Top 68 High-Calorie Snacks for Bulking

Bulking up can be a difficult task, but it’s a lot easier when you have the right high-calorie snacks for bulking on hand.

Consuming enough calories is essential for effective bulking, but sometimes all you need is a little something extra to help you meet your daily calorie needs. Fortunately, there are some great high-calorie snacks that will help bulk up your frame without adding too many “empty” calories into your diet.

This article list some of the best high-calorie snacks for bulking as well as snacks that are high in protein, carbs or fats, as well as some of the cheapest high-calorie snacks.

Plus, you will find a handy bulking grocery list template that you can use the next time you go grocery shopping. It includes a variety of foods, including the snacks listed in this article.

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What Makes a Perfect High-Calorie Snack for Bulking?

There are a few things that make a perfect high-calorie snack for bulking:

  • High in calories
  • Good for general health
  • Needs to help your reach your daily caloric and macronutrient goals

NOTE

Snacks listed in this article are primarily whole, minimally processed foods although there are also some highly processed foods. Which is completely okay. However, I would suggest limiting your processed food intake to about 20% of your daily caloric intake.

Now, not every food can be a perfect high-calorie snack for bulking. For example, kale is not high in calories but is highly nutritious and great for health.

Furthermore, different high-calorie snacks have different macronutrients. Some high-calorie snacks are higher in protein, carbs or fats.

This means that if you are trying to hit your daily macro targets and you are lacking a specific macronutrient, one snack higher in that macronutrient would be more optimal than the other one that lacks it.

Choosing snacks that are high in calories, and relatively healthy, help you hit your lean bulk macros.

This article features 68 high-calorie snacks.

To know which ones are the highest in calories, protein, carbs and fats, I have put them in a spreadsheet as well as sorted them by calories and the main macronutrient.

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Top 15 High-Calorie Snacks for Bulking

Out of all 68 snacks, these are the top 15 high-calorie snacks.

  1. Weight Gainer Smoothie (1101 kcal, 76 g of protein, 118 g of carbs, 36 g of fats)
  2. Butter (717 kcal, 1 g of protein, 0 g of carbs, 82 of fats)
  3. Nuts (553 – 718 kcal, 8 – 26 g of protein, 11 – 44 g of carbs, 30 – 76 g of fats)
  4. Dried Coconut Meat (660 kcal, 7 g of protein, 24 g of carbs, 65 g of fats)
  5. Dark Chocolate (598 kcal, 8 g of protein, 46 g of carbs, 43 g of fats)
  6. Seeds (486 – 583 kcal, 17 – 30 g of protein, 11 – 42 g of carbs, 31 – 50 g of fats)
  7. Tortilla Chips (519 kcal, 8 g of protein, 61 g of carbs 28 g of fats)
  8. Banana Chips (519 kcal 2 g of protein, 59 g of carbs 34 g of fats)
  9. Granola (489 kcal, 14 g of protein, 54 g of carbs, 24 g of fats)
  10. Multigrain Crackers (482 kcal, 7 g of protein, 68 g of carbs 20 g of fats)
  11. Granola Bars (471 kcal, 10 g of protein, 64 g of carbs 30 g of fats)
  12. Roasted Chickpeas (464 kcal, 18 g of protein, 57 g of carbs, 21 g of fats)
  13. Trail Mix (462 kcal, 14 g of protein, 45 g of carbs 30 g of fats)
  14. Oatmeal Cookies (430 kcal, 6 g of protein, 70 g of carbs 14 g of fats)
  15. Beef Jerky (410 kcal, 33 g of protein, 11 g of carbs, 25 g of fats)

So, these were the snacks that are the highest in calories.

Chart - Top 15 High Calories Snacks Ranked

Below you will see all 68 snacks categorized by their main macronutrients.

This will help you better understand which snacks are more optimal than others when you are looking to consume a snack higher in a particular macronutrient.

The chart below shows the average calorie content of various snack foods organized by their main macronutrient.

Chart - Average Number of Calories in Snacks Categorized by Main Macronutrient

The chart below shows the highest calorie snacks categorized by their food group.

Chart - Highest Calories Food Categories Ranked

If you are looking to learn more about which foods contain which macronutrients, then I suggest you check out this macronutrient cheat sheet.

High-Protein Bulking Snacks

When you’re trying to bulk up, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough protein. Protein is essential for building muscle, and high-protein snacks are a great way to reach your daily protein intake if you’re struggling to get enough through your diet alone.

Protein also helps suppress the appetite, which can be especially helpful if you’re trying to gain weight without putting on much body fat. So if you are someone who is constantly hungry even during a bulking phase, high-protein snacks can help.

Most high-protein snacks can be categorized into the following food groups:

  • Meat
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Dairy
  • Eggs

Meat Snacks

1. Beef Jerky

Jerky is a great high-protein snack that is perfect for gaining weight. It is high in calories, and it also contains plenty of protein, fats and sodium.

Plus, it’s easy to store and transport, making it the perfect on-the-go snack.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of beef jerky (1):

  • Calories: 410 kcal
  • Protein: 33.2 g
  • Carbs: 11 g
  • Fats: 25.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat beef jerky on its own.
  • Add it to a sandwich or avocado salad for some extra calories.
  • Put jerky in a wrap with avocado and salad as fillings.
  • Eat it as a main course with rice, potatoes or another source of complex carbs.

2. Canned Salmon

Canned salmon is a high-quality protein that can help with gaining weight. It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and it also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Salmon is also a good source of iodine, which is important for thyroid health.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of canned salmon (2):

  • Calories: 153 kcal
  • Protein: 20.6 g
  • Carbs: 0.1 g
  • Fats: 7.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat canned salmon straight out of the can.
  • Mix it with other high-protein foods like eggs, tuna, cottage cheese, etc.
  • Add canned salmon to salads, rice and pasts dishes for an extra high-protein boost.
  • Make a sandwich using bread and canned salmon as the filling.
  • Make wraps using canned salmon, cottage cheese and salad as the filling.

