Gluten free snacks have become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people are adopting a gluten free diet for a variety of reasons. For me personally, after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, I found that adopting a gluten free lifestyle truly aided my overall health journey.
Some people have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Others may have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or they may simply choose to follow a gluten-free diet for personal or health reasons.
Regardless of the reason, finding tasty and convenient gluten free snacks can be a challenge. Many traditional snack options, such as cookies, crackers, and granola bars, contain wheat, barley, or rye, which are sources of gluten.
However, there are plenty of delicious gluten free snacks available that can satisfy your cravings without causing digestive issues or other health problems.
My Favorite Gluten Free Snacks
Trail mix is a great option as a gluten free snack and it is filled with many nutritious things that also makes it really filling. One thing I love about trail mix is that you can save money and make it yourself or buy it! If you are wanting to make it, all you need to do is mix together a combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a portable and satisfying snack.
Roasted chickpeas are a delicious and flavorful option that adds a crunchy and protein-rich snack to your day! You are able to make your own chickpeas if you want, or if you are short on time you can also purchase them!
Rice cakes are a great option for a gluten free snack as you can dress it up with some nut butter, avocado or hummus! I also love keeping these in the pantry because not only do I love them, my kids love them as well!
Corn chips are another great option to add to your list of gluten free snacks. When you are searching for corn chips make sure you are looking for brands that are made with corn and do not contain wheat or other sources of gluten. My personal favorite are these Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips!
One of my personal favorite gluten free snacks is good old fashioned popcorn. When you are searching for popcorn though make sure that you are looking for gluten free popcorn. Some flavors of popcorn contains sources of gluten in the flavoring. BOOM Chicka Pop is one of my favorite brands when it comes to finding healthy and delicious popcorn.
Beef jerky and/or meat sticks are a delicious protein-rich option for a gluten free snack. My personal favorites are from Chomps but I also love Epic Strips as well, especially their Sriracha chicken flavor.
Lara Bars have been my favorite go-to gluten free snack since I did the Whole 30 for the first time! Not only are they made with minimal ingredients, they are super delicious and convenient to throw in your bag when you are on the go!
When you are searching for something sweet and gluten free, you should check out these Simple Mills Gluten Free Cookies. You want to make sure when you are looking for any gluten free baked items, you are looking cookies made with almond flour or coconut flour!
Who doesn’t love Oreos? When I first became gluten free, I was bummed out that I thought I may never have an Oreo ever again! Luckily for me, the Oreo brand came up with a Gluten Free Oreo! YUM!
My kids love fruit snacks, so I make sure I also have some gluten free fruit snacks in my pantry for them. These are also great to pack for the park or heading out on a road trip!
Pirate’s Booty is a light and tasty gluten free treat to have stocked in your pantry. I also love that it comes in many different flavors!
I LOVE the brand Annie’s! I actually buy their mac and cheese for my kids all the time! I had no idea that they had a gluten free rice crispy treat. I went ahead and tried them and I think they are super delicious and worth the buy!
What is Gluten Free?
Gluten-free refers to foods that do not contain the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye, so any food made with these grains will contain gluten.
People who follow a gluten-free diet do so for a variety of reasons, the most common being celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Other people may follow a gluten-free diet due to non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies.
Check Your Gluten Free Snacks Labels
It is important to note that just because a food is naturally gluten-free does not mean that it is automatically safe for those following a gluten-free diet.
Many naturally gluten-free foods are processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, and rye, which means there is a risk of cross-contamination. For this reason, it is important to check labels carefully and look for products that are specifically labeled as gluten-free.
Other Items that may contain Gluten
In addition to avoiding foods that contain gluten, those following a gluten-free diet also need to be mindful of hidden sources of gluten in other products, such as medications, vitamins, and lip balms. It is a good idea to check with a healthcare professional or the manufacturer of these products to ensure that they are safe for a gluten-free diet.