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Healthy Diabetic Snacks and Snack Bars

Peckish and low? Fed up with the same old boring healthy bars full of muesli ?

For quick and easy snacks & recipes to make at home, skip to further down this page!

List of Healthy Snacks

We roadtested dozens of bars and here’s our favorite shop-bought bars and top tasting nutritious snacks :-

  • Fruitus (with 1 portion of fruit in every bar, Lyme Regis foods)
  • Nakd (raw fruit, nut & oat bar)
  • eat natural bars (no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, hence the name)
  • fruit flakes
  • sun dried mango
  • sesame snaps in yogurt
  • mini box of raisins (Marks & Spencer)
  • Wallaby bar (gluten free, yoghurt, fruit & nut)
  • Green & Blacks dark chocolate (Maya Gold & Dark 70%)
  • organic dried apricots
  • dried fruit, nuts & seed mix (Marks & Spencer)

You’ll find dozens more, probably cheaper, than these – but for a sugar-boost when you need it, these are tops
in our opinion!

Top tasty snacks from supermarkets and health food stores

With large packets, particularly dried fruits and nuts, buy smaller self-seal bags and split into enough packs
for one week.

If shopping for new items – check out the carbs and sugar content, “no added sugar” is a helpful clue – also
check that “glucose syrup” is not one of the first three ingredients !

Here’s some other store cupboard or refrigerator items that are suitable for your diabetic snack list

nuts, fresh fruit, cold meats, carrots, yogurt, popcorn, cottage cheese, and perfect for kids – apple, banana or
celery sticks topped with peanut butter!

Homemade Snacks

Here’s some simple, quick and easy to prepare snack ideas, that you can create in just a few minutes at home

  • omelette
  • scrambled eggs
  • baked potatoes (cook in the microwave, if you’re in a hurry)
  • wholemeal toast with honey or jam
  • cereal or muesli bar
  • baked beans on toast
  • burger – with whole wheat bread roll, burger and slice of tomato
  • fresh fruit – apples, bananas, etc

For something sweeter or as a dessert, try pots of sugar-free jelly or jello, a piece of fruit or some dried

If you’re going out, it may be worth carrying a snack bar or pack of nuts with you, in addition to the glucose
which you should try and remember at all times.


This is a wonderful Spanish tradition and tapes come in many forms. From a simple dish of roast almonds or
marinated olives to more complicated dishes, this is a tradition in the whole of Spain and around the

Snack Bars

Whether you’re buying snack bars or making your own for home consumption, you’ll need to keep an eye on sugar
and fat content.

When buying in the store, check out the carbohydrates and sugar per bar – it’s worth comparing and not being
“fooled” by the packaging. Some of the popular brands may be lower in carbs and sugar than so-called “healthy”

Of all the healthy snack recipes, here’s our favorite from the family cookbook:-

Fruit & Nut bars recipe

This may be a little time consuming to prepare and bake, but it’s economical and you know exactly what
ingredients are in it:-

  • 2oz apricots
  • 2 oz dates
  • 2 oz figs
  • 2oz sultanas
  • 2oz sunflower seeds
  • 2oz hazelnuts
  • 4oz porridge oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple juice
  1. Preheat oven to 180C,350F,GM4
  2. Finely chop or mince the fruit and nuts
  3. Mix all ingredients together well
  4. Press into a lightly greased baking tin
  5. Bake for 15 minutes
  6. Cut into slices whilst still warm

Store safely in a tin. For lunch boxes wrap well in foil.

Children’s Healthy Snacks

There’s loads of new bars available in stores that are perfect for kids – particularly places such as Holland
& Barrett or Waitrose seem to stock a good variety.

Other useful easy storecupboard ideas are to buy a large pack of apricots or raisins and packet a few up, ready
to take to school. Of course, you can also buy the pre-boxed raisins or apricots, though these will tend to be more

Here’s a few more recipes for light snacks or snack bars:-

  • Baked Sweet Potato Recipes
    Here’s a few ideas for how to cook baked sweet potato together with simple topping recipes. As they’re low GI, these recipes are ideal for inclusion in a diabetic diet.
  • Date and Oat Slice Snack Recipe
    Delicious, if a little crumbly, this is a healthier version than many cakes or bakes. Full of tasty dates and oats, this is a heart healthy recipe
  • Cheese on Toast
    Simple but healthy and an ideal bite to eat at lunchtime. Or for Sunday tea, try soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers.
  • Easy Eggy Bread | French Toast Recipes
    A quick and versatile snack – eggy bread or French toast will be enjoyed by all the family. Kids will love it on it’s own, whilst adults will enjoy it topped with smoked salmon and
  • Simple Healthy Soup Recipes
    A simple homemade vegetable soup recipe that you can add to or adapt to make your own – create your own by adding in refrigerator leftovers
  • Roast Almonds with Paprika
    Enjoyed in Spain, the tapas, or pre-meal snack, is an enjoyable tradition – nutritious, this dish will have friends asking for the recipe!
  • Healthy Diabetic Snacks for Kids
    Need a quick snack for your diabetic kid ? Here’s 7 ideas you can easily put together from your freezer or store cupboard.

We’d love to receive your family favorites for this page!

Further Reading

For further healthy ideas consider snacking on superfoods such as brazil nuts and blueberries.

Thanks to André Karwath aka  Aka for the images