Children can sometimes be hungry all day long! Our hand-selected list of vegan snacks for kids and picky eaters allows you to have something on hand at all times that they’ll actually enjoy. Find simple 5-minute recipe ideas as well as sweet and savory snacks that can be made ahead of time.
Kid-friendly snacks don’t have to be unhealthy or boring! After so many of our readers appreciate our compilation of the best kid-friendly vegan recipes, we wanted to focus on just vegan snacks for kids in this post.
Compared to cooking your pre-planned family-friendly dinner, having a quick snack for your child on hand once it gets hangry can be more tricky!
Whether you’re new to plant-based eating yourself or just feel stuck and in need of some new snack ideas, the following recipes are familiar favorites of young and old alike — not just kids can enjoy them!
From fruity bites to healthy baked goods, savory rolls and refreshing frozen treats, our list offers something for every taste! Many items can even be packed for a snack box.
Portable, fruity and featuring a delicious crumble topping: these vegan flapjacks or oat squares are one of the best vegan snacks for kids! They are filled with sugar-free raspberry chia jam which you can swap for any other jam your kid loves — plus, these bars taste great for days on end and are undetectably nutrient-packed.
These healthy chocolate bliss balls are easy homemade treats for the whole family! Super meal prep friendly and versatile, they are created within just a few minutes and guaranteed to satisfy any intense chocolate cravings. Great for little hands and easily customizable!
Secretly high in protein and super fluffy, this delicious vegan silken tofu chocolate mousse is an easy 4-ingredient vegan snack idea for kids and adults alike! Ready in 15 minutes, it’s delicious on its own or topped with fresh fruit and desiccated coconut.
Kids love all things nuggets! These crispy baked tofu nuggets which you can even make in an air fryer are so simple to make and perfect for kids to snack on. Serve with ketchup, BBQ sauce or vegan buffalo sauce, or add them to salads, wraps and more!
These banana oatmeal cookies are flavorful, soft, chewy, and naturally sweetened with banana. They make a perfect breakfast or snack for kids and adults alike that just never gets old! Fully vegan, gluten-free, made in one bowl and ready in under 20 minutes.
We totally adore this fun and healthy vegan snack idea for kids! Rice cake animals are just rice cakes spread with peanut butter (or any nut butter, really) and decorated with fruit. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild creating fun animal faces themselves!
Yes, you’ve read that right! Feed your kids more cookie dough by making this chickpea-based healthy sweet treat for them. It’s naturally sweetened with dates, features creamy peanut butter and some chopped dark chocolate.
Little bite-sized savory pastries filled with flavorfully seasoned cooked mushrooms and smoked tofu: mini vegan sausage rolls are both suitable as an appetizer for gatherings as well as serving to your kids for a savory homemade snack!
These healthy apple nachos are layered with fresh apples, bits of chocolate, coconut flakes and drizzled with gooey, warm nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. What a wonderful, simple and healthy vegan snack for kids!
Delicious and easy to make, these beautiful vegan chocolate-covered strawberries are great for children! Juicy, chocolatey and lovingly decorated, you can use a handful of any fruit of your liking and let the kids help make them.
Our gluten-free vegan blueberry muffins are just like enjoying your morning oatmeal in a tin — they’re portable, kid-friendly and taste just like dessert. Made with whole food plant-based staple foods, they are packed with nutrients, scrumptious, customizable and great for school!
Can you imagine a better smell filling your kitchen than some warm, fluffy and nutty vegan cinnamon rolls? Made with whole grain flour, a good amount of nuts, just a bit of maple syrup and lots of cozy spices, they are both healthy and really enjoyable for kids.
Tender, crispy, flavorful and fun – who would have thought that cauliflower could be so awesome? Similar to the tofu nuggets above, these vegan chicken wings are coated with delicious spices, baked to perfection and just awesome finger food. Kids love this undetectably healthy vegan snack idea!
This creamy vegan mango chocolate smoothie combines two deliciously sweet and refreshing layers in one glass and makes for a fun and tasty treat! Especially great during the warmer months, this dessert or snack is enjoyed by the whole family and really nourishing thanks to the added sweet potato and vegan yogurt.
Speaking of hiding some healthy ingredients, these plant-based carrot cake bites feature a bunch of veggies, whole grain flour and are made with moderate amounts of brown sugar. They are an easy homemade and portable snack for kids and adults alike — definitely don’t skip the vanilla cashew frosting!
