Sunday, November 2, 2008

Gluten-Free Snacks

If you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity then your belly may be growling in response to this huge shift in diet. You know, that blank stare into the fridge, the cabinets, the pantry, and gasp...even the freezer. I am hungry and what can I eat?

The early days and weeks may be challenging, but it will pass, and with time and knowledge you can jump into your kitchen and say yes, I can eat!

Snacks are truly wonderful in our home. They never last long though. I like to make at least a double batch of most recipes to ensure a few days supply.

A list of easy gluten-free (and also dairy-free) snacks:

  • Apple slices dipped in almond butter 
  • Organic turkey slices rolled up with baby spinach leaves and a touch of honey mustard (Annie's Naturals) 
  • Frozen organic cherries and blueberries (a favorite of our children) 
  • Rice Cakes spread with almond butter or pumpkin seed butter 
  • Mary's Gone Crackers dipped in Hummus 
  • Dried mangos and raw macadamia nuts 
  • Raw Energy Balls (recipe below) 

Raw Energy Balls (from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)

This is a great snack to take with you on a long hike or a long day at work. You can also add one to your child’s lunchbox for a sweet, nutritious treat.

1 cup raw almonds or walnuts
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup raisins
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ cup raw almond butter

shredded organic coconut

In a food processor fitted with the “s” blade grind the almonds until finely ground. Add the dates, raisins, and spices. Grind to a fine meal. Add the almond butter, process again until thoroughly mixed.

Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut. Store in a sealed container on the counter for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to a week.

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Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. Hi Ali and Tom. I'm so glad you started this blog. I'm inspired already, just about to make raw energy balls... Hope you all are well - we miss you - Love, April and the gang

  2. I am so glad you started this blog! You can bet I will be checking here regularly for new recipes. They are all very addicting.

  3. These little yummies have been a staple in our house for years! Don't fret if you don't have the exact ingredients-they are fun with all sorts of dried fruits and nuts.
    Thanks Ali!!!

  4. Oh, love it! I do a similar treat that is more like dessert, with walnuts, dates, raw cacao and agave. These look more like great snacks for anytime. I love that you put cinnamon and cardamon in them - two of my favorite spices.

    thanks so much!

  5. we've just got into making these little beauties too! Agave, goji berries, anything is welcome in the blender. Terrific stuff all.
    Nick and Louise

  6. I just made the raw energy balls! They are so delicious & will satisfy that nagging sweet tooth. Thank You!

  7. These little snacks are sweet and delicious! I just finished making them. Can't wait to test them on my children when they return from school. I think they will make great lunch treats. :~)

  8. These are a staple in my household :) Especially good for a late-night sweet that won't keep me awake. LAM

  9. I just made these today. They are SO simple and so delicious! I liked them so much I blogged about them!

  10. My food processor will not process nuts to a fine meal, they just spin around and around. What kind of machine are you using?

  11. Can these be frozen?

  12. I made these and the family liked them. I couldn't get my coconut to stick to the balls (I think I bought the wrong coconut) so I added more almond butter and some honey to make them "stickier". I ended up rolling them in honey before rolling them in coconut to get more coconut on them.

    I decided to bake a few with some other cookies I had going in the oven and we liked them better once they were baked 9 minutes at 350F.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  13. These things are delicious! Even the pickiest food critics in my house are eating them!

    I've tried them with both 1 cup of almonds and 1 cup of pecans and they are good both ways.


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