The Best Dairy-Free Trader Joe’s Snacks

Like many shoppers and foodies out there, my love of Trader Joe’s knows no bounds. Their ability to continually come up with new, delicious products is incomparable. As a severely lactose intolerant person, Trader Joe’s is also heaven; they offer plenty of products that bring all the flavor and none of the dairy. In my snacks, I look for a fun balance of flavors and textures, and a good mix of fat, carbs, and protein to keep me full. To help my fellow people damaged by dairy, I’ve shared some of the best non-dairy snacks Trader Joe’s has to offer. So, go ahead and reach for the snack drawer and leave the Lactaid behind!

Cauliflower Crisps

These bad boys are wonderfully savory and have a fantastic crunch. You would never know that they sneak in a secret serving of vegetables. The trend of putting cauliflower into everything doesn’t always work (looking at you cauliflower pizza crust), but these crackers do everything right. If you’re looking for an accompaniment and extra protein, Trader Joe’s roasted garlic hummus is a great pairing.

Inner Peas

This snack is another way to trick me into eating my vegetables, and I love it for that. I normally hate peas, so me enjoying this snack means I’m truly singing its praises. They kind of resemble Cheetos, in their crunchiness and ability to get delicious dust all over your fingers.

Dry Roasted & Salted Mixed Nuts plus Frozen Cherries

Trader Joe’s salted mixed nuts combines cashews, macadamia nuts, almonds, and pistachios, aka the best four nuts. They are the perfect amount of salted: enough to satisfy that craving for potato chips, but not resulting in needing a gallon of water. I add these nuts to Trader Joe’s bagged frozen cherries. It’s an unbeatable combination: soft, tart, and sweet cherries plus crunchy, salty nuts. Frozen fruit is just as nutritionally beneficial as fresh fruit, and often much cheaper. Eating frozen fruit from the bag might sound odd, but it fulfills that desire for a sweet, frozen treat. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Prosciutto Wrapped Apple

This snack perhaps requires the most assembly of any of these, which still isn’t much. Cut up an granny smith apple into large chunks, and wrap prosciutto around it. BOOM- you have a balanced snack that is seriously filling. The apple is tart, crunchy, and full of fiber, while the prosciutto adds saltiness, fat, and protein. It’s a fun twist on the classic cantaloupe and prosciutto pairing when melon is out of season. Trader Joe’s prosciutto is reliable, tasty, and affordable. Embrace the prosciutto-apple combo!

I hope these snacks help you live your best dairy free life. I can’t wait to see what Trader Joe’s comes up with next!

Historian, writer, and enthusiastic home-cook