17 Paleo Snacks You'll Look Forward to All Day
Macadamia Nut Hummus
Chickpeas may not fit the Paleo diet, but hummus still can! Just pulverize macadamia nuts for your hummus in place of chickpeas. When you blend them together in your food processor with tahini, olive oil, and a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional but delicious), the result is a hummus-style dip perfect for scooping with your favorite veggies. See? We told you hummus could be an OK Paleo snack!
Crispy Fruit Chips
Craving crunch but not in the mood for a salty snack? These crispy fruit chips will deliver on both—they’re only brushed with water and lemon juice before hitting the dehydrator, so they don’t have any added sugar or salt. Fruit chips make a great Paleo snack for kids because they mimic the crunch of store-bought potato chips only much healthier.
Spicy Kale Chips
If you're getting tired of salads but want to make sure you’re getting your veggies for the day, give kale chips a try. Add some kick by sprinkling the curly leaves with a dash of spicy chili powder before baking. This Paleo snack recipe can be used as a condiment on burgers, in wraps, or as a soup topper to add unexpected crisp crunch when you need to perk up a recipe.
Paleo Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Roasted nuts might seem like an obvious Paleo snack recipe, but it can be trickier than you’d expect to find a recipe that fits the diet's criteria. Many stray into non-Paleo territory by using butter or sugar to flavor the nuts. Luckily, you can pack these rosemary roasted nuts for your snack without a second thought—they're roasted in Paleo-approved olive oil and made a little sweeter with a drizzle of honey.
Paleo Cashew Truffles
A little sweet, a little salty, and a lot tasty, these poppable Paleo truffles make a great afternoon snack. We’re perfectly happy popping one (or two) for dessert, too. It’s one of our best Paleo snacks for those with a sweet tooth because they’ll satisfy your cravings for chocolate while also staying a healthy-ish treat.
Paleo diet snacks often include nuts, but you don’t necessarily have to stick to tossing a handful in a to-go container and calling it a day. Instead, blend almonds into silky almond milk and use them to make this creamy, healthy smoothie. You can also opt for store-bought almond milk to speed the process along, but if you choose to DIY you’ll have the benefit of knowing exactly what’s going into your cup.
Granola can still be one of your go-to Paleo diet snacks; it just needs a twist to keep it within Paleo guidelines. Rather than focusing on oats, use crispy, crunchy, protein-rich nuts (remember, no peanuts). A trio of almonds, cashews, and pecans makes up the bulk of this Paleo-approved granola recipe with an assist from coconut and dried fruit.
Curry-Coconut Fruit Mix
When you need a break from mixed nuts, try other Paleo snacks on the go like this spicy mix of dried fruit. Just a teaspoon of curry powder is enough to give this Paleo snack mix a hint of heat. This is one of our go-to Paleo snacks for desk breaks because it keeps for up to a week after you stir it together with no special storage other than an airtight container.
Paleo-Avocado Deviled Eggs
Yes, deviled eggs can be a healthy Paleo snack! To make the creamy filling, just use a dollop of our Paleo mayonnaise instead of the regular non-Paleo stuff. And while you could stick to plain deviled eggs, this recipe makes them even tastier (and healthier) by adding a piece of fresh avocado on top of each mound of filling. They make a great snack—but keep this Paleo recipe in mind for the holidays, too.
Sweet Potato Fries with Roasted Garlic Ketchup
You probably already know that you can satisfy your cravings for French fries with similar Paleo snacks, like these oven-baked sweet potato fries. But did you know you can make them even tastier by dressing up your pile of ketchup? To make a Paleo-approved agave-sweetened ketchup even tastier, cook chopped onion and minced garlic together before stirring into the ketchup. This’ll give each dip of your fries a delicious roasted flavor with just a couple of extra minutes of effort.
Chocolate Bark and Dipped Fruit
Don’t fight your sweet tooth—go ahead and indulge it. This recipe is like two Paleo snack ideas in one because you can change it up to include more or less chocolate. If you want just a taste, dip dried and fresh fruit in a mix of unsweetened chocolate and coconut oil. For a Paleo treat more like a traditional chocolate square, spread out the mix and make bark by adding nuts and pieces of dried fruit.
Mushroom Chips with Smoky Shallot Dip
This is one of those Paleo snack ideas that’s great for sharing and even for serving as a party appetizer. After all, it starts with a full pound of mushrooms. If the mushrooms aren’t as crispy as you’d like when they leave the oven, just give them some time—they should crisp up as they cool until they reach their full crunchy goodness..
Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothie
The beets and Swiss chard blended into this smoothie will help you sneak a healthy serving of veggies into your afternoon snack. And while you might never guess that the Swiss chard is there, you’ll recognize the beets by their earthy flavor and the deep purple-red color they help give this smoothie. It’s not all veggies, though—strawberries and blueberries contribute sweeter flavors and even more gorgeous color to this Paleo snack.
Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt
Gather together your favorite root vegetables—sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, you name it—and a pinch of salt. Those are the only ingredients you’ll need to make this crunchy, delicious, addicting Paleo snack recipe. Use a mix of fresh veggies to make a multicolor pile of healthy chips like ours!
This simple guacamole recipe can easily go beyond snack time. It’s mostly made from plum tomatoes, red onion, and ripe avocados, so it adds a dollop of freshness to other Paleo recipes like burritos or tacos. Of course, we won’t talk you out of using it as a yummy Paleo dip, either. Hint: Try using our Paleo-approved root veggie chips for dippers!
Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing
A plain piece of fruit will always be a healthy Paleo snack, but you can make it even better with just a few extra minutes. Gather a few of your favorite fruits—cantaloupe melons, strawberries, red grapes, and kiwi—then glaze them with an easy honey-mint dressing. It’s fast and fresh, and it’ll perk up your day.
Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips
Don’t let those salt and vinegar potato chips on the grocery shelves tempt you. You can get all the flavor and crunch from this healthy Paleo snack, plus an extra serving of veggies. We’re willing to bet you’ll find our kale version a lot tastier, too.