3. Canned Tuna

Canned tuna is packed with protein, and it also contains plenty of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna is also a great source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and selenium.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of canned tuna in water, drained (3):

  • Calories: 90 kcal
  • Protein: 19 g
  • Carbs: 0.1 g
  • Fats: 0.9 g

Canned tuna can be in oil or water, so it’s important to check the label to make sure you’re getting the right kind.

Tuna packed in oil is higher in calories and fat than the one packed in water, so it could be a better option if you struggle to consume enough calories throughout the day to stay in a calorie surplus.

Conversely, if you have a large appetite and need to control yourself not to consume over your caloric targets, then tuna canned in water would be a better option.

Snack Ideas
  • Canned tuna can be eaten on its own or added to other dishes.
  • Mix one can of tuna with one tablespoon of mayonnaise and two tablespoons of diced celery.
  • Mix one can of tuna with one egg and two tablespoons of bread crumbs. Then form into patties and fry in cooking oil until golden brown.
  • Add tuna to avocado salads, rice or pasta dishes for an extra boost of protein and calories.

Nutritional Supplements

4. Protein Bars

Protein bars can be a delicious high-calorie snack, as they are high in calories, and protein, and taste good. Some good brands of protein bars include Quest Bars, Grenade Carb Killa Bars, and Optimum Nutrition Protein Bars.

These bars are all high in protein and calories, and they are also affordable. They can be a great snack to help you reach your protein and calorie goals for the day.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of protein bar (4):

  • Calories: 412 kcal
  • Protein: 30.3 g
  • Carbs: 38.4 g
  • Fats: 15.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • For a quick and easy snack, simply consume the protein bar as is.
  • Eat it together with fruit such as a banana.
  • Chop the protein bar and add it to oatmeal, Greek yoghurt or ice cream.

5. Ready-To-Drink Protein Shake

Ready-made protein shakes can be a great way to get high-quality protein. They are also convenient, affordable and can be found in most gas stations, making them a great option for people on the go.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of ready-to-drink protein shake (5):

  • Calories: 61 kcal
  • Protein: 6.6 g
  • Carbs: 0.9 g
  • Fats: 3.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Shake it up and drink it as a beverage.
  • Add it to recipes as an ingredient, for example, you can add it to your cereal or smoothies instead of milk to get more calories and boost your protein intake.

6. Whey Protein Powder

A whey protein powder is a high-quality source of protein that can help you gain weight. It is loaded with essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle tissue.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of whey protein powder (6):

  • Calories: 352 kcal
  • Protein: 78.1 g
  • Carbs: 6.3 g
  • Fats: 1.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix it with water or milk.
  • Blend it into smoothies.
  • Stir it into yoghurt or oatmeal.
  • Add it to pancake or waffle batter.
  • Use as an ingredient in baking recipes.
  • Mix with peanut butter or other nut butter to create high-calorie, high-protein snacks.

Dairy

7. Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella cheese is high in calories and is a good source of protein. It is also a good source of calcium, which is important for building strong bones.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of mozzarella cheese (7):

  • Calories: 298 kcal
  • Protein: 23.7g
  • Carbs: 4.4g
  • Fats: 20.4g
Snack Ideas
  • Add it to pizza.
  • Put it in pasta.
  • Have it as a snack with some grapes.
  • Add it to any salad.

8. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a high-quality source of protein and calcium. It is a slow-release protein, which means it will provide your muscles with the nutrients they need over an extended period of time.

This makes cottage cheese an ideal choice for a snack before going to bed.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of cottage cheese, 2% milkfat (8):

  • Calories: 298 kcal
  • Protein: 23.7g
  • Carbs: 4.4g
  • Fats: 20.4g
Snack Ideas
  • Spread it over toasted bread with some additional savoury (cucumbers, olives and olive oil) or sweet toppings (strawberries and maple syrup).
  • Add some fruits, berries, and granola and drizzle some maple syrup or honey for a delicious high-calorie snack.

9. Icelandic Yoghurt (Skyr)

Icelandic yoghurt (skyr) is a high-protein food that is made from skimmed milk and has a high concentration of protein, making it an excellent source of energy and nutrients for athletes and bodybuilders.

Skyr is also high in calcium, which helps to strengthen bones and teeth.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of unflavored skyr (9):

  • Calories: 62 kcal
  • Protein: 11.2g
  • Carbs: 3.7g
  • Fats: 0.2g
Snack Ideas
  • Consume skyr with fruit or granola for added fiber and nutrients or just have it on its own.
  • Add some flavour drops or mix some flavoured protein powder into it.

10. Greek Yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is packed with protein and essential nutrients, making it a great choice for athletes and bodybuilders looking to build muscle mass.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of plain, nonfat Greek yoghurt (10):

  • Calories: 61 kcal
  • Protein: 10.3g
  • Carbs: 3.6g
  • Fats: 0.4g
Snack Ideas
  • Add it to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal for a nutrient-rich start to the day.
  • Enjoy it as a snack with fruit or nuts.
  • Use it as a base for smoothies or parfaits.
  • Mix it with savoury ingredients like herbs, spices, and vegetables to create healthy dips and spreads.

Eggs

11. Hardboiled Eggs

Hardboiled eggs are high in protein and fats, which help to support muscle growth and repair. They are also easy to prepare and can be eaten on the go.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of eggs (11):

  • Calories: 147 kcal
  • Protein: 12.4g
  • Carbs: 1.0g
  • Fats: 10.0g
Snack Ideas
  • Chop hardboiled eggs up and put them into a salad.
  • Add them to a sandwich or wraps.
  • Simply eat them plain.

High-Carb Bulking Snacks

When it comes to bulking, high-carb snacks can be a great way to add on the calories. Not only do they provide plenty of energy, but they can also help you to gain weight quickly since they are easy to digest.

The biggest food groups that include snacks high in carbohydrates are shakes/smoothies, whole-grain snacks, fruits, seeds, baked products, sweets and some dairy products.

