11 No-Sugar Snacks That Skip the Refined Stuff but Not the Flavor

Snacking becomes infinitely more important once you start watching your sugar intake. When the munchies suddenly hit, finding something to hit the spot is a little harder when you can’t just run to the nearest vending machine and grab a bag of M&Ms.

Even though it takes a little more effort and creativity, sugar-free snacks can be way more filling. Plus, they won’t leave you spiraling toward a sugar crash before you can toss out the wrapper. These simple snacks are great to make in bulk and just keep on-hand—whether that’s in the freezer, your backpack, a jar by your bed, or maybe just in your pocket. (We won’t judge!) That way, you’ll be prepared to spring into snacking action whenever and wherever the next bout of hanger hits.

These snacks are all refined sugar-free so you can guarantee you’re not getting any of the white stuff in there. A couple of these recipes include a little bit of maple syrup (as in just one or two tablespoons in the whole batch) so feel free to leave it out if you want to cut back even more.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
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In our opinion, roasted chickpeas are the new popcorn. Not only are they salty, snackable, and super simple to make, but they’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized and full for longer. Make a big batch by doubling this recipe and keep extra around the house in mason jars or bring baggies to work (or the movie theater) for on-the-go eating.

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Refined sugar is a no-go, but tapping into the natural sweetness of bananas is just peachy with us. These three-ingredient cookies make perfect portable breakfasts (yes, really), afternoon treats, and midnight snacking material.

Turmeric Roasted Cashews With Chia
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These aren’t your everyday spiced nuts—this recipe is pure gold. And with that, cue the turmeric, our favorite golden spice! Seasoned with chili flakes and dried rosemary, these cashews will cure even the worst case of the munchies in just a few handfuls. We love keeping these on standby for the next snack emergency or to sprinkle on top of a salad or a stir-fry that needs a little kick and crunch.

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