Best vegan snacks

Aaah that familiar feeling when it’s around 11am or 4pm and there is a rumble in your tummy and all you can think of is the perfect snack. Maybe you will reach for another cup of tea and a chocolate chip cookie, or maybe in the evening you tend to reach for the bag of tortilla chips or Ritz crackers with cheese. But sometimes, all these foods can be short lived and don’t really hit the spot. So, we wanted to share with you some of our best healthy vegan snacks for you to eat and enjoy when that pang of hunger hits!

Snack tips for vegans

What makes a perfect vegan snack which is also good for your health? The advice is that we should think about our snacks in the same way that we think about our meals, try and get a source of plant protein and foods that are high in fibre with plenty of vitamins and minerals to pack in those antioxidants. Although, sometimes healthy eating does require planning ahead. Below are some easy recipes that use store cupboard products. Also, one top tip is to buy frozen fruit, tins of beans, chickpeas or legumes. Another product which is a kitchen essential for any vegan is a blender (Nutri Bullet type), you can whizz up vegetables or fruits – excellent for those strapped for time in the kitchen.

Hiya for vegans

Lastly, but by no means least, our Hiya bars are a healthy vegan eat. When looking to buy an easy vegan snack, they tick all of the boxes! The mix of ingredients such as flaxseeds, melon seeds and poppy seeds plus the chickpea flour makes them a source of plant protein. Our bars are different in that we have moved away from the fruit and oat-based bars to a completely different base. The coconut oil is a healthy fat, which means that this mixed with the seeds will help you get through the day. We use all natural ingredients to make a delicious healthy bar perfect with a cup of tea. Once you’ve tried them you will want to share this with all of your friends. Our snacks come in five fabulous flavours, and everyone has their own favourite flavour. We are divided between fennel, cardamom or ginger, but, the cacao is always a favourite amongst chocolate lovers and for which, we are proud to say, we won a Great Taste Award!

Easy Healthy and Delicious Recipes

A really easy healthy vegan snack that doesn’t really require any planning is a piece of fresh fruit with some peanut butter or any other nut butter. This is a healthy choice as you can get some of your daily plant protein from the humble peanut and it is dairy free and gluten free – simple and delicious.

Hummus

Another easy and healthy go to vegan snack is hummus (and a perfect match with carrot sticks or broccoli/cauliflower florets). The great thing is that all types of hummus are vegan. If you want to be adventurous you can make this simple recipe at home. All that you need is a can of drained chickpeas (a delicious plant-based protein, a tablespoon of olive oil, and either tahini (sesame paste) or one large tablespoon of sesame seeds.

If you would like to add some more flavour you can throw in some caramelised red onions. Whizz all these ingredients in a blender and voila, you have your home-made hummus. This will keep in the fridge for a few days. Such an easy snack with all-natural ingredients, gluten-free, free from any additives, and to top it off it has a great flavour as it is so fresh!

Smoothies

Another one of our favourite go-to snacks, and highly recommended for those of you with a sweet tooth, is a fruit smoothie. Super simple – you need a cupful of frozen berries or any frozen fruit, a cupful of coconut milk or any other nut milk or non dairy milk, a teaspoon of peanut butter and some cacao nibs.

This will give the smoothie a real chocolate chip taste, and so a real must for all of those you with a sweet tooth or anyone who just loves chocolate. Lastly, add in a scoop of a plant-based protein powder, vivolife.co.uk have a wide selection for vegans.

Best vegan snacks done the Indian way!

250g gram flour
75g semolina
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
½ tsp turmeric
For the topping/ ‘tadka’
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp curry leaves or coriander
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp sugar
2-3 green chillies chopped
100 ml of water

In a bowl mix the gram flour, salt, lemon juice and semolina. Stir for 5 minutes and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Then add the baking powder and bicarbonate soda. Pour this mixture into a steam-proof dish and steam for 25 minutes on a low heat. For the ‘tadka’, heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds start to pop, lower the heat and add 1 tbsp of sugar, salt and 100 ml of water. Bring this to the boil, then remove from heat. Once the dhokla has cooked (this should be soft and spongy to touch), then pour over the tadka. Serve with tea! Delicious!

A Recipe for Chocolate Loving Vegans

If any of these recipes didn’t quite satisfy your sugar cravings, you can always try and make some energy balls. These are perfect with a cup of tea or mid-morning when you just need something to get you through to lunch, and they also work for those of you looking for that sugar fix! Again, very simple to make. In a blender put in 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice), add some vegan chocolate and a mixture of nuts, like almonds or brazil nuts, add some dried fruit like apricots or dried mango.

Lastly add 2-3 tablespoons of agave syrup (a sugar alternative) and whizz all of these ingredients in the blender, until they become sticky and gooey. Remove the mixture into a tray and roll out into little energy balls. Put these in the fridge to harden and to store (they should last up to a week in the fridge). These are actually surprisingly healthy!

Hiya smoothie souffle - quick and easy vegan snacking

Makes 2 portions:
1 Cacao Hiya bar
80ml coconut milk
40g oats
70g peanut butter (or any nut butter)
120g mixed frozen berries
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180C/165 Fan/gas 5. Put equal amounts of frozen berries into two soufflé ramekins. Then put all of the other ingredients into a blender. Blitz this for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the souffle ramekins, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Serve with a cup of tea or coffee whilst it is still hot. Enjoy!

Hiya snack bar souffle recipe

Other Vegan Treats.

These were just a few recipe ideas for healthy vegan snacks but if you are still wanting to eat some junk food, you can always eat some vegan chocolate or vegan ice cream as a sweet treat. Or for more savoury treats, there is a lot of different flavoured vegan cheese now or you can reach for the bag of sea salt crisps or chips fried in vegan oil. There is now so much to choose from. An excellent site for artisan food is yumbles.com where you will find a great variety of vegan treats.
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