New to the vegan lifestyle? Good choice! You’ve probably been wondering what kind of snacks you have to switch to eating now.
Most people may assume that since veganism has many “restrictions” our snack options are very limited and boring. That’s far from the truth!
There is a wide range of plant-based food items that we can make different varieties of snacks from.
“But what about the taste?”
Whoever said healthy vegan food isn’t delicious was lying! You don’t necessarily have to compromise on taste to start healthy eating. On the contrary, a lot of the snacks included here are not just delicious but also quite colorful and appealing!
So whether you’re a vegan looking for new snacks to try or non-vegan looking for party food to make for your vegan friends, we’ve got something for everyone. Happy eating!
1. Pistachio Granola
This is something that you can whip up in just minutes and still enjoy. Add some pistachios to rolled oats with either maple syrup or salt and cinnamon. Lights roast this mixture on a pan in some coconut oil and bake for eight minutes and your granola’s ready!
You can also have it with fruits, coconut yogurt or almond milk. Strawberries, cherries, and pistachios bring cheerful color to your regular granola.
2. Guacamole And Crackers
You’ve got to add guacamole to your daily diet if you haven’t already! It’s a dip that you can use with just about everything and the best part? It’s completely vegan! Made from avocado, onion, garlic and lime juice. You can also make it yourself as it’s super simple! It also has lots of fiber and potassium and can provide many health benefits.
Look for whole-grain crackers which are the healthier kind and enjoy them with some guacamole dip.
3. Trail Mix
Make some of your own trail mixes! In this way, you can customize your trail mix according to your interests. Just mix in two of your favorite varieties of nuts(almonds, pistachios, cashews, etc.), two varieties of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, etc.) and even chocolates!
You can carry it around in a bottle with you to snack on whenever you get hungry. This provides a healthy alternative to your regular snacks. If you buy a store version make sure to get the one with the least added sugar.
4. Hummus And Veggies
Another vegan dip to enjoy a number of varied snacks with? Yes, please!
Hummus is a traditional dip made by blending chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. It also provides a wide variety of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. When buying hummus from the store go for the one without added oils and preservatives.
You can have hummus with different fresh spring vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, radishes cut in half with their greens, asparagus tops, celery, etc.
5. Almond Coconut Granola Bars
Who doesn’t like healthy and tasty granola bars? A reliable vegan snack if there ever was one!
All you need for this is almonds, coconut, oats, almond butter, and honey (or maple syrup). You can also find some store versions. Buy the best one here.
Replace the almonds with any other chopped nuts of your preference and you can also use peanut butter or sunflower butter instead of almond butter.
You don’t even have to bake it, you can just pour your toasted and blended oats mixture in a pan to cool.
6. Pan-fried Cinnamon Bananas
Bananas are everyone’s goes to fruit when it comes to a quick breakfast or light snacking. It accounts for a great source of potassium and can keep you energized even during the busiest days. But what do you do when they turn overripe? You don’t have to throw them away!
Just sprinkle some sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg over sliced bananas and cook them on the skillet for about 3-5 minutes and your pan-fried cinnamon bananas are ready! You can also come up with your own versions of this dish.
Maple syrup, honey, and brown sugar are usually used as substitutes. Add some vanilla ice cream and turn it into a dessert you won’t feel guilty about eating!
7. Baked Tofu
Baked tofu is low fat, low carb, a food rich in proteins, nutrients, and iron, and makes for a perfect healthy vegan snack item. You can make different tofu dishes or just have it as it is. Making tofu at home can be a little tricky and time consuming for someone who’s making it for the first time so you can buy some from the store.
The easiest and most natural thing to pair tofu with is stir-fried rice or noodles. Turn it into sesame ginger baked tofu or whip up a Thai peanut sauce. This is perfect for a heavy evening snack or even dinner.
8. Frozen Grapes
Tired of eating just plain old fruits? Freeze them!
Frozen grapes are so refreshing you can have them as a dessert too! Just line a baking sheet with paper towels and place some grapes on it in a way that there remains some space between them.
Pop them in the freezer. You can try this with other fruits as well just cut them into pieces and freeze them until they’re firm. Remember to eat them before they start melting.
