28 Healthy Snack Recipes – All Gluten & Dairy-Free!

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Even the best healthy eating plan can fall apart when you’re STARVING and there are no healthy snacks in sight.  When your blood sugar hits rock bottom, you’re wired to say “hello” to any snack around that’s quickest to bring it back up!  What accomplishes this goal the fastest? High carb, fatty and sugary foods…. often of the vending machine variety if you haven’t prepared any healthy snack recipes to be ready and waiting for you!  

If you find yourself going for that Snickers bar, bag of chips, or box of donuts despite your best intentions and desire to choose healthier options, you need a plan to fuel yourself BEFORE you turn into the cookie monster! These healthy snack recipes will provide you with a delicious plan to do exactly that, while also helping you to feel full, satisfied and to avoid that mid-afternoon crash in energy.

Do you often experience fatigue, brain fog and low energy?  There may be another reason for this, outside of low blood sugar!  Make sure to download my free eBook, “Fatigued to Fabulous”, to identify which of the 5 most common causes of fatigue may be affecting you.  Once you uncover the root cause of your fatigue, you’ll learn how-to fix it so that you can feel fabulous again!  

Hint: One of the top 5 causes of fatigue includes food sensitivities, which is why all of these recipes are gluten and dairy-free



28 Healthy Snack Recipes – All Gluten & Dairy-Free!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies aren’t intended for everyday snacking, but they’re perfect for those times when your inner cookie monster just won’t quiet down! These cookies are gluten, dairy and egg free, but full on flavour. They’re low in added sugars while also being loaded with peanut butter and chocolate, creating a chewy cookie that can’t be beat! Try dipping them in a glass of almond or coconut milk, which is hands-down my favourite way to enjoy them! 

Healthy Snack Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Beet Hummus Veggie Dippers

Beet Hummus Veggie Dippers

This recipe from Meal Prep On Fleek is just as delicious as it is beautiful! A rainbow of veggie sticks are packed into a jar with colourful hummus, made from beets which can improve digestion, boost brain function, and maximize athletic performance. Super easy to toss into your lunch bag and run out the door!


Blueberrry Chia Pudding

This chia seed pudding from Natalie’s Health is the perfect make-ahead snack! It’s so easy to prepare, is loaded with protein, fibre, and healthy fat, and it can be customized to suit your taste! It’s also incredibly versatile, and can be eaten as a snack, breakfast, or dessert!

Healthy Snacks Recipes: Blueberry Chia Pudding

No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

These delicious morsels make the perfect quick and healthy snack! Small enough to stick in your pocket for a ski trip, but still full of protein and feel-good ingredients! Thank you to Gimme Some Oven for this tasty recipe!


Simple Spinach Guacamole

Guacamole is a fabulous snack, containing plenty of healthy fats to keep you full all afternoon-long!  I’ve added spinach to this Guacamole, which deepens the green colour and significantly increases its nutritional value! Spinach is an excellent source of iron, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin K and vitamin A. Pack this guacamole along as a dip for raw veggies, rice crackers or tortilla chips, and you’ll enjoy a satisfying midday snack!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Simple Spinach Guacamole

Mini Apple Pizzas

Mini Apple Pizzas

These delicious Mini Apple Pizzas prove that simple does not have to be boring! They are endlessly customizable, and will be loved by adults and children alike! Thank you to Veggie Desserts for this delightful snack!


Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Muffins

These sweet potato muffins are made with only 8 real food ingredients, and are a delicious way to incorporate vitamin-rich sweet potatoes into your diet! Packed with veggies and easy to eat on the go? Yes, please! Thank you to The Natural Nurturer for this yummy snack!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Muffins

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad

Creamy avocado replaces the mayonnaise in this healthy tuna salad from Simply Recipes. Celery and red onion provide some crunch, while lemon juice adds a zesty zing! Enjoy on it’s own, with rice crackers, or atop a piece of gluten-free toast.


Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Milkshake

This Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Milkshake is a delicious example of how you can satisfy your chocolate cravings in a way that also fuels your body with real, whole food ingredients.  Not only will your sweet tooth be satiated, this “milkshake” will also leave you feeling amazing!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Milkshake

Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast

Sliced sweet potatoes are the best thing since sliced bread… seriously! Add your favourite toppings like avocado slices, a fried egg, berries, nut butters, or whatever else your heart desires! Thank you to Feel Good Foodie for this tasty snack idea!


Cranberry Chia Bars

These chewy and satisfying vegan snack bars are packed with chia and flax seeds to keep you feeling full until your next meal! As a bonus, they freeze well too, so you can make a double batch and always have a snack handy! Thank you to Beaming Baker for these delicious bars!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Cranberry Chia Bars

Simple Roasted Pepitas

Healthy Snack Recipes: Simple Roasted Pepitas

Roasted pepitas can make a great snack when you just need something quick to help curb a salt or sugar craving, and they’re a perfect option for those with sensitivities to nuts! Thank you to My Whole Food Life for this simple recipe!


Lime Goji Berry Smoothie

There’s nothing more refreshing than a light, fruity smoothie, and they provide one of the simplest ways to refuel your body with nutrients! Try this quick and easy Lime Goji Berry Smoothie next time you need a healthy snack on-the-go!

Lime Goji Berry Smoothie

Almond Pesto Dip

Healthy Snack Recipes: Almond Pesto Dip

This creamy dip from Eating Bird Food comes together in only 10 minutes with 7 simple ingredients, and tastes just as good (if not better) than any store-bought dip! Enjoy it with veggies, seed crackers, and nuts, or use it as a spread or sauce on almost anything! Yum!


28 Healthy Snack Recipes – All Gluten & Dairy-Free!


All Dressed Kale Chips

These crispy kale chips are the perfect alternative to potato chips!  Have you ever tried kale chips?  They’re surprisingly satisfying, and this ‘all dressed’ recipe by Oh She Glows is my go-to option whenever I have a kale chip-craving!  

All Dressed Kale Chips

Mango Cashew & Ginger Energy Balls

Healthy Snack Recipes: Mango Cashew & Ginger Energy Balls

These energy balls from The Flexitarian get their fruity flavour from juicy mango, and a slight kick from fresh ginger! They are incredibly easy to prepare, and are like a burst of sunshine for your tastebuds!  As a bonus, ginger is also a fabulous anti-inflammatory and a perfect remedy if you experience any nausea or indigestion.


Maple Walnut & Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Maple Walnut & Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are one of my favourite healthy snack recipes.  They’re simple to make and can be thrown together in a hurry! These muffins are moist and delicious thanks to the mashed bananas and coconut oil used as a base for the recipe. They’re also vegan and egg-free, instead using flax “eggs” as a binder to hold them together.

Maple Walnut & Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Trail Mix

Healthy Snack Recipes: Healthy Trail Mix

This Healthy Trail Mix recipe from Five Heart Home is easy to customize, and it’s also an excellent source of healthy fats! The best part about this trail mix (other than it being easy to throw in your purse and take anywhere), is that it’s homemade!  Since you choose what goes into it, you can easily avoid added sugars and hydrogenated oils.  If you’d like to lower the sugar intake on this recipe, simply omit the chocolate chips and dried fruit.


Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus 

This hummus from I Breathe I’m Hungry is made with cauliflower instead of chickpeas, which means you’ll benefit from all of the nutritional prowess that comes from the cruficerous vegetable family in the form of this tasty dip! If you’d like to experiment, this recipe also makes a great base for all kinds of other spices and flavors. Enjoy with seed crackers, veggies, or apple slices for a deliciously healthy snack!

 

Low-Carb Cauliflower Hummus

Coconut Cashew Bars

Healthy Snack Recipes: Coconut Cashew Bars

These snack bars combine dates, coconut, and cashews for a delicious Larabar copycat recipe! They come together quickly in a high-speed blender or food processor, and don’t require any baking. Thank you to The Bewitchin’ Kitchen for this healthy snack option!


