The Best Sugar-Free Snacks to Boost Your Energy

It's easy to choose a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without any refined sugar. Here are some of our favorite added sugar-free snacks.

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Energy Bites

Depending on the recipe you choose, energy bites can pack a ton of nutrition with no added sugar and still satisfy your cravings. To get the most out of your energy bite, choose something with whole grains, nuts and seeds, like these Chia Seed Protein Bites. The best part about making them at home is that you know exactly what’s going into your snack.

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Dried Fruit

This snack will really satisfy your cravings because the drying process concentrates all the natural sugars found in fruit into a delicious little package. Be sure to read the label here though, as many brands of dried fruit will add sugar. Set yourself up for healthy choices by ordering a 10-pack of Peeled Snacks Organic Dried Mango ($20).

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“Caramel” Corn

Make your own “caramel” corn by using natural sweeteners like agave nectar or honey. Whip up a sauce by diluting either of those with water, then and add spices, like cinnamon. Mix with your fresh popped corn and you have a much healthier version of the carnival classic without the refined sugar! Here’s a guide on how to make popcorn on the stove.

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Plain Yogurt with Fruit

It’s easy to swing by the grocery store to pick up plain yogurt to mix with oh-so-delicious fresh, sliced fruit. Both ingredients will also help with digestion and protein from the yogurt will keep you feeling satisfied. Learn more about the health benefits of Greek yogurt.

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Roasted Glazed Nuts

It’s easy to make your own glazed nuts at home. Use honey or agave to coat whatever nut you love and roast them in the oven for a healthy, slightly sweet snack recipe.

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Organic Apples and Peanut Butter to Snack on
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Fruit with Nut Butter

Sliced fresh fruit is delicious when paired with nut butter. The sweetness from the fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth while the protein and healthy fat from the nut butter will keep you satisfied. There are so many delicious nut butters to choose from—cashew, almond, peanut, hazelnut—the list goes on! Just make sure to choose a nut butter without added sugar. Get our full guide to the healthiest nut butters on the market.

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Jam on Toast

While there are sugar-free jams available at the grocery store, making your own is also super easy. This Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam is a great recipe to try. Serve it on toasted whole wheat bread for a snack that provides some sweetness and lots of vitamins and minerals.

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Overnight Oats

The latest trend in healthy breakfasts is also a great option for a sweet, healthy snack. You can easily make a batch for the week ahead. Be sure to boost the nutrition and sweetness factor by topping with fresh fruit before serving! Here are a dozen delicious overnight oat recipes to try.

Christina Manian, RDN
Christina Manian is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist based out of Boulder, Colorado. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she has been involved with the nutrition departments of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital. She completed her nutrition education at the Mayo Clinic with a focus on medical nutrition therapy and most recently practiced clinical nutrition at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. While her background has largely been in the clinical setting, Christina embraces and is shifting her focus towards wellness nutrition as the backbone to optimum health.