Snacks Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Snacks

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The snack market continues to expand. Consumers routinely buy processed and packaged snacks. If you are looking for snacks without palm oil, we update this list regularly.

Here’s a list of easy, palm oil free snacks, especially in categories in which companies use palm oil often. Many are grab and go. Thank you for being an educated consumer!

This list is not guaranteed and is meant to be a starting point. To know for certain a product is Palm Oil Free, look for labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Trademark Certification Programme.

Palm oil free snacks

Toward the bottom is a list of snacks that usually don’t contain palm oil and are typically safe snacks for people who are avoiding palm products. 

Chocolate and candy

Definitely read ingredients before you purchase. In addition to Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil, manufacturers use Mixed Tocopherols, Tocopherols, Mono- and Di-glycerides, Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Stearate, Glycerin, and other palm oil derivatives.

We researched a list of Halloween candy without palm oil. You can choose palm free brands all year. Please check it out.

Cereal for a snack

Ready-to-eat cereal makes a great snack but it’s a challenge to find it without palm oil.

What to look for: It’s difficult to find them without palm oil because they are typically fortified with Vitamin A Palmitate.

Even granola often contains Glycerin, Glycerine, and/or Tocopherols, and Mixed Tocopherols, all which are typically made from palm oil in these types of products.

We found one brand, Purely Elizabeth, which makes granola without it. They use pure ingredients in all of their products. You can find their products at Target, Kroger-owned stores, and more.

For a list of specific brands and flavors, see our list of cereal without palm oil. There are some Post and Kashi cereals without it.

Note, “Natural Flavors” often contain palm oil as well.

Chips without palm oil

This is one category in which you should be able to find palm oil free snacks. Take a few moments to read labels, and choose the palm free option.

What to look out for: Avoid canned chips and snacks. They often contain Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, and Mono- and Diglycerides, which are typically made from palm oil. 

Also note, organic potato chips often contain organic palm oil or organic red palm oil.

veggie straws palm oil free

Some chips without palm oil include:

  • Cheetos Crunchy
  • Cheetos Puffs
  • Mission Tortilla Rounds
  • Sensible Portions:
    • Garden Veggie Straws – Sea Salt
    • Garden Veggie Chips – Sea Salt

See below for potato chips.

We are in the process of researching and adding to this list. Please check back often as we will have more options to look choose from.

Cookies

What to look for: Look for crunchy and not chewy cookies. Both non-organic and organic store-bought cookies usually contain palm oil. Manufacturers introduce new flavors often. They typically contain palm oil.

See our list of cookies without palm oil and the ingredients to watch out for.

Crackers without palm oil

What to look for: Read labels. You will see “palm oil” in many crackers now. In addition, watch for Mono- and Diglycerides and DATEM.

Palm oil ingredients are common in crackers now because in the United States, the FDA banned companies from using artificial trans fats in their foods. Trans fats were common in crackers.

Even saltine-type crackers use these ingredients. Buttery-type crackers do as well.

Here are some crackers without palm oil ingredients:

  • Nabisco Triscuit:
    • Original
    • Whole Wheat Original
    • Reduced Fat
    • Original Organic
    • Thin Crisps Sweet Potato & Cinnamon

We will be researching more palm oil free crackers.

Snack cakes, packaged desserts

For more sweet treats, see desserts without palm oil.

What to look for: Know that when you buy sweet biscuits, packaged pastries, packaged cakes, and bakery snacks that are already prepared, they most always palm oil.

There are so many names for palm oil ingredients in baked goods; most don’t have “palm” in the name. 

Make your own for a much healthier option — all of those palm oil derivatives involve complicated chemical names. When you bake your own from scratch, you can make them from real, whole foods.

Fruit and vegetable chips

What to look for: These make for great snacks without palm oil. However, the only ingredients should be the fruit or vegetable. Any other ingredients should be ones you recognize, such as cane sugar, sea salt, etc.

