Puffs, clouds, crisps - no matter the exact word printed on the bag, the best puff snacks strike just the right balance between crunchiness and airiness, for a satisfying taste and finish. Better yet, they can be made from a wide variety of healthy and nutritious ingredients, including cassava flour, chickpeas, cheeses, and green peas.
Puff the Magic (and Versatile) Snack Food
A satisfyingly crunchy puff snack can be as at home in a paleo or ketogenic diet as it is in a vegan or vegetarian one. In fact, from grain-free curls to organic pops made from dried broccoli or cauliflower, there’s an immense range of puff snacks. Many varieties are also Certified Gluten-Free, USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified
Top Puff Snack Brands
With so much variety available, where do you start? These brands are always worth trying:
True to its name, Lesser Evil aims to take the stigma out of snacking by making snack foods from wholesome ingredients. The brand controls its own manufacturing through a factory in Danbury, Connecticut, where it makes puff snacks with flavors like “no cheese cheesiness” and Himalayan salt and apple cider vinegar.
Founded in 2016, Hippeas indeed specializes in peas - chickpeas, to be exact. The chickpeas in its organic puff snacks bring just the right combination of crunch, protein content, and texture to each bag. A great option for gluten-free and vegan snackers!
Robert Ehrlich launched this label in 2015 after working on other iconic brands like Pirate’s Booty. Its vegan products are targeted even at non-vegans who want to go vegan “even for a moment.” And how could they resist, with yummy options like dairy-free cheese-flavored puffs?
Best Puff Snacks
These options are among our most popular, and together they cover a wide range of tastes and diets:
Whisps Keto Snacks Variety Pack
These ketogenic and gluten-free crisps are made entirely from cheese. They’re rich in protein and calcium and available in two pouches each of Parmesan, bacon BBQ, and asiago and pepper jack flavors.
Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs "No Cheese" Cheesiness
Get all the flavor of cheese with no actual cheese. These organic puffs are made from cassava, coconut, and sweet potato flours, without any grain, gluten, or GMOs, either.
Health Veggie Puff Snacks
Explore these puffs made from crunchy vegetables:
Vegan Rob's Probiotic Cauliflower Puffs
Gluten- and dairy-free, these puffs have 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in every serving. The cauliflower and probiotics make them ideal for better digestive health, too.
Hippeas Organic Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs
Organic and non-GMO, Hippeas’ vegan cheddar-flavored puffs are also dairy-free. Enjoy an equally airy and crunchy texture in each bite.
Natural Cheesy Puff Snacks
Cheese and puff snacks - it’s a classic combo, and one perfected in these options:
Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Snack Pack
Arr! Chow down on this impressive treasure trove of aged white cheddar puffs, baked with puffed rice and corn and always 100% gluten-free.
Annie's Organic Cheddar Cheesy Puffs
Baked instead of fried, these organic cheese puffs have 8 grams of whole grains. They’re also made with no artificial flavors or synthetic ingredients.
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