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101 Easy Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Snack Ideas for Kids (and Parents)

So, you’ve decided to cut gluten or maybe all grains in your kids’ diet (or maybe you’ve just determined to cut back on them), but whatever in the world will you feed them for snacks? Crackers, tortilla chips, muffins, cookies, granola bars…virtually all snacks seem to have some sort  of grain in them.

Not so, my dear friend, not so. I’ve compiled a list of 101 snack ideas that are gluten-free and grain-free. Both you and your kids can enjoy these!

101 Easy, Delicious, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Snack Ideas for Kids! There is something for everyone: dips, crackers, muffins, cookies, bars, crunchy snacks, sweet snacks, and more.

The snacks are divided up into categories: fruity & veggie snacks, crunchy snacks, dips, crackers and other fun dippers, sweet snacks, muffins & more, homemade puddings etc., cookies & bars, smoothies, healthy pre-packaged snacks, and other stuff. Hopefully there is something here to fit your every snack craving! 

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Fruity & Veggie Snacks

Of course, any raw fruit or veggie makes a yummy snack. Our kids love fruit. Here are a few ideas to spice things up if you’re looking for something different.

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

1. Dried Fruit

2. Apples with peanut butter

3. Homemade apple sauce

4. Olives

5. Strawberries and homemade whipped cream

6. Celery and cream cheese

7. Spicy Kale Chips

8. Fruit Leather (kind of like a Fruit Rollup, only healthy)

9. Apple Chips

10. Sweet Potato Skins

11. Bananas with Peanut Butter and Raisins

12. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

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Crunchy Snacks

Sometimes ya just have to have something that has some crunch. These are sure to satisfy your crunchy addiction!

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13. Maple Roasted Walnuts (recipes for plain, cinnamon vanilla, or curried)

14. Trail mix (this is one recipe, but the possibilities are endless)

15. Grain-Free Granola

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Dips

Creamy. Cheesy. Sweet. Salty. I love dips. It’s not hard to come up with dip ideas if you’re gluten-free, but here are a few of my favorites. Coming up with dippers when you don’t eat grains can be a bit trickier. Many of these recipes will work well with fresh veggies or fruits, but don’t forget to see my dipper ideas below.

Nut Butter Fruit Dip

16. Dill Dip

17. Hummus (my kids are crazy about hummus)

18. Homemade Traditional Salsa

19. Creamy No-Brown Guacamole

20. Nut butter fruit dip

21. Kalamata Spread

22. Spicy Chive dip

23. Homemade Ranch and Potato Chips

24. Nacho Not-Cheese Sauce (dairy free)

25. Sombrero Dip

26. Pepper Dip

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Crackers and Other Fun Dippers

Looking for hearty grain-free dippers to use in place of crackers or tortilla chips? Look no further! One of these 7 recipes are sure to suit your needs.

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27. Raw Kale Crisps

28. Paleo Bacon Chips

29. Parmesan Crisps

30. Grain Free Crackers 

31. Coconut Curried Beet Chips

32. Super Easy Nut Crackers

33. Multi-Seed Crackers

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Sweet Snacks

If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for candy or other sweet treats, this is the section for you. Most of these recipes are made with natural sugar alternatives such as honey, maple syrup, or stevia.

Gummy Candies

34. Homemade Fudgesicles (dairy-free & sugar-free too!)

35. Crunchin’ Fudge Bars

36. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Candy

37. Cocoa Crack (Healthy Chocolate Candy)

38. Gummy Candies

39. Raw Brownie Bites

40. Chocolate Coconut Macaroons or this recipes for Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

41. Sour Kiwi Gummies

42. Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

43. Fried Plantains

44. Mock “Pay-Day” Peanut Treats

45. Cranberry “Red Hots”

46. Raw Cookie Dough Bites (because, who doesn’t love cookie dough?!)

47. Pumpkin Pie Spice Balls

* Looking for more sweet snack ideas, I highly recommend checking out The Sweeter Side of Candida. It has some fabulous gluten-free and sugar-free recipes. 

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Muffins & More

Just because you’re not eating grains doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in bread, like muffins, scones, and biscuits!

Chocolate And Blueberry Muffins Cookies And Coffee For A Snack

48. Cinnamon Muffins (this recipe is one of our family favorites!)

49. Apple Muffins

50. Cheesy Biscuits (I love making a double or triple recipe for dinner so we have extras to snack on the next day)

51. Coconut Muffins

52. Orange Rosemary Mini-Scones

53. Raspberry Scones

54. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

55. Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

56. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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Homemade Puddings etc.

These would make the perfect after-dinner or bedtime snack. Easy to whip up and sure to delight your tastebuds!

