These hand-selected tasty high-protein vegan snacks are great for families and athletes alike! From higher calorie to low-fat options, choose from our homemade vegan protein bars, creamy smoothies, savory crackers, portable bliss balls and much more.
Ever wondered how to get your protein on a plant-based diet? Well, how about some edible chickpea cookie dough or chocolate mousse?
With just a few genius food swaps, you can make common favorite meals and snacks a lot higher in protein, so you never have to worry about this macronutrient as a vegan!
Ever since we shared our favorite vegan bliss balls and over 20 plant-based smoothies, we wanted to select more vegan snacks that are naturally high in protein for anyone who is working out a lot or just likes to eat a high-protein vegan diet!
Some of the following recipes are best made ahead of time, others can be whipped up in a matter of minutes whenever hunger hits.
Find black bean brownies, vegan yogurt cups, savory protein balls, blender muffins and much more in this article and don’t miss out on our printable quick-and-easy vegan protein snacks at the very end!
Here’s a whole food plant-based no-protein-powder smoothie made with sweet fruit, healthy fats and protein from hemp seeds as well as white beans! Featuring lots of fiber and no ‘beany’ taste whatsoever, this delicious post-workout drink can be modified to your liking by adding a handful of spinach or even frozen cauliflower to it.
Energy balls or bliss balls are the epitome of delicious and easy vegan protein snacks! The combination of different healthy ingredients is truly endless, but energy balls almost always feature some nuts, dried fruit, spices, sometimes oats for more satiety and a crumbly texture. This recipe is super creamy, full of peanut butter flavor & protein-packed.
These scrumptious vegan brownies are made with black beans which means they offer a good amount of protein! Swap the almond milk for soy milk for more protein if you like and enjoy the nice boost from the added espresso powder during your next workout.
Each of these vegan mini quiches only has 35 calories and they are essentially fat-free! High in protein and gluten-free, they are ready in under 30 minutes total and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Plus, they are portable and freezer-safe, making them perfect for meal prep.
We bet we had you at “cookie dough.” Yup, there’s a healthy and nutritious way to indulge in this delectable goodness without the eggs, butter and refined sugar. High in protein thanks to the chickpeas (which you won’t be able to taste, of course!), peanut butter and oats, this is one of the most satisfying sweet snacks you could imagine. Totally meal prep-friendly, too!
You won’t find a way to make silken tofu taste better than this high-protein chocolate mousse! Made with only 4 healthy vegan ingredients, this easy recipe is a deliciously creamy dessert or post-workout snack that can be enjoyed at home or anywhere else.
Getting your protein on a vegan diet has never been so delicious! These healthy snickers protein bars taste just like dessert and are made with vegan vanilla protein powder, almond flour, dates, peanuts and dark chocolate chips. You won’t regret making them!
Granted, we could have just written “dip apple slices into some peanut butter,” but this is way more fun! Treat your sliced apple like little pizzas, which you can top with fresh fruit like banana or berries, mixed nuts and seeds or granola.
Move over, store-bought vegan protein bars – here’s your healthier homemade counterpart. These bars are very easy to make and really delicious! With a raisin and roasted hazelnut crust and a creamy nut-matcha filling, these power bars are next-level post-workout goodness.
How about 54 grams of plant-strong protein in one bowl of oatmeal? Granted, it’s a rather large snack that can totally double as a high-protein breakfast but we thought it’s too genius not to share. Soft tofu gets blended with water, oatmeal, zucchini and frozen banana. Stir in vegan protein powder and heat in the microwave!
These easy homemade energy bars are high in nutrients and really easy to customize! Using almonds, seeds and dates for the sticky and tasty base, the individual components can be swapped for whatever you have on hand or fancy the most. Don’t forget to top with some melted chocolate for the perfect post-workout treat!
This coconut chia pudding is perfectly designed for meal prep! Using only 6 simple ingredients, this healthy and creamy snack is relatively high in protein and can be topped with anything you like. Mango puree is a delicious add-on, but any fruit you have on hand will work fine.
