high protein dairy free snacks store bought and homemade options

High Protein Dairy Free Snacks

This list showcases some of my favorite store-bought and homemade Dairy Free High Protein Snacks. I’m not just sharing your typical protein bars, you’ll find some unique sweet and salty snacks that pack a great protein punch!

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I hope you enjoy this list of tasty high protein dairy free snacks. You’ll find products from companies I love as well as recipes from a variety of great bloggers! These dairy free snacks are great for those mid-day munchies with the added benefit of protein to keep you going. It includes great snack ideas for both kids and adults alike! Many of these snacks listed will also be vegan-friendly, gluten free, and nut free. I will specify accordingly but please always read the ingredients before purchasing as products can change.

high protein dairy free snacks store bought and homemade options

Disclaimer for Buying Allergy-Free and Dairy-Free Snacks:

This list is not meant to offer medical advice and should not be used to make any final decisions on what’s right to eat or give someone with food allergies.

Eat or Drink does not guarantee or take on any liable responsibility for the accuracy of the information below. Articles like this should always be your starting point. This article provides information but in no way is meant to tell you what to do. I always urge you, especially if you have allergies or are buying products for someone with allergies, to verify any information before consuming new food.

While I try to do my due diligence – companies do change recipes and human error occurs. That is why I can not guarantee all information is accurate even with my best efforts.

If you are unsure if a product is safe, please ask your doctor. Or when buying for an allergy-friendly friend, check with them to ensure it meets their needs.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you see information that is not up to date – this blog post was last updated in May 2023.

This list only covers US-based products. Please note that even if you have one of these products in your country, the ingredients may differ.

Should You Buy Products with a May Contains Warning?


If you’re new to shopping for food-allergy-friendly food, one question you may have is, “What is this ‘may contain’ warning?”. Here is what the FDA has to say about that warning…

“Some manufacturers voluntarily include a separate advisory statement, such as ‘may contain’  or ‘produced in a facility,’ on their labels when there is a chance that a food allergen could be present. A manufacturer might use the same equipment to make different products. Even after cleaning this equipment, a small amount of an allergen (such as peanuts) that was used to make one product (such as cookies) may become part of another product (such as crackers). In this case, the cracker label might state ‘may contain peanuts.’
Be aware that the ‘may contain’ statement is voluntary, says D’Lima. ‘Not all manufacturers use it.’”Information found on the fda.gov website

Ultimately this decision to buy products with this warning should be up to you and your doctor (or up to the person you are purchasing allergy-free products for). Allergies can fall on a spectrum. Minor cross-contamination may not affect one person at all but could be deadly for somebody else. That’s why I always urge you to be in charge of your own allergies and simply use lists like these as a helpful jumping-off point.

Let’s Get into the High Protein Dairy Free Snacks…

Below you’ll find store-bought products as well as recipe ideas that are great for dairy free snacks. Many of the items will also be gluten free, nut free, and/or vegan-friendly. But as mentioned above some of them could contain a “may contain” warning. Read that section above if you’re unsure what that means. And always remember to check ingredients prior to buying as products can change!

store-bought high protein dairy free snacks

Vanilla Naked Shake by Naked Nutrition

A big thanks to Naked Nutrition for sponsoring this blog post. I’m so happy to have connected with them. I first tried their seed protein powder a while back and loved it. To see more about that product and other nut-free snacks click here.

I’ve since tried this Vanilla Naked Shake and it is SO delicious! Once again this dairy free protein powder has such clean and simple ingredients. My kids and I both loved the taste. Vanilla Naked Shake starts with high-quality pea protein and adds MCT oil and natural plant-based flavors. The result is a tasty shake that delivers 20g of protein and only 3g of sugar.

My favorite simple recipe is a scoop of protein powder, a frozen banana, some cinnamon, and some dairy free milk. It’s that simple and I can feel confident that my kids are getting a high-protein dairy-free snack instead of junk food mid-day. For more great ideas on how to use this protein powder, check out some recipes by Naked Nutrition here.

Hippeas Chickpea Puffs

When you want a salty crunchy snack but don’t want empty calories that leave you groggy, these are a great pick! While the protein count isn’t incredibly high, it is much better than just standard cheese puffs or potato chips. With 3g protein and 2g fiber, this salty snack is a much better grab for those midday munchies!

Hippeas are gluten, dairy, and nut free and are also vegan-friendly.

Biena Chickpea Snacks

While we’re talking about chickpeas let’s look at these Biena Chickpea Snacks. Again, if you want something crunchy and salty, these are a great pick! These crispy roasted chickpeas come in a variety of tasty flavors. They have 5g protein and 5g fiber per serving.

Biena chickpea snacks are gluten, dairy, and nut free and are also vegan friendly.

The Only Bean Dry Roasted Edamame

For an even higher protein kick in a dairy free snack, try these roasted edamame beans! They’re delicious as is or sprinkled on top of your favorite salad recipe. Crunchy, salty, and a GREAT source of protein coming in at 11g plant-based protein per serving.

The Only Bean Dry Roasted Edamame are gluten, dairy, and nut free and are vegan friendly.

Three Wishes Cereal

Ok, who would have thought cereal could be a healthy high protein dairy free snack option? As someone who loves cereal, I love that there’s an option that’s not just sugary cardboard. My kids and I have tried the cinnamon and fruity flavors of Three Wishes and have loved them both. One serving of this cereal contains 8g protein and only 3g sugar! That’s a great midday snack if you ask me.

Three Wishes Cereal is gluten, dairy, and nut free, and also vegan friendly.

Enjoy Life Protein Bites

If you’ve been dairy free for a while then you’re probably familiar with Enjoy Life. I think I enjoy almost every product they put out including these. They taste like a treat but pack 6g of plant-based protein per serving (which is 3 balls). A great high protein dairy free snack for those of you with a sweet tooth!

Want to make your own High Protein Dairy Free Snack recipes?

The following is a list of recipes from all different amazing food bloggers. I reached out to my blogger community to put together this unique and tasty list of high-protein dairy-free snacks. All recipes are dairy free and many of them will also be gluten and nut free and/or vegan-friendly. I’ll make notes of these allergy specifications but please keep in mind, many of the following recipes are not my own I can’t control if the author changes the recipe after I write this.

homemade dairy free snacks

Easy Trail Mix Bars

These vegan trail mix bars are great for athletes on the go, as a pre or post-workout dairy-free snack. Made with oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and nuts, raisins, and hemp seeds, these wholesome vegan trail mix bars are easy make-ahead snacks!

Gluten free (if using gluten free oats), dairy free, and vegan-friendly.

Paleo Mug Muffin

This is a great high-protein dairy free snack. Easy to make and so flavorful. It gets a nice kick of protein from the almond flour, almond butter, and ground flax seeds.

Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan-friendly.

This recipe is by myself (Emily) and is an Eat or Drink Original

This recipe is by Sarah of Bucket List Tummy

Crispy Buffalo Tofu Bites (Easy Air Fryer Recipe)

These easy buffalo tofu bites are the perfect air fryer appetizer or snack that all your guests will love! High in protein from the tofu and so much flavor!

Gluten free (if using gluten free panko), nut-free, dairy free, and vegan friendly.

This recipe is by Allie of Naturallie Plant-based

Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Zesty and bright, these lemon turmeric energy balls will be your on-the-go easy high-protein dairy-free snack. Since this recipe calls for vanilla protein powder it would be a great way to try out the vanilla naked shake from Naked Nutrition.

Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan-friendly.

This recipe is by Nicole of Nourished by Nic

Grain Free Cookie Dough Bites

These are delicious options for a protein ball if you want a dairy free and nut-free snack. Using tahini instead of nut butter gives these cookie dough bites a great flavor and a nice nut-free protein punch.

Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and vegan-friendly.

This recipe is by myself (Emily) and is an Eat or Drink Original

Homemade Beef Jerky

Gas station beef jerky is usually filled with junk. Luckily, it’s surprisingly easy to make this protein-packed dairy-free snack at home!

Gluten free (if using gluten free soy sauce), dairy free, and nut free.

This recipe is by Lei of Cooking with Lei

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