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.

Try these quick and easy vegan snack ideas to help keep hunger at bay, enjoy some delicious food and get in plenty of nutrition. This list includes quick snack ideas, easy vegan recipes and the best healthy packaged snacks.

Stack of 3 baked blueberry quinoa oatmeal bars.

Vegan Snacking Tips

In order to make vegan snacking quick and easy, it’s helpful to have a well-stocked pantry and a meal plan for the week. I’d recommend having a read through these posts to learn more:

Let’s get into these snacks! Creating your own healthy vegan snacks is easy and delicious. Once you get the hang of how to create quick vegan snacks, there’s no end to the ideas you can come with.

Below I’ve shared a ton of ideas for making snacks at home, as well as some of my favourite healthy packaged snacks. We’ve got your covered for lunch boxes, busy days, movie night and road trips.

1. Homemade Trail Mix

Goji berries and almonds are 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 any time 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 or other dairy-free chocolate chips.

Of course, goji berries and almonds is just one fruit and nut combo you can enjoy. Check out my post on how to stock a vegan pantry and you’ll be all set for mixing up yummy homemade trail mix for snacking. Any combination of nuts, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs and dried fruit works.

Here’s a quick list of the best Vegan Trail Mix Ingredients:

  1. Coconut: flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut, or try some coconut bacon
  2. Chocolate: cacao nibs, dairy-free chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  3. Nuts: cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios
  4. Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or pepitas.
  5. Dried fruit: chopped dried apricots, chopped dates, raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries, chopped dried mango
  6. Homemade apple chips: try mixing in some of my homemade baked apple chips.

To make a quick vegan snack from these ingredients, add a few spoonfuls of each of your favourite ingredients to a small bowl or to-go container and snack away.

2. No-Bake Energy Balls and Bars

A number of no-bake energy balls drizzled in chocolate on a piece of parchment paper.

Vegan bliss balls, homemade granola bars, and no-bake bars 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 healthy fats into your nutrition to your diet as many are made with ingredients like hemp seeds, ground flax, almonds or cashews. Here are some recipes to try:

3. Fat Balls

Fat balls are easy to make, filling and delicious. They’re made by blending together higher-fat ingredients such as coconut butter, coconut oil, nuts and nut butters and seeds and freezing.

4. 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.

To make cashew cream, blend raw cashews with water and sweetener until smooth and creamy. For best results, soak cashews for 4 hours up to overnight and drain before using. You can find full details for how to make cashew cream here.

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!

This homemade date paste is also a delicious dip for fruit! For more tips on eating dairy-free, check out these tips How to Replace Dairy in Your Diet

5. Ants on a Log

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.

6. Nut Butter Stuffed Dates

Cut open chocolate-covered medjool date with a peanut butter filling on a small plate.

Stuffed medjool dates make a delicious snack or healthy dessert. Try adding a slice of banana and sprinkling it with cinnamon and cacao for a decadent vegan treat.

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! If you want to get really fancy, how about some Peanut Butter Mousse Stuffed Dates?

For Snickers dates, stuff them with peanut butter and top with crushed peanut and melted chocolate. For Almond Joy Dates, stuff them with coconut butter, an almond and drizzle with melted chocolate.

7. 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.

8. Granola Bowls

A berry smoothie topped with granola in a jar.

A little bit of homemade granola, some fresh berries, a splash of almond milk, done! Try it with my peanut butter granola or cinnamon raisin granola.

9. Tortilla Roll-Ups

This is one of my favourites. Take a tortilla, slather it with almond butter, peanut butter or tahini, layer in some sliced banana, apple or berries, roll it up and enjoy! So yummy and ready in 60 seconds. Even better – pop it in the air-fryer for a few minutes.

10. Raw Veggies & Hummus

A carrot being dipped into hummus drizzled with olive oil.

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. Store-bought hummus is just fine too but it’s definitely more cost-effective to make your own.

Slice up a bunch of carrots, celery 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.