Shakes/Smoothies

12. Weight Gainer Smoothies

Weight gainer smoothies are probably the easiest way to consume more calories and nutrients.

By blending together a variety of high-calorie ingredients like peanut butter, honey, bananas, and oats, you can create a nutritious smoothie that will help you reach your weight gain goals.

The nutritional value of homemade weight gainer smoothies can vary greatly depending on the ingredients and their amount.

For example, a typical weight gainer smoothie can contain between 500 – 1200 calories.

Here simple recipe for making an 1100 kcal weight gainer smoothie.

Ingredients
  • 350 ml of full-fat milk
  • 60 g (2 scoops) of whey protein powder
  • 50 g of plain oats
  • 1 large banana
  • 100 g of strawberries
  • 30 g (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter
  • 30 g (2 tablespoons) of honey
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy your weight gainer shake!
Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for the whole portion of weight gainer based on the ingredients (and quantities) mentioned above:

  • Calories: 1101 kcal
  • Protein: 75.95 g
  • Carbs: 117.99 g
  • Fats: 36.14 g

Whole-Grain Snacks

13. Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips can be an easy way to add extra calories to your diet. They are high in carbohydrates and fats, and you can easily eat them on the go.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of tortilla chips (12):

  • Calories: 519 kcal
  • Protein: 7.4 g
  • Carbs: 60.8 g
  • Fats: 27.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Pair tortilla chips with guacamole, salsa, or black bean dip.
  • Enjoy them as a standalone snack with a side of ranch dressing or hummus.

14. Granola

Granola is made of oats, nuts, and dried fruit, all of which are high in carbohydrates and calories. It also contains some protein, and fats, and can be used in a variety of meals.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of homemade granola (13):

  • Calories: 489 kcal
  • Protein: 13.7 g
  • Carbs: 53.9 g
  • Fats: 24.3 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix granola with yoghurt to create a quick high-calorie snack.
  • Add granola to a smoothie for an added boost of calories.
  • Sprinkle granola on top of a bowl of fruit or oatmeal for a healthy and filling breakfast.

15. Multigrain Crackers

Crackers are a great option while bulking because they are easily portable and high in calories. Crackers are also high in carbs and fats. Some good options for crackers include wheat thins and rye crisps.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of multigrain crackers (14):

  • Calories: 482 kcal
  • Protein: 7.1 g
  • Carbs: 67.6 g
  • Fats: 20.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Combine them with other high-calorie snacks such as butter and/or cheese.
  • Eat them with a dip such as hummus or guacamole.
  • Eat them plain as a snack.

16. Granola Bars

Granola bars are often high in carbs, and also contain some protein and fiber, which makes them a good snack while trying to gain weight. Granola bars can also be a great source of energy, especially before a workout.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of plain granola bars (15):

  • Calories: 471 kcal
  • Protein: 10.1 g
  • Carbs: 64.4 g
  • Fats: 19.8 g
Snack Ideas
  • Use granola bars as a standalone snack between meals for an added boost in calories.
  • Combine granola bars with other high-calorie snacks such as peanut butter, banana, or weight gainer shake.
  • Use them as a pre-workout snack together with a piece of fruit like a banana to give you sustained energy throughout your workout.
  • Enjoy them as a dessert or snack after dinner with a protein shake.

17. Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas make a great high-calorie and healthy snack. They’re high in fiber and protein, and they’re a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of roasted chickpeas (16):

  • Calories: 464 kcal
  • Protein: 17.9 g
  • Carbs: 57.1 g
  • Fats: 21.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat them as a standalone snack.
  • Add them to your salad.
  • Put them in your cream soup.

18. Air-Popped Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn is a healthy snack that is relatively high in carbs and fiber. It also contains some of the essential vitamins and minerals, such as thiamin, and niacin.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of air-popped popcorn (17):

  • Calories: 387 kcal
  • Protein: 12.9 g
  • Carbs: 77.8 g
  • Fats: 4.5 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat it plain, or add salt, butter, or other spices to give it more flavour.
  • Mix air-popped popcorn with some other snacks, like nuts or raisins.
  • Make a sweet, high protein popcorn sauce by mixing some protein powder with a little bit of water, then drizzling it over popcorn, and stirring.

19. Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are low in fat and high in carbohydrates, which makes them a good source of energy.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of rice cakes made from brown rice (18):

  • Calories: 385 kcal
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Carbs: 81.2 g
  • Fats: 3.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Use rice cakes as a “vehicle” for high-calorie toppings such as nut butter, honey, or chocolate spreads.
  • Use it as a replacement for snacks such as chips or cookies.
  • Break rice cakes into pieces and add to yoghurt or cereal for an extra boost of carbohydrates.

20. Muesli

Muesli is a cereal that has different kinds of grains, nuts, and dried fruits in it.

It is a healthy snack option that contains a good amount of fiber, and some protein and is a good source of carbs.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of muesli cereal (19):

  • Calories: 355 kcal
  • Protein: 8.6 g
  • Carbs: 74.9 g
  • Fats: 5.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat it as dry cereal, or you can add milk, protein shake, yoghurt, fruit or berries.
  • Add muesli cereal when making a smoothie.
  • Use it as a topping for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.

21. Whole Wheat Cereal

Whole wheat cereal is another great option because it is high in carbs and calories, and it is also very affordable. There are many different types of cereal available, so you can find one that fits your taste preference.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of whole wheat cereal (20):

  • Calories: 333 kcal
  • Protein: 11.8 g
  • Carbs: 74.8 g
  • Fats: 2.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat it dry, or you can add milk, protein shake, yoghurt, fruit or berries.
  • Incorporate cereal into a healthy trail mix.
  • Use it as a breading for chicken or fish, or as a filler for tacos or burritos.

Fruits

22. Banana Chips

Banana chips are made of sliced bananas that have been dried and then fried in oil which adds a lot of extra calories in comparison to a regular banana.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of banana chips (21):

  • Calories: 519 kcal
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Carbs: 58.4 g
  • Fats: 33.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat banana chips as a standalone snack.
  • Add them to the trail mix.
  • Mix them into your yoghurt or oatmeal.

