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Top Vegan Snacks – Store Bought & Homemade (recipe included)

nuts-squirrelWhat’s easier than to grab a quick snack on the go? Nowadays, with our busy lives, we sometimes need a little something in between meals, a little snack to give you a boost, or just to make that hungry feeling go away, or perhaps you just have a craving. I get plenty of those, I’m a real nut freak. I could eat nuts every day (and I do most of the time, lol)

So, what are some good vegan snacks? Is popcorn OK? Yes, make it yourself, just the way you like it. Homemade chocolates (yummy! I’m a little bit of a chocoholic), and yes, there will be a recipe πŸ™‚

What about store bought snacks and which ones are the top vegan snacks?

Well, in this post I am going to discuss homemade and store bought ones. There is a wide array of vegan snacks, but I will narrow it down to the ones that are the best on the market.

Store Bought Vegan Snacks

    • Nuts: cashews, Brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, macadamia, pistachios, walnuts, and there is so much. You can really go nuts here πŸ˜‰
    • Oreo Cookies. yes, did you know that they are accidentally plant based? And very tasty too πŸ˜‰ (note: Oreo cookies contain palm oil, which is linked to deforestation and loss of habitat for wild species, especially the orangutan. Although Oreos contain no eggs or dairy, they are not ethically vegan)
    • Pringles, The Original, yep, that one too
    • Original Ritz Crackers are made with vegetable oils and no butter. Some versions do have butter though, but just check the ingredients. The original ones are vegan.
    • Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, how much more yummy does that sound? Peanut butter, dark chocolate? I’m in heaven.

There are many more snacks available, but these are a good start, and hey, no more complaints about vegan food being too expensive πŸ˜‰ . Pringles and Ritz crackers have low prices, and the rest of the snacks are also very accessibly priced πŸ™‚

pringles

Homemade Vegan Snacks

Popcorn is quite simple. Just buy a packet of popcorn kernels, fry them in oil in a covered pan, and add salt, or anything you like. You can really create your own flavor here, like cinnamon, plain salt, salt and pepper, spicy, and so on. Just make sure that the frying pan is covered. That is very important, otherwise, the popcorn kernels are going to be popping all over your stove top, cabinets, the floors, you get the idea. It is going to look like an explosion in Molly Weasley’s kitchen (Yes, I read all the Harry Potter books πŸ˜‰ )

popcorn

Homemade chocolate, ah, I love this recipe. When I became vegan, I had a hard time letting go of chocolate, because every single item had some dairy in it. I even had to watch out for the ingredients of some dark chocolates … So, I decided to make my own chocolates. After research and some experimenting, a delicious recipe saved my chocoholism πŸ˜‰

Recipe – Homemade Chocolates

What do you need?

    • 20-22 tablespoons of coconut oil
    • 3-4 teaspoons of dried coconut shavings
    • a pinch of salt
    • brown sugar (between 3-5 teaspoons – it really depends on how sweet you like it)
    • 4-5 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder
    • bowl
    • molds for chocolate

  • Optional: pecan nuts

How do you make it?

Easy!

  • Pour the coconut oil into a bowl
  • Add the cocoa powder, and mix it with the coconut oil. You will notice that the oil will absorb the cocoa powder perfectly.
  • Add a tiny pinch of salt and stir
  • Add sugar and stir. Taste from time to time to check the level of sweetness. I use 3 teaspoons of sugar, but I don’t want my chocolate too sweet. Just taste and mix πŸ˜‰
  • Add a tiny pinch of salt and stir
  • Now add the coconut shavings. Do it spoonful by spoonful, to make sure that the chocolate mixture doesn’t get too thick (the coconut shavings make it a little firmer) It has to remain a little liquidy.
  • With a teaspoon, transfer the chocolate to the molds. Make sure the mold(s) is/are set on a tray or on a chopping board (it will make it easier to keep it straight when transferring it to the fridge later)
  • Optional: place a pecan or pieces of the pecan in the middle of the chocolate mold and pour more chocolate over it.
  • When all the molds are filled, put them in the refrigerator, and leave them there for at least an hour, so that the mixture can harden.
  • When the mixture is hard, remove the molds from the fridge, pop the chocolates into a container, and you have yourself a delicious batch of dark chocolates (with or without pecan fillings) πŸ™‚

chocolatesEnjoy! And use any type of filling with these chocolates, it could be small pieces of strawberry or pineapple, almonds, hazelnuts, or whatever you fancy. And of course, you can also leave them plain.

 

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Christine

20 Comments

  1. These are some great options. It is so easy to eat unhealthy especially when we are in need of a snack in the midst of our busy lives.

    I had no idea that Oreo Cookies were considered a vegan snack. I have been educated today on some awesome snack ideas.

    I especially like the chocolate recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Nate, yes, Oreo cookies are vegan. There is just one version that may have milk in it, but I can’t remember which one. I will doublecheck, but this one I mentioned is definitely vegan πŸ™‚
      I hope you try out the chocolate recipe, it’s delicious! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, this is a helpful post. I like the store-bought options you give. I’m a fellow nut lover so I can totally relate. I think cashews are my favourite, what about you? I’m also a huge popcorn and chocolate fan. I’m currently on a sugar-free fast though so taking a break from the chocolate but looking forward to having it again!!!

