Gluten free snack bars

For those following a gluten free diet, it can be quiet challenging to find snack options good for any time of day, especially if you have recently been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. As a nation of bread and pasta eaters, and these being some of our dietary staples, it is no surprise that it is hard to shift away from gluten-based foods. However, there are many health benefits to doing this. Also, because there are so many other additives that are found in flours and breads, you will find once you start following a gluten free diet this reduces the tendency to feel bloated.

Hiya snack bars

So, what makes a good gluten free option? Wheat and some oats contain gluten and so some of the snacks that are in supermarkets will not be suitable for those following a gluten free regime. We at Hiya, do not use oats in our snack bars, but instead have opted for chickpea flour (gram flour). This is made from milled chickpeas and does not contain any gluten. In India, we use gram flour for numerous recipes. We use it in both sweet and savoury dishes and chickpea flour can make a great flatbread chapatti too! It is a great alternative to wheat, and once it is cooked or roasted it has a lovely nutty taste. The chickpea flour mixed with roasted seeds is what gives our gluten free and nut free bars that yummy nutty taste.

With that in mind, you can access more gluten free recipes on our recipes page. Most of these recipes are made with chickpea flour. Being homemade, you’ll know exactly what goes into each snack recipe and you can customise them with the flavours you enjoy most! They taste so good, you’ll never miss the gluten! They are also vegan, high fibre and low GI!!
Below are some other snack ideas too – hope you enjoy.

Popcorn

These kernels of corn once popped make a simple and delicious snack. All you need is a cup of corn kernels. Melt approx. 50 g butter in a pan, lower the heat, add the kernels and then cover it with a lid.

You will begin to hear popping. Once the popping slows down and stops take the pan off the heat. Add some salt and serve!

Stuffed Dates

A simple snack, fill pitted dates with unsweetened, crunchy peanut butter or a mix of chopped walnuts and unsweetened coconut flakes.

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are commonly made with whole-grain brown rice. Some also contain other nutritious gluten-free whole grains, such as quinoa or sorghum. Thin rice cakes are about half the thickness of regular ones and work well as sandwiches. Top them with unsweetened peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon.