#7 Apple Cookies
There is no flour in these apple cookies! Slice apples into slices about a quarter of an inch thick. Add toppings such as nut butter, chocolate chips, or shredded coconut. Try adding miniature peanuts or sliced almonds for extra health benefits.
Just because you are gluten-free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some PB&J. Use your trusty nut butter and spread it on the gluten-free tortilla as a substitute for wheat bread. Honey, jam and jelly are gluten-free, so load up on as many toppings as you want. Roll it up and enjoy.
#5 Gluten-Free Crackers
Gluten-free crackers can replace the old standbys like Ritz or Toll-House. Tuna and chicken give you extra protein with none of the added weight or refined flours. Crunchmaster Multi-Seed, Wellington Flax Organic Seed and Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps are all delicious.
#4 Tortilla Chips
Making homemade tortilla chips is surprisingly easy to do. Buy gluten-free chips, then spread your favorite butter or gluten-free oil onto the chips, lightly. Add flavoring. Use nutmeg, sea salt, sugar or even cinnamon to add flavor, depending on whether you are feeling sweet or salty. Bake them at 350 degrees until crunchy. Break the tortillas up or use a pizza cutter.
#3 The Elvis Special
Elvis famously liked peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Re-create this snack by slicing a banana the long way. Use your favorite nut butter on one side and then use the other slice as the “bun.” Then cut into smaller slices for sweet appetizers. You can experiment with other kinds of toppings, including seed butter.
#2 Fruit Kabobs
Fruit is of course gluten-free, but we often get bored with eating it. One way to keep it fresh is to create fun fruit skewers. This is especially attractive to kids. The best treat is to freeze some grapes, then alternate them with banana slices for a yummy treat. Feel free to drizzle with chocolate for extra sweetness.
#1 Trail Mix
Nuts and seeds are a big part of a healthy, gluten-free diet. Head to a store where you can buy in bulk and experiment with your own trail mix. If you or someone you know can’t eat nuts, use cranberries, craisins, corn nuts, pumpkin seeds, and pretzel sticks instead.