9. Sweet Potato Fries
Craving French fries? Baked sweet potato fries are a healthier substitute. Cut sweet potatoes into small wedges and sprinkle them with some olive oil. You can add your choice of seasoning from salt, paprika to cumin and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes and serve with ketchup or ranch dressing.
10. Fruit and veggie smoothies
How can we forget smoothies? If you don’t know, smoothies are made from fruits and vegetables and vegan smoothies use avocado, nut milk and nut butter instead of yogurt and milk. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and work great for a detox. All you have to do is blend your favorite combination of fruits, vegetables, and milk substitutes.
The most common fruits and vegetables used are berries, bananas, spinach, and avocados. You can have your smoothie for breakfast or take it with you on the way to work.
11. Nut Butter and Fruit
You can make gluten-free, vegan nut butter that’s high in protein and fiber right at home in less than 30 minutes! You can choose any kind of nuts and seeds from almonds, walnuts, cashews, and hazelnuts to sunflower seeds. Add some chia seeds to give your butter a boost of the healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids.
Fresh fruits like apples, avocados, bananas are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and numerous antioxidants. Store-bought nut butter should be checked for added sugar and oil.
12. Vegan Caramel Popcorn
Let’s be honest we all crave some caramel popcorn every once in a while. Instead of buying the unhealthy version from the store, you can make your own vegan gluten-free version at home that you can eat guilt-free!
The ingredients of the vegan caramel sauce for this sauce is made with vegan butter, almond milk, salt, cane sugar, vanilla or maple syrup. Just coat the popcorn with this caramel sauce and bake away! It only takes around 15 minutes for your popcorn to finish baking.
13. Vegan Garlic Bread
You probably avoid garlic bread because of its high fat and calorie content but this vegan garlic bread is here to save you.
It is made with healthy fats: tahini and cashews. There are also garlic, Parmesan cheese (that you can make at home!), and parsley.
All you have to do is blend all ingredients (except the bread and cheese), spread the blend on the bread and bake for 10 minutes. Add the cheese to the top and your delicious, healthy vegan garlic bread is ready!
14. Veggie Chips
Reaching for that extremely unhealthy, fattening bag of chips when you’re hungry and bored is tempting, we know. So what should you do? Just make a bag of healthy, non-fattening chips of course!
Pick a variety of your favorite root vegetables like beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, etc. (Try to make it as colorful as possible to make them more attractive) cut them into thin slices, sprinkle a little oil on them and pop them in the oven. You can choose not to use any oil at all but that will mean you need to bake them longer.
15. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
There’s a vegan version of everything tasty-but-unhealthy available if you know where to look! Yes, there’s one for chocolate chip cookies too.
You’ll need baking soda, unrefined sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar, vegan chocolate, coconut milk, non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, flour. The process of baking is exactly like regular cookies.
Granted, this isn’t the healthiest snack on the list but you can bake this instead of buying store cookies when you have a sugar craving.
16. Healthy Oatmeal
If oatmeal isn’t your regular breakfast, make it one.
Not only are they gluten-free but also a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They also help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and they’re quite filling so you won’t feel hungry for hours.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it healthier and more enjoyable! You can add your favorite sliced fruits like strawberries and bananas and have it in almond milk or any other kind of nut milk.
17. Homemade Tortilla Chips
Tortilla chips are vegan but the processed kind you get at the store has added vegetable oil and excess salt. But worry not! Luckily, making tortilla chips at home is super easy. All you have to do is cut a few tortillas in slices, brush them with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.
You can have tortilla chips with a number of different condiments like guacamole, hummus, and salsa. Salsa also has a high content of vitamin C, potassium and lycopene which parents heart disease.
18. Peanut Butter and Banana
Peanut butter and banana are a vegan match made in heaven!
You’re probably already aware of the benefits of bananas: rich in potassium and helps maintain energy. Peanut butter is also very beneficial as it has a high content of protein and healthy fats.
You can put banana pieces on bread with peanut butter on it. You can also apply some peanut butter on the surface of the banana pieces and put them in the freezer for at least half an hour.
19. Ants On a Log
Don’t worry there are no actual ants or logs involved in this snack!