Homemade Jello

57. Pumpkified Mousse

58. Chocolate Mousse

59. Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

60. Homemade Jello

61. Banana Custard

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Cookies and Bars

Your kids don’t have to give up cookies and bars just because they are gluten-free. Oh no. This list of 17 recipes proves that. Perfect recipes for that after-school snack :)

Almond Joy Bars

62. Rich and Delicious Brownies

63. Cinnamon Almond Butter Cookies

64. Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Ginger Snaps

65. Sun Pumpkin Energy Balls

66. Cocoa and Chia No-Bake Brownies

67. PB& J Bars

68. Homemade Protein bars

69. Almond Joy Bars

70. Homemade “Lara” Bars or this “Lara” Bar Recipe

71. Homemade “KIND” Fruit and Nut Bars

72. Coconut Cookies 

74. Dried Fruit Blondies

74. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

75. Cashew Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

76. Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Cookies

77. Grain-Free Granola Bars

78. Gingerbread cookie bites

*For more homemade protein-packed bars check out the book High Protein, No Powder.

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Smoothies

My kids love smoothies! Whipping them up in my Blendtec blender makes them especially easy. If yours like them too, here’s some smoothie inspiration.

79. Berrylicious Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free “Milkshake”

80. Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Coconut “Milkshake”

81. Milk Kefir Milkshake

82. Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

83. Cranberry Ginger Smoothie

84. Avocado Banana Smoothie

*For more homemade protein-packed smoothies check out the book High Protein, No Powder.

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Healthy Pre-Packaged Snacks

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 1.07.56 AM Though I’d rather make everything from scratch, sometimes I need a grab-and-go snack or a healthy mix that I can whip up quickly. These aren’t easy to come by. Most grab-and-go snacks and mixes are filled with grains, sugar, soy, and more. Here’s a list of snacks you can fill your pantry with for times when you don’t have the time or energy to whip up a homemade treat.

85. Nicks Beef or Turkey Sticks (My family absolutely loves these sticks made from grass-fed beef and free-range turkey.)

86. Lara Bars

87. Quest Bars (these are some of my favorite sugar-free packaged protein bars!)

88. Organic No-sugar Added Applesauce (I especially like to get them in the squeeze pouches for easy on-the-go snacks!)

89. Organic Yogurt

90. String Cheese

91. Fermented Pickles

92. Chocolate Muffin Mix from Simple Mills (You will not believe that these mixes are made from 100% healthy ingredients. They are that good!)

93. Banana Muffin Mix from Simple Mills

94. Pumpkin Muffin Mix from Simple Mills

95. KIND Fruit and Nut Bars

96. Peanuts (the little packets are so easy to throw in the diaper bag or purse)

97. Raisins (I like the little boxes of these to throw in my purse or diaper bag too)

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Other Stuff

These are the snacks that just didn’t fit in any of the other categories. Don’t miss out on them though, they’re tasty and make great snacks too!

Strawberry cream

98. Homemade Yogurt (My kids can eat boat-loads of this. Their favorite way to eat it is mixed with some pureed fruit and vanilla stevia or with a little bit of  honey. But you can mix lots of things with homemade yogurt or make fruit and yogurt parfaits.)

99. Hard boiled eggs

100. Deviled eggs

101. Naturally Fermented Pickles

For more Snack Ideas…

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the kind shout-outs on some of our favorite GF snacks! What a terrific post! I’ve pinned it so I can keep referring back to it! Blessings, Kelly

  2. Fabulous list! Thanks for including me!

  3. Awesome list! We are slowly going grain free and I have been finding snacks to be hardest. This will definitely come in handy!

  4. What a great list! My daughter and I will be having fun making everything in the fruity and veggie snacks section :)

  5. This is AWESOME. Thanks so much for putting together such a fantastic list!!!

  6. What a great list! We eat a LOT of nuts and fruit for snacks around here. It would be great to incorporate these ideas for some variety!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday this week! THis list rocks! Thank you so much.

  8. So many great ideas in one place! Thanks for sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays, I am featuring your post this week!

  9. Thanks for the ideas. It was very encouraging! When I hear, “What can I eat, Mom?” I cringe! After 19 years of raising 5 children, and constantly learning about new allergies over the years, I am worn out! I keep giving the same old, simple snacks, but even with all of the allergies it is not necessary. From your snack ideas I typed up a list of “12 Snack Catagories”. I am going to print it out and hang it up on the refrigerator for quick reference. The catagories I listed were as follows… 1. Smoothies 2. Fruits 3. Vegetables 4. Dried Fruit 5. Nuts & Seeds 6. Crackers & Chips 7. Dips 8. Puddings & Yogurts 9. Healthy Ice Pops 10. Muffins & Breads 11. Cakes & Cupcakes 12. Cookies & Natural Candies. Hopefully we’ll be eating more from the top of the list than from bottom ;)

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      I’m so happy that you found some new ideas here! I put this together because *I* need inspiration. Sometimes you just need a nice list to shake things up :)

  10. Thanks for including me!!

  11. I need to get to the store and buy some more of my gluten free ingredients so I can make these yummy treats!

  12. This is a great resource with some deliciously wholesome gluten free snacks! I’ve pinned it. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  13. What a great collection of snacks for the big kids too! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Great collection big thanks to the author, I was looking for some more healthy ideas. My kids would have as a snack Chomps Snack Stick(www.gochomps.com) which is very good as it 100% grass fed beef, gluten free and paleo friendly without junks in it; but i would like my kids to have sometimes something still very healthy but different – although they don’t want..

    Thanks again for your article — I find it very helpful

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