Ever have trouble finding vegan snacks between meals?
Here are 10 simple vegan snacks that saved me from life as a perpetual omnivore.
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- Minimal to NO cooking
- 5 ingredients or less
- Easy to access at your local grocery or health food store.
Cinnamon Raisin bread with Earth Balance and Apple Butter
This one is a guilty pleasure of mine.
Some people like vegan butter, others don’t. But if you’ve gone vegan and you miss regular butter, then this is for you.
I grew up on jelly toast with a little bit of butter underneath. It added that hint of saltiness such as only butter can do. Made it a little bit more exciting than bread and Smuckers.
I find that Earth Balance gives a similar effect:
- Sweet and delicious
- Kind of kills the need or desire for some other “junk”
- Hits the spot when you want a light snack.
It’s also fantastic with pumpkin butter.
Here’s how you make it:
- Toast your favorite bread (something whole grain and simple)
- Spread some Earth Balance on top while still hot, so it melts.
- Spread a layer of McCutcheon’s apple (or pumpkin) butter on top of that.
- Enjoy :).
Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread with Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Butter, and Sliced Banana
This is what I ate for brunch last Sunday morning. I needed something quick that would stay with me for a couple of hours.
Toast with peanut butter is a go-to for me, and of course, I LOVE apple butter and bananas.
Why not put them together?
So I did.
And the verdict?
It was FANTASTIC.
I could be full of it, but DAMN, I was PLEASED.
Why did I like this so much?
For one thing, it tasted great.
But here’s what made it taste better:
- Ezekiel bread has more protein than other bread (yes, even the whole and the multi-grains). It also has less gluten.
- Peanut butter is another great source of protein.
- Pumpkin butter has some iron in it, which you know we vegans can’t skimp on when we can get it.
- Banana is…banana. It’s nature’s breakfast bar and it’s full of potassium. Win-win.
I love peanut butter for its saltiness, but of course, any nut butter will do.
A.k.a. nature’s candy.
Pick ‘em up at the store, take ‘em home, eat ‘em.
I graze on these when I’m on the run and don’t have time to grab something before I start my day.
This is because I’m lazy and can’t get my ass up outta bed until 1 hour before I need to be out the door…
…but whatevs, you get it.
They’re better than junk from a vending machine.
So I’d rather sit at my desk and chew on a couple of these when I get hungry.
By the way, have you noticed a pattern yet?
I like convenience.
And this is for those of you out there who like it, too.
Back to the dates.
Medjool dates are the easiest for me to get in my area, but there are several different varieties of dates.
I mean, HUNDREDS.
- Deglet Noor
Visit that link above for an in-depth description of each.
An easy snack or meal that you can prep the night before and grab the next day.
No cooking required.
Best breakfast EVER.
Prep is easy:
- Put half a cup of rolled oats into a jar
- Pour some almond milk on top; enough to submerge the grains.
- Mix it around a little bit, then cap the jar and place in the fridge until the next morning.
I like to add some fruit to give it that extra somethin’.
Sweetening is your choice. I prefer Stevia or natural maple syrup, but you can use whatever you want.
Melon Fruit Salad
You cut a melon in half, scoop out the seeds and put some berries or sliced fruit in the hole.
Like a bread bowl, but better for you.
Any melon will do, but I prefer cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Their flesh is sweet and their guts are in a little crevice right in the center.
You’ll want to scoop those out and fill it with fruit.
Of course, if you’re using a watermelon, all you do is carve the hole yourself.
I don’t even worry about the seeds, but again, you do you.
Also, a little bonus, you can do this with a papaya. Their seeds are in the center, like the cantaloupe and honeydew.
I use papaya every once in awhile as a treat.
Toast with Homemade “Jelly” Spread
Food is always better when you make it at home. Unless, of course, you can’t cook to save your life…But don’t worry, if you can follow a recipe, the same applies.
I snagged this recipe from Guilt Free TV on YouTube.
It’s his Peanut Butter & Jelly recipe, which you should check out here.
But I prefer the fruit spread on its own.
Now, I’m not trying to follow what Guilt Free TV did to a T. I’m taking his suggestion and doing my own thing with it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fruit that you can mash with a fork or spoon.
- Maple or date syrup.
- A small bowl to mash and mix the two in.
- A fork or a spoon for mashin’ :).
The directions are as follows:
- Place fruit into the bowl.
- Add about a tbsp of syrup.
