Plant-based foods are gaining popularity because they are considered healthier alternatives to meat and dairy. With the rise of veganism, consumers are looking for ways to incorporate more plant-based food into their daily lives.
From smoothies to salads, these delicious treats are perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike – but just how can you enjoy a plant-based snack?
Read on for our 30 great plant-based options to satisfy your cravings!
1. Kale Chips
Kale chips are super easy to make – simply wash kale leaves, remove stems, then cut them into thin strips. Lay on baking sheets and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F (175 C) until crispy.
Hummus is one of those snacks that tastes amazing and can be customized to suit your taste buds.
Add spices like cumin, paprika, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, and more to make your hummus unique. You can use canned chickpeas instead of cooking dry beans yourself.
Once your hummus is prepared, simply chop up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, etc., add hummus, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
This makes an excellent snack when you want to eat something light before dinner.
Roasting vegetables bring out all of their natural flavors and creates a crunchy texture.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
Toss together a range of chopped vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and toss again.
Spread evenly onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 5 days.
4. Banana Chips
Banana chips are another great way to get some fruit into your diet without feeling too heavy. Peel bananas, slice lengthwise, place slices between two pieces of plastic wrap, and twist to form banana chip shapes.
Place on a parchment paper lined cookie tray and freeze for about 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
5. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack option if you’re craving something sweet and plant-based. It’s full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and other goodies.
Simply combine any combination of trail mix ingredients you prefer. Try adding peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and even mini pretzels.
These almond butter cups are a fun treat that kids will love, and will allow you to enjoy a tasty, healthy plant-based treat that hits the spot every time.
Combine almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
Spoon into cupcake liners and refrigerate until firm. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
Popcorn is often overlooked, but it makes a perfect snack. Pop kernels into a large pot filled with vegetable oil over medium heat.
When popping slows down, reduce heat to low and cover the pot. Let pop for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer popcorn to a serving dish and top with sea salt.
Peanut butter smoothies are a delicious way to start your day. In a blender, combine peanut butter, milk or soy milk, ice cubes, banana, and spinach. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and serve immediately.
Not only is this a snack that tastes great, but it also provides your body with plenty of nutrients, including vitamins B6, E, and K, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, folate, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids!
Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and iron, and have the bonus of offering a simple, tasty snack. They can be used in salads, soups, dips, and more, or simply enjoyed to pick at as you wish.
To prepare, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse chickpeas, pat dry, and spread in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, flip halfway through cooking and bake for another 10 minutes. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
This recipe is so easy to make, and the end result tastes amazing. All you need is peanut butter, oats, cinnamon, and a food processor.
Add all ingredients together and pulse until dough forms. Roll dough into balls, then roll each ball in granulated sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in our bodies, and the addition of superfoods helps boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and keep blood pressure levels stable.
To make your own blueberry muffin protein bars, you will need:
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ cup collagen peptides vanilla & coconut water
- 1 cup freeze-dried blueberries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond milk
Prepare your protein bars by mixing the flour, collagen peptides, blueberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl and mixing well.
Then, add the almond butter, almond milk, and maple syrup to a separate bowl, mixing these before adding them to the dried ingredients.
Add parchment paper to a pan, add the dough ball, and press until even. Cover with a plastic sheet, and refrigerate until firm. Lift and cut into bars, before returning to the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to consume.
These mini quiches are perfect if you’re looking for something quick and healthy to eat.
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick spray. Combine the tofu ricotta, egg replacer, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Divide mixture among muffin tins, filling each about three-quarters full. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and serve warm.
Blackout brownies are a great way to satisfy that sweet craving without feeling guilty. They have a fudgy texture thanks to the cocoa powder, but they also contain spinach, which provides iron and calcium.
This makes it a great snack for vegetarians who want to get their daily dose of nutrients.
- 3 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¾ cup organic cane sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup agave nectar
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×9 inch square baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the sugar, oil, agave, and vinegar, and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the applesauce and beat again. Stir in the spinach, then fold in the dry ingredients.
Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until set. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If you’re looking to give cookies a healthier spin, try this recipe. It contains no refined sugars, making it suitable for vegans and those following a low-carb diet. The addition of flaxseed meal gives the cookie its signature softness.
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 cup flaxseed meal
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a medium bowl; stir well to mix.
