Here are the best easy gluten free snacks! Snacking without gluten is just as delicious: here are our best easy ideas for beating a craving.
Got a snack craving but need to avoid gluten? You’re in luck: gluten free snacks can be easy and incredibly delicious! While snacking tends to involve a lot of gluten, it’s easy to steer clear and find irresistible, easy ideas for nibbling.
Here are all the best gluten free snacks! The list below has easy recipes for each idea. But if you’re running low on time, many of them you can grab at your local grocery! Try packaged crispy chickpeas, kale chips, granola bars or energy bars: just check the ingredients to make sure they’re made with whole foods and natural ingredients. Ready to get snacking?
Here’s a gluten free recipe that’s perfect for all those in between moments: these ridiculously easy no bake oatmeal bars! Peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats make a healthy snack (or breakfast) you can feel good feeding yourself or your family. Make sure to use gluten free oats for a gluten intolerance. They've become a huge favorite in our house, and we know they'll be in yours!
One of the tastiest healthy gluten free snacks? Roasted chickpeas! They’re crispy, crunchy, perfectly spiced, and they stay crunchy in the pantry for days. You can buy them store bought in your local grocery, but it's easy to make a batch at home, too. They’re simple and so tasty, cheaper than the packaged kind and you know exactly what’s in them.
Here's an easy gluten free snack? Stuffed dates! These beauties are incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. There’s the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates. Pair that with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. Prefer them dairy free? Stuff them with nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter.
Here’s a gluten free snack that’s so delicious, you might find yourself sneaking one for dessert. Try this peanut butter energy balls recipe! Just mix a handful of simple ingredients together and bam! You’ve got an instant homemade snack that’s infinitely more delicious than store-bought granola bars or energy bites. Even better, they’ve got a good amount of protein and fiber for a tiny ball.
This creamy ranch dip recipe is made with all natural, whole food ingredients: no seasoning packets here! Just a few simple spices and you've got a perfectly creamy dip for veggies and chips. Made with Greek yogurt, it's a healthy spin on the traditional sour cream. It's a crowd pleaser that's one of our favorite gluten free snack ideas.
Nuts and dried fruit are one of our favorite gluten free snacks! You can go simple and purchase roasted nuts and dried cherries and cranberries from t the store. Or try these sesame honey roasted almonds, a recipe that dresses up nuts to make them the perfect salty-sweet snack. Roasting them with a mixture of honey, salt, and sesame seeds makes for a crunchy, elevated take on this superfood nut.
This peanut butter dip is just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting. Really! How is this so good, yet so simple? You've gotta try it. It’s works for any occasion: a quick snack for kids, a family party, or a big snacks table. Or if you’re me, use it for a sweets craving after a meal! This our a go-to when we're looking for gluten free snacks.
Why not eat your kale in the form of chips? This kale chips recipe satisfies any salty snack craving! Buy them at the store or try this homemade recipe! They're easy to make with Tuscan kale, which has the perfect shape and flavor. They come out perfectly crisp and satisfying. The only problem is, they're gone in a flash!
Who said crackers need gluten? There are many great brands of gluten free crackers readily accessible at grocery stores these days. Many are made with nuts like almonds or cashews. You can also make them at home! We typically opt for storebought, but when we have time, this homemade crackers recipe hits the spot.
These energy bars are perfect for gluten free snacks! Their sweet flavor is reminiscent of pecan pie, and they’re full of superfoods like pecans, oats, and chia seeds. Pick them up storebought, or if you have time, this homemade recipe is 100% worth it. They're easy to store and grab on the way out the door.
When it comes to gluten free snacks: hummus is at the top of our list! There aren't many people who turn this one down (including kids). There are lots of great purchased hummus brands out there. But if you have time: try this classic homemade version. It takes only 5 minutes and is incredibly tasty. Dip with veggie sticks or gluten free crackers.
Edamame is a tasty protein-packed gluten free snack! Edamame are soy beans you eat right out of the pod, squeezing them into your mouth with a satisfying pop. This recipe is basic but oh-so-tasty, mixed with garlic and toasted sesame oil and seasoned generously with salt. Also try Spicy Edamame.
Another great gluten free snack? Gluten free banana muffins! These healthy muffins are made mostly of oats and bananas, blended together in a blender. They're sweetened with maple syrup and so light and fluffy, you'll never believe there's no flour! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home.
Last up in our easy gluten free snacks: popcorn! Popcorn is a whole grain that's the perfect gluten free salty snack to nibble on. Grab some of the great healthy packaged versions that are available at your local grocery, or make it at home with this recipe.
More recipes for every meal
These days, gluten free eating isn’t a hindrance! It’s a way to get creative about the way you conceive of meals. Here are some of our best resources for eating GF, outside of these gluten free snacks:
Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9 x 9 pan. Place the ingredients in the pan and press it into an even layer. Use a small glass to roll over the top to get it smooth.
Freeze the bars for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift it out of the pan. Cut into 16 squares or 32 rectangles. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. You can eat right away, or refrigerate for about 1 hour for a more solid texture.
*Maple syrup is generally our sweetener of choice, but the flavor and texture of honey really make these bars. Since maple syrup is not as sticky as honey, for vegan substitute we recommend agave syrup.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.