It’s no secret that gluten-free products are all the rage, however the actual numbers are astounding.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that gluten-free snacking and baking products haven’t yet reached the saturation point and continue to rise in popularity.

In the snack aisle, gluten-free products are surging. FoodNavigator-usa.com reports that overall gluten-free sales grew 47% last year, with a major portion coming from snacking items. The top-selling gluten-free snacking category was crackers ($156 million). Mintel reports that the overall gluten-free market reached $10 billion last year.

Kinnikinnick Foods offers the perfect graham cracker for the honey-loving consumer whose dietary needs include gluten-free. S’moreables are made with honey, pea starch and non-hydrogenated shortening.

Gluten-free baking mixes also are rising in popularity with 14% of new baking mix launches coming from the category between 2011-2013, according to BakeryandSnacks.com. Consumers who love honey and who love to bake are in luck. Pamela’s makes a delicious bread mix that creates a soft loaf of gluten-free bread sweetened with honey. The versatile mix also contains rice bran and sea salt.

Marrying gluten-free, snacking and baking at home, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with honey, plump raisins and cinnamon. The mix makes it easy to make a loaf by bread machine or hand.

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There’s no doubt that most Americans need energy.

Always on the go, always rushing to the next event, always working non-stop — those of us in the United States sometimes are too busy to stop — even to eat. Therefore, having foods that not only are quick, but sustain or provide extra energy, is an added bonus.

Market research firm Mintel projects energy drink consumption to continue to rise, along with all-natural snacking products that deliver energy-filled ingredients, such as honey. Foods with nutritious grains, and those that are high in protein also are other great ways to pack your daily intake with a punch.

Core Power’s Honey 26g not only is marketed as a way to get a natural energy bump, but it also is touted as a way to boost athletic performance and endurance while reducing muscle fatigue. Honey combined with 26 grams of protein and 700 mg of calcium make this a power packed natural drink.

Take a break and recharge the batteries with Bonk Breaker’s Almond Butter and Honey Energy Bar. Bonk Breaker bars are the official energy bar of the Ironman Triathlon Series and are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. The entire line is sweetened with honey and includes peanut butter and jelly, almond cherry chunk, fig and apple pie varieties.

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Whole Grain Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks from Herr’s deliver great taste and irresistible crunchiness.

They are low in fat, made with healthful whole grain wheat and 0 grams of trans fat. Baked to a light-golden perfection, they are made with honey and just the right amount of salt.

Herr Foods started in 1946 when James Stauffer Herr bought a small potato chip company in Lancaster, Pa. Now, the Herr’s line consists of more than 340 items. There are more than 1,000 employees, more than 500 sales routes and 23 warehouse locations.

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