When it comes to eating gluten-free snacks, you normally have two options: either buy high priced products, or eat something tasteless.
Then there is the fact that you cannot find any gluten-free snacks. While you might enjoy eating plain fruit as a 3pm pick-me-up, what is wrong with wanting something more?
However, did you know that you can make your own gluten-free snacks right at home? Not only are they simple to make, but the ingredients do not cost the earth, either.
So, whether you are simply not eating gluten out of choice, or it is for a medical reason, you can enjoy gluten-free snacks.
In this article we shall take a look at 24 of the best and simple recipes to try. What are you waiting for?
Let’s take a look!
1. Apple Chips
We thought we would start off with these tasty apple chips. So long as you have 5 minutes to hand, then you will be able to prep the apples ready for baking.
They taste sharp, spicy and sweet all in one go. Oh, and here is a tip – if you have an air fryer, it will cut the baking time down from 3 hours to 30 minutes.
2. Granola Bars
For an easy to carry around with you snack, a granola bar is usually at the top of the list. This version is both dairy and gluten-free.
Not only that, but they are like any old regular granola bar – crunchy and very chewy.
This recipe includes a mix of cranberries, chocolate chips, honey and sunflower seeds. They are also really filling and will allow you to concentrate on something else!
While you will often find gluten-free Chex Mix, there is no reason not to make your own. It is also really simple to do.
What the problem is, is that the pretzels and chips that are included in the Chex are often made of gluten.
While the ingredients to make this are a little long, the process itself is simple.
At first glance, stuff dates do not look like much. In fact, you could go as far as saying they don’t look very appealing.
Pushing that aside, they actually do taste delicious. They are bite sized wonders of sweet dates, cream cheese, toasted walnuts and honey.
There is also the zestiness from the orange juice too. They taste way better than they look.
While you cannot normally have blueberry muffins on a gluten-free diet, this recipe says otherwise.
You will need to use particular ingredients to ensure that the muffins are in fact gluten-free. However, this recipe tells you everything that you need to know.
This recipe also includes a special flour, which may be worth investing in. Especially if the gluten-free lifestyle is a long-term commitment.
This is a recipe you may not have tried before, and that is what makes it extra special. The use of walnuts and rosemary together is tasty, but then there is a surprise.
A hit of spice comes at the end of the bite when the cayenne pepper kicks in. However, you don’t have to add this to the bite-sized snack if you do not like spice.
Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie? While they will remind you of baking as a kid, you can still enjoy them today.
This recipe includes almond flour, but as the recipe states, you do not need to add it. Best of all, these cookies are also suitable for a low carb diet.
They are very chewy and soft. Yummy!
It is true – you do not need to restrict yourself from eating sweet and yummy things just because you are not eating gluten.
This delicious tasting and looking cinnamon raisin bread uses a gluten-free flour. Other than that, all the other ingredients are already gluten-free.
You can enjoy this mid-morning or when you need a treat in the evening.
Eggs are not normally seen as a go-to snack, but they actually make a delicious and filling snack. They are also nutritious too.
Add a seasoning to the cut eggs if you prefer for extra flavor. Otherwise, enjoy them as is.
If you would prefer to make them quicker, use a pan and boil over medium heat until hard-boiled.
These delicious looking homemade coconut macaroons only include 5 ingredients. They also only take ten minutes to make and 15 minutes to bake.
They are super sweet and will make your friends and family think that you have bought them from the bakery.
They are very indulgent too. So much so that you won’t even realize that they are gluten-free.
11. Spicy Edamame
This spicy edamame recipe is really simple to do. It involves using frozen edamame pods and adding seasoning such as garlic powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and ground ginger.
Not only is this snack good for you, but it tastes ridiculously delicious too! This recipe makes six servings.
While regular rice cakes are not gluten free, you will have to find organic rice cakes which are. If you usually find them dry and yucky, then there is a way to make them into a delicious snack.
You can add chocolate, banana slices and a drizzle of honey to make these into a snack of your dreams.
Sweet and simple to do.
During the summer season, not a lot can beat a simple and sweet fruit salad. All it takes is chopping up fruit and mixing them in a bowl.
You then add lime juice and zest along with honey and that is that.
It makes the fruit a little sweeter, especially when some can be quite tart. Surprisingly this can be quite filling too.
14. Ants On A Log
This snack is great for kids who cannot eat gluten. However, it also just makes a delicious and fun snack to eat.
