From chickpeas and cranberries to cacao and corn, there are a number of brands using naturally gluten-free ingredients to make snacks to satisfy any craving. Here’s our pick of the best:
1. Well & Truly Crunchy Cheese Sticks
Like a natural and altogether nicer bag of Nik Naks, these Crunchy Cheese Sticks from Well & Truly are made from corn flour, corn oil, linseed oil, cheese powder, natural flavourings and a pinch of salt – that’s it. The result is a lightly cheesy, ridiculously crunchy bag of crisps so moreish it’s impossible not to polish off the whole bag – and at just 93kcal per portion there’s really no reason not to.
Made from organic chickpeas, organic whole rice and organic sunflower oil, these 90g bags of vegan, gluten-free puffs might look like your average cheesy Wotsit, but the unique flavours such as Sweet & Smokin’, Far Out Fajita and In Herbs We Trust are not only ridiculously tasty but high in fibre, lower in fat and no more than 91 calories per pack. Even better, for every bag of Hippeas sold worldwide, 1p is donated to Farm Africa’s work supporting farmers in eastern Africa to grow themselves out of poverty.
3. NOM OAT BARs
Nom bars are not only gluten-free but dairy-free, high in fibre, vegan, vegetarian as well as being free from refined sugar. They’re basically a healthier, tastier flapjack, using whole gluten-free oats and sunflower seeds, naturally sweetened with dates and coconut blossom syrup. At 52g, the bars are also surprisingly substantial; the slab-like shape offers more than your standard few mouthfuls, with the Protein Bar in particular packing in an impressive 25g of slow-release jumbo oats and natural pea protein.
4. Rocky rice bars
Simply made from puffed brown rice and a rich chocolate shell, each 18g rectangular Rocky Rice bar is gluten-free and fully coated in your choice of milk chocolate, strawberry milk chocolate or dark chocolate and orange. It’s essentially a souped-up rice cake, and it’s this paired-back combination of crispy rice and creamy chocolate that makes for such a successful snack. It’s a rice cake revolution – and we’re seriously big fans.
Naturally gluten-free*, popcorn is not only one of the easiest gluten-free snacks to get your hands on, it’s also one of the cheapest. Big-name brands such as Tyrells, Propercorn, Metcalfes and Joe & Seph’s have all helped revolutionise the way we think about this classic sweet-or-salty cinema snack, introducing gourmet flavours as varied as Peanut Butter & Chocolate Caramel and Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato. And where the brands have succeeded, the supermarkets have followed. Tesco’s, Waitrose and Morrisons all stock own-brand popcorn from as little as 88p per 110g bag, with their ranges of plainer popcorn of no discernible difference to the higher-priced options.
*Always read the label, as some flavoured popcorn can contain gluten.
6. Urban Fruit
Think delicious fruit, picked when it’s perfectly ripe, and then gently baked at low temperatures to hang on to all the good stuff. Urban Fruit never add any sugar, oils, sulphites, or concentrates to their fruit, and the result is a range of healthy fruit snacks, with the packet appeal of crisps and chewy, satisfaction of sweets. An easy, tasty way to get your sugar fix – as well as 1 of your 5 a day.
7. Pulsin’ Raw Choc Brownies
Using only the finest ‘Criollo’ cold-pressed cacao, Pulsin’ Raw Choc Brownies are a healthy take on your typical chocolate brownie, with all the bars vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free while made without any added sugar, soy, trans fats or GMO ingredients. The dense texture is cleverly filling and surprisingly indulgent, making for a healthy, energising treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth so you can snack happy, at any time of the day.
8. fori meat bars
Offering a savoury alternative to traditional sugar-laden snack bars, Fori bars are a high-protein, grain-free snack, made from the finest grass fed or free range meat, dried fruit and seeds. The whole thing really is very caveman – and it certainly won’t be for everyone. Inspired by the diets of our ancestors, these are no-nonsense snack bars and meat is very much the star of the show. From the Moroccan Lamb with Apricot & Date to the Thai Turkey with Chia Seeds and Lemongrass, each bar is bursting with flavour and first-class ingredients.
9. potato crisps
You can’t beat a classic potato crisp, and thankfully the majority are naturally gluten-free. We love the deliciously thick, crinkle-cut crunch of Seabrook’s, while Tyrells and Kettle Chips have given crisps the gourmet treatment introducing flavours as varied as Ludlow Sausage & Mustard to Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup. Childhood favourite Pom-Bears never seem to go out of fashion, while new brand Hip-Hops has taken a popped-approach to the process, reducing the fat content by 3 times that of a typical potato crisp. All that being said, sometimes there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a really basic, supermarket own-brand crisp – cheap, too.
*Six of the nine large sharing bags are gluten-free: Lightly Salted, Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns, Mature Cheddar & Red Onion, Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream, Sour Cream and Sweet Onion and Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup.
10. Snack Organic Tamari Roasted Soya
We can’t get enough of these Tamari Roasted Soya beans from Clearspring. Free from wheat and gluten, they’re not only fantastically healthy but impossibly moriesh, roasted to perfection in small batches with Clearsprings own award-winning organic tamari. Don’t be put off by the small 30g packet – each bag contains a surprising amount of soy beans, with a rich, deep, savoury flavour from the tamari and altogether satisfying crunch.