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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love a good snack. Snacking, unfortunately, tends to get a bad rap, since it’s often seen as a source of unnecessary calories and a gateway to overconsumption of salt and sugar, but you can eat anything in moderation—junk food included (!). That being said, if you’re looking for a hack to make sure you’re filling your snack stash with better-for-you items, start stocking up on vegan snacks.
Vegan snacks naturally contain lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. So, by eating vegan snacks, you’ll likely consume higher amounts of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folate, fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin E. (Win!)
In general, adding more plant-based foods to your munch menu is always a good idea, says Robert Graham, MD, chief health officer for Performance Kitchen and cofounder of FRESH Med. “Eating a vegan diet, or better yet, eating more whole, plant-based foods, is good for your health and for the planet,” he says. Another pro tip: In general, when searching for a healthier snack, make sure it’s got a good mix of of protein, fiber, and even some healthy fats.
For now, you can skip the hard work, though. To help put your dream pantry stock together, here’s a list of the absolute best vegan snacks, all chosen with help from customer reviews and editors’ picks. All that’s left to do is to add them to your grocery cart and enjoy.
If you recognize everything on the ingredients list, it’s almost guaranteed that your snack’s a win, and that shouldn’t be an issue with these Rind snacks. Their only ingredient is the dried fruit that comes in the bag.
Per serving: 90 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 23 g carbs, 12 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein
Speaking of nostalgic snacks, nothing warms the heart quite like a classic rice crispy treat. But thanks to Blake’s Seed-Based, eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sweet snack.
Made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds, these rice crispies are packed with antioxidants and low in sugar.
Per serving: 90 calories, 2.5 g fat, 16 g carbs, 7 g sugar, 40 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein
Nothing says snack time quite like a bag of crispy potato chips.
BAM Snacks’ Black Gram Chips are not only vegan, but they’re also far more health-conscious than most chips.
Made from black gram, an ingredient that comes from India, they have 60 percent less net carbs and five times more fiber than traditional potato chips, and they are absolutely delicious.
Per serving: 150 calories, 9 g fat, 10 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 160 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein
If you’re looking for a little added crunch in your smoothie bowl or dairy-free yogurt, but don’t know where to find a granola that’s both scrumptious and made without dairy, Purely Elizabeth is exactly what you need.
Available in a handful of yummy flavors, like Blueberry Hemp, Honey Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Sea Salt, this gluten-free, vegan granola is perfectly crunchy with the ideal blend of sweet and savory.
Per serving: 130 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 7 g sugar,135X mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein
When it comes to snacking, sometimes a piece of candy just hits the spot. And with Smart Sweets’ Sweet Fish, indulging your sweet tooth doesn’t have to mean over-indulging on sugar because there are just three grams of sugar in each bag.
Per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 42 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 70 mg sodium, 13 g fiber, 0 g protein
As the breakout star of the vegetable world in recent years, kale seems to now come in every possible iteration.
But, tbh, the kale chip has proven itself to be not only the best-tasting form of the leafy green, but also a delicious and nutritious snack that anyone can (and should) enjoy. These gently dehydrated chips from Rhythm Foods are packed with fiber and have just the right amount of salty flavor and crisp.
Per serving: 130 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 7 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 240 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein
Pancakes and waffles might be best known as breakfast foods, but hear me out: They make the perfect snack.
Sadly, though, most recipes and mixes call for dairy-based ingredients, like eggs or buttermilk, which means vegans don’t often get to enjoy them.
But Otherworld’s Original Pancake & Waffle Mix is here to save the day. The plant-based mix is made with whole grains, dates, and zucchini and has no added sugar, so don’t hesitate to reach out for the griddle or waffle iron for your next afternoon snack.
Per serving: 110 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 22 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 490 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein
Peanut butter and chocolate are on their own some of the world’s most beloved ingredients, but put them together and you reach a whole new level of perfection.
So to get in on the chocolate-nut-butter fun, try French Squirrel’s Berets. Available in peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, and tahini cashew butter versions, and topped with dark chocolate and sea salt, any vegan will fall in love with these treats.
Per serving: 150 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated), 12 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 220 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein
One bite of these heavenly cookies from Gwell, and you’ll be floating on cloud nine. Made with an herbal tea blend and plenty of coconut, these shortbread-like cookies also feature reishi and chaga mushrooms, which are both known for their adaptogenic benefits (aka they’re stress-relieving). Put on a pot of tea, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy these delicious treats.
Per serving: 130 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated), 14 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 35 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein
Edamame, despite its undeniable tastiness, is usually reserved as an appetizer to sushi, but the tasty veggie can handle more than just that. Readily available in the frozen aisle of almost every grocery store, you can pop a bag of these little soybeans into the microwave for a few minutes and sprinkle them with sea salt, and you have the ideal high-protein, low-calorie, vegan snack.
Per serving: 120 calories, 2.5 g fat (X g saturated), 13 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 15 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 11 g protein
If you’re a sucker for a classic everything bagel or you’ve found yourself stocking up on the respective Trader Joe’s seasoning on more than a few occasions, these grain-free crackers from Hu are for you.
Seasoned with sesame seed, poppy seed, onion, and garlic and crunchy as can be, these crackers are basically everything but the bagel.
