Going vegan is becoming more popular these days, and that means that there many more suitable options on the market as well. The reasons behind eating vegan may vary, but most of them are commendable. Some people might want to avoid animal products to protest the killing and captivity of animals, while others may do it in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. Dairy allergies and a concern with the hormones in meat are also reasons that might cause one to choose a vegan lifestyle for good.
Whatever your reasons are, a vegan diet certainly limits your options drastically. Luckily, there are several vegan dishes, recipes, and snacks out there you to fulfill all your cravings. There are several options available in grocery stores and even some restaurants, but buying already-cooked food could run expensive after a while.
If you’re looking to whip up some vegan snacks at home, look no further. Try out the recipes below, and you can easily get through the day without your stomach rumbling:
Chocolate-covered digestives with raspberries
Fortunately for those who have a sweet tooth, sugar is vegan. Adding milk, butter, and other non-vegan ingredients are what makes most desserts a no-no on this particular diet. In order to make the perfect sweet snack that will suit your tastes and won’t break your diet, you might have to get a bit creative.
The following snack is just the thing a vegan needs when they’re craving something sweet. While milk chocolate might not be vegan, the bittersweet, dark kind is. Make sure you read the ingredients on the back before finalizing your choice of chocolate; some brands have a dark version with just a tiny percentage of milk solids; others don’t.
All you have to do next is grab some regular digestives that use Toasted Sugar instead of lactose products, with the whole wheat flour providing the crispiness instead of eggs. Any vegan dark chocolate on top of these biscuits will be excellent for a quick dessert or pick-me-up.
You may choose to melt down that chocolate first and dip the digestives in it to get a smooth, even coating. Use a double boiler or a heatproof dish on top of a pan half-filled with hot water to achieve a smooth sauce without adding milk or cream. Jazz up the final result with some fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or bananas!
Thin crackers in a bowl
If you’re in the mood for crackers but don’t have any, there’s no need to rush to the store every time. Both the store-bought and homemade versions rely on a vegan formula in order to gain that nuttiness and crunch. When you make your own crackers at home, you may be absolutely sure that no non-vegan ingredient is involved.
This recipe uses toasted wheat germ in order to make the texture grainy, with the secret ingredient turmeric giving a unique color and fragrance. You may use oil in this recipe, though some would say that butter gives a nutty flavor that would mask any overpowering wheat or malt essence. As we’re focused on a vegan snack, however, it’s probably better to experiment with different oils until you get the best results.
Popcorn in a movie-style box
Popcorn is an easy vegan snack that you can make in a few minutes, but it does tend to get boring after a while. If you weren’t vegan before and miss that buttery topping on your popcorn, there are some alternatives available.
To spice things up here, try out some unique additions. Drizzle the popcorn with olive oil and sprinkle with a spice blend. This consists of oregano, sesame seeds, tart sumac, thyme, etc. The blend itself is known as za’atar and hails from the Middle East.
If you like that combination, you can try out some more such as miso soup, roast chicken dinner, and Thai coconut curry. Simply do away with the butter, and these popcorn versions will be completely vegan.
You can check out all our popcorn flavors here, including Thai coconut curry, miso soup, and roast chicken dinner; those three are vegan if you swap out the butter. We recommend using olive oil for such substitutions, though you might prefer coconut oil for a more complex taste.
Ganoush with olive oil and garnish
Vegans may enjoy hummus, but baba ganoush takes the flavor up a notch with the used of seared eggplant. With hummus, we first have to boil the chickpeas in order to make the dish from scratch. The alternative is buying pre-made hummus or canned chickpeas, which again might run expensive in the long run. Plus, if you want a really healthy snack, it’s always best to go homemade instead of risking the preservatives in canned items.
Slow-roasting the eggplant and then draining it results in a quicker snack, which is something we all require at times. A salad spinner will do away with the excess water in no time. Once that’s done, all you have to do is stir in your tahini plus some olive oil. You can even make your own tahini by grinding a few tablespoons of sesame seeds with olive oil.
