There are many reasons someone might avoid gluten, from a genuine gluten sensitivity to simply enjoying healthier snack choices.
But for those with severe gluten sensitivity, or Celiac Disease, a serious autoimmune disease where the ingestion of gluten leads to small intestine damage, going gluten-free isn’t just a preference but a necessity. Thursday, January 13 is National Gluten-Free Day here in the United States, and we wanted to mark the occasion by reviewing some of our favorite gluten-free snacks in solidarity with our gluten-intolerant brothers and sisters.
A few years ago, finding great gluten-free snacks was a challenging proposition. Options were extremely limited, and the available snacks were often expensive, lacking in flavor or downright gross. However, a lot has changed in the last few years. Now, there are all sorts of gluten-free snacks and foods widely available, from crackers and cookies to pizza and pancakes.
While a gluten-free lifestyle is a serious thing and can still be rather challenging to maintain, it’s absolutely a lot more tasty and enjoyable than in the past. Here are our picks for the best gluten-free snacks available right now. And if you celebrate, happy National Gluten-Free Day.
Brave Good Kind Tender Chicken Bites
GREAT FOR PROTEIN
These chicken bites are a great bite-sized snack with tons of protein and satisfying ingredients like antibiotic-free chicken and spices. You’ll be eating clean, but you’ll also feel like you’re enjoying a guilty pleasure while you are at it.
Clio Snacks Greek Yogurt Bars
FOR A SWEET TREAT
Suppose you’re craving a sweet treat that’s healthy but still satisfying and delicious. In that case, Cilo Snacks Greek Yogurt Bars come in various flavors including vanilla, granola yogurt parfait and less sugar mixed berry. Still, our favorite has to be this blend of dark chocolate and creamy strawberry yogurt.
Magic Spoon Cereal
FOR CEREAL LOVERS
Cereal is one of those comfort foods you can enjoy for any meal of the day or even as a delightful midnight snack. However, those avoiding gluten sometimes feel as though their cereal options are pretty limited. Magic Spoon is a grain-free cereal that’s gluten-free, low carb and high protein but packed with fun flavors, from frosted to fruity. Best of all, this treat is 100% keto-friendly too.
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Cali’flour Foods Gluten-Free Keto Crackers
FOR A BIT OF CRUNCH
These keto-friendly and gluten-free crackers are great for a cheese or charcuterie board. You can also serve them with dip when gathering with gluten-free friends. In fact, these crunchy crackers are so tasty, you can eat them straight from the bag.
Milton’s Craft Bakers Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Pizza is our favorite guilty pleasure, but most pizza dough (like most baked goods) contains plenty of gluten. This cauliflower crust pizza from Milton’s has a gluten-free pizza crust that’s made with fresh cauliflower, and the pizza itself is topped with delicious roasted vegetables and a three cheese blend.
Seapoint Farms Mighty Lil’ Lentils
FOR THE FAN OF LENTILS
Lentils are great for you, but they don’t need to be limited to soups or stews. These savory, crispy Lil’ Lentils are perfect for snacking on or perhaps throwing on top of a salad for added crunch.
Milton’s Craft Bakers Gluten-Free Crackers
BEST FOR DIPPING
These yummy and super crispy crackers are made with five different gluten-free grains and are perfect for dipping in all your favorite dips. They’re the perfect flavor vehicle, whether covered with cheese or in some hummus.
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Pancake Mix
BEST FOR BRUNCH
Pancakes may feel like a special treat, but they can also be a healthy option with this mix made from five grains and seeds. Ingredients like buckwheat, chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds and tiger nut make for a one-of-a-kind texture and taste that will be delicious, satisfying and good for you.
Baja Beef Jerky Sampler Pack
FOR SNACKING ON-THE-GO
Meat snacks tend to be pretty high in salt and sugar, but this is a better-for-you option that also happens to be gluten-free. This nitrate-free, all-natural beef jerky comes in fun flavors, ranging from sweet to spicy, and is a perfect carry-along gluten-free snack for a busy day.
SOLELY Organic Fruit Jerky Variety Pack
FOR A FRUITY BOOST
Jerky isn’t just a meat snack anymore; you can also enjoy delicious dried fruit jerky. In fact, fruit jerky is one of the best gluten-free snacks for those trying to stay healthy. These organic snacks are naturally sweetened and include a whole serving of fruit. Healthy and satisfying, they’ll be an ideal afternoon pick-me-up.
Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice
SOURCE OF GRAINS
Minute Rice’s quick and easy Ready-to-Serve Brown Rice couldn’t be easier because it comes pre-portioned in a microwaveable cup. This can’t be easier whether eating on the go or adding some quick gluten-free whole grains to a meal. Just add your toppings and enjoy.
gimMe Seaweed Snacks
We all know seaweed from when we order sushi, but this superfood can be a delicious snack in its own right. These organic roasted seaweed snacks are loaded with vitamins and minerals and come in various flavors, from salt to savory.
Pop Bitties Ancient Grain Chips
FOR CHIPS AND DIP
These delicious air-popped chips are made with whole ingredients like sorghum, chia, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. What they lack in gluten, they gain in tons of crunch and taste.
Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels
BEST FOR DESSERT
For anyone that’s both dairy-free and gluten-free, this is a delicious sweet treat made with dark chocolate, coconut cream caramel and just a touch of sea salt.
BEST FOR A QUICK MEAL
Made by a beloved celebrity chef, Ming Tsai, these vegan appetizers are plant-based and gluten-free. These handheld savory snacks come in flavors like buffalo cauliflower, plant-based sausage and peppers, fiesta and the new plant-based cheeseburger. They’re crispy on the outside and can easily be prepared in anything from the air fryer to a skillet.
Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn
BEST SWEET AND SALTY SNACK
Some like their popcorn sweet, others like it savory and salty, but what about combining the two into one delicious snack? This sweet and salty popcorn snack only contains 140 calories per serving, and you’ll love every gluten-free kernel.
glutino Chocolate Fudge Covered Pretzels
SWEET AND SALTY
Craving something sweet but also salty? Salty pretzels coated in sweet and indulgent fudge, glutino Chocolate Fudge Covered Pretzels are an excellent gluten-free snack on a busy day.
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