8 Gluten-Free Snacks to Satisfy Hungry Partygoers

8 Gluten-Free Snacks to Satisfy Hungry Partygoers

Here are 8 delicious — and nutritious — low-prep, gluten-free snacks to satisfy a roomful of hungry partygoers.


By: The Daily Clutch

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What to do when your go-to party spread is a full-on carb fest, but it seems like half your guests have gone gluten-free? No worries! Here are delicious – and nutritious – low-prep, gluten-free snacks to satisfy a roomful of hungry partygoers.

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Chips and Crisps
Gluten-free chip and crisp choices abound, built from alternative grains like rice, corn, amaranth, millet, quinoa and even sorghum. With bold flavors like Sriracha, maple and lime, your guests won’t even miss the traditional crackers.

Another choice, bean chips ­– in addition to tasting great – are a source of complete protein. Most often made from navy, white or pinto beans, along with grains like rice and corn, they are a hearty alternative to more traditional snacking fare. Lately, chips made from chickpeas and lentils have entered the category. Both bean and rice chips are typically baked rather than fried, making them an even healthier choice.

Pea crisps, which are made from peas and rice and then baked, also qualify as a complete-protein, lower-fat snack.

Among less-traditional fried chip options suitable for the gluten-intolerant are sweet potato, yucca, batata and plantain. Indeed, many natural brands of potato and corn chips and crisps – baked and fried – are gluten-free. The “GF” logo on product packaging is your best signal.

Bean Dips
Many brands of hummus and other bean dips are free of gluten. Such flavors as roasted red pepper, chipotle and lemon are sure to please even the most finicky. A plus? Dipping bean chips into bean dip yields a double whammy of protein and fiber.

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Cheeses
Cheeses are a party staple, but it’s worth venturing beyond the usual cheddar and Swiss varieties. Arrange a sampling of soft cheeses like Brie, Camembert, or Boursin. Give a nod to authenticity – and earn points with your lactose-intolerant friends – by serving mozzarella cubes made of real water buffalo milk. Go eclectic with a mix of goat cheese, like chevre or Bucheron, and sheep’s milk cheese, like Greek feta or a dip of herbed ricotta, for example. The variety of cheeses on the market today is endless. Dare to take your guests on an epicurean adventure.

Nuts
Sure, a can of roasted, salted deluxe mixed nuts from the drugstore might have been appropriate party fare in the 1960s. But these days, guests of all food tolerance levels are a little more sophisticated. Consider placing a tray of less common choices like raw Macadamias, pine nuts, black walnuts, or Brazil nuts alongside a dish of gluten-free dipping chocolate. An array of toasted pumpkin seeds flavored with chilies, curry, sea salt or spices are sure to please. Raw or roasted sunflower seeds, cashews, pistachios and almonds make delightful nibbles as well.

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Whole Food Bars
Simple fruit and nut bars are no-brainers when it comes to gluten-free snacking, but why not try a novel way to serve them? Cut bars into thirds and dip them in gluten-free dark chocolate, spiced crème fraiche or whipped cream. It’s as much fun as fondue, but a lot less trouble.

Candies
Raw coconut treats are becoming very popular. The raw foods shelf at your neighborhood natural grocer likely boasts a sizable selection of raw macaroons in flavors that range from vanilla and lemon to dark chocolate and mocha. Many are also low-glycemic. The upside for you? Having to taste them all before deciding which to serve your guests.

Cookies
When it comes to cookies, grocery stores are chock-full of gluten-free varieties. Made from rice, potato, corn and other flours, your guests might not notice any difference from the originals.

Chocolate
Gourmet and natural-food grocers often display an awe-inspiring selection of gluten-free chocolate. Flavored with such tantalizing elements as sea salt, coconut, truffle, chilies, and even bacon, your chief concern will be keeping the party tray filled.

Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean flavor-free. With a little research and a taste for adventure, you’ll be well on your way to filling the party table with satisfying sweets and savories.

This article was written by Daphne O’Neal, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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