23. Dried Mixed Berries

Dried mixed berries are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, and antioxidants, and they taste great too!

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried mixed berries (22):

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 85.0 g
  • Fats: 0.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add dried mixed berries to your morning oatmeal or yoghurt for a quick and healthy breakfast.
  • Mix dried mixed berries with nuts and seeds for a high-calorie trail mix.
  • Add a handful of dried mixed berries to your favourite smoothie.
  • Enjoy a bowl of dried mixed berries as a standalone snack.

24. Dried Goji Berries

Dried goji berries are high in calories and are a good source of fiber. They are also a good source of nutrients, including antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins and are relatively high in protein.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried goji berries (23):

  • Calories: 349 kcal
  • Protein: 14.3 g
  • Carbs: 77.1 g
  • Fats: 0.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat them as a snack.
  • Add dried goji berries to your morning oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Use them in recipes like trail mix, muffins, pancakes, or smoothies.

25. Dried Mango

Dried mango also contains fiber and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Additionally, dried mango is a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect your body against disease.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried mango (24):

  • Calories: 319 kcal
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 78.6 g
  • Fats: 1.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add dried mango to your oatmeal or yoghurt for a nutritious and filling snack.
  • Mix it with some nuts and seeds for a healthy trail mix.
  • Add it to your smoothies or juices for an added boost of energy and nutrients.
  • Eat it as a standalone snack.

26. Dried Fruit Mixture

While very high in calories, a dried fruit mixture can also be a relatively healthy snack option. It is high in fiber and nutrients.

Be sure to avoid overindulging, as some dried fruit mixtures can be high in sugar.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried fruit mixture (25):

  • Calories: 298 kcal
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Carbs: 78.6 g
  • Fats: 0.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix it with some yoghurt or cereal.
  • Put the dried fruit mixture in a blender and make a smoothie.
  • Put it in a sandwich or wrap.

27. Raisins

Raisins are high in sugar and calories, making them a good high-calorie snack for bulking. They also provide some essential nutrients, including iron, vitamin B, and potassium.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of raisins (26):

  • Calories: 296 kcal
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 78.5 g
  • Fats: 0.5 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add raisins to your morning oatmeal or cereal.
  • Mix raisins with nuts and seeds for a healthy snack.
  • Add raisins to your favourite trail mix.
  • Use raisins as a topping for yoghurt or ice cream.

28. Dates

Dates are high in sugar and carbohydrates, they contain a number of essential nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6.

This makes them an ideal high-calorie snack for athletes and people who live an active lifestyle.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dates (27):

  • Calories: 281 kcal
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 75.0 g
  • Fats: 0.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add dates to your morning oatmeal or cereal.
  • Enjoy them as a snack with some yoghurt or almond butter.
  • Mix them into a smoothie.
  • Use dates in various baking recipes.

29. Dried Figs

Fried figs make for an excellent high-calorie snack that is high in natural sugar. They are also a good source of fiber, copper, magnesium potassium, and vitamin B6.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried figs (28):

  • Calories: 277 kcal
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Carbs: 63.9 g
  • Fats: 0.9 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add dried figs to your baking recipes for a sweet treat.
  • Enjoy them as a quick and easy snack on their own.
  • Add them to your morning oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Mix them with nuts and seeds for a healthy trail mix.
  • Add them to smoothies or juices for an added boost of energy and nutrients.

30. Dried Apricots

Dried apricots have a sweet and tart flavour that makes them a refreshing high-calorie snack choice.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried apricots (29):

  • Calories: 241 kcal
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Carbs: 62.6 g
  • Fats: 0.5 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add dried apricots to oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Mix them with nuts and seeds.
  • Eat dried apricots as a standalone snack.

31. Dried Plums

Dried plums, also known as prunes, are high in fiber and antioxidants.

Dried plums make for a good high-calorie snack that can help promote regularity and good gut health.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried plums (30):

  • Calories: 240 kcal
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Carbs: 63.9 g
  • Fats: 0.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat dried plums as a snack, either plain or with nut butter.
  • Add them to your oatmeal or cereal.
  • Use them in baking recipes, such as muffins.
  • Mix them with yoghurt or cottage cheese.

32. Dried Peaches

Dried peaches are another excellent high-calorie snack. They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and provide a good dose of antioxidants.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried peaches (31):

  • Calories: 239 kcal
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Carbs: 61.3 g
  • Fats: 0.8 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat dried peaches as a snack or add them to cereal or oatmeal.
  • Blend dried peaches with yoghurt to create a high-calorie snack or breakfast bowl.
  • Add chopped dried peaches to baked goods such as muffins or quick bread.
  • Use dried peaches as a topping for ice cream or yoghurt.

33. Banana

Bananas are high in calories and a great snack for bulking up. They are also a good source of dietary potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of bananas (32):

  • Calories: 98 kcal
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Carbs: 23.0 g
  • Fats: 0.3 g
Snack Ideas
  • Peel the banana and eat it raw.
  • Cut the banana into thin slices and eat it with yoghurt or cereal.
  • Put the banana in a blender with milk and ice for a quick smoothie.
  • Wrap slices of a banana in a piece of whole wheat tortilla with a peanut butter spread.

34. Canned Fruit Cocktail

A canned fruit cocktail is a mix of different fruits that are canned.

It is high in sugar and calories, which makes it a good high-calorie snack.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of canned fruit cocktail (33):

  • Calories: 70 kcal
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Carbs: 18.8 g
  • Fats: 0.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Open up the can of canned fruit cocktail and eat it as a standalone snack.
  • Add it to cereal, yoghurt or cottage cheese.
  • Add a canned fruit cocktail to a smoothie.

35. Apple

Apples are high in fiber and contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals.

