These healthy and tasty plant-based snacks you can buy at many stores or make at home are perfect as an emergency stash or take them with you on road trips!
Sudden bursts of hunger when you’re on the go can be really stressful if you’ve just made the switch to a different way of eating.
You frantically go through the list of old favorites just to assume that none of your snacks are vegan-friendly. So, what now?
Get a piece of paper and a pen, here are 25 great plant-based snacks to buy at the store next time you do your vegan grocery shopping!
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We’ll cover tasty plant-based snacks for road trips or camping, some choices you are sure to find at any store and others that you can order online like vegan snack boxes!
As a bonus, we’ll share with you our favorite easy snack recipes so you can make your own treats from scratch at home and take them with you anywhere you go.
Best plant-based snacks to buy
You’re out and about but need to grab something really quick? These are our favorite plant-based snacks you can find at many stores.
Crunchy nuts and naturally sweet fruit make for one of our favorite plant-based snacks we get from the store almost every week!
Although you could make your own at home by mixing and matching different nuts, seeds and fruits, we love to grab pre-made trail mix at the store for a super convenient snack.
Trail mix is definitely one of the healthier plant-based snacks out there!
From apples to bananas, grapes or tangerines: fresh fruit is such a simple and ubiquitous plant-based snack!
Great to have at home for healthy snacking, juicy fruit can also be taken with you on trips or picnics and everyone will find at least one variety they love!
Some fruit is pretty cheap, especially when bought seasonally, and for added convenience, you can also buy it pre-cut and portioned.
Wheat-based, seed-based or any other way, we sure love our crackers! Nowadays, you can find flaxseed-based crackers or other healthier versions that are lower in added salt as well as some that are gluten-free for those with intolerances.
From almond flour-based vegan paleo crackers to graham crackers or saltines, they are wonderful plant-based snacks — especially when paired with a creamy dip!
Once some vegan crackers have found their way in your grocery cart, look out for tasty dips like hummus! Go for traditional hummus or try beetroot, lemon-garlic and chili flavors.
Not only is this dip easy to find at stores but also pretty healthy because it’s based on legumes. High in protein and fiber, hummus can help you feel full for several hours! You can also pair hummus with raw veggies instead of crackers.
Another commonly found plant-based snack component that can be used in many different ways is guacamole.
Corn or potato chips
Especially when unflavored, classic corn or potato chips are usually fully plant-based! Enjoy them with a healthy dip like salsa, guacamole or hummus and be sure to read the ingredients list before purchasing!
Some chips that are accidentally vegan include Fritos, Ruffles, Doritos and Pringles — find the exact items in this article.
Get a package of dried fruit as an easy plant-based snack for your next road trip! From dates to figs, apples, raisins or cherries, they are naturally high in sugar and really delicious.
Combine your dried fruit with foods like almonds, walnuts, pistachios or sunflower seeds for a healthy balance of sweet and savory!
Peanut butter and almond butter are our favorite dips for banana or sliced apples whenever we fancy a quick snack at home!
You can also pair them with celery and create “Ants on a Log” or stuff dates with nut butter. This food is high in calories and filling!
If you don’t like potato or corn chips, why not try some veggie chips?
Especially kale chips have become really popular and although they offer a different texture and look, they are oftentimes already vegan and not fried in oil.
There are also seaweed or legume-based chips you can try!
We’ve mentioned raw veggies before as a vehicle to enjoy some creamy hummus but we thought they deserve their own mention!
They are great to pack as a plant-based road trip snack and can also be enjoyed with vegan ricotta or cream cheese!
Our favorites include carrot sticks, sliced peppers, celery, sugar snap peas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and broccoli florets.
A bag of nuts can go a long way! Especially handy if you’re on the go, raw nuts like almonds, walnuts or cashews don’t take up a lot of space, can be brought with you on an airplane and are super energy-dense.
Pair with some fresh or dried fruit if you like!
Similar to roasted nuts but lower in calories and fat and high in plant-based protein are roasted legumes!
