10 easy vegan snack ideas that will keep you full until mealtime. This list of nibbles includes many things that are likely already in your refrigerator.
When hunger strikes, it’s nice to have some staple items on hand for quick, convenient, and satiating vegan snacks.
Here are 10 vegan snack ideas that will satisfy until lunch or dinner.
Easy vegan snack ideas
Banana with peanuts
Bananas and peanuts are a terrific match. Have a few peanuts with every bite of banana for a sweet and salty snack that includes a satisfying crunch.
I especially like this as a pre or post workout snack.
Who can resist the smell of freshly popped corn? I make mine on the stove with a little bit of oil. But an air popper is an easy way to go, especially if there are kids in the house making their own snacks.
Top the popcorn with some melted vegan butter, nutritional yeast flakes, and a pinch of salt. Or add a few splashes of hot sauce.
(What is nutritional yeast? <– Find out here.)
For a lighter take, try popcorn with a squeeze of lime juice and pinch of salt.
Chips & salsa
Chips and salsa are not only an excellent addition to your taco night. They also make a tasty snack in their own right! Pull out some tortilla chips, pour your preferred salsa, and it’s go time.
My favorite salsa is garlic chipotle from Trader Joe’s. It’s a jarred salsa, so it’s easy to have an extra jar in the snack cabinet for hunger emergencies.
But of course, it’s not hard to make your own fresh salsa with tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice.
Hummus & veggies
Protein-packed hummus is a terrific snack to have around, because it is filling and delicious. Hummus is also a good multipurpose dish, because in addition to snacking, it can also be used on crostini, in a double hummus wrap, or on a vegan bagel sandwich.
You can pick up a tub of hummus at the store, or make your own!
Here are some of my favorite hummus recipes:
- Easy hummus recipe
- Pizza-style sun-dried tomato hummus
- Kalamata olive hummus
- Buffalo hummus with vegan blue cheese
Scoop the hummus with sliced vegetables or homemade pita chips.
Complete your snack with a couple of stuffed grape leaves. I buy them by the can at Trader Joe’s. Then they can linger in the cupboard until hunger strikes.
Non-dairy cheese and crackers
When I went vegan, I assumed my cheese and cracker days were behind me. But now there are so many tasty vegan cheeses around, options are endless.
For snacking, I especially like Daiya cheddar block and water crackers or woven wheat wafers. Or make a little cracker sandwich by adding a slice of pickle, vegan pepperoni, and a schmear of stoneground mustard.
(Here are more of my favorite vegan cheeses for your every need!)
Trader Joe’s Thai vegetable gyoza are always a crowdpleaser. I like to keep a bag on hand in the freezer for a tasty side dish with a stir-fry or vegan potsticker soup. But they’re also a wonderful snack in their own right with tamari or Chinese hot mustard for dipping.
Make them in a skillet on the stove or in the air fryer.
To air fry potstickers, give them a light spray of oil. Then cook them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, stopping once or twice to shake the basket.
Roasted chickpeas are a protein-packed alternative to potato chips. Make roasted chickpeas in the oven or fried chickpeas in the air fryer. Season them with your choice of salt, nutritional yeast flakes, and/or onion powder.
I like my roasted chickpeas crisp on the outside but still creamy on the inside. If you prefer yours to be completely crunchy, cook them a little longer.
In addition to making a satisfying snack, roasted chickpeas also work beautifully as a topping for salads.
For tofu phobes, the idea of snacking on tofu may seem very strange. However, most people don’t balk at the idea of having cold chicken, and it’s a similar concept.
Baked tofu is a satiating, high protein snack that can be eaten by the slab.
You can bake your own tofu – like my easy baked tofu recipe with lemon and rosemary. Or you can buy it in slabs in a variety of flavors. I’m especially a fan of the teriyaki flavor from Trader Joe’s, and the savory flavor from Wildwood.
Toast with non-dairy butter, avocado, or nut butter
When your stomach starts grumbling at midnight, toast is an easy late night snack that holds hunger at bay until morning.
Put a slice or two of wheat bread into the toaster. Then finish it with non-dairy butter, avocado, peanut butter, cashew butter, or your nut butter of choice.
Want something even more satiating? Add a few slices of baked tofu on top of your vegan avocado toast.
Tortilla pinwheels are a good thing to make ahead of time. Not only are they perfect for a packed lunch, it’s also handy to grab a slice or two when the stomach starts growling.
I fill my tortilla roll-ups with buffalo hummus, vegan blue cheese, romaine, and shredded carrots.
But get creative! Slather tortillas with your favorite spread – like cashew cheese, vegan cream cheese, or nut butter. Then add slices of your favorite vegetables or fruit, and roll them up. Finally, cut the tortillas into sushi-style slices.
What are your go-to vegan snack ideas? Tell me in the comments below!
Content and photos updated January 2020. Originally posted April 2011.