Snacks, snacks, glorious snacks! Walk into a convenience shop or grocery store just about anywhere and you will find an array of chocolate bars, candy, and other confectionery goods.
Are they healthy? Probably not.
Are they plant-based? Almost certainly not.
So what’s a vegan to do when they get hungry between meal times? Don’t sweat it, we’re here to fulfill all of your snacking needs - healthy and non-healthy.
From store-bought to homemade, on-the-go, and kitchen-quickies, we've got the best plant-based snack ideas for you. But first, we've got the answers to some of your most pressing questions!
Do tasty AND healthy plant-based snacks exist?
Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to buy vegan products in stores, many of which have been moving mountains with their flavor profiles! More and more people are realizing that plant-based snacks can be equally as tasty, if not more so, than their non-vegan counterparts.
However, in the commercialized snack world, the emphasis on flavor usually reflects negatively on the ingredients list - unhealthy fats and processed sugars make a regular appearance.
More often than not, readily-available store-bought plant-based snacks are either healthy and not very tasty or super delicious but not nutritious.
But all is not lost! There are plenty of plant-based options out there that are both tasty and healthy, you just need to know where to look.
Can I eat chips on a plant-based diet?
Of course! Many store-bought chips are plant-based, although they are not particularly healthy. In fact, the majority of popular chip brands are bad for you. Luckily, we've got some fantastic healthy and plant-based chip suggestions detailed below.
Can I eat chocolate if I'm vegan?
Luckily for all you chocaholics out there, yes! Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which grow on trees!
However, many store-bought chocolate snacks will be made with other ingredients that can be derived from animals. Dark chocolate is more commonly plant-based due to its exclusion of milk - make sure you double-check, sometimes they still sneak it in there!
Despite the prevalence of milk in the chocolate industry, there are a growing number of vegan milk chocolate bars on the market. We love No Whey's Milkless Bar!
Can I eat ice cream if I'm vegan?
You can ditch the dairy and still eat ice cream. There are so many awesome plant-based ice creams now that we are spoilt for choice.
Which candies can I eat on a plant-based diet?
Here's a quick list of some popular vegan candies:
Vegans should watch out for candy that contains non-vegan ingredients such as gelatin, milk, beeswax, carmine (cochineal), casein, shellac, etc.
Can I eat vegan snacks and lose weight?
That depends on the snack! But yes, you can, as long as you eat at a calorie deficit. In fact, we've written a blog about some of the best snacks for weight loss, so check it out!
Plant-based snack ideas
We’ve outlined some of our favorite vegan snacks (healthy and not so healthy; kitchen-quickies and snacks on-the-go; store-bought and homemade):
1. Carrot and Flax Crackers
These raw and gluten-free plant-based crackers are a great way to get rid of leftover carrot pulp (if you're a juicer). Plus, they're super easy to make, healthy, and delicious!
2. Macro Snacks
Commuting to work and don’t have time for breakfast? Stuck in traffic and you’re famished? Or do you just need to fill a hole until lunch? Luckily, we make deliciously crunchy plant-based snacks ready-made to satisfy your cravings on-the-go. Just pop a bag of Rockin’ Ranch or Spicy Chili Lime into your bag in the mornings and they will be there whenever and wherever you need them.
Evidently, preparation is key here, so you will need to buy Macro Snacks in advance. But remember the 5 Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Many a vegan has been caught out whilst traveling when they find that none of the stores in their vicinity contain plant-based snacks. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare by buying some ready-made foods in advance.
Check out our full range of tasty and nutritious plant-based chips
The good thing about Macro Snacks is that they are sealed for freshness and last much longer than fresh produce. Consequently, you can carry them about with you until you need them, without fear that they are going to expire.
3. Sweet Potato Sausage Rolls
We can't get over how tasty and healthy these are! What's more, they're great to bring on-the-go and are fantastic plant-based snacks to share with your friends.
4. Apple & Peanut Butter
Few flavor pairings can match the amazing combination of apple and peanut butter. And the best thing about this vegan snack is that you can make it pretty much anywhere! Lots of stores sell both of these ingredients, so it’s a great one to make when you haven’t brought any packets of Macro Snacks with you!
Eating an apple and peanut butter together might get a bit messy unless the apple is already pre-sliced or you carry reusable utensils around with you. If you do find yourself with no cutlery, then you will just have to lick your fingers clean after you scoop out the peanut butter with your hands!
5. Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips
These bad boys are healthy and incredibly addictive. Oh, and they only take about 25-30 minutes to make! Great for sharing with friends or to have all to yourself while watching a movie. Serve with a smashed avocado dip!
6. Vegan Sandwich (Pulled Oyster Mushroom)
It might seem like an obvious choice, but a sandwich is, without a doubt, one of the best snack ideas to satisfy any cravings. Plus, it’s got wonderful versatility as you can fill it up using fresh plant-based ingredients or any leftovers you might have in your fridge.
What’s more, they’re easy to wrap-up and transport, so you can take these with you on-the-go as well. We particularly enjoy making ourselves a quick sandwich by using leftover pulled oyster mushrooms with lettuce and BBQ sauce!
7. Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Ok, so this one is technically a drink, but it’s so tasty, nutritious, and easy to make, we couldn’t really leave this one out. Hang on...did you say chocolate? Yep! But, instead of chocolate bars, we use cacao powder, which is naturally high in zinc, magnesium, copper, and other fantastic nutrients.
Bananas can either go in fresh, or you can use frozen ones that you chopped up and stored in advance. Then just add a splash of plant-based milk and/or yogurt, as well as a natural sweetener, such as agave, date syrup, or even almond butter, and you’re good to go. Delicious and nutritious!
8. Yum Earth's Organic Fruit Snacks
We love these allergen-free candies that use simple and un-processed ingredients.
9. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
This high-protein vegan snack is so simple to make and can easily be stashed in Tupperware ready to take on-the-go!
10. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
We couldn't let you chocaholics down so here's an awesome recipe for chocolate peanut butter cups. No processed sugars here, just maple syrup, dark chocolate, and peanut butter!
Other Plant-Based Snack Ideas
Obviously, there are many more snacks that you can eat in addition to the ones we have listed, but we hope that we’ve given you some inspiration on how to eat healthily (and potentially even go vegan!) whilst still being able to enjoy great flavors.
Are you celiac? Then check out our gluten-free guide to snacking!