Want something better for your summer snacking? Avoid the chips, and dip into something tasty, instead! Here are 13 of our top picks for gluten free snacking.
Barnanas Made from bananas, Barnanas are organic, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, raw, and kosher. Barnanas are an exceptional source of potassium and fiber, have over 20 vitamins and minerals, high antioxidant power, and are made from natural ingredients like bananas, chocolate, coconut, and peanut butter. Our favorite are the Chewy Chocolate Banana Bites-covered in 54% organic cocoa, giving you lots of beneficial flavonoids from dark chocolate. A great sweet snack if you’re looking for something healthier than candy. Skip the Junior Mints and take something healthier with you to the movies! Find Barnanas Organic Chewy Bites at Amazon.com.
The Good Bean Roasted chickpeas have long been a favorite snack of healthy home cooks and food bloggers. They’re high in fiber and protein, and deliver a crunchy and satisfying burst of flavor that is comparable to higher fat snacks and unhealthy chips. Chickpea snacks meet nearly every requirement for the health conscious, environmentally aware snacker: non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, high-fiber, and as satisfying and delicious as chips, pretzels, and nuts. Finally, a snack that is good for *every* body. The Good Bean comes in 7 flavors like Mesquite BBQ, Thai Coconut Lemongrass, Chocolate, and more. Find The Good Bean Chickpea Snacks
on sale for less than $3/bag at Vitacost.com
Gourmet Nut Much of the snacks in movie theaters will leave you feeling guilty, greasy, and throw a date night off track. Avoid the popcorn and candy by noshing on something lighter that will help make snacking a little less complicated (and a little more healthful) for you and your date.
Brooklyn-based Gourmet Nut has combined great flavors and healthy ingredients in a line of Gourmet On the Go snack mixes, full of protein-containing nuts and antioxidant-packed, fiber-filled dried fruits. From Almond Cranberry Crunch to Body Boosting Antioxidant Mix, these resealable bags are perfect for gluten free snacking on the go, sneaking into the movie theater, or packed into your picnic basket. Find Gourmet Nut products and nut mixes on Amazon.com.
Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons If cookies are what you’re craving, look no further than Jennie’s. Delicious and all natural since 1973, these cookies have the great taste and health benefits of coconut, and are always gluten, dairy and nut free. Get Jennie’s Gluten Free Macaroons on sale at Vitacost.com.
Mani Snacks Step aside, Totinos pizza rolls. There’s a new kid in town! For a healthy after school snack, one of our favorite gluten free products this year is Mani Snacks Brazilian Cheese Bread. Known in Brazil as Pão de Queijo – (pown-deh-kay-zho), these savory little bites are a gluten-free snack roll made from manioc (tapioca) starch and cheese. Put them in the oven frozen, and in about 25 minutes they emerge golden and crusty on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside.
Infused with the subtle aroma and taste of cheese, these bite size treats can be served for all occasions as a snack or a delicious accompaniment to any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eat them warm, right out of the oven, or fill them with your favorite condiment. We particularly liked them with marinara sauce for dipping.
Find ready to heat and eat Mani Brazilian Cheese Snacks on Amazon.com, $15.
Mary’s Organic Seed Crackers Sometimes you just want a crispy, crunchy cracker. After all, that wonderfully stinky Camembert can only go on so many grapes. If you’re looking for gluten free crackers, check out Mary’s Gone Crackers. Combining organic whole-grain brown rice, organic quinoa, organic flax seed (high in omega-3 essential fatty acids), and organic sesame seeds, Mary bakes up a wheat free snack that’s surprisingly delicious and satisfying. Try Mary’s Gluten Free Seed Crackers on sale at Vitacost.com.
Mr. Cheese O’s Orange tongues and fingers, grease stains, high fructose corn syrup, saturated fat, high calorie counts – the telltale signs of those cheese-flavored chips, crisps and crackers. Skip the diet cheating Cheetah and go for something tasty, healthy, and good for you!
