Best Gluten-Free Snacks to Make or Buy
It seems like every day there's a new "fad" diet that gains the attention of the mainstream media.
While all of these diets have different eating protocols, they all have one commonality. And that is removing gluten!
Thousands of studies have shown that gluten can cause inflammation, weight gain, along with several other negative health consequences[*].
It's safe to say that removing gluten from your diet is a great way to start eating healthy and losing a few pounds while you're at it!
In this article, we'll go over:
- Gluten-free snacks to buy
- From trader joes
- From Costco
- From Walmart
- Gluten-free snacks to make
- Some prep required
- Full recipes
- Gluten-free snacks for kids
- Gluten-free, dairy-free snacks
Gluten-Free Snacks to Buy
One of the biggest challenges when following a new diet is satisfying your hunger cravings in between meals. Often times, it's difficult to stick to a healthy eating regimen when gluten-filled snacks are the only thing available around you!
The best course of action is to be prepared for when these cravings arise so you never have to resort to eating processed carbs just for convenience.
Our extensive list below is divided by store. We encourage you to grab a handful of gluten-free snacks to bring with you so you can stick to your diet, no matter where life takes you!
From Trader Joes
If you have a Trader Joes in your area, you have no excuse to eat healthily! They have one of the widest selections of gluten-free snacks available so you never have to resort to eating junk in between your meals!
Here's a list of our favorite gluten-free snacks from Trader Joes:
Plantain chips - A must-have for people on a gluten-free diet. They contain natural sugar from bananas, making it a great alternative for someone who's craving sweets. Although, if you're following a low-carb diet like keto, it's best to stay away from plantain chips as they contain a decent amount of carbohydrates.
Gluten-free rolled oats - You can get 2 pounds of gluten-free oats for just $3.99 at Trader Joes. These are great to add as a tasty ingredient to various gluten-free recipes.
Gluten-free beef jerky - Shameless plug? Yes. Great news for your health? Double yes! Trader Joe's was the first national specialty retailer to sell CHOMPS. Ever since, our customers have appreciated being able to buy a high-protein, gluten-free snack at their local TJ's.
Organic gluten-free brown rice pasta - With only two ingredients, this is a great option to cook in bulk and store as a quick carbohydrate-rich snack.
3-seed beet crackers - These crackers come in two different options, beet, and sweet potato. Add hummus to the mix and you have a perfect tasty snack for the entire family!
Trader Joe's unsweetened instant oatmeal - These gluten-free oatmeal packets are a great grab-and-go snack to bring for your trip or to work. Mix in some protein and you have a heart-healthy meal right at your disposal.
Coconut sesame-seed clusters - Small coconut clusters that have a hint of sweetness to it. This bite-sized snack contains dried coconut, organic coconut sugar, sesame seeds, organic tapioca syrup, sea salt, and water. Perfect for people following a gluten-free diet.
Oat cranberry flaxseed cookies - In the mood for cookies and milk? Grab yourself a box of these gluten-free sweets that are extremely tasty and soft. The flaxseeds give it a nice crunchy texture providing a nice complementary flavor, packed with essential nutrients.
Frozen gluten-free waffles - One of the biggest hurdles when removing gluten is finding tasty alternatives and waffles are no exception. Grab yourself a box of these waffles from Trader Joes and add some strawberries for a tasty gluten-free breakfast!
Gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread - Looking for something to satisfy your craving for sweets? Get yourself a loaf of gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread, enjoy it as is or add some peanut butter and jelly and wash it down with almond milk!
Costco is finally catching on to the gluten-free craze and if you live close to one, you're in for a treat!
Here are some of our favorite gluten-free snacks available at Costco:
Inno Foods coconut clusters - Extremely tasty and addictive. These coconut clusters contain pumpkin, chia, and sunflower seeds as well as zero artificial ingredients, making it the perfect gluten-free snack packed with healthy fats!
Nature's Own gluten-free granola - Same great taste as their original granola without the harmful ingredients! They contain all natural ingredients including almonds, rolled oats, and chia seeds.
