Are you looking for high protein gluten free snacks that are delicious and nutritious? Do you want to enjoy snacking without compromising on taste, performance or health? If you answered yes, then you are in the right place.
Navigating the world of gluten-free snacking while ensuring your energy and taste needs are met can be quite the challenge.
Whether you’re an athlete dedicated to peak performance or someone who simply values healthy and balanced snacks, we’ve assembled a lineup of 15 high protein gluten-free snacks ideas that are both easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying.
Let’s dive into these tasty options that will keep you fueled and ready to conquer the day.
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Top high protein gluten free snacks ideas
#1 Peanut butter and banana toast
This is a classic combo that never fails to please. It’s a quick 3- ingredient snack with whole grain gluten-free toasted bread, peanut butter and banana slices. Spread the peanut butter on the whole grain toast and top with the banana slices.
It’s a quick and protein-packed treat that’s full of flavor. Mix and match your favorite nut butters and fruit.
#2 Greek yogurt with berries
Dig into the creamy goodness of low fat Greek yogurt paired with a mix of vibrant anti- oxidant rich berries. A drizzle of honey adds just the right touch of sweetness to this protein-rich snack.
#3 Hard boiled eggs with baby carrots
Fuel up with an easy to pack snack of hard boiled eggs and crisp baby carrots, creating a balanced snack that’s both satisfying and protein-packed. Add some whole grain gluten free crackers for an added carb energy boost.
#4 Cottage cheese and pineapple chunks or peach slices
Experience the creamy texture of cottage cheese combined with the juicy sweetness of tropical pineapple or peach chunks. Cottage cheese is a great source of calcium and casein-rich protein which can be a great late evening snack for athletes.
#5 Almond butter apple slices
Indulge in the crisp crunch of apple slices dipped in creamy salty almond butter—a blend of textures and flavors that hits the spot and satisfies your snack cravings. Cut the apple into thin slices and dip them into the almond butter.
#6 Trail mix with nuts and seeds
Customize your own trail mix by combining an assortment of gluten-free nuts, seeds, dried fruit and dark chocolate pieces. It’s a convenient protein-powered option for snacking on the go.
#7 Turkey roll-ups
Wrap up slices of gluten-free turkey with cheese, fresh cucumber or bell pepper strips for a simple, protein-packed snack that’s ready in minutes and can be packed in a lunch bag or cooler.
#8 Hummus and veggie sticks
Dip a mix of colorful veggie sticks from carrots, red pepper, snap peas or cucumber into creamy hummus for a fiber and protein-rich snack that’s both satisfying and nutritious.
Find fresh options in different flavors both in the refrigerated section or shelf stable options which can be great for snacking while traveling.
#9 Quinoa salad with beans
Enjoy a hearty quinoa salad featuring protein-rich beans, roasted veggies and your favorite dressing—a balanced option that will keep you fueled and ready for action. This is a hearty and filling snack or can also be eaten as a meal.
For a plant-based protein boost, microwave frozen edamame pods and lightly season with salt. It’s a quick and easy snack that delivers on nutrition. Pair with brown rice for a good source of gluten free carbs.
#11 Nut butter energy balls
Craft energy balls using your preferred nut butter, gluten-free oats and a touch of natural sweetness. For additional crunch or sweetness add chopped nuts, dried fruit or dark chocolate pieces. These carb and protein-packed bites are perfect for quick snacking.
#12 Smoked salmon and rice crackers
Experience the rich flavors of omega-3 rich smoked salmon atop a gluten-free bagel smeared with cream cheese—a healthy fat, protein-rich pairing with gluten free carbs that satisfies and keeps you feeling fuller longer.
While you may enjoy fresh smoked salmon from the grocery store cooler, there are shelf stable and on the go salmon packet options when you’re in a pinch.
#13 Roasted chickpeas
Roast chickpeas with olive oil and your choice of spices for a crunchy, savory and protein-packed snack that’s perfect for munching. And if you’re on the go, pack your own or check out some easy pre-packed roasted chickpeas for on the go snacking.
#14 Cheese and gluten-free crackers
Combine your favorite cheese with crispy gluten-free crackers for a classic and satisfying protein and gluten free carb mis. Choose from a variety of healthy whole grain crackers such as seeded crackers that also provide a fiber boost.
#15 Tuna and crackers
Enjoy a protein-rich snack by pairing gluten-free pita cracker with tuna. You’ll find so many flavor packed varieties of tuna on the grocery store shelves or in an online store. This convenient and satisfying combination provides the energy boost you need.
As you try these 15 high protein-packed gluten-free snack ideas, remember that you hold the key to maintaining your energy and satisfaction.
Incorporate these snacks into your routine, share your favorites in the comments below, and let’s spread the joy of nourishing snacking to fellow enthusiasts seeking simplicity and goodness in every bite.
Steph Magill, MS, RD, CD, FAND has over 22 years of experience in public health and nutrition. As a performance registered dietitian nutritionist, Stephanie specializes in sports nutrition and provides simple and actionable information so that athletes can be well fueled for high performance on and off the field. Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.