  • Bare Fruit Chips: Here’s a sample of their flavors without palm oil.
    • Apple Chips
      • Fuji & Reds Apple Chips
      • Cinnamon Apple Chips
    • Banana Chips
      • Simply Banana Chips
      • Cinnamon Banana Chips
    • Coconut Chips
      • Toasted Coconut Chips
      • Chocolate Coconut Chips
    • Vegetable
      • Sea Salt Carrot Chips
      • Salt & Vinegar Beet Chips

Fruit snacks and fruit strips without palm oil

What to look for: Many chewy foods contain palm in the form of Glycerin, Glycerine, Glyceryl, and Glycol. Avoid these ingredients completely because there’s no way of knowing if they are made with palm oil.

  • Kirkland Signature Organic Fruity Snacks
  • Stretch Island Organic Fruit Strips: Grape, Strawberry, Tropical

Ice cream

What to look for: Read labels; don’t just buy what’s on sale. Be sure you are buying “ice cream” and not “frozen dessert” which most always contains palm oil.

In addition to the “palm” words, watch for Mono- & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, etc.

  • Ben & Jerry’s: all flavors

See our post Ice Cream without Palm Oil for additional brands and flavors.

Nut butter

Peanut and nut butters make a healthy on-the-go snack when it’s in its own container or pouch. At home, nut butters are easy to pair with apples, celery or toast.

What to look for: Peanut butter is another case when organic is not usually better. Most all of the store-brand, organic peanut butter at our local grocery store contains palm oil.

Watch for “No Stir” and “No Need to Stir” labeling which means the product has palm oil. Also watch for Peanut Butter Spreads which also contain palm oil plus many other ingredients and chemicals.

  • Wild Friends Nut Butter + Oats: Almond Cashew; Peanut Cashew; Almond Cranberry; Peanut Blueberry

See our list of peanut butter without palm oil. There are some grab-and-go nut butters on this list as well, though it’s easy to put some in a reusable container.

Popcorn

What to look for: Buy already-popped or popcorn kernels. Completely avoid microwave popcorn unless you buy the palm oil free flavors from Quinn Snacks. Most of their flavors are palm-free.

It was a nice surprise to see the iconic Cracker Jack is still made without palm oil. Even their Holiday Sugar Cookie Popcorn is palm oil free.

Many holiday versions mean more ingredients which means a greater likelihood the snack will contain palm oil.

These are brands that offer some palm free snack options:

  • Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
  • Cracker Jack
  • Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn 
  • Skinny Pop
  • Quinn Snacks: Most of their microwavable flavors are free from palm oil which makes them a convenient snack.

See our list of palm free popcorn here.

Potato Chips without palm oil

What to look for:  Watch organic brands. Many contain Organic Palm Oil or Red Palm Oil. Chips in cans typically contain palm oil ingredients, this includes shoestring potatoes.

  • Lay’s Potato Chips
    • Classic
    • Salt & Vinegar
  • Lesser Evil Green Elephant
    • Perfectly Salted
    • Jalapeno ‘n Honey
    • Salt ‘n Apple Cider Vinegar

We will be adding to this list. You CAN find potato chips without palm oil. Read labels.

Note: Lesser Evil makes ALL of their snacks without palm oil. They make organic popcorn, puffs, and potato chips.

Pretzels

What to look for:  Many gluten-free and regular pretzels contain Tocopherols and/or DATEM, palm oil derivatives.

Watch out for yogurt-covered and chocolate-covered and other flavors which have more ingredients. Also, be aware of Halloween versions in the small packs. Depending on the company, it may contain palm oil.

You should be able to find these snacks palm oil free so be sure to read labels before purchasing.

This post lists pretzels without palm oil.

Protein Meat Snacks

What to look for: Many shelf-stable meat and jerky products contain palm oil derivatives. Unless you contact the company, you won’t know if the Citric Acid, flavorings, and spices are derived from palm oil.

Epic Bar makes all of their meat snacks without palm oil.

  • Epic Bar
    • Snack Strips:
      • Wagyu Beef Steak Strip
      • Smoked Salmon Maple
      • Turkey Cranberry Sage
      • Venison Sea Salt + Pepper
    • Bites:
      • Sweet Savory Bison & Uncured Bacon
      • Hickory Smoked Bacon
      • Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Beef
      • Sweet Sesame Ginger Chicken
      • Beef Liver
      • Maple Glazed & Smoked Salmon
      • Savory Herb Blend Turkey
      • Sweet Maple Uncured Bacon & Pork
      • Original Hunter’s Recipe: Tender Venison Steak
    • Pork Skins:
      • Sea Salt Pepper Rinds
      • Texas BBQ Pork Rinds
      • Maple Bacon Pork Cracklings
      • Himalayan Sea Salt Rinds
      • Chili Lime Rinds
    • Hunt & Harvest Mix:
      • Berry Blossom
      • Coconut Carnivore
      • Honey Harvest
      • Mountain Medley
      • Bacon Lust
    • Bits:
      • Hickory Bacon
      • Chicken Sesame
      • Maple Bacon