Chickpeas are most common but there are also other varieties like lupini beans or edamame you can try.
Wait, you can have popcorn on a plant-based diet? Yup, not all popcorn is made with butter! So, go ahead and check the ingredient lists.
While pre-made store-bought popcorn usually features oil and sugar, you can make your own healthier version at home in an air popper if you like.
Vegan protein bars
Plant-based snack bars have become really popular and you can find many brands offering fully vegan protein bars these days!
Look out for Clif, Nugo, Garden of Life, No Cow, Rise, Simply Protein and KIND — here’s a list of 20 plant-based bars you can buy.
Fruit & nut bars
Just as convenient and portable as protein bars but made up of completely different ingredients are fruit and nut bars. One popular brand is called Larabar but there are so many more available around the world!
Usually based on dates, raisins or figs, they are naturally sweetened and may feature cashews, almonds or even greens.
No matter if it’s made from coconut, almond, soy or oats: plant-based yogurt is great for snacking or adding to vegan meals!
Choose plain and unflavored to pair with savory crackers or salad and go for vanilla or berry for sweet snacks! We personally love eating almond yogurt with vegan granola.
Bottled smoothies may contain fruit juices but they are just such convenient on-the-go snacks for plant-based folk!
They are available in a plethora of flavors and can also be easily made at home in advance and taken with you.
Are you familiar with belVita? These crunchy breakfast biscuits provide you with lasting energy and come in delicious flavors such as Toasted Coconut and Cinnamon Brown Sugar.
Ingredients may very likely differ from country to country, so if you’re outside of the US, please check the label!
Apple & banana chips
Apple chips usually come in small bags and are naturally sweetened which makes them a great grab-and-go plant-based snack. Especially tasty with some nuts or nut butters!
Banana chips are also among our favorites but they are a little richer since they are often made with oil. Tip: combine them with coconut flakes for an awesome combination!
Great for busy mornings or if you need a more substantial snack any time throughout the day: oatmeal cups!
These single-serving cups only need some hot water and a good stir before you can enjoy the mixture of whole grains, seeds, nuts or fruit (depending on the flavors you’ve picked at the store).
Hopefully we’re not the only ones snacking on vegan granola? Be sure to skim the label for any added honey and enjoy it on its own, with vegan yogurt, fresh fruit or a smoothie.
You can prepare your own healthy granola at home for a super quick breakfast in the morning, too!
It’s probably not a surprise to a lot of people anymore but the classic oreo cookies are “accidentally vegan”.
Be sure not to pick up the wrong variety (the vegan ones aren’t labeled as vegan but no animal products are on the ingredient list) and make your kids super happy during the next road trip!
Here’s a healthier chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe as an alternative.
Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls: these delicious and versatile plant-based snacks are popping up everywhere!
Try different flavors and brands to find your next favorite go-to treat or simply make them at home by checking out our guide on how to make bliss balls.
For those moments when you really feel like rewarding yourself with a sweet treat, dark chocolate to the rescue! Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and most always vegan — especially when you aim for at least 70% cacao.
Enjoy on its own, with a warm almond latte or some fresh fruit!
Most of Snyder’s mini pretzel varieties are vegan, but some are not (looking at you, Butter Snaps). Most of the gluten-free varieties are also vegan!
When it comes to flavored pretzel pieces, look for Buffalo Wing, Peanut Butter Filled, Jalapeno, and Cinnamon Sugar and please double-check the ingredients because manufacturers can change their recipe.
What ingredients are not vegan?
When reading food labels at the store, be sure the product doesn’t contain any milk, eggs, butter, gelatine, whey, casein, lactose, shellac, honey or animal-based flavorings for chips.
Even though you wouldn’t expect a specific product to contain animal products, we recommend looking for a vegan label or reading the ingredients list — you wouldn’t believe where milk powder is hidden!
At the same time, there are bacon chips that are accidentally vegan although they don’t sound vegan-friendly at all!
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Easy plant-based snack recipes
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