Mr. Cheese O’s, an all-natural, crunchy, delicious, and fun baked cheese snack from Sonoma Creamery, an artisan cheese company based in California’s wine country, that makes hormone free, 100% natural, gluten-free cheeses. The new healthier, wheat-free, corn-free snack comes in four indulgent varieties: Original, Cheddar, Tuscan Herb and Sweet Chili. Each has with 10-grams of protein per one-ounce bag, made from a combination of cheese, organic quinoa, brown rice, and oat bran.
At only 150 calories, and $2.99, you won’t feel guilty after you’ve inhaled the entire bag (and trust us, you will). Find them in most deli and grocery stores.
Perfect Bar features high-powered protein from organic almond and peanut butter, 20+ organic whole food ingredients and contain no chemical preservatives or refined sugars – simply sweetened with honey. Bars come in 7 amazing flavors and are NON-gmo, soy protein free and are always gluten free! New flavors include Almond Acai and Almond Coconut. Pick up a Perfect Bar Variety 10 Pack from Amazon.com for less than $28.
Pistachio Chewy Bites from Setton Farms With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios, cranberries and agave nectar in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber.
Sahale Moroccan Pomegranate Pistachios If you love pistachios and spicy foods as much as we do, this sweet and spicy mix will be right up your alley! Flavored with lemon peel, sea salt, black pepper, pomegranate juice and brown sugar, this exotic gluten free snack mix combines pistachios, almonds, and dried apples into a unique blend. Perfect for a gourmet picnic, after school snack, or topping your favorite chicken salad or pumpkin soup. Find Sahale Moroccan Pomegranate Pistachios at Vitacost.com, $4.99 for a 4 oz bag.
Viance Nutrition Bars are all-natural, made with real food ingredients, and don’t contain preservatives. A way better snack than hitting the doughnut drive-through, Viance bars are gluten-free, non-GMO, and fully vegan. Their 100% natural Nutrition Bars come in three flavors-Cranberry, Mission Fig, and Peanut Butter. Cranberry was our office favorite, with 10 grams of protein from organic coconut, chia seeds, and hempseeds.
If you’re looking to lose weight, Viance also offers a gluten free, vegan weight loss program that’s guaranteed to keep you feeling satisfied.
World Peas Wasabi peas have been around for years, but World Peas kicks them up a notch, with flavors like Bombay Curry, Barbecue, and Sichuan. Deliciously addictive, these gluten free veggie snacks are GMO-free and all natural. Great for snacking, salad toppings, and in lieu of breading, World Peas are trans fat and cholesterol free, and rich in protein. They’re also lower in fat and calories than the average potato chip (1 serving is only 105 calories and 2g fat).
Satisfy your craving for crunch with this World Peas Green Pea Snack 3 Pack with Sichuan Chili (our favorite!), BBQ and Garlic flavors on Amazon.com, only $4/bag.
ZOUQ Exotic Snacks A South Asian variation of “pub mix” or game day chips, ZOUQ snacks have 0 trans fats, no cholesterol, are MSG-free, GMO-free, and are gluten free. Flavors include: Curry Crunch-a sweet and savory blend of chickpeas, rice flakes, red lentils, green peas, peanuts, and potato; Jubilee Mix-blend of rice flakes, peas, watermelon seeds and lentils seasoned with cardamom, cumin, ginger, and turmeric; Golden Lentils-premium split mung bean lentils sautéed in oil and sea salt; Fiery Sticks-potato fingers seasoned with Indian red chiles, cumin, and green mango. ZOUQ hopes to share the cultural stories behind the flavors, and to bring people and communities together that they would not have discovered without a friendly (and tasty!) introduction. Find ZOUQ Gluten Free Snacks on Amazon.com.
What are your favorite gluten free snacks this summer? Tell us in your comments, or on Twitter at @CraveLocal!