The perfect sweet portable vegan protein snack! We love these easy and delicious vegan blender muffins made with dairy-free yogurt and rolled oats. Add your favorite toppings, such as berries, nuts, seeds, granola or chocolate chips!
If you’re looking for carbs to take the backseat, try these easy coconut protein balls! Made with coconut butter, hemp seeds, vegan vanilla protein powder and a touch of spices, they are ready to enjoy in 10 minutes and can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
When thinking of great vegan protein snacks, you cannot go wrong with hummus! From classic hummus sandwiches or paired with raw veggies to these tasty little pinwheels, we love this versatile bean dip. Great for meal prep or to share with your family!
This protein-packed bowl of goodness is the definition of making healthy food taste like dessert! Topped with chewy chickpea cookie dough bites, the smoothie base is made with banana and silken tofu and tastes fantastic with desiccated coconut for a pretty garnish.
If you enjoy meal prep as much as we do, you’ve probably tried some overnight oats before! So, next time you make some, try this protein-packed version with around 30 grams of protein per serving. It can be enjoyed as a tasty breakfast or midday snack and the recipe offers 3 delicious flavor options.
We totally adore these 3-ingredient vegan frozen yogurt protein cups! They are fun to make, refreshing and a delicious way to eat more plant-based foods. Choose soy yogurt for the highest protein content and freeze the cups for an hour after a super quick 15-minute prep.
While you might think that pancakes are a typical breakfast food, we like to make a larger batch during lazy Sunday mornings and store a handful of leftover pancakes in the fridge for a quick afternoon snack the next days! This easy recipe is made with gluten-free oats, vegan protein powder and a few other staple ingredients.
Vegan, gluten-free and packed with protein! Enjoy these healthy and nutritious fries as a higher protein vegan snack and don’t forget your favorite dip like ketchup or this herby tofu ranch! Only a few accessible staple foods are needed to make them, too.
Beans on toast aren’t just a classic British recipe, they also make for a tasty and filling high-protein vegan snack! Using aromatics like onion and garlic alongside some tasty spices and an easy tomato sauce, the canned beans turn out super flavorful and are best served on a slice of sourdough bread.
These chocolatey vegan protein cookies are easy to make and pack almost 9 grams of protein per 125 calorie cookie. They're great any time of the day and much more affordable than store-bought protein cookies and bars. Soft and slightly chewy, they taste like a cake-y brownie in cookie form!
Try this crunchy homemade vegan granola for a high-protein snack! Featuring different nuts and seeds, rolled oats, dried fruit, spices and plant-based protein powder, it’s super customizable, tasty and great for breakfast or snacking.
Loaded with vitamin C, potassium and vegan protein, this refreshing pineapple smoothie is the perfect post-workout drink! It’s bright, nutritious, creamy and bursting with healthy ingredients like hemp seeds, turmeric, dates, coconut water and white beans.
Have you ever tried savory energy balls? This recipe makes for cheesy, filling and soft little protein-packed snacks that are portable, great for meal prep and so versatile. Flavored with nutritional yeast, garlic, smoked paprika and different herbs, they taste so good and can be spiced to your liking.
These easy 5-ingredient chickpea flour crackers with a touch of sea salt are perfect for some high-protein snacking! They are gluten-free, crunchy and ready in 30 minutes. Pair with your favorite bean dip, fruit, veggies or some sweet dessert hummus!
Grab some apple slices or chickpea crackers and make this super easy 10-minute dessert hummus! It’s pretty much one of the most delicious high-protein vegan snacks, super creamy and sweet thanks to the pure maple syrup.
These delicious and really nutritious grab-and-go bites are chewy, crunchy, slightly sweet and a little spicy! Offering healthy carbs from whole fruit, they are also packed with a good amount of plant-based protein thanks to the chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and rolled oats.
Firm tofu and kala namak team up to create this flavorful and high-protein delivered eggs mixture that tastes fantastic on a crunchy slice of baguette! This snack or appetizer is deliciously eggy, easy to make and truly crowd-pleasing.