All you need is a celery stick, peanut butter and some raisins. It is also a great way to get children to eat celery if they do not usually like it.
Have fun with other combinations as well.
What beats a peanut butter and banana smoothie? That’s right, not much!
Not only is it filling, but it is also creamy and tasty. This recipe includes adding some cinnamon too.
While smoothies tend to be gluten-free anyway, it is always best to stick with whole foods rather than going down the processed route.
16. Zucchini Chips
These zucchini chips are delicious and really easy to make. The biggest problem you will have is attempting to cut the zucchini into thin slices.
In fact, the thinner you go, the crispier the result. The taste itself isn’t wholly different to a regular zucchini, so you might want to add seasoning that is more than just salt.
One example is garlic.
17. Kale Chips
The thought of having kale might make you want to run for the hills, but listen up – kale crisps are out of this world.
The crunchy kale crisps include avocado oil and melted coconut. You probably won’t even know you are eating kale.
You can also change the recipe to suit your own tastes. For example, adding a chive seasoning.
18. Potato Chips
Oh, we do love chips!
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free, so why not make your own chips? This recipe is really easy to follow.
They also make a really nice accompaniment to a movie. Season with salt for a very simple gluten-free snack.
Speaking of potatoes, did you know that you can actually eat delicious and salty French fries while being on a gluten free diet?
Yes, absolutely you can!
While there are a number of steps to the recipe, they are really easy to do. Finish them off with salt, or even red chili flakes or some type of dry herb.
These oatmeal bars not only make a good snack or on-the-go breakfast, but they are also free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten.
While you can buy oatmeal bars without gluten from the store, these can often be in areas where cross contamination is involved.
These bars contain applesauce, oats, cinnamon and maple syrup. They are sweet and chewy.
Just like the recipe above, always make sure the oats are gluten-free. This delicious yogurt parfait with granola, banana and strawberries will fill you right up.
While it can be eaten as a tasty breakfast, it also makes a good snack as well. You can also swap the strawberries for blueberries if you prefer.
22. Baba Ganoush
A baba ganoush is perfect for dipping the likes of carrot and other vegetables and salad items into.
While you might love hummus, this version uses eggplant in the place of chickpeas. It also tastes even more earthy than hummus, which may be surprising!
Having said all this, hummus is also gluten-free, so see which one you prefer.
These peanut butter protein bites are perfect for getting some protein into your day – whether that is your on-the-go breakfast, or as a 3pm snack.
They include a few ingredients, but the most important ones you need to know are peanut butter and chocolate, plus some salt for seasoning.
They are so delicious and really easy to make. You will be sharing these with friends at work.
24. Banana Chips
We round this list off with banana chips. While they do not have the same crunch as you get with apple chips, they do still have a crunch to them.
They are naturally sweet, and have a subtle tart taste to them too. This is because of the lemon juice which is added before baking.
Now that you have seen all 24 recipes, hopefully you have found a few gluten-free recipes that you will want to try.
From coconut macaroons and yogurt parfaits, to apple chips and peanut butter cookies – there is something for every taste bud out there.
So, whether you simply just cannot find a good gluten-free snack, or you are not willing to pay the high price, you can make your own gf-free snacks right at home.
If you enjoyed this article, why not check out some of the other recipes that we have on the website?
From delicious cocktails to easy appetizers, if you have a party to cater for, then you won’t want to miss out on all the recipes we have gathered for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
A gluten-free diet is one where foods that contain gluten are not consumed. Gluten is a type of protein which is found within wheat, as well as other grains.
People who cannot or choose not to eat gluten eat a lot of whole foods. This includes the likes of meat, vegetables and fruit.
There are also many processed foods which have been specifically made without gluten such as bread, pasta and cereals.
Fortunately for Dorito lovers out there, Doritos are gluten-free. However, there is a chance that during the manufacturing process there may have been cross-contamination with gluten.
For this reason, if you strictly need to avoid gluten then you may not be able to eat Doritos.
There are many popular gluten-free snacks available to purchase. Some of these include:
Trader Joe’s Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chex Cereal
Book Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Dotz Desserts Mini Muffins
Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar
Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar Flavored Puffs
Both peanut butter and peanuts in general are gluten-free. This also means that the peanut butter you buy from the store is naturally gluten-free.
However, there are gluten peanut butters out there. Even so, these are quite rare to find.