If you’re not doing veggies, tortilla chips or pita pairs perfectly with hummus too. For more creamy dips you could try this Vegan Tzatziki, Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip or Vegan Buffalo Dip. For a sweet dip or spead, this How to Make Date Paste or Slow Cooker Apple Butter is amazing.

Easy Hummus Recipes

11. 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. .

12. Avocado with Lemon, Sriracha and Sea Salt

Dreamy, creamy healthy fats, fresh lemon juice and spicy sriracha, does it get any better? Well maybe if you top it with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Avocado toast crackers are great too! Try spreading avocado on my seed bread recipe for a healthy snack.

13. Fruit and Protein Smoothies

Pouring a green mango smoothie from a blender into a small jar.

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 soy milk (or any plant-based 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.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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.

14. Fruit and Veggies

Don’t forget the easiest, healthiest snack of all: fresh fruit 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 handful of nuts and a piece of fruit. It’s the perfect easy snack. Try raspberries and walnuts, apples and almonds, cashews and blueberries, banana and pecans or any other combination.

You can also spread peanut butter over sliced banana or almond butter with sliced apple. Try sprinkling it with cinnamon for extra flavour and it’s blood sugar stabilizing benefits!

2-Ingredient Vegan Protein Cookie Dough for Breakfast

I love this for a sweet snack in the afternoon. To make it all you need is vanilla protein powder and baked sweet potato. Simply blend the two together, stick them in the fridge and you’re all set for snacking.

I usually eat it with some almond butter for a more balanced snack. Some cacao nibs in there is awesome too.

Find the recipe for sweet potato protein cookie dough here or you can make it by blending chickpeas and protein powder.

16. Apple Nachos

Thinly slice an apple, lay the slices out on a plate then drizzle with a bit of drippy almond butter, a sprinkle of granola and a couple dairy-free chocolate chips.

17. Acorn Squash Bowls

This is one of my favourite quick snacks, that is if you bake the acorn squash ahead of time. I like to include one or two baked acorn squash in my weekly food prep so they’re ready for snacks and meals during the week. This works great with sweet potato too like these Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls.

My favourite fillings are peanut butter, plant-based yogurt and granola but you can also fill them with savoury ingredients like hummus, guacamole, quinoa, black beans, any mixture of those or anything else you can think of.

If you don’t want a whole half squash, just scoop a little baked acorn squash into a small dish and top with something like cinnamon, sea salt and either peanut butter or tahini.

18. Topped Toast, Rice Cakes and Crackers

I love a sliced of sprouted grain toast loaded up with healthy toppings. For a lighter snack, Ryvita crackers and rice cakes are perfect.

  • hummus, avocado, sprouts and hemp seeds
  • jam and hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
  • almond butter and banana
  • almond butter and berries
  • peanut butter and thinly sliced apple
  • hummus and cucumber
  • vegan cheese
  • coconut yogurt and berries
  • guacamole
  • guacamole and black beans
  • date paste and slivered almonds
  • tahini and cacao nibs
  • sunflower seed butter, cacao nibs and coconut
  • almond butter and granola
  • tahini, banana and granola
  • jam and flaked coconut
  • vegan cream cheese-style spread and sliced cucumber and tomato

The possibilities are endless. Start with your favourite spread, such as peanut butter, tahini, guacamole, hummus, almond butter or sunflower seed butter then top with fruit or sliced veggies and a sprinkling of nuts or seeds.

19. Quick Baked Apple

I love slicing up an apple, baking it topped with cinnamon until soft then topping with peanut butter or powdered peanut butter sauce. You can add some nuts, seeds or granola for a little extra oomph. You can also try my cinnamon baked pears, baked apple slices or vegan stuffed baked apples.

20. Steamed Broccoli with Tahini and Hemp Seeds

Steam some broccoli, drizzle it with tahini, sea salt, lemon and hemp seeds. This healthy snack is loaded with nutrition and tastes amazing.

