When I went vegan, one of my first ports of call was my local health food store to see what snacks and treats I could pick up. Thankfully, there was a huge variety and I tried lots of different yummy bars and bags, quickly picking favourites. However, just because they’re vegan doesn’t mean they’re healthy.
I wanted to find delicious vegan snacks that weren’t too sugary and processed, and after searching at specialty markets and online stores, I found a few options. However, spending money on these ‘luxuries’ are one of the reasons why people say a vegan diet is expensive. So I’ve come up with 5 delicious vegan snacks that won’t cost you the earth.
Homemade potato wedges with sugar snap peas and siraicha sauce
This is incredibly easy to make and so delicious and filling. Cut up a few baby potatoes, cover them in a mixture of soy sauce, paprika and a little extra virgin olive oil, and stick them in the oven at a high heat for 30 minutes.
When they’re done (they’ll be brown around the edges), add them to a bowl with some sugar snap peas and add a sauce of choice like sweet chilli or siraicha.
Toasted ciabatta bread with assorted toppings
This is probably my favourite on the list as it’s so easy and quick to make. It’s also super delicious! Half a ciabatta roll and lightly toast the slices. Mash an avocado, adding lemon juice and some black pepper, and spread it onto one roll. Cut a few slices of cucumber and place on top of avocado spread, and sprinkle some paprika on top for a smokey taste.
Spread some gooseberry jam on the second roll and top with almond butter. Then add slices of banana and top with a tiny bit of agave nectar (optional). They’re so filling!
Chocolate and banana ice cream
Otherwise known as ‘nice cream’, this is great for hot days (or comfort eating days!) and doesn’t involve any churning. Freeze two chopped bananas overnight. Take them out of the freezer and defrost just a little so that you can separate the slices. Put in a blender and add a tablespoon of cacao powder and a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Pour in half a cup of almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer). Blend and enjoy! You can choose lots of other flavours – I like orange chocolate (just add a few orange slices) and peppermint (pop in a few mint leaves).
Spinach, mint, pineapple and banana smoothie
Blend a cup of spinach (it doesn’t really have a taste so go nuts!), a mint leaf (mint is strong so tread carefully), pineapple chunks and a whole banana (go for two if you like) and pour into a glass.
Top with a mint leaf and maybe a funky straw and you’ve got yourself a refreshing summer drink that’s also good for you!
Orange chocolate spread with dippy bread sticks
This snack reminds me of when I was a kid when shops sold little packets of mini bread sticks and chocolate spread. It was so tasty but they were totally stingy on the chocolate! I haven’t seen them in years, but I don’t miss it as I now have a jumbo version!
All you have to do is buy some bread sticks (mine are gluten free) and the organic orange chocolate spread from Plamil (I got mine from the Tesco Free From section for a few quid – it lasts a long time). Dip and enjoy! The spreads from Plamil are also nut free so if you have an allergy you can still give this a go.
What are your favourite vegan snacks? Let me know in the comments!