Plant-based eating tends to be time-intensive, so snacking on the go can be difficult without good ideas and planning. There are always the classic snack ideas: fresh fruit, frozen berries, frozen grapes, and veggies or fruit with nut butter, seed butter, or hummus. But we wanted to go a little deeper with some truly scrumptious plant-based snack recipes from some of our friends in the plant-based blogging world. Most of these snacks can be prepared in under 15 minutes, which is exactly what we’re looking for when we’ve got the munchies. The first three are our favorites.
Vegan snack numero uno! As far as we are concerned, a bowl of good guacamole with a bag of rice chips is a taste of heaven on earth. This is a top-notch recipe that also includes some excellent guac-making tips that you can use to improve any other guacamole recipe that you might use. Key whole food ingredients: avocado, onion, garlic, lime.
2. Kale Chips
Kale has been in the headlines for a while now, and rightly so. Kale has been called a superfood not least because of its incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers. For some additional Vitamin C and a little bit of zing, you can add two tablespoons of lemon juice; just be aware that the kale might have to roast for an extra minute or two. Key whole food ingredient: kale.
3. Five-Ingredient Granola Bars
This is the third finalist in our top three vegan snacks. Homemade granola bars are simply amazing. They’re healthy, satisfying, and easy, and they keep very well if you make a big batch–because small batches just disappear too quickly. There are hundreds of recipes out there, but we really appreciated the minimalist approach of this one. It keeps the recipe simple without compromising nutrition or flavor. Key whole food ingredients: oats, almonds, dates.
4. Homemade Trail Mix
This is a real staple for plant-based snacking. It’s supremely healthy, it will keep forever, and it’s perfect for eating on the go. We simply recommend three parts nuts, two parts dried fruit, and one part seeds. No recipe necessary–just use your favorite ingredients. Vegan dark chocolate is a great mix-in if you want to add a little more yum factor.
5. Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bars
Sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy. With peanut butter. This plant-based recipe is definitely overqualified for this “crazy good” vegan snack list. Also, there are only four ingredients and you’re done in ten minutes. Pretty awesome. Key whole food ingredients: dates, almonds
6. Key Lime Pie Chia Pudding
Chia pudding isn’t something you can snack on right away, but if you can spend five minutes to throw it together the night before, it will be ready in time for breakfast. This key lime recipe is unique and sure to wake your taste buds up. Here’s a bonus link with fourteen more stellar chia pudding ideas. Key whole food ingredients: avocado, coconut, chia seeds
7. Five-Minute Olive Tapenade
This is another easy, versatile spread. It’s great as a dip for chips of all kinds or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. Key whole food ingredients: black olives, green olives, red peppers, garlic, parsley.
We have a lot of respect for Matt Frazier over at No Meat Athlete. So when he gives such a glowing review of a snack like S’nuts, we take it seriously. Highly recommended. Key whole food ingredient: almonds.
9. Raw Vegan Caramel Apple Cookies
The vegan caramel made for this recipe is out of this world. Dip fruit in it. Drizzle it on top of smoothies or chia pudding (see above) or any other sweet snack. Spread it on toast. Or, of course, on apples. It’s truly scrumptious. Key whole food ingredients: dates, apples, raisins.
10. Chewy Rawnola
This is the perfect replacement for breakfast cereal. It’s great sprinkled over a bowl of fresh fruit, too. Nutritious, easy, and delicious! Key whole food ingredients: oats, coconut, dates