When we first started eating gluten free, I managed to figure out our meals pretty quickly. But one area I really struggled was figuring out snacks. I was making it WAY harder than it needed to be. But if you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of over 40 gluten free snack options!
Fruit. Whether you go with an apple cut into slices or packaged fruit cups or purees, fruits are an easy gluten free snack. In fact, we have a fruit-based snack almost every day! Here are some of our favorites:
- Fruit cups or canned fruit in 100% juice
- Squeeze applesauces
- Fruit leathers
Veggies. I’m not as good about making veggie snacks a priority, but we do have a few that we enjoy:
- Baby carrots
- Sliced bell peppers
- Ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
- Snap peas
- Grape or cherry tomatoes
If your kids aren’t fans of plain veggies, try adding ranch dressing or hummus to dip them in. Instant fun! (Or they may just eat the dip. Not that I’ve seen that happen…)
Meat and Cheese. From jerky to string cheese, you can make this category as simple or as complicated as you want. A couple of slices in a bowl? Done. A fancy meat and cheese platter? I’d dig into that.
Muffins. Of course.
Energy Bites. Our favorite is this Energy Bite recipe, but again, there are a ton of great energy bite/ball recipes out there!
Trail Mix. This is our go to snack for when we’re going to be in the car, because everyone can have their own little container, and it takes a little while to eat piece by piece, meaning it can keep kids from falling asleep for the last five minutes of the car ride and then not taking a nap at home.
Nuts or Seeds. Whether it’s a handful of almonds, some sunflower seeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds, all make for a yummy crunchy snack.
Popcorn. Whether you pop up some plain popcorn with a bit of butter and salt, or make something a little more extravagant like Peanut Butter Caramel Corn or White Chocolate Treat Mix, popcorn is an easy snack to feed a crowd.
Treats. This wasn’t the first category we tackled, but since we’ve been eating gluten free for a few years now, we’ve found some favorite treat recipes as well.
- Simple Gluten Free Brownie Recipes
- Simple Granola Bar Recipes
- Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Pudding (make your own or grab the pudding cups from the store)
- Fruit Crumble or Crisp
- Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies
Yogurt. Plain, flavored, or topped with fruit or granola. Dish it up!
Miscellaneous packaged snacks. We don’t do these as often, because they’re usually more expensive and not as filling, but there are plenty of gluten free options out there! A lot of grocery stores now have a gluten free section where you can find plenty of options for your favorite easy snacks.
This list should give you a good starting point. What’s your favorite snack?
In case you missed it, here are the other posts in this series.
- Gluten Free On A Dime: How I Cook Mostly Gluten Free
- Gluten Free On A Dime: How To Save Money On Gluten Free Ingredients
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