- Mash until fruit and syrup are well-blended.
Well, I toast my favorite bread and drizzle the fruit spread on top.
It tastes like a waffle, I swear.
Especially if you add some of that Earth Balance vegan butter for a warm, savory taste.
Great by itself when you’re in a hurry.
A lot of people are still up in the air about avocados, but I love them. Their flesh is buttery and delicious, and they’re VERY filling.
We miss the simplest things, don’t we?
It seems like Mother Nature never intended for life to be as difficult as we make it.
Exhibit A: the avocado.
Cut it in half and you’ve got a snack that is both delicious AND nutritious.
It don’t get much better than that, ladies and gents.
This one may be a LITTLE harder for some folks to get their hands on. But I still count it as simple because it’s another one of those things that you can eat by itself.
If you’ve ever seen a whole jackfruit, you know that the fuckers are about 50 lbs.
If you’ve NEVER seen a whole jackfruit before…SURPRISE, they’re about 50 lbs.
So unless you’re up to cutting it yourself and putting the rest on ice like a corpse, I’d suggest buying pieces of it pre-cut.
At Wholefoods, they sell it by the chunk, like sliced watermelon or pineapple.
Grab you a piece o’ that. It’s cheaper and it’s equal to any other fruit at full size anyway.
Once you’ve got it home, you’ll notice it has a stringy pithy stuff in it. You’ve gotta dig through that to find the golden-yellow bulbs, and THAT’S what you want to eat. It reminds me of a pomegranate, only MUCH bigger.
Oh, and the taste is like nothing you’ve ever had.
The texture is like a soft apple, but the taste is like banana and something else tropical. Like juicy fruit gum.
The number of these bulbs depends on how big your slice is. Mine had somewhere near 10-15 bulbs in it.
Of course, that’s more than enough, because it’s so filling that I only needed about 5. Damn things were the size of kiwis.
Wholefoods Vegan Muffins
My love, my heart, my soul…
Did I mention that I was lazy?
I love a good vegan muffin, but I don’t want to bake them myself. I only want to have it and eat it.
So I turn to my local bakeries :).
There are a couple out there, but Wholefoods is the best when I don’t want to think too hard. If it’s vegan, it’ll say so on the packaging or the sign.
Some of the flavors I’ve gotten here include:
- Chocolate Chip
All vegan, all delicious.
So I know that some Wholefoods may be different from others, but check your local Wholefoods. See if they have something that’ll interest you in their bakery section.
So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt
Who else loves their ice cream alternatives?
My favorite is the Cashew Milk Salted Caramel flavor.
But did you know that they also do yogurt? I found out one day when I decided to do a “fast”.
Tangent: I’ve had an obsession with 1940s-1950s celebrities for years now. There’s such a romance that follows that period and I’m all for it.
I especially love taking old-fashioned celeb diets and beauty trends and “veganizing” them.
On this occasion, Audrey Hepburn’s detox of apples, water, and yogurt caught my attention. (B.T.W., shout out to SweetEmelyne’s channel for the original video! If you’re into vintage stuff, too, PLEASE go check Emelyne out!)
I brought some apples to work and bought myself a tub of Plain So Delicious Yogurt Alternative.
This or the unsweetened will do ya fine.
It gave me something to digest besides the apples. I’d take a few bites every now and then to stave off hunger.
But if you need some flavor, there are plenty to choose from:
- Passionate Mango
- Strawberry banana
- Key Lime
I’ve never tried any of those, but I must say that key lime sounds DIVINE.
Ugh…so, so, SO good.
And they’re GLUTEN FREE.
One of the things that I can’t get over with these is the simplicity of their ingredients. Each bar has 6 or 7 ingredients tops.
For me, this is fantastic. I never like to eat things that are too complex. The simpler the ingredient list, the better.
Also, the flavors are amazing. Here are my favs:
- Blueberry Muffin
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- Hazelnut, Hemp, and Cacao
- Coconut, Kale, and Cacao
- Turmeric, Ginger, and Beet
There are also LÄRABAR Bites for those of us with a sweet tooth.
And that ain’t all, folks…
There are a lot more where that came from. These are just my favorite fuss-free snacks at the moment.
Being vegan can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
Chances are, you’re already a huge fan of something simple AND vegan. You just have to know where to look.
But I hope this post made things a bit easier for you.
What Do YOU Think?
Try some of the snacks I mentioned on this list and let me know how you like them.
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