Snacking becomes infinitely more important once you start watching your sugar intake. When the munchies suddenly hit, finding something to hit the spot is a little harder when you can’t just run to the nearest vending machine and grab a bag of M&Ms.
Even though it takes a little more effort and creativity, sugar-free snacks can be way more filling. Plus, they won’t leave you spiraling toward a sugar crash before you can toss out the wrapper. These simple snacks are great to make in bulk and just keep on-hand—whether that’s in the freezer, your backpack, a jar by your bed, or maybe just in your pocket. (We won’t judge!) That way, you’ll be prepared to spring into snacking action whenever and wherever the next bout of hanger hits.
These snacks are all refined sugar-free so you can guarantee you’re not getting any of the white stuff in there. A couple of these recipes include a little bit of maple syrup (as in just one or two tablespoons in the whole batch) so feel free to leave it out if you want to cut back even more.
1. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
In our opinion, roasted chickpeas are the new popcorn. Not only are they salty, snackable, and super simple to make, but they’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized and full for longer. Make a big batch by doubling this recipe and keep extra around the house in mason jars or bring baggies to work (or the movie theater) for on-the-go eating.
2. 3-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Cookies
Refined sugar is a no-go, but tapping into the natural sweetness of bananas is just peachy with us. These three-ingredient cookies make perfect portable breakfasts (yes, really), afternoon treats, and midnight snacking material.
3. Turmeric Roasted Cashews With Chia
These aren’t your everyday spiced nuts—this recipe is pure gold. And with that, cue the turmeric, our favorite golden spice! Seasoned with chili flakes and dried rosemary, these cashews will cure even the worst case of the munchies in just a few handfuls. We love keeping these on standby for the next snack emergency or to sprinkle on top of a salad or a stir-fry that needs a little kick and crunch.
4. Soft and Chewy Baked Granola Bars
No matter how organic they may claim to be, even the most “granola” of granola bars you can buy will likely be packed with sugar. (Womp, womp.) Making your own means you can control what goes in—and what stays out—of your bar. What goes in, you ask? Oats, Medjool dates, dried cranberries, nuts, and seeds come together for a chewy experience you’ll want to take on the trail or your morning commute. Make a few extra and freeze ’em for later.
5. Roasted Carrot Dip
Sick of gnawing on raw veggies all the time? Listen—just because you’re not eating sugar doesn’t mean you have to eat like a woodland creature. Try sprucing up your cucumbers, tomatoes, and broccoli bites with this carrot, pepper, and tahini-based dip. Paleo and Whole30-compliant folks, this dip is great for giving new life to your veggie sticks or for spreading on top of low-sugar crackers.
6. 5-Ingredient Pecan Date Energy Bites
There’s nothing like a sweet little energy bite to power you through a workout, a workday, or just a moment of urgent hunger. Combining crunchy pecans, rich almond butter, shredded coconut, sweet dates, and raw cacao nibs, these simple snacks are simply addictive. Go ahead. Try just eating one.
7. Thin Mint Raw Bites
One of the biggest losses you’ll have to take on the sugar-free lifestyle is turning down the Girl Scout at your door who promises world peace and happiness via a box of cookies. While you’ll still have to reject said Girl Scout, you don’t have to scrap the cookie. These raw thin mint bites are a delicious healthier snack alternative. Keep them on hand for times when you need a comforting snack that will take you back to your childhood.
8. Cheddar Cauliflower Bacon Bites
For those of you who are all about the savory, these bites bring home the bacon. Fill them up with sharp cheddar, roasted cauliflower, and natural bacon for a quick snack—or part of your breakfast or lunch.
9. Granola Yogurt Popsicles
It can be hard to stay sugar-free when the first day of summer hits and all of your friends are digging into cartons of Ben & Jerry’s like there’s gold at the bottom. But don’t sweat it—we’ve got a sweltering summer day snack that will take care of all that FOMO. Not only are these pops packed with creamy coconut milk and sweet summer berries—they’re also unbelievably good-looking.
10. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Feta Muffins
Thought ditching sugar meant swearing off muffins? Think again. These savory muffins get their oomph from pureéd sweet potato, feta cheese, and Greek yogurt. Bake a dozen (or two) and bring to a potluck, serve as an appetizer, or pop a few in a Tupperware container to hold you over until lunch.
11. Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups
Yep, you can totally eat fruit roll-ups as an adult. This DIY version is way better for you and way better tasting too. Though it takes a few hours for the mango to bake, it takes only 10 minutes (and one ingredient!) to prepare.