The “logs” are actually celery sticks, and the “ants” are raisins on some sticky peanut butter!
You can substitute the raisins with any other dried fruit. Dried fruits are full of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Celery provides protein and lots of fiber.
This is probably the easiest snack to make as all you have to do is cut some celery into pieces, add peanut butter on it and a garnish of raisins on top.
20. Bell Peppers With Hummus
What better substitute to chips and dips than big, green, crunchy bell peppers and the all-time favorite hummus!
Bell peppers might just be the most overlooked vegetable but they contain lots of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. We’ve already talked about how hummus is not just a super yummy dip but also a very beneficial one with proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
Just cut your bell pepper into long slices and enjoy it with hummus. You can also toast it a little on the pan if eating it raw isn’t appealing to you.
21. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are used by vegans all over as its high protein content makes it a suitable substitute for meat. The high amount of fiber also helps keep you full for a longer period of time. It also offers a variety of other benefits, such as improving digestion, controlling weight and reducing the risk of heart diseases. Add chickpeas to your daily diet and soon you’ll see a significant change.
All you have to do is cover cooked chickpeas with your choice of seasoning (pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin) and toss them in olive oil. Then bake them for 20–30 minutes at 400°F.
22. Dates and Nut Butter
You can cover almost anything with nut butter (almonds, walnuts, etc) and make it taste good so always keep a few jars prepared for all kinds of dishes.
Dates contain natural sugars and fiber that can provide a quick boost of energy. All you have to do is remove the pits of the dates, fill them up with your choice of nut butter and enjoy these tasty date pouches any time of the day.
23. Baked Pears
You can turn these baked pears into anything from breakfast, a snack to dessert.
Pears contain plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They also help prevent constipation and can help remove toxins from the body.
Slice the pear in half, remove seeds and bake them. You can also add some maple syrup or drizzle some cinnamon on top of it. You can also serve it with vegan yogurt, nut butter, granola or top it with different nuts and dried fruits.
For breakfast, cut it into little pieces and add it to your oatmeal.
24. Avocado Toast
When in doubt go with the classic avocado and toast! You can use gluten-free bread or make vegan bread at home (rye and Spelt bread). You can also substitute bread with crackers or rice cakes. Toast the slices of bread and spread mashed avocado on it. You can add any seasoning of your choice like garlic powder, salt, red pepper, etc.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium.
25. Avocado Tomato Bruschetta
In the mood for a savory breakfast? We’ve got you covered. This avocado tomato bruschetta can be prepared in less than 10 minutes!
You can use whole wheat, gluten-free or homemade bread according to your preferences.
Mix some cherry tomatoes and vinegar. Place sliced avocados on the bread and add the tomatoes and other seasonings like garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. You can choose to either toast the bread or not.
You can also use this as finger food for parties or evening snacks.
26. Edamame Hummus Crackers
Wondering what edamame is? Edamame is fresh soybeans, also called green soybeans which provide high amounts of several minerals and essential vitamins, particularly folate and vitamin C. For making the edamame hummus just add edamame to your regular hummus ingredients (tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, onion powder, black pepper).
Add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you get the consistency you want. Spread the edamame hummus on whole-wheat crackers and add toppings of your choice of fruits or vegetables. Sprinkle some black pepper or any other kind of seasoning and your edamame hummus crackers are ready!
27. Kale Chips
You probably see kale in every other fancy vegan dish today. But kale works great if you want a light snack to eat between meals as well!
You can choose your preferred kind of kale leaves for this. First, start by destemming the kale leaves and cutting it into pieces. Mix seasonings of your choice and olive oil in the kale pieces and bake them for about 10 minutes.
You can have your kale chips with either hummus or guacamole to increase the nutrition level of your snack!
28. Vegan Nacho Sauce
Did you think a healthy, vegan nacho cheese sauce was impossible to make? Think again!
Blend soaked cashews, lemon juice, 3 cups of the water, nutritional yeast, and seasonings in a food processor. Now add it to a saucepan and add water to it based on how thin you want it to be. When the sauce starts bubbling and it reaches the desired consistency your cheese sauce is ready!
You can have it with vegan tortilla chips, kale chips or even just plain steamed vegetables.