These high protein snacks for kids {or adults!} pack a whopper of a protein punch, along with great flavor. Perfect for hungry kids or post-workout refueling. Bonus: they’re no bake, gluten free, and dairy free!

Salted caramel high protein snack balls - gluten free, dairy free

I’m a serious, serious snacker. The three {or even four} meals a day thing just does not float my boat. Apparently I’ve passed that trait onto my three year old, who is constantly {constantly} asking for a snack.

I do my best to make sure they’re filling and healthy snacks for kids, in secret hopes it will fill him up enough to stop asking me for a minute. {It doesn’t usually work}. But I do make my best effort to have high protein snacks for kids that meet both of our taste requirements, plus are gluten free and dairy free. {Since clearly I’ll snack on them too.}

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High Protein Snack Balls {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Healthy snack balls of all kind are on a weekly rotation around here. I typically make a bunch then store them in the freezer for easy snacking. This week we mixed our standard protein ball recipe up a bit by using flavored almonds, and now I want to go make a batch with every flavor offered.

We got these two flavors from Blue Diamond, the Salted Caramel and Blueberry almonds, and they are so good by themselves it was almost a crime to use them in a recipe. But a crime worth committing because my three year old is busy not asking me “why?” for the millionth time because his mouth is full of dense, protein-packed, nutty deliciousness.

healthy high protein snack recipe

To start, we experimented with some Salted Caramel high protein snack balls since I’m obsessed with salted caramel. They are super dense but have a fun flavor. {The almonds make delicious homemade nut butter on their own, by the way. soo good.}

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gluten free dairy free salted caramel snack balls

My taste-tester approves.

kid friendly snack balls

In order to keep him from eating the entire batch in one sitting, I shoved the bag of blueberry almonds in front of him as a distraction. High protein snacks for the double win.

blueberry almonds

Now I need to go buy a new bag so I can make some coconut blueberry balls. Mm.

blueberry flavored almonds


High Protein Snacks for Kids & Beyond

High protein snacks gluten free dairy free

Salted Caramel Protein Snack Balls

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/2 cup almond butter {homemade or otherwise}
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder {gluten free & dairy free if needed}
  • 1/8 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each: vanilla extract, butter extract, & fleur de sel
  • 1/4 cup Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds, chopped


Combine all ingredients and form into balls.

*Recipe affected heavily by how oily your nut butter is – mix should be crumbly, but stay in ball form when squeezed in your hands. If it doesn’t stick together, add coconut oil or almond milk 1 tsp at a time until balls form.

*Doubly extra good if you use almond butter made with the salted caramel flavored almonds.

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Do you have a favorite high protein snack recipe? I’m inspired to branch out more with these healthy snack ball recipes now that we’ve opened up the door to new flavors.


This post was originally sponsored by Blue Diamond.