellent snack to have around because everyone loves chips, right?
One thing we love about this gluten free snack recipe is that you can use both a white baking potato and a sweet potato in the same batch.
These potato chips are fried, but you can also bake them by altering the recipe’s instructions somewhat.
When they’re cooled, you can store them in an air-tight container. These are an excellent substitute for tortilla chips, too.
We promised you gluten-free blueberry muffins and here they are!
These muffins are so addictive and the fact that they’re gluten-free just makes them even better.
We love the sugar crust that’s on top of these moist and tender muffins.
To make these muffins, you can use a gluten-free baking mix, and the buttermilk is what makes them so moist and delicious.
This recipe is for blueberry muffins, but of course, you can use any type of berry you like. We love raspberry muffins and cranberry muffins.
It’s amazing what you can make for gluten-free snacks.
With just three pantry staple ingredients, these gluten-free peanut butter cookies will be your new go-to recipe when you’re trying to feed some hungry snackers.
Besides being gluten-free, these peanut butter cookies are also sugar-free because you can use a product like monk fruit sweetener to make them sweet.
Smooth and creamy all-natural peanut butter is the best peanut butter to use to make these cookies. Just make sure it doesn’t have added sugar.
Also, you can make these without eggs by using ground chia seeds.
20. Banana Chips
Although not as crunchy as apple chips, banana chips or plantain chips still have just enough crunch to satisfy your crunch craving.
The crunchiness of your banana slices depends on how thick you cut them, so keep that in mind.
Bananas have such wonderful natural sweetness that snacking on these banana chips is like eating candy.
To keep them from turning brown, dip your banana slices in lemon juice before you bake them. This also gives them a nice zing of flavor.
You can eat these banana chips straight out of the pan or use them for dipping in fruit dip or hummus.
Brownies are delightfully decadent, but they don’t have to be full of fat and gluten to be just as wonderful.
These fudgy brownies are not only gluten-free but also vegan and mostly plant-based. They don’t have eggs in them and they are made with almond butter.
One of the things we love about this recipe for gluten-free brownies is that its sugar sources aren’t the most unhealthy. These brownies get their sweetness from applesauce and maple syrup.
The recipe calls for dairy-free dark chocolate, and the almonds add some wonderful protein.
Watch this video for even more great ideas for gluten-free snack recipes.