Wella Organic chilled protein bars - Made with fresh ground peanut butter, almond butter, and wildflower honey. These gluten-free protein bars are a new arrival at Costco and are packed with essential nutrients like protein and potassium.
Autumn Gold grain-free granola bar - Looking for a gluten-free snack slightly lower in carbs to aid you on your weight loss journey? Try out Autumn Gold's grain free granola for a tasty paleo certified snack. Each bar contains almonds, pecans, maple syrup, coconut, and pumpkin seeds.
Square Organic protein bars - High in protein with NO fillers. Square protein bars are gluten-free and made with the simplest and highly nutrient-dense ingredients packed with vegan protein so you know you're providing your body with the healthiest vitamins and minerals earth has to offer.
NoGii gluten-free protein bars - Great protein bars for people who are looking to get fit, gain muscle, or lose weight. They're lower in calories, gluten-free and contain healthy carbohydrates to help fuel workouts and provide sustained energy.
Made Good granola bites - Made with organic ingredients, has a sweet taste and packed with beneficial antioxidants to help your body and metabolism function optimally. Ingredients include dark chocolate and oats providing a crunchy texture with a smooth taste.
The Perfect Bar - These are extremely popular in the gluten-free community. Perfect Bars are kept refrigerated for optimal taste and texture and made with fresh nut butters, honey, and whole food protein making it a great all-in-one snack to help you power through your day.
Two Moms in the Raw granola bars - Delicious gluten-free, non-GMO project verified, USDA certified organic granola bars that are perfect for any time snacking. Try out their blueberry flavor as it's one of their best selling products.
Annie's Organic Cinnabunnies - Looking for a quick gluten-free breakfast? Unlike other cereal brands – Cinnabunnies are not just deliciously sweet – but they're also gluten-free, contains ZERO high-fructose corn syrup, and ZERO artificial flavors!
While Walmart doesn't have as wide of a selection of gluten-free foods compared to Trader Joe's and Costco, they're slowly but surely catching onto the healthy living craze.
Here are some of our favorite gluten-free snacks from Walmart:
RX Bars - Whole food protein bars made with egg whites, dates, nuts and natural ingredients. Carry a couple of these with you for a great source of healthy, gluten-free protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Larabars - One of the most popular gluten-free bars on the market. Larabars only contain 4 ingredients; dates, peanuts, chocolate chips, and sea salt and none of the unnecessary fillers and ingredients other packaged snacks contain.
KIND Bars - These are nutritionally dense, gluten-free, a great source of fiber, and only contains 5g of sugar! An extremely satisfying, nutty snack topped with salted caramel.
Frozen fruit - Great for making smoothies or even as a quick snack if you're craving something cold and sweet. A perfect alternative to eat if you're in the mood for ice cream.
Avocados - Looking for a low carb snack to aid your paleo or ketogenic journey? Avocados are the perfect snack filled with healthy fats and potassium to ensure proper electrolyte levels to help you avoid the dreaded keto flu!
Justin's Almond Butter - One of the healthiest nut butters you can choose no matter what diet you're on. Justin's almond butter is gluten-free and contains only two ingredients. Healthy for you, the community, and the environment.
Nut Harvest lightly roasted almonds - Made with the finest quality nuts, these almonds are roasted and seasoned with sea salt before they are sealed to lock in the fresh roasted taste. A great snack to share with friends and enjoy during a movie.
Rare Fare Foods fruit and seed blend - A blend of dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and dried blueberries. They have NO preservatives, artificial flavors or colors and make for a great gluten-free snack on the go.
Gluten-free Chex granola mix - Open the bag and enjoy them as a quick snack, add them to a recipe, or just pour them into a bowl and eat it as a cereal. Gluten-free Chex granola mix is a delicious source of healthy carbohydrates.
Gluten Free Snacks to Make
Since gluten-free living is all about simplicity and restriction, making your own gluten-free snacks is extremely easy and cost effective!
If you or a loved one has a serious gluten intolerance (or very mindful of what you eat), creating your own gluten-free snacks is the best course of action. Why? Because many packaged gluten-free snacks still contain additives and unnecessary ingredients that aren’t the best for your health.
