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Here you’ll find over 30 high protein snacks, 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. 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, can help support 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

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this peanut butter cup smoothie! Filled with chocolate peanut butter flavor and loaded with healthy ingredients.

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Protein Bites, Balls and Bars

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No Bake Protein Balls

The easiest no bake protein balls on the internet with four different flavors – chocolate peanut butter, tahini chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin and almond joy. Take 10 minutes to whip up a batch of these protein balls and snack healthy all week long!

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Protein Bars

These no-bake peanut butter protein bars are made with simple ingredients and super easy to whip up. They're an awesome protein-packed snack to meal prep for the week.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

These no bake peanut butter chocolate protein bars taste delicious and each bar has 9 grams of protein. Plus, they're so easy to make.

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Protein Cookies

These peanut butter protein cookies are soft, chewy and made with just 5 simple ingredients! They're flourless, naturally sweetened and pack in 10 grams of protein per cookie!

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Protein Banana Bread

This high protein banana bread is perfectly moist, fluffy and super easy to make. It's packed with 13 grams of protein per slice and makes for a great healthy snack or breakfast option to meal prep for the week.

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Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!

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Cookie Dough Protein Bites

Make healthy cookie dough protein bites with chickpea based cookie dough and melted dark chocolate. You’ll love having these on hand for a sweet treat.

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Protein Muffins + Pancakes

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Protein Muffins

These flourless protein muffins are made with mashed banana, almond butter and protein powder. They come together quickly in a blender and are oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and have 11 grams of protein in each muffin.

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Strawberry Protein Muffins

These moist strawberry protein muffins are studded with fresh strawberries and chocolate chips. Made with oat flour and protein powder so they have an extra protein boost and they’re gluten-free!

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Baked Egg Muffins

These healthy baked egg cups are loaded with protein and veggies. Make them at the beginning of the week for a quick, on-the-go breakfast option for busy mornings.

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Protein Pancakes

These high protein pancakes are made with 5 simple ingredients and packed with over 40 grams of protein per serving. They're fluffy, delicious and will keep you feeling full all morning long.

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Protein Snack Bowls

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Protein Mug Cake

Finally! A protein mug cake that actually tastes good… gone are the days of rubbery protein mug cakes. This one tastes amazing – perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth while hitting your protein goals.

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Protein Overnight Oats

With protein overnight oats you can have your oatmeal and get your protein in! Each serving has over 20 grams of protein!

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Grain-free Overnight “Oats”

A basic grain-free overnight “oats” recipe! This recipe replaces the oats with hemp seeds and chia seeds for a make-ahead breakfast that is paleo, vegan, grain-free and keto-friendly.

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Easy Chia Seed Pudding

This chia seed pudding recipe is the perfect breakfast or snack to meal prep for the week. It's creamy, satisfying and loaded with protein and fiber.

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Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl

This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs roasted strawberries with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast or snack.

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Strawberry Quinoa Parfait

Layers of quinoa, Greek yogurt and strawberries make for a protein-packed strawberry shortcake quinoa parfait that's perfect for breakfast or dessert.

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Protein Ice Cream

This healthy protein ice cream uses frozen bananas as the base and can easily be made into two different flavors – chocolate or vanilla. It's vegan and you'll love how creamy and delicious it is!

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Granola + Trail Mix

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Hemp Granola

This crunchy hemp granola packs a nutritional punch with a variety of nuts and seeds. Paleo, vegan and free of refined sugar.

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Healthy Trail Mix

Learn how to make healthy trail mix with this foolproof method + 3 easy recipes. Trail mix is such an easy and delicious snack to make at home with just a few key ingredients.

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Savory Snacks

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Egg White Bites

Make Starbucks red pepper egg white bites with this simple recipe! They're creamy and taste just like sous vide egg bites, but they're made in the Instant Pot!

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Shrimp co*cktail

Impress guests with this shrimp co*cktail recipe! It’s such a healthy appetizer and so easy to whip up. Just poach the shrimp, chill and serve.

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BBQ Baked Tempeh Chips

A chip that's high protein? Yup, it's possible! These BBQ baked tempeh chips are packed with plant-based protein and super satisfying.

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High Protein Dips

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Protein Cookie Dough

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Creamy Hummus

Here's how to make perfectly smooth and creamy hummus at home! It's super easy to whip up — no peeling of chickpeas required. Serve with fresh veggies and pita for a delicious appetizer or snack.

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Lima Bean Hummus

A new twist on an old classic, this lima bean hummus is creamy, sweet and super easy to make!

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Almond Pesto Sauce or Dip

This creamy almond pesto dip (or sauce) is made with just seven delicious ingredients. Trust me, you’ll want to dip everything in it! Vegan, gluten-free, low-carb and high in protein.

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4-Ingredient Smoked Salmon Dip

This 4-ingredient smoked salmon dip is so easy to make, loaded with flavor and provides a ton of protein. Serve with crackers and veggies as an appetizer or pack it up for a work lunch!

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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 my kiddos! I’ve found a great selection of protein packed 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 Kalahari Biltong for a shelf stable, protein-packed snack.
  • Greek yogurt –I always like to keep Greek yogurt in my fridge for a simple and creamy snack option… for myself and the kids. My fave brands are Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt, Wallaby organic or fa*ge. 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 – I love a good protein bar for a convienient high-protein snack. Here are some of my current faves: Barebells (I like the Chocolate Dough, Creamy Crisp and Cookies and Cream flavors best). And Aloha peanut butter cup protein bars. This flavor is super yummy and plant-based.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 – we are currently hooked on the lemon garlic ithaca hummus right now. It’s so good and 2 tablespoons has 2 grams of protein, so not a ton but it’s something!
  • 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 favorites include: REBBL chocolate protein elixir, Koia plant-based protein shakes or 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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30 High Protein Snacks

By: Brittany Mullins

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.

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Chill Time: 1 hour hour

Total Time: 1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: protein snacks

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