Snack foods can be one of the trickiest things for new vegans to figure out but with a little creativity there are plenty of yummy and healthy foods to keep your energy levels humming until your next meal. These 10 quick and easy vegan snack ideas to help keep hunger at bay, enjoy some delicious food and get in plenty of nutrition.
10 Quick and Easy Vegan Snack Ideas
1. Almonds and Goji Berries
This is one of my favourite nut and fruit combos. It has just the right amount of sweetness and is high in antioxidants, vitamins and fats. For a quick snack anytime of day grab about 20 almonds and 20 goji berries and mix together. For a special treat, try adding in 1-2 tbsp of vegan Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips!
2. Raw Energy Bites and Bars
Raw energy bites are one of the easiest and tastiest snacks to keep on hand during a busy week. Try making a batch on the weekend to store in the fridge so you can grab a few when hunger strikes. They’re also a great way to get essential omega-3 fats into your nutrition to your diet as many are made with ingredients like hemp seeds, ground flax, almonds or cashews.
Raw Energy Bite Recipes
3. Sliced Fruit with Cashew Cream
This is one of the easiest and yummiest snacks you can get your hands on. Slice an apple, pear or other fruit into thin pieces and dip! Maple cashew cream is one of my favourite varieties of cashew creams but you can flavour cashew cream with whatever you like.
I’ll be sure to make a batch soon so you can see how it’s done for now you can check out this how-to on Oatmeal After Spinning. Cashew cream makes living without dairy no problem, you can turn it into sour cream, cream cheese, ranch dressing and use it to replace cream in all sorts of recipes. (Try it in my Vegan Butter Chickn’ with Tofu!)
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4. Celery with Almond Butter & Goji Berries
Totally tasty grown-up ants on a log! Although kids will love these little treats too. If you don’t have goji berries, chopped dates, raisins or cranberries are also delicious! You can also use tahini, peanut butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter in place of almond butter.
5. Nut Butter Stuffed Dates
This makes a great snack or even healthy dessert. Try adding a slice of banana and sprinkling it with cinnamon and cacao for a decadent, raw vegan snack. I often eat this for dessert to satisfy sweet tooth. Almond butter, tahini, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter are also delicious options!
6. Organic Vegan Crackers with Peanut Butter and Fruit
My go-to for store-bought crackers are Mary’s Organic Crackers, they’re gluten-free, vegan and make a great base for yummy toppings. Try peanut butter and strawberry or almond butter and banana.
7. Raw Veggies & Hummus
If you’re not a big on raw veggies, this is a great way to sneak more of them into your diet. In addition to the vitamin-packed veggies, hummus is high in protein, fibre and healthy fats to keep you satisfied for hours. Slice up a bunch of carrots, celery, mushrooms and your other favourite veggies and dig in. I recommend preparing a batch on the weekend as well as pre-chopping a selection of veggies for quick, healthy weekday snacks.
Easy Hummus Recipes
8. Kale or Sweet Potato Chips
Kale chips pretty much keep my chip cravings at bay so the next time you’re craving something crispy and salty, try a batch of kale chips as a healthy alternative to store-bought potato chips. Sweet potato chips and beet chips are also a favourite of mine and make a great snack for movie nights. Try these kale chips or sweet potato chips.
9. Avocado with Lime, Sriracha and Sea Salt
Dreamy, creamy healthy fats, fresh lime and spicy sriracha, does it get any better? Well maybe if you top it with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. I think this is one of my favourite things to eat of all-time, ever.
10. Fruit Smoothies
Fruit smoothies are one of the most delicious and convenient snacks there is and you’ll never get bored because they’re always different!
If you just need a small snack, try blending almond milk, frozen berries and a banana. If you’re hungry or need a good solid snack before or after a workout, try almond milk, a banana, frozen berries, protein powder, and healthy fat such as chia, peanut butter or flax seeds.
This will be sure to keep your energy levels up until it’s time to eat a larger meal. You can also add in greens such as spinach or kale for an extra hit of antioxidants.
In addition to these 10 easy vegan snacks, don’t forget the easiest, healthiest snack of all: raw fruits and vegetables. Keep a fridge full of fresh produce and you’ll automatically be prompted to snack well.
A few of my favourites are frozen grapes, cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, apples, bananas and in the summer fresh berries. You can always pair with them nuts and seeds to make a more substantial snack.
My afternoon snack is often a small handful of nuts and a piece of fruit. It’s delicious, satisfying and nutritious. Try raspberries and walnuts, banana and pecans, cashew and blueberries, almond and banana or any other combination you can think of. You can also spread peanut butter over sliced banana or almond butter over sliced apple. Try sprinkling it with cinnamon for extra flavour and it’s blood sugar stabilizing benefits!
What it comes down to is eating when you’re hungry. Don’t let yourself get ravenous which can lead to unhealthy choices and overeating.
If you know you are going to be out and about all day, toss an apple, banana and a bag of mixed nuts and dried fruits in your bag. That way you’ll always have something healthy to reach for when hunger hits.
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I’d love to hear about your go-to plant-based snack foods. Leave me a comment with your favourite healthy snacks!