They’re also a good source of antioxidants.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of apples (34):

  • Calories: 65 kcal
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Carbs: 15.6 g
  • Fats: 0.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Cut an apple into wedges and sprinkle with cinnamon for a sweet and satisfying treat.
  • Slice an apple and top with peanut butter or almond butter for a calorie-rich snack.
  • Mix diced apples with Greek yoghurt and granola.
  • Bake sliced apples at 200 degrees Fahrenheit (95 degrees Celcius) until soft and sweet, then top with your favourite toppings, such as honey, nuts, or seeds.

36. Mango

Mangoes are relatively high in natural sugar making them a good high-calorie fruit snack. Mangoes also contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of mangoes (35):

  • Calories: 60 kcal
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Carbs: 15.0 g
  • Fats: 0.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Just eat mangoes as a snack.
  • Add mango slices to a fruit salad.
  • Make a mango smoothie.
  • Mix it with yoghurt.
  • Top off your breakfast bowl with diced mango.

37. Pineapple

Pineapple is packed with nutrients, including vitamins C, A, B6, E and K as well as minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium. Pineapple also contains high levels of dietary fiber, which can help you feel full after eating it.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of pineapple (36):

  • Calories: 50 kcal
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Carbs: 13.1 g
  • Fats: 0.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Slice the fruit and eat it fresh.
  • Add pineapple to a fruit salad.
  • Make a smoothie with pineapple, and other fruits.
  • Enjoy a slice of pineapple pie.

38. Orange Juice

Orange juice is a high-calorie drink that can help you intake more calories throughout the day. Additionally, orange juice is high in sugar, which can provide your body with energy before the workout.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of orange juice (37):

  • Calories: 47 kcal
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Carbs: 10.0 g
  • Fats: 0.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Drink orange juice straight.
  • Consume it with another high-calorie snack like a granola bar for extra calories.
  • Add orange juice to smoothies for a delicious and healthy snack.

Baked Products

39. Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are made with oats, which are high in carbs, fiber and also contain some protein, as well as other nutritious ingredients like nuts and dried fruit.

Oatmeal cookies are a healthy and satisfying snack that can help you reach your daily calorie goals.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of oatmeal cookies with raisins (38):

  • Calories: 430 kcal
  • Protein: 5.8 g
  • Carbs: 69.6 g
  • Fats: 14.3 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat oatmeal cookies on their own.
  • Break them up and add to your breakfast cereal, oatmeal, yoghurt or ice cream.
  • Eat them together with other snacks like your weight gainer shake.
  • Use it as a base for a high-calorie sandwich. Add peanut butter, jelly, ice cream, or other toppings to add more calories.

40. Muffin

Muffins are a convenient snack to take with you on the go. They are easy to store and transport, and they provide you with energy.

There are many different flavours and varieties of muffins available, so you can find one that fits your preference.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of blueberry muffins (39):

  • Calories: 375 kcal
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Carbs: 53.0 g
  • Fats: 16.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Enjoy a muffin as a snack on its own.
  • Top it off with peanut butter or other nut butter.
  • Eat it with jelly or jam.
  • Break it up into a bowl of yoghurt or cereal.
  • Top a muffin with ice cream for a dessert.

41. Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat bread is a healthy and filling snack that can help you reach your calorie goals. It is high in carbs and fiber, and it also contains some nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of whole wheat bread (40):

  • Calories: 254 kcal
  • Protein: 12.3 g
  • Carbs: 43.1 g
  • Fats: 3.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Spread peanut butter or another nut butter on whole-wheat bread.
  • Top it off with jelly or jam.
  • Enjoy a slice of whole-wheat toast with your savoury breakfast.
  • Make a sandwich with whole-wheat bread and your favourite fillings like deli meat, cheese, etc.

42. Pancakes

Pancakes are a high-carbohydrate and high-calorie snack.

They are made with flour, milk, eggs, and sugar, and they are often served with butter and syrup but can also be a part of a savoury meal.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of plain pancakes (41):

  • Calories: 227 kcal
  • Protein: 6.4 g
  • Carbs: 28.3 g
  • Fats: 9.7 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat pancakes on their own.
  • Top them with fruit, syrup, Nutella, peanut butter, ice cream or honey.
  • Add some protein to your pancakes by topping them with yoghurt or cottage cheese.
  • Make a savoury pancake by adding ham, cheese, and other toppings.

Sweets

43. Honey

Honey is a high-calorie snack, it provides a high amount of energy quickly, and is an excellent snack ingredient for people who are looking to bulk up.

Additionally, honey is a natural sweetener, so it can help satisfy sugar cravings.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of honey (42):

  • Calories: 304 kcal
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Carbs: 82.4 g
  • Fats: 0.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add it to your tea or smoothies.
  • Drizzle it on top of your oatmeal, breakfast cereal, yoghurt or cottage cheese.
  • Use it as a topping on ice cream or other desserts.
  • Just eat it by the spoonful.
  • Add it to various baking recipes.

44. Jam

Jam is high in sugar and calories, making it a good choice for a high-calorie snack. It’s also easy to store and transport, making it a convenient option when you’re on the go.

Similar to honey it might be too sweet eating it standalone, but it can be used to add flavour and sweetness to other snacks.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of jam (43):

  • Calories: 278 kcal
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Carbs: 68.9 g
  • Fats: 0.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Spread the jam on whole-wheat toast, bagels, cookies, waffles, pancakes, etc.
  • Mix it into yoghurt or cottage cheese.
  • Use it as a topping for ice cream or other desserts.
  • Add the jam to smoothies or tea.

Dairy

45. Ice Cream

Ice cream is high in sugar and calories, making it a good choice for those looking to add on some extra weight.

Additionally, ice cream is a versatile snack that can be enjoyed alone or added to other snacks for added flavour and calories.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of chocolate ice cream (44):

  • Calories: 222 kcal
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Carbs: 22.2 g
  • Fats: 13.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat it straight out of the container or put it in a bowl and enjoy it that way.
  • Eat ice-cream is in a cone or a waffle cone.
  • Take two cookies and make an ice-cream sandwich.
  • Make a sundae by adding toppings to your ice cream, such as nuts, hot fudge or caramel syrup, and whipped cream.
  • Use it as a topping for other desserts like cake, pie or pancakes.