Tropical Mango Salsa

This Mango Salsa provides fresh, tropical flavour that your taste buds will love!  It’s rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are important nutrients for healthy hair and skin.  Pair it with cucumber slices or organic corn tortilla chips for a tasty snack, and save any leftovers for a fresh and delicious salad topper!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Tropical Mango Salsa

Oven Roasted Almonds

Oven Roasted Almonds

This quick snack is as easy 1, 2… enjoy! Simply combine the almonds and the spice mixture, roast in the oven, and VOILA! Thank you to Divya’s Culinary Journey for this simple, yet delicious snack!


Stuffed Bananas

These tasty snacks from Paleo Gluten Free Eats are made with bananas and almond butter, and are topped with coconut butter, mini chocolate chips and sea salt flakes. They are the perfect mix of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, and can be thrown together in 5 minutes!  These can also be made with only banana and almond butter for an incredibly simple, yet still ridiculously delicious snack.

Healthy Snack Recipes: Stuffed Bananas

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

These perfectly seasoned roasted chickpeas make a great snack when you’re craving something crunchy! Thank you to Joy Food Sunshine for this tasty recipe! They are easy, flavourful, and high in fibre and protein, making them an excellent alternative to popcorn or chips.  In one of my online programs, I have a similar recipe that I also use as an option for healthy croutons!


Banana Blueberry Muffins or Loaf

These Banana Blueberry Muffins are a great option for breakfast on the go and make for a quick and easy snack during your busy day! Blueberries and walnuts both help to stabilize blood sugar and contain fiber to keep you feeling full for hours, and you can make a large batch of these muffins and keep them in the fridge or freezer so that you always have a healthy option on hand! Score!

Healthy Snack Recipes: Banana Blueberry Muffins

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

This recipe from Nutrition By Nazima is the perfect solution to hunger in-between meals! Filled with fibre, naturally sweetened, and high in antixodants, these energy bites allow you to enjoy the flavour of carrot-cake guilt-free!


Seed Crackers

These crispy, well-seasoned seed crackers from Cathy’s Gluten Free are made with 4 types of seeds and flavorful herbs and spices, and are absolutely perfect for dipping in hummus or guacamole as a healthy snack! Plus, there’s almost nothing more impressive than a homemade cracker on an appetizer plate!

Seed Crackers

Carrot Oat Muffins

Healthy Snack Recipes: Carrot Oar Muffins

These Carrot Cake Oat Muffins are great to have on hand for a quick on-the-go snack! Raisins and applesauce add natural sweetness, and walnuts provide a delicious crunch! Thank you to Emilie Eats for this yummy muffin recipe!



This concludes our compilation of healthy snack recipes!  I hope it equips you with plenty of ideas to keep your blood sugar steady and your energy up throughout the day.  Although this post lists recipe-based snack ideas, you can always keep your snacks extremely simple too! Examples of other quick and easy healthy snacks include an apple with nut or seed butter, a handful of raw nuts or baby carrots and hummus.

What are your favourite healthy snack recipes? Let me know in the comments below!  Also, please make sure to pin this post and to share with your friends and family.  After all, who doesn’t love delicious new recipe ideas!?  

Other blog posts you may be interested in include: 

11 Healthy Ways to Curb Emotional Eating
22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes – All Gluten & Dairy-Free
What I Learned Batch Cooking 80 Recipes in 5 Days
Healthy Guide to Road Trip Snacks and Meals
3 Nutrient Deficiencies to Rule Out if You’re Always Feeling Tired
10 Signs That You May Have Food Sensitivities or Intolerances

For additional recipes, meal plans and more, make sure to explore my two online programs – the Real Food Recharge and the Elimination Diet Meal Plan!


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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien is a Naturopathic Doctor in  Nelson, BC with expertise in the treatment of digestive disorders, fatigue and hormone imbalances.  She is the founder of Healthy Life Redesign and creator of the Elimination Diet Meal Plan and the Real Food Recharge online programs.  Her mission is to help you own your health and live a life you love!

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