9 Healthy Vegan Snacks to Fight Off Cravings
Mixed Fruit and Nut Bar
Fruit and nut bars are one of the most delicious vegan snacks rich in nutrients and easy to eat on the go. Besides fiber, vitamins, and minerals from fruits, peanut butter, and cacao powder are high in protein. Also, you can add any fruits that you like with the same recipe.
Recipe: In a microwave bowl, melt the peanut butter, cacao powder, coconut oil, agave, and salt. Next, stir in cranberries, pistachios, quinoa cereal, shredded coconut, and chill in a loaf pan until set. You can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Chickpeas are nutritious. According to USDA, one cup of chickpeas contains 14g of protein. They’re also rich in phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, and magnesium, which provide many health benefits. With the same recipe, you can roast soybeans or any nut to eat as a snack.
Recipe: Toss canned chickpeas with olive oil and seasoning. Next, spread them on a baking sheet and bake until they get crunchy at 450°F.
Oatmeal With Fruit, Nuts (or Seeds)
As mentioned by NutritionData, cooked oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk and fruit slices, nuts contain many nutrients.
Recipe: First, making oatmeal by heating oats with liquid. Next, add your favorite fruit slices like blueberries, raspberries, peaches, strawberries, or mango. Consider serving with unsweetened vegan milk for better nutritional value.
Vegan Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Vegan salsa is a nutritious mixture of chopped tomatoes, onions, salt, seasonings, and lime juice. Therefore, it is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and the plant compound lycopene. According to one study, consuming high amounts of lycopene can lower the risk of heart disease.
Recipe: You can buy vegan salsa and tortilla chips in stores or make them at home. First, make vegan salsa by mixing chopped tomatoes (with juice) and chopped onions. Next, add salt, seasoning, and lime juice to taste. Then make tortilla chips by brushing some slices of tortillas with vegan oil, and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Enjoy!
Baked Veggie Chips
Dehydrated or baked vegetables bring out a natural sweetness and can provide high nutrition value. Different kinds of veggies include different nutrients. For example, baked beet chips are high in potassium and folate, or dehydrated carrots are rich in vitamin A.
Recipe: Thinly slice your favorite vegetables and bake them at 200–250°F for 30-60 minutes.
Strawberry Coconut Popsicles
Strawberry coconut popsicles are crowd-pleasing snacks that everyone loves, from children to the pickiest adults.
Recipe: First, wash and remove stems from the strawberries. Next, blend them with coconut milk until smooth. Then put the strawberry mixture into molds and keep it in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Besides giving you a natural solution for “sweet-craving,” this is a helpful vegan snack because it lets you use up any overripe bananas.
Recipe: First, combine sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Next, cook round-cut bananas with vegan oil. Don’t forget to sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over bananas’ tops and cook until both sides get light brown.
Fruit leather is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Also, fruit leather is a convenient snack to bring anywhere. However, try to make it at home instead of buying to eliminate the sugar added to packed products.
Recipe: First, pureé fruits with lemon juice and maple syrup if preferred. Next, spread the fruit pureé in a thin layer on a baking sheet and dry it in the oven at 140°F for at least 6 hours.
Trail mix is a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, crackers, or whole grains. Usually, the trail mix is rich in protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
Recipe: Combine your favorite plant-based ingredients such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits into a ziplock bag or mason jar. Also, you can add vegan chocolate to please your sweet craving.
Vegan snacks are not only delicious options for hunger during the day; they are also packed with goodies that can prevent nutrient deficiencies. However, try to make them at home to get rid of unhealthy fats or processed ingredients from packed products.
Which of these vegan snacks do you like? Are there any vegan snack recipes that you usually take out with you? Please share them with us in the comments below. Sign up for VegHealth for more informative upcoming vegan blogs!