Here are 29 delicious Paleo snacks you can chomp on in between lunch and dinner. If anything it will give you a better understanding of what eating paleo really is and that meat doesn’t actually necessarily need to be the largest or large portion of a paleo meal plan.
Our Top Paleo Snacks
This is a creative and lovely looking dish that substitutes nacho chips with apple slices. It also includes some chocolate so how can you say no to this! Almonds and the apple slices offer the crunch in the dish and make for a much healthier snack than the regular nachos.
Another delicious dish that gives us something to crunch are these Paleo Plantain Chips. Cleverly using plantains, slicing them thinly and then baking them till their crispy makes for something enjoyable with a definitely healthier twist to the usual store bought chips.
So you miss your regular dose of french fries since you’ve gone Paleo. Here’s something that gives you fries that you’ve never seed before. They’re just as delicious but definitely healthier and more nutritious, Baked Avocado Fries.
Bet you never thought of that, I didn’t and probably never would have. But it works great!
To add more flavor to the regular potato chips, these feature sweet potatos that are sliced thin and baked at 375 degrees. They’re very simple to make and don’t take much effort before you can sit back enjoy the your TV show or the game and crunch on these flavored chips.
The kicker in these chips are the rosemary flavor and the sea salt which give it a totally different taste.
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One of the foods that’s probably more difficult to use for most of us are seeds. That’s because we’re not used to adding them to our dishes or making snacks or meals out of them. If you’re like me, this is something that doesn’t take long to make and even a novice can make. This combines the crunchiness and the sweet carmelization of the vanilla extract and honey.
This is how a green granola bar should look like. It’s got some of the healthiest ingredients around including pistachios, seaweed, dates and pumpkin seeds. Don’t be intimidated by the long cook time of one hour since that’s really just the time you leave it in the refrigerator to chill. The actual making of the bars only takes 5 minutes and involves using the processor to mix all the ingredients together.
These are colorful and taste great. How could they not with both bacon and avocados. This paleo recipe uses both the bacon and avocados as the main foods of the snack with the baby peppers to hold all the contents.
This snack will keep you satisfied between lunch and dinner so you don’t get tempted by other unhealthy snacks.
We all know kids are picky eaters and it isn’t always easy to find something they like. If you’ve got picky eaters like I do, these mini dogs are something you should try. They also include some cauliflower in there so the kids get some servings of veggies to.
In its original form, these Cajun mini dogs include cheese, so for Paleo reasons, you can omit the cheese or use a cheese substitute so that you stay within the Paleo foods.
The Pizzokie is actually the Paleo Chocolate Chip Pizookie. It combines two of our favorite things pizza and the chocolate chip cookie, hence the name.
To make it Paleo friendly, almond flour is used to make the base while honey and vanilla extract to add the sweet flavor into Pizookie.
These are simple but so delicious and terribly addictive. What’s great about this snack is that we have all the ingredients in our kitchens. Cashews, check. Rosemary, check. Kosher salt, check. Black pepper and paprika, check. Finally, extra virgin coconut oil.
Roasting the cashews gives it that extra crunch and brings out the flavor or the nut oils even more. They the parpika, black pepper, rosemary and salt give us the mix of savory, spicy and herby taste.
If you miss your favorite pepperoni pizza since you’ve gone Paleo, this is something that will bring back some of the pizza taste to your palate. While you’ll have to go without the grated cheese to stay Paleo, these pizza bites offer the tasty pepperoni flavor with your favorite pizza sauce. You can even add your own favorite toppings to build you the mini pizza you want.
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This is Paleo, fun and something that you don’t see everyday, Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites. That’s a mouthful to say. At the core of this snack are almonds and cashews but you’d never know it except for the flavor because you won’t feel the crunch when you bite. That’s because they’ve been put through the food processor.
It also makes use of Medjool dates and unsweetened coconut to give it that contrast of flavors that make it taste good.
You want a really quick snack, here’s one. These sweet potato chips will easily replace your regular chips. The big difference between making these chips and other sweet potato chips is that the microwave is our main cooking appliance.
This means we spend less than 5 minutes of cook time and we’ve got sizzling hot, crispy sweet potato chips ready to eat.
If you don’t like the extra carbs that sweet potatoes have or you’re trying to lose weight through the Paleo diet, try these kale chips instead. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables available and provides a lot of nutrients with very little calories.
These are just as addictive thanks to the crunchiness and extra flavors provided by the cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic and chili powders.
I remember eating spinach chips before and you could experiment with spinach too, but what makes this dish pop are the flavorings that are added.
This dish was so intriguing that I had to give it a try. Honestly, I never ever imaged of eggplant becoming jerky. For this recipe you can either use the oven or a dehydrator to dry the eggplant. This recipe does take more time because of the marinading period and also the time needed to dry the eggplants. So patience is key to being rewarded as far as this dish is concerned.
This is very similar to the roasted cashews above, but definite different. You can alternate making them when you’re looking for that crunchy nutty snack to fill your cravings. With this Paleo snack recipe, the rosemary and salt are used to flavor the almonds. Cooking them over heat helps draw out the nutty sweet flavors of the almonds that make this snack super addictive. Just make sure to control yourself from eating too much.
For something super fun and super creative, these Gummi Orange Slices at among the top picks. You get to ‘play’ with your food and also decide the color you want to make it. After that’s done, you can sit back enjoy the sweet treats together with the kids since they’ll surely want to have some too.
Two words that don’t go together are Paleo and doughnuts. That’s because doughnuts, in this case donuts usually make use to a number of non-Paleo ingredients like white flour and refined white sugar.
These however, have none of those and are Paleo friendly. They replace all the ingredients and use foods like coconut flour, and other Paleo approved ingredients to make.
This cookie ball recipe is both Paleo and vegan which makes it enjoyable even if you have certain dietary requirements. If you’re on Paleo, use nut butter and not peanut butter since peanut, while the name implies it isn’t actually a nut, but a legume. This makes it cross from the approved list of Paleo foods to the ‘not approved’ food list.
If you’re looking to lose weight, want something that’s gluten free, and also vegan all the while being Paleo, then these chips are fit your needs. They are very tasty, light and simple to make, with most of the work being done by the oven crisping up the zucchini chips.
What’s great about using zucchini is that they pull us away from the unhealthy commercial potato chips that are loaded with salt, additives and artificial flavorings.
One of the main reasons pastries, cookies and brownies aren’t paleo is that they use grains. These cookies take that ingredient away, making them grain free not to mention gluten free also.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll be happy to know there’s dark chocolate in these nut brownies along with extra serving of cocoa powder to fill your choco-craving.
For a bit of Mexican flavor try these grain free enchiladas. The original recipe does call for some cheese but the author has put in a substitute for that knowing some readers would like a dairy free option to the dish. This is one snack you can eat if you’re feeling hungry and want something that’s more satisfying than just a piece of fruit during mid-afternoon.
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If you want a good serving of antioxidants, vitamin E and healthy fats all loaded into one snack this is it. It puts together walnuts and blueberries that are among the healthiest foods around. To top things off the take very little effort to make and taste delicious. These balls of goodness are not only paleo but also vegan.
Super simple and take almost no time to put together. These are great not only for adults but also kids. What’s better is you can get pack them to go and take your snack while on the middle of a road trip or if you’re away from home. They easy store in an airtight container and bring along whether you want to have something to snack on in the office or on the ride home.
Hummus in its natural form is not paleo. That’s because hummus is made from chickpeas which is a legume. So if you like eating this Middle Eastern dish and you’re on the Paleo diet, you’re out of luck.
However, using creative ingredient substitution, this Zucchini and Avocado Hummus makes you forget you’re not allowed to eat regular hummus. The chickpeas are out making this Paleo approved. Plus you still get the tahini since sesame seeds are okay under paleo guidelines.
When you’ve been on the paleo diet some of the most common foods you miss are pizza and french fries. But just because these foods are restricted from the paleo diet does not mean you can’t enjoy them, well at least something similar that substitutes the non-Paleo foods out.
Instead of the carb-laden regular potatoes used from fries, these Caveman Style Fries substitute them with Jicama as an alternative. This makes them fall within the guidelines of the paleo diet.
For a jar of mixed goodies that you can snack on without worrying if you’re violating your paleo diet, try this trail mix out for size. There’s very little preparation needed which makes it really fun, and no cooking or baking involved so once the mixing is done you’re ready to go.
The Denali Trail Mix contains raisins, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips among others. What’s even better is that you can alternate and switch some of the seed and nut ingredients depending on which ones you feel like eating next.
If you’re looking for some protein in your snacks, here’s one that has some chicken and bacon. You can enjoy these on game day or when entertaining since they’re lovely to look at and who could turn down anything that’s bacon wrapped that looks so gorgeous like these pepper poppers.
Parsnips may not be something everyone has tried and you may think of skipping this snack because you’re not familiar with parsnips. But before doing that remember that part of eating and food is exploring and enjoying. And this is one that’s worth at least that. After you’ve tried them you may just be eating parsnips more often.
If these paleo snacks haven’t made your mouth water, I don’t know what will. Some are savory, others are sweet but they are all very tasty and flavorful. It also shows that just because some ingredients are restricted from the diet does not mean that it has to be bland like some diets are.
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