21. Protein Pudding with Fruit and Nuts

Mix a little plant-based protein powder with water, almond milk or yogurt to create a thick pudding then top it with your favourite fruit and a sprinkling of nuts or seeds.

I love cherries or strawberries and almonds, sliced banana and walnuts or chopped apple and hemp seeds.

To make a peanut butter protein pudding, add 2 tbsp of powdered peanut butter to vanilla protein and mix with water to make a thick, mousse-like pudding. You can also mix pumpkin and protein powder to make pumpkin protein pudding.

22. Baked Oatmeal Cups and Bars

Stack of 3 baked blueberry baked oatmeal cups on a cooling rack.

These are perfect for making in advance for quick snacks on-the-go. Here are some recipes to try:

23. Strawberry Protein Ice Cream

Bowl with 3 scoops of vegan strawberry banana ice cream and fresh strawberries.

This is more of a dessert than a snack but I still eat it for a snack quite often, especially during the summer. To make it add frozen strawberries, a small piece of frozen banana and 1/2 a scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder to a high-powered blender. You don’t have to use protein powder but it helps make it more balanced.

Add just enough plant-based milk to allow it to blend, just a few tablespoons is perfect, and blend until smooth.

Try not to over blend it or it will start to blend from the heat of the blender. It’s better if it’s ultra-thick and a little chunky. Once it’s blended, scoop it into a bowl and enjoy.

You can make this with any frozen fruit but I’d recommend at least a small chunk of frozen banana for the perfect creaminess. Frozen mango and peaches are some of my favourites. Of course you can make it with chocolate protein powder too.

For more tips on how to make it, use my Banana Ice Cream recipe.

24. Baked Pears

Baked pears topped with maple syrup and whipped cream in a baking dish.

These look fancy but they’re so easy to make. Take a pear, slice it in half, either leave it plain or drizzle it with a tiny bit of maple syrup and cinnamon and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Once it’s ready, top it with almond butter, vegan yogurt and a few nuts.

25. 2-Minute “Cereal” Bowls

In a small bowl, add 1/2 a sliced banana, a mixture of nuts and seeds such as hemp seeds, almonds, walnuts and cashews, a few cacao nibs, a little unsweetened shredded coconut, some raisins or chopped dates and a pinch of sea salt. Top with almond milk and enjoy as “cereal”.

26. Homemade Baking

Stack of 3 vegan apple oatmeal protein muffins with chocolate chips.

Homemade vegan baking is another great option for meal prep and snacking during the week. Here are some recipes to get you started:

27. Chia Seed Pudding

Chia pudding is easy to make, good for meal prep and chia seeds are a good source of healthy fats and fiber. Here are some recipes to try:

28. Crispy Tofu

Cubes of crispy tofu on a silicone spoon.

Season some tofu and pop it in the oven or air fryer for a quick, healthy, high-protein snack. I like to pair it with a dip like the peanut sauce from this Peanut Tofu Bowl. For crispy tofu, try this Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe.

29. Frozen Grapes

Freeze your favourite grapes on a baking sheet then transfer to a freezer bag or container for a delicious, refreshing snack that tastes like candy!

30. Popcorn

Make your favourite air-popped or microwave popcorn and sprinkle it with nutritional yeast for cheesy, salty flavor and a boost of protein.

31. Edamame

You can’t go wrong with edamame for a healthy, high-protein snack that tastes great! You can purchase shelled edamame or edamame in the shell and both are quick and easy to prepare on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Healthy Packaged Snacks

There are some really great options for store-bought, packaged snacks. I like keeping some packaged snacks on hand for back up. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Simply Protein Bars
  • Skinny Pop Microwave Popcorn 
  • Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips
  • Enjoy Life Cookies
  • The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas 
  • Larabars
  • One Degree Organic Brown Rice Crips
  • Seaweed Crisps
  • Vegan Jerky
  • Vegan Graham Crackers
  • Cashew Spread
  • Wasabi Peas

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.

If you’re completely new to plant-based eating, head over and read my post with tips for plant-based beginners.

More Easy Vegan Snack Ideas