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List of the Best Paleo Snacks of 2016 (18 You Can Buy + 27 You Can Make)

Louise Hendon | November 30

While you don’t have to eat any Paleo snacks on a Paleo diet, sometimes they can be essential to prevent you from falling off the diet!

And if you’re taking a long flight, a road trip, a vacation, or you often stay at the office late, then having some Paleo snacks around can be super helpful.

So, here’s our list of the best Paleo snacks for all occasions. There are 18 snacks that you can purchase from the store or from Amazon or from Thrive Market, and there are also 27 Paleo snack recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes.

And if you’re looking for snacks for a long flight, then check out this list instead.

Table of Contents – Best Paleo Snacks of 2016

The 18 Best Paleo Snacks You Can Buy

The Best Paleo Snacks You Can Buy

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1. Dark Chocolate

Best Paleo Snacks - Dark Chocolate

Best Paleo Snack – Dark Chocolate

Tcho 99 is our go-to dark chocolate snack. If you have trouble finding Tcho, then several other chocolate brands have produced good 100% chocolates too (e.g., Lindt, Bakers, Scharffen Berger).

If 100% dark chocolate is too dark for you, try some around 80% instead like this delicious Taza stone-ground 87% chocolate or get this bundle of dark chocolates to see which you like the best.

2. Epic Meat Bars

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Best Paleo Snack – Epic Bars

We buy whole boxes of Epic bars because they’re so delicious – they are protein bars made from high quality meat and some dried fruit. Our favorite is the Bison Bacon Cranberry, but all their flavors are tasty. Visit their website here. Or you can find them on Amazon here. Read our full review here.

3. Bearded Brothers Energy Bars

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Best Paleo Snack – Bearded Brothers Energy Bars

Think dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, combined together in perfect harmony to form a moist and delicious energy bar. That’s the Bearded Brothers Energy Bars! Our favorite is the radical raspberry lemon flavor.

4. Nick’s Sticks

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Best Paleo Snack – Nick’s Meat Sticks

If you’re looking for a low carb (or zero carb) option, then Nick’s Sticks are perfect. They’re high in protein (made from grass-fed beef or free-range turkey), amazing in taste, and have zero carbohydrates!

5. Coconut Butter

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Best Paleo Snack – Coconut Butter

Keep a jar of this at work along with a spoon, and when you feel like you need a snack in the afternoon, slather some coconut butter on a piece of 100% dark chocolate. Healthy and delicious! Our favorite brand of coconut butter is Artisana (it tastes fresher and is smoother in texture).

6. Pork Rinds

best paleo snack - pork rinds

Best Paleo Snack – Pork Rinds

If you miss potato chips, then give pork rinds a try (but be aware that most brands have non-Paleo ingredients). Our favorite Paleo pork rind brand is 4505 Meats’ Chicharrones, although Epic has released its own pork rinds too that’s worth trying.

7. Beef Jerky

best paleo snack - beef jerky

Best Paleo Snack – Beef Jerky

Good Paleo beef jerky is remarkably difficult to find! That’s why our favorite is Sophia’s Grass-Fed Jerky Chews. If beef jerky isn’t your thing, then US Wellness Meats has a turkey jerky with just 2 ingredients (turkey and celtic sea salt).

8. Go Raw Cookies

best paleo snacks - go raw cookies

Best Paleo Snack – Go Raw Cookies

If you’re looking for a not too sweet, slightly crunchy snack, then Go Raw Cookies are great! They’re made from coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, dates, and some spices. And one bag of these can last for quite a bit!

9. Kale Chips

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Best Paleo Snack – Kale Chips

Kale chips – crunchy and flavorful. There are lots of great brands or you can make your own. What makes some of them so unique though is their flavors…like Alive & Radiant’s Spicy Kale Krunch!

10. Seasnax

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Best Paleo Snack – Seasnax

If you haven’t tried toasted seaweed, then you really should – they’re light, slightly crunchy and slightly salty! They’re so good, they can get seriously addictive. The best brand is Seasnax as they don’t use canola oil in their product – they use olive oil instead.