46. Full Fat Milk

Full-fat milk is high in calories, making it an ideal drink for bulking up.

It also provides a high-quality source of protein, as well as essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.

For some weightlifters looking to add weight in a short amount of time, full-fat milk or whole milk is an essential ingredient.

Especially for those following a bulking strategy called a (GOMAD) diet, which involves drinking a gallon of whole milk over the course of a day. And it is an addition to regular food intake.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of whole milk with 3.25% milkfat (45):

  • Calories: 61 kcal
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Carbs: 4.6 g
  • Fats: 3.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Drink it straight from the carton or pour it into a glass.
  • Add milk to your smoothies or protein shakes.
  • Pour over your breakfast cereal.
  • Use milk when cooking oatmeal.
  • Drink milk while eating cookies.

High-Fat Bulking Snacks

When trying to bulk up, consuming food high in fats is the easiest way to increase your calorie intake. One gram of fats contains nine calories, compared to four calories per gram for protein or carbohydrate.

While it is important that you get your required amount of fats, it is also very important to ensure the majority of these come from healthy food sources.

The food groups that include snacks with high-fat content are nuts, seeds and dairy.

But there are one more: sweets, of course!

Let’s look at each of the groups in more detail.

Nuts

47. Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are very calorie-dense, meaning they have a lot of calories in a small amount of food. This makes them an excellent choice for people who are trying to gain weight. Macadamia nuts are also high in healthy fats, which can help boost your metabolism and improve your overall health.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dry roasted macadamia nuts (46):

  • Calories: 718 kcal
  • Protein: 7.8 g
  • Carbs: 13.4 g
  • Fats: 76.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix macadamia nuts in with your breakfast oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Top a salad with them as a crunchy topping.
  • Put macadamia nuts in a trail mix with other nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
  • Enjoy macadamia nuts as a snack on their own.

48. Pecans

Pecans are a type of nuts that are a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of pecans (47):

  • Calories: 691 kcal
  • Protein: 9.2 g
  • Carbs: 13.9 g
  • Fats: 72.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add pecans to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
  • Include pecans in your lunchtime salad.
  • Add them to your evening yoghurt or ice cream.
  • Snack on pecans as a between-meal snack.

49. Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They also contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried pine nuts (48):

  • Calories: 673 kcal
  • Protein: 13.7 g
  • Carbs: 13.1 g
  • Fats: 68.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add pine nuts to a salad for extra crunch.
  • Include them in your favourite trail mix recipe.
  • Top your oatmeal or breakfast cereal with pine nuts.
  • Drizzle honey on top of a bowl of pine nuts as a snack.

50. Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are packed with protein and healthy fats. They also contain selenium, magnesium, thiamin, and phosphorus. Brazil nuts also have a sweet and nutty flavour that makes them a tasty snack choice.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried brazil nuts (49):

  • Calories: 659 kcal
  • Protein: 14.3 g
  • Carbs: 11.7 g
  • Fats: 67.1 g
Snack Ideas
  • Crush brazil nuts and sprinkle them on top of oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Ground them up and add to your smoothies or baking recipes.
  • Mix them in with a trail mix of dried fruit and other nuts.
  • Eat brazil nuts as a snack.

51. Walnuts

Walnuts are loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Walnuts also contain vitamins and minerals like copper and folic acid, vitamin B6, and phosphorus.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of walnuts (50):

  • Calories: 654 kcal
  • Protein: 15.2 g
  • Carbs: 13.7 g
  • Fats: 65.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add walnuts to your morning oatmeal or cereal for a nutrient-rich breakfast.
  • Mix them with raisins and other dried fruit for a healthy trail mix.
  • Sprinkle walnuts on top of a salad for added crunch and flavour.
  • Add walnuts to your favourite cookie or brownie recipe.
  • Enjoy walnuts plain as a quick and easy snack.

52. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a very popular, high-fat snack choice.

It is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Peanut butter also contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin B, copper, and manganese.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of peanut butter (51):

  • Calories: 632 kcal
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Carbs: 22.7 g
  • Fats: 49.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Spread peanut butter on toast or a bagel for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
  • Add peanut butter to your smoothies or yoghurt.
  • Make peanut butter balls by blending together peanut butter, honey, and oats.
  • Add it to your oatmeal together with nuts and dried fruits.

53. Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are another type of nut that is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They also contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, thiamin, manganese and copper.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of hazelnuts (52):

  • Calories: 628 kcal
  • Protein: 15.0 g
  • Carbs: 16.7 g
  • Fats: 60.8 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat hazelnuts raw, roasted, or in nut butter.
  • You can also add hazelnuts to salads, oatmeal, yoghurt, cottage cheese, cereal, smoothies, baking recipes and trail mix.

54. Almonds

Almonds are packed with healthy monounsaturated fats, protein and fiber. Almonds also contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, vitamin E and manganese.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of almonds (53):

  • Calories: 579 kcal
  • Protein: 21.2 g
  • Carbs: 21.6 g
  • Fats: 49.9 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat almonds raw as a snack or together with other high-calorie snacks like a weight gainer smoothie, dark chocolate, banana, etc.
  • Add almonds to your oatmeal or yoghurt in the morning.
  • Add almonds to your homemade trail mix.
  • Use them to make almond butter or almond milk.

55. Peanuts

Peanuts are a high-calorie snack that is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

In fact, among all the nuts included in the high-calorie comparison list, peanuts contain the most amount of protein per 100 g.

They also contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals, including copper, folate, vitamin E, and magnesium.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of peanuts (54):

  • Calories: 570 kcal
  • Protein: 26.2 g
  • Carbs: 15.8 g
  • Fats: 49.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix peanuts into your morning oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Add peanuts to your salad.
  • Eat them as a snack with a piece of fruit like a banana.
  • Bake them into cookies, bars or protein balls.
  • Mix peanuts with raisins, as well as other dried fruit, seeds and nuts for a healthy trail mix.

