Many people who avoid gluten, whether due to an allergy or by choice, struggle to find good quality gluten-free snack options, although Ireland has come a long way in recent years. Though you might see lots more gluten free snacks available in stores, chances are they may be unnecessarily high in calories or added sugars.
Snacking without gluten can be just as delicious and healthy as their gluten-containing counterparts! Here are our top 10 picks for a quick and nutritious gluten free snack.
1. Caramel popcorn
Popcorn is a whole grain and is the perfect treat to nibble on when feeling peckish. This caramel popcorn recipe is sure to leave you with a thin, crispy, even coating of caramel on every piece of popcorn, yum!
2. Baba ghanoush with crudités
This baba ghanoush spiced aubergine dip is easy to make, packed with flavour, and fantastic for sharing. It is perfect when served with crisp crudités for dunking, our fav is cucumber, celery, carrot, and sweet cherry tomatoes!
3. Protein packed smoothie
A protein-packed smoothie is a delicious and healthy option and the perfect summertime snack! This healthy green smoothie mix is packed with nutritious ingredients like banana, spinach, kale, avocado, and linseed making it the perfect go-to snack. Good protein choices to add to this include nut butter, Greek yoghurt, and protein powders.
4. Peanut butter cookies
These coconut flour peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips are so delicious they’re sure to leave you wanting more. Coconut flour is not actually “flour” in the way we normally think of it. It contains zero grains and consists of 100 per cent pure coconut, perfect for making a low-carb treat!
These tasty peanut butter cookies are made with only 6 ingredients and are ready in 20 minutes. They are also gluten free, dairy free and contain only 4 grams net carbs!
5. Smoothie bowl
While we love our traditional smoothies there’s something oh so satisfying about creating a beautiful smoothie bowl topped off with a rainbow of fruits, nuts and seeds. Create some smoothie bowl perfection like this delicious mango one below topped off with cranberries, blueberries, toasted coconut, and chia seeds. Yum!
6. Vegetable soup
When you’re yearning for a hot bowl of soup but don’t have the time to make a pot from scratch, reach for our delicious vegetable soup, this soup is packed with root vegetables and fresh herbs and is the perfect light but satisfying meal.
7. Smoothie ice pops
Handmade smoothie ice pops are your answer to a deliciously refreshing and healthy snack. Unlike shop-bought varieties, you can be sure they’re free from artificial additives and preservatives. From berries to tropical fruits like mango or kiwi there are so many flavours to choose from. Here are 38 healthy smoothie ice-pop recipes you need to try!
8. Sweet potato & lentil dahl
Here’s a soulful and comforting sweet potato & lentil dahl recipe that is simple to make and full of fragrant Indian spices. This recipe is cost-effective and is perfect for a quick and healthy snack!
9. Energy balls
Making energy balls at home can be a little too time-consuming for those of you on the go. Thankfully you can buy nutrient-dense energy balls here that are made using a blend of ingredients like peanut, gluten-free oats and toasted seeds that will provide lasting energy.
10. Cashew and coconut bites
For a sweet yet satisfying energy boost, try these cashew and coconut bites. They are made using roasted cashews, toasted coconut, and chia seeds which may be tiny seeds but pack a huge protein punch!
These days gluten free eating isn’t a hindrance, in fact, with just a little creativity and research you can find many delicious gluten free snacks without compromising your health.
For more easy and delicious gluten free meal options check out our gluten free range.