Per serving: 120 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 12 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 300 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein
A list of vegan snacks would be absolutely remiss without including this beloved, accidentally vegan cookie. Despite what their creamy center might suggest, Oreos are actually dairy-free, which means that you can enjoy milk’s favorite cookie even if you’re vegan.
Per serving: 160 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 14 g sugar, 135 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein
If you’re looking to recreate the days of eating delicious cheese puffs (and winding up with about half of them on your fingertips), but don’t want to face the dairy-ridden ingredients list, check out these Vegan Cheddar Chickpea Puffs from Hippeas.
Made from chickpeas and baked into a light, crunchy puff, they’re just as tasty as their real-cheese alternative, so do yourself a favor and give peas a chance.
Per serving: 170 calories, 4.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 15 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 210 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein
Hi, Twizzlers fans, meet your new favorite snack. These Twizzler alternatives are a bit more health-conscious than the real thing, says Rachel Krupa, founder of The Goods Mart, a socially-conscious health foods store in New York City . “What I love about this product is that they are made without the artificial colors and dyes and instead use radishes to make them red,” Krupa explains.
Per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 21 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 8 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein
If granola’s not really your thing but you want a little crunch atop your acai bowl, try Lil Bucks. Made entirely from sprouted buckwheat seeds, they’re vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, and have five grams of fiber and six grams of protein in every serving.
Per serving: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 32 g carbs, <1 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein
What happens when you combine two things you’ve probably already got at home? Well, you create the most delicious vegan snack! If you’ve never topped your banana with peanut butter, go ahead and crawl out from that rock you’ve been living under.
Per serving: 180 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 16 g sugar, 110 mg sodium,2X g fiber, 3 g protein
While movie-theater popcorn is typically dripping in butter, Pipcorn’s movie-worthy, scrumptious sea salt popcorn can be enjoyed by vegan and non-vegans alike. The crunchy heirloom popcorn has 40 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than the leading salty popcorn, making it the perfect addition to your snack arsenal, whether it’s movie night or just a Thursday afternoon.
Per serving: 120 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 120 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein
Just like pancakes and waffles, cereal is often relegated to the breakfast world, but whether you’re pairing it with your favorite non-dairy milk or eating it straight out of the box, it actually makes for a wonderful snack. And this plant-based, gluten-free option from Cereal & Such is like a spoonful of Golden Grahams minus all the sugar.
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Topped with berries and granola or just on its own, yogurt is an easy and delicious snack. This almond-milk version from Good Plants offers fun flavors like chocolate coconut and lemon meringue.
Per serving: 100 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 16 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 20 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 5 g protein
Who says you can’t be vegan and still enjoy a scoop of classic ice cream? Thanks to the brilliant team behind Ben & Jerry’s, buying a vegan-friendly ice cream doesn’t have to mean eating a bland pint that’s impossible to find in the first place.
Instead, go to you local grocer and grab a pint of Phish Food, one of the ice cream maker’s most famous flavors, or try one of the other handful of their dairy-free options.
Per serving: 330 calories, 14 g fat (10 g saturated), 49 g carbs, 34 g sugar, 80 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein
Ok, hate it or love it, pickles make the perfect snack. They’re simultaneously crunchy, salty, and relatively healthy. With just five calories per spear, a classic dill pickle will satiate your snack craving, and they’re ideal for grab-and-go. No muss, no fuss!
Per serving: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 1 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 210 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein
If your parents were anything like mine, you were probably told more than a few times not to eat raw cookie dough, due to the raw egg content (salmonella risk).
But every now and then, you likely snuck a few bites from the tub of cookie dough in the fridge because it was simply too delicious not to. These days, though, you don’t have to risk illness or sacrifice your vegan eating to enjoy the raw, doughy treat because DEUX’s cookie dough is completely vegan.
The oaty, gooey base will have you licking the bowl, and its zinc and elderberry content will actually help your immune system rather than send you on a sugar crash.
Per serving: 110 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 15 g carbs, 7 g sugar, 65 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
Whether you’re partial to salsa or you can’t get enough guacamole, tortilla chips are a go-to snack and for very good reason. Oftentimes, they come with a high-salt, high-fat price tag, but with Late July’s Sea Salt Multigrain Tortilla Chips, they don’t have to.
These are made with a ton of good-for-you ingredients, like chia, quinoa, millet, amaranth, and flax.
Per serving: 130 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 65 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
Chocolate and coconut make for an underrated, but wildly delicious pairing, and these bars from Unreal make sure that they can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.
Made with only three ingredients–coconut, cassava syrup, and dark chocolate–these treats are as simple as they get, and their taste is unreal.
Per serving: 70 calories, 5 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 8 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, <1 g protein
Naturally vegan and free of any artificial flavors or colors, these fruit snacks from Annie’s are the perfect on-the-go snack, whether you’re five-years-old or 85-years old.
Natural strawberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors can be found in every bite, and their sweetness will help satiate your sugar cravings without overindulging.
Per serving: 80 calories, 0 g fat, 19 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 55 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein
Another snack ideal for on-the-go, these fig bars are nutritious and delicious, and they can be thrown in your bag or eaten on the road just as easily as they can be enjoyed at your kitchen table or desk.
They’re made with real, sun-ripened figs, which offer a naturally sweet taste, and you can choose the original fig bars or from flavors like raspberry and blueberry.
Per serving: 200 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated), 37 g carbs, 19 g sugar, 80 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein