If you want to eat paleo, it can be challenging to find paleo-friendly snacks. Unlike eating styles like keto, the paleo diet isn’t as widely known—and paleo products aren’t always available in stores.
So we’ve put together a list of 101 of our favorite portable, homemade, and store-bought paleo snacks to help you out.
Let’s start with a quick review of paleo. If you already know what paleo is, jump ahead to the snacks.
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This is Chapter 4 of Noom's Guide to the Paleo Diet:
- What is the paleo diet? A deep dive for beginners
- Paleo diet for weight loss: FAQs and tips for success
- Paleo food list: What to eat on a paleo diet and what to avoid
- 101 paleo-friendly snacks to make or buy
- Paleo-friendly restaurants: Where to go and what to eat
- The ultimate beginner’s paleo shopping list
- Paleo vs. keto: Which diet is right for you?
- Are potatoes paleo?
- 50 of the best paleo diet recipes for simple, delicious meals
Quick review of the paleo diet
The paleo diet mimics the way our ancestors may have eaten during the Paleolithic era (2.5 million to 10,000 years ago). Paleo eaters focus on whole foods like meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts and seeds—foods that were likely available to our Paleolithic ancestors.
Foods like dairy products and grains, which only became available later through farming, aren’t part of the paleo diet.
Here at Noom, we don’t subscribe to any one eating style. Instead, we’re focused on supporting you in finding an eating style that works for you that’s enjoyable and sustainable.
If you’re interested in eating paleo or paleo-like (incorporating more whole foods into their diets), it’s convenient to have snack options.
Paleo snack recipes to make at home
We’ve divided these homemade paleo snacks into crunchy, savory, and sweet to make it easy to find one that hits the spot.
No-cook energy balls, with their endless combinations of ingredients, get a category of their own.
Crunchy Paleo snacks
From granola to pakora, these paleo snack ideas deliver a satisfying crunch in a variety of flavors.
Puffs, granolas, and trail mixes
Many store-bought snacks have added sugar and other non-paleo-friendly additives. Here are recipes to make your own instead.
1. Homemade paleo “Cheetos” from Gnom-Gnom
2. Paleo “Chex Mix” from The Harvest Skillet
3. Sunshine trail mix from A Clean Bake
4. Cranberry walnut paleo granola from Cook Eat Well
5. Paleo strawberry almond granola from Perchance to Cook
6. Honey chili spiced granola from Healy Eats Real
7. Crock pot chunky monkey paleo trail mix from Cotter Crunch
For something even simpler, swing by the farmer’s market and make your own crunchy, savory veggie chips at home.
8. Baked sweet potato chips from Paleo Grubs
9. Baked parsnip chips from Beauty and the Foodie
10. Baked veggie chips from The Big Man’s World
11. Baked zucchini chips from Low Carb Yum
12. Baked Brussels sprout chips from Mind Over Munch
13. Crispy green bean chips from Whole New Mom
14. Paleo potato pakora from My Heart Beets
15. Air fryer tostones from What Great Grandma Ate
Save money on store-bought nut mixes by buying nuts in bulk and roasting them with your favorite herbs and spices.
16. Cinnamon spiced nuts from What Great Grandma Ate
17. Cinnamon and honey roasted walnuts from Paleo Grubs
18. Gingerbread roasted almonds from Perchance to Cook
19. Roasted pepitas from A Saucy Kitchen
20. Onion and chive mixed nuts from Healthy Little Peach
21. Spiced maple rosemary mixed nuts from What Great Grandma Ate
22. Honey mustard roasted almonds from Paleo Grubs
Savory paleo snacks
Meat and vegetables are the stars of paleo eating, so it’s not hard to come up with delicious savory snacks that fit into the paleo diet, from simple roasted veggies to homemade pizza rolls (yep, we said pizza rolls).
Jerky, vegetables, and combos
Take simple, paleo-friendly ingredients and turn them into a scrumptious snack.
23. Homemade paleo beef jerky from Paleo Grubs
24. Carrot fries from SnackNation
25. Cauliflower popcorn from Greatist
26. Roasted beets from A Clean Bake
27. Oven-roasted escarole from Nom Nom Paleo
28. Maple bacon wrapped carrots from Perchance to Cook
29. Air fryer avocado fries from What Great Grandma Ate
30. Homemade Paleo pizza rolls from A Saucy Kitchen
31. Roasted cauliflower with turmeric and mint from A Clean Bake
32. Avocado, bacon, and balsamic snack from Cook Eat Well
33. Smoked salmon cucumber bites from A Clean Bake
34. Air fryer fried pickles from What Great Grandma Ate
35. Paleo Vada from My Heart Beets
Hummus is a classic snack, but it doesn’t fit into a paleo lifestyle since it’s made from legumes. Try one of these paleo-friendly twists.
36. Pumpkin hummus from What Great Grandma Ate
37. Mediterranean hummus from Perchance to Cook
38. Roasted garlic babaganoush from A Clean Bake
39. Beet hummus from Nom Nom Paleo
40. Roasted garlic and cauliflower hummus from What Great Grandma Ate
41. Grapefruit guacamole from Perchance to Cook
And what’s hummus without crackers for dipping?
42. Gluten-free paleo pita chips from A Clean Bake
43. Rosemary and sesame paleo crackers from The Healthy Foodie
44. Paleo tortilla chips from My Heart Beets
45. Crunchy paleo crackers from Paleo Flourish
46. Paleo “everything bagel” almond crackers from Perchance to Cook
47. Flax seed crackers from Paleo Grubs
Sweet paleo snacks
Cutting back on sugar? No problem. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these naturally sweetened paleo healthy snacks.
Cookies, doughnuts, and gummy snacks on paleo? Yep.
48. Chewy walnut pan bars from Taste of Home
49. Healthy oven-baked apple fritters from Paleo Grubs
50. Homemade paleo protein bars from All Natural Ideas
51. No-bake fruit tart from Healy Eats Real
52. Chocolate chip coconut macaroons from A Clean Bake
53. Paleo sweet potato cookies from Paleo Flourish
54. Paleo snickerdoodles from A Clean Bake
55. Baked apples from Nom Nom Paleo
56. Paleo gummy snacks from Primal Palate
57. Candied orange peels from Perchance to Cook
58. No-bake apple cinnamon sugar donut holes from What Great Grandma Ate
59. Paleo pecan bars from A Clean Bake
60. Pumpkin dip from Healthy Little Peach
Smoothies are refreshing summer snacks that are packed with nutrients—and you can usually make one with ingredients you already have on hand.
Here are some paleo recipes to inspire you.
61. Strawberry banana smoothie from Wicked Spatula
62. Peach coconut milk smoothie from Cook Eat Well
63. Raspberry lemonade smoothie from Farmstead Chic
64. Kale cherry smoothie from Simply Jillicious
65. Salted caramel smoothie from Love Food Nourish
66. Pineapple smoothie with nutmeg from A Clean Bake
67. Carrot, apple, and banana smoothie from Paleo Flourish
68. Everyday paleo vegan smoothie from Paleo Running Momma
69. Pumpkin pie smoothie from Beaming Baker
70. Dragon fruit powder mango berry smoothie from Perchance to Cook
Energy bites (our favorite easy paleo snack)
A favorite among paleo and keto eaters, no-bake energy bites (or balls) are simple, satisfying—and fun to make, too: Toss all the ingredients in your food processor, then roll ‘em into two-bite balls.
71. Carrot cake bliss balls from A Saucy Kitchen
72. Chocolate date energy balls from Joy Food Sunshine
73. Coconut cashew energy bites from A Clean Bake
74. Blueberry paleo energy balls from A Saucy Kitchen
75. Cinnamon apple pie energy balls from Paleo Grubs
76. Three-ingredient no-bake almond butter balls from Beaming Baker
77. PB&J energy balls from Nom Nom Paleo
78. Coconut lime energy bites from Paleo Grubs
79. Chocolate chip cookie dough protein bites from A Clean Bake
80. Dark chocolate cherry energy bites from What Great Grandma Ate
81. No-bake chocolate energy balls from The Big Man’s World
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The best paleo snacks to buy
Let’s be real—you’re not always going to be near your kitchen when hunger strikes.
When you’re away from home and need something quick, here’s a list of paleo-friendly snacks you can pick up at almost any supermarket.
The produce department is a great place to start your search for a healthy snack.
82. Fresh fruit and vegetables (like carrots, cucumbers, apples, and berries)
84. Artichoke hearts
85. Coconut chips
86. Cacao nibs
Our ancestors probably didn’t eat prepackaged foods, but in a pinch, these snacks are paleo-friendly.
87. Meat jerky (with no added sugar or artificial preservatives)
88. Nut butter
89. Pork rinds
90. Kale chips
91. Plantain chips
92. Seaweed snacks
93. Canned tuna, sardines, or salmon
94. Protein bars (with minimal ingredients and no artificial additives)
95. Dried fruits
96. Fruit snacks (with minimal ingredients and no artificial additives)
97. Nut mixes
98. Grain-free granola
99. Bone broth
100. Hard-boiled eggs
101. Dark chocolate
Paleo snacks FAQ
The rules of paleo aren’t always black and white. Here are a few “gray area” paleo snacks that people often ask about.
Is popcorn allowed on paleo?
Technically, no. Corn is a grain, and grains are not included in the paleo diet.
But if you’re going to “cheat,” there are worse snacks you could do it with—popcorn is low in calories and packed with fiber.
If you do make popcorn, be sure to pop it in coconut oil and top it with grass-fed butter or ghee. And steer clear of microwave popcorn that includes artificial flavorings (which aren’t paleo-friendly).
Are tortilla chips paleo?
No, we’re sorry to say, because they’re also made with corn. But, again, there are worse things you could eat—especially if the chips are just made with corn, salt, and water.
So, what will you dip in your guacamole if you avoid tortilla chips? Make your own paleo-friendly tortilla chips with just five ingredients.
Are bananas OK on a paleo diet?
Yes. Bananas are a nutritious whole food, but because they’re also high in carbohydrates, some paleo eaters avoid them.
So, whether or not you choose to eat bananas might depend on why you’re following the paleo diet. If you’re trying to eliminate processed foods, bananas are a great paleo option. If you’re trying to cut carbs, you might want to limit them.
What else can (and can’t) you eat on Paleo?
Now that you’re all set with snacks, what should you put in your shopping cart for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners?
We’ve got you covered. Check out our complete Paleo shopping list here.