30 High Protein Snacks
Published Aug 28, 2021, Updated Jan 31, 2023
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Snack healthy with these high protein snacks! I’m sharing tons of recipes, each with at least 5g of protein per serving and some of my favorite store-bought snacks that are high in protein as well.
Snacks tends to get a bad rap, mostly because a lot of snack foods aren’t super healthy.
But snacking can actually be a great way to keep hunger at bay and help with weight loss (or weight maintenance). It’s all about choosing the right snacks… ones that are satisfying and filling.
The key = make sure your snacks are high in protein!
I’ve found that high protein snacks are the best option when it comes to snacking because they keep me feeling full… not running back to the cabinet for more like some snacks tend to do. I’m looking at you chips and crackers.
For this reason I’m always on the hunt for protein-rich snacks and wanted to create this resource as an easy guide.
Why is Protein Important?
If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you know how much I stress the importance of protein! I specifically aim to have a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats for every meal and snack. But why? Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps you feeling fuller, longer.
It helps satisfy cravings, helps with weight loss (or weight management) and has so many important functions within the body, including muscle repair. So while the mainstream media messaging might be that protein is only important for athletes and body builders, I’m here to let you know that protein is important for everyone!
High Protein Snack Recipes
All of these snack recipes have at least 5 grams of protein per serving! Enjoy!
Smoothies and Shakes
How to Make a Protein Shake
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Protein Bites, Balls and Bars
No Bake Protein Balls
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
Coconut Protein Balls
Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)
Cookie Dough Protein Bites
Protein Muffins + Pancakes
Double Chocolate Protein Muffins
Strawberry Protein Muffins
Baked Egg Muffins
Protein Snack Bowls
Protein Mug Cake
Protein Overnight Oats
Grain-free Overnight “Oats”
Easy Chia Pudding
Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl
Strawberry Quinoa Parfait
Protein Ice Cream
Granola + Trail Mix
Healthy Trail Mix
Egg White Bites
BBQ Baked Tempeh Chips
High Protein Dips
Protein Cookie Dough
Lima Bean Hummus
Almond Pesto Sauce or Dip
4-Ingredient Smoked Salmon Dip
The Best Store-Bought High Protein Snacks
Now more than ever, I’m relying on quick grab-and-go snacks because I’m so busy running after a toddler! I’ve found a great selection of healthy store-bought snacks for when I’m on the road or when I don’t have time to prep something. Here are the high protein snacks I recommend:
- Meat sticks or jerky– I always stock up on Chomps for a shelf stable, protein-packed snack. They are perfect for taking on the go, made with high quality ingredients and free of all 8 major allergens. You can even use them as mini pepperonis to top my zucchini pizza bites.
- Greek yogurt – I always like to keep Greek yogurt in my fridge for a simple and refreshing snack option… for myself and for Olivia. My fave brands are Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt or Fage. It’s delicious straight up with a little nut butter, granola and/or berries for added flavor, but my whipped yogurt bowl is favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt. I also love adding it to overnight oats or smoothies (like with my strawberry banana smoothie) to amp up the protein.
- Nuts or trail mix – check the ingredient list when buying store-bought trail mixes and nuts to make sure there isn’t a ton of sodium, oil and sugar added! When it comes to nuts I like to stick with lightly salted and roasted or raw and for trail mix I like to stick to mixes that are just nuts and dried fruit. Back to Nature has some great options with minimal ingredients.
- Protein bars – my current favorite protein bar is the Aloha peanut butter cup protein bars. They’re low-sugar, plant-based, gluten-free and they taste like a candy bar to me!
- Protein cookies – I’ve been on a protein cookie kick. My two favorites are the Tone It Up chocolate chip cookies and the Tone It Up snickerdoodle cookies.
- RX Bars – these are another one of my go-to store bought protein bars because their ingredient list is so minimal. They have a ton of flavor options, but my personal favorite is the chocolate sea salt.
- Nut butter packs – have you seen those little squeeze packs of almond or peanut butter? They’re a great way to easily add protein to meals when traveling! I pair them with oatmeal or fruit. I love Artisana because their nut butters are raw and have no added sugar or oil.
- Hummus – these Sabra hummus snackers come with pita chips for dipping and are a great on-the-go snack option. They’re packed with 11 grams of protein per serving.
- Roasted Chickpeas – these Biena chickpea snacks are crunchy and made with minimal ingredients – just roasted chickpeas, sunflower oil and sea salt. They’re a great alternative to chips and packed with 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving.
- Protein Shakes – definitely check the nutrition label of store-bought protein drinks because many have tons of added sugar or a long list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. My favorite protein drink while on-the-go is this REBBL chocolate protein elixir. It has only 9 grams of sugar and is packed with 16 grams of plant-based protein and and good-for-you ingredients like Ashwagandha, Maca, and Reishi. I also really like the Aloha chocolate sea salt protein shakes.
- Crackers – I skip the crackers that are high in sodium, loaded with refined grains and have a lack fiber. These flax seed crackers are great because they’re loaded with 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving. Another great store-bought cracker option is these Back to Nature whole lotta seeds cracker. They have a whopping 7 grams of protein per serving thanks to the natural protein found in the four seeds (flax, chia, poppy, and hemp) and the addition of a plant-based pea protein powder. I also LOVE the Simple Mills almond flour crackers! They have less protein (only 3 grams) but they’re yummy.
- Oatmeal cup – I love my protein oatmeal recipes, but when I’m on-the-go and don’t have time to whip up a bowl, this Purley Elizabeth collagen protein oatmeal is a great alternative. It has a simple ingredient list and is loaded with 11 grams of protein per cup.
- Granola – if you’re buying store-bought granola make sure to check the label! Many granolas are loaded with tons of sugar. This KIND almond butter granola is a good option as it’s loaded with whole grains, fiber and 10 grams of protein.
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Be sure to check out all my popular protein recipes here.
30 High Protein Snacks (+ Peanut Butter Protein Bars)
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder (I used Nuzest)
- 1 cup oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt, omit if peanut butter has salt
- ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter, or almond butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil, more if needed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-4 Tablespoons chocolate chips, plus extra chocolate chips for topping
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Combine protein powder, oat flour and salt.
- Add in peanut butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil. The dough will be quite thick. I suggest combining the dough with your hands. If it’s still too dry add more coconut oil, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Mix in chocolate chips with hand or spoon.
- Press dough into a lined loaf pan and add more chocolate chips on top. Press the chips in with your hands.
- Let bars chill in fridge for at least one hour before cutting.
- Remove bars from the fridge, cut into 6 equal-sized bars and enjoy.
- Bars will last about one week in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Honey: I haven’t tested this recipe with anything else, but I think another liquid sweetener like maple syrup or date syrup would work well.
- Peanut butter: any natural, drippy nut butter should work. You can try almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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