If you’ve been living gluten free for a little while now, you’ve probably run into the great snack dilemma – suddenly, you can’t just grab cookies, crackers or pretzels. You have to carefully read the bag on everything else to make sure you’re safe! I’ve been trying all sorts of things, and here are the best gluten free snacks I’ve found.
Gluten Free Pretzels
Snyder’s of Hanover is kind of the authority on pretzels, so I’m really glad they are making gluten free pretzels! I can’t tell the difference between these and their gluteny counterparts – they’ve really nailed it here. My only complaint is that they can be hard to find locally – but I’ve been willing to order them in bulk from Amazon because they are that good. For the pretzel purists, you can get *Mini Pretzels in that familiar twisty shape. I recently found the delicious Honey Mustard and Onion flavored pretzel sticks at Big Lots. Snyder’s also offers Hot Buffalo Wing pretzel sticks, which I haven’t tried yet. Rounding out their gluten free offerings are regular pretzel sticks. Why not try all four varieties? *Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzels All Flavors Variety 4 Pack
I’m going to give an honorable mention to *Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Twists, because they are pretty good. They do tend to be easier to find, at least in my part of the world.
Gluten free crackers
Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins come in a variety of flavors (my favorite are *Multi-Seeds Crackers and *Sesame Seeds) that are all pretty good. They’ve got an interesting texture, kind of heavy and seedy, and are really good with a strong piece of cheese topping them.
Note that these are square-shaped; their cheaper, plain Nut Thins are round and I find them to be hit or miss in terms of flavor. They are acceptable if nothing else is available.
Van’s Gluten Free crackers also come in a few flavors – I really like the *Lots of Everything flavor, as well as *Say Cheese.The texture of these is lighter and more more like what you’d expect from a regular cracker.
Some people have told me they think the Say Cheese variety is the closest thing they’ve found to Cheese-Its; I was never much of a fan of those anyway, so I’m probably not the best to make the comparison. Still, if you’re missing cheese crackers, these are good!
I know what you’re thinking – corn chips are all gluten free! NOT SO. Watch out in particular for certain types of Tostitos, and/or anything that claims to be multigrain, as that usually means gluten! Always check if you’re getting something seasoned or flavored too, as the flavor powder can have gluten in it.
*On The Border Cafe Style Tortilla Chips are delicious and a wonderful vessel for salsa, guacamole or even hummus. Sometimes you can find deals on them at Sam’s Club or Costco.
Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Bunnies kind of remind me of Teddy Grahams (remember those?) They come in a few flavors – try two at once with the *Cocoa & Vanilla variety. There’s also *Snickerdoodle, which I haven’t tried yet but sounds delicious.
*Kinnikinnick KinniKritters Animal Cookies are… not bad? The taste is good but the texture is a bit grainy. Still, they are pretty handy and if you’ve got some gluten free kiddies in the house, this will surely be a crowd pleaser. I’ve smashed these gluten free cookies up and used them as a base for cheesecake too! Their *S’Moreable Graham Crackers are good, but also have that weird texture.
*Nature Valley Gluten Free Roasted Nut Crunch Granola Bars (Almond Crunch) are both sweet and savory, really. Gluten free granola bars can be hard to find, and I seem to have issues with oats as well, so I can eat almost no granola. However, these are nut-based so I’m in luck! They are also usually fairly easy to find at the grocery store, which is handy.
I received a box of *Kind Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Gluten Free Bars for Christmas this year, and they’ve been really handy as emergency snacks. I just throw one in my bag and chow down when I feel hangry (that’s hungry + angry)! They come in a bunch of flavors and most (but not all) are gluten free.
My mom introduced me to *Fiber One Fruit Snacks last time I visited home. With 3 grams of fiber per serving, it’s a little better than just eating gummy bears! We found them at Walmart with the rest of the fruit snacks.
Of course, you’ve still got your potato chips (just watch the flavoring, and stay away from Pringles!) and chocolate bars (watch out for cookie-like ingredients and barley malt). Nuts are another good option, but again, look out for seasoning or coatings.
Are there any gluten free snacks I missed? I’ve got a whole post on cookies in the pipeline. Let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for a good gluten free substitute!
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