Corn Lite Snack Ideas (Gluten & Dairy Free too!)

It’s hard coming up with ideas for snacks sometimes. Especially when you have a ton of dietary restrictions. So I’ve made a list of my favorite snack ideas that are gluten free, dairy free, can be made without corny ingredients, and are vegetarian!

I am hoping to help people with this blog figure out things they can eat, and share recipes that have worked for me. Here’s a list of some of my favorite corn lite snacks to make, that are easy and on the go. All of them can be modified to corn free (depending on ingredients), gluten free, and dairy free. A lot of these recipes are also vegan/can easily be made vegan.

Most of these recipes are not my own, but they are some of my favorite items to eat, and eat on a regular basis. There’s a saying in the corn-free group on Facebook, that “all recipes can be made corn free with the right ingredients.” That is true, but there are definitely recipes that are easier to modify than others.

It’s also really dependent on what ingredients you have, and other food sensitivities. So these are my go-to snacks ideas! (These are the recipes that are not mine – looking for my snack recipes? Find them here)

corn free snack ideas - easy snacks to make, good to have on hand for hungry moments.

I am calling this corn lite instead of corn free because I can eat store bought produce, which people with a severe corn allergy cannot. If you want to read about how to eat corn free, read more here.

Granola Bars & Similar

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut butter granola bars - a really easy corn lite snack.

These are one of my favorite corn lite snacks to make, and I have been making them for probably 5 years. 

I typically soak the dates in boiling water for about 10-30 minutes, depending on how dry they are, to make them stick together better. If I’m lazy, I will mix it all in my stand mixer, which also evenly combines it. I have also done this with cocoa powder to make it a chocolate version. yum 🙂

Click here for the recipe by Minimalist Baker.

Crunchy Granola Bars

An easy corn lite snack of crunchy granola bars
This is a chocolate version I made instead of cinnamon.

I saw these posted on one of my Facebook groups, and had to try them as a new corn lite snack. These remind me a lot of Nature’s Valley granola bars, which is nice to have something crunchy to bite into. Having a lot of sugar, they don’t hold me for long, but are a nice sweet snack for a quick energy boost. I haven’t been making them long, but recently they became one of my staples.

Click here for the recipe by Delectably Mine.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

corn lite snack in power balls

These energy balls are one of my new favorites. I really searched the web for this recipe, because I really wanted one that didn’t call for oats. Instead, it calls for almond flour. I’ve found that blending blanched almonds makes a close enough substitute for almond flour. It’s about 38 grams of almond to make 1/3 cup almond flour!

Also, I personally prefer these with coconut for the exterior. When I tried cocoa powder, it was too bitter. The hardest part of this recipe is making these last!

You can find the recipe by Avocado Centric here.


Cassava Flour Banana Muffins

Banana blueberry cassava muffins. A great corn lite snack.

I don’t necessarily have to go gluten free, but I can’t eat it everyday. Cassava flour is tricky; a lot of the first recipes I tried with it had a gummy texture inside, and sandy on the top. It also has a pretty distinct flavor. What I like about this recipe is that somehow I don’t notice any of those issues. Instead of chocolate chips, I use blueberries in this recipe.

Also, instead of the suggested Bob’s Red Mill, I use Otto’s Cassava Flour. Bob’s Red Mill is known to have a lot of cross contamination, whereas if you order directly from their site, some of the bags are guaranteed corn free. I had read to “fluff” cassava flour before scooping it; but typically I just weigh it – for this recipe I use 183g. I also do another egg; it just seems to rise a little better.

Click here for the recipe by Making Thyme for Health.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups

apple oatmeal cups, a great corn lite snack that's easy to make

I really like these as a corn lite snack. They’re super easy to make in bulk and pull out of the freezer when it’s time for a bite to eat.

Okay, so the last time I tried these with a new type of apple. And got really sick from it, because sometimes apples and I agree, other times we don’t. Apples are iffy too because they have wax on the outside so they keep longer, which is made from corn. So some of that might be my problem. But if I find a better apple source I would be eating these every day.

Click here for the recipe from Add a Pinch.

Flourless Zucchini Oatmeal Muffins

zucchini oat flour muffins - a good corn lite snack

These flourless zucchini oatmeal muffins are a quick snack to have on hand. I really like them because I can make oat flour by just blending oats! The recipe calls for chocolate chips, but I don’t have any safes so I do without.

Click here for the recipe by Flavor the Moments.

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

gluten free blueberry muffins

These gluten free blueberry muffins are to die for! You don’t need xanthan gum, psyllium husk, or any other weird ingredients to make these amazing, fluffy muffins. The secret ingredients? Rice flour and a banana!

Find the recipe here.

I hope this has been helpful and now have snacks on hand to keep you from being hangry! Want more recipes? You can find more here! Let me know your favorite snacks in the comments below.

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