Puffs

  • Lesser Evil Grain Free Paleo Puffs
    • “No Cheese” Cheesiness
    • Himalayan Pink Salt
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar

Snack bars

What to look for: Avoid protein, nutrition, and snack bars with chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, fillings, and coatings as these typically contain palm oil.

Most chewy bars use palm oil. Some crunchy snack bars do not, especially if they are fruit-flavored.

Look for nutritional type bars which use figs or dates to bind their ingredients instead of palm oil ingredients.

Glycerin, Glycerine and Tocopherols are common in snack bars. They are typically made with palm oil in these types of products.

snacks without palm oil

A special shout out to Enjoy Life Foods, first in the US to have their snack line of Grain & Seed Bars and four flavors of their Protein Bites to be certified as palm oil free.

  • Enjoy Life Foods
    • Grain & Seed Bars (all flavors)
      • Chocolate Marshmallow
      • Banana Caramel
      • Maple Sweet Potato
      • Cranberry Orange
    • Protein Bites Chocolate (in these flavors)
      • Dipped Banana
      • Dark Raspberry
      • Cinnamon Spice
      • Sunseed Butter

snacks without palm oil

Companies which make their bars without palm oil include:

  • Honey Bunchies – These peanut and pecan honey bars are palm oil free.
  • RXBAR – All of their products are palm oil free.

For specific brands and flavors, see our post with an extensive list of snack bars and granola bars without palm oil.

Snacks without palm oil

Remember, the less processed, the better. Eating real, unprocessed foods means you don’t have to worry about palm oil.

Food that doesn’t come in packages — think apples, mandarins, grapes, snap peas, snow peas, mini peppers, bananas, and more — all make delicious and nutritious snacks.

Usually these types of kid-friendly snacks do not contain palm oil.

  • Applesauce
  • Cheese
  • Dried fruit: Look for packages that only contain one fruit and not a mix. Read the ingredients and look for fruit only. Watch for oils.
  • Fresh fruit: Wash citrus fruit thoroughly; they can be coated in palm oil ingredients.
  • Fruit-squeeze pouches
  • Nuts, especially if it’s just one type of nut. Added salt is okay but there shouldn’t be other ingredients.
  • Rice cakes
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt: Look for natural yogurts with live and active cultures. (Yogurt-covered fruit and nuts typically contain palm oil.)

Support snack products, brands and flavors that don’t use any palm oil. You will make a difference. See our ultimate list palm oil free products for more choices.

Snacking industry

The snack industry is $605 billion globally. Consumers snack regularly.

One trend in snacking is consumers are replacing meals with snacks.

Consumers want exciting flavors with “fresh” packaging with clean labels and healthy and natural ingredients.

Remember, palm oil can still be hiding in these types of products. Read labels. Watch for palm oil derivatives.

Snack companies are using alternative ingredients, including many plant-derived and plant-based ingredients. Know that these can contain palm oil.

As with everything, less ingredients is better. Choosing fresh, real food for snacks means you won’t have to read labels.

Read labels to find snacks without palm oil

There are certain categories of foods and snacks in which palm oil ingredients are prevalent so always read labels.

Also, companies change ingredients frequently. Sometimes you will see the exact same product on the shelf with different ingredients.

We are updating this list of palm oil free snacks regularly.

Please note, snack manufacturers change ingredients and vendors regularly. This is meant for reference purposes only. Please read ingredient labels at the point of purchase before buying snacks and processed foods.

This list is not guaranteed and is meant as a starting point. Let companies know you support foods without palm oil. For a product to be certified Palm Oil Free, it has to apply to the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.

What are your favorite palm oil free snacks? Why do you avoid palm oil? Let us know in the Comments. Please be brand loyal to snacks you find that don’t use any palm oil ingredients.

 

 

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