30+ Tasty High-Protein Vegan Snacks

by Alena

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.

For more ideas, check our favorite high-protein vegan meals, low-carb vegan snacks and kid-friendly vegan snacks!

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!

Best High-Protein Vegan Snacks

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.

According to the Harvard Medical School, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

For the average person, this comes down to 46 g per day for women and 56 g per day for men.

Bodybuilders and those trying to gain large amounts of muscle (on a vegan diet or not), should increase their daily protein intake to 1.6 grams of protein per 1kg of body weight

When restricting calories to lose body fat, they may increase the amount to 1.5 grams per 1lb body weight.

Read our full plant-based protein guide here!

What about Vegan Protein Powder?

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.

You can check out our easy recipe for homemade vegan protein blend here!

white table with three bowls containing different high-protein roasted beans

What to Eat Before Your Workout?

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.

Making the right food choices after your workout is just as essential as what you eat before your workout. It can help your body to recover faster, increase protein synthesis and decrease muscle breakdown.

Best Sources of Vegan Protein

Consuming an adequate amount of protein after a supports your body’s repair and rebuilding mechanisms.

The essential amino acids you consume will be the new building blocks for your tissue, so try to incorporate some of the following plant-based protein sources into your diet:

  • Lentils and beans (e.g. black beans, lima beans, kidney beans)
  • Tempeh, tofu, edamame and soy products (soy milk, soy yogurt)
  • Seeds (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Whole grains (rice, oats, wholemeal bread, quinoa, barley)
  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews)

More Easy Vegan Recipes

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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!

collage of four high-protein vegan snacks like edible chickpea cookie dough, chia pudding, bars and stuffed dates

30+ Best Vegan Protein Snacks (Easy Recipes!)

Yield: 8 recipes
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

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!

Ingredients

Loaded Cakes

  • Rice cakes
  • Peanut butter or tahini
  • Banana
  • Apple

Yogurt Bowl

Hummus + Crackers

  • Hummus
  • Seed-based crackers
  • Raw veggies

Cheesy Veggies

Trail Mix

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Raisins

Ants on a Log

  • Celery sticks
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins

Tofu Sandwich

  • Slice of bread
  • Hummus
  • Smoked tofu or tempeh
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard

Vegan Protein Shake

Instructions

  1. Loaded Cakes: spread some peanut butter or tahini on rice cakes and top with sliced fruit. Optional: sprinkle with some hemp hearts!
  2. 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!
  3. Hummus + Crackers: get some seed-based or whole-grain crackers and dip them in hummus; choose raw veggies for a lower calorie protein snack.
  4. Cheesy Veggies: microwave some fresh or frozen broccoli and carrots until soft, then add homemade blended bean cheese sauce on top!
  5. 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!
  6. Ants on a Log: start by washing and chopping celery stalks, then spread some peanut butter inside and top it with a few raisins.
  7. 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!
  8. Vegan Protein Shake: add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth; adjust the quantities according to your dietary or taste preferences!

Notes

  • You can use store-bought vegan protein powder instead of our homemade recipe.
  • Soy products and peanuts are great go-to vegan protein sources!
  • Find 30+ more high-protein vegan snack ideas in the article above.

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena 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.

2 thoughts on “30+ Tasty High-Protein Vegan Snacks”

  1. I love red lentils. They are…
    – high in proteins and B-Vitamins
    – cheap
    – dont need much time to prepare (ready in 5 minutes!)
    – better to digest than other legumes
    and tastes jummy with curry, ginger, herbs etc. !

    Reply
    • Hi Alina,

      thanks for your comment and thanks for the reminder! We love lentils too and use them several times a week. Apart from curries and stews we sometimes make patties out of them. :)

      Have a great day,

      Lars

      Reply

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