Making your own snacks gives you the peace of mind that you know exactly what you're eating without any of the artificial flavor or coloring that so many food brands include in their product.
Some Prep Required
Not the greatest when it comes to cooking? These gluten-free recipes are extremely simple and won't require much effort in the kitchen.
Granola, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips - Simply add these three ingredients together, mix them in a bowl and serve it as is for a nutritionally packed gluten-free snack. A perfect blend of crunch and creamy!
Nut-Free Trail Mix - Are you sick of eating nuts or have a nut allergy? This simple nut-free trail mix is extremely easy to make and can be made in large amounts so you can save it for whenever you want a tasty gluten-free, nut-free snack!
Microwaved sweet potato with maple syrup and walnuts - A perfectly sweet snack that can substitute your craving for a moist cake! With a fork, score a scrubbed sweet potato, microwave it for about 10 minutes then scoop the creamy insides into a bowl. Then top it with maple syrup and walnuts and enjoy!
Interested in starting from scratch? We've got you covered. Check out these full recipes and make your own gluten-free snacks in your own kitchen!
Gluten-free cake pops - The perfect low carb dessert that is guaranteed to impress your friends. They're dipped in rich dark chocolate, great for people who follow a paleo or ketogenic diet.
Healthy and flourless applesauce spice cake - A delicious gluten-free apple flavored cake, perfect for special occasions. Even though it's flourless, this cake has an extremely flavorful taste and texture!
No bake gluten-free fruit and nut cookies - A quick and easy recipe packed with protein and antioxidants with an extremely soft and chewy texture. They're vegan, gluten free, dairy free, perfect for any health-conscious snacker!
Gluten Free Snacks for Kids
If you want to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle for the entire family, you can't forget about the kids! Check out some of these snacks your little ones are guaranteed to love:
Sweet potato crunchies - This recipe is extremely easy to make. Sweet potatoes are a great source of nutrients and they're fried in olive oil and coconut oil, making it a great snack for kids.
Gluten-free Cheez-It crackers - You heard that right! Now your kids can enjoy the same great taste of Cheez-Its and you can make them gluten-free. Try this simple recipe out, your little ones will love you for it.
Simple Mills double chocolate crunchy cookies - Grab them at your local food store. These gluten-free cookies are very crispy but in a good way. Plus, 3 cookies only comes out to about 110 calories!
Applesauce pouches - These can be found in almost every food store and it's a perfect grab and go snack for your little one. If possible, look for brands that are unsweetened as they have less sugar content.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Snacks
Do you have a gluten and dairy intolerance? Not a problem! Here's a list of tasty gluten-free and dairy-free snacks you can find in most grocery stores.
Coconut or almond milk yogurt - Most yogurt brands are now releasing dairy-free, gluten-free alternatives. If you can't handle dairy, try out coconut or almond milk yogurt for a tasty snack that's also a great source of probiotics.
Turkey jerky - Having free-range turkey jerky like the ones we have here at CHOMPS is a great source of healthy protein to bring with you on the go.
Crackers and hummus - Hummus is a great gluten-free dip that not only tastes great but also provides your body with a great source of healthy fats. Grab yourself some gluten-free crackers at your local health food store to enjoy this tasty combo.
Kale chips - You can either purchase kale chips from your local health food store or make them yourself. It's much cheaper to cook them at home so if you're on a budget, consider spending some time to make it in bulk.
Rice cakes - They may not exactly be the most flavorful gluten-free snack, but they sure get the job done. Consider adding some almond butter to them and you have a great gluten-free snack filled with healthy carbs and fats right at your disposal!
Keeping Gluten-Free Snacks on Hand is a Great Way to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy!
Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now and for good reason.
Studies have shown that a diet high in gluten can not only make you gain weight, but also increases inflammation and even hinders your mental well-being, focus, and mood.
Purchasing a handful of gluten-free snacks (one for each craving) and keeping them on hand is a great way to prevent yourself from cheating on your diet. After all, being prepared is one of the biggest factors for successfully achieving your health and fitness goals through healthy eating.