56. Pistachios

Pistachios are a great high-calorie snack, they are nutrient-rich and contain healthy fats.

They also have a satisfying crunch that makes them a great replacement for unhealthy snacks like potato chips.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of pistachios (55):

  • Calories: 560 kcal
  • Protein: 20.2 g
  • Carbs: 27.2 g
  • Fats: 45.3 g
Snack Ideas
  • Simply, spread pistachios out on a plate and enjoy them as a crunchy snack.
  • Add pistachios to your favourite trail mix.
  • Make a pistachio milkshake or ice cream.
  • Add them to your morning oatmeal.

57. Cashews

Cashews are a great high-calorie snack because they are nutrient-dense and provide a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Cashew nuts also have a moderate amount of carbs.

In fact, they have the highest amount of carbohydrates compared to other nuts listed in this article, making them the perfect snack for people who are looking to gain weight.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of cashews (56):

  • Calories: 553 kcal
  • Protein: 18.2 g
  • Carbs: 30.2 g
  • Fats: 43.8 g
Snack Ideas
  • Mix cashews with raisins, other nuts and seeds for a healthy trail mix.
  • Add them to your morning oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Snack on cashews in between meals.
  • Brew a cashew milk latte and consume it together with other high-calorie snacks like dark chocolate for a delicious and nutritious treat.

Seeds

58. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds contain some protein, carbs are loaded with healthy fats. Plus, they’re a good source of vitamins and minerals, including zinc and selenium.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of sunflower seeds (57):

  • Calories: 582 kcal
  • Protein: 19.3 g
  • Carbs: 24.1 g
  • Fats: 49.8 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat sunflower seeds raw or roast them.
  • Add sunflower seeds to other foods like salads, yoghurt, breakfast cereal, oatmeal or trail mix for an extra boost of nutrients.
  • You can also add them when making smoothies.

59. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are high in fat and contain significant amounts of protein, fiber, and micronutrients. Sesame seeds are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried sesame seeds (58):

  • Calories: 573 kcal
  • Protein: 17.7 g
  • Carbs: 23.4 g
  • Fats: 49.7 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add sesame seeds to your oatmeal or yoghurt.
  • Sprinkle them on top of a salad.
  • Mix sesame seeds into hummus or other dips.
  • Add them to a stir-fry or soup for some extra calories.

60. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great high-calorie snack that can help you increase your daily caloric intake. They are loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and they make a great addition to any diet.

More so, pumpkin seeds have the highest amount of protein compared to other nuts and seeds, mentioned in the article.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried pumpkin seeds (59):

  • Calories: 559 kcal
  • Protein: 30.2 g
  • Carbs: 10.7 g
  • Fats: 49.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • You can eat them as a standalone snack.
  • Mix pumpkin seeds with yoghurt, cereal or oatmeal.
  • Add them to a salad for some extra crunch.
  • You can also sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of a cream soup.

61. Flaxseeds

Flaxseed is a versatile ingredient that may be used to improve the flavour and texture of almost any dish. Flaxseeds are also a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are important for health.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of flaxseeds (60):

  • Calories: 534 kcal
  • Protein: 18.3 g
  • Carbs: 28.9 g
  • Fats: 42.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add them to your morning smoothie or oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle flaxseeds on top of a salad for a crunchy topping.
  • Mix flaxseeds into any dip or hummus.
  • Bake them into cookies, muffins or granola bars for a sweet and nutritious treat.

62. Chia Seeds

Although chia seeds appear to be tiny, they are rich in minerals.

For hundreds of years, these seeds have been praised for their health benefits. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber and heart-healthy fats. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of chia seeds (61):

  • Calories: 486 kcal
  • Protein: 16.5 g
  • Carbs: 42.1 g
  • Fats: 30.7 g
Snack Ideas
  • You can add chia seeds to smoothies, yoghurt, cereal or oatmeal.
  • They can be consumed as a standalone snack by mixing them with water or almond milk to create a chia pudding with a gel-like consistency.
  • You can also chia seeds to baked goods, salads and casseroles.

Sweets

63. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a high-calorie snack that is high in fats. Dark chocolate has many health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced blood pressure, and improved insulin sensitivity.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dark chocolate, with 70-85% cacao solids (62):

  • Calories: 598 kcal
  • Protein: 7.8 g
  • Carbs: 45.9 g
  • Fats: 42.6 g
Snack Ideas
  • Eat dark chocolate as a standalone snack or together with other high-calorie snacks.
  • Add dark chocolate to yoghurt, breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
  • Melt it and pour it over fruit or ice cream.
  • Mix it in with peanut or almond butter to make a high-fat, high-protein snack.

64. Trail Mix

Trail mix is a great high-calorie snack! It contains a variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, which all provide carbs, healthy fats and protein. This snack is also relatively high in calories, making it a good option for those looking to bulk up.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of regular trail mix (63):

  • Calories: 462 kcal
  • Protein: 13.8 g
  • Carbs: 44.9 g
  • Fats: 29.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Snack on trail mix alone.
  • Sprinkle it over yoghurt, ice cream, cereal or oatmeal.
  • Use trail mix in baking (cookies, cakes, muffins).
  • Eat it with high-calorie foods like a weight gainer shake or a banana.

Dairy

65. Butter

Butter is a dairy product that is high in fat.

It’s a very rich energy source and can help you put on weight.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of salted butter (64):

  • Calories: 717 kcal
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Carbs: 0.1 g
  • Fats: 82.2 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add butter to your morning coffee, smoothie or oatmeal.
  • Use butter as a spread on sandwiches or toast.

66. Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is packed with protein and essential fatty acids, which are necessary for building muscle. Additionally, cheddar cheese is a good source of vitamins, and minerals such as iron, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of cheddar cheese (65):

  • Calories: 409 kcal
  • Protein: 23.3 g
  • Carbs: 2.4 g
  • Fats: 34.0 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add cheddar cheese to your morning omelette or breakfast burrito.
  • Mix it in with ground beef or turkey for a high-fat, high-protein snack
  • Crumb it over salads.
  • Make a sandwich with cheddar cheese and some meat.