The steps are much like hummus here, except you’re using eggplant instead of boiled chickpeas. Needless to say, the roasting and charring process is much quicker than boiling any vegetable or pulse. Once you’ve achieved a creamy consistency, the baba ganoush could serve as a dip for pita bread or crunchy veggies.
Crispy homemade potato chips
It might be easy to make potato chips at home, but they could be an unhealthy choice if deep-fried. Some store-bought chips might also contain flavorings that are derived from animal sources, so you definitely want to avoid those. Even the vegan offerings from the same brand are probably manufactured in the same factory, so you’ll risk contamination when relying on store-bought chips.
Follow your vegan heart and stay on the right side of the scales by making these roasted chips instead. The mushroom, thyme, and lemon additions will pack a flavorful punch, making sure you’re satisfied with just a few.
Slicing the potatoes very thinly and boiling them in vinegar plus water is part of the trick here. The vinegar is instrumental in keeping the chips from darkening while frying. The recipe uses a custom seasoning, which also includes yeast. This gives a roasted chicken flavor, while the lemon zest, garlic, dried thyme, and mushroom give even more layers to the humble potato. All you have to do is toss the fried chips immediately in the seasoning to have a wholesome vegan snack.
After the tossing, you can choose to bake the chips or give them a turn in the microwave. Many try to avoid using a microwave now, so it’s up to you to decide on this step.
You can also look online for even more ideas for seasonings, or make up your own mixes. Go for a simple tangy salt and vinegar blend, or choose between ranch and barbeque options. For the barbeque flavor, a blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and chili powder would do. One teaspoon of each would do, or you can mix up the ingredients according to your taste.
You can also get a delicious ranch flavoring by mixing a teaspoon each of dried dill weed, onion powder, and crushed dried parsley. Add a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of garlic powder to complete the experience.
Homemade applesauce in a bowl
We’ll round off with one of the simplest ideas for vegan snacking, albeit also one of the most nutritious. If you have a lot of apples or just want to use up what’s left, cook up some applesauce. You can work on preserving the flavor for when the fruit is out of season. This recipe calls for apple cider vinegar as well, along with leaving the apples unskinned. The combination helps to brighten the result, add more flavor, and fulfill you for a longer period of time.
You can also add a few more tweaks, such as adding a tiny bit of rosewater. Roses and apples come from the same family, so this addition will intensify the flavor. An apple compote will also come in handy at times. Simply freeze the applesauce or the compote and use it in quick desserts when you’re short of time.
We also recommend adding a dash of cinnamon to the applesauce or apple compote. Cinnamon and apple is a heavenly classic combination, and you’ll get the nutrients of both healthy ingredients at once. While some recipes for applesauce might call for some sugar, we don’t think it’s really necessary. The sugar in the apples themselves is more than enough to give a sweet, satisfying taste.
Applesauce is an excellent snack for vegans, especially if they’re trying to get others interested in the same lifestyle. It contains loads of nutrients, especially if you leave the skin on. You can also freeze it for later, put it in a jar for baby food, or have a few spoonfuls whenever you’re feeling like some dessert.
However, it must be noted that there are some concerns with the apple skins absorbing pesticides and/or insecticides from the fields. If buying organic isn’t an option at all times, you can try this neat trick: soak the apples in a tub of water with about half a cup of vinegar. Rinse them off after half an hour, and you can enjoy your apples with the skin and without any fears! The vinegar will also add a crisp and tangy taste to the apples, which is always a plus in our book.
Each of the above snacks is packed with flavor and relatively easy to make. You can whip up a batch of these for your next party or freeze them in case of an emergency. However you decide to use these ideas, they’ll probably be enough to stave off your hunger and fulfill you at the same time. Going vegan doesn’t have to limit you to bland foods. You might even consider sharing some of these snacks and seeing if your family or friends would adopt the same lifestyle too!
Of course, sometimes you just want to lead a healthy lifestyle without limiting yourself to a certain type. Eliminating food groups completely might not be the best idea for everyone, so there are some organic and healthy snacks that you may try out in addition to some vegan options.