11. Jilz Crackers

Best Paleo Snacks - Jilz Crackers

Best Paleo Snack – Jilz Crackers

Crackers are hard to come by on a Paleo diet, but this one is really tasty. Spread some nut butter or some healthy guacamole onto these Jilz crackers. You can get them on Amazon or on Thrive Market.

12. Canned Smoked Oysters

Best Paleo Snacks - Canned Smoked Oysters

Best Paleo Snack – Canned Smoked Oysters

Oysters are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find! While these canned smoked oysters sound rather unusual, they’re actually super tasty (as well as amazingly good for you). Plus these keep for ages so stock up and keep some at the office as well as at home.

13. Plantain and Cassava Chips

Best Paleo Snacks - Plantain and Cassava Chips

Best Paleo Snack – Plantain and Cassava Chips

If you miss the crunch from potato chips, then you’ll love these plantain and cassava chips from Artisan Tropic. Don’t buy too many at once as you might eat them too fast!

14. eXo Protein Bars

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Best Paleo Snack – eXo Protein Bars

If you’re looking for a protein bar, then give eXo bars a try! The protein in them is from cricket flour, but they taste just like other protein bars. The Cacao Nut flavor has very Paleo ingredients.

15. Cacao Nibs

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Best Paleo Snack – Cacao Nibs

If you’re looking for a crunch, then cacao nibs are perfect. Plus, because they’re so small, they’re harder to overeat. The Navitas Naturals brand of cacao nibs is the one we snack on, and you can find them in a lot of health stores (I found them in Target the other day).

16. Canned Sardines in Olive Oil

Best Paleo Snacks - Canned Sardines

Best Paleo Snack – Canned Sardines

You’re probably already aware that canned fish (like tuna or salmon) make great Paleo snacks, but you might not have tried canned sardines yet. Find sardines packed in extra olive oil (like this one from Wild Planet). These are super nutritious and easy to take with you.

17. Nut Butters

Best Paleo Snacks - Nut Butters

Best Paleo Snack – Nut Butters

Nut butters are easy and filling snacks – you can spread them on apple slices, carrot and celery sticks, or on Paleo crackers like Jilz crackers.

Make sure the nut butters you get don’t have peanuts or non-Paleo oils (like sunflower oil). Try Paleo MeeNut butters or for handy lunchbox packets, try Justins Squeeze packets.

18. Guacamole

Best Paleo Snack - Guacamole

Best Paleo Snacks – Guacamole

Guacamole is another Paleo snack you can spread on other Paleo snacks. Filled with lots of healthy fats, guacamole is one of the ultimate Paleo snacks. Wholly Guacamole even makes mini packs you can take on the go with you.

Other Simple Paleo Snacks You Can Purchase

Of course, there are even simpler snacks you can purchase or make like various seeds and nuts (note that peanuts are a legume and not a nut), dried fruits, fresh fruits, canned tuna or salmon, hard boiled eggs, etc. For nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, has a great selection of them.

Where To Purchase All These Paleo Snacks?

Many of them are available at your local Whole Foods or health store or on

If you’re looking to save money, then buying these Paleo snacks on Thrive Market (US only) will save you a ton – they’re like Costco for health foods.

Right now you can get a free 6-pack of Primal Kitchen Coconut Cashew Bars made with grassfed collagen on orders over $50+ from Thrive Market.

The 27 Best Paleo Snacks You Can Make

the best paleo snacks you can make

Here are some amazing recipes you can make at home, and for even more Paleo snack recipes check out the Grain-Free Snacker Cookbook here.

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons Recipe

Paleo Snack Recipe - Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

Paleo Snack Recipe – Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

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Ingredients: unsweetened, shredded coconut, egg whites, raw honey, pure stevia, 100% pure cocoa powder, vanilla extract, dash of salt.

Cinnamon Coconut Gummies Recipe

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Ingredients: coconut cream, gelatin, raw honey, vanilla extract, sea salt, ground cinnamon, candy mold or bread loaf pan.

Eggplant Jerky

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Ingredients: eggplant, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, paprika, salt.

Honey Masala Chai Roasted Nuts Recipe

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Ingredients: almonds, pecan halves, unsalted butter (or coconut oil), vanilla extract, honey, coarse sea salt, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground cloves, ginger powder, ground black pepper.

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Chocolate Coffee Coconut Truffle Recipe

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Ingredients: coconut butter, 100% cocoa powder, ground coffee, unsweetened coconut flakes, raw honey, coconut oil.

Quick And Easy Trail Mix Recipe

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Ingredients: whole blanched almonds, whole fancy cashews, whole pecans, shelled pistachios, pepitos (raw natural pumpkin seeds), walnuts, unsweetened coconut, raisins.

Home-made Beef Jerky Recipe

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Ingredients: grass-fed beef brisket (or other lean cut), sweet apple cider (or unsweetened apple juice), balsamic vinegar, fish sauce, Dijon mustard, unpasteurized honey, liquid smoke, cracked black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Himalayan salt, sesame oil, crushed chili pepper, dried chipotle peppers, ground clove.

Kale Chips With Sriracha Lime Recipe

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Ingredients: kale, half a lime, olive oil, Sriracha (preferably Paleo & homemade), soy sauce, fish sauce.

coconut butter stuffed dates

Coconut Butter Stuffed Dates Recipe

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Ingredients: pitted dates, coconut butter.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Mocha Bites Recipe

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Ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, honey or pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond meal, cocoa powder, espresso powder, sea salt, mini dark chocolate chips.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola Recipe

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Ingredients: pecans, unsweetened flaked coconut, sliced almonds, salt, coconut oil, honey, semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Paleo Donuts Recipe

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Ingredients: ripe bananas, apple sauce, coconut oil, vanilla, egg, honey, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt.

Chocolate Covered Berries Recipe

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Ingredients: dark chocolate (preferably above 80%), raspberries, blueberries, almond butter.

Baked Chili Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

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Ingredients: sweet potato, macadamia nut oil, chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, garlic aioli, cookie sheets, mandolin or a very sharp knife, cut-resistant gloves.

Apple Nachos Recipe

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Ingredients: apples, fresh lemon juice, almond butter, chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, sliced almonds.

Coconut Lemon Drop Cookies

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Ingredients: eggs, ghee, coconut cream or thick milk, honey, lemon juice, stevia, lemon zest, coconut flour, baking soda, salt.

Raw Hemp Algae Bars Recipe

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Ingredients: pistachios, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, orange juice, hemp hearts, coconut oil, spirulina powder, dates.

How to make coconut butter

Make Your Own Coconut Butter

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Ingredients: unsweetened shredded coconut (or coconut flakes), coconut oil.

Cajun Pork Rinds Recipe

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Ingredients: skin from pastured pork, coconut oil, ghee or bacon fat, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper, salt.

Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters Recipe

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Ingredients: pumpkin seeds, vanilla extract, honey, coconut sugar, water.

Honeyed Walnuts Recipe

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Ingredients: walnuts, coconut oil, honey, salt, fresh cracked pepper.

Date And Bacon Balls Recipe

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Ingredients: dates, coconut oil, cacao nibs, raspberry vinegar, almond butter.

Carrot Zucchini Bars Recipe

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Ingredients: eggs, carrot, zucchini, ginger, honey, almond meal, pecans or walnuts, sultanas (raisins or currants).

Paleo Eggs

Tea Eggs Recipe

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Ingredients: eggs, tea bags, sea salt, star anise, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, black pepper, water.

Oven Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) Recipe

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Ingredients: Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), salt, pepper, dried thyme, cooking fat.

Maple Sesame Apple Crisps Recipe

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Ingredients: Granny Smith apples, lemon, maple syrup, sesame seeds, cinnamon powder.

Power Balls Recipe

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Ingredients: sweet potato, almond meal, vanilla powder, baking powder, egg yolks, coconut oil, honey, coconut flour, unsweetened shredded coconut and coconut flakes.