Favorite Low Sugar Snacks for Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Convenience


Let’s face it, our society is on sugar overload, and dairy-free living doesn’t always help. Many of the convenience foods popping up for our little niche taste amazing, but are packed with added sugars. I’m all for moderation, and enjoying a dessert on most days, but when excessive sugars start sneaking into breakfast and snacks, we have a problem. The following are some of my top picks (honest and unbiased!) for healthy, low sugar snacks to grab on the go and pop into lunch boxes.

The Best Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Low Sugar Snacks for Convenience (great for packing in lunchboxes or on trips)

Favorite Low Sugar Snacks for Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Convenience

All of the following low sugar snacks are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free (check for certification), peanut-free (yay for meeting peanut-safe school policies!), and naturally vegan. But always check with the manufacturer where severe allergies are a concern. Note that some of the following do contain natural sugars from fruit.

Ka-Pop Puffs

So far, these earn our top dairy-free cheesy puff award. They are light, airy, and full of delicious flavor. They come in two flavors: Cheddar with 0 grams of sugar, and spicy(!) Sriracha with 2 grams of sugar per serving.

Ka-Pop Puffs Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, corn-free, rice-free, and top allergen-free "cheese" puffs and spicy puffs

Go Raw Sprouted Snacks

I love their Cookie Crisps, which are more like healthy wafer crackers and are naturally sweetened. They also make tons of dehydrated savory crunchies and bars. They definitely have a nutritious taste, but are hearty, and we think tasty.

Go Raw Sprouted Snax and Cookies are Top Allergen Free

Beanfield’s Bean Chips

They’ve kept it savory with their classic line of tortilla chips, but they’re far from boring. These allergy-friendly, corn-free chips come in many dairy-free cheesy flavors, including Nacho, Cheddar Sour Cream, and Spicy Queso. Each serving has less than 1 gram of sugar.

The Best Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Low Sugar Snacks for Convenience (great for packing in lunchboxes or on trips)


They might not be new, but Larabars never seem to get old. They come in so many flavors, made with just fruit and nuts. Only the varieties with chocolate chips have any added sugars (from the chocolate chips). But you deserve a treat once in a while! Not sure which flavor to try first (or next!)? See our ranking of The Best Larabar Flavors.

The Best Larabar Flavors by Popular Vote (plus our top picks!)

GimME Roasted Seaweed Snacks

These deliciously seasoned, addictive slices of nori seaweed didn’t last long in our house. Tony and I easily polished them off, vying for every last piece. While I often contend that I should just make my own seasoned nori snacks, it never happens. We’ve had the Sea Salt and Sesame varieties, and both were simply scrumptious.

Dairy-Free Low Sugar Snacks - gimME Seaweed Snacks

Made in Nature Veggie Pops

These crazy, crunchy, freeze-dried snacks are made with greens and generously seasoned with vegan cheddar, sour cream and onion, or salt and pepper flavors. They’re seriously unique, but addictive in my opinion.

Made in Nature Veggie Pops Review and Information - healthy, dairy-free, veggie loaded, flavorful crunchy snacks. We have ingredients, nutrition, ratings, and more!

Buddha Chocolate Cups

Like a full-size peanut butter cup, but much lower in sugar and with some nutritious ingredients, Buddha Cups can be a near daily snack, if desired. The ingredients are just cacao, almonds, coconut palm crystals, mesquite, vanilla bean, and Himalayan crystal salt (in that order) and each generously sized cup contains just 3 grams of sugar. My only complaint is that the almond butter filling was a bit too dry in some that I sampled, but it didn’t dampen the enjoyment factor. If you prefer more variety, Eating Evolved Chocolate Cups have just a smidgen more sugar.

The Best Plant-Based, Dairy-Free Low Sugar Snacks for Convenience (great for packing in lunchboxes or on trips)

Chunks of Energy

These are a bit like Larabars, but in bite-sized squares (of varying sizes!), a little chunkier, and often packed with bonus healthy ingredients. Most varieties are made without any added sugars.

Chunks of Energy: Wholesome bites with lower commitment than a bar and available in bulk! All dairy-free + gluten-free; includes raw and vegan options.

More Top Dairy-Free, Low Sugar Snacks for Convenience

I haven’t sampled all of these, but they have received top reviews from readers.

For a Treat, See our Low Sugar, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Guide!

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I’ve become a big snacker lately since I don’t have as much time to sit down and eat full meals, so this post is really perfect! I see lots of current favorites along with new things I’d love to try. Never heard of Buddha Cups before, but I simply must hunt them down. That sounds incredible!

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