31 Gluten-Free Snacks That Will INSTANTLY Squash Your Sugar Cravings
Have you recently made the switch to the Paleo diet? Are you struggling with candy bar and Frappuccino cravings right around the midday slump? Don’t stress, and put down the candy bar: We’ve got a variety of nourishing, energy-boosting snack ideas to keep you in line with your goals. From crispy, two-ingredient cinnamon apple chips to a variety of bacon-wrapped treats, you’ll keep your body fueled by healthier snacks and, more importantly, keep your tummy content.
This decadently creamy dip is deceptively healthy, putting gut-bomb restaurant artichoke dip to shame. Loaded with healthy fats from avocado and protein from hemp seeds, along with the blast of nutrition from kale, this dip will sustain you well until dinner time. Lemon juice and garlic add a quick, bright flavor to round off the snack.
These cinnamon apple chips couldn’t be simpler: Just slice crisp apples as thinly as possible, douse in the warm flavor of cinnamon, then bake. Bake a big batch of these ahead of time to pack in lunches or snack on throughout the week.
Hummus, without the legumes! Try this sweet and spicy take on everyone’s favorite party dip. The sweet potatoes get a rich flavor from roasting along with paprika and chili powder, while the addition of roasted red peppers adds to the toasty-sweet flavor profile.
Tart and sweet pineapple melds with rich ghee and savory bacon. These little bundles take minutes to make and will melt in your mouth.
This is an unconventional but delicious way to use up any spare eggplant you may have from a previous recipe. Turn it into “jerky,” and it will taste sweet, salty, rich and even a little meaty—just like bacon.
A Paleo-friendly pesto melds with bright cherry tomatoes, all of it encased in a thing zucchini blanket. These make for a refreshing summer snack that’s sure to keep non-nutritious cravings at bay.
This take on the classic dip more closely resembles its inspiration—but without the gobs of cheese and mayonnaise, it’s a much healthier way to make your spinach decadent. With the addition of bacon, you won’t miss the cheese, we promise.
All of your favorite things about a jalapeno popper with none of the guilt. Rather than cheese, these poppers are stuffed with a creamy nut mixture then enrobed in smoky, crispy bacon. We’re drooling too.
If you’re still dying for something faintly sweet, take ripe bananas and bake them to crispy, semi-sweet perfection. Like the apple chips, these are the perfect big batch, make-ahead snack to please the whole family.
Need a corn dog, but don’t want to sacrifice your health over it? Make these cauliflower-crusted sausages and dip in mustard for a tasty but healthy alternative to the game day classic.
This customizable fruit salad makes for s a zingy and refreshing snack or side, thanks to its mint-lime dressing. Use whatever fruits are in season for best results, or even try adding mellow vegetables like cucumber to round it out.
Herby, salty, warm and nutty—what part of this doesn’t have you frying up some almonds right this minute?
With cashews, dates, cocoa powder, goji berries, hemp seeds and more, these chocolaty, semi-sweet balls are the perfect post-workout fuel. Scarf down a couple of these if it’ll be a while before your next meal.
Finally, we’ve found the Paleo replacement to ranch dressing vegetable dip. This garlic dill dip is meant to be nestled in the center of a copious vegetable platter.
For a zesty snack, whip up this bright and spicy salsa, best served alongside Paleo chips or your favorite vegetable of choice.
A sweet and savory combination, bacon and dates will caramelize in harmony in the oven.
Tangy, spicy and salty, this homemade chili lime jerky promises all of the flavor with none of the nasty preservatives and additives. Make this ahead of time to keep unhealthy cravings at bay throughout the week.
Chock full of a variety of greens, this smoothie is only mildly sweet thanks to the addition of banana and fig. With the herby addition of mint, it’s just sweet enough to keep you satisfied, but nutritious enough to keep you from going overboard.
These are a “Paleo Happy Hour” treat—they satisfy the same cravings as say, pub food, but still keep nutrition in check.
If jalapeno poppers are too spicy or intense for you, opt for this mildly sweet iteration instead. Fire roasted pepper is juicy with just a hint of sweet, while chicken and bacon make for a delicious popper filling.
File this under “dips to eat on everything.” From meat, to vegetables, to chips, we can’t think of anything this tangy and spicy salsa wouldn’t improve.
Toasted in a bath of curry powder, oil and honey, these cashews are better than any bag of potato chips.
Watermelon gets a savory treatment when paired with fresh cucumbers and red onion, dressed in a red wine vinegar and mint dressing.
This quick but filling smoothie requires only four ingredients and some ice for thickening, but with banana and faintly sweet avocado, it’ll satisfy your sugar pangs.
Rich, creamy and mildly sweet thanks to roasted red peppers, this dip is like a red pepper baba ganoush, best slathered all over everything.
If you’re looking for an uber-rich snack, the pairing of dark chocolate and bacon will hit the spot. Thankfully, it’s so rich you’ll have no trouble keeping the portion moderate.
With chili powder, cumin, olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper, this is like your favorite snack mix without the undesirable ingredients. Feel free to use any variety of nuts you prefer.
These protein-packed snacks bring avocado, bacon and hot sauce along for the ride.
These chewy bars make for a great Paleo replacement to the classic granola bar, promising the same great flavor and texture without the inflammation-causing grains and additives.
Vanilla and honey-flavored sweet potato balls get rolled in two forms of coconut, keeping you full and energized for the whole day.
What’s better than good old guacamole? Guacamole that’s sandwiched between pieces of bacon, of course.
This great list of recipes was rounded up by PaleoHacks.com.