Melt the coconut oil over low heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and flaxseed meal. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Enjoy!
This healthy breakfast is perfect if you want something sweet, and makes a great snack.
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- ¼ tsp cloves
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped
In a small saucepan, bring water to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and add oats. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes before straining and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients except for nuts. Spread the mixture evenly across a greased 8 x 8-inch pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into 12 equal pieces when ready to serve. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.
Banana bread is one of my favorite treats. I love how moist and flavorful it is. But most store-bought versions contain lots of added sugar and butter.
This vegan banana bread has none of that; instead, it’s made with bananas, dates, walnuts, and spices. You will need:
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ cup unsalted cashe
- ½ cup pitted dates
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup gluten-free flour blend
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing.
If you like pumpkin pie, then these cookies are just what you need. They’re packed full of pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a generous amount of chocolate chips.
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½cup canned pumpkin
- ½cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼cup oat flour
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum
- ¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine shortening, sugars, egg, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Stir in pumpkin and the next 6 ingredients.
Shape dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Arrange on an ungreased cookie sheet and press down slightly. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden. Cool completely before removing from the pan.
Deviled eggs have always been a tasty treat; the combination of creamy yolks mixed with crunchy veggies makes them so satisfying.
These deviled eggs get their kick from turmeric, which gives them a yellow color and adds a bit of a spicy flavor.
- 6 hard-boiled eggs
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Cut each egg lengthwise in half. Scoop out yolks and place in a medium bowl. Add onion, mayo, cayenne, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Mash together well. Fill whites back into shells and serve immediately.
This recipe combines two of my favorite foods – avocados and hummus. It’s also very easy to make!
- 3 ripe avocados
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ½ yellow bell pepper, diced
- ½ small cucumber, peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup water
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Place all ingredients except salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
20. Nuts And Seeds
Nuts and seeds are one of the healthiest snacks around. They contain healthy fats that help keep your brain sharp as you age. I love nuts and seeds because they’re delicious and versatile.
These bars are perfect for breakfast or snack time. They’re made with oats, bananas, walnuts, and honey. This recipe is great if you want something sweet but don’t feel like making a dessert.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup mashed banana
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, mix together oats, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Press the mixture evenly into an 8×8 baking dish. Top with banana and walnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into squares when ready to eat.
22. Apple Chips
Apple chips are a quick and easy way to add a little sweetness to your day. They’re also a great alternative to potato chips. If you’re looking for healthier options, try these apple chips instead.
- 5 apples (any variety)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and core apples. Slice into thin slices using a mandoline slicer. Place slices on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Sprinkle it with lemon juice and cinnamon. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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24. Green Tea
Green tea has been proven to be beneficial to our bodies. Drinking green tea regularly can reduce risk factors associated with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.
It’s packed full of antioxidants and nutrients and can fill you up between meals.
25. Roasted Peanuts
Roasting peanuts brings out their natural flavor and makes them easier to digest. These roasted peanuts are crunchy, salty, and have just enough spice to give them a kick.
26. Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are another simple and nutritious plant-based snack option. You can easily make hard-boiled eggs at home by placing eggs directly in boiling water for 6 minutes.
After this time, remove the eggs from heat and place them in an ice bath filled with cold water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Peel eggs once cooled.
27. Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are a great addition to any diet plan, and can make a simple, tasty snack. They’re high in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels.
Plus, dried fruit contains vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Crackers are one of those foods that everyone loves. Whether it’s cheese crackers, pita chips, or tortilla chips, they all taste delicious.
Crackers are a healthy choice because they contain protein, fiber, and essential minerals such as manganese, selenium, copper, and zinc.
29. Homemade Granola
Homemade granola is a great snack option. This recipe is so easy to make, and tastes amazing! Try topping some yogurt with homemade granola for breakfast.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup almonds
- ¼ cup pecans
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large-rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine oats, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
Stir until well combined. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
30. Edamame Beans
Edamame beans are the perfect snack food. High in protein and low in fat, edamame beans are also rich in dietary fiber and folate. The best part about these soybeans?
They’re extremely versatile. Add edamame beans to salads, soups, stir-fries, and pasta dishes for added nutrition.
These are just some of the plant-based snacks available today. There are a wide range of different options available, and our list offers something for everyone!