Packed with protein and fiber, oven-roasted chickpeas make a delicious crispy snack that’s kid-friendly and portable. Leave them rather bland or spice them up to your and your childrens’ liking and enjoy this healthy snack idea!
Creamy and dairy-free cold treats are always a good way to any kid’s heart! These smoothie popsicles are made with coconut milk, fresh fruit and any toppings of your choice. Try nuts, chocolate or shredded coconut to decorate these beautiful and healthy vegan snacks.
These baked vegan oat bars are super versatile, slightly soft and chewy and can be loaded with all the nuts and seeds you want! Bite-sized, delicious and healthy, they offer sustained energy to little ones and teenagers, are great for lunchboxes or even a quick breakfast.
Fun, colorful and great to make with kids, these vegan granola parfaits make for such healthy and delicious snacks. Featuring vegan almond yogurt, store-bought or homemade vegan granola along with any seasonal fruit and add-ins of your liking, they can be customized and put together within minutes!
Okay, so who doesn’t love pizza? These easy whole wheat homemade pizza rolls are stuffed with a flavorful tomato sauce that has some veggies blended into it! Totally whole food plant-based and so scrumptious, especially when topped with almond ricotta.
These beautiful and fruity lemonade popsicles are totally kid-approved and can also be served to guests! Especially during the summer months, these simple vegan treats will be very much appreciated by the whole family.
This simple yet delicious vegan smoothie requires only 4 staple foods and is a lot more healthy and wholesome than it might look. Who could argue with such creamy drinkable peanut butter and chocolate combo? Your kids will adore it.
These bite-sized colorful sandwich pinwheels make terrific little appetizers and are very kid-friendly! Super easy to make by just rolling all ingredients up and slicing into small bites, these veggie-packed pinwheels are a true win for busy parents. Customizable, tasty and flavorful!
We have to admit, even we as adults had to giggle out loud when we found this awesome vegan kid-friendly snack idea! These apple bites are totally silly, easy to make and healthy! Complete with homemade googly eyes, they feature a sunflower butter filling and strawberry tongue.
If you can handle some heat, try these buffalo quinoa balls! Totally meatless and very scrumptious, they are great bite-sized appetizers or kid-friendly snacks (perhaps go easy on the hot sauce for the little ones).
Unbelievably rich and creamy, these homemade fudgesicles are bursting with chocolate flavor! Made with only 5 simple ingredients (including avocado!) and requiring only 5 minutes of prep time, these frozen homemade treats are loved by kids.
Carrots are among one of the vegetables that kids may actually enjoy, so why not try this super orange smoothie as a snack for them? It’s a 5-minute recipe made with carrot juice, oat milk, ginger and tropical fruit that the whole family can enjoy.
One more finger food for kids who are cool with crunchy veggies. These rice paper rolls are stuffed with rainbow veggies and served with a tangy peanut dipping sauce. They can even be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for a day or two.
More easy vegan recipes
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Try some of these easy and fun vegan snacks for kids that can be made within just minutes from everyday staple foods! Choose between fruity treats, fun toasts, pinwheels, dips, yogurt bowls and more ideas that are nutritious and delicious for young and old alike.
Dipping Party: Serve some tortilla chips, pretzels or bean patties with hummus, salsa, sour cream or guacamole.
Veggie Pinwheels: spread some hummus or vegan cream cheese on tortilla wraps and top with sliced veggies. Roll, slice and serve!
Nutts Fruits: Wash and chop some fresh fruit and drizzle it with nut or seed butter. Alternatively, let your kid dip it into the butter themselves!
Fun Toasts: Spread your kids’ favorite sweet or savory spread on two slices of bread and add some sandwich filling if you like. Cut diagonally into triangles or smaller pieces. Combination ideas: smashed avocado and tomato, hummus and bell pepper, chickpea salad or peanut butter and jam or jelly.
Ants on a Log: start by washing and chopping celery stalks, then spread some peanut butter inside and top it with a few raisins.
Vegan Yogurt Bowl: Put some dairy-free yogurt of your choice in a small bowl and add fresh chopped fruit, vegan granola and top with maple syrup if wanted.
Feel free to make any swaps needed to meet your kid’s dietary needs and taste preferences.
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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.