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18 of the Best Gluten-Free Snacks to Have in Your Pantry

written by CAITLYN SOMERS & MEAGAN MCCORMICK

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Graphics by: Anna Wissler
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For some, eating gluten-free is essential. It doesn’t matter how much you’re craving that favorite cake or pasta dish. You know that were you to indulge, your body’s reaction would be far from worth the instant gratification. On the other hand, there are many of us who enjoy incorporating a gluten-free diet into our lifestyle for reasons like digestive comfort, holistic wellness, or even because they’ve been introduced to some of the best gluten-free snacks on the market.

Nevertheless, whether it’s due to Celiac disease, an allergy or sensitivity, or by choice, going gluten-free isn’t always easy. Especially when some restaurants and stores don’t even offer gluten-free options. That’s why we asked two women who are gluten-free to send us their most delicious snack recs so you too can discover favorites you can count on.

If you’re already living a gluten-free lifestyle, attempting to go gluten-free, or are raising a gluten-free child, here are some of the best gluten-free snacks (that are kid-friendly, too!) to add to your cart the next time you go grocery shopping.  

1. Hippeas

I always stock up on these at Costco! They’re delicious and nostalgic. I can’t help but feeling like I’m eating Cheetos Puffs, but can rest easy knowing this heartier option packs in protein and fiber with every crunch. Made with chickpea and rice flour, they have three grams of fiber and and four grams of protein per serving.

best gluten-free snacks hippeas

2. Country Archer Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

I’ll usually add one of these on to my afternoon snack when I feel like I need an extra boost of protein. They have no added sugar, and I prefer the flavor to many of the other jerky stick options out there.

best gluten-free snacks beef sticks

3. Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips

Another great snack to snag at Costco, if you can find them! While many other tortilla chip options are also gluten-free, I love that these feel just a touch healthier. They’re great with salsa, guacamole, or even on their own.

best gluten-free snacks siete tortilla chips

4. Made Good Soft Baked Mini Cookies

These individual pouches of mini chocolate chip cookies are the perfect on-the-go dessert for after lunch when I just need a little something sweet.

best gluten-free snacks mini cookies

5. Partake Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, yes, another chocolate chip cookie. But these are seriously so good, and the texture is more in-line with Chips Ahoy! than the Made Good cookies.

best gluten-free snacks partake cookies

6. Kind Breakfast Protein Bars

These. Are. It. Specifically the Almond Butter flavor. They come in packs of two, and I’ll usually have one in the morning before I work out and save the other for later. They’re also a great snack to share!

best gluten-free snacks kind bars

7. Lesser Evil Popcorn

You can’t tell me that a bowl of popcorn isn’t the most fun snack out there. I love the classic Himalayan Pink Salt flavor, but the Gold and White Cheddar options are great too (if you can find them!).

best gluten-free snacks lesser evil popcorn

8. Nature’s Bakery Gluten-Free Fig Bars

These come in a non-gluten-free version as well, so make sure you check the packaging. If you grew up eating Fig Newtons and Nutrigrain Bars, you’ll love these too.

best gluten-free snacks fig bars

9. Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

I always grab a box of these for hosting because they pair perfectly with cheese and charcuterie. The classic Sea Salt flavor is the best.

best gluten-free snacks crackers

10. Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter

Rice cakes with peanut butter are a simple, healthy, and delicious gluten-free snack option, especially for kids. Just make sure you find a rice cake that’s made solely from rice and not any other ingredient to ensure they’re gluten-free.

best gluten-free snacks rice cakes and peanut butter

11. Trader Joe’s Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

These yummy granola bites are not only gluten-free but vegan and dairy-free as well. They’re perfect to take with you wherever you go if you’re craving something sweet!

best gluten-free snacks granola bites

12. Gluten-Free Oreos

Oreo fans, rejoice—there’s a gluten-free option, too! These are totally worth the hype and I always have them in my pantry.

best gluten-free snacks oreos

13. Pirate’s Booty

Pirate’s Booty is another favorite gluten-free snack. Not only do these puffs taste so good, but they remind me of the simple joys of the 90s because they’re baked with real cheese and no artificial flavoring.

best gluten-free snacks pirate's booty

14. Fully Charged Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Fully Charged is led by a female and minority-owned mom and daughter business team committed to making tasty allergy-friendly baked goods. These yummy mini muffins are a perfect snack item to pack for school lunches when your kiddos head out for the day.

best gluten-free snacks mini muffins

15. Chocolate Chex Gluten-Free Cereal

Whether you eat this chocolate Chex cereal for breakfast or as a mid-day snack, its natural chocolate flavor will satisfy your sweet tooth’s cravings.

best gluten-free snacks chocolate chex

16. Welch’s Fruit Snacks

Almost every kid I know loves fruit snacks, and a lot of adults still love fruit snacks too (including me). Thankfully, Welch’s fruit snacks are gluten-free, so even those with an allergy can snack on these. Tip: Costco usually sells a massive pack to help stockpile snacks for school lunches and more.

best gluten-free snacks welch's fruit snacks

17. Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn

After I tried Boom Chicka Pop for the first time, I became obsessed with it. Not only do they have unique flavor options, including fun seasonal ones, but they also come in cute mini bags so they’re easy to take on-the-go to snack on throughout the day. 

best gluten-free snacks boom chicka pop popcorn

18. Tate’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you prefer crunchy over chewy when it comes to your cookies, Tate’s has made one of the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies to ever exist. Trust me—you can’t even tell they’re gluten-free!

best gluten-free snacks tate's cookies
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