What’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 🙂
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 😉
- Oreo Cookies. yes, did you know that they are accidentally plant based? And very tasty too 😉 (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.
- Annie’s Organic Chewy Granola Bars: in case you’re trying to stay away from chocolate, granola bars are always a welcome snack 😉
- Belvita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits
- Quinoa Cookies, see, even quinoa offers a delicious sweet option, and it has dark chocolate 🙂
There are many more snacks available, but these are a good start, and hey, no more complaints about vegan food being too expensive 😉 . Pringles and Ritz crackers have low prices, and the rest of the snacks are also very accessibly priced 🙂
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 😉 )
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 😉
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
- molds for chocolate
- Optional: pecan nuts
How do you make it?
- 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 😉
- 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) 🙂
Enjoy! 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.