What snacks are gluten free? This question pops up a lot, especially if you’re new to eating this way. For someone who isn’t used to carefully inspecting ingredients lists, having to reevaluate all the snacks you once loved can be exhausting. You now have to figure out what gluten free items to bring on a long car trip, on a plane ride, or to put in your kid’s (or your own) lunch. And all of those things likely mean you need gluten free snack ideas that don’t have to be refrigerated.
To help answer that question, I put together this list of 10 gluten free snack ideas that don’t need to be refrigerated. There really are a ton of choices but no one should have to feel overwhelmed or like there’s nothing you can have. There are plenty of really great options!
The items I’ve listed here are all things I and my family eat on a regular basis. None of these are affiliate links or sponsored, I’m just passing on items that I and my family have found we liked after trying many we didn’t.
1. Fresh Fruit
While not all fresh fruit will work without being in the refrigerator (I’m looking at you, cantaloupe), there are several options that work well. The most common are bananas, apples, and oranges. These all don’t have to be eaten with a utensil and are okay for hours without being refrigerated.
2. Dried Fruit
If fresh fruit isn’t your thing, dried fruit may work better for you. There are a ton of options here, both for a single type of dried fruit and for fruit medleys. Some favorites of ours are dried figs, dried mango, dried cranberries, and a dried fruit berry medley (like the Made In Nature one pictured).
3. Fruit Chips
Another fruit option is fruit chips, like the Bare Apple Chips shown in the picture, or any other type of chip (banana, plantain, etc). They’re great on their own (I eat the banana ones like candy, they’re so good) or dipped into a spread. And speaking of, next up on this list is…
4. Nut Butters
These are great to eat with other items on this list, and what’s even better is you can get them in single serving packets like the Justin’s Almond Butter in the picture. They provide some protein if you need to eat quickly and are really convenient. However if you’d like the real deal, then go with…
Super portable, nuts are a go to for easy snacking. Cashews and almond are our favorites, but get creative here if you like. Pistachios, macadamia nuts, whatever sounds good to you,
6. Meat Snack Bars
These might sound gross, but I promise they’re not. Meat bars (or sticks) come in really handy when you forgot lunch and are getting hangry. There are a lot of different kinds out there, but my absolute favorite are DNX bars and Wild Zora bars. They’re not dry, they have great flavor, and bonus, if you’re doing a Whole30 most of them are compliant.
7. Fruit Snack Bars
In case you’re counting, this is the fourth fruit option. It’s amazing what they can do with fruit, like pack it into a bar to make it super portable. I like the ones by Kind (in the bottom left corner of the picture) as they have very simple ingredients and taste really good.
This snack is a favorite in our house, especially when it’s flavored with butter and eaten while watching a movie. But it also works well when you need something on the go. I’ve pictured Skinny Pop regular salted popcorn in the photo above, but there are a bunch of different kinds now in addition to plain popcorn. I’m not talking about just cheese and kettle corn, but also barbeque, salted caramel, and sweet and spicy. And now I’m hungry.
9. Gluten Free Pretzels
Pretzels are one of those things people who are new to eating gluten free might assume they’ll have to give up, but gluten free products have come a long way. These Snyder gluten free pretzels in the picture taste just like regular pretzels; my kids can’t even tell the difference. Just be careful not to have your family eat the whole bag in one sitting, because these suckers go fast.
10. Gluten Free Crackers
The last item on this list is a staple in our pantry and our travel snacks. Especially with kids, crackers are a must. We’ve got two favorites with different textures – the Nut Thins are great for a really crunchy, crisp cracker and the Simple Mills crackers are a bit softer but equally as great. I’ve tried several others but these two are definitely our go-tos.
And that’s it! I hope this list was helpful for those looking to find gluten free snack ideas that DON’T need to be refrigerated. Next time you’re headed on the road or packing up a lunch, come back to this list to get some inspiration.
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