Whether you’re new to the world of plant-based eating or have been vegan for a while, this post is for you! After all, who doesn’t love to have a few go-to snack ideas at the ready? Bonus points for checking the box for both easy to prepare and healthy. Not vegan? Not to worry—this post can be for you, too! Snacks are a uniting force, after all.
1. Roasted Chickpeas
It doesn’t get much easier (or much tastier) than this recipe: Just drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, toss the chickpeas in olive oil and the seasonings of your choice (Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning is a favorite) and bake them for 40 minutes or so at 450 degrees. (You want them to get nice and crispy!)
2. Popcorn Topped With Nutritional Yeast
Even though nutritional yeast could use some good PR to make it sound a touch more appealing, this stuff is delicious (which, if you’re vegan, you probably already know, since this is a go-to alternative for vegan cheese in many instances). The secret with this snack recipe is to prepare your popcorn yourself (on the stove or in the air fryer) to make it healthier than the microveable alternative. Sprinkling it with nutritional yeast not only ups the taste factor, it also adds zinc and B vitamins.
3. Homemade Granola
Make lots of this to have it ready to go when a snack attack hits. It’s great on its own or as a topping on a plant-based yogurt (recommendation on that front: Lavva). Granola is a forgiving dish that doesn’t require a recipe, really, so you can improvise with what you have on hand. One version: combine old-fashioned oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins and cinnamon with melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture evenly in the sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly browned.
4. Minty Pea Dip
This unique-yet-simple recipe will become a favorite quickly! Mash ½ cup frozen green peas with 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint and 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice. Serve with pita or pretzel chips or with veggies.
5. Almond Butter-Stuffed Dates
For a boost of energy thanks to natural sugars and fiber, this snack does the trick. Stuff pitted dried dates with almond butter and enjoy!
6. Tropical Cashew No-Bake Snack Bars
You’re just 10 minutes away from a trip to the beach – from a flavor perspective, at least! For these tasty bars, just follow this easy recipe. [https://www.cottercrunch.com/tropical-no-bake-snack-bars/]
7. Pan-Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Are you drooling just hearing the name of that snack? (I am!) Combine a two ripe, sliced bananas with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Place them in a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray and warm over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side.
photo: Charles Deluvio