Fruit

67. Dried Coconut Meat

Coconut is a healthy high-calorie snack because it is dense and nutritious.

It contains fiber, and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and selenium.

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of dried coconut meat (66):

  • Calories: 660 kcal
  • Protein: 6.9 g
  • Carbs: 23.6 g
  • Fats: 64.5 g
Snack Ideas
  • You can blend dried coconut meat into a smoothie.
  • Add it to your yoghurt, oatmeal, cereal or even trail mix.
  • Sprinkle dried coconut meat on top of a salad.
  • Or simply eat coconut meat as is.

68. Avocados

The avocado is a fruit that is often overlooked when it comes to the topic of bulking. This is a shame because avocado is a nutrient-rich food that can help you achieve your fitness goals.

So, if you’re looking for a healthy way to bulk up, be sure to add avocados to your diet!

Nutritional Information

Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of avocado (67):

  • Calories: 167 kcal
  • Protein: 2.0 g
  • Carbs: 8.6 g
  • Fats: 15.4 g
Snack Ideas
  • Add avocado to your salad.
  • Put it on your sandwich.
  • Make guacamole and eat it with tortilla chips or whole-grain crackers.

Cheap High-Calorie Snacks for Bulking

I am sure you know that when trying to bulk up, it’s important to make sure you’re consuming enough calories.

However, this can be a challenge for some people, as healthy foods can also be quite expensive.

That’s why it’s important to know about cheap high-calorie snacks that can help you reach your daily caloric goals.

Here is a list of some of the best high-calorie snacks for bulking on a budget (sorted by calories per 100 g):

  1. Peanut Butter (639 kcal, 23 g of protein, 22 g of carbs, 51 g of fats)
  2. Sunflowers Seeds (582 kcal, 19 g of protein, 24 g of carbs, 50 g of fats)
  3. Peanuts (570 kcal, 26 g of protein, 16 g of carbs, 50 g of fats)
  4. Tortilla Chips (519 kcal, 8 g of protein, 61 g of carbs, 27 g of fats)
  5. Multigrain Crackers (482 kcal, 7 g of protein, 68 g of carbs, 20 g of fats)
  6. Trail Mix (462 kcal, 14 g of protein, 45 g of carbs, 30 g of fats)
  7. Raisins (296 kcal, 3 g of protein, 79 g of carbs, 1 g of fats)
  8. Jam (278 kcal, 1 g of protein, 69 g of carbs, 0 g of fats)
  9. Whole Wheat Bread (254 kcal, 12 g of protein, 43 g of carbs, 4 g of fats)
  10. Full Fat Milk (61 kcal, 3 g of protein, 5 g of carbs, 3 g of fats)

NOTE

The prices of snacks can change over time, and their prices may differ depending on your location.

Bonus Tip: Add Oil to Your Meals for Extra Calories

Let me tell you a quick story…

When I was in college, one of my friends was struggling to put on weight.

No matter what he tried, he just couldn’t seem to pack on the pounds. I told him to add more oil when cooking, as well as to drizzle oil over his savoury meals.

This small change made a big difference.

He started to put on weight at an ideal rate a few weeks after making this little adjustment.

So, an easy way to add extra calories to your meals is by adding oil. This can be done in many different ways, such as putting olive oil on your salad drizzling it over your meals, adding it to soups or simply using more of it when cooking.

By adding just a tablespoon of oil to your meal, you can add an extra 100-200 calories, which can really help if you’re in a bulking phase and struggle to reach your daily calorie target.

Bulking Grocery List Template

When grocery shopping for bulking, it’s important to stock up not only on staple bulking foods like meats, carb sources, and veggies but also on some healthy bulking snacks.

To help you make your own bulking grocery shopping list, I’ve prepared a template. (Click here to make your own editable copy in Google Sheets.)

It includes foods categorized by their main macronutrient and other categories like condiments, fruits, vegetables, spices and beverages.

You can use this simple template to record all the food items you need to buy.

Recommended Reading: Bulking Grocery List For Any Budget (With Template

Frequently Asked Questions About Bulking Snacks

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about high-calorie bulking snacks.

What Should I Eat for Bulking Up?

When it comes to bulking up, first, you need to make sure you’re eating enough calories. This doesn’t mean stuffing your face with junk food – rather, it means eating a variety of minimally processed foods that will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to build muscle. However, enjoying your favourite treat on occasion is totally fine.

What Are Good Bodybuilding Snacks?

There are many healthy bodybuilding snacks that can help you build muscle with minimal body fat gain. Some good examples include cottage cheese, greek yoghurt, protein bar, canned tuna, hardboiled eggs, air-popped popcorn, protein smoothies and more.

Recommended Reading: 20 Healthy Bodybuilding Snacks

What Is a Good Bedtime Snack for Building Muscle?

A good bedtime snack for bulking up is high in protein but not too high in calories. A few good examples are a protein smoothie, whey protein shake and a piece of fruit, cottage cheese, greek yoghurt or Icelandic yoghurt (skyr) with a handful of berries.

What Snacks Are Highest in Calories?

Examples of some of the highest calories snacks are nuts and seeds, especially macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds, trail mix, peanut butter, jerky, granola bars, dark chocolate, chips, dried fruit and others.

What Snacks Make You Gain Weight?

Some of the most common snacks that will make you gain weight are chips, cookies, trail mix, dark chocolate, peanut butter, nuts and seeds. These snacks are high in calories and are very easy to overeat, which can lead to weight gain if you’re not careful.

Final Thoughts

Bulking up can be a daunting task for some, but with the right food choices, you will make it much easier on yourself.

This article lists some of the best high-calorie snacks that are also nutrient-dense and provide your body with the nutrients needed to keep going throughout the day.

With these go-to snack options in hand, bulking can become much easier.

Let me know which ones are your favourites in the comments, or if there’s anything I missed.

Happy snacking!

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