  3. Hi Chistine, the Oreo vegan style is still hard to accept.lol Though, I have heard that before. But, I am liking me some thoughts on trying the GoGo Quinoa Cookies. I favored the site link! I was wondering if you have ever tried Carob instead of the Cocoa powder? Thanks for the info here!
    Tim

    • Hi Tim, I can relate to your thoughts on the Oreo cookies. πŸ˜‰ I have always wanted to try carob powder, but I haven’t yet. I’ll definitely try it soon.

  4. OOOH that homemade chocolate recipe looks bomb! I used to make one similar and I would always eat it all. I’ll have to try yours and see how I like it. I’m sure I will fall in love!

  5. My cousin the fitness trainer is a vegan and he orders my vegan baked goods all the time. I really like the recipe options you offered because I think many of the store-bought snacks are unhealthy. I prefer to make my own vegan crackers, chocolates, cookies, etc. I even make them sugar-free! That said, I’ll keep this site in mind whenever I need inspiration and ideas for my cousin’s vegan meals. Thanks!

    • Hi Dawn, I agree that homemade snacks are much healthier. The store bought ones are a good alternative when someone has no time to cook. I also prefer to make everything myself πŸ˜‰

  6. Yum Yum Yum! I love this recipe and cannot wait to try it. In fact, I have a sweet tooth and I may try it tonight. I do not like coconut shavings tho. Will it turn out if I leave them out? Also, I am trying to avoid sugar. Can I use monk fruit to replace the brown sugar?
    I can not believe that Oreos are vegan. That makes my heart smile! Now I do not have to feel guilty. They are one of my favorite snacks.
    Popcorn is so great to make homemade, but you are so right! The process can be very messy. Personally, I have burned homemade popcorn so many times, I let my friend do the popping! His popcorn is sooo good tho. I would love it if you could recommend a good homemade popcorn popper!

    • Hi Ashley πŸ™‚

      You can skip the coconut shavings. I’ve done it before without those shavings (I had run out of them) and the chocolates still came out fine. So, go ahead and do it your way πŸ™‚

      Making popcorn can indeed get messy, even if the frying pan is covered. A good alternative would be the Hamilton Beach Popcorn Popper. It’s easy to use, easy to add flavors, and easy to clean.

  7. I definitely enjoy a bit of popcorn as a snack… I kind of have to watch my sweets.. but the chocolate and coconut are reminiscent of Almond Joy, which is one of my favorite candy bars. πŸ™‚
    Informative post, thank you so much for sharing this.

    • I have never tried almond joy, but I’ve heard of it. i’m not sure if they are sold where I live, I need to check that πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Christine!
    I didn’t know there was a vegan chocolate recipe. I am not a vegan, but I have a friend who will certainly need it.
    I love most of the snacks that you mentioned in this post, and the best thing is that they are relatively cheap. In Brazil, Pringles are so expensive, so people have to stick with homemade popcorn. Great selection of vegan snacks! Thanks for that!

  9. Hi Stefan,
    I had no idea that Pringles were so expensive in Brazil. I wonder why …
    Thanks for sharing my chocolate recipe with your friend! πŸ™‚

  10. Ich habe Deine Webseite angesehen. Ich sehe dass Du auf eine gesunde Ernährung viel Wert legst.

    Ich bin erst seit kurzer Zeit bei WEA. 

    Möchten Sie Unterstützung im Verkauf Ihrer Produkte haben? Wollen Sie Ihre Produkte nach Österreich liefern?

    Ich selbst esse sehr gerne Bioprodukte, also nicht nur vegan. Ich kenne aber einige Lokale die eine sehr gute Vegane-Küche haben. Die beste, die ich kenne ist in Szombathely in Ungarn.

    Alles Gute und eine schöne Zeit wünsche ich Ihnen aus dem Burgenland

    alfred dvorak

    • Hallo Alfred, 

      Danke für deinen Kommentar. Ich bin etwas weit weg von Österreich, aber ich bin (vor vielen Jahren) oft in Österreich gewesen (ein sehr schönes Land).

      Diese Produkte sind nicht meine, sie gehören anderer Firmen, Ich habe diese Produkte ausprobiert und empfehle diese die mir gefallen.

      Viele Grüsse!

      (English version)

      Hello Alfred,

      Thank you for your comment. I live a little far from Austria, but I have been there often (many years ago). It’s a beautiful country. 

      These products are not mine, they belong to other companies. I have tried these products and I recommend the ones that I like.

      Best regards!

  11. These are all excellent options and tips. I might actually give the homemade chocolate a try. I pretty much have everything except the coca powder. Heck, it’s probably cheaper to do that recipe than buying a few pieces of chocolate.

    I think a lot of people struggle with being a vegan in the beginning, but if they start off slowly and proceed gradually, things become easier. And with snack options like the above, it can be even easier from the get-go.

    • Do try the homemade chocolate. You will love it. It is so delicious. And yes, it may turn out cheaper than buying chocolate πŸ™‚ because the ingredients are enough to make several batches πŸ™‚ 

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