Vegan Protein FAQs
How Much Protein Do You Need per Day?
Many people will be surprised to find out that they need less protein per day than they thought. Thanks to today’s protein hype, even those who only work out sporadically think they need to load up on protein like there’s no tomorrow.
The truth is that yes, protein is an essential nutrient – and everyone’s daily needs are slightly different. It comes down to variables like your gender and activity level or how well you can absorb it.
If you’re struggling to eat whole food sources of plant-based protein in adequate amounts, you might want to opt for a vegan protein powder.
To see whether or not you are getting enough protein simply by following a vegan diet rich in whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and veggies, you can track your food intake by using free tools like cronometer.com.
Although most of our content on this website is about a balanced plant-based diet, there are cases in which such a way of eating needs to be supplemented (and not just with vitamin B12).
When choosing which vegan protein powder to buy, you can choose between unsweetened and plain or sweetened and flavored! Some plant-based protein powders are fortified with additional nutrients like B12.
What you eat before a workout might be just as important as what you eat after it. You want to load up on a lot of (healthy) carbohydrates for energy as well as some protein to support muscle growth.
Both of these will help your body perform at its peak. Make sure not to eat too close to working out (1-2 hours is ideal) and stay away from large portions, as this will make you feel sluggish rather than energized!
Choose easy-to-digest pre-workout snacks, such as:
Bananas – high in potassium, which supports nerve and muscle function. Easy-to-access energy and really convenient
Green smoothies – hydrating and energy-boosting with fast-burning carbohydrates from fruits and essential minerals thanks to the leafy greens
Oatmeal – helps store glycogen which improves stamina; the complex carbs digest more slowly, offering long-lasting energy throughout your workout
Fruity soy milkshake – good source of protein, great in combination with some whole food carbs from berries or mangoes
Whole grain bread with peanut butter and banana – carbs, protein and all the ‘yum’ you could ask for!
Banana ice cream – blended frozen bananas, berries and soy milk; add some nut butter for a delicious twist!
Loaded potato – choose a white potato loaded with beans or a sweet potato with banana, berries and cinnamon
What to Eat After a Workout as a Vegan
During your workout, the glycogen stores in your muscles get partially depleted – which is why we want to refill them with some tasty and healthy carbohydrates.
We also put a strain on our muscles, which get microscopic tears when we exercise before growing back even stronger! This is why we’re looking for a good protein source after a workout to assist with this process.
We hope you found some great ideas for your next high-protein vegan snacks! Let us know in the comments below if you tried any of the recipes and feel free to Pin this article here. Don’t forget to try and rate our quick protein snacks below!
Find easy and tasty vegan high-protein snacks from smoothies to protein oats, pancakes, crackers, muffins and more! The following 8 bonus recipes are made with everyday staples and super quick to assemble. Adjust to your taste preferences and enjoy these vegan protein snacks within minutes!
Loaded Cakes: spread some peanut butter or tahini on rice cakes and top with sliced fruit. Optional: sprinkle with some hemp hearts!
Yogurt Bowl: put soy yogurt in a small bowl, top with granola, berries and your favorite nuts. Optional: stir some protein powder in the yogurt first!
Hummus + Crackers: get some seed-based or whole-grain crackers and dip them in hummus; choose raw veggies for a lower calorie protein snack.
Cheesy Veggies: microwave some fresh or frozen broccoli and carrots until soft, then add homemade blended bean cheese sauce on top!
Trail Mix: get a store-bought version or mix your favorite higher protein nuts, seeds and dried fruit; store in a lidded container and snack on it whenever needed!
Ants on a Log: start by washing and chopping celery stalks, then spread some peanut butter inside and top it with a few raisins.
Tofu Sandwich: spread hummus on a slice of bread, then layer smoked tofu or tempeh, mustard, tomato and lettuce in any order of your choice on top!
Vegan Protein Shake: add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth; adjust the quantities according to your dietary or taste preferences!
You can use store-bought vegan protein powder instead of our homemade recipe.
Soy products and peanuts are great go-to vegan protein sources!
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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.