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When it comes to gluten-free and dairy-free snacks, there isn’t anything more convenient than a snack bar or protein bar. When I’m on-the-go a lot running errands, taking my son to school or activities, or even just on a day I know we’ll be out of the house for a while, I always make a point to pack a bag or stash a few gluten-free dairy-free snack bars in my purse, bag, or car.
Having one of these snack or protein bars on hand is seriously helpful when you’re out and about or even just in your pantry for those times when you just need a quick boost to your blood sugar to feel better until your next meal time.
I’ve tried a number of different snack bars and have landed on these five different ones as my “Top 5.” One of the five I haven’t actually tried (because I don’t eat eggs and eggs are a main ingredient) but have heard raving reviews of them, so I’ve added them to my list. I’ve tried to give you a rundown on the health score for each, including added sugars and protein to help you make an informed decision on what’s right for you.
These gluten-free dairy-free snack bars range from fruit & nut bars to granola bars to straight-up protein bars. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what a good brand or option for a go-to snack option to keep on hand, this post is for you! Check out my Top 5 gluten-free dairy-free snack bars below.
Larabars are hands-down my favorite gluten-free dairy-free snack bars. I love the variety of flavors they offer and that the ingredients list is short and sweet. When you can pronounce every ingredient in the list – and know what they are – you know it’s a good choice.
My favorite flavors are Peanut Butter Chocolate and Blueberry Muffin. I try to keep these on hand in my pantry, car, and purse for quick and easy pick-me-ups. These blueberry muffin bars are on the high end with 17grams of sugar per bar and just 3 grams of protein, but I feel like knowing the sugar comes from dates and natural ingredients makes me feel a little better about this option.
All their original Larabar flavors are gluten-free and dairy-free, including Banana Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cherry Pie, Mint Chip Brownie, and Peanut Butter Cookie.
Many KIND bar varieties contain milk meaning they aren’t dairy-free, but all of them ARE gluten-free. After doing some research, I discovered that a number of the “healthy grains” bars are in fact dairy-free even if they aren’t labeled as such.
In the maple pumpkin seed bar, you’ll get 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of added sugar, which makes these are a healthy snack choice without spiking your blood sugar.
A quick look through the ingredient lists told me that these ones are safe on a gluten-free dairy-free diet: Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, Cinnamon Oat, Double Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Oats & Honey, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Blueberry, and Almond Butter Dark Chocolate.
Enjoy Life chewy bars are another delicious snack bar to keep on hand. They come in flavors like cocoa loco, sunseed crunch, and caramel apple in this variety pack, and they’re “free” of other allergens as well including eggs and nuts.
If you don’t mind a little bit of added sugar (that doesn’t come from a natural source) in your snack bar, these ones are a tasty treat that taste like dessert! The cocoa loco flavor has 2 grams of protein and 9 grams of sugar, which doesn’t make it the healthiest option on my list here – but still a decent choice considering it’s “free” from so many allergens.
RX bars made the list of my Top 5 gluten-free dairy-free snack bars, because they have SO MANY flavor options. I haven’t personally tried them because I also don’t eat eggs, but have friends who have told me they’re delicious.
I love that they have a good amount of protein AND are made using just a few natural ingredients. This peanut butter & berries flavor has 12 grams of protein and 15 grams of sugar, which I feel okay about considering the sugar itself is from natural sources like raspberries.
RX bars also come in Peanut Butter Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Gingerbread, Double Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Mango Pineapple, Blueberry, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, and Mixed Berry flavors.
These Orgain simple protein bars are a great option when you’re looking for a gluten-free dairy-free protein bar without all the extra added ingredients so many snack bars are filled with.
These snack bars have 12 grams of protein(!!!) per bar, which frankly is amazing when you need a mid-day snack. They’re a little high in sugar at 14 grams per serving, but overall another delicious and healthy snack bar to try out on your gluten-free dairy-free diet.
I hope this list of Top 5 gluten-free dairy-free snack and protein bars has been helpful for you! Pick up one (or all) of these different flavors and brands to find some new favorites. In the spring and summer when I plan to be out of the house more, I even plan ahead and buy extra boxes JUST for keeping in the trunk of my